MALAYSIAN BOR­NEO RE­VIEW

Our lux­ury trip to Asia

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I f you look up ShangriLa, it’s de­scribed as a mys­ti­cal, har­mo­nious val­ley from the novel, Lost

Hori­zon. The Shangri-La Rasa Ria Re­sort & Spa, hid­den in the beau­ti­ful area of Sabah, matches the de­scrip­tion of its name­sake. This in­cred­i­ble five-star ho­tel is pretty much how I imag­ine par­adise.

Lux­ury should be­gin at the very start of your hon­ey­moon and our flight with Royal Brunei was ex­actly that – we were lit­er­ally left want­ing for noth­ing. Af­ter a day of trav­el­ling, we ar­rived at the ho­tel feel­ing to­tally chilled out.

We were try­ing out the brand new ‘Ad­ven­ture­moon’ pack­age which gives cou­ples the chance to try out some ac­tion-packed ac­tiv­i­ties, while still en­joy­ing the in­dul­gence of a re­sort.

Our first ex­cit­ing ac­tiv­ity was the ‘Break­fast with a view’ jun­gle trek through the ho­tel’s na­ture re­serve – the aim of which is to en­hance the con­ser­va­tion of the flora and fauna that are na­tive to the area. Now, get­ting up at 5.30am on hol­i­day is not some­thing I’d usu­ally be on-board with, but trust me, this is en­tirely worth it. Along with a guide, we climbed 90 me­tres above sea-level, where we were greeted with break­fast to en­joy as the sun rose over the neigh­bour­ing Mount Kin­a­balu and lush Bornean coast­line. It was a truly breath­tak­ing and hum­bling mo­ment.

Near the re­sort lies the beau­ti­ful Mengk­abong River where we went for a sun­set cruise to see the tra­di­tional fish­ing vil­lages. Get­ting out of the re­sort and into the lo­cal sur­round­ings is an ex­pe­ri­ence not to be missed.

Im­mers­ing our­selves in na­ture re­quired some ex­tra pampering – stay­ing in the lux­u­ri­ous Ocean Wing, this was a given. Our room had a spa­cious, pri­vate bal­cony, com­plete with out­door bath­tub boast­ing views over the South China Sea. Af­ter an af­ter­noon in the on-site spa, en­joy­ing a tra­di­tional ‘Saba­han Ex­pe­ri­ence’ (an

in­cred­i­ble scrub with rice pow­der), soak­ing in a rose-petal bath with a glass of wine at sun­set was pure in­dul­gence.

For cou­ples look­ing for more than just a ‘stop and flop’ beach get­away, ac­tion-packed but with­out scrimp­ing on lux­ury, this is hands­down the one for you.

WE CLIMBED 90 ME­TRES ABOVE SEA LEVEL TO WATCH THE SUN RISE

WATCH­ING THE TEPPANYAKI CHEFS PRE­PARE OUR FOOD WAS AMAZ­ING

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