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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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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Plunge pool
Free breakfast
Hiking
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Airport transportation
Spa
Public wifi
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Special diet menus
Foot massage
Full body massage
Head massage
Massage
24-hour security
Baggage storage
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Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
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Umbrella
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Air conditioning
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Private balcony
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4.0 of 5 stars
Languages Spoken
English, Malay

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Danum Valley Conservation Area 88100 Malaysia
Borneo Rainforest Lodge, Danum Valley Conservation Area
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Susan C wrote a review Oct 2023
London, United Kingdom5 contributions
This is amazing. We loved the food, the lodges, the outdoor bathing and the setting. It really is a stunning location with great place to go. The local guides are exceptionally skilled at finding orangutans and other wildlife. It’s remote but once you get there it’s heaven on earth.
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Date of stay: October 2023
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X P wrote a review Sept 2023
7 contributions2 helpful votes
Excellent, comfortable, and safe 4x4 car transfer. The architecture of the resort beautifully blends with the natural surroundings. The views from the balconies are stunning. The cottages are comfortable and downright luxurious. Very spacious. The food is superb. Diverse and delicious. The service is fantastic. On the downside: - The toilet seat in the cottage was dirty; it needs to be replaced with a new one. This is unacceptable for a facility of this standard! - There were also unwashed stains on the bedding. - The bathroom in the registration office was dirty - not a good impression for the resort. - In the restaurant, all the chair cushions were disgustingly stained. I also didn't like that you have to walk barefoot in the restaurant. It's unhygienic, and there were various
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Date of stay: September 2023
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David A wrote a review Sept 2023
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The guide Sher Wood was fantastic! The lodge was beautiful and the food was delicious. The lodge manager Eric made you feel like you were home and extremely attentive. In all my travels I haven’t been at a lodge that was way above my expectations.
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Date of stay: September 2023
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AprilNArizona wrote a review Sept 2023
Scottsdale, Arizona196 contributions58 helpful votes
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Of our three destinations in Borneo I was most excited about BRL, and perhaps my expectations were too high, but I didn’t love the lodge. I loved the experience, our guide and the wildlife, but was underwhelmed by the lodge overall. It’s remote and in the middle of a rain forest so I did take that in consideration, but compared to experiences I’ve had in other challenging environments (like the Amazon), it was just lacking what it takes to earn a five star rating, particularly the dining experience; however, the overall experience was great and we had some excellent wildlife encounters. Plan on lots of hiking! It was more than I was expecting, but Nexter was a great guide and it turned out to be less challenging than I initially thought it may be. The gift shop has leech
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Leonid Z wrote a review Sept 2023
79 contributions90 helpful votes
First of all, I have to say that all the staff without exception are going beyond limits to make stay of every guest as pleasant and comfortable as possible. Special thanks for super-talented young chef Yairey, butler Ole, who was taking good care of us nearly round the clock and, of course, our always positive and seeing everything guide Dex. Hope I didn’t misspell any names. Couple of comments about something that no staff can change no matter how they wanted: construction of the lodge itself. We stayed in a Premium Villa, which if I got it right, is the highest one-bedroom category and which there are only a couple in the whole lodge. Another Premium Villa is located right next to one we got, both sharing the same entrance staircase. And we were lucky to get neighbors being a
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Bea Travel wrote a review Aug 2023
5 contributions5 helpful votes
Unique experience in the pristine rainforest. The details state it is air conditioned, but the upper windows are not and just have screens, which they told us is for the hot air to escape. The result was a warmer room which did not cool off sufficiently and a huge amount of mosquito bites overnight. The best part was Chef Jack, who took the time and attention to provide meals for a restrictive diet. The pride he took in preparing the meals was humbling and his skills made our trip outstanding. Thank you Chef Jack! Wish I could take you home!
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Date of stay: July 2023
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Mont1e wrote a review Aug 2023
Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom346 contributions264 helpful votes
We stayed here for two nights in between two 5 night stays in 5 star hotels in the Kota Kinabalu area. The journey from KK took about 7.5 hours, but it is well worth it. All the staff here are brilliant - very welcoming and helpful from the meeting at the airport to everyone at the lodge. We stayed in one of the "basic" jungle rooms, but it was very comfortable. The buffet style food compared very well in terms of quality with the other hotels we stayed in in KK - i.e. very good indeed. We had booked a private guide, which we thought was well worth it, although none of the non private groups seemed that big. Our guide was Sher Wood, who was excellent. We saw 2 Orangutangs and lots of other wildlife - a big tick off the bucket list! Just do it!
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Date of stay: July 2023
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Jess S wrote a review Aug 2023
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We stayed at Borneo Rainforest lodge for part of our honeymoon and it exceeded our expectations. It was an incredible 4 days and we already would love to come back. Everything from the moment you get into the rainforest is 5 star; the staff go above and beyond to make your stay special and the food is excellent quality. It is a buffet style, however my husband and I were repeatedly surprised at the lack of flies or mosquitos around the area, everything was impeccably clean and kept on top of. You are always hydrated with water at every meal which is filtered and cold. The rooms are spacious and comfortable and with ac can be kept cool. You have to keep pinching yourself that you are in the middle of the rainforest and you have access to electricity, water and outstanding views!
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Elisha A wrote a review Aug 2023
Singapore, Singapore33 contributions13 helpful votes
This is a pricy rainforest stay but it is worth every cent. It is a safari stay in a rainforest. I kept thinking that every morning we have to trek a few hours into a jungle to see wild life. Finally I realized, that I am actually already in the middle of a primary forest. There is no need to trek long hours to go deep into the jungle, I am actually living in the jungle. That is the best thing. You go for morning, afternoon and night walk/treks and come back to the lodge and can wash up and relax in the lodge. The lodge is very comfortable with aircond, buffet (B,L,D) and wifi at the main lodge. Good food too. This is a place to relax and unplug, so I am fine with no wifi at our chalet. If you need to do airline check in. Well, the Lahad Datu airport is so small,
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Date of stay: July 2023
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Nicole_from_Canada wrote a review Jul 2023
Ottawa, Canada79 contributions109 helpful votes
While it’s a bit of a trek to get to the lodge, it’s worth it (30 minutes on good road, 2.5hrs on rough road). The lodge itself is beautiful and the cabins are nice. It’s important to remember that this lodge is in a rainforest so the struggle against mould and bugs is a constant battle for the lodge so you may notice this in the cabins. We were in jungle chalet 6. It was nice and comfortable. Note that the top area of the chalet is screened in but doesn’t have glass. This is on purpose so you can sleep to the sounds of the rainforest. The rest of the chalet has glass on the windows. The food was tasty and they were easily able to accommodate my husband who is a strict vegetarian. All meals are buffet style but with stations for having certain dishes the way you want. The
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Date of stay: July 2023
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
30
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