Saturday, May 19, 2012

The most romantic place in the world is in Kota Kinabalu

I'm starting to typing this blog out in the best possible place to write a blog in the entire world: the sunset bar of the Shangri-la Tanjung Aru Resort in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia with really a cool breeze blowing, a beautiful kaleidoscope of purples, pinks and oranges in front of me, great lounge music and pretty good company. A travel blogger couldn't ask for more.

One of my companions and I been walking the beach at sunset, thinking to sit by the beach until dinner, when the idea came to get martinis to accompany the view and to end the day on a merry note.

We walked into the al fresco bar right by the sea and there were all these people hanging out by the bar with really hip music that reminded me of some hot hangout in Paris. Yes, specifically Paris, and not New York, Hong Kong, Tokyo or London. It was distinctly Paris music -- and how well it went with the atmosphere tonight.

This is wonderful, I said, until we saw these amazing sofa beds laid out all along the perimeters of the bar, facing the sea and the sunset -- in fact, practically jutting out of into the sea, as if to try catch the sunset. The sofa beds were more than wonderful; they were simply amazing.

I can tell you that we didn't even say a word to each other, but we dove into the sofa at the same time, with me practically flinging my shoes to one side. It's a good thing I didn't hit anyone with those high heels.

And then there we were, with a fantastic -- absolutely fantastic -- front-row view of the sunset in what is probably one of the most romantic settings in the world. Yes, I've seen them all. We're in great hotels all the time and we do see a lot of beautiful sunsets.

But Kota's sunset from the Shangri-la Tanjung Aru Resort's sunset bar is really something else. It's the stuff that movies are made of, and the kind of place that makes your heart beat just a little faster.

And, in case you're wondering what people talk about when they're sitting with a glass of wine in hand on a bed sofa fronting one of the most beautiful sunsets in the one of the most romantic settings in the world, well, we didn't talk about anything profound or philosophical. In fact, we didn't talk at all. There was no need for words. The view said it all.

However, we did make up for the lack of conversation at dinner later in Peppino, the Shangri-la Tanjung Aru's fine dining restaurant, which has just about the most delicious Sicilian-style sardine pasta I've ever tasted, and an amazing passion fruit pannacotta and chocolate mousse. We laughed non-stop until 11 PM. Read more about this in our next post...


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