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... than USD700 per night per two people wven with standard room) i point out as below. first, we couldnt see many animals...
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... and lights off as often as we could). We had a deluxe room that looked over a flowing river - a serene setting. Often...
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... the lodge - much appreciated. We enjoyed our spacious room - overlooking the river, with a beautiful view and a group...
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Hi is it worth up grading to deluxe room and if so jungle or riverview ?
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The rooms are beautiful regardless. We had a deluxe jungle view and had a tub outside to enjoy

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klia67 wrote a review Feb 2014
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very nice botanical garden if you like trekking. however if you seriously want to see animals from nearby, this is not a good place for you. considering the high price(more than USD700 per night per two people wven with standard room) i point out as below.

first, we couldnt see many animals there. we couldnt see any major animals from nearby. the rainforest is preserved in its natural form and animals are not fed at all and not used to human at all. forests are very deep with many trees more than 50 meters long. so, animals (orangutans, monkeys, squirrels, eagles) can stay deep in the forests and tend to stay away from human. even early in the morning(in my case 6am) i walked 30minutes deep into the forest but couldnt see any animals although i heard many animals making voice. of course it is 'luck' due to the jungle surroundings. in my understanding, the reality is that there are very few animals in the visible range.

even so, the resort must make more efforts to enable guests to see more animals, considering the high price. i.e., the resort take memo of which animals were seen on what place on what day and with which guides and should put the list on website. by doing so, everyone can see in advance what the environment is like. guests dont need to overestimate the animals there. like us, many guests tell that they want to see big animals(elephants etc) upon arrival, and end up seeing very few animals and at the very end they even missing small monkeys.

second, we didnt like the tour system in the lodge. ideally there are several tours going on and guest can take a look at the entire list and can select which to join or which not to join. guests can join everything and come to know which tours are interesting and which guides are capable explainging/finding animals. however, in the system here, this was not the case. although there are several similar tours going on at similar time, one guide takes care of the one group entirely. if one guest doesnt want to join the tour or wants to join another group/tour, guides reject this. in our case, our guide kindly changed the schedule in our favour, but did so by changing the other guests' schedule, which we felt somewhat sorry for them. i think guests need more flexible and effective system.

third, closely linked to the second, the management is very poor. when we ask for changing the date of our tour, staff tend to avoid us and say 'ask your guide', guide tend to keep us in the group rigidly and do so by even changing the other guests' schedule. i think staff and guides must ask their managers for good advice in such a case(if i was a manager i would provide something more flexible), but they didnt consult with managers because there are no managers at all. the lack of managers is the headache here. i think staff and guides are not blamed, although guides need to improve their animal-finding skills in the first place.

thus, considering the very-high price, i want to say that resort is somehow overadvertising the existence of animals. if few animals, then the resort should advertise as such. also, the tour sysytem and management need to be improved more for the sake of convenience/consideration of guests. the management should consider what guests expect. i know 5-6 star hotels providing better service for much more reasonable price in asia or within malaysia.
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Date of stay: February 2014Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Lindfield_09 wrote a review Oct 2009
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Opted for the 3D/2N package, loved it! On average we fit in 3 hikes per day. They are not overly strenuous walks if you have at least moderate fitness, but given the heat & humidity they can still take their toll on you - we were still exhausted by end of each day and ready for an early night with our bed full of insects! (no joke - others also make reference to this - we got used to them though and kept the doors closed and lights off as often as we could). We had a deluxe room that looked over a flowing river - a serene setting. Often could spot animals as diverse as deer or a wild boar whilst sitting on our balcony relaxing late afternoon between hikes. On our final day, "King", a 45 year old male Orangutan strolled right past our lodging, scaled up onto a wooden walkway near our front door and from there scaled straight up a tree to munch on leaves!! Not too many other places left in the world where you can have an experience along these lines.. Other noteworthy creatures we encountered (mostly during hikes) included: hornbill birds, red leaf monkeys, a monitor lizard, snakes, many and varied brightly coloured insects, leeches !! Without question purchase leech socks from the lodge Gift Shop as soon as you arrive and you will fine on this last point. We gave no blood donations during our stay. Also request Donny as your guide, preferably as a private guide to you (as we did) - he is great. He is very passionate about his job and will usually find what he knows you will be excited to see! (it doesn't hurt that he has been guiding there for one decade now). Overall a fantastic holiday that was like no other I have experienced so far - go whilst you still can.
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Date of stay: October 2009Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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DeeJ158 wrote a review May 2015
Cambridge, United Kingdom78 contributions40 helpful votes
Our arrival at the lodge didn't start particularly well with a rather cool greeting from our allocated guide. However, in other respects our stay was a very positive one. Very helpful staff, good food with a wide choice in the buffet restaurant and excellent wildlife viewing. Because my wife has limited mobility, the lodge made a special effort to help look for wildlife around the lodge - much appreciated.

