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4.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Danum Valley Conservation Area 88100, Malaysia   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
plymouth
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31 hotel reviews
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“A good choice”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

We stayed here for two nights and the quality of this place leaves everywhere else in its wake in Sabah. The rooms are clean & large, outside bath a novelty, food was good - though the large dinner/breakfast buffet gets reduced to table service when there are insufficient guests. The guides were good though the English was difficult to understand due to the accents and speed of delivery - if English is not your first language I think this is something that needs to be addressed by the lodge. You can by leach socks in the gift shop. Don't forget that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited in 2012.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Rooms
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  • Cleanliness
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Dearborn, Michigan, United States
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Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

This place was gorgeous. We stayed here for 2 nights. The setting was just breathtaking & they keep the place very nice. Our lodge was so pretty inside & quite comfortable. Just be careful not to leave any food out because there are a lot of ants around there. Like most places we stayed, there was no AC, but we are fine with that. The food was great (and I'm vegan, btw). The guides were all very friendly & knowledgeable. We saw some beautiful birds, a wild orangutan, civet, bearded pig, lizards, & some nocturnal creatures. I was hoping to see a few more creatures there, but I definitely feel like it was still an incredible place. The hiking trail was awesome & the canopy bridges had some breathtaking views. Go for a dip in the jacuzzi pool which has a little waterfall - just keep moving or the fish will nibble on you. :) Go on the tubing ride down the river. The hike to the starting point makes you wonder if it's worth it, but it is! I am really glad it was one of our stops.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

After hearing so much good reviews about BRL.My husband and i decided to show ours kids the wonders of the rainforest .My kids are techno kids,ipads,smartphones,P.S.P.t.v.......could not imagine living without all these devices. They have doubt about how well they will enjoy the trip as BRL have limited access WIF and no t.v. I.I am happy to say that the boys (teenagers)and my 9 year-old daughter totally enjoyed themselves.they hiked 3km,(uphills) and enjoyed the river on the way down,soak our tired feet in the river.we also enjoyed the sighting of monkeys,deer,orang utan,,insects,leeches,fishes,and crabs(jungle crab?).Of course,the highlight for the kids after the activities is the buffet.I should mention here, I though it is rather strange as there is no mosquito in the lodge or jungle..

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Perth, Australia
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

It is a 2 hour drive from the caves to Lahad Datu. Then another 2 1/2 hour drive from Lahad Datu to Borneo Rainforest Lodge. Others have said it was a bumpy ride that could cause motion sickness - we didn't find it to be that bad. On the drive we saw barking deer, bearded pigs, monitor lizards, lots of elephant poo (but no elephants), orangutan, and red leaf monkeys. While hiking in the Danum Valley (we stayed 2 nights) we saw red leaf monkeys, hornbills, pill millipedes, gibbons, civet, binturongs, sambar deer, giant flying squirrel, flying fox, tarantula, green tree lizard, 2 young male orangutans - one that climbed down so we got a great view of him, flying lemur, orangutan with her playful baby - another great view, giant centipede, and a horn frog (looks like a leaf). Our guide was very good at finding the animals and adapting to our needs. My camera lens fogged up on our hikes so I had to leave the lens cap off. We bought our leech socks in Sandakan for half what you would pay at the Lodge.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Notts
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

The trip there was in a 4WD which was really comfortable. The 'poorly developed' road was certainly better than African ones we have travelled on!

The room was a deluxe chalet and although nice enough it wasn't really deluxe. The walls were a bit grubby from squashed mossies. There is no air con which is fine by us and the beds were a bit hard. There is a safety deposit box in the room.

Tips if you are going (which we recommend highly) :-
Don't leave sweet stuff or food in rhe room. We did and were overrun with ants which the staff efficiently desposed of
Take long sleeve thin shirts and similar trousers to walk in - its very hot and humid and you will sweat
Buy leech socks. The leeches are plentiful but easily picked off if you are careful
Take a powerful torch for night walking
Take shoes that you don't mind getting wet and dirty, good walking shoes are ideal, although it can get slippery
Take plastic bags for putting cameras in when it rains ( and it will)
Take DEET
Take water bottles for filling with the lodges filtered water - you need lots on the walks

The guides are wonderful (ours was called Azmir and was excellent)
The food is fantastic. We have food allergies and they coped really well. The chef came out to tell us what we could eat and everything was natural, tasty and fresh.
They really care about the forest and animals and its all done well.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Winnipeg, Canada
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17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
194 helpful votes 194 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

The rooms here are amazing. It is a 2.5 hour drive from Lahad Datu and it is well worth it. The bungalows are all connected to the main building by boardwalk. The rooms are large and nicely decorated. The huge shower is luxurious. The attached balcony contains a small daybed and an outdoor tub. A perfect place to relax and watch and listen to the many birds flying back and forth. It rained overnight on our first day and the quiet stream turned into a river overnight. The staff were friendly and helpful. The food was amazing. The buffet had a little bit of everything and it was always awesome. The hiking was great - hot and humid - but great and we did see Borneo Gibbons and Orangu-tans. As well as the occasional tiger leech (oy!). As stated previously, the guides were less than enthusiastic when it was raining (or rain was imminent) but overall were good and very knowledgable.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Canada
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215 hotel reviews
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536 helpful votes 536 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

Accomodation is wonderful, cabins very comfortable and well kept. Large fan makes up for lack of AC, wonderful bathroom/showers. Fridge stocked daily. Food is unbelieveable, best buffet we had on our trip. Guides generally good, although night walk guide lacked any enthusiasm when it was raining. Day hikes were very good with several orangutang spottings.

Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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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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