If you're looking to stay in the wild, but don't care for the tent and dinner-plate sized spider in your tent, this is a pretty good compromise. The rooms are a bit run down, the TV gets just 2 channels, and the air-con takes awhile to get working, but if you cared about those things, you probably wouldn't be considering this resort in the first place. What makes it a sweet stay is the location. You can enjoy your complimentary (though somewhat sparse) breakfast sitting next to the turtle pond. At night, you can hear the singing of birds and bugs. You can walk to the orangutan reserve, and the wildlife park is just a bit further down the road. Both are well worth the visit. Moreover, you will be far, far from the city noise of Sandakan, which as far as we experienced, is pretty much a waste of time (unless sitting in traffic is how you enjoy spending your holiday).
I should also not that the staff is mostly friendly. They're quick to bring beer to your table, even if they are late to bring the food (but that's Sabah for you). The desk clerk was nice enough to let us check out a day early for a full refund of what we'd paid ahead, with no hassles, no questions asked -- you might consider this standard courtesy, but in Sabah, this is exceptional service.
The only major annoyance was the 5RM fee for use of the pool. Not a lot of money, but not something you'd expect a resort to charge its guests for.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just 5 minutes walk to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, Sepilok Jungle Resort offers comfortable lodging for visitors around the world to get close but un-intrusive glimpse of this nature paradise. It is enclosed within a tropical virgin Borneo Rainforest in Sandakan, Sabah (Borneo), Malaysia. Let its beautiful landscaped gardens and wide expanse of lush jungle transport you back in time. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sepilok Jungle Hotel Sandakan
- Sepilok Jungle Sandakan
- Sepilok Jungle Resort Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia