The jungle rainforest of Borneo, where scientists recently discovered the oldest figurative painting in the world, is home to a rich diversity of flora and fauna. Many of these species are only found on this Malaysian island. For those wishing to explore this 130-million-year-old jungle, Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria resort has a 64-acre nature reserve that offers immersive experiences for guests. Recently, the resort unveiled a new discovery center, constructed with sustainable materials, that serves as an entry point to the Rasa Ria Reserve. Here guests can learn about many indigenous species like the long-tailed macaques, western tarsiers, bear cats, pangolins, and Loris (a nocturnal primate resembling a lemur). From here, embark on nature walks along six different trail systems, ranging in length and difficulty.
A highlight is the Ria Lookout summit platform overlooking Sabah’s Mount Kinabalu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Guests can partake in a sunrise hike to the lookout to enjoy breakfast with a view. There’s also a new Adventure Point for children, equipped with zip lines, a climbing wall, and a playground. Young guests can participate in “Ranger For the Day,” a program designed to teach children about the rainforest. Last but not least: Shangri-La has designed a new cultural immersion experience for guests to learn about the local customs of the Bajau and Dusun tribes of Tuaran.
Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu is situated on 400 acres of rainforest at the edge of the ocean. The beachfront resort has two different wings: the Garden Wing has 326 guest rooms, while the Ocean Wing has 173 rooms overlooking the water. Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts currently operates more than 100 hotels around the world.