This lodge is in a lovely location on the river and we had a brilliant three days with great river tours and wildlife viewing. The guides were generally good - friendly and knowledgeable although I thought it strange that they didn't eat dinner with their group as I have experience elsewhere. The lodge itself is nice with a very pleasant seating area and a small courtyard garden that was regularly visited by monkeys. Food was just short of excellent but was of a very high standard with good variety. I expected the accommodation to be fairly basic but I imagined it to be more picturesque and atmospheric (i.e. log cabins) whereas the rooms are like poor quality motel rooms in prefabricated buildings that smell a bit mouldy and damp. The sink in our bathroom was coming off the wall and I couldn't sleep on our first night as the walls are so thin that I felt like the man in the next room was sitting in bed with me carrying out his loud conversation - and I had to be up at 5.30am for a morning boat ride. My other complaint is that the lodge seems to be very complacent and the staff act like they are doing you a favour rather than wanting to ensure you have a great time. For example, the lodge provides no free bottled water so you have to buy it from the staff who seem to be hugely inconvenienced at having to find the key to unlock the fridge - on one occasions I couldn't have any water as they couldn't find the key. I also asked for a cup of coffee at 10am one morning and was told there would be some available later - possibly about 10.30am (when I was due on a nature walk) but not at the moment. Given that this lodge is not cheap, how hard is it to make a guest a cup of coffee?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A founding member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, the award winning Sukau Rainforest Lodge nestles on the banks of one of Borneo's most important waterways, the Kinabatangan River, home to many of Borneo's magnificent wildlife. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of the rainforest and the cacophany of its inhabitants, its majestic birds, all 7 species of Borneo Primates including Borneo's iconic Proboscis Monkey, Orangutans in their natural habitat as well as herds of Borneo Pygmy Elephants. Sukau Rainforest Lodge offers the rare comfort and luxury in the midst of the Borneo Rainforest whilst retaining an Eco-Lodge ethos, the delicate balance of true sustainability. We promise to give you and your family an experience you'll always remember and one you'll never regret. We've just opened 20 of our brand new Villas in addition to our 20 Superior rooms. What better way to enjoy the Borneo rainforest and its wildlifes than in wonderful Borneo themed comforts. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Sukau Rainforest Hotel Sabah
- Sukau Rainforest Lodge Kinabatangan District, Sabah, Malaysia