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Borneo Rainforest Lodge
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Edmonton
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“Borneo Rainforest Lodge”
Reviewed 3 June 2014

My husband and I and our two sons stayed at the Lodge for 5 nights. We absolutely loved the experience! We were treated like royalty by all the staff. The food and accommodations were excellent! Our guide, Daryl, was very informative and patient in answering all our questions. Being in the Borneo Rainforest was the trip of a lifetime! The real jungle! It was like being in a fairy tale! Highly recommend this Lodge and this experience to all! The orangutans also accommodated us with sightings! Awesome!!!!

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 June 2014

This is a rather late review, visited with my husband in 2013 (just before the royal family got in), though this part of our Malaysian holiday was the most expensive I would thoroughly recommend. The staff were all very attentive and it is such a privilege to stay in a rainforest.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 June 2014

Awesome Rooms (apart from the Hot tub which doesnt run hot) with great views.
Amazing wildlife in one of borneos last natural primary jungle, saw a lot of Orangutang's, Makaks - wildlife here is incredible.
Fantastic, knowledgable guides - very friendly and informative
Variety and quality of food is really quite special - probably the best food we had in malaysia - and its a buffet!

Room Tip: Deluxe rooms have the hot tubs - IMO not really worth the extra shell out as the standard rooms are...
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Jersey, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 May 2014

You should stay here if you go to Borneo and you like nature.

One of the key objectives of our holiday in Borneo was to see orang-utans in the wild. BRL made that wish come true. We were here 3 days and 2 nights. We saw wild orang-utans each day.

Compared to the kinabatangan river, you get less sightings of animals here. The canopy is sometimes hard to see through, and sometimes although you know there's a monkey or something in the tree right above you, you can't quite make it out. However, part of the experience of being here is just immersing yourself into the middle of a rainforest. The sights and sounds of the forest are incredible. And we were lucky with some very good viewing of oran-utan and red leaf monkeys.

We stayed in a deluxe room and would certainly recommend this. Following a walk in very humid conditions in the rainforest, it was nice to go back to our room and chill out in the bathtub on the balcony overlooking the river with a cool drink (complimentary) from the minifridge. Who would have thought you could have such luxury in the middle of the rainforest!

The lodge itself is gorgeous. And we were blown away by the food - that was 5 stars.

We opted for a private guide, and would recommend that you do so. Our guide took us on the trails that we wanted to do. Sometimes it was quite hard work due to the humidity, but with a private guide you go at the pace you want to, and you also stay at any animal sightings and watch for as long as you want to. Having a private guide made it a much more personal experience. He was very knowledgeable, and showed us so much.

The canopy walks are good fun, so long as you don't have a fear of heights!

The night walk was also good - bring a torch! We saw frogs, spiders (inc. tarrantula), a snake and lots of other creepy crawlies.

We drove in and out from Lahad Datu. THe drive took about two and a half hours. The transfer (organised by the lodge) was in a large 4x4 (just for the two of us), and the drive was fine (not really bumpy as some of the reviews on here led us to expect).

Overally, BRL was a fantastic experience. Anyone going to Borneo who doesn't stay here misses out on something very special. A very unique and memorable experience. Thank you BRL!!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Saltaire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

This was the highlight of our trip to Borneo. The lodge itself was great (we weren't bothered by the lack of air con - it was amazing how they have these lodges set up to keep cool without it - and it's surely better to acclimatise and reduce carbon emissions at the same time?). Our guide Azmil was fantastic, really knowledgeable and fun to spend time with. We saw Orang utans on 4 separate occasions while we were here. The guides have a great system where they will alert each other to what they have spotted so they can lead you there. We saw an amazing array of animals (a sleeping flying lemur and incredibly well camouflaged horned toad to name two that we would have completely missed without Azmil pointing them out!), and possibly got growled at by a clouded leopard on the night walk...

This lodge is more expensive than some of the others, but if you're going all the way to Borneo you will really miss out if you don't go for it - it was worth every penny for the experience and the memories. We booked our tour through Borneo Adventure who were really helpful and efficient.

We were also impressed by the quality and range of food on the buffet here - we were a bit worried about what the standard would be but we were very impressed - plenty of local food to try, but also a whole range of cuisines from other parts of the world if you preferred.

If you're thinking of going - just do it, you won't regret it!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne
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Reviewed 26 May 2014

My Gosh I have never perspired so much yet appreciatsd what a rainforest jungle in its magnificence is really like. I know there is no air con but the eco part of their philosophy would demand that. The establishment was well designed .We had a deluxe cabin with a bath on the balcony overlooking the river and very industrious flocks of bee eaters. What a reward after a physically trying 4 hr trek.I soaked and marvelled at the birdlife which this place is famous for. The quality of the Camera eqjipment one sees with fellow guests is astounding.There is a formal quality about this lodge, there is the rule no footwear top level but this doesn't deter the many groups of bird watchers that can be observed in their own various formalities...a real education.
The staff were attentive and formal. Seeing female guides passionate about wildlufe Nd the future of the rainforest was a delight. They freely shared their knowledge. The treks, the canopy walk and the wildlife are the specialities. No pain without gain..I wouldn't missed it,

Room Tip: You can't beat a veranda with a large bath if you are a 'soaker'
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Milton Keynes, England
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Reviewed 19 May 2014

I know I'm repeating others but the Borneo Rainforest Lodge doesn't have air-conditioning and this is a compromise you will need to make. Everywhere else we stayed had air conditioning and it's surprising somewhere so hot and humid doesn't. I struggled to sleep for the two nights we were there as it was too hot and humid in the room and there is nothing you can do about it.
You have to have all the windows and doors shut or the room fills with insects.

My recommendation is to take one of the deluxe river view rooms with the "hot tub". I know it sounds crazy but you can then fill it with cold water and re-adjust your body temperature after walking activities. Once you've done this the humidity doesn't feel too bad for a while but there is no air-conditioned area for relaxation. You eat outside so your whole experience will be very hot and humid - when you've walked up to the "View Point" and back what you really want is a nice cool room to relax in, what you've got is a super hot room.

That being said the activities were great. The wildlife is usually high up in the canopy so probably worth taking binoculars (we did). You're pretty assured of seeing an Orang Utan as there are so many researchers of Orang Utans they can let the lodge know when they have one nearby and accessible. You really are staying in the rainforest so activities and mainly for the fit and active. We did three walks over the two night stay and were weary after the "View Point" walk, mainly due to the heat and humidity.

There were people staying there who were quite elderly or with very young children and I'm not sure what activities they could participate in - you really need to be walking on the trails away from the lodge into the rainforest for most animal sightings.

The trip to / from the lodge is a long two and a half hours on gravel roads though on the way back we did see two baby leopard cubs playing in the middle of the road.

Animal sightings were good: Flying Squirrels, Red Leaf Monkeys, Orang Utan, Gibbon
Bird Sightings were poor: We'd just come from Kimbutangan River and there's no comparison.

Room Tip: Would I recommend it? Yes but it really is a challenge for the North European to enjoy the const...
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Additional Information about Borneo Rainforest Lodge

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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