No. 20 Jalan Aru, Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu,Sabah, Malaysia

My kids checked with me several times if we were staying at a waterpark or at a hotel – that is how family-friendly this resort is! Three water park worthy slides, a giant tipping bucket, water balloon battle station, not one but two kid-friendly pools and a beach – the kids were in aqua heaven! That being said, there was plenty for us adults too. Did someone say drinks at the Sunset Bar??

Essentials:
  1. Baby cot
  2. Bottle sterilizer
  3. Bottle warmer
  4. Baby bathtub
  5. Highchair
  6. Child menu
  7. Child toiletries
  8. Child bathrobe and slippers
  9. Stroller
  10. Doctor on call
  11. Interconnecting rooms
  12. Babysitting services (RM 60/hr. As per resort policy, 2 babysitters are required for in-room babysitting. Babysitting in the kids’ club is RM 30/hr).

kids watching TV at kids' club at hotel shangri-la tanjung aru kota kinabalu

Family Favourites:
  1. An very elaborate water play area with three theme park worthy water slides. Plus, a gigantic bucket that douses the little ones with water at regular intervals. There is also a water balloon battle station with very cool water balloon launchers.
  2. A pool for babies as well as a kid-friendly main pool with a tapered shallow end.
  3. The Cool Box ice cream parlour right by the pool had us cooling a lot!.
  4. Mini mart at hotel stocks essential supplies like diapers, baby shampoo, nappy cream, baby lotion, sun block etc.
  5. Star Marina is the hotel’s private marina where guests may indulge in a wide variety of water sports or board the resort’s shuttle to neighbouring islands for short trips. They organized picnic boxes for us and we enjoyed some great snorkeling and parasailing at Mamutik Island.
  6. Cool Zone, the resort’s kids’ club is the largest in I’ve see in the region. Open from 8am to 8 pm, it is divided into sections, with Baby Land stocked with toys for kids under 4. The art section comes little easels, art supplies and more.
    For the older lot, there is Wii, PlayStation and computers with internet connectivity, as well as a screen for watching movies. The kids’ club also comes with a wide selection of books, toys, board games, Lego, blocks and Leap Frog tablets. The kids’ club offers many activities like bug hunts, local games, parachute play, kite making, storytelling, pool Olympics, soccer, art and craft and more. In addition, the kids’ club hosts a fun party every Friday (RM 80/child).
  7. Beachfront property with a private beach. The beach, however, is a man made and one would be disappointed if you’re coming just for the beach. Complimentary rental of beach toys from kids’ club.
  8. Take the shuttle to the hotel’s sister resort, Shangri-La Rasa Ria which comprises a 64-acre nature reserve, where you can up close to orangutans at their orangutan care project. My kids participated in the ranger experience – they loved it!
  9. Kids under 6 years dine free (up to two children) when accompanied by a paying adult at Café TATU, open for all day dining.
  10. Children’s corner at Café Tatu, allowing parent’s to dine in peace while kids play. The restaurant’s buffet breakfast and dinner include a child-friendly section of healthy fare, although we didn’t care much for the quality or the taste of the food here.
  11. A petanque pitch, giant chess, putting green and table tennis are scattered all over the resort.
  12. Child DVDs for rental.

giant chess at at hotel shangri-la tanjung aru kota kinabalu

Parent’s Perks:
  1. Resort organizes a slew of activities for adults like yoga, Tai Chi, blowpipe competitions, rice wine tastings, fruit carving, Mahjong lessons, bird watching, sarong tying etc.
  2. Mini golf course for a quick pitch and putt.
  3. Chi Spa where I had one of the best massages of my life!
  4. Sunset Bar, located on a little island connected to the resort via a walkway, is a great spot for catching beautiful Borneo sunsets.

giant water bucket at hotel shangri-la tanjung aru kota kinabalu

The Resort:
  • Beachfront resort with private beach
  • Kota Kinabalu International Airport – 1.7 km
  • 4 restaurants
  • 2 bars
  • Spa
  • Health Club
  • Tennis Courts
  • Private Marina

family snorkeling at at hotel shangri-la tanjung aru kota kinabalu
Mandy’s Tip: The beach at this resort is man made and a tad disappointing. If gorgeous beaches are your thing, consider a day trip to hotel’s sister resort, Shangri-La Rasa Ria (the hotel offers a shuttle), which, in my opinion, has one of the most stunning beaches in Asia.

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