Tourism

STAR - An Amazing Tropical Getaway

Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa (STAR), (the Group holds 60 percent equity) is a five-star resort set amidst 25 acres of landscape garden and a private cove overlooking the sweeping bay of the South China Sea. Located just ten minutes away from the city centre and Kota Kinabalu International Airport, STAR is a luxurious, tranquil retreat that provides the perfect setting for an amazing tropical getaway.

There are six restaurants and bars which includes an Italian restaurant, a Chinese restaurant, Coco Joe's Beach Bar & Grill as well as Café Tatu, which is a contemporary restaurant featuring a buffet breakfast and dinner in an open-kitchen design. Revive energy levels and cool off at the Resort's Cool Box Ice Cream Bar or head over to Sunset Bar and be mesmerised by Kota Kinabalu's beautiful sunsets before having a nightcap at Borneo Lounge and Bar.

Exclusively owned and operated by the resort, STAR Marina provides professional water sports services, boating and cruise facilities including a learning centre for dive enthusiasts. Located within the resort grounds, the marina offers guests easy accessibility to neighbouring islands for day trips and beach activities.

Accolades & Achievements

  • Chairman of Sabah Foundation Board of Trustees Challenge Trophy Award 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017
  • Chairman of Sabah Foundation Board of Trustees Award 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017
  • Excellent Company Award 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 (Core Business Tourism Sector Category)
  • TripAdvisor - Certificate of Excellence 2016
  • TripAdvisor - Travellers' Choice Awards 2016
  • Top 1 Per Cent Hotel in the World - Winner of the 2016 TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards for Hotel
  • ASEAN Tourism Standard - ASEAN Green Hotel Standard 2016-2018, Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa classified as Green Hotel
  • CTrip - Guests' Favourite 2015
  • Booking.com Guest Review Award 2015 - Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa
  • Booking.com Outstanding Support 2015 - Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa
  • Expatriate Lifestyle Magazine's Best of Malaysia Award 2015 - Best Family Stay
  • Malaysia Tatler's Best Restaurant 2015 - Peppino
  • Prime Minister's Hibiscus Award 2014/2015 - Notable Achievement in Environmental Performance
  • Best Fine Dining Restaurant Award 2014/2015 (Peppino) - Bailliage de Sabah Chaine des Rotisseurs
  • TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence - Hall of Fame, STARS
  • Rakutan Travel Award 2014 - STARS receives Golden Award
  • Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia - CHI, The Spa classified as a 5-star facility
  • Booking.com 2014 Award of Excellence - STARS
  • Agoda.com 2014 Gold Circle Award - STARS
  • TripAdvisor 2014 Excellence Award - STARS
  • TripAdvisor 2014 Excellence Award - Sunset Bar
  • Holidays with Kids - Best Family Resorts in Malaysia 2014
  • Malaysia Tatler's Best Restaurant 2014 - Peppino
  • Guest Review Score 2013 - STARS
  • Best of Blue Fellowship Award - STARS
  • TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Award 2013 - Top 25 Hotels in Malaysia
  • TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Award 2013 - Top 25 Hotels for Service in Malaysia
  • TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Award 2013 - Top 25 Luxury Hotels in Malaysia
  • Conde Nast World Savers Award 2013 - Runner Up
  • Expatriate Lifestyle's Best of Malaysia Award 2013 - Best Family Stay Excellence Award
  • TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence - Hall of Fame, STARS
  • Rakutan Travel Award 2014 - STARS receives Golden Award
  • Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia - CHI, The Spa classified as a 5-star facility
  • Booking.com 2014 Award of Excellence - STARS
  • Agoda.com 2014 Gold Circle Award - STARS
  • TripAdvisor 2014 Excellence Award - STARS
  • TripAdvisor 2014 Excellence Award - Sunset Bar
  • Holidays with Kids - Best Family Resorts in Malaysia 2014
  • Malaysia Tatler's Best Restaurant 2014 - Peppino
  • Guest Review Score 2013 - STARS
  • Best of Blue Fellowship Award - STARS
  • TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Award 2013 - Top 25 Hotels in Malaysia
  • TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Award 2013 - Top 25 Hotels for Service in Malaysia
  • TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Award 2013 - Top 25 Luxury Hotels in Malaysia
  • Conde Nast World Savers Award 2013 - Runner Up
  • Expatriate Lifestyle's Best of Malaysia Award 2013 - Best Family Stay Excellence Award
For further information please visit www.shangri-la.com/kotakinabalu/tanjungaruresort/
FIVE STAR RESORT in a Pristine Forest

Owned and managed by Innoprise Jungle Lodge Sdn Bhd (IJL), the multiple awards winning Borneo Rainforest Lodge (BRL) is nestled within 43,892 hectares of protected virgin rainforest of the Danum Valley Conservation Area (DVCA) in Lahad Datu. DVCA has immense biodiversity of 200 species of plants per hectare, home to more than 300 species of birds and 120 species of mammals. DVCA is also flagged as an Important Birds Area (IBA) where IBAs are sites of international importance for conserving birds and other biodiversity.

