We stayed in Treehouse #9 and paid $90 US per night. It’s a big splurge for us. But it was wonderful. Starting in Kuching, I had some digestive disturbance for about 24 hours, then felt kind of tired and weak for another 24 hours, so this place was a wonderful retreat to rest and relax. The bedroom in the treehouse was quite large and had 3 walls that were completely windows or sliding doors. All screened and all with wonderful views of the jungle canopy. Looking through the trees out the front of the room, or from the front porch, we could see and hear the waves of the South China Sea. The breeze was so nice that we didn’t need the AC. The bathroom was very large, clean, western style, with very hot water. A hot water kettle for coffee and tea and a minifridge were in the little alcove. The bed and pillows were very comfortable. The manager, Hanafi, was very personable, friendly, and professional. He made sure that we were well taken care of and satisfied with our stay. The activities director, John, was very helpful in arranging exactly the type of river cruise I wanted. All in all, a wonderful little splurge.
Its really pretty here. There are jungle clad high mountains, rocky beaches, white sand beaches, rivers, mangroves and the sea, yet it is relatively close to Kuching. I routed us to the Damai Peninsula because my husband loves treehouses and because I wanted to go on a river cruise and visit the Sarawak Cultural Center from here. We were able to do both. Through the resort, I arranged a boat cruise to the mouth of the river to try to spot Irrawady dolphins (with the disclaimer: “no promises, maybe we be lucky”) Well we were very lucky, we had at least a dozen sightings. Some of those were the same dolphins, I am sure, but we saw at least 6 different ones at 3 different areas of the river. Then we went on a slow cruise through the mangroves looking for crocodiles (same disclaimer “no promise….maybe we be lucky” Once again we were very lucky (and our guide, Maheini (I haven’t a clue how to correctly spell his name) had quite an eye.) We saw 3 really big crocs along the riverbank. Every time we tried to get close in the boat, each one jumped into the river. So we got no photos, but we have great action shots in our minds. Next, our boatman, Sabrini, took us to a little local fishing village: built up on stilts, no running water (rain water tanks everywhere) and only generator electricity, but we did see satellite dishes. We had lots of fun with the local children who followed us around. The trip lasted about 3 ½ hours and got us back to the resort in time for us to walk to the Sarawak Cultural Center.
- Also Known As:
- Permai Rainforest Hotel Kuching
- Permai Rainforest Hotel
- Permai Rainforest Resort Kuching, Sarawak
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Permai Rainforest Resort is an eco-resort set in pristine Borneo rainforest located by the beach at the foot of mystical Mount Santubong, Sarawak. Carefully designed to minimize impact on the natural environment, it offers a unique rainforest experience and a variety of activities from dolphin watching to high ropes courses and guided kayaking tours. Just 40 minutes from the Kuching, its an ideal way to experience Borneo. ... more less
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