In the middle of nowhere, this resort was purposely built with the reason that 'natural beauty' and history of the brave headhunters of Boneo inhabitated in this area. Across the lake of the huge hydrodam, Hilton offers free boatrides to the resort at specific times. Luckily, although I did not know about this as I didn't know what to expect, I arrived 5 mins before the departure time, or it would have been a long wait. The boat could get a little slippery with the weather and splashes of water from the lake as 2 slipped during our trip, so please be careful.
Also, expect a short walk uphill to the resort. Wear comfortable shoes and sunnies. The resort is not the typical resort you should expect. Yes, that's right! Expect to be in a traditional longhouse instead, with galleries between balcony and bedrooms traditionally is the hive of activity areas "Ruai" for the Ibans. There's no lakeview roomsalso for a reason - the Ibans believed that had the longhouse faced the other way (with its rooms, its back facing the river),it would offend the good and bad spirits of the lake.
The Resort has a whole schedule of 'different' activities you can partake, including fishing, trips to the village longhouses, trips to beautiful waterfalls, guided nature walk and many more. I personally loved the BBQ local fish that they had during the buffet dinners.
Overall, I would say that it was a goodtrip. Definitely not the typical 5 star resort experiences one could have, but a 5 star different and unique Borneo experience!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set on the edge of the world's most ancient rainforest on the island of Borneo, the Batang Ai Longhouse Resort, Managed by Hilton is a self-contained haven on the 20 hectares shore of the Batang Ai Lake peninsula.275 km from Kuching city, the resort is surrounded by tropical rainforest just waiting to be explored.It takes a 4-hour drive and a 20-minute boat ride to get to the resort. A daily shuttle service is available from Hilton Kuching. A fee is applicable. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Batang Ai Longhouse Resort, Managed By Hilton Hotel Kuching
- Hilton International Kuching
- Hilton Kuching
- Kuching Hilton