We enjoyed our spacious room - overlooking the river, with a beautiful view and a group of delightful bee eaters. The 'plunge pool' didn't allow a lot of 'plunging' but was a nice way to cool off. The weather was very hot and humid - which can be very tiring - but we had no rain while we were there. That also meant very few leeches!

The wildlife seen included a good selection of primates and birds - but the plants - especially the large trees are also magnificent. Well worth having a good torch to get out into the forest at night with a guide.

We stayed at the lodge for 3 nights - which was sufficient to see much of the 'easier' wildlife in the area. Had the weather been wetter walking the trails would have been more challenging - but perhaps we would have seen more of the 'cryptic' wildlife hiding from the dry conditions (including the leeches!).
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Date of stay: May 2015Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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KathIan999 wrote a review Oct 2013
Croydon, United Kingdom279 contributions142 helpful votes
Warm warm welcome, Leigh ?, towels, cold drink and a comprehensive briefing on the lodge. Luggage already waiting at the chalet after checkin.
Free tea coffee 6 2 6 in the bar.
Deluxe chalets c/w plunge pool and small veranda.
Upper level of dining room bounces due to passing traffic. Better stability on lower level
Tiger beer 12 RNm. Wines approx 155. Excellent range of spirits and cocktails, provided the spirit bases are in stock.
Comp soft drinks in room minibar. Coke and 100.
Comp slippers in room - policy of no shoes in comm areas.
Excellent food presented as buffet but in small quantities and refreshed throughout the service so never stale or overcooked. Chefs station for individual dishes of a more mainstream variety.
Waiting staff attentive and professional.
Slick and professional checkout from bag pickup to bill presentation.
Top quality, even if you ignore it's remote location. On reflection the remoteness (70+km from Lazard datu) makes this place even more special when one considers the effort that is put into making every guest feel comfortable and at home whilst maintaining such high standards in every department.
Cannot fault anything or even try and suggest where small enhancements could be made.
The wifi is very hit and miss and mobile reception zero.

Warm warm welcome, Leigh ?, towels, cold drink and a comprehensive briefing on the lodge. Luggage already waiting at the chalet after checkin.
Free tea coffee 6 2 6 in the bar.
Deluxe chalets c/w plunge pool and small veranda.
Upper level of dining room bounces due to passing traffic. Better stability on lower level
Tiger beer 12 RNm. Wines approx 155. Excellent range of spirits and cocktails, provided the spirit bases are in stock.
Comp soft drinks in room minibar. Coke and 100.
Comp slippers in room - policy of no shoes in comm areas.
Excellent food presented as buffet but in small quantities and refreshed throughout the service so never stale or overcooked. Chefs station for individual dishes of a more mainstream variety.
Waiting staff attentive and professional.
Slick and professional checkout from bag pickup to bill presentation.
Top quality, even if you ignore it's remote location. On reflection the remoteness (70+km from Lazard datu) makes this place even more special when one considers the effort that is put into making every guest feel comfortable and at home whilst maintaining such high standards in every department.
Cannot fault anything or even try and suggest where small enhancements could be made.
The wifi is very hit and miss and mobile reception zero.

Warm warm welcome, Leigh ?, towels, cold drink and a comprehensive briefing on the lodge. Luggage already waiting at the chalet after checkin.
Free tea coffee 6 2 6 in the bar.
Deluxe chalets c/w plunge pool and small veranda.
Upper level of dining room bounces due to passing traffic. Better stability on lower level
Tiger beer 12 RNm. Wines approx 155. Excellent range of spirits and cocktails, provided the spirit bases are in stock.
Comp soft drinks in room minibar. Coke and 100.
Comp slippers in room - policy of no shoes in comm areas.
Excellent food presented as buffet but in small quantities and refreshed throughout the service so never stale or overcooked. Chefs station for individual dishes of a more mainstream variety.
Waiting staff attentive and professional.
Slick and professional checkout from bag pickup to bill presentation.
Top quality, even if you ignore it's remote location. On reflection the remoteness (70+km from Lazard datu) makes this place even more special when one considers the effort that is put into making every guest feel comfortable and at home whilst maintaining such high standards in every department.
Cannot fault anything or even try and suggest where small enhancements could be made.
The wifi is very hit and miss and mobile reception zero.

