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Borneo Rainforest Lodge
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Reviewed January 29, 2014

We loved staying at the Borneo Rainforest Lodge. We were met at the airport (first time I've seen my name on a board!!!) and taken to the Lodge (2hr drive) fairly quickly after a bite to eat. After briefing and lunch we were trekking and seeing monkeys/orangutans within the day. We stayed for 3D/2N and had a private transfer there and back. The treks were set at a good pace and fair difficulty and our guide was knowledgable and a good spotter! The night walk was fantastic but I recommend a head torch (it reflects in the creatures eyes better than a torch). The food was the best buffet food I have ever had.
The only disappointment was the outside "jacuzzi". We stayed in a deluxe room, it has a private shallow outside bath where you can sit and watch the river and wildlife. Unfortunately, there is not enough hot water to make this usable.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Matthew C
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Reviewed January 26, 2014

finding fault in this lodge is a very difficult undertaking, i'm not even going to bother.

our chalet faces the river (where you can go tubing), and it is simply charming and ecologically designed. much thought was put into the design of the chalet and the air circulation that air conditioning is not necessary.

out time there was regrettably limited (had other places to see), but even then, the activities we experienced were truly memorable.

we went on treks, night walks, canopy walk on hanging bridges (first hand experience of life many metres above ground), saw ancient burial holes on the face of the mountain, had fishes nibble away the dead skin on our feet from a natural spring and experienced the best of borneo cuisine.

our guide (Lister) was warm, friendly, knowledgeable, professional and accommodating. the staff were exceedingly caring and friendly. during an excursion, i told our guide that for some reason my feet seemed swollen (it was ok, it settled down quickly) and by the time we returned to the resort, the general manager met me and asked about my foot and satisfied himself that all was ok.

it would truly be a shame to miss this experience.

Room Tip: they only have two types of chalet to suit your budget, deluxe and normal. our was a deluxe that faced the river. be sure you purchase leech socks (you will be sorry if you don't wear them), bring good insect repellent and get yourself a pair of adidas kampung. these are locally designed shoes made completely of rubber. they are comfortable and perfect for trekking on muddy ground. this is the generic name, but there are several local brands. at A$3 a pair, you cannot go wrong!
  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank iskoolboy
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Reviewed January 20, 2014

Wow this place is really special and well worth the journey to get there. The road journey is not as bad as I expected and the bonus is you will hopefully see some wildlife on the way in & out. We were very lucky to even see an orang during our drive. We were welcomed very professionally by Yvette who was most helpful when we needed anything during our stay. We stayed in a deluxe chalet which has a bath on the balcony and river view. The room are well done. Bear in mind due to the tropical climate the rooms can feel a little damp as it's impossible to dry everything out. The food was superb throughout and the hotel should be commended for this as it's an amazing achievement in this remote location. Our guide was Mike who was enthusiastic and really could not do enough. We were very fortunate during our treks to see orangs 3 times, red leaf monkeys, gibbons, a bear cat macques samba deer and lots of other beautiful creatures. This place is magical and although it's expensive it's well worth the money.
Things you will need
Torch for night walks
Leach socks - these can be purchased for 20 ringets £4 in the hotel shop
Good sturdy walking boots or shoes together you don't mind getting muddy
Lightweight clothing ideally long sleeves
Refillable water bottles ( you will need plenty of water on the treks)
Plastic bag for your camera
Binoculars
flip flops/slip on sandles for walking to & from restaurant
Earplugs as it is very noisy with all the wildlife at night
It's worth noting as well that although this is a pricey trip the profits go to the preservation of the rainforest !

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank ariley2000
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Reviewed January 19, 2014

As the photos on the wall lay claim, William and Kate rally did stay here, and so did I... And while I'm sure they probably got even better service, I was still very happy. This is a quite remote area and it is not just very close to nature, it is very much in it. But I have to say, at meal times the quality of food I'd such that, other than the beautiful view, you could be back in a KL 5 star - I'm really impressed, as were the rest of my group, with what came out of this jungle kitchen - fresh veg, meat, fish,... And even bread and butter pudding among the desserts. And a bar for evening cocktails.
Service is very good. Rooms are eco lodge style, so quite simple but with everything you need and a decent shower. Bring a torch for the walk back to your room after dinner, and don't forget your bug spray. The restaurant is open air. You may get a view of wildlife while you eat such as deer.
While the evening tour in the truck is a bit disappointing (lucky to see more than a civet and a flying squirrel), the morning walk to the peak is a must if you wish to be sure (almost) of seeing orangutan up close ( still partially obscured by the trees of course ) - really worth the sweat. An excellent place to understand the palm oil trade and it's impact on the local environment - you can see the differences between primary and secondary forests, the good and the bad palm oil plantations, etc. There are top researchers working full time in this area.

This is a really great place to stay. Satisfaction almost guaranteed, and one in three will surely experience a leech... I'm a big fan of leech socks available at the lodge shop.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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2  Thank johnni147
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Reviewed January 18, 2014

We stayed here for 4 days. We had a fantastic experience hiking in the rain forest. The guide was very knowledgeable and there is a lot to be seen. The food is really excellent and the dining area in a balcony overlooking the river is special. However, the following tips may be of some use:-


1. Bring good walking boots. No matter what anybody has said elsewhere on this site we found that there is no substitute for good hiking boots providing plenty of ankle support. It is very easy to slip on some of the slopes on the trails and you could easily break an ankle or a leg – 80 km by road from a hospital.

2. Ensure that you have good thick socks.

3. Bring gaiters to protect you from leeches or else you can buy them at the lodge.

4. Bring some good broad based bug spray for the bedrooms. The rooms do not have German engineered windows and doors. There are lots of cracks for different bugs to crawl through. I was bitten one night in bed by a centipede which I was told was poisonous and I was fortunate that the one that bit me was as small as it was. Check the bed carefully for insects before getting into it at night and make sure that the bed clothes are tucked in under the mattress and not hanging onto the ground providing an easy path for insects to climb up! Spray the room with your bug spray yourself or else ask housekeeping to give it an extra spray while you are out at dinner.

5. Bring a good steroid based insect bite cream.

6. Bring a good paid of lightweight binoculars as some of the wildlife can be up in the canopy and good binoculars are well worth having.

Room Tip: It is good to have the river view but the forest views are a different experience.
  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Greatelk
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