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Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort

Abai, Kinabatangan River, Sandakan 90000 Malaysia
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A charming resort tucked in the wilderness of Lower Kinabatangan surrounding the pristine freshwater swamps and mangrove forest. An exclusive nature retreat, distance away from the crowded city and the busy ‘tourists’ areas of Sabah! It is recognized internationally as an important wetland area and an attraction for people who find solace in the presence of the wilds and its stunning wildlife. Abai village is the nearest access to LOWER KINABATANGAN SEGAMA WETLANDS, located 50km or about an hour and a half boat ride from Sandakan harbour. It borders the Lower Kinabatangan Floodplain, one of the most important wildlife refuge in Malaysia, which over the centuries has evolved 5 distinct habitats: waterlogged and dry forests, saline and freshwater swamps and limestone forests, each contributing towards some of the most diverse concentrations of wildlife in Borneo.
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Abai, Kinabatangan River, Sandakan 90000 Malaysia
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A&U wrote a review Feb 2020
Reading, United Kingdom10 contributions5 helpful votes
We had a fabulous holiday at the KWR resorts on the Kinabatangan river The resort is beautiful with large rooms set amidst a lovely green jungle. The staff were brilliant, friendly and helpful led by their manager JR who also doubles up every night on his guitar to entertain the guests. The food was also delicious. A few maintenance issues with hot water were dealt with promptly by JR Finally it’s the wildlife that makes this a special place and with the help of Max our wonderful guide and Captain Anday ably steering the boat we saw pygmy elephants, orangutans, proboscis monkeys, langurs and macaques, squirrels , snakes and lots of birds including 5 species of kingfisher, hornbills leaf birds and 3 species of sunbirds. Lots of diverse wildlife but you need patience and luck and don’t expect the density to match wildlife viewing in Africa or bird life in the Pantanal. We stayed for 4 nights and were very lucky with sightings. Overall a lovely experience, marred a bit at the end as the resort management led by an officious head office manager literally hounded us out of the resort as quick as they could to make way for the arrival of “VIP customers who were flying in on a private jet”.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
gw7654 wrote a review Feb 2020
Ipswich, United Kingdom14 contributions3 helpful votes
This is an excellent resort where the staff can’t do enough to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable. The accommodation was spacious and well maintained, the food was excellent and the staff even provided musical entertainment in the evening. The safaris’ on the river were well done with knowledgeable guides and boat captains. The highlight was to see orangutans in the wild just feeding in the trees without any concern for the humans in the boat staring at them.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Sharma S wrote a review Feb 2020
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Great place to stay for people who enjoy nature. Amazing staff. World class place to stay. Very knowledgeable tour guide who showcases the beauty of the Borneo jungle. Was able to see orang utan, Proboscis monkey, crocodile, flying lemur & mouse deer. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
kaet79 wrote a review Jan 2020
melbourne42 contributions8 helpful votes
We did extensive research before deciding that whilst it was expensive, Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort had such great reviews particularly about the tours, that we would book. We are very glad we did. The resort is isolated within the jungle with beautiful rooms - ours was a new or newly renovated villa with a double and single, great food and most importantly, great river cruises. We saw a wild orangatang which was very special, as well as a number of proboscis monkeys, crocodiles, birds, snakes and more. The only thing we missed out on was the trip to the fishing village - possibly because there were only 2 other guests and as they departed that morning our first morning cruise finished earlier. We were a little disappointed about this particularly as we weren't told. It was partly made up by the offer to stop by a fishing village and buy giant river prawns which my husband loves and the chef kindly cooked for us. Great service and accommodation and wild borneo jungle made for a great trip.
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Date of stay: January 2020
Alan J wrote a review Jan 2020
27 contributions3 helpful votes
This was an exceptional hotel in the middle of the jungle. Lovely, air conditioned, chalets. Very clean. Wonderful staff - always smiling and helpful. The manager, JR along with his staff , Nisa & Anthony to name a few, not only looked after us but also entertained us in the evenings. They had wonderful voices. The food was excellent. Boat trips with our guide, Andis along with his skipper, Salle were fantastic. Could do it all day, every day!
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort
What are some of the property amenities at Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Does Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Chinese, Indonesian, and Malay.