This is a quirky place that is full of character; a definite must for thee traveller who does not like sleek, commercial chains with no soul. You are in the middle of the city but would never know it because of the greenery and natural furnishes...it does have a tropical feel about it. The owners, Cyril and Julia are very welcoming, and it is like you are staying in their home rather than at a hotel. The animals are part of the family, so you need to be ok with a small dog and half a dozen cats wondering at will.
I had a very comfy room with personality. My ensuite shower room had doors that opened about 1m from the edge of the swimming pool (complete with waterfall). In the mornings I went from my bed into the swimming pool without having to stop for clothing...a sign warns that naked bathing is permitted and I felt comfortable doing so. This ensuite arrangement did result in me finding a man in the ensuite one evening ...a man who was visiting the bar and used that toilet...to be happy staying here you should be the type of person who finds this entertaining rather than invasive.
Breakfast table was laid out for us: toast your own bread as needed with a toaster on your table, while scrambled eggs and a fresh fruit platter is served to you along with freshly squeezed fruit juice. You can read the Borneo Post over breakfast.
This is a small business that is clearly run with love as its motivating factor. My friend and I were there only guests staying for the few nights we were there so it was like having our own swimming pool. Members of the public can use the facilites and do use the bar and restaurant. It was nice to eat at a place frequented by local families, and sit at the bar chatting to locals. The food was always freshly cooked and delicious..there were no problems meeting vegetarian requirements. The food was on the pricey side but the room was a very good deal... we could not have got a swimming pool, huge jacuzzi, fish foot spa, sauna and hammocks available any time we wanted anywhere else for the deal we got.
The location is convenient to the airport, and we were picked up free of charge, but you will need to use taxis to get to and from the town centre, which will add if you are going backwards and forwards a lot.
Remember, this is a place for people who like character on their holidays.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Step into The Secret Sanctuary, a haven of peace set in. The place of Oneness. You get in touch with individual who share the similar soulful interest, in awakening consciousness-thing that truly matter are Beauty, Love, inner peace, creativity and joy. Specially designed by the owner for the last ten years, the journey in search of meaning of life. Located 10 mins from airport and 10 mins to the city center. Walking distance 10 minutes to the local market selling jungle produce or take a stroll in the nearby monkey forest where monkey wander freely. The reason why many people choose to stay with us because we are holiday home and living in the midst of heaven. Equipped with waterfall, swimming pool, garden, green house with pitchers plants, fish, spa, steam sauna, infra-red sauna, whirlpool, pool, jacuzzi, sun deck, honesty bar, fruit bar, draught beer & wine air con bar, gastrolounge, restaurant serve wonderful western & local food. Jungle cuisine, fresh live seafood, bbq lamb, seafood, chicken to baked pumpkin. Its central location to the national park around Kuching. Our own driver will arrange your tour around wildlife center or beaches with the comfort of our own car with ice box with drink (beer, wine, soft drink, mineral water, etc) all the time. Special rate for all tour destination.Special SERENDIPITY gastronomic seafood & wine tour to fishing village with beautiful scenery along the way . wildlife,frog tour at mountain side from 7pm to 11pm available . ... more less
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