It has always been high up on my bucket list to go and see Orangutans in Borneo but the thought of having to trek through the jungle and drive for hours had put us off slightly until we came across the Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria resort after a recommendation from some friends. Not only is the Rasi Ria resort in Kota Kinabalu a 5 Star hotel, it also has a nature reserve next to the resort that helps to look after baby Orangutans.

We booked our trip via Virgin Holidays and flew with Singapore Airlines. Going to be honest, I had heard so many good things about Singapore Airlines but I wasn’t that impressed. The flight was a bit of nightmare going out. We were delayed for 2 hours at Heathrow which ment when we finally landed in Singapore we had missed out connecting flight to Borneo and had to get a flight from Singapore to Kuala Lumpar and then another flight to Borneo. This did mean we missed a half a day out of holiday but these things can’t be helped. They just didn’t seem that bothered about you and only really cared about the business passengers.

When we got to the Rasa Ria resort we were pretty tired and annoyed from the delays but that changed pretty quickly once we saw how impressive the hotel was. As your driven down the road leading up to the hotel your first see the huge golf course with lots of lush exotic trees and plants before arriving at the hotel entrance.

On arrival we were offered the opportunity to upgrade from the Garden Wing to the newer Ocean Wing and were so glad we paid the extra money. The Ocean Wing is the exclusive part of the hotel that is much newer and more quieter away from the restaurants and bars of the resort. The rooms are more spacious by the looks of it and we had a jacuzzi on our balcony! But the best part which really made paying the extra money worth while was the exclusive pool which is only

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