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Borneo Rainforest Lodge, Danum Valley Conservation Area

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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 International Airport (BKI) and 2.5 hours overland 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 return transfer of LDU-BRL-LDU. Reviews recommends a 4 days/3 nights package to experience the vast 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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patsychom wrote a review Nov 2022
Surrey, Canada19 contributions2 helpful votes
Rooms were very nice - clean, spacious and well-appointed. The lodge is very remote - about a 2 1/2 hour drive straight into the jungle on very poor roads but worth the trip. There is a good selection of food for all meals and staff are exceptional. The guides are also excellent and very knowledgeable. Some tough hiking especially after rains if you are climbing. A lot of three steps up and slide back two in the wet, slippery clay. And the leeches do not add to the enjoyment of the trip. Saw several orangutans in their natural locations as well as a whole range of creatures the day we were leaving early in the morning. Saw the area where Dame Judy Dench did her amazing docs about the trees. A critically important area of the world and one tourism helps to protect from being turned into palm tree farms.
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Catherine C wrote a review Nov 2022
Singapore21 contributions1 helpful vote
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.
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Susan B wrote a review Oct 2022
Southampton, United Kingdom156 contributions92 helpful votes
I cannot describe fully how wonderful our stay here was. Our perfect villa had the most amazing view across the river and into primary rainforest. The swallows danced and swooped across our view, as we sat in our infinity pool and gazed in awe at this precious and beautiful place. Our accommodation was equipped with everything from walking poles to binoculars, the mini bar was thoughtfully stacked with soft drinks and isotonic refreshments, the little jars of edible natural treats. Food at the main lodge was freshly prepared, varied with multiple choices. and beautifully presented. The staff stood out for me. First and foremost our amazing guide Farah – whose attention to detail and expert knowledge were the key thing that perfected our visit. She guided us through the rainforest as we followed orangutans mothers and infants, showed us incredible birds and insects, and told us about the plants, trees and eco-system. We even walked through the river, up to our knees at times, which was an incredible experience. Oh, and not to forget the amazing night walks! I should add that without exception, all of the staff here are skilled, thoughtful, helpful and friendly doing everything they can to make our stay perfect. If there is one thing that I would change, it would be the introductory talk. It focussed on visiting other Borneo locations yet almost everyone listening was on a carefully planned itinerary. Use that time wisely to talk about the wonderful place we are in and what it offers instead. After all, that’s what we were all there for. I’ve been lucky to have had some amazing wildlife experiences but this one will remain with me for the rest of my life – it was truly beyond words – completely amazing!
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Bblackpool wrote a review Oct 2022
Warrington, United Kingdom7 contributions1 helpful vote
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.
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Denise P wrote a review Oct 2022
Blackburn, United Kingdom3 contributions2 helpful votes
Just lovely Excellent EXO escorts- the boat trip staff were highly knowledgeable about the animals and very safety conscious! Nice food Lovely staff Highly recommended Everything we wanted and mor Would always recommend trail finders
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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jh2343 wrote a review Oct 2022
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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!
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Date of stay: September 2022
Room Tip: Premium Deluxe room is very very beautiful - well worth the extra
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Peta B wrote a review Sep 2022
158 contributions50 helpful votes
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I stayed two nights at BRL in a standard lodge that was very nice, great size, clean although dim lighting if you’re a reader. The staff are friendly and welcoming. The reception started off in Ladah Datu where a Covid RAT was required before entering the lodge, unexpected when turned up to the office. Be prepared for the 2.5 hour bumpy off-road drive into the lodge, and keep watch for wildlife during the journey in/out. The accommodation includes buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner, all which offer a large range of tasty food to cater for all taste requirements. The balcony for eating has stunning views of the rainforest and river below. Keep an eye out for movement in the trees opposite at any stage for primates. The BRL is the perfect location to explore Danum Valley’s natural environment with many walks and wildlife on offer
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Autumn Bliss wrote a review Sep 2022
Central London94 contributions105 helpful votes
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.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Stay more than two nights - don’t bother buying leech socks in the U.K. buy them here.
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SURESH wrote a review Sep 2022
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Fantastic place. The main attraction here is the thick forest and sky touching trees. Wildlife is sparse and rare to see but you can enjoy the forest itself. Trails have lots of leeches so be prepared mentally if you are going for any trail. Trails are not suitable for children and elderly as they are inside thick forest and mostly uneven surfaces with bugs. Choose Premium deluxe room with pool. Guide Ali is best and he spots animals at a far distance without binoculars. Food is ok but not very appealing, can't expect more from the middle of the jungle. Service is top notch and staff are well trained.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Tanja K wrote a review Aug 2022
21 contributions7 helpful votes
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We wanted to go to Danum Valley and there are only two accomodations. The very basic field center and the luxurious Borneo rainforest lodge. We chose the 3D2N package at the Borneo rainforest lodge due to the great reviews. We had a great and unforgettable time at the lodge. The primary rainforest here is simply stunning. Excellent service and communication, we could even change the date of our booking without any additional charge. The guides were remarkable. They had so much knowledge and were great in spotting wildlife (we saw orangutans, red leaf monkeys, gibbon, civet cats, samba deer, mouse deers, snakes, and much more). The schedule was also not too packed. The food was amazing wit lots of options. Our cabin (standard one) was clean and spacious. At the second day there's the option of doing tubing in the river or another walk. We wanted to do the walk however there were not enough guides. So this was a bit disappointing, we were then offered to join another introductory walk which we did (this was also good since every guide tells something different). We really enjoyed our time there. However we must admit, we would be fine with less luxury and less food options (and hence a cheaper option).
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
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Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
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The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Malay.