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Permai Rainforest Resort

Teluk Penyu, Kuching 93050 Malaysia
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Permai Rainforest Resort is an eco-resort set in pristine Borneo rainforest located by the beach at the foot of mystical Mount Santubong, Sarawak. Carefully designed to minimize impact on the natural environment, it offers a unique rainforest experience and a variety of activities from dolphin watching to high ropes courses and guided kayaking tours. Just 40 minutes from the Kuching, its an ideal way to experience Borneo.
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Free parking
Public wifi
Outdoor pool
Free breakfast
Beach
Bicycle rental
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Breakfast buffet
Bicycles available
Canoeing
Hiking
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Fishing
Highchairs available
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Conference facilities
BBQ facilities
Gift shop
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Picnic area
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Private balcony
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Ocean view
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Sarah C wrote a review 8 Feb
London, United Kingdom6 contributions1 helpful vote
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We've just had a wonderful two night stay at the resort. We stayed in a premium treehouse (number 11) and it was extremely comfortable and felt newly refurbished. Only the towels were a little threadbare. Amazing 270 degree views of the rainforest and twice daily visits from proboscis monkeys. The food at the restaurant was good and the welcome very warm. We did the evening mangrove boat trip and were well cared for my the boatman and two crew. We also did the waterfall hike which was challenging in places but very doable for us moderately unfit 40 somethings! There are quite a few steps (c40) up to the treehouse so not advised for people with mobility issues. We left our big bags at reception and just took what we needed for our stay up to the room. If you want a vacation lying by the pool / on a beach don't come here. But if you want an unforgettable stay in the rainforest with all the basic comforts, don't hesitate.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Get a premium treehouse (11 or 12) if your budget allows it. If you have a lot of luggage, leave...
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Richard F wrote a review Oct 2023
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We spent a thoroughly enjoyable week at Permai Rainforest Resort. It is a complete contrast to the neighbouring luxury resorts. We stayed in one of the stilt houses (these are described as tree houses but are not really so as they are not actually using live trees as part of their structure). From the outside the accomodation appears underwhelming being made largely of wood which has weathered. Inside the stilt houses are very comfortable being very clean but a little run down in places requiring some renovation. In our cabin no 8 the airconditioning and fan worked effectively and the stay was very comfortable. It was delightful listening to nothing but the sounds of the waves crashing on the beach and the sounds of the jungle. Note there is no TV and wifi connection to the accommodation which for me was no great sacrifice. The only criticism I have is that the view of the sea was somewhat obscured by ferns which could be trimmed back. We saw Proboscis monkeys from our balcony which are a protected species and other wildlife such as a flying squirrel and various native birds. The two beaches were sandy, beautiful and completely free of litter. The restaurant had a limited menu but the food was good quality and enjoyable. Note there is a public area with shops and eateries opposite the Cultural village which we did not discover until our last day assuming that area was part of one of the other resorts. The Permai staff were charming and helpful. Given the opportunity I would definately visit again.
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Date of stay: October 2023
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David M wrote a review Sept 2023
Hertford, United Kingdom9 contributions10 helpful votes
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We stayed here in 2 treehouses for 2 nights as part of a trip around Malaysian Borneo. The treehouses are really special. They are about 6m above the ground and, sitting on the balcony enjoying the view through the trees to the sea, surrounded by the sound of the sea and the forest, you really feel connected with nature. Beds and bedding are good and there is something really exciting about waking up high amongst the trees - open the curtains for the full effect with windows on 3 sides of the bedroom. Aircon worked well and could be set to a low level so not too cold/ noisy. Bath/ shower room is basic but fine but could be improved by putting up another self or similar for toiletries. Tea/ coffee making facilities provided plus drinking water but no tea/ coffee - a minor point but wouldn't cost much to add. Location is superb with 2 beautiful sandy beaches, good for swimming or relaxing, and lots of great forest to explore with well-marked trails; we did a 2 hour walk most to the way to the blue pool - moderately challenging in the heat as there is a fair bit of elevation but great fun - similar to some of the forest at Bako but so much more peaceful. Restaurant area is well located with great sea views. We had all our meals at the resort. Food was good, if not the best we had in Borneo, and very reasonably priced. Although last orders at the restaurant was officially 8pm, they were happy for us to prebook our food and for us to arrive around 8:30 when we knew we'd be late getting back from a trip. Staff at the resort are all really friendly and helpful; don't worry about getting cases to and from the treehouse - there are strong young men to do it for you even if checking out early. We all loved our stay here and would have liked another day or two. Don’t go expecting luxury – in many ways it’s more like glamping than a hotel, but at the fraction of the price you’d expect to pay in the UK for anything in a half as good a place – and you won’t be disappointed.
