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Permai Rainforest Resort
Ranked #11 of 55 Hotels in Kuching
Reviewed February 18, 2010

In terms of accommodation I can only comment on the tree house which I loved - what a great idea. Since the ground and forest haven't been cleared all the wildlife comes past your window. Kids seem to love this place too, and I felt like a big kid. Activities were fun including a high ropes walkway in the canopy - terrifying but great experience. There is a huge beach for relaxing on with terrific views over the sea and mountain and forest behind. I came to this place to see nature and wildlife and that is what I got. I was pleasantly surprised by the standard of the tree houses which were really comfortable and even had an outdoor balcony. Downsides are accessibility issues for disabled, the cafe and resort proper are up on a hill and climbing the tree house steps would be tricky/ impossible in a wheel chair. There were a lot of activities from jungle trails,( saw heaps of spiders and snakes) to kayaking. I booked with resort for a brilliant boat trip to see crocodiles and monkeys. Saw a proboscis monkey swimming, dolphins and a turtle. Nice view from cafe at sunset and reception friendly and patient!

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 9, 2009

After visiting Kuching, I travelled with my partner to the Permai Rainforest Resort to stay in one of the Treehouses there. It is something I would recommend to anyone travelling in Borneo.

Situationed on the coast with views of the South China Sea, the Permai Rainforest is a great retreat for those who have been staying cities and are looking for some time to relax. The Treehouses are nice and big with airconditioning, a balcony with a view of the sea and an ok bathroom. This is not a place of luxury, but the setting and feel make it amazing. You are literally in the rainforest and can hear insects and animals all day. We heard people say that monkeys jumped onto their balconies and we saw plenty of squirrels around the place. I would advise bringing mossie repellent though as their mossie nets around the window don't stop them all and you can find yourself with bites.

The only problem with the Permai Rainforest was the expensive excursions and some staff's gruffness. The reception can make you feel like requests are inconvenient when you are paying a decent amount to stay. Excursions cost a minimum of £50 per person for things such as a night walk (which didn't guarantee animal sightings and the main interest of which was ''listening to insects'').

Overall this resort is well worth a stay and one of my fondest memories of Borneo. The location is magical and the unavoidable sound of the sea forces relaxation on you.

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 6, 2009

We stayed in a treehouse overlooking the South China sea on one side and the rainforest on the other. We stayed with a 5 year old and a 9 year old and the whole experience - from the beautiful jungle walk to bathing in the freshwater spring water pool, to seeing some amazing fauna and flora - was magical and an exeprience we know our children will remember for the rest of their lives.

The rooms were spotless, airy with a wonderful sense of peace and tranquility. Other readers reported bugs but this is to be expected in somwhere which is such a part of the natural landscape.

The jungle walk was beautiful and though a little challenging for our 5 year old, great fun with rewards such as a beatuful waterfall with a pool to bathe in, giant furry caterpillars, jungle squirrels and spiders the size of saucers (ok, not a great reward but fascinating none the less).

There was a great beach a short walk away though watersports were a little expensive.

The resturant was good but we would also recommend asking reception to call the free Beach Resturant minibus to take you to the Beach seafood resturant about 11km away - a great spot on the ocean with good, cheap seafood.

All in all, worth every penny of the 260 RM we paid and a once in a lifetime experience.

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 5, 2009

All excited and set to comb the Permai Rainforest. The tree houses were full so we had to settle for a 6-pax cabin. Looked decent on the internet but when we got there, we were in for surprises. The cabin was run down, windows were falling off, could not be secured, walls were dirty and even had mosquitoes with blood plastered on them! I opened the fridge and let out a loud scream. A huge gekko must have fallen into it while I opened the fridge and was staring me right in the face! We had an army of ants on the floor and another lizard in the bathroom. Bedsheets didn't look clean, ceililng fans in the bedrooms seem to be falling off any moment. The jungle pool was filled with stagnant water! Having said that, we enjoyed the nature: the monkeys in the trees, the greenery and the beach.
We knew we were in for an adventure but we certainly expected the accomodation to be at least clean and decent. Although we have paid for 2 nites, we had fled the cabin the next day to the Damai Puteri Resort Hotel next door!
It's such a shame, if the accommodations have been maintained and kept clean, I'm sure it will draw positive response to the place. Unfortunately, the Permain Rainforest is not something for children, we have discovered!

