The thing that gets me each time I'm staying in the wilderness is that the staff are humble and being themselves. The staff may be having lack of hospitality training and that they have a tendency to watch television at the reception during their downtime, but when help is needed, the staff will only be happy to assist. Staff here may not have heard about "Occupational Safety & Health" policy where loose electrical wire is left along the corridor for the past two days and that I slipped up more than once. Remember, you are in the tropics and that you are in a developing country and so, you simply don't expect things to go like clockwork. I simply put that as the quirk and joy of travel into an unknown destination. Yes, the accommodation is dated but it's clean and cosy. The bathroom is dated too but hey, it's got hot water despite low pressure and I'm perfectly fine with that. Guess what, the Wi-Fi is strong and I can still post pictures to keep my families and friends updated with my escapade:) This facility is within walking distance away to the Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre and also the Rainforest Discovery Centre, which I personally find to be my highlight, where you get to immerse yourself in a genuine rainforest and despite my two hours stint there, I witnessed the very rare bristlehead bird, sun bird, hornbill. Just to give you a perspective of the rarity of bristlehead bird, the ranger jumped with joy the moment he saw it as he couldn't contain the excitement of seeing this rare but gorgeous bird. All this places remind me of one thing, Mother Nature is a great place & yet, we are wantonly destroying the rainforest that provides abode to so much plants & animal specimens. Anyhow, the restaurant is a tad slow but the food is perfectly acceptable. If you travel alone, bring a book or a journal to write down your reflection upon your journey. And if you travel in group, make sure that you share your fun time with new friends and family members. Apart from that, enjoy and be positive! It could be worse:) By the way, swimming pool here is tiny but adequate. You can still swim laps and that, it's very seldom being occupied. You can forget about the gym. Don't you rather go out and walk in the midst of the rainforest??
- 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