AskMen story: ‘The Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort Review’ – June 2014

A hotel review for AskMen. Excerpt below. Full story via the link at the bottom of the page.

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I’m lying by the pool. Greener than green grass stretches in every other direction. Palm trees dapple the late afternoon sun.

It must be, what, 34 degrees? But the heat is hardly vicious. We’re in the luscious tropical realm of western Sabah and the days are balmy rather than scorching, a gentle humidity clutching to the salt blowing off the South China Sea and soothing the skin.

Right now I think I might need a drink. And then it appears. A non-alcoholic sundowner placed on the wicker basket that separates our sun beds. They do that here, my host tells me. Oh, word. I also think I might need a towel and right now, if this was a comedy sketch, it would fly into shot and hit me in the face. But it’s not a comedy. It’s the Shangri-la Rasa Ria Resort. So the towel is handed to me quietly with a gracious smile. Sundowners. Towels on request. They do that here.

Rasa Ria sits on 400 sprawling acres of lush, tropical gardens about 45 minutes outside of Kota Kinabalu, the picturesque, sprawling capital of the North Borneo state of Sabah. KK is a pretty city, but staying somewhere like Rasa Ria it’s not really the point. This is its own self-contained five-star resort. A golf course? They do that here. A separate, luxurious spa facility? They do that here. A slew of restaurants, two bars, two swimming pools, a nature reserve with orangutans and spotted deer. Yep. Yep. Yep. They do that here.

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