Guests to BRL are greeted in our Lahad Datu office. To reach Lahad Datu, MAS Wings operates daily flights from Kota Kinabalu, where flight duration takes approximately an hour. Other ways to get there include overland transfer from Sandakan and Tawau. From Lahad Datu, guests embark on a 2.5-hour journey with our driver to the lodge.

Activities included in full board package are day trekking, river tubing, evening walks and night drives. Some attraction highlights are the award winning Canopy Walkway, ancient burial site Coffin Cliff, fantastic scenery observation at Viewpoint and Fairy Fall. All activities are guided and tailored according to guests’ fitness and preferences. Be it long intense trekking that last the whole day or leisure strolling on flat trail, each unravel a unique experience in the rainforest.

True serendipity is to breathe in the smell of the thick lush greenery, to enjoy the musical orchestrated by cicadas and various birds, and catch sight of all Borneo wildlife in their natural habitats. With BRL professional guides, it is easier to spot the occasional red giant flying squirrels gliding from trees to trees, rhinoceros hornbills, red leaves monkey, civets, glow-in-the-dark fungus, bearded pigs, samba deer and our man of the forest, Orang Utan, among others.

True serendipity is to breathe in the smell of the thick lush greenery, to enjoy the musical orchestrated by cicadas and various birds, and catch sight of all Borneo wildlife in their natural habitats. With BRL professional guides, it is easier to spot the occasional red giant flying squirrels gliding from trees to trees, rhinoceros hornbills, red leaves monkey, civets, glow-in-the-dark fungus, bearded pigs, samba deer and our man of the forest, Orang Utan, among others.

BRL is an environmentally conscious property with principles of designs and operations that emphasize on eco-sensitivity, sustainability and minimal impact on the nature environment. Hence, bathroom amenities such as shampoos and soaps are made from fruits and natural ingredients with zero chemicals. Waste segregation and composting of organic waste are carried out in-house. Our BRL team also conducts Green Practice education at local schools to instill awareness and educate our younger generation on the importance of recycling, conservation and protection of our sensitive ecosystem.

Accolades & Achievements

  • Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2011-2018 winner
    (Borneo Rainforest Lodge)
  • Malaysia Tourism Awards 2016/2017
    Best Hotel Services 3-STAR (RESORT) (Borneo Rainforest Lodge)
  • PATA Tourism InSPIRE Awards
    Winner 2015 of Best Responsible Tourism Destination (Borneo Rainforest Lodge)
  • TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2015 Hall of Fame
    (Borneo Rainforest Lodge)
  • Malaysia Tourism Awards 2012/2013
    Best Hotel Services -3 STAR & Below (Borneo Rainforest Lodge, Danum Valley, Sabah)
  • Malaysia Tourism Awards 2012/2013
    Best Tourist Attraction - Natural Attraction/Eco-Tourism/Agro Tourism
    (Borneo Rainforest Lodge Danum Valley, Sabah)
  • 27th ASEANTA Awards for Excellence 2013
    Best ASEAN New Tourist Attraction
    Canopy Walkway at Danum Valley Conservation Area
  • Sabah Tourism Awards 2009
    Excellence in Hotel Services- Nature Lodge
    (Borneo Rainforest Lodge, Danum Valley)
  • Sabah Tourism Awards 2009
    Best Tourism Attraction -Nature
    (The Canopy Walkway, Borneo Rainforest Lodge Danum Valley)

Borneo Nature Tours Sdn. Bhd. (BNT) is an inbound tour operator specialising in nature and adventure tour programmes in Sabah. BNT has dedicated offices in Lahad Datu and Kota Kinabalu to support its operations on the east and west coasts of Sabah.

BNT is the marketing arm and the sole ground-handler for tourists visiting the award-winning BRL.

