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Paganakan Dii Tropical Retreat
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Reviewed February 14, 2010

My husband and I stayed for 3 nights at Paganakan Dii Tropical Retreat and had a fantastic stay. The place is very new. The owners said it was finished last year. It has both private rooms and very clean dorms. The accommodation is made from timber and there are many areas where you can just hang out and enjoy the serenity of the location. The establishment seem to be trying to run an environmentally friendly retreat.

Paganakan Dii Tropical Retreat is a hidden gem and I'm sure will become a must stay for those traveling in Borneo.

Just make sure you bring enough Malaysian Ringitts as they do not accept Credit card or any other currency.

One of the best budget places I have ever stayed. Highly recommended!!

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 26, 2010

It is truly a hidden gem. We stayed for two nights in one of the private rooms. It was just perfect coming out in the jungle just to relax. The evenings were great with good, cheap food and a nice restaurant area where we could read books and play cards. Went on the one day cruise with mister Aji which is highly recommended. The one day was enough however..I dont think youll need to do the overnight package at the river.
Thanks Anton and the guys for giving us some perfect days. We went to the Lankayan Island from Paganakan Dii.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank andbri
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Reviewed January 3, 2010

This is a unique place located within a small park. All of the facilities are open air. The main building has an outdoor seating area, and two covered but open air seating areas with low stools and tables. There is a small book swap area and some magazines, but you should bring your own reading material. There is a nominal charge to use the computer, but sometimes the service cuts out. There is an owl that the owners feed, but which comes and goes.

We stayed in a private cabin with a full size bed and a bunk bed. The room had a ceiling fan and an A/C unit which was not really needed at night. The room was a bit cramped and did not have any night stands or storage areas. Three of the four walls were sliding, so you could open up the entire room to the outdoors. Even when the doors were closed, there were many gaps, so mosquitoes were an issue.

The bath was open air, albeit with screens to ensure privacy of view. Sounds, however, will be heard by others! There is a shower, small sink, toilet and stand. Soap but not shampoo was provided.

The park had live animals (deer, crocodiles) and a pond with paddle boats and seating areas. Just outside the park is a vast palm oil plantation.

The location is remote. The walk to the main road where you can catch a public bus is well over a mile. The hotel can arrange a taxi to town or the airport, which is about a 20-30 minute drive and will cost around 35 ringgit ( a taxi from town to the hotel is about 45 ringgit since they typically will not be able to get a return fare). Tours and taxis can also take you to a nature activities in the region, which range from 15 minutes to almost two hours driving time. The owner will provide a free ride at regular intervals to certain nearby areas.

Some rave about the food, but we found it to taste like take-out Chinese; the portions were small, greasy and over-seasoned. There is nothing else in the area, and your choices in Sandakan are not great either. Breakfast was included; one egg (either fried, boiled scrambled, or in an omelet with tomato and onion), two slices of bread, coffee/tea/milo. They often ran out of selections, including drinks.

If you are willing to put up with the rustic quality, this is an interesting place to stay. We walked by the hotels in Sandakan, and they did not seem to offer any better choice.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled with family
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3  Thank JerseyInShanghai
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Reviewed December 23, 2009

This place is beautiful, set amongst the trees, on top of a hill. The architectural design is original. The owner (Anton) is helpful from the first email contact till the goodbyes. We only had one problem- small red fire ants in the room. We had baby food and milk for my girls in the room and these attracted nasty ants which ended up on towels. My daughter got bitten after she fell onto a spot where these ants were. My advice is not to bring food into the room! Breakfast was nice. The place is secluded, so unless you have a car (we did) you'll have to eat at the restaurant there, which is not a problem as the prices are very reasonable and food was good. Oh our room came with a double bed PLUS a bunk bed. Great for our family of 2+2yrs old and a 8mths old baby. It has AC, an outdoor bathroom and a balcony. Last point- you've got to wacth your kids.. this place is not that safe for the little ones, e.g. big steps down from room, balcony not so well barracded etc..

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled with family
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1  Thank Mumster_S
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Reviewed December 14, 2009

The people, especially Anton, are wonderful hosts. Anton has carefully designed his resort to reflect the culture and environment of the area. This place is highly recommended to birdwatchers. The resort is located at an elevated area with high vantage point that you are almost eye-level with the canopy of the forest just accross your chalet's veranda. So many birds fly across the place in the morning and afternoon. This place is frequented by Barred Eagle-Owl, Brown Hawk Owl, Large-tailed Nightjar, Changeable Hawk Eagle, as well as many tailorbirds, sunbirds and flowerpeckers.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 11, 2009

You know you've found paradise when you alter your travel plans to stay longer, which we did.

Paganakan Dii is a little oasis of comfort, quality and tranquility. We stayed in a family room with a Kings sized bed and bunkbeds for our 6 and 4 year olds. The beds had crisp white linen and very comfortable mattresses and the bathroom was patially al fresco with close views of the jungle.

The food is very tasty but occasionally a little slow in arriving, although we were in no rush! The hosts couldn't do enough for us: they transported us for free to the nearby Sepilok Orang Utans and the Rainforest Reserve at Mile 14 and kept our bags during our overnight a trip to Turtle Island.

Highly recommended!

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled with family
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1  Thank PeleYuEr
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Reviewed October 11, 2009

We stayed 3 nights in one of the private rooms/chalet. It is a beautifully constructed retreat. The room was lovely, with an open air bathroom so you could literally shower in the jungle but with the luxury of hot water. The sliding door to the balcony looked directly into the jungle allowing you to hear the jungle noices 24/7. The staff are all fantastic and truly made the trip..whilst not forgetting the good and cheap menu on offer throughout the day. Anton and the team are dedicated to helping make your trip fantastic. He recommended the day trip with Mr Aji (a definite must do) where 4 hours on the river allowed us to see wild ornagutans swinging in the trees and so much other wildlife that i came home with 400 photos!! It is only 5 mins drive to the sepilok orangutan sanctuatry and whilst there are nearer hostels, anton runs a twice daily shuttle run. Recommend for solo travellers, families, couples or groups of friends...it certainly deserves all the great comments on here and can thoroughly say that we went with high expectations and were certainly not dissappointed....

Stayed: October 2009, traveled with friends
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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: $15 - $39 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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