Three years after our first trip to Borneo (Sarawak) we returned: we wanted to 're-do' Sarawak, and also visit Sabah. Because we so much enjoyed staying at the Kebun's longhouse last time, we wanted to come back to this special place.
We had kept in touch via facebook, and therefore knew that Adrian had made quite a few changes.
He had built a little Cabin, and we decided to stay there. It was very cute, very nice to have our own little private garden (though unfortunately we did not sit there a lot due to either rain or mozzies).
A major change compared to three years ago was the form of the catering: the first time we visited all meals were at the 'main' building, now breakfast was self-service from our own fridge (with freshly baked bread brought to our door early in the morning); lunch and dinner were also brought to our cabin (and to the other houses). This took a little getting used to, as we had rather enjoyed the communal meals.
It was also possibe to eat your warm meals in the main building, after the first day we chose that option. But all guest had their "own" table, so there was still little interaction (which we would have liked, but if you are a family with kids you probably love the option of nót eating in a group). Luckily the food was just as good as the last time, and we were regularly feasted on impromptu snacks (Durian (different types!), fried sweet potato, and, véry special: Durian soup with mung beans and sago, which I greatly enjoyed).
Another change was that we actually got to drive our own car (with navigation set with all major attractions pre-set, super!) which gives a fantastic sense of freedom. My husband did the actual driving, and it wasn't too difficult to drive on the 'wrong' (for us) side: Malaysians are relaxed drivers, and the Kebun is situated far from the city, so your first trip starts with hardly any traffic, nice way to break in.
All in all we very much enjoyed staying the Kebun again, it was a lovely place to relax after our previous jungle adventures, just sitting in the chill-out area reading a book or playing with the Very Adorable puppies. Adrian is a wonderful host, and really does his utmost best to give all his guests a wonderfull experience.
- 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