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“Truly natural surroundings” 5 of 5 stars
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4.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Danum Valley Conservation Area 88100, Malaysia   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
kent
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“Truly natural surroundings”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2008

I spent 2 nights here when doing a whistlestop tour of Malaysian Borneo, but instantly regretted it - I dont think even 2 weeks would have been long enough! Right in the middle of 400km of virgin rainforest, this is about as close to nature as you can get (without a tent and all the bugs that come with it!).
The gibbons in the trees will wake you at 6, but thats what time the morning walk starts so not too unpleasant - certainly beats my alarm! There are generally 2 nature walks per day in the extensive trails around the lodge which team with wildlife... we even saw a wild Orangutan - V rare! There are also nightwalks where you can see (if youre very lucky) western tarsiers and lots of mouse deer. The walks are not compulsary, so a lie in is possible but I would recommend them as the jungle is beautiful at dawn.
The accomodation is well maintained and clean, but basic as its in the middle of the jungle. The food, however, is the best we had all holiday, including the 5* hotel! The guides are very informative and friendly, and its possible to book a guide for your area of intrest if you go for specific species.

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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2008

We stayed here as part of a 19 day trip around Bornoe and it was the best place we stayed. The accomodation is lovely, it's not as high standard as some of the resorts but it's better than you would expect inthe middle of the rainforest miles from anywhere. There are fans rather than aircon, which is fine, and our shower only stayed hot for 15mins at a time, but it's so hot you don't care.The food in the restaurant is fabulous.

The most important thing is the wildlife. The guides are brilliant, you go on 3 treks a day. Vivien, our guide was amazing. We saw two mother and baby Orangutans eating in a tree together! The wildlife is good the BBC we're staying at the lodge filming when we were there. All the staff are really friendly. Swimming in the pool after a hike is great fun. But you do need to take walking boots and appropriate clothing, and watch out for the leeches. We will definitely go here again, my husband wants to go back this year.

  • Liked — The activities
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Edinburgh
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2008

We really enjoyed our stay here. The chalets were clean and comfortable: we were away from the river but this meant we could sit on our verandah in the early morning and watch families of macaques moving across the lawn and into the trees. And what a thrill to wake up to the sound of gibbons whooping! The guides were friendly, accommodating and extremely knowledgable. The food was so-so but we had to giggle at the chef's range of puddings (peach cobbler, creme caramel) which were wheeled out with obvious pride to impress his European guests. So looking forward to going back in March 2008.

  • Liked — The setting
  • Disliked — Not a thing
  • Stayed October 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2007

We stayed at the lodge as part of our honeymoon and it was the highlight of our whole trip. The accommodation was really comfortable and our villa overlooked the river - we could open our balcony doors and watch wildlife come down to the water's edge. We had a personal guide and all the nature walks and night drives were fantastic. We saw orang-utans, red leaf monkeys, gibbons, flying squirrels, bearded pigs, hundreds of birds and a very rare frog! Our favourite experience was tubing down the Danum River and looking up at the canopy above. The bar and restaurant area was lovely and the food was excellent. We both got leech bites and so got our blood donor certificate from the lodge! Out of all the places we saw during our 3 week trip this was the highlight - a really magical experience.

  • Liked — The amazing views, sounds and wildlife
  • Disliked — Leaving
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2007

This was part of our tour around borneo for our honeymoon, we had been prepared for a lovely room by our agents, when we arrived we were shown to delux room 5. It was damp, there was fungus growing in the bathroom and it was filthy. We went and complained, they said they would come and see us, it took 3 more goes to get someone to come to us. In the meantime the dampness had started to affect my asthma. We asked if this was one of the new delux rooms, they said they were all full until the next night, so we settled for a standard room instead. It was only when we got talking to people who arrived at the same time as us, did we realise what we were missing out on. The local staff had messed up our booking, they seemed not to care. This took the shine off a beautiful place. When we moved to the correct room on the second night it was truly blissful.

  • Stayed September 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2007

The lodge is a very bumpy 2.5 hours drive from Lahad Datu. However the location is stunning and the walking tours give you the opportunity for amazing wildlife spotting. The guides are very knowledgeable and friendly (you can buy leech socks at the lodge which you will need :-)
Our room overlooked the river which was stunning, however the bathroom was a bit dingy and smelly and all rooms are twins only. The reception and dining area is great and the malaysian buffet meals were very good. Lovely welcome drink on arrival.

  • Liked — Seeing the orangutangs mating in the trees!!
  • Disliked — The smelly bathroom
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2007

Of the nine accommodations we stayed in during our 3 week trip around Malaysia & Singapore, this lodge would rate as joint top. We were fortunate in that we had our own personal guide - generally guides are allocated a group of six or so and follow a fairly standard itinerary of activities. The wildlife here was excellent, the highlight being the herd of elephants we saw on the extended night drive.
The accommodation was very good but we had one of the larger detached chalets. Meals were buffet style but were surprisingly excellent, especially the fruit cobbler!

  • Liked — Wildlife & food
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Borneo Rainforest Lodge

Address: Danum Valley Conservation Area 88100, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Sabah > Danum Valley Conservation Area
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty 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 
Also Known As:
Borneo Rainforest Hotel Sabah

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