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Paganakan Dii Tropical Retreat
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“Amazing setting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2013 via mobile

Amazing little hideaway in the rain forest. I stayed in the dorm which was so comfy, spacious and great beds. The location is great, you ate 5 mins to the orangutans and there is a free shuttle there. The food is good but really small portions. Staff friendly. I've been travelling for 11 months and it's the nicest place I've stayed, highly recommend.

  • Stayed November 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2013

It is the best choice for nature lovers. Just imagine that staying in a wooden room & taking shower in the forest! Such an amazing experience! No TV, no clock! Just purely enjoy the holiday with nature, woke up by the birds in the morning.
There are 3 trips of free shuttle bus everyday to Orang Utan sanctuary and Rain forest. Before enter the hotel, there is a garden with few kind of animals... its like a little zoo. We had a morning walk there after enjoy the amazing sunrise at 530am.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2013

The setting is great, the place presents quite good value for money and the staff are very accommodating.

However, the owner has serious tourist fatigue or is just generally unkind. I'll never know which because I won't be back.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2013

Really enjoyed our 2 night stay here. Location is amazing right in the jungle and you really feel part of it. Huts where we slept were perfectly adequate with air con and mosi nets. Bathroom is semi outside which was cool to have a shower looking out into the jungle. Free shuttle to Orangutan sanctuary was a bonus.
We ate at the restaurant a number of times which was really nice. Times could be chosen for the food to arrive and they generally were good with keeping to it. Only complaint was that there was no dessert option to purchase and when we asked for milkshakes and hot chocolates and other drinks which were on the menu we were told they didn't have the ingredients.
I was amazed that they provide free wi-fi in the reception area!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2013

My sister and I stayed here for 2 nights to be close to Sepilok. Our hut was spacious and clean and the views of the jungle are fantastic as you walk to your room. It was such a great experience to shower with the sights and sounds of the jungle right there. The food was a little basic and the service slow, which were the only things that let it down slightly. It was great to be able to jump in the free van to Sepilok. Overall it was an unforgetable stay, very sociable and we met lots of friendly travellers

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Suzijane3
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Hamburg, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2013 via mobile

We stayed for 3 nights and enjoyed our stay very much. The specious rooms were nice and clean. The staff helped us to book our ongoing journey. We had dinner at the resort's restaurant and it was delicious.

All in all a fantastic stay. The only thing we didn't like was the breakfast - if there would be some more options for the breakfast, it would be definitely 5 stars...

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Seattle
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29 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2013

I wish I could have stayed here longer! I only had two nights and if I could have carried this place around with my on my back I would have! For 135 a night, we got a room with a queen bed and a double bunk bed (although it was just two of us so we had no use for the other two beds). There are fans and airconditioning as well as your own bathroom with a water heater. The whole lodge/resort/hotel area is amazing. Really nice places to hang out. There are sun bathing spots, hammocks, covered areas with throw pillows and bean bags, dining areas. Overall just a great place you stay. The only thing you will regret is not staying longer!

There is a shuttle that takes you to the rehabilitation center at 9am and returns at 4pm. We woke up early and walked to the Rain Forrest Discover Center so we could be there when it opened at 8am to look at birds. The walk is about 5km down the road and we saw orangutans outside the discover center in the trees! At 1:30 we walked to the orangutan rehabilitation center from the RDC for the afternoon feeding and caught the shuttle back to the hotel.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Paganakan Dii Tropical Retreat
Address: Mile 14 | Jalan Labuk, Sandakan, Sepilok 90000, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Sabah > Sandakan Division > Sepilok
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Sepilok
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Paganakan Dii Tropical Retreat 2.5*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Paganakan Dii is the perfect retreat to experience Nature in its most serene and natural state. Built on a site high above the surrounding foliage, the combination of cool longhouses and cosy duplex chalets makes for an experience worth a thousand images. ... more   less 
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