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 seven 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 and 2016
  • Chairman of Sabah Foundation Board of Trustees Award 2014, 2015 and 2016
  • Excellent Company Award 2014, 2015 and 2016 (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

Innoprise Jungle Lodge Sdn. Bhd. (IJL) is the owner and operator of the award-winning Borneo Rainforest Lodge (BRL). BRL is nestled in a magnificent setting alongside the Danum River flowing through Sabah's largest lowland rainforest, Danum Valley Conservation Area, a 43,800 ha of pristine and undisturbed tropical flora and fauna.

The Lodge's sustainable designs, uses recycled wood products and locally sourced materials to ensure minimum wastage on the existing material for the buildings construction. The Management upholds its responsibility to preserve this "Wonder of Nature" by implementing several green practices that focuses on significant environmental effects such as Waste Management, Zero Chemical, Wastewater Treatment by Effective Micro-organism (EM), Reduce Energy Consumption, Reduced Noise and local product support to stimulate local economy.

BRL has 30 individual chalets with ceiling fan and en-suite bathroom, accommodating up to 60 guests on any one time on a full-board basis. Guests have a choice of different types of chalet such as Standard Chalet (Jungle view) Deluxe Chalet (Jungle or River view) and the newly built Premium Villas (2 single-storey and 1 double-storey).

Premium Villa, the glass-encased villa provides all round view of the surrounding river and forest, and a larger, greener and more efficient living space. With a private infinity pool and large balcony overlooking the magnificent view of the Danum River, guests could truly enjoy the unique scenery of the pristine forest in comfort.

In 2016, BRL was awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and was recognized for Superior Service.

Accolades & Achievements

  • 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence - Recognised for Superior Service
  • PATA InSPIRE Award Winner 2015 - Best Responsible Tourism Destination
  • Sabah Tourism Awards 2015 - Best Inbound Tour Package (4 Days/3 Nights Stay at Luxury Villa @ Borneo Rainforest Lodge, Danum Valley)
  • TripAdvisor - Certificate of Hall of Fame 2015
  • TripAdvisor - Certificate of Excellence for Year 2012/2013/2014/2015
  • Malaysia Tourism Awards 2012/2013 - Best Hotel Services * 3 star & Below (Borneo Rainforest Lodge, Danum Valley, Sabah)
  • Malaysia Tourism Awards 2012/2013 - Best Tour Package * Luxury Tourism (Borneo Nature Tours, Sabah)
  • Malaysia Tourism Awards 2012/2013 - Best Tourist Attraction * Natural Attraction/Eco-Tourism/Agro Tourism (Danum Valley, Sabah)
  • 27th ASEANTA Awards for Excellence 2013 - The Best Asean New Tourist Attraction - Canopy Walkway at Danum Valley Conservation Area
  • TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for Year 2013 - Recognising the Top Performing Business on TripAdvisor
  • Sabah Tourism Award 2009 - Excellence in Hotel Service (Best Borneo Rainforest Lodge)
  • Sabah Tourism Award 2009 - Best Nature Attraction (Canopy Walkway)
  • Sabah Tourism Award 2009 - Best New Tour Package (danum Valley 4 Days/3 Nights)
  • Sabah Tourism Award 2007 - Excellence in Hotel Service (Borneo Rainforest Lodge)
  • Sabah Tourism Award 2005 - Excellence in Hotel Service (Borneo Rainforest Lodge)
  • Malaysia Tourism Award 2004 - Best Natural Attraction
  • ASEANTA Awards for Excellence 1996 - The Best New Tourism Attraction in ASEAN

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.
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  • Innoprise Corporation Sdn. Bhd.
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  • Conservation & Environmental Management
Contact Us

Telephone: +(60) 88 326300
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Email: ysinfo@ysnet.org.my
Address: Menara Tun Mustapha
Yayasan Sabah Headquarters Complex
Likas Bay
P. O. Box 11623
88817 Kota Kinabalu
Sabah, MALAYSIA