We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“It is exactly how it is advertised”

Best prices for -
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 7 more sites!
Permai Rainforest Resort
Ranked #11 of 55 Hotels in Kuching
Singapore, Singapore
Level 3 Contributor
8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“It is exactly how it is advertised”
Reviewed May 4, 2012

We stayed in a tree house. At night we opened up all the windows (the screens kept the mossies out) and slept in the jungle air. The sounds of the jungle at night were quite noisy. But it was cool enough to sleep, lovely for us as we live in Singapore and use aircon every night!
The cafe was a nice setting, the food was awesome. There were no ants at any table we sat at, but did notice some around some spilled juice at another table. The battle with ants can never be won, and given that is was an outdoor restaurant in the middle of the jungle it was ok.
We saw monkeys from out treehouse verandah. We went to the cultural village which was within walking distance, food there was great and the performance in the theatre excellent.
It was relaxing to be in the jungle and 3 days was enough to unwind and relax, any more and you might get bored. The mountain was an amazing sight and the area very pretty.
The jungle pool was cool and no pool chairs.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
2 Thank Orchidgurl
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

465 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    181
    181
    61
    19
    23
See reviews for
161
192
16
6
Rating summary
  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (136)
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed April 26, 2012

Stayed here for 2night.. Ernm lucky only two nights. Nothing much u can do here as u you are now experiencing jungle life. I would recommend the tree house.. As the other cabins n accomodations looked really unmaintained. The tree house was the reason i stayed at permai. From tree house.. U can see the beach.. And beach is only walking distance away. At night.. The sound of crickets and waves.. Were just soooo relaxing.. I had my best sleep ever. If u would like to come permai.. Pls book the tree house for privacy and all the tree house are located at fronts side of the jungle trails. In term of foods.. Well, you hv no choice left, only one coffee house serving foods and since it was the only restaurant there.. Service was kinda slow.. As everyone jam packed at the same place. Taste were so-so too. To get more foods, we walked to the food centre located just before the entrance of permai and it will takes u like 15minutes to reach there. There is a chinese restaurant that serves delicious foods there. There are also some small stalls selling local foods. Do bring torch light along if u walk at night bcos the place is not lighted on most areas. I remembered walking back to permai in dark.. So eerie.. Hehe. By the way.. Maximum stay.. 2nights should be ok.. More than that.. I bet u will be bored to death.

  • Stayed January 2012
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank Rocoberry
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
surrey
Level 5 Contributor
73 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed April 19, 2012

Based on Tripadvisor feedback, we were quite apprehensive about the Permai Rainforest Resort, but...it exceeded all expectations,
We travelled as a family of 5 with 2 young children, and we occupied 2 treetop houses (number 5 and 6). Contrary to previous reviews, we found the tree houses Excellent. They are beatifully laid out, spacious, airconditioned, clean, and with the best location and views in the world. They are really right in the tree tops.

We also found the rest of the resort quite good. We had breakfast and dined in the Rainforest cafe for 3 days, and the food was good, although service was quite erratic.

In terms of other facilities, the jungle pool is a real winner. The clear, clean water really refreshed and is fantastic for the kids to cool down and splash around.
The 2 beaches were OK, not stunning.

We also went on a tour organised by the resort (Bako National Park) which was organised very well. the boatsman knew all the gorgeous places to swim and picnic, and the food provided was really good. All in all a lovely day out.

Last but not least, we used the hotel transportation from Kuching airport. We were met promptly at the airport, and had a nice airconditioned drive to the resort.

So, this resort is a lot better than we expected. Lovely days in Sarawak!

Room Tip: Tree house is the only way to go
See more room tips
  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
6 Thank mvanderh
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
London, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
91 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed April 17, 2012

My other half and I stayed here for 2 nights in mid-March and overall I'd say our stay was PERFECT! (wouldn't say this lightly)

The treehouse we stayed in was just lovely, very clean and so different (that's why we booked this unique sort of place for the weekend). It was such an experience to stay so near to all the wildlife and the beach is within 5 min walk.

Lovely beach - not THAT busy and the resort also offered activities - e.g. kayaking? Although we didn't take part in any of these extra activities - we didn't think we had time.

The resort is about 45mins drive from Kuching and about an hour's drive from Sepongeh (??) the Orangutan Sanctuary - you can ask for a transfer to here, at reception. Not a transfer bad price for the experience you'll have seeing the Orangutans! (there is a small fee to pay to go into the Sanctuary but again this is well worth it).
GOOD TIP - feeding time at the Sanctuary is 9am or 3pm (I think) and we went to the 9am feeding. It was very exciting, we saw 4 adult Orangutans and 1 baby!! We were told this was good (lucky) because sometimes you can visit and not see any?!!

