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Permai Rainforest Resort
Ranked #9 of 55 Hotels in Kuching
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Hamburg
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“Nature Getaway”
Reviewed February 6, 2009

Nestled in the rainforest is this perfectly eco-friendly resort.
We stayed in one of the tree houses, which are wonderful equipped and all have a balcony facing the ocean.
Unknown birds wake you up in the morning, monkey are visiting in the late afternoon.
Wonderful jungle walks, two deserted little beaches, a nice open air restaurant and a natural pool -feed from a mountain stream - making this a really unique place away from it all.

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 3, 2009

I stayed here with my partner late 2008 in one of the tree houses (can't comment on the cabins/other accommodation - sorry!) This place won't be for everyone, particularly not those looking for luxurious pampering.. but if you like something different... read on.

The tree houses were awesome, super cool air conditioning, set into the rainforest canopy - a great size with a beautiful balcony over looking the ocean. There are two beaches close by, a refreshing 'jungle pool' (cool fresh water from the rainforest). There are lovely walks through the rainforest and the Sarawak Cultural village is walking distance - we also saw little monkeys which hung around the vines near the reception. You can organise all your 'day trips' to pick you up from here - including Bako national park, and orangutangs... It was low season when we were there and the food at the restaurant was average.. however, there are two other resorts just around the corner that you can easily walk to for some variety.

If you want somthing a bit different, and are looking for some seclusion - you will love this place!

  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 19, 2009

Sometimes, you just can't trust the reviews. We were sceptical of Permai before booking, but took a chance anyway. The treehouse was a great experience with tremendous views of the ocean, a neat and tidy room and a bathroom that sure beats mine at home.
It sounds like the cabins are not as good, based on some of these other reviews. Regardless, it was a very nice place and I look forward to coming back.

Stayed December 2008
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Reviewed December 20, 2008

This is a gorgeous seafront eco-resort on the island of Borneo in Sarawak state. For only $35/night, we stayed in a treehouse 3 storeys in the air. And this treehouse had A/C, electricity, ensuite bath, even a wetbar! After 2 weeks of rough hiking through Borneo, this was a wonderful pampering place.

The grounds of this resort have a wonderful hiking/adventure course with a waterfall, and a verrrry cold naturally fed spring pool...or just swim in the South China Sea. The only restaurant is the onsite outdoor cafe, serving pretty good Malaysian fare.

Highly recommend.

  • Liked — Fabulous treehouse accommodation
  • Disliked — Kind of isolated
  • Stayed March 2007, traveled with family
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Perth Western Australia
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Reviewed December 17, 2008

Permai Rainforest Resort is brilliant!
Best place I went to in Sarawak. We stayed in a treehouse and it was a delight. High up in the forest canopy, and right next to the ocean. The view from our balcony was superb, across the sea. There were monkeys and birds right next to us, and no need for aircon at night as you can open up all the windows (screened) to let the breeze through.
The place was clean, tidy and well equipped.
The staff were friendly and helpful, but not creepy fake nice like they are in some of the bigger resorts. I got the impression they really cared about this place.

They kept the grounds and local forest neat and litter-free.
The jungle trails are a delight - complete with a waterfall, rope bridge and several streams. It all feels very authentic.
And to the reviewer who said the forest walk freaked their kids . . What? What kind of kids are these? Sure, there are big ants, and monkeys, and thick vegetation. It's a rainforest. Not a theme park. What were you expecting - Disneyworld?

If you want a taste of the equatorial rainforest - this is the place to go. I'd recomend it to anyone who wants to avoid the big bland boring resorts down the road. Five stars!

  • Liked — Natural feel of the rainforest
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
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UK
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Reviewed September 2, 2008

My family arrived at this resort after visiting Bako and also an Iban longhouse in Batang Ai. We are no softies and enjoy being close to nature. However, I was disgusted by the a/c cabin we stayed in at this resort. It was dark, smelly and filthy. There is a big difference between being close to nature (we were more so in Bako and Batang Ai) and being squalid. In remote places it is part and parcel of the experience to have no hot water but when you are just along thebeach from big hotels it adds no charm.

The beaches and surrounding grounds were lovely and the nearby Sarawak Cultural Village unexpectedly brilliant. However, if you choose Permai my advice is to make sure you stay in one of the treehouses or newer non a/c cabins.

  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
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Jersey
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Reviewed July 27, 2008

While traveling Malaysia last year we book to stay in Permai Rainforest for 3 nights. Once there we extending our stay to 5 nights as we loved it so much!!. We had one of the tree houses which are really great, plenty of space and aircon too! watch out for the monkeys in the morning. The resort have plenty of activities available which need to be booked 24 hours in advance....be sure to book early as most activities are done by staff outside there usual working hours. The guides in permai are by far the best guides we had during our travels, very friend and helpful bunch of guys who love to show you their country. Restaurant had good food if you are planning a long stay you might want to venture out a couple of evenings as the menu is not very large. All in all a brilliant place to stay, I can't wait to go back for a longer stay!.

  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
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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 
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