Absolutely loved our stay here, truly worth every single penny. Eco, presevering of nature, and natural within the 130 million yr old rainforest. Dextor our guide was fantastic, fully knowledgable about every single creature from ants to snakes, leaves on trees. Jungle trek was amazing, tubing, and canopy walk.. You get to experience the view and environment from all angles with the activities on the itinerary.
We were really wanting to see a orantgutan and was lucky enough to see a glimpse in the jeep on the way to the lodge
However we didnt see one again. I would say it didn't hinder our experience one bit. You get immersed in nature, we ended up becoming facsinated with any living being and saw so many wild animals. From monkeys to different birds, snakes, spiders, frogs. 1million percent recommend this place, puts you into natures natural eco system which is so amazing.
We stayed in the premium deluxe room, the view was fantastic, definitely worth spending the extra for this.
Also just to add the food is outstanding, diff choices every meal, buffet style but classy. We are vegetarian and had so much choice.
If you want to see truly wild apes and a plethora of other wildlife while staying in comfortable rooms, this is the place! Orangutans and gibbons were the highlight. Stayed 3 nights. Fabulous private guide Farah made sure we all got to enjoy our favorite activity: swimming in waterfall, tubing, hiking to a lookout, animal spotting.
Food is generally good. Main lodge building where the eating and lounge is located, is stunning. Room was comfortable (triple deluxe) although bathroom showing it's age. But since facing river and jungle it's super private and quiet. Leeches were the low point. Wear long pants and leech socks but get mentally prepared for a sneaky one or two. Hardly saw a mosquito. Very expensive stay but seeing primary rainforest and truly wild apes was worth it.
We stayed in the Jungle lodge for 3 days. Room spacious and airy with a large balcony. Despite the room being on the main road to and from the lodge it was quiet and restful.
Areas surrounding the lodge - plentiful with seating and viewing areas.
Our guide Messi provided indepth commentary on the wildlife and birds and enjoyed working with tourists. We enjoyed our experience.
Resturant facilities- marvellous choices and a beautiful setting.
I am giving 4 stars due to the fact that I was very unwell with the road journey - fellow travellers were all well.
We had three nights at Borneo Rainforest Lodge as part of a Sabah itinerary prepared for us by Sticky Rice Travel and without being melodramatic, it was one of the best three days we have ever spent! We stayed in a Premium Deluxe room (absolutely worth it - a gorgeous room and a stunning view of the rainforest) and were lucky enough to have AK as our private guide. AK was fantastic - he was incredibly good at spotting birds, animals, insects, frogs and so knowledgeable (and good at sharing his knowledge) about the forest and about Sabah. He made an already very good holiday spectacular. We also spent a fascinating afternoon with the environmental sustainability team (Mr Calixtus and Mr Faiz) who told us and showed us some of the ways in which the hotel is increasing the sustainability of its operations. I don't think their presentation is in the standard programme (AK helped to arrange as we were asking about it due to our professional interests), but it is highly recommended as not only is the work they are doing very interesting but they themselves are wonderful and inspiring ambassadors for the practicalities of sustainable tourism. I could write pages and pages about the delights of this gorgeous place - every staff member we interacted with was warm and helpful, the surroundings are unparalleled, the nature awe-inspiring, the food delicious, the accommodation absolutely beautiful and the overarching mission (to allow sustainable and educational access to virgin rainforest to tourists) so well executed. Congratulations to everyone involved in creating and running BRL - I will treasure the memories and hope that perhaps one day I can come again to this little piece of heaven!
This was our fourth accommodation in the jungle and was head and shoulders better than anything we had experienced to date. Eric the General Manager and his team have a great set up; all of staff from waiting staff to guides were highly professional and customer focussed. They genuinely were interested in our experience of the lodge and its facilities.
In terms of our accommodation we had a Jungle Room which was their entry level accommodation but nothing was basic about it from the complimentary nespresso coffee, hairdryer, torches, information book, lovely bathroom etc etc.
The food was amazing - ample choices and at each meal there were a couple of chefs’ stations cooking to order Asian and western food (pasta, satay, sliders, laska etc). The bar was amazing too and they made the best ever margaritas and very reasonably priced.
Our guide Messi was brilliant - very attentive, knowledgeable and great fun to be with. The standard of guiding here surpassed that in all the other lodges we visited; we particularly valued information on the flora and fauna and medicinal properties of the plants.
We enjoyed the night walking safari (and all of the other activities) and found inter alia snakes, frogs and spiders. Our guided walks were enjoyable and diverse and the guides with their walkie talkies were able to take us to locations where animals had been sighted. It was great that all our walks were in a small group of six guests.
The lodge is some 2.5 hours drive from Lahad Datu over sometimes uneven roads but even the drivers were on the look out for animal sightings and even managed to spot orangutans for us on journey back to Lahad Datu airport. This was our first experience of Primary Rainforest which has been untouched by logging.
Our introductory briefing and the information about the wildlife and the rainforest protection programmes was highly informative. We loved the lodges’ approach to sustainability.
We stayed for two nights and our only regret is that we didn’t stay longer. Would we return? Most definitely this is one very special place. Thank you Eric and the team for a truly memorable stay.