We had quite a few meals (and drinks!) at the restaurant on site - The Rainforest Cafe - and the food was (like everything else) great. Very tasty and very cheap! Even when we had to leave early in the mornings (to go to the Orangutan place, or to go back to the airport) we just asked about taking a sandwich or something with us and this was organised very quickly, in a lunch box.

The staff were ALWAYS at hand to help. We even had the Resort Manager (I think he was) come over to us one evening at dinner and ask us how our stay was going and if there was anything he could do to make it better. We simply had nothing to complain about - everything was great! :)

Would definitely recommend the Permai Rainforest Resort to anyone who wants somewhere different; somewhere unique.

Room Tip: We stayed in a TreeHouse and they were lovely for a couple... we had Treehouse number 2 -was fine (n...
See more room tips
  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
4 Thank FRC111
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Singapore
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed April 14, 2012

My wife and I checked in for a week's stay with our two children and had one of the best experiences of our lives. From the moment we checked in the staff were friendly and eager to please. Hans, the manager was polite, friendly and professional and helped us to find the cabin that was most suitable for our family. The rooms are basic - no television or internet - but comfortable with aircon (which we never turned on) and fans and plenty of hot water for the shower. This is the perfect jungle escape. Hans is constantly on patrol to make sure the guests are comfortable and manages the staff very effectively - I am used to traveling in Malaysia and do not like the sight of litter, but the resort is immaculately cleaned of trash and the beach is absolutely gorgeous. In fact there are two beaches, one with a cool river that runs into the sea and the other, more private beach surrounded by the forest where we swam and watched the sunset. There is a two hour hike from your cabin (within the resort) which leads to a spectacular 30 foot high waterfall where you can swim and watch the tiny frogs climbing against the torrent. Speaking of wildlife - the kids were utterly fascinated by the diversity of birds, butterflies, dragonflies, insects, you name it - that inhabit the resort. I saw my first fireflies. The breakfast was fine, with brown bread and coffee, plus the usual eggs and noodles etc. For lunch we made the fifteen minute walk to the nearby excellent food court, and then we enjoyed dinner at the resort in the evening. One small gripe is the cost of the red wine which is far too high. RM150 is just too much. It should be more like RM 80. The waiting staff are super friendly with lots of smiles and time for conversation.
I cannot recommend this place highly enough. There is a swimming pool that comes from the river - fresh, unchlorinated water straight from the forest floor, you can watch the dragonflies buzzing over the surface as you swim, surrounded by the jungle. You are far from TV, Internet, the news, any concerns of modern life. We will return!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
4 Thank singaporeteacher
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Burlingame, California
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed April 9, 2012

Overall Permai was a great place to stay because it's built into the rainforest. They didn't clear out an area and build houses; all of the rooms are about as close to nature as possible. We saw monkeys in the trees by the front desk both days and a hand-sized spider outside our front door one day. Hello nature.

We stayed in a treehouse one night and in a cabin the second. The treehouse was a rare experience - 30 ft up, no insects, and the sound of ocean waves + breeze all night long. It's not a big room, but we didn't spend much time inside. I'd stay there again. From a kayak, only 2 of the 10 treehouses are visible which shows how well the place is built into the surroundings.

The cabin was a bit more bland. It had space for 6, with a communal shower and 6 one-person beds. A bit dirtier, but no insects inside the room.

The staff were very friendly and helpful. We went to a seafood restaurant in the local village which was a good experience. Seafood was good, seasonal ferns were excellent.

Room Tip: For 2 people (with 1 child), choose a treehouse.
See more room tips
  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
2 Thank bernard_in_space
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Perth, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
28 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
Reviewed April 8, 2012

Date of Stay:
8 & 9 February 2012

Who:
55 year old "Mum" (Sabrina), 32 year old "Daughter" (Lise)

Reason for Stay:
We had already planned to travel to Singapore for the start of Chinese New Year 2012 (our third CNY holiday), and to round off the 15 day celebration in Penang, also taking in Thaipusam while we were at it. When trying to decide what to do with the rest of our holiday, Sabrina popped on the AirAsia website to see where we could fly to next from Penang, rather than just retracing past holiday footsteps… Kuching was somewhere we had yet to visit, and the price was right, so we booked for a 6 night stay. From there it was “heads down, bums up” researching places to stay, things to do, sights to see. During our research we read about the Permai Rainforest Resort. We were intrigued and enamoured by the thought of staying in a treehouse, so the decision was made, we would spend our first two nights in Kuching in a real life treehouse!!!

