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Borneo Rainforest Lodge
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Rural Cheshire
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“Paradise.”
Reviewed 9 April 2014

Orang-utans, pygmy elephants, flying squirrels, Asian Horned frog, monitor lizards, Masked Palm civets, bee-eaters, spiderhunters, flowerpeckers and the most amazing butterflies. Add deluxe accommodation and three delicious and varied buffet meals each day and you have my idea of paradise. Seek out Dean as your guide. A truly delightful and knowledgeable young man who has entertained Kate and Wills and, last February, Sir David Attenborough. That's an impeccable pedigree. He even coaxed me up the canopy walkways and over the river bridge and I'm terrified of heights. Thank you, Dean, for a truly memorable holiday.

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 April 2014

Everything about this place is perfect. Let's start with the rooms. We had a deluxe river view which was a large bedroom and bathroom with a balcony looking over the river and rainforest. The bed was comfy with good quality bedding. The bathroom is also good with good towels and amenities. There is a huge outside tub big enough for two. The dining is simply outstanding with a huge variety of excellent western and Malay dishes. The staff are also wonderful and can't do enough for you. The wildlife viewing is also great. Make sure you do the canopy walk and trek up to the waterfall lagoon where you can swim.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bucks
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Reviewed 1 April 2014

We stayed for 2 nights 11-13 March in a jungle view room, which was spacious and had a good size bathroom. The river view rooms have an outdoor tub which guest certainly used and also better views but naturally cost more.

The main building (no shoes) is spacious with seating areas and the restaurant which looks out to the river. The food is all self service buffet and is very good both in choice and quality of the food. When you arrive you are introduced to your guide who ask if there are things you do or don't want to do during your stay, and then a time was arranged to meet up for an afternoon trek, which was in a group of 8 people, followed by an introduction to the area etc. There are a couple of trails you can do yourself including the canopy walk. We went on the trek to the burial site which was not as difficult as it looked and on the way down you can call into the pond which has some sizeable fish that 'clean' your feet and presumable more if you stay still too long!!!!

We had some good sightings of Orangutans and at least one with a baby, also 2 x single elephants, some deer, and other monkeys.

The whole 'experience' rather than just a hotel is very well run and quite flexable if you prefer to say do more bird watching etc. We forgot about the water tubbing and regretted that as those who did the trip all seemed to love it.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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Reviewed 30 March 2014

We were fortunate to be able visit the BRL and experience the 4 day 3 night package. The Lodge is gorgeous! It's situated on a river with cabins scattered around the central main lodge. The cabins are spacious and clean. Make sure you close your door at night or the bugs will swarm to the lights in your room. The guide provided by the lodge spoke great english and went out of his way to find the animals and birds. There was only 7 in our group. We did several hikes (day and night) as well as truck safaris (day and night). The canopy walk is amazing and a great place to see birds and monkeys. We also tubed down the river and swam at the waterfall swimming hole. We saw: 4 orangutans including a mother and baby, a pygmy elephant, red leaf monkeys, slow loris, gibbons, giant red flying squirrel, brown owls, giant scorpion, long tailed macaques, black and crimson pitta, kingfishers, and many more. There are leeches. You can wear protection but we went without because it is rather hot and muggy. We each got a few leeches but they don't hurt and are easy enough to remove. Plus you get a certificate as a blood donor. The food is served buffet style and there is a wide variety of choice. It was quite tasty. I can't say enough about the BRL. We have been traveling the world with our three boys (9,9,11) for the past 9 months and BRL is in all of our top 3 spots we've visited.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 28 March 2014

Impossible to beat the setting. Deep in the primary rainforest, 2 hours away of from anything but the research centre. The sounds and smells of the forest were great. Although our actual wildlife treks started out relatively disappointing, the second day was fantastic, with a couple of up close and personal encounters with a mother orangutan and her child, as well as 2 adult males. Simply awesome. Just when we thought we wouldn't see any Pygmy elephants we saw them on our drive back out!

Night drive was amazing too, as we saw a civet cat a hundred feet up in a tree and watched a flying squirrel gliding a couple of hundred feet from tree to tree over our heads.

As for the hotel, the main lodge is stunning and airy and the rooms of good quality. We stayed in a standard and it was excellent.

Food was generally of high standard, with fresh made meals of all varieties, from western omelettes to laksa. However, on our last day we noted that a couple of our dinner rolls had mould on them...a victim of the ridiculously high humidity no doubt. Just need to keep an eye out.

The only real pain...literally and figuratively, were the leeches. Good god, on every one of our treks we could literally see them hanging off of countless bushes and leaves trying to catch on to any clothing they could. On the last day after it rained, my son and I literally pulled off 10 each from ourselves over the course of an hour trek. Definitely go with the leech socks and be attentive...they move quick once they're on you.

Great trip notwithstanding. The leeches are just part of the ambience!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 March 2014

All aspects of the rainforest lodge were excellent, food, rooms, staff - but for us the highlight were the guided walks. It was a joy to be in the forest with a guide who was so knowledgeable and clearly enjoyed what he was doing. We spent about 8 hours per day of the 4 days we were there out in the forest. I guess if forest waking isn't your thing then you might find this place a little dull - but then, why come?
Our only -extremely minor - niggle was that the margueritas weren't served in a martini glass so you got salt on your nose when you drank one. Considering this place is 2 hours down a logging track from anywhere I'd say that was forgiveable!
Outstanding - can't wait to go back.

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Manchester
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Reviewed 25 March 2014

We stayed here for a few days on our honeymoon and had a fantastic time. The deluxe room was very comfortable and the bath on the balcony really made it. The food was brilliant and as it was my birthday during our stay they made me a birthday cake which was lovely! The walks were all great and of medium difficulty so very accessible. My birthday was the day we did the full trek and I couldn't have had a nicer day! The guides were polite, knowledgeable and helpful. The main building is gorgeous and there is a very serene atmosphere. We were also lucky enough to spot mother and baby Orangutan at very close range. All in all a very memorable trip!

Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Borneo Rainforest Lodge
Address: Danum Valley Conservation Area 88100, Malaysia
Region: Malaysia > Sabah > Danum Valley Conservation Area
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Danum Valley Conservation Area
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Borneo Rainforest Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A low density Jungle Lodge with 31 Twin Sharing Chalets located in the largest Conservation Area in Sabah which is home to 275 species of birds, 110 species of mammals & one of the oldest virgin rainforest in the world. ... more   less 
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Borneo Rainforest Hotel Sabah

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