BNT also feature adventure treks into Sabah's Lost World - Maliau Basin Conservation Area. Other products and services include nature and adventure tour, 4WD experience tour, personalised and tailored tours, MICE handling and support services, honeymoon packages, hotels and resorts arrangement in Sabah and arrival/departure ground transfers.
USUKAN COVE - Gateway to the Wonders of Diving

Inno Travel & Tour Services Sdn. Bhd. (ITTS) is one of the leading players in Sabah's tourism industry, providing a complete range of related services under the product brand 'SABAH HOLIDAYS'.

ITTS operates as a travel agent, tour operator for inbound and outbound tours, ticketing, car rental and limousine services as well as a coach operator. With a highly trained, experienced and competent workforce, guests are ensured a peace of mind throughout their holidays.

The company today owns a modern fleet of vehicles ranging from limousines, saloon vehicles, MPVs and tour coaches, which enables it to provide quality tours at attractive costs. To further enhance the services provided and maintain the high standard of quality services, the company also operates its own boats to complement the tour packages.

ITTS also run day trip tours to the Usukan Cove Lodge in Kota Belud, a destination offering snorkeling, diving, fishing, river cruise and adventure tours. Usukan Cove, a bay area on the coast of Kota Belud is located adjacent to Kuala Abai, where the jetty to Mantanani Islands is situated. It is a mere an hour and a half drive from Kota Kinabalu, a journey filled with scenic view of paddy fields, rural neighbourhoods and a picturesque sight of Mount Kinabalu.

Usukan Cove is blessed with various natural attractions, rich corals and marine life, white sandy beaches, crystal clear and soothing calm waters, to name a few. With its pristine and serene environment, Usukan Cove is not only a perfect leisure getaway, but also a gateway to the wonders of diving in Sabah.

Tucked away in the quiet and peaceful Usukan Cove is Pandan Pandan Island. Pandan Pandan Island is a ten-minute boat ride from the departure point of Usukan Cove Lodge. Separated from the mainland by just a mere distance, Pandan Pandan Island captivates its visitors with its mere beauty. Set in a secluded location, you may invest your time to enjoy the various sea sport activities, swimming in the calm sea or sunbathing on its white sandy beach at this privately-owned island destination.

Pandan Pandan Island offers an opportunity to unwind in its peaceful and private ambience. The island is encircled by fringing reefs which are largely intact. Just a stone's throw away from the mainland, be mesmerised by the variety of corals and marine life as you engulf in snorkeling at the island. Avid divers may stumble upon grouper, squids, baby barracudas and snappers. If lady luck is on your side, you may also be greeted by playful dolphins or mother turtles. The uninhabited fronting mainland offers the opportunity to hop to a few other hugely untouched beaches.

ITTS also operates a river cruise under Le Cruise De Kota Belud at Kg. Tamau, Kota Belud. The base can accommodate up to 100 pax of day trip tours at any one time. Le Cruise De Kota Belud showcases Kota Belud's own wetlands. There you can discover one of Sabah's icons, the Proboscis monkeys. The cruise begins at the Tempasuk River where you will be greeted by the majestic view of Mount Kinabalu at the background. Before long the sight of bouncy family of Proboscis monkeys will engross river cruisers. Hence, do not forget to bring your binoculars.

The panoramic view of the villages along the cruise will equally fascinate you. Further along the cruise, the fascinating view of the sunset awaits you and if you are lucky, a slight drizzle will add colours to your excursion as the rainbow appears on the horizon. For the second cruise along Nanamun River, the enchanting sight of Christmas lights emanating from fireflies in the thousands will brighten up the journey.
Borneo Refugia Adventure Sdn. Bhd. (BRASB) is an inbound tour operator based in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, a Wholly-Owned Company of Yayasan Sabah Group. BRASB was established in 2015, specialises in carrying on a business related to tourism, eco- tourism and activities related to conservation areas. BRASB also conducts activities related to rainforest and conservation matters in collaboration with educational and research institutions.

BRASB’s flagship product is Kawag Danum Rainforest Lodge (KDRL) situated in Lahad Datu, Sabah as an eco-tourism destination. Other eco-tourism products include package to conservation areas namely Danum Valley, Maliau Basin and Imbak Canyon to name a few to the local and international market. Apart from that, BRASB also provides experience in living with the local communities at various locations throughout Sabah.

BRASB has two operating offices; a headquarters located at Kota Kinabalu and a branch office located at Lahad Datu. Both offices handle inquiries and reservations for visitors. BRASB branch office in Lahad Datu also provides transportation services to KDRL and other destinations such as Sandakan, Tawau and Semporna.

BRASB vision is to be the world-renowned service provider that fosters awareness & appreciation of nature.

For further information, please visit www.borneorefugia.com / www.borneorefugiaadventure.com
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