Shangri-La Rasa Ria

Time Out Malaysia Kids - - Travel -

Set amid lush green­ery upon a white sandy beach and with Dalit Bay Golf & Coun­try Club at its back, Shangri-La Rasa Ria re­ally im­presses. The re­sort is one of our top picks be­cause of the range of ac­tiv­i­ties that draw upon lo­cal cul­ture – and of course, the orang­utans.

The re­sort boasts the usual fa­cil­i­ties for kids – there’s a spa­cious kids’ club for chil­dren from 4-12 years old and a cool pool with a big slides – but it also al­lows fam­i­lies to get up close to one of Bor­neo’s most fa­mous in­hab­i­tants. Jointly with the State Wildlife Depart­ment, Shangri-La op­er­ates a na­ture re­serve and orang­utan re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­tre, where guests can ap­pre­ci­ate the pri­mate (feed­ing ses­sions oc­cur twice daily at 10am and 2pm). Kids aged 5-12 years old can be­come ‘rangers’ and help out staff with pre­par­ing food for the furry-limbed crea­tures.

What’s more, the ac­tiv­i­ties on of­fer to kids are quite unique – sure there’s batik paint­ing and arts and crafts but there’s also learn­ing how to shoot a blow­pipe, tak­ing pony rides on the beach, and experiencing tra­di­tional dances and games such as the feather ball game. Stay­ing at this re­sort al­lows your child to learn a lit­tle about Sabah’s tra­di­tional cul­tures.

Fi­nally, kids are well looked af­ter at meal times. Kids un­der 12 years old can tuck into com­pli­men­tary buf­fet break­fasts and din­ners when dining with a pay­ing adult. But if you pre­fer à la carte, the re­sort has some ex­cel­lent restau­rants in­clud­ing the popular In­dian restau­rant Naan and the West­ern restau­rant Coast. You can find the re­sort’s ex­ten­sive kids’ menu in all restau­rants. Pan­tai Dalit Beach, Tuaran, Sabah (08 879 7888/www.shangri-la. com/kotakinabalu/rasari­are­sort).

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Malaysia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.