amazing place to spend my 50th birthday on the bayu villa (overwater bungalow)
very friendly staff allover the resort, very delicous food, dream place to relax
amazing beautiful villas, delicious food, free boat to bunga raya with its sandy beach
mountain trail, merc , fish feeding
at bayu villa you have direct access to seabath
described at simple accommodation we found the accommodation of seling island (turtle island) very comfortable.
service very friendly from all the staff at the island
food simple but rich and good
especial experience to see the turtles coming on land at night and lay their eggs
in very beautiful surroundings, beautiful cottages either at riverside or uphills
special atmosphere especialy at night with all the wildlife sound
lot of different organised trips/excursions available either on foot or by lodges vehicles
experience guides who find you even very hidden animals like we had luck to have found a clouded leopard
beautiful, but service could be improved..at buffets often missing food when coming back late from official excursion
company not very flexible in transport times (pick up / drop off)
beautiful relaxing atmosphere, great river trip for sunset
felt pity to not have spent longer time there instead of one night, one of best lodges i ever had been
amazing friendly quick service, delicious rich buffets
beautiful cottages on stilt
beautiful cottage in big garden / park with nice small lake infront at reception
delicious buffet, friendly service
just beware of leeches while going out in the park
Hidden amongst a veritable treasure trove of tropical plants and grasses, hug trees and spectacular orchids in bloom, the quaint bungalows of the Sepilok Nature Resort are within walking distance of the world-famous Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve, precious home of the last wild Orang-Utans of Northern Borneo.
well equipped rooms, nice view, helpful staff
gym and other facilities are still in progress
very well located near to the main malls and infront of harbrour front
withnice view from the room
pleasant gym and swimming pool
drinks lightly overcharged
friendly service, nice view, clean
The accommodation at this resort was straightforward motel-style cabins, clean and air-conditioned and the location was away from most things. However, the people who run this place made it a most wonderful stay for us.
We had chosen the upgraded room and it was a nice size room with nice bathroom.
There was also a balcony that over looked the grounds.
The power went out when we first arrived and it was hot and steamy inside and out.
The beds were terrible, like sleeping on a soft piece of foam.
I don't know if I would stay there again.
This resort is located in an excellent location. It is a 5 minute walk from the rehab center.
A short drive from the airport in Sandakan. The grounds on the river are beautiful.
A great place to stay for backpackers & budget travellers. With a very reasonable price, I got to enjoy a clean room & common bathroom & many great facilities (for the price i paid).
There are free internet access, tight security & great living room to hang out. There's even a small kitchen providing some simple foods & drinks without charges (normally brought in by the workers & guests). The workers there were friendly & warmth.
Moreover, the lodge is located in the centre of the town.
The overall service were great.
Instead of staying in the lodges to explore the jungle, we stayed with a local family in their house next to the Kinabatangan River in the jungle of Borneo. It was wonderful, we had lovely traditional homecooked food - 3 good meals plus snacks - as the family got on with their normal life around us.
The price was also good around 360RM per person for 2 nights, all meals and cruises & treks; and around 55RM for additional nights.
Zul is the co-ordinator for the village, he picked us up from the bus route and acted as our personal guide on our river trips and jungle treks. The local people here are the Orang Sungai (river people) and excellent at spotting the local jungle wildlife. Zul was great - he found elephants, crocodiles, monkeys, hornbills, lizards; he made us feel at home in the jungle and spotted loads of animals. Throughout, we felt happy to be with such friendly people and to be helping their natural village lifestyle to have a chance of continuing.
Note: there is no swish website: best to book by phone (+6013 8913078) - Zul will check dates and transport with you.
Staying in the Borneo jungle with the River People; eating traditional meals; jungle treks and river cruises led by a local villager; helping the local village life and community to survive.
We stayed at Royal Main Chalet together weith Right Wing and Left Wing chalets connected.
Royal Main chalet has a living room which has connecting door to both the Right & Left wing chalet. All the chalet has verandah overlooking Danum river. The verandah is where we spent much of our time in the evening. Listening to the water flows, the sounds of gibbons call and watching Rhinohornbills. So tranquil!
The Main Chalet is much bigger than the other two and all chalet comes with modern amenities and free coffee and tea making facilities.
BRL also do have chalet that comes with Jacuzzi overlooking the river too.
Borneo Rainforest Lodge has 31 units timber chalet twin or double sharing. The Main building upper level consist of spacious lounge, dining hall, bar counter, reading corner and a viewing platform overlooking Danum river.
It is a great place to just relax and enjoy nature.
Uncle Chang calls himself the “backpacker’s choice” on Mabul island and certainly at 50RM /night for a dorm room (100 for a couple in a private room), shared bathroom with electricity only at night and simple buffet food, it will feel like a good choice for those on a budget.
Chang’s Mabul staff is pleasant, fun, outgoing and each of them seems to have some extra musical talent that they may choose to break out later in the evenings. The dive masters are competent and knowledgeable as a group, but there are some apprentices who have heart but may not be as eagle-eyed as the locals who have spent time in the islands.
Uncle Chang also has one more very important feature. He seems to be the only dive operator who can dependably get dive permits to Sipidan island with only a day’s notice. I was told by every other dive shop that it would take a week. Don’t know how he does it, but he does…
The lodge is basically only one of two venues to visit the remote and rugged Danum Valley. I did not visit the other (the field center), but if cost is an issue you may want to look into that. With the use of an agent and transportation worked in, the effective rate for the lodge is 700 RM per PERSON, so a night there can cost your couple US$500 and a weekend $1000 (half that for the independent traveler). Apparently, a price rise is coming at the end of summer 2008.
Is it worth it? Well, if you compare to other high-cost resort venues, the answer would have to be yes and no. There are nowhere near the amenities one might expect at high end places like Shangri-La, though apparently management has planned upgrades to partially address this gap.
On the other hand, after visiting rainforests in Costa Rica, Thailand, Hawaii and the game-viewing parks of Africa, Borneo Rainforest Lodge does offer something rare and becoming more unique all the time: a large extent of pristine, primary rainforest that is still relatively undisturbed by humans. If you’re a true nature enthusiast (of means), you may consider these features enough for a short visit. I did.
Set in a pristine, primary rain forest with a lot of pro-ecological features including graywater recycling and no-impact sewage handling.
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