5 Nights
2 – 11 years old

Water balloon guns, Malaysian massage, orangutans and ocean views – the Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa brings a fresh twist to your tropical beach getaway. The usual drool-worthy stuff of vacation daydreams is all on the cards of course – you can snorkel, swim, SUP and sun-bake at the resort’s one-of-a-kind Water Play Area, STAR Marina and on the coral islands of Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park.

But if you want to spend your island time a little differently, you’ll also be sweet on the special somethings that can only be found at this family-friendly resort. Think Kota Kinabalu National Park, night markets, balcony views of the South China Sea and a daily schedule of activities ranging from volleyball and Giant Jenga, to coconut bowling and Malaysian cooking demos. 

Book this hot deal at kid-friendly Shangri-La’S Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa before 31 May 2019 to unlock free Kids Club, free meals and a whole host of limited-time family perks.


  • Return flights included to Kota Kinabalu via Kuala Lumpur, with Malaysia Airlines or similar
  • Stay, Play and Eat FREE for up to two children 11 years old and under
  • FREE Cool Zone Kids’ Club for children 4 – 11 years old
  • Book before 31 May 2019


Return flights included to Kota Kinabalu via Kuala Lumpur flying Malaysia Airlines
5 nights’ accommodation at Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa in a Kinabalu Family Room
Two kids 11 years and under Stay, Play and Eat for free 
Full breakfast daily
1 free ice cream scoop per child at Cold Box
1 free water balloon fight at the Water Play Area
Unlimited entry to the Cool Zone Kids Club for kids under 12 years
SAVE 20% on select food & beverage at resort outlets
SAVE 20% on select sports and recreational facilities at STAR Marina
Return private car transfers from Kota Kinabalu Airport to Hotel


  • 19 May – 2 Jun 2019
  • 26 Aug – 12 Sep 2019
  • 10 Oct – 22 Nov 2019


At Family Travel, we have a passion for helping families all over Australia create meaningful and memorable experiences. Whether you’re a band of avid campers, adventure-seekers, or if you prefer a little luxury, we’re driven to make your holiday dreams come true. With over 20 years of travel experience, you can be sure we can create the right holiday for your family. Can’t find what you’re looking for on our site? Call us on 1300 404 100 and one of our accredited family travel specialists can create an incredible family holiday package for you.

The Family Travel 30 Day Booking Guarantee means that if you can’t get the travel dates you want within 30 days of buying the voucher, we’ll give you your money back


  • Valid for travel: 19 May – 2 Jun, 26 Aug – 12 Sep, 10 Oct – 22 Nov 19.
  • Advertised Per Adult & Per Child prices are based on a 6-night package for 2 adults & 2 children from Melbourne
  • Valid for sale until 31 May 19, unless sold out prior.
  • Prices correct as 01 Apr 19 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change.
  • Offers subject to availability.
  • Room upgrades and late check-outs are subject to availability unless otherwise stated.
  • All savings and bonus nights (if applicable) are included in the advertised price.
  • Airfare availability is limited. Ticketing conditions apply.
  • Up to 2 kids stay free when sharing the room with paying adults using existing bedding. Kids eat free when dining with paying adult on selected services.
  • Subject to availability at time of booking for new bookings only.
  • All prices are subject to change at any time without notice.
  • Valid for sales unless sold out prior.
  • Offers may be withdrawn without notice and are not combinable with any other offers unless stated.
  • If you need to cancel your trip after travel has been confirmed, the travel operator may impose cancellation fees.  
  • Travel insurance not included, customers are advised to purchase appropriate cover.
  • Family Travel Team members receive 10% off any travel insurance policy.
  • Once your Family Travel holiday has been purchased you will receive a voucher with full redemption details for you to book your travel.
  • If for any reason you are unable to book your preferred dates please refer to the Family Travel 30 Day Booking Guarantee to understand our refund policy.
  • When booking in your travel dates, make sure you have your travel voucher number, traveller names (as they appear on their passport), age of travellers and details of any special requirements you wish to highlight to the resort (e.g. vegetarian etc).
  • We recommend you purchase travel insurance as soon as your travel dates are confirmed.
  • Excludes: Travel insurance, visa and items of a personal nature and meals not mentioned.


