WOW! This was the best holiday we have ever had, and I can't speak more highly of the experience. We stayed at the Kebun in September 2012 for 6 nights as a stop-over on on our way from living in England to living in Australia. We were 5 - my father of 74, my husband and I and our two daughters aged 2 and 4. We all fitted comfortably into Olivia's bungalow and appreciated the air-conditioning in the bedrooms, and the space to mingle but also to take naps or sleep in if needed. The setting is lovely, with a river out back and a big veranda all around – the house is very gracious and feels like your own home, decorated with all sorts of lovely personal things. The mixture of support on the one hand, and space to do or choose your own thing was really fantastic. The bungalow has a long list of day trips that you can take, all of which Adrian will organise entirely for you, from transport to guides to entrance fees to drivers, everything. But you can also ‘mix and match’ the activities according to what suits you (eg in our case a 2 year old who needed an afternoon nap from time to time). And best of all, in what is apparently a new development, you can even drive yourself in a car provided by Adrian (GPS included but the area is not very difficult to navigate alone with a simple map) and go where and when you please. This makes The Kebun a rare place that suits anyone from those who like everything organised to those who prefer maximum autonomy and everywhere in between.
I could write pages about all the amazing things we saw and did, but in addition to the graciousness and hospitality of Adrian as well as the charming Raffi we found the food incredible – the homecooked dinners and lunches served on the peaceful verandah of Olivia’s bungalow were a highlight of each day – just incredibly delicious food. And Adrian took us as well to several fantastic local restaurants including the best seafood I have ever eaten right by the sea. He was extremely helpful and patient with a number of practical challenges that we had to solve, and gave us a great accommodation recommendation for our last two nights in Malaysian Borneo which were in Kuching. Our whole experience of Sarawak was that it is a wonderful place: a relaxed pace of life, very little sense of hectic tourism, a pride in place and an openness and kindness that was really engaging. Our two young children were happy and responsive and as I was writing this review my 4 year old was excitedly pointing to the revolving pictures on The Kebun website, talking about all the happy memories she associated them with. Thank you so much for an unforgettable time!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Kebun was started 12 years ago as our plan for a retirement home in Sarawak, East Malaysia. Adrian’s Bungalow was put up after being disassembled from the movie set of The Sleeping Dictionery. Olivia’s was only put up only two years later when it was taken out of storage which was also disassembled from the same movie set. The farmstay side of the business only started in April 2010 after much encouragement from friends.The Kebun is not just accommodation, it is an experience. If you would like to get a taste for the basics of a simple lifestyle in a beautiful tropical setting, which is of fresh gardens of organic herbs & vegetables, picking your own tropical fruits, dining on fresh farm raised livestock, fishing for your own freshwater fish & simple accommodation with little impact to the environment, or even to help out with feeding all of the animals at the end of the day’s activities and again in the morning, then your are up for a unique Sarawakian adventure at The Kebun. ... more less