Our Experience:
We made our reservation enquiry through Permai’s website ( http://permairainforest.com/ ), completing their online proforma. Shortly afterward we received an email confirming our reservation and providing a link to a secured payment site. After entering our details on the secured site, we received (within a few days) a receipt for our payment (in advance for the full stay). We had also enquired about airport pick-up, and were requested to provide our flight details. Our communications with Permai Rainforest Resort via email were very easy, all emails responded to quickly, with the staff having very good English. Following our confirmed reservation we had cause to contact and advise our flight from Penang had been brought forward to 7am, having us landing in Kuching at 9am, and confirming our luggage could be held until check-in time. The staff could not be more helpful from our very first contact.

On arrival at the Kuching airport we were greeted by a driver with our name! Hans was great. He spoke very good English and was a great source of information, pointing out different areas and sights on the (roughly one hour) drive from the airport to the Resort. He also gave us advice on some of the best places to try Sarawak cuisine while staying in Kuching (as we had four nights in town following our nights in the treehouse).

When we reached Permai Rainforest Resort we were told to leave our cases in the car as they would be taken care of. We approached reception expecting (due to our early arrival) to arrange to leave our luggage for a while, and preparing to go for a wander until check-in time. We were very pleasantly surprised when we were checked in and given both our key and our breakfast voucher. We were allocated treehouse 4 and pointed in the right direction (over the boardwalk, up the hill, past the restaurant), our cases would follow (we later learned they would be brought up in a little trailer by one of the security staff at the hotel, who also assisted in getting our luggage up the 32 very steep steps to our room).

Our treehouse was actually a room built over six metres in the air, which places the room among the tree canopy. The room is all made of wood, with windows all around. For privacy there were blinds you could drop, though during the day time you could open them up and really feel you were surrounded by trees. All of the windows were covered with flyscreens, and there was a flyscreen door (as well as a glass door) to the balcony.

The room was of a good size, plenty of space for two twin beds (wider than standard single beds), a couple of wooden chairs (with cushions), a small table, and a suitcase bench. Each bed had one pillow and two cushions, with spare pillows in the wardrobe. Sheets and blankets were all clean. The minibar contained complimentary drinks including a can of soya bean drink, lemonade, and water (replenished each day), it was underneath a makeup bench with lighted mirror.

The bathroom was spacious and sort of open plan (semi wet-room in style, with a glass screen separating the shower from toilet). Two towels, hand towel, and face washer were clean, and changed daily. In terms of toiletries only soap was provided. The shower had good water pressure, and a reasonable amount of hot water (you wouldn’t want to have super long showers, but it was enough for both of us to shower each morning - even when the hot water started to run out, it didn’t take long to heat back up again).

Our favourite part of the room was the balcony running across the front of the treehouse, looking out towards the ocean (through the tree canopy). Treehouse 4 didn’t have a view of the ocean (as the trees were too dense), but at high tide it washed around under our balcony, and we could hear the waves against the sand throughout the day. Two wooden deck chairs fit comfortably on the balcony, a nice space to kick back with a cold drink, just relaxing and listening to the sounds of the jungle and the ocean!

On our full day at Permai Rainforest Resort it rained pretty much all day, from breakfast on. It wasn’t heavy rain, but enough to discourage us from undertaking the walk through the Resort’s grounds (up to the waterfall) due to the slippery ground. We had already visited the Sarawak Cultural Village, and as there is not much else to do out at Permai, we were left relaxing on our balcony with our trusty eReaders. What those of you reading this won’t realise is how much of a miracle this is, and how much it attests to the Permai Rainforest Resort’s ability to put you in a relaxed frame of mind. Sabrina DOES NOT stop, at most she will sit down and relax for an hour while on holidays before she is up and ready to move on. Well, she sat and read her eReader ALL day! And loved every minute of it. The combination of the trees, birds, squirrels, rain through the tree canopy, ocean beneath our balcony all just made for a completely relaxing stay.

