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Sepilok Nature Resort
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Sepilok
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Reviewed September 12, 2013

Sepilok Nature Resort is the best resort in the area: perfect layout (around a pound), beautiful wooden architecture, big bungalows/chalets with balcony compared to other resorts next door, very nice & friendly service and good food. Very good value for money.
Staff was friendly and very helpful. Food a la carte was very good and not overpriced compared to set buffets.
If you want to arrange tours on your own:
- Sepilok Nature Resort is only 2mn walk from Sepilok rehabilitation center so do it by yourself,
- Buses run to Sandakan (best is to go to Sepilok rehabilitation center to ask for bus schedules or walk some 2 kms on main road and get local buses),
- For river and forest excursions try to bargain between hotel, taxis and local tour opertors
Overall a very nice stay

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 12, 2013

Sandakan is the gateway to the wildlife of Borneo & home of the Sepilok Nature Resort close to the Sepilok orangutan sanctuary. You can visit the sanctuary & also take a night walk to try to spot other wildlife. The resort is a series of traditional wooden cabins with traditional interiors set in tropical gardens. Our dinner was a la carte. Excellent food at reasonable prices were reasonable. Tables overlooked a large tropical pond romantically lit by lamps. There was a delightful & well stocked gift shop. Ideal for couples & an Ideal overnight stop to see the orangutans & a gateway to explore the Kinabatang River

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 6, 2013

We stayed here for two nights to begin our holiday in Sabah. It was a simple and relaxing place to stay - ideal to get over a long flight and jet lag. Check in was quick and efficient. I had previously emailed to request a room at the back (17 - 23) but these were not being used while we were there. We had room 11 which overlooked the lake and was close to the restaurant and reception area
The room was basic but comfortable. The bed was a king sized one and fairly comfortable, although the heavy blankets took a bit of getting used to. Everything worked OK, but if you need to use a hairdryer, then bring your own as there wasn't one in the room.

There.were. not many guests staying while we were there. We found the food to be quite good. Breakfast was simple, but had everything we needed. Lunch was a buffet, fairly limited choice, but perfectly adequate. There was no buffet for the evening and we chose meals from the a LA carte menu. The Asian dishes were better than the European meals. We enjoy wine with our meal and for £20 we had a pleasant Sauvigion Blanc. The staff in the restaurant were very friendly.

The Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre is literally two minutes walk away and well worth a visit. We did a guided night walk which was OK, and we saw some insects, a frog, a. chameleon and a couple of kingfishers. Despite all our covering up we did end up getting attached by leeches - God knows how one ended up in my bra! It was good fun!

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 23, 2013

My wife and I stayed here 2 nights and thought it warranted maybe one more. This is because the region actually offers up more interesting attractions than just the orangutans next door. We really enjoyed our time at the Rainforest Discovery Center nearby. There are great walks in the center and nice towers to climb. We saw a wild orangutan here who crossed our path very close to us. We also did the Labuk Bay attraction and this was also worthwhile to see the proboscis monkeys up close. The hotel's tours are expensive. If you choose to see these monkeys, negotiate a far better price with a taxi driver closer to the orangutan center entrance and have him afterwards drop you off at the Discovery Center. From there you can walk back to the hotel. This was a great day out! Likewise, for the night walk you can get a much better price through the Orangutan sanctuary or the Discovery Center. Now, back to the hotel. The grounds are great. Very relaxing and scenic with many opportunities to see wildlife. We saw a group of orangutans behind our chalet as it backed up to the sanctuary. We also saw a snake and rhinoceros hornbills. The chalet itself was comfortable enough but it was one of the older ones. Some chalets are newer and they are in the process of modernizing the others. The one next door was being fixed. The only concern we had with the chalet was the shower without a curtain which made showering kind of awkward. The buffet was good but the a la carte options not so much so. Beverages were priced fairly. We enjoyed the complimentary coffee/tea and snacks while watching birds from the inviting common area overlooking the lake. Staff were friendly and courteous. We visited the orangutan sanctuary but enjoyed the one near Kuching more as it was less crowded and felt more "wild". My advice would be go for the afternoon feeding when all the tour groups have moved on. Overall, we enjoyed our stay and with all chalets updated, better priced tours and better quality food this resort would be excellent.

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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 22, 2013

Had a good stay here rooms are a good size, clean and well equiped. It's very close to the Sepilok Orang utan Centre and not far from the Sepilok Rainforest Discovery Centre. Staff very friendly food was ok and as with most places in Sabah/Sandakan the main drink on offer is beer, wine is available but expensive. The hotel is set in large grounds around a lake. There are loads of birds, lizards, butterflies and flowers.My only gripe would be the electrics are not in the best of condition with loose wall sockets and the lights kept flickering on/off and it would be good if they had an english news channel. Overall I had a good stay and would recommend this place as long as your not expecting 4/5 star.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 21, 2013

We selected the Nature Resort for our base over three days whilst we explored the Orang Utan sanctuary and surrounding area. We're pleased that we did. The positives of this place are considerable. The location is first rate, with an easy 3 minute stroll to the front gate of the sanctuary (much appreciated so that you can nip back to your room between feedings and the night walk). The resort is beautifully kept, with a gorgeous array of plants and wildlife. They have struck the right balance between maintaining the feel that you are on the edge of the jungle, whilst still ensuring that the rooms and resort are clean and comfortable. The air-con and TV were welcome (tho' the number of channels were limited, there was a decent movie channel for late-night vegging).
All that said, the resort falls short of gaining full marks due to the erratic service and guest relations. I don't expect to be treated like some sort of minor Royal, but the check-in process is very odd. They look half-surprised that you're there, there is some rushing around to get you a cold drink, then you're given your room key and escorted to it. Nothing especially wrong with that, but you're given absolutely no information about the resort or the local options. For example, I had to find out by asking around that one of the main attractions at the sanctuary was the night-walk. Oddly, they didn't even try to tell me about their own tours of the area, but when I asked about their version of the night walk I discovered it was 3 times more expensive that the same walk offered by the sanctuary itself. There is reference on some signs around the resort to a 'nature trail' though I couldn't find it, and it appears to be out of use.
The service around the restaurant and bar area was entirely haphazard. I usually had to seek one of the staff out to ask for a drink, or a menu, even though there appear to be several assigned to the restaurant area. When we were having some evening drinks one night there was nobody around asking if we wanted another one, or taking our empties away. Again, none of this is particularly significant, but it does take some of the gloss away from the experience.
Finally, the food was adequate, nothing more. The breakfast was a particular weak point. It seemed that the buffet had been stocked early morning and had not been refreshed since, so by my leisurely visit at 9am the food looked very limp indeed. Worst of all, the butter was offered up as one big clump still in its open packet, which in the morning sun had separated so that it was in a pool of clear fat - it's astonishing that the staff or management feel that this is acceptable. All this said, it's not as if you're here for the fine-dining experience, but I hope that the resort considers these issues, all of which are simply and cheaply addressed, so that they can elevate themselves to a first rate accommodation. That said, we would recommend this resort to others.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 19, 2013

Beautiful gardens, lots of orchids, birds, bats, butterflies, lizards, an otter in the lake.
A lovely little oasis in the jungle. Very pleasant service - I left my prescription sunglasses behind, and they had found them when we called in two days later. We had our meals included - simple but very pleasant and fresh buffet. Great to be able to walk to the Orang Utan rehabilitation Centre so we visited 3 times in total and saw something different every time. Really nice to be in individual bungalows all overlooking the lake and surrounded by gardens.

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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: Jalan Sepilok, Sepilok 90000, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Sabah > Sandakan Division > Sepilok
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Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Sepilok
Price Range: $39 - $76 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hidden amongst a veritable treasure trove of tropical plants and grasses, hug trees and spectacular orchids in bloom, the quaint bungalows of the Sepilok Nature Resort are within walking distance of the world-famous Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve, precious home of the last wild Orang Utans of Northern Borneo. Combining rich traditional style with contemporary luxury, Sepilok Nature Resort is the ideal starting point for most other wildife land destinations in Sabah such as the fauna rich Kinabatangan River and the surrounding Sukau area. ... more   less 
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