Warm warm welcome, Leigh ?, towels, cold drink and a comprehensive briefing on the lodge. Luggage already waiting at the chalet after checkin.
Free tea coffee 6 2 6 in the bar.
Deluxe chalets c/w plunge pool and small veranda.
Upper level of dining room bounces due to passing traffic. Better stability on lower level
Tiger beer 12 RNm. Wines approx 155. Excellent range of spirits and cocktails, provided the spirit bases are in stock.
Comp soft drinks in room minibar. Coke and 100.
Comp slippers in room - policy of no shoes in comm areas.
Excellent food presented as buffet but in small quantities and refreshed throughout the service so never stale or overcooked. Chefs station for individual dishes of a more mainstream variety.
Waiting staff attentive and professional.
Slick and professional checkout from bag pickup to bill presentation.
Top quality, even if you ignore it's remote location. On reflection the remoteness (70+km from Lazard datu) makes this place even more special when one considers the effort that is put into making every guest feel comfortable and at home whilst maintaining such high standards in every department.
Cannot fault anything or even try and suggest where small enhancements could be made.
The wifi is very hit and miss and mobile reception zero.

This is a quality destination, not cheap, but what an experience! The following points are in no particular order but are more observations and top tips:
Warm warm welcome, towels, cold drink and a comprehensive briefing on the lodge. Luggage already waiting at the chalet after checkin.
Free tea and coffee 6 2 6 in the bar.
Deluxe chalets c/w plunge pool and small veranda.
Upper level of dining room bounces due to passing traffic. Better stability on lower level
Tiger beer 12 RNm. Wines approx 155. Excellent range of spirits and cocktails, provided the spirit bases are in stock.
Comp soft drinks in room minibar. Coke and 100.
Comp slippers in room - policy of no shoes in comm areas.
Excellent food presented as buffet but in small quantities and refreshed throughout the service so never stale or overcooked. Chefs station for individual dishes of a more mainstream variety.
Waiting staff attentive and professional.
Slick and professional checkout from bag pickup to bill presentation.
Top quality, even if you ignore it's remote location. On reflection the remoteness (70+km from Lahad Datu) makes this place even more special when one considers the effort that is put into making every guest feel comfortable and at home whilst maintaining such high standards in every department.
Cannot fault anything or even try and suggest where small enhancements could be made although the wifi is very hit and miss and mobile reception zero.
We thoroughly enjoyed every second and if you get Dean as your guide then your chances of sightings will be enhanced.
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Date of stay: October 2013Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Deluxe rooms are worth the extra.
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ktab wrote a review Aug 2019
London, United Kingdom3 contributions
Last month we went on our honeymoon to KL and Sabah - we have both been lucky enough to visit some amazing places around the world, but Rainforest Lodge has to be up there as one of the best. I don't know where to begin!!!

The accommodation was basic (we had a standard cabin, if you want luxury I suggest upgrading to luxury cabins). But remember you are in the middle of the rainforest so it was certainly better than we had expected, and we spent hardly any time in our room it didn't matter to us. The room was very clean and we both slept very well.

The real reason to go here is for the nature and personal touch. It is a small lodge so not lots of guests all of the time - very different and nice in comparison with Traders in KL for example! Our trips were always in small groups and we had one guide for the whole 4 days. This meant he knew what we wanted to do/see and tailored the trips accordingly. Our guide was Tommy, who was just AMAZING. His knowledge of the plants and animals is incredible and we were able to see 4 orang-utans (fairly close!) in the wild over just a few days. A true dream come true. What I liked most is the obvious respect the guides have for the animals and they always put that first.

The food was also incredible and the staff went out of their way to accommodate everyone (for example the Chef offering to cook me up something just because I'd said it looked good to my husband). A great selection for all meals, and very good quality. Coconut curried butternut squash was a favourite!

The staff really make the place - they all knew our names and greeted us politely. They were keen to get feedback and ensure we were having the best time we could possibly have. Without a doubt the best service I've received in a hotel. A perfect balance of friendly but not over bearing. They were also very sweet and surprised us with a cake in our room, cheering 'happy honeymoon'.

On our last day we decided to have a massage at the spa (our calves hurt after all the trekking we're not used to!). One of the best we've ever had - my legs felt great!

Yes the journey is long, but if you love nature and want to go somewhere where they really care about protecting it/educating people, then Rainforest Lodge is the place to go and worth it!
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Date of stay: July 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Take leech socks with you!
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553lisell asked a question Jul 2019
Beaconsfield, United Kingdom44 contributions
Hi is it worth up grading to deluxe room and if so jungle or riverview ?
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Answer from Michelle G
Nov 2019 |
The rooms are beautiful regardless. We had a deluxe jungle view and had a tub outside to enjoy
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AztecLife asked a question Dec 2018
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If booking the premium room can three adults stay together?
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Answer from Amber D
Dec 2018 |
It’s huge
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Answer from Isabell Isaac
Dec 2018 |
Hi Susan!!😊 I stayed at Borneo Rainforest Lodge recently and I would recommend you to book their new Premium Deluxe Chalet. They seem to have installed some kind of cooling system to lower the room temperature, its nice and comfy.
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