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Borneo Rainforest Lodge, Danum Valley Conservation Area

Danum Valley Conservation Area 88100 Malaysia
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The award winning Borneo Rainforest Lodge (BRL) is nestled within 43,800 hectares of protected virgin rainforest of the Danum Valley Conservation Area, Sabah. The immense biodiversity of 200 species of plants per hectare in this pristine 130 million years old rainforest is home to more than 320 species of birds and 124 species of mamals. It is also listed as an Important Birding Area (IBA MY24) as a site for international importance for conservation of birds. Accessible via a 55 minutes flight from Kota Kinabalu (BKI) and 2.5 hours drive from Lahad Datu (LDU), BRL has 30 chalets and a spa which adopts eco sensitivity, sustainability and minimum impact as the core principles of designs and operations. Full board packages include guides and airport transfers ex- Lahad Datu. Reviews recommends a 4 days/3 nights package to experience the biodiversity of this magical 130 million years old rainforest and to pamper yourself with traditional Borneo massages at the in-house Spa.
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Danum Valley Conservation Area 88100 Malaysia
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Kuala Lumpur Intl Airport1118 miSee all flights
Lahad Datu Airport40 miSee all flights
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omma6029 wrote a review Jun 2020
Zurich, Switzerland2 contributions1 helpful vote
Nothing to add to the other reviews: from pick-up to welcome, rooms and food, with a special mention of the tours and excellent guides everything was perfect. A professional ressort, maybe a little bit too professional, so the ambiance is a bit less familiar, but this has nothing to do with the very kind and helpful staff, and having the tours and trekkings always with the same guide adds this little bit of familiarity, if you want this. Recommendations: Stay 3 nights and 4 days at least, we only did 2 nights, which is not enough for the amazing location and surroundings. Be patient and take your time if you want to see big animals and enjoy also the small ones and the vegetation. And if you stay in a premium villa, at the front, you will love to spend a few relaxing hours enjoying the large terrace and get refreshed in the little private pool. Don't worry about drinking water, there is plenty for free. If you want to walk at your own pace or your group doesn't suit you, get your private guide, they are all highly skilled and very friendly. Bring some good footwear for slippery and muddy paths, as well as a light rainproof jacket, as you might experience heavy tropical rain.
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Barders745 wrote a review Mar 2020
Chichester, United Kingdom41 contributions14 helpful votes
What an truly amazing experience. The stay here was the highlight of our 12 day Borneo trip, to see the pristine rainforest first hand. We travelled into the resort by Toyota Hilux pickup, 2 1/2 hours along dirt tracks through the jungle. After turning off the main road you head down to a check point with a barrier where your driver does the necessary checks with the security guards. The first 2 hours of the drive are through jungle which has been previously logged but is still an amazing sight to see, it is only when you reach the pristine forest that you see the difference. Another half an hour past the next barrier and you reach the Rainforest Lodge, wow what can I say. I thought that the lodge was going to be fairly basic due to it's remoteness, how wrong was I. The main reception building is very modern with all the modern facilities that we come to expect but maybe not in the middle of nowhere. The best internet connection that we had had so far & the accommodation and food was excellent. Buffet restaurant with a great selection of fresh cooked food & chefs on hand to cook additional dishes. All of the staff were exceptionally friendly & very eager to please. The veranda at the restaurant is a great place to sit with a drink and watch the wildlife, an evening g & t whilst watching birds etc through our binoculars. Our guides Britney and Ali were first class and very personable, they have an amazing ability to see flora & fauna that we would otherwise have missed. The guided walks were great, both day & night. The walk up to the viewpoint was done at our own pace with no rush, stopping to see things on the route. Once up at the viewpoint we were treated to a visit by an orangutang high in the canopy, the view down over the resort is well worth the hike. The only reason that this is not listed as a 5 star resort is due to the fact that it doesn't have a swimming pool ! However a waterfall with a pool is available nearby on one of the rivers, much more environmentally friendly. If you are travelling to Borneo then I would highly recommend taking the time to visit Danum Valley to see the real Borneo as it should be & as it was before being destroyed by man.
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Date of stay: March 2020
Tony D wrote a review Mar 2020
Glossop, United Kingdom139 contributions65 helpful votes
We stayed at the Lodge for 3 nights. A special place to see the rainforest and its inhabitants. It is truly unique and we hope to return in the future. Walking through the rainforest and witnessing the rich and varied flora and fauna was awesome. We did not see pygmy elephants or a cloud leopard but this did not detract, the thrill and suspense of the forest is the experience and so much more to see. Accommodation was excellent, and food the best on our trip... We left on the day that the Malaysian government effectively shut down hotels and the lodge was closing the following day. Despite this, and the uncertainty/concerns that staff must have had, they were fantastic and helped us with our travel plans (hotels and flights cancelled). Thank you to Henry and his team, and a special thanks to Eric and Mervin.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Inga P wrote a review Feb 2020
12 contributions2 helpful votes
We arrived to Borneo rainforest lodge after having spent 2 nights at Sukau rainforest lodge. It was interesting to experience secondary rainforest vs primary rainforest. The forest of the valley is breathtaking. The canopy walk is absolutely unique. Lots of activities with the guides. Again morning, afternoon and evening walks and/Or drives. You see different wildlife at different times of the day. Food exquisite 👌👍 Lodges fantastic Guides and staff amazing
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Forklift wrote a review Feb 2020
UK35 contributions22 helpful votes
The meeting in Lahad Datu and transfer is very efficient.The location, Main Lodge, rooms food and staff are all high quality and well presented. The guides try very hard are very knowledgeable and caring. Whilst recognising seeing wildlife is a matter of luck many people staying were in agreement that the wildlife part of the trip is over sold - we spotted a rat and a frog on a night walk !! .All the trails are very well used. Spending time in primary rain forest in quality accomodation is special.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Frequently Asked Questions about Borneo Rainforest Lodge, Danum Valley Conservation Area
What are some of the property amenities at Borneo Rainforest Lodge, Danum Valley Conservation Area?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Borneo Rainforest Lodge, Danum Valley Conservation Area?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Borneo Rainforest Lodge, Danum Valley Conservation Area?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Does Borneo Rainforest Lodge, Danum Valley Conservation Area have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Borneo Rainforest Lodge, Danum Valley Conservation Area offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.