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Borneo Rainforest Lodge, Danum Valley Conservation Area

Danum Valley Conservation Area 88100 Malaysia
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The award winning Borneo Rainforest Lodge (BRL) is nestled within 43,800 hectares of protected virgin rainforest of the Danum Valley Conservation Area, Sabah. The immense biodiversity of 200 species of plants per hectare in this pristine 130 million years old rainforest is home to more than 320 species of birds and 124 species of mamals. It is also listed as an Important Birding Area (IBA MY24) as a site for international importance for conservation of birds. Accessible via a 55 minutes flight from Kota Kinabalu (BKI) and 2.5 hours drive from Lahad Datu (LDU), BRL has 30 chalets and a spa which adopts eco sensitivity, sustainability and minimum impact as the core principles of designs and operations. Full board packages include guides and airport transfers ex- Lahad Datu. Reviews recommends a 4 days/3 nights package to experience the biodiversity of this magical 130 million years old rainforest and to pamper yourself with traditional Borneo massages at the in-house Spa.
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Louise_capturedmoments wrote a review Jan 2021
London, United Kingdom2 contributions
My daughter and I stayed here April 2019, I have been extremely unwell and forgot to do a review so sincere apologies. We stayed in one of the rooms overlooking the river with aircon (which you have to request, not all rooms have aircon) and plunge pool. All I can say is just wow, tranquil, beautiful & healing. Food top class, clean, staff can’t do enough for you , and wardens who take you out to see the wildlife total amazing we even got to see a male wild orangutans looking for a female. You can go on other paid trips to see the sunrise, highly recommended. All I can say is we wanted more time here. Thank you so much🥰🙏🏽
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Date of stay: April 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
TrufflesSmith wrote a review Aug 2020
London, United Kingdom97 contributions99 helpful votes
We absolutely loved our stay here, really enjoying the sense of remoteness and the novelty of being right in the thick of the jungle. It does take a while to get there but totally worth it when you are met with a delightful lodge, luxurious accommodation, excellent service (including spa) and delicious, high quality food! We were very impressed with this resort and would thoroughly recommend; it is a special place to experience. The activities on offer were great and we enthusiastically participated in everything! We particularly enjoyed the jungle trek, learning a lot about the jungle habitat and getting some fab photos. Our guide was very informative but did seem a little inexperienced, for example he didn’t seem to be too keen on working with the other guides to increase our chances of seeing an orangutan (with the result that our group was the only group not to see one during our activities – so unlucky!). Fortunately however, during a period of down time, we got a tip off from another guest about a sighting, and one of the other guides raced us to the right location to see it, which was a really wonderful experience. One small thing we weren’t keen on at the lodge was the bare feet policy in the common areas – we understand the reasoning but it’s a bit painful when you accidentally tread on a stinging creature! Thankfully nothing serious but it would be nice to have the option to wear flip flops or similar, to avoid this situation completely.
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Maksim wrote a review Jul 2020
Dubai, United Arab Emirates13 contributions22 helpful votes
We spent two weeks in Malaysia in July, and Borneo Rainforest Lodge was definitely the highlight of our trip. The standard rooms were sold out when we booked, and thus we were "forced" to upgrade to a room with a plunge pool-- no regrets there (aside from it being a little too chilly to really swim)! Two things to note from my own perspective, however. Due to rain and wind the night our night walk was scheduled, we unfortunately missed out on that experience. Our really fun guide Rudy kindly made up for it to the best of his ability by taking us on an extra-long walk the next morning, wading through the river--an experience we'll never forget. Secondly, the drive getting to the lodge is quite a long one, and I think management could improve the experience for people if they installed TVs in the vans so guests could watch an orientation video while en-route. This orientation was conducted at the lodge upon arrival, it was not very well done, and it was needlessly long (most everyone ended up making excuses to leave to their respective rooms before it was even finished). This was annoying to me, as we didn't get as much time outside on walks as I would've liked. That being said, we saw an orangutan, many red leaf monkeys (even right outside our deck), some interesting insects, and hornbills. We regrettably didn't see many mammals. Definitely have your guide take you to the "burial rock" and the pool with the skin-eating fish (yes, you really can plunge your feet into this pool in the middle of the jungle and get a real fish pedicure!) We chose to have Rudy as our private guide, which in my opinion was well worth the added expense.
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Date of stay: August 2019
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omma6029 wrote a review Jun 2020
Zurich, Switzerland2 contributions1 helpful vote
Nothing to add to the other reviews: from pick-up to welcome, rooms and food, with a special mention of the tours and excellent guides everything was perfect. A professional ressort, maybe a little bit too professional, so the ambiance is a bit less familiar, but this has nothing to do with the very kind and helpful staff, and having the tours and trekkings always with the same guide adds this little bit of familiarity, if you want this. Recommendations: Stay 3 nights and 4 days at least, we only did 2 nights, which is not enough for the amazing location and surroundings. Be patient and take your time if you want to see big animals and enjoy also the small ones and the vegetation. And if you stay in a premium villa, at the front, you will love to spend a few relaxing hours enjoying the large terrace and get refreshed in the little private pool. Don't worry about drinking water, there is plenty for free. If you want to walk at your own pace or your group doesn't suit you, get your private guide, they are all highly skilled and very friendly. Bring some good footwear for slippery and muddy paths, as well as a light rainproof jacket, as you might experience heavy tropical rain.
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Barders745 wrote a review Mar 2020
Chichester, United Kingdom40 contributions14 helpful votes
What an truly amazing experience. The stay here was the highlight of our 12 day Borneo trip, to see the pristine rainforest first hand. We travelled into the resort by Toyota Hilux pickup, 2 1/2 hours along dirt tracks through the jungle. After turning off the main road you head down to a check point with a barrier where your driver does the necessary checks with the security guards. The first 2 hours of the drive are through jungle which has been previously logged but is still an amazing sight to see, it is only when you reach the pristine forest that you see the difference. Another half an hour past the next barrier and you reach the Rainforest Lodge, wow what can I say. I thought that the lodge was going to be fairly basic due to it's remoteness, how wrong was I. The main reception building is very modern with all the modern facilities that we come to expect but maybe not in the middle of nowhere. The best internet connection that we had had so far & the accommodation and food was excellent. Buffet restaurant with a great selection of fresh cooked food & chefs on hand to cook additional dishes. All of the staff were exceptionally friendly & very eager to please. The veranda at the restaurant is a great place to sit with a drink and watch the wildlife, an evening g & t whilst watching birds etc through our binoculars. Our guides Britney and Ali were first class and very personable, they have an amazing ability to see flora & fauna that we would otherwise have missed. The guided walks were great, both day & night. The walk up to the viewpoint was done at our own pace with no rush, stopping to see things on the route. Once up at the viewpoint we were treated to a visit by an orangutang high in the canopy, the view down over the resort is well worth the hike. The only reason that this is not listed as a 5 star resort is due to the fact that it doesn't have a swimming pool ! However a waterfall with a pool is available nearby on one of the rivers, much more environmentally friendly. If you are travelling to Borneo then I would highly recommend taking the time to visit Danum Valley to see the real Borneo as it should be & as it was before being destroyed by man.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Frequently Asked Questions about Borneo Rainforest Lodge, Danum Valley Conservation Area
What are some of the property amenities at Borneo Rainforest Lodge, Danum Valley Conservation Area?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Borneo Rainforest Lodge, Danum Valley Conservation Area?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Borneo Rainforest Lodge, Danum Valley Conservation Area?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Does Borneo Rainforest Lodge, Danum Valley Conservation Area have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Borneo Rainforest Lodge, Danum Valley Conservation Area offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.