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Date of stay: August 2023
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sh y wrote a review Sept 2023
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We took grab from kuching waterfront and cost 50myr. We arrive early and could leave our luggage at reception and phone number as check in is at 2pm. Its very humid here. Got a map and walk around the resort. It has a beautiful beach and a very nice cafe. Nasi lemak with chicken is 20myr,juice 12myr,goreng mee abt 15myr so not too bad. Staff are very helpful and nice. We stayed in a treehouse. Loved it very comfortable with air cond,fan expresso coffee machine mimi fridge and kettle. Our twin beds overlook tge sea so saw beautiful sunsets and has beautiful views. Be prepared to walk up abt 33 narrow steps. They will bring yr lugguge to yr room and to reception when u leavr. If u love swimming the beach is clean but hot. If u lime himing there are 2 trails. We went to the waterfall trail 3/4 way. It was not bad but as there was no water we turn back.we are still here back in our treehouse enjoying the view as its very humid and hot to go out. However you can walk to sarawat cultural village n cost 95myr each to enter. Opposite the cultural village is a food court but as its quiet season only a few stalls open. Food here is nice and cheap. Plate of nasi goreng with fried chicken is only 7myr and very tasty. Theres also a few convenience shops for water n snacks etc. Permai resort gives u 2 bottles of water. Breakfast is very very good and plentifil and staff very accomodating. Prices of food here is not too bad. Its a nice place to relax but if u are active and raging to do alot of activities and get bored from doing nothing then perhaps just stay overnight. We are here for 2 nights and i find it relaxing. I dont mind chilling out enjoying views of the sea surrounded by nature. Later will take a 10min walk to the foodcourt . Saw some monkeys and squirrels. Unlike mulu cave resort its very quiet here at this time.There are trips on boats and to bako. Wifi using my data is good and theres free wifi in reception area and cafe. Pls bring mosquito repellent. Treehouses are on main walkway. Bungalows and cabins further in so a torchlight is a must. I love my stay hope you all will too. Tomorrow we leave hopefully will find a grab to take us back to kuching. They ve shuttle that cost 90myr per car so if u ve 4 people it wont b too expensive Regds Shy
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Passport28241357305 wrote a review Jul 2023
Brunswick West, Australia2 contributions
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The rooms are basic but the price reflects this. Rooms are just beds and Aircon, shower and toilet. Some are up in the treetops we were back in the jungle a bit. Both are nice the treetops Look more romantic but then you have to contend with 4 flights of steep stairs. I really didn’t care about the rooms because the rainforest and the beach are just magnificent! Bonobo monkeys and silver leaf monkeys are easily spotted. Tonnes of birds and other wildlife. Beautiful little creeks running into the sea. Warm sea and cold mountain creeks . There is a natural pool that is filled by a creek that is very refreshing to swim in ( man made but very natural feel with heaps of shade from the jungle canopy. The food was ok at the restaurant… go for the Malaysian dishes are the best but the Ang Mo food is good as well. If you want cheaper food there is a hawker Centre / food court about 1 k away. No ATM in the area ( need to head back towards Kuching for that) but Permai take cards. I’ve stayed at Damai resort before but this place blows it away. Just such a lovely place to be in. As a comparison Damia is expensive and rundown whist this place is magical. No booze if you want booze there is a shop at the hawker complex and also a 7 /11 for snacks. Also the natural pool has 1 goldfish living in there … hilarious! Kids called him DeepFry.