A visa gives a non-citizen permission to enter and stay in a certain country.

Family Travel cannot issue visas for your trip. You will need to research Visa requirements and contact the nearest embassy or consulate. Australian Government’s travel advice service smartraveller.gov.au is a good place to start.

Read more Visa information here.



Given the attention the Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort pays to kids, this is definitely a deal for the families. Under 12’s will love the Cool Zone Kids Club, 100 metres-worth of waterslides, free kids’ meals and a kids-only party hosted every Friday night. Even the grown-ups might get a little bit jealous, although there is plenty of opportunity for adults-only downtime to make up for it.

Why is this holiday great for kids?


Thanks to its intriguing location, you’ll get even more out of your Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort stay than an average family resort holiday by the beach. The Shangri-La is 10 minutes from the centre of Koba Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah (Malaysian Borneo) and 10 minutes by boat to the islands of Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. So there is no shortage of exploration to be done – check out the resident orangutans of Koba Kinabalu National Park, which is also home to the world’s stinkiest and largest flower species. Go on a snorkel day trip departing Shangri-La’s private jetty, STAR Marina. Check out the fresh food at the old city markets in town, where you can also find many a glitzy mall. 


6 restaurants, 429 rooms, a 2000 square metre swimming pool and 100 metres-worth of water slides. 10 minutes to town and 10 by boat to a stunning marine park. The Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort should be numero uno for families who want the balance of extravagance and ease, relaxing and keeping busy in a location that falls slightly off the beaten island-holiday path. All rooms have views of the mountainside or ocean, with interiors inspired by Borneo’s fascinating culture. There are health and fitness facilities, a CHI Spa, tennis courts and more on site.

And kids? Buckle up! This hot deal includes free access for 4 to 12 year olds to the Cool Zone Kids Club. In fact, two children from each family (11 years and under) stay, play and eat completely for free. Special daily activities just for kids can include fish feeding, arts and crafts, movie nights, underwater treasure hunts, leaf painting, fun water polo and more. The icing on the cake is a weekly kids’ party every Friday night from 6 to 9pm for 5 to 12 year olds. Dancing, magic shows, team games and yummy dinner make the night with new friends one to remember. Children can get involved in the party prep during the day.


If relaxing and refreshing is your thing, you’ll love the blissful offerings from CHI Spa, including an authentic Malaysian scrub and massage pack, and a romantic couple’s session including coconut milk soak and aromatherapy massage. If you prefer action-packed holidays, check out the fitness facilities and the daily schedule of events – some of which you can do alongside your kids. 

Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa

This is one special resort. Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa fronts right onto the South China Sea. Every room in the Tanjung Wing has ocean views, and if you’re staying in the Kinabalu Wing you can feast your eyes on either sea or mountainside. Make the most of snorkelling and watersports from STAR Marina private jetty, and of your proximity to Kotu Kinabalu itself. 


  • Parking Facilities
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Spa
  • Marina
  • Babysitting / Child Care (4 years & above)
  • Laundry & Valet Service
  • Medical Service
  • Airport Transfer
  • Car Rental
  • Foreign Exchange Counter
  • Shopping Arcade
  • 24-hour Room Service
  • 3 Restaurants & 3 Bars


Check in: 15:00 – Check Out: 12:00

Kinabalu Family Room

  • Each room offers 66 sqm / 710 sqf of luxury
  • Incredible sea views
  • Parents’ room with private sea-facing balcony, ensuite bathroom with extra towels, separate shower and soaking tub
  • Children’s room with bunk bed and child-friendly furniture
  • Children’s amenities and welcome packs
  • Wi-Fi

Call us on 1300 404 100 for more options for families of all shapes and sizes.

