The five star Shangri-La Tanjung Resort and Spa is located on the sparkling shores of the South China Sea in spacious and extensive grounds. Its 492 luxurious rooms have views overlooking Mount Kinabalu and the ocean and offer contemporary luxury. The various sporting and leisure facilities include a private beach and spa with a variety of treatments. There is a selection of restaurants and bars many of which are highly regarded in the rest of Malaysia and serve international and local cuisine. Close to down town Kinabalu and not far from the Kinabalu National park the hotel is aimed at leisure travellers looking for a relaxing stay.
You can see orangutans in several national parks in Borneo, so you can avoid the crowds at Sepilok orangutan Sanctuary.