We stayed 3D2N in May half term holiday, and were the only ones there...looking at the guest book it seemed they had a steady stream of guests coming in but not usually at the same time...so expect quiet times in a beautiful location! The site is the best on the river, as you go a further 20 minutes or so upriver away from any roads, other lodges or any signs of human life so it really adds to the magic of being deep in the Heart of Borneo. We had the 'Family House' which was lovely, and surprisingly good spec in the bathrooms and furnishings - more hotel than lodge (which I was expecting). We are all vegetarian and had a feast every lunch and dinner - who knew there were so many ways to present rice, veg, egg and tofu?! A lot of the veg came from their organic garden in the grounds, and the team in the kitchen were brilliant - we loved every meal.
A note for families thinking of staying there - we had a 3year old with us, and the 500m long complex is connected by wooden covered boardwalk. They do not recommend young kids and now I can see why - there is a big drop from the boardwalk, and a great gap in the railing that any young child could swing through. Our girl was fine, but if you had a roaming toddler with you it might not be as relaxing! Also, we brought DVDs with us as they have a screen set up with stereo sound and a selection of titles to choose from - we stupidly brought our UK bought ones with us, and didn't work - next time we will bring the ones we bought in Malaysia!
We had a guide assigned to us for the 3 days, Brian. He was fantastic, and flexible (given the 3 generations of ages and abilities in our group) and the activities are definitely on the adventurous side (Mum called it 'extreme Centerparcs!'). My 6yr old loved the night walk hunting for jungle creatures, the sunrise at the canopy was spectacular (but for my husband carrying our 3yo perhaps not so..) and trekking upstreams to find waterfalls bathed in sunlight, just fabulous. I thought the price for our package was a bit high, but by the end I felt that it was fantastic value for what we got...an unforgettable trip to be together as a family without modern distractions!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ulu Ulu National Park Resort is the only rainforest resort in Brunei Darussalam, situated at the edge of 50,000 hectares of pristine rainforest of the Ulu Temburong National Park. A perfect destination for nature lovers, retreats, rejuvenation, meditation, team-building and personal growth programs, bird watching. The resort does not have mobile or internet reception and is void of these modern gadgets so our guests can have a total peace of mind experience to connect personally with one another. The resort also banned disposable plastic bottles replacing them with the non-profit sale of stainless steel water bottles at the resort, to minimize plastic pollution. The "must do" activities include the Sunrise Canopy Walk, the Waterfall Trek, and Night Frog Trail. Unexpected comfort in the heart of the Rainforest, at the Ulu Ulu National Park Resort, Temburong. ... more less
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