After KL we flew to Kota Kinabalu which is still part of Malaysia but on the island of Borneo and oh how I wish we were still there! We had seven glorious (ok I only had 6 but more about that later) nights there. We stayed at the Shangri La Rasa Ria resort and it was heaven.
Of course our holiday couldn’t be complete without some sort of stuff up, we arrived to find they had given us 2 adjoining rooms (as requested) but the 3rd room was on a different level… while the adults fought over who would stay away from all the children, management managed to swap our rooms after the first night (gotta love an upgrade).
We fell into a fantastic routine of lazy breakfasts then mornings spent lazing by the pool watching the kids play on the slides or heading to the beach for the boys to take the kids out on the catamarans and kayaks.
After lunch by the pool, the kids headed to kids club where they spent their afternoons having pony rides, doing batik paintings, games and having lots of fun. Kids club meant the adults had the afternoons to ourselves… golf for the boys, day spa for the girls and just sitting enjoying a cocktail in the sun or watching the afternoon sun showers/ storms.
We managed to crawl out of the sun-lounges to play tourist once or twice. The resort is on 400 acres and has an orangutan rehabilitation sanctuary within it. We were so lucky on the morning we visited to have 2 of the 4 current orangutans come to the feeding platform for us. They got so unbelievable close and the kids (as were the adults) were awestruck to be able to watch them swinging through the trees.
We also went into the town one afternoon (a decision I would come to regret) we had dinner on the waterfront and visited the night markets which were terrible. I managed to get food poisoning and thus spent the night and following morning doing my own detox! Luckily no-one else got sick.
We did a cultural village tour as well. It was fantastic and the kids all enjoyed it to. Not surprisingly Lachie thought the best part was about the headhunters!
Each evening the kids from kids club got to take part in the lighting ceremony. A prince and princess are chosen and then the other children are warriors. Our kids did it a couple of times so they could each have a turn of being Prince or Princess.
Unfortunately the holiday ended all too soon and it was time to head back to the desert and reality. We landed at midnight, Clint flew out again at midday for work and then Brett and family arrived in the evening for a week to see the Emirates and plan our next holiday together for 2012.