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Reviewed 7 September 2020

The adventure begins when you step into the speedboat and fasten your life vest. Skimming over the sun-kissed waters of Lake Banding reflecting blue skies and jade green forests, you have an hour to enjoy clean air and watch out for hornbills.

Accomodation
Rooms are well planned and thought through. Loved the outdoor deck with shower and toilet .. far enough from the room for privacy and near enough to be convenient. Sitting on the deck, looking out onto the lake .. watching the fishing and kayakking enthusiasts while drinking coffee or sipping wine makes for a good holiday.

Activities
Our group of 30pax were able to fish, hike, swim and canoe during the day. At night we bonded over two great dinners - steamboat on the first night and bbq on the second.

Thank you Steve and Susan for sharing your dream island with us! Your energy is truly inspiring. It is your warmth, generosity and hospitality which make this place so special. It feels like you are sharing your home with family and friends!

Date of stay: August 2020
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Thank LaiNgohC
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Reviewed 1 September 2020

One of the best trips that I ever had for a long while!

Belum Eco Resort is a rustic, tranquil, and eco-friendly resort, hosted by a friendly and accommodating couple, Steve and Susan.

Upon arriving at the Pulau Banting Jetty, we were greeted by Mr. Borhan, the friendly and helpful boat captain that day. We were ushered to a lovely comfortable boat-house. The journey was smooth and scenic, and the lake is magnificent!

Due credit to Borhan - he is an efficient and knowledgeable guide, a good photographer, boatman - he is generally a 'Jack of all trades.'

The accommodation is a rustic chalet type, but clean with a separate bathroom and washbasin with a spacious balcony overlooking the lake. However, the resort does not provide basic toiletries and amenities.

The food in the resort was simple yet, delicious, and generously served. To sum up my stay here - FANTASTIC! It's a highly recommended destination for those who need a 'back to nature' holiday with friends and family.

Room tip: Every room in the resort is facing the lake.
Date of stay: August 2020
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Thank Vivian T
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Reviewed 26 July 2020 via mobile

I decided to book Belum Eco Resort after chatting to friends that had also booked to stay here. Booking process was really simple and easy. All over whatsapp. All the information prior to getting to the jetty was excellent.
Belum Eco Lodge is a short boat ride from Banding jetty. Met the owner, Steve, and made our way across to check in. On the way we stopped at a Raffelesia site. Short 5 minute walk. Raffelesia was dead, not really much to see.
We had lunch and then checked in. Food was great throughout our whole stay. Enough to fill us up from all the activities. Tea/coffee available throughout the day. Afternoon tea and cake/biscuits also provided.
In the afternoon we went elephant/bird spotting. Saw hornbills and monkeys. No elephants unfortunately. The next day we had breakfast but didn't get informed about the itinerary. Had to ask friends in the party. Later were informed.
Visit to the waterfall and trekking was excellent. With two young children was a bit of a challenge but Bohan, our guide was amazing!!! So friendly and helpful. Nothing was too much trouble. The waterfall site we visited was amazing.
In the afternoon we kayaked in the lake after helping ourselves. Swam in the lake too!
That evening it rained heavy at dinner but no acknowledgment to us getting wet holding umbrellas!!
Following morning we asked what time our boat was due to leave. Time for another kayak before we left. In the end we went on the houseboat back to the jetty.
I thoroughly enjoyed our trip and would well recommend it! Rooms were cosy. Loved it. Toilet outside. Bit rustic but in nature.
The accommodation is a long walk from the main entry point. So beware of bringing large bags or lots of stuff. Like us. Noone to help you transport bags.
Like I said, food was excellent throughout.
The location of the resort is incredible. What views and scenery!!!
Just be mindful that things are very casual. So if you need to know something or are not told. Ask. If you want a beer with dinner, not offered, ask! Maybe island life but a little slack. Having said that Bohan, our guide, was amazing! With improved communication and thought this place would be amazing!

Date of stay: July 2020
Trip type: Travelled with family
2  Thank TomGuppy
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Reviewed 18 July 2020

This resort is in a stunning location on a tiny island in the middle of Banding Lake. The accommodation and food is far from luxurious but still good and clean.
We were sent a full itinerary prior to the trip but soon found out this was very loosely followed, there was a lot of sitting around before we started any activities. The boat tours were great though, Bohan was a great guide, looking out for birds and signs of elephants, we even came across tiger cub tracks on one of the treks!

Date of stay: July 2020
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Thank natalies505
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Reviewed 15 July 2020

Back to nature after months of lock down...an eco stay at the eco resort in an eco environment with a group of eco senior buddies....met up with the eco friendly owner (hubby and wife)...shared with us the experiences of staying in the island.
Thoroughly enjoyed the stay at the resort and the activities there; swimming in the cold clean dam, fishing, canoeing, bird watching....

Date of stay: July 2020
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1  Thank Eco-buddies
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