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“Great location for local attractions” 4 of 5 stars
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Sepilok Forest Edge Resort
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   Jalan Rambutan, Sepilok, Mile 14, Sepilok, Malaysia   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Sepilok
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“Great location for local attractions”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

Nestled on the edge of the jungle a short walk away for the Orang-utan rehabilitation centre and a short taxi ride away from the Discovery centre. Villas are great value for money and sit around the main reception/restaurant area which also has a small swimming pool. We ate here as well with sumptuous breakfasts and wholesome evening meals. There are also a number of other hotels and restaurants along the same road which we should have tried - next time!

Room Tip: All room/villas very similar, there is also a main house that offers groups to be housed together.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013 via mobile

We enjoyed a couple of nights stay here which was to enable us to walk the short distance to the Orang Utan rehabilitation centre and then secondly, to take a short taxi ride to the Forest Discovery Centre. You could walk here but it was just too hot to do so? Both of these trips were excellent. The Forest Edge Resort itself is set in beautiful landscaped gardens, with trees and forest all around and the noises of the jungle both day and night, adding atmosphere. The rooms were comfortable - we had the basic chalet which had a shower but no bath which was fine. However, there was nowhere to hang clothes though there was plenty of space just to put up a rail or small wardrobe or cupboard. Most people stay a short time so I guess they don't feel it's necessary but it would be helpful to hang damp clothes overnight!!
The food was perfectly good but could have been spiced up a bit. We paid RM10 for a Tiger beer (plus tax?) Breakfast was good with a choice of eggs cooked to your taste, bacon, fruits, toast and jam, tea or coffee and fruit juice. This was all included with the room rate so in all, value for money, pleasant surroundings, helpful staff when we needed a taxi booked, and some wildlife to observe from the chalet and the main dining verandah.
The pool was small, shallow and OK for a dip but not to swim. The AC and ceiling fan made sleeping comfortable in a good bed.

Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

We stayed in one of the standard chalets.The views from the room were good,jungle in all directions.Once the aircon was fixed the room was fine if basic.The biggest problem was the lack of storage space - nowhere to hang clothes or drawers to put things in,plenty of spcae to provide both.It may be okay living out of a case/rucksac for one or two nights but it's a bit tedious for any longer.On the plus side the staff are friendly and helpful and the food is good,fresh with plenty of choice for both bereakfast and evening meals which were reasonably priced. It is a fantastic location for visiting Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary and Rainforest Discovery Centre .

Room Tip: all chalets have good views Deramacot is probably the worst
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here for one night on the first of our 8 nights in Sabah and as a transition from Australia to Sabah it was quite good. The chalet we had was good and airconditioned and not too far from the main building. The food was ok but v slow in being served and a bit bland. It was close to both the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary which we walked to and the rainforest research centre.

Stayed September 2013
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

We stayed for one night in a chalet and two in a private double in the longhouse. The place is attempting to be a 5* resort, but fails miserably. It relies on overcharging tourists wherever they can while going through the motions of being helpful, but not actually helping! We would probably recommend staying in Sandakan and paying for the ride out to Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, as the value for money at this resort is really poor. If you are expecting a hostel you might be prepared, but otherwise don't bother. Also, getting to the proboscis monkey place requires a trip anyway, so don't expect to be able to walk there from here.

Before we arrived we emailed about how to get from KK to Forest Edge Resort by bus. The response back had a helpful tone, but useless content. In the end we asked our hotel in KK who booked us a bus and a taxi with no fuss at all. When we asked in person about buses back to KK, the only help they could give us was a 50RM taxi to the bus station (they wouldn't/couldn't help book the coach and it was unclear whether we could wait at Sepilok Junction, as we did on the way).

On arrival, as well as the usual paperwork, we were asked to email our booking emails across to reception. (This was made impossible due to the intermittent internet access at the resort). We showed the receptionist the electronic copy and eventually she agreed that we had a booking. We were then shown to our room. However, when we asked to pay, we had the same issue with another lady and had to go through the entire process again! Arrrgghh!

The food at the restaurant is overpriced, but was ok considering you are in the middle of a jungle. They also add on 10% for service despite the 40 minute wait for the bill, which eventually came and wasn't ours - we think they may have misunderstood the purpose of a service charge!

Both the chalet and the double room had below par bathrooms and the chalet actually had a strange damp mould smell. The first appearances were good, but once inside, not so much. The double room had a serious issue with flying insects, no a/c and dirty/stained bed sheets. Sound carries really badly through the building, so we were woken up when the only other guests in the resort that night moved into the room next door.

The positives for this place are:
- the grounds are nice, but the pool is only deep enough for paddling, so don't think you will get a swim.
- really comfy bed in the chalet
- proximity to SORC (although, once you consider taxi fares to and from here + the food mark-up + overpriced rooms you would probably get more value for your monkey in Sandakan).

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

We had a wonderful time at the Sepilok Forest Edge Resort. My only regret is that we only got to spend one night there.

The resort is surrounded by a wonderful tropical garden, where you can find lots of different sorts of flowers and plants, and some animals (there were a few goats and deers). We were staying in one of the superior chalets, and this was definitely worth the extra ringgits. Our room was luxurious, the bathroom was immaculate, and we had a lovely terrace. The bed was really comfortable (one the best nights in Borneo!). The staff were really friendly and helpful.

One thing we were not expecting was how great the food would be there. It was one the best culinary experiences we had in Borneo. Everything was delicious, and particularly the roti bread (I wish we could have some now...). The athmosphere of the restaurant is also great. And try one of their desserts... A wonderful experience altogether! Stay two nights if you can, this place is really worth it.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

We stayed in a triple room at the Longhouse at Sepilok Forest Edge Resort. It was a bad deal, grossly overpriced at 45MYR each for a bunk bed. There are many cheaper options to stay, but we were dropped off there by our transfer and too lazy to move.

The hotel is walking distance from the Sepilok Orangutan Center, and we were lucky enough to see tons of orangutans show up to the afternoon feeding: http://erohisms.com/how-to-spot-orangutans-pygmy-elephants-and-proboscis-monkeys-on-a-budget-in-borneo/

The grounds of the hotel ARE beautifully landscaped and they even have their own nature trail—on which we got at least five leeches each. The restaurant also served some creative food, which was a nice change from the typical Malay fare.

Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Address: Jalan Rambutan, Sepilok, Mile 14, Sepilok, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Sabah > Sandakan Division > Sepilok
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Sepilok
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Sepilok Forest Edge Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sepilok Forest Edge Resort comprise of beautiful village style chalets which is surrounded by lush green surroundings and hills as a backdrop which further embraces the amazing view. Several types of chalets are available to cater to your needs, starting from the standard chalet for a superb value lodging to the Family chalet for a worry free family outing. The superior chalet is also available for those who requires some extra pampering. The Long House (LBB )consists of several rooms which are also available for those who want to experience lodging with a difference. Labuk Bed & Breakfast (LBB) is the premiere lodging spot for backpackers, nature enthusiasts or families that are just looking for a retreat with nature. LBB has received recommendations by Lonely Planet as well as various other travel guides over the course of its 15 years heritage. LBB has since moved from jalan labuk, Mile 14 to its new location: which is just a 10 minutes walk to the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre. ... more   less 
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