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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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Free breakfast
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Danum Valley Conservation Area 88100 Malaysia
Borneo Rainforest Lodge, Danum Valley Conservation Area
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AaronGutt wrote a review Jun 2023
Melbourne, Australia58 contributions51 helpful votes
Based on reviews and discussions with friends, we paid a significant amount of money to stay at this place. We thought the possibility of living in 5-star luxury amongst the animals would be worthy of the money. What we experienced is about 40% of our expectations. There were a few animals (mainly birds and reptiles) but we did stay in an amazing cabin. The positives were the staff, including guides, were all super friendly and helpful. Like everywhere in Borneo, you had to ask for ice which was annoying because it was so so so hot there. The buffets were amazing, especially lunch and breakfast. It is a shame they can’t control the insects all over the open food. There is a message here, keep it covered. The rooms we’re comfortable and spacious. Whilst I can forgive the
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Date of stay: May 2023
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Sally H wrote a review Jun 2023
49 contributions13 helpful votes
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We were completely captivated by Danum from Day One. It is a truly magical place, paradise on earth. We would have no hesitation in thoroughly recommending it as part of your stay in Borneo. Your adventure begins in an office in Lahad Datu, which supplies Nespressso, cold drinks, snacks and western toilets. All very welcome after a couple of hours in getting there. After checking in, you are transported to the lodge in a 4x4 , on a journey that takes just over two hours. There are two stops available en route, both of which have western toilets. Yes the road is a bit bumpy but just enjoy the transformation from palm oil plantations to the lush green of the rainforest. On arrival, you are warmly met and given a welcome drink and introduced to your guide. We opted for a personal
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Date of stay: May 2023
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Mabel Rodrigues wrote a review Jun 2023
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Stunning Borneo Rainforest Lodge with beautiful views of the rainforest, Danum River , splendid landscape and delectable Food and drinks. The entire team at the Borneo rainforest had all the wonderful arrangements for us in place. The team at the office in Kota Kinabalu, Ms Christina Lam was very supportive during our reservation and helped us through . The drive from Lahad Datu office to the resort was through a picturesque landscape , though The roads are bumpy but the vehicle provided was very comfortable to and fro. Sighting the Pygmy elephants along the drive was amazing. The welcome and stay at the lodge was beyond our comprehension, splendid and extremely impressive , would definitely rate this lovely place beyond 10 stars … We enjoyed the lavish food
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Date of stay: May 2023
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Julia S wrote a review May 2023
12 contributions16 helpful votes
Our stay at the Borneo Rainforest Lodge was absolutely fantastic. We were there for three nights which was just right. We were lucky enough to stay in the only two storey premium villa, which was incredibly spacious, very clean, and had lovely views from the lounge area and the bedroom over the river and across to the rainforest. It was equipped with two pairs of binoculars, which were very welcome as we did not have our own set, walking poles and leech socks. It also came with its own "butler", the lovely Hanni, who met us from each trek with a cold wet towel and a refreshing cold drink. There were also some nice "treats" left by our room boy for us to eat which was a nice touch. Another nice touch was finding our walking shoes having been cleaned each morning. We had arranged
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Date of stay: May 2023
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Catriona M wrote a review May 2023
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This was the best experience we had out of 3 weeks in Borneo. It was like paradise. The staff are so welcoming and the tour guides are very knowledgable, kind and accommodating. The food is very good with a varied buffet at each meal (lots of salads and local food as well as some western foods). The accommodation is stunning and we were gutted to leave. We saw orangutans on 3 separate occasions during our 4 days however this May have been our luck! Our guide was Sher Wood who was very attentive and packed our days as full of activities as we wanted and helped us to spot some amazing wildlife (including a pangolin!!). Can’t recommend enough. If you want a luxury rainforest experience this is the one to pick without a doubt.
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Date of stay: April 2023
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Scott M wrote a review May 2023
Sydney, Australia504 contributions262 helpful votes
We stayed in the Deluxe Chalet which had a lovely aspect onto the river from the balcony (in fact I had some great wildlife viewing just from the balcony). The restaurant is excellent with a magnificent aspect to the river and rainforest. But you are here to see Orang-utan in virgin rainforest...and you will. The highlight was the new board walks high in the forest, where we saw the animals up near the canopy. We spent 3 nights which allowed a less rushed agenda. Beware of the excursion up to the lookout and further to the falls. THIS IS NOT FOR UNFIT OR THOSE WITH POOR BALANCE.
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Date of stay: April 2023
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Wandering Widget wrote a review May 2023
Wokingham, United Kingdom108 contributions37 helpful votes
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What a wonderful resort this is deep into rainforest. Its about 60km and 3 hours on dirt tracks to get there but is so worth it once you get there. We arrived just before lunch where we were explained our itinerary was for the next 3 days whilst our bags were taken to our room. We had a deluxe chalet which was perfect. 2 double beds, lovely large bathroom which led onto terrace and an outdoor bath overlooking the rainforest. The food was the best we have had whilst on our 2 week tour of Borneo and so much choice all cooked to a very high standard. My only gripe would be the waiters were too quick to remove plates from table. Once i was eating some toast and chatting to someone on next table and turned round and my plate wad gone 😀 We had Sabinus as our tour guide who was
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Date of stay: May 2023
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Annette A wrote a review May 2023
Somerset, United Kingdom157 contributions138 helpful votes
We stayed for 2 nights and first thing to comment on is that the journey to arrive isn’t as bad as expected or described. It’s fine. There is a gravel track so it’s not totally off-road for 2 hours. The welcome was great and we would highly recommend hiring your own personal guide as this really was the highlight of our stay. Farah was outstanding. She has 10 years of experience working at the Lodge and really is a font of all wildlife knowledge. This lodge I would say is run more like a business and similar to first class hotels so in comparison to the Lodges along the K river it’s a little less personal. An amazing spread of food is available at all meals which are all buffets. WiFi is available in the main restaurant area but not in your rooms (this is ideal really as you
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Date of stay: May 2023
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Vegan explorer wrote a review May 2023
Tacoma, Washington32 contributions6 helpful votes
Absolutely beautiful location right in the primary rainforest. Nothing beats falling asleep to the sounds of the Rainforest. The 6pm cicadas were my favorite sound. We loved the night walk and night drive and the canopy walk. We saw an orangutan mother with her baby on a forest walk and an orangutan male right at the lodge! What a beautiful place! My sister and I are vegan and our tour company requested vegan meals for us as well as letting them know personally when we were there but the staff was completely unhelpful in that regard. No one explained which food was vegan. We asked a chef if one of our very few vegetarian options was vegan and he told us it was even though it was loaded with cheese. We then were able to speak with a head chef the next day and they made us vegan
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Date of stay: May 2023
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LailaR wrote a review May 2023
Singapore, Singapore11 contributions6 helpful votes
TO NOTE: Danum Valley is EXPENSIVE to visit. The roads are rough and they have to bring everything in. There are only two options to stay at and they have a manned gate for the Conservation Area. WIFI: wifi is bad at the moment and they are in the process of installing a new telecom tower or some project to improve connectivity. For the time being, expect to have no wifi throughout your stay. Electricity is off from 11pm to 7am. Guides: Excellent Guides If your a birder, you need to request the dawn walk for birding. Communicate with your guide if your after a specific species, as the walks are tailored for general overall wildlife interest and rest times. They are happy to figure something out, as long as the group is ok. Borneo Rainforest Lodge (BRL): Stayed July 2017.
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Date of stay: May 2023
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