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Nicholas G wrote a review Mar 2023
Bath, United Kingdom819 contributions351 helpful votes
Ok we were not seeing it at its best given that it rained so hard during our stay that we decided to leave early ( !) but a bit of a mixed bag. Our treehouse was ok, rustic is perhaps the right word, certainly big enough in our “ king” Cabin. Everything works ok and having a kettle and fridge is a bonus. Apart from a balcony there’s also a “ veranda” so you are almost above the sea and that’s the best part of being here, the sound of the crashing surf below, tho not great views as the trees screen and probably provide shade when the sun is shining. The kit on the beach looks ok with Red SUP boards The cafe has a limited menu but is ok quality, good value and the staff are friendly tho food does take a long time to come out.
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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MichFran wrote a review Mar 2023
Chichester, United Kingdom180 contributions107 helpful votes
We spent 3 nights at the lodge and enjoyed our stay in spite of the weather. True, the treehouses need a bit of refurbishment but Covid has been such a challenge for the tourism industry that we understand that it will take time and money to update. Our room was more than adequate, really clean and comfortable. As in the previous review, the shower tended to flood part of the bathroom. The staff all around is friendly and the food nice. Bako National Park, reachable by boat is not far. The weather was not great during our stay including a huge thunderstorm one night. In spite of the weather, we saw lots of wildlife in the grounds including proboscis monkeys which we followed around, a silver leaf monkey feeding next to our treehouse and a flying squirrel in full display one night. Overall very happy with our stay.
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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SarahN1972 wrote a review Feb 2023
Cancun, Mexico64 contributions70 helpful votes
This is our 2nd time back after 9 years to the resort . We are glad that it survived COVID . We have always stayed in the treehouse . The place is relatively the same but a little run down now . Service has been good at reception and acceptable at the restaurant . The place needs an update and better upkeep . The shower has trouble draining and each time we take a shower the whole bathroom is flooded . The toilet has a plumbing issue too. The air conditioning didn’t work well so it was very hot . They do not provide any toiletries except soap . Overall a relatively acceptable experience but a little overpriced now for what it is .
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Date of stay: February 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Angelina_Pebbles wrote a review Feb 2023
Zurich, Switzerland4 contributions
Into the Jungel you go, Animals you see, realy good chef who cooks nice food, adventure, nice stuff, quiet, peacefull, clean. You have a smal and clean beach to swimm or you jump into the nature pool to cool down. Nice place to come down and enjoy life!
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Date of stay: February 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
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Elvira wrote a review Feb 2023
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We loved everything at the permai rainforest. At the reception they are super lovely and helpful. The same for the bar, we took all our meals with them it was delicious and the staff is very kind. We did also the blue pool hike that we sincerely loved. It was raining and my boyfriend got bites by a leech but we loved the trail and nature. And the monkeeeeys they have so many monkeys! Its lovely 🥰
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Date of stay: February 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Take care with the leeck! Don’t swim in the blue pool and take a fire with you
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Frequently Asked Questions about Permai Rainforest Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Permai Rainforest Resort?
Nearby attractions include Mount Santubong (1.3 km) and Damai Beach (1.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Permai Rainforest Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Permai Rainforest Resort?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Permai Rainforest Resort?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Permai Rainforest Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include Ahsoh Buntal Seafood, D'Sea Restaurant, and Escobar Bar & Grill.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Permai Rainforest Resort?
Yes, guests have access to an outdoor pool during their stay.
Does Permai Rainforest Resort have airport transportation?
Yes, Permai Rainforest Resort offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Permai Rainforest Resort?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Chinese, and Malay.
Are there any historical sites close to Permai Rainforest Resort?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Sarawak Cultural Village (13.7 km).
Does Permai Rainforest Resort have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.