The grounds of the Resort are simply beautiful. There is minimal impact on the surrounding environment, with simple wooden walkways over streams and gullies, and concrete paths between the rooms. Other than that it is all jungle. We enjoyed watching monkeys play in the treetops, and squirrels running past our room, and across the restaurant balustrades. The fresh water swimming pool was beautiful and clean…and freezing cold! I paddled my feet, Sabrina took one look at my face and refused to put even her toe in. The pool is not huge, so we can imagine on weekends when locals pay to use the resort facilities that it could get quite crowded, but on the weekdays we were there it was peaceful, save for the lizard playing on the boardwalk.

There are two beaches you can access. “First beach” is shared by other nearby resorts, and is the larger of the two beaches. “Second beach” (down past the freshwater pool) is smaller but more private, only accessed through the Resort. Both beaches as good as disappear during high tide. We actually sat on the rocks at the entrance to “second beach” watching the tide roll in on our first day - it was lovely, amazing to watch the beach just disappear.

We ate most of our meals at the restaurant/café at Permai Rainforest Resort (with the exception of one lunch at the nearby Damai Central food court / hawker centre). We found the meals to be tasty - not outstanding or haute cuisine, but yummy and filling. The breakfasts were tasty, and included in the room price. Fruit juice, tea, coffee, toast and Danish pastries were “free flow” and then you ordered your main dish from the breakfast menu. Dining at the resort we did discover our new most favouritest fruit juice mix, OMG, just divine (we really must get the recipe)… It is called “Pineapple Gear” and is a mix of pineapple juice, orange juice and ginger - drooling just thinking about it!!!!

Location:
The Permai Rainforest Resort is located roughly an hour’s drive from Kuching airport, on the Santubong Peninsula. There is not a lot around it, but the resort offers a well priced shuttle service in to Kuching city. The Sarawak Cultural Village is less than 5 minutes’ walk from the Resort. Also nearby is Damai Central which includes a restaurant, a bar, a new 7-11 (they were just stocking the shelves when we stayed), a gym, souvenir stall come café, travel agency, and some other empty shops. It was quite handy as you could wander out there and pick up some drinks to stock your minibar fridge cheaper than buying at the Resort.

Summary:
We really enjoyed our stay at Permai, because of the novelty of a treehouse, the beautiful surrounds, the great, helpful and friendly staff, and the Pineapple Gear! ;o)

All of the staff we met at the resort were nice, friendly, and all with a smile! Everyone spoke good English - Hans told us that the Management of the Resort are very proactive about this and actually send their staff for English lessons. We will particularly fondly remember our conversations with Hans (both on the drive from the airport, on the drive into Kuching, and when he popped over at the restaurant to say hello to us one evening), and the guys on reception (such big smiles, so friendly!).

If you’re in Sarawak to explore Kuching and its surrounds, this is perhaps not the place to stay, but if you want a few relaxing days before tackling what else Kuching and its surrounds have to offer, then this is the place to be.

Room Tip: You HAVE to stay in the treehouse!!!
See more room tips
  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
2 Thank Leesree_and_Subbi
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
Travelers also viewed these Kuching hotels
0.5 mi away
Damai Beach Resort
Damai Beach Resort
#19 of 55 in Kuching
703 reviews
14.0 mi away
Hilton Kuching
Hilton Kuching
#3 of 55 in Kuching
1,539 reviews
13.6 mi away
The Ranee Boutique Suites
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
14.0 mi away
The LimeTree Hotel
The LimeTree Hotel
#2 of 55 in Kuching
988 reviews
13.7 mi away
The Waterfront Hotel
The Waterfront Hotel
#4 of 55 in Kuching
152 reviews
14.0 mi away
Pullman Kuching
Pullman Kuching
#6 of 55 in Kuching
1,977 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Permai Rainforest Resort? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Permai Rainforest Resort

Property: Permai Rainforest Resort
Address: Teluk Penyu, Kuching 93050, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Sarawak > Kuching
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Kuching
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Kuching
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Kuching
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Permai Rainforest Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 39
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Permai Rainforest Resort is an eco-resort set in pristine Borneo rainforest located by the beach at the foot of mystical Mount Santubong, Sarawak. Carefully designed to minimize impact on the natural environment, it offers a unique rainforest experience and a variety of activities from dolphin watching to high ropes courses and guided kayaking tours. Just 40 minutes from the Kuching, its an ideal way to experience Borneo. ... more   less 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Hotels.com, Booking.com, Travelocity, Agoda, Priceline, TripOnline SA, Cancelon and HotelQuickly so you can book your Permai Rainforest Resort reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Permai Rainforest Hotel Kuching
Permai Rainforest Resort Kuching, Sarawak

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing