We booked both the beach front and jungle chalets for four nights, and it would impossible to decide which was better other than to say they're both amazing in there own way.
The beach in front was so nice and the location was almost deserted - for almost the entire time we had it to ourselves.
The food at both secret garden (walking) and tommy's (short drive) was delicious, but the hi-light had to be when Robbie from the secret garden cooked us a BBQ on the deck of the jungle chalet - YUM!!
I would say this accomodation/location is not to be missed for people looking for something truely special while in Borneo.
I spent two nights in the Treetop chalet with my boyfriend. We were on the end of our trip and we couldn't have chosen a better place to spend our last days in Borneo. The treetop chalet offers a wonderful view of both the ocean and the jungle! We really liked the privacy, not many places offers that and for the price we paid, it was very affordable. Without having wifi or any phone reception, we were so relaxed and just enjoyed the beautiful surroundings. We definitely recommend you to visit the Secret place cafe nearby, great food and the owner Robi and his kids were so nice. The take away service was excellent and so nice to eat privately on the terrace and enjoy the sunset. We truly recommend hibiscus and longing for a return visit!
Fantastic accommodation and location. We were really taken care of for our stay at this remote hideaway. We appreciated the eco-friendly approach to tiffin take away boxes (delivered from local restaurants) and a large water dispenser rather than single use plastic bottles. The local staff were friendly and extremely helpful.
The accommodation was great with beautiful sunsets, an idyllic sandy beach with great snorkelling.
Highly recommended! We enjoyed it so much we returned at the end of our holiday for another few nights.
A short break for Sue's birthday away from it all. Based in Kota Kinabalu we know the owners and had been promising ourselves the oportunity to get away for a few days. Sue's birthday provided the excuse and it didn't disappoint. Snorkeling with Moray eels, bat fish, seal faced puffer fish and Nemo and friends. The birthday BBQ was excellent and the sunsets ..........
Nice isolated position with good instructions to get there but a car is a must. There are some nice drives around the locality but Kudat is a waste of time. An evening drive gave best opportunity for birding. Well positioned for a nice beach, spoilt by the litter (plastic bottles) and sand flies which clearly the accommodation cannot control. Snorkling gear of good quality was provided free of charge and the best spot is just to the left of the beach access. Jetol who welcomed us was very friendly and helpful. Indeed he offered to carry our suitcases along the undulating path from the car park spot to the cabin. Access steps up to the cabin are steep. The cabin itself was basic, ample for two. Its basically a single room with a small kitchen and small bathroom which became smelly with use as it was bloody hot and humid. So thank goodness for the air conditioners. A mozi net and spray was provided. There was a large deck out the front if you wanted to brave the heat, humidity and insects. Some birds were also spotted from the deck. Watch out for the friendly cat who when he has had enough of you will bite. There is no mobile phone reception or wifi (no big deal as this is why some go on holiday) but a TV with a wide selection of films and TV series is provided. Tip Top was the pick of the restaurants but avoid the western food. The Secret Garden, a short walk along the beach was also very good for local food. Tommys was awful.
My husband and I stayed for two nights as part of a 2.5 week trip to Borneo.
We stayed in a mixture of places from zero stars to five stars so have a very open mind.
The walk to the lodge is not for the unfit, especially when carrying luggage and that's coming from someone who climbed Mount Kinabalu whilst in Borneo. It's a good 3-4 minute walk which sounds nothing but you are walking through uneven terrain which when wet (as it so often is in Borneo) can be extremely slippery.
The lodge itself is lovely and as previously mentioned in reviews, very tranquil. The bed was uber comfortable and there were plenty of fans.
I was disappointed with the lack of amenities; no bath mat / hair towel / hair dryer / drawer or hanging space... in fact no storage at all. In addition they have folding doors that don't fully open due to a supporting beam blocking it which was a disappointment.
One major complaint is that we had two cockroaches in the lodge!!! I have stayed in the jungle in India; Sri Lanka and Brazil and have never yet seen a cockroach in my accommodation so I was not impressed.
In terms of food breakfast was adequate but nothing exciting. The first night we ordered the take away as it was so rainy and requested a bottle of red wine from the 'mini bar' and were sorely disappointed to be told they had no red wine when the food was delivered so we were left with nothing to drink of an alcoholic nature).
On a plus note Jasper was great, very friendly and the night security guys were particularly helpful.
All in all was it worth the time and effort to get there...no. The beaches in KK are just as nice and the Rasa Ria Shangri-La is almost the same price but 10 times better.
Staying at the Hibiscus chalets is a truly unique opportunity to experience a completely unspoilt beach and bay at the top of Borneo. This place will not be the same in a few years time once it is taken over by luxury hotels.