Room amenities: 

Bath & Personal Care

  • Pillow menu
  • Plush bathrobes and slippers
  • Premium Shangri-La toiletries
  • Separate shower and soaking tub

Media & Entertainment

  • Wired and wireless Internet access
  • DVD player
  • In-house movie channels

Office Equipment & Stationery

  • Elegant stationery
  • In-room safe
  • International Direct Dial telephone
  • Voicemail


  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Minibar


Looking for flights to Kota Kinabalu to start your holiday? Flight are included from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth to Kota Kinabalu.

Looking for flights departing other destinations? Call us on 1300 404 100


Private return airport transfers are included in the deal!


Average temperatures in Kota Kinabalu vary barely at all. Considering humidity, temperatures feel hot all year with a chance of rain throughout most of the year. The area is far less temperate than some — in the bottom 1 percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Kota Kinabalu, the hottest months are May, June, and then April. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early to mid May where highs are regularly around 92.3°F (33.5°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 76.3°F (24.6°C) at night.


Visas for Australians traveling overseas

A visa is a form of permission for a non-citizen to enter, transit or remain in a particular country.

We do not issue visas for overseas travel and cannot provide definitive information on visas. Only the countries you plan to visit can provide up-to-date information about their visa requirements. For all countries, contact the nearest embassy or consulate of the country you intend to visit well in advance of travel. Not all countries have representation in Australia. For a list of all countries visa requirements Click Here  

  • Family Travel can arrange a personalised travel insurance quote for you.
  • Call us on 1300 404 100 and quote Family10 for a 10% discount.


Why book with Family Travel?

The Family Travel 30 Day Booking Guarantee means that if you can’t get the travel dates you want within 30 days of buying the voucher, we’ll give you your money back

What is included in The Deal?
Please refer to the ‘Holiday Includes’ section. If you are unclear, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 1300 404 100 for more details.

Can I arrange my flights with Family Travel?
We at Family Travel are a fully licensed travel agency and are able to arrange flights to any destination. Call us on 1300 404 100 to get a personalised quote.

Are there any health precautions or vaccinations that my family needs?
We recommend you see your doctor at least eight weeks prior to travel for advice, and to allow time for any necessary vaccinations.

Can Family Travel organise my travel insurance? / Do I need a travel insurance?
We always recommend that you purchase travel insurance as soon as your travel dates are confirmed. Family Travel can arrange a personalised travel insurance quote for you. Call us on 1300 404 100 and quote Family10 for a 10% discount.


What is the cancellation procedure? / Can I cancel or make changes to my booking?
If for any reason you need to cancel, contact the Family Travel reservation team on 1300 404 100, and make sure you have your travel voucher number and traveller names on hand. Please be aware that the travel operator may impose cancellation fees. In addition, Family Travel will charge a AUD $100 per person cancellation fee. Once we have received a variable request for cancellation, we request it be submitted in writing. Once received we will begin to process your cancellation. 

I haven’t received my Family Travel voucher yet. What do I do?
If you have not received your voucher contact Family Travel on 1300 404 100 and we will resend your voucher by email. 

Where can I find full terms and conditions for Family Travel?
Terms and conditions for each holiday can be found in the fine print of each booking. Full details on the terms and conditions can be found on the link below. 

How old do my kids need to be?
We include a ‘For Kids’ section at the top of every deal that outlines the age guidelines of the product provided to us by the tour operator. 

Are there any programs for kids at the resort?
Refer to the above BEST FOR Tab for full information on kids programs

How many people in a room?
Refer to the above Resort/Hotel Tab for full information on your room configuration & bedding

My kids are fussy eaters will there be other options for my kids?
This is dependant on the resort/hotel and the restaurant options available on-site or nearby. 

What if my kids are over the age of 12 years? Do they count as adults?
Family Travel is able to look after families of all ages. If you are interested in this product, but your kids don’t suit the age requirements, call us on 1300 404 100 and we can provide a customised quote. 

Can you put my family in Adjoining or Connecting Rooms?
At Family Travel we are more then happy to request that your family is put in adjoining or connecting rooms, however this will only be on a request basis and can’t usually be guaranteed. To make this request or to find out more please call us on 1300 404 100.