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 18, 2009

I was really looking forward to the Permai Rainforest Resort after reading all the reviews. We tried to set our expectations correctly about being in the forest and also the bugs and other outdoor aspects of the resort. Also, paying about 32GBP per night, it's not right to expect the Four Seasons!

Unfortunately, there were no tree houses available for our stay - we knew this a week before arriving but went anyways. I was hesitant because there were no reviews on the cabins - only the tree houses. We were a bit disappointed but it was only two nights and we were keen to give it a try.

The resort is about 30 minute drive from Kuching and there is a shuttle that operates from Kuching, so that helped. The staff were really great but on arriving you knew it was going to be a somewhat 'rustic' experience, especially after being told there was no AC in the cabins.

The trek was a bit long to cabin 23 and a bit of pain to carry the suitcases, but it was fine. The cabin reminded me a lot of student summer camping. The cabins were very, very simple and had the feeling of a school gym changing room or a park toilet. The cabins were simply painted; had some ceiling fans and little personality with stark florescent lights. Beds were very simple and mattresses were flimsy and just adequate. There were two rooms with three beds in each. There were lots of flying bugs and the windows screens wouldn't close properly, so you'd get more coming in. Security was not great as you could climb through a window and my closet door at home was more secure than the fron entrance. However, there was no reason to feel unsafe at the resort.

Other than some walking in the forests, there is not much to do at the resort. The beach is nice but that is only interesting for so long. There was a group of school kids there which made the place a bit noisy and they occupied the simple, small fresh water pool. The pool is at best a wadding pool - a grown adult cannot swim in it. The restaurant was good and the staff was charming. We did some sea kayaking which was nice but got boring quickly.

All in all, one or two days max is suggested and good especially if you want to do some outdoor activities. Otherwise, keep in mind this is not a luxury resort! It's a good welcome back to your youth and summer camp!

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 17, 2009

Treehouses were great. Stayed in number 10 which is the last one so nice and quiet plus seemed to have an extra balcony compared to the others. Beaches were great, but no towels or beach bed. Fresh water pool was small but refreshing, but again no where to sit or lie. Luckily the balcony got plenty of sun. Did the day trip to Bako, which was very expensive but good fun. Food was OK for a couple of days.
Booking was hard work (via their website) but they don't seem to reply to emails (which seems the norm in Borneo) so ended up phoning them to confirm.
Great place for 2 nights.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 2, 2009

This place is brilliant, go to sleep in the canopy with the incoming tide lapping under your balcony, and wake to the sounds of the forest with monkeys and birds on your balcony!! No tv, no phone, but a well equipped comfy room, spacious and clean, with a/c and fan. Its quite a trek along the paths to the cabins but it isn't at all unpleasant, but you are in the rainforest so there are heaps of critters (ants, spiders, monkeys, bugs etc). If you are after something flashy and pristine you should probably look to the concrete monster next door, but they both share the same main beach and spectacular views but not the price tag. We found this place reasonably priced for the amazing experience, I have only heard of 1 other tree house hotel. The food was fine, nothing to rave about but no complaints either. The guides on the dolphin watching/ snorkeling/ island trip were great, friendly and helpful. We spent 3 nights here, just enough time I think, we relaxed, swam, kayaked and enjoyed a spectacular sunset and relaxed some more!! If you love a bit of nature, inside and out (we had a friendly gecko waiting to come inside every time we did) this place would be for you, if you are bug-a-phobic go elsewhere!!!

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled as a couple
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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
Price Range: $72 - $119 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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