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Reviewed 7 January 2012

We were lucky enough to spend 2 nights here. After a very wet trip from sandakan by boat we arrived to a welcome drink and orientation. The rooms were lovely, very clean and modern. The toiletries provided were nice and the solar showers varied from Luke warm to very hot. The nature cruises down the kinabatabgan river were wonderful and fortunately we saw a herd of elephants, orang utans, monkeys, snakes, crocs and an array of birds. The guide was very knowledgeable and even though it was the wet season and it rained heavily we still had a magnificent experience at the lodge - I would highly recommend it.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with family
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2  Thank Cat55PerthAustralia
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Reviewed 30 December 2011

I booked the 2N/3D tour with Borneo Eco Tours at last minute due to another (island) tour being cancelled. The lady who took my reservation was very efficient and helpful.

We visited Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation centre which I highly recommend, had a great experience there. Then lunch on the first day was at a Chinese restaurant which was buffet style and disappointing. Not enough food to go around and was poor quality. The boat trip to the lodge was great.

The lodge itself was quite basic and in need of some revitalising. After staying at the Borneo Rainforest Lodge in Danum Valley it seemed very average, although without the former experience it may have seemed better. The room was adequate, clean and with a fan which meant it was quite hot. Food was served on the balcony weather permitting, which was nice - overlooking the river. The food was buffet style and was good providing you arrived on time when the food was fresh. They encourage everyone to wear a sarong for dinner, which was great - everyone got into the spirit!

The river cruises were good, we saw lots of Probiscus Monkeys, Macaques and Horn Bills - all fabulous! We did cruise several different areas of the river but didn't see any elephants or other wildlife on the banks as expected. Primarily primates in the trees, which was still a great sight! Our guide was very helpful and friendly.

On the final day we dined at a hotel, which was much better than the first meal at the Chinese restaurant.

Not sure what the other Kinabatangan Cruise Tours offer, but felt this one was quite expensive based on the quality.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled solo
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4  Thank Anna L
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Reviewed 7 December 2011

My husband and I vacationed in Borneo, Brunei and Bali November 10-29, 2011 and stayed in Sukau Nov 16 and 17 - one of the best stops on the trip! "Jay" was our guide and he had knowledge, enthusiasm and charm. Our room was clean, modern and very comfortable - without air-conditioning! The lodge director is attentive. Best part for me is how the management is investing in the staff- working with every worker to speak English, requiring guides to read and report on books every year - hiring local people as much as possible. The result is a very engaged workforce that is truly interested in the guests. Wish every hotel and restaurant could be so far-sighted. We each had the foot conditioning service- it was masterful in removing dead skin and cleaning up feet- not a nail-polish pedicure! Fabulous!

Room Tip: We had a room on the end near the library and boardwalk that was lovely.
  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank 2bagsalwayspacked
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Reviewed 15 November 2011

We arrived at Sukau with high expectations, filled with excitement and anticipation. It was the first leg of our honeymoon and being avid monkey fans we couldn't wait to experience the wildlife. The lodge did not disappoint. In the 3 nights we stayed there we saw: wild orangutans, elephants, proboscis monkeys, macaques, a gibbon, a crocodile, silver lanphurs, red leaf monkeys to name a few as well as the exit of c. 2 million bats from the caves, they do this in a formation which is amazing to see, almost like smoke from a volcano. There were also several bird sightings and interesting plant life. The trip was a perfect 'taster' of the rainforest. However I think we were lucky as these sightings arent always guaranteed like any wild trip, compared to visiting a zoo. 

The lodge itself is lovely, with a nice area to relax in and the rooms are modern, with king size beds and
large showers. The food was good and you never go hungry with a pre-breakfast before the morning tour and dinner had at least 3 options each night. 

I can't thank  Donnie, the lodge manager enough. He with support of his team always went the extra mile to ensure we were happy and are expectations were met. It was a very welcoming environment and we would be happy to return one day. 

  • Stayed: November 2011
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1  Thank KLaub_10
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Reviewed 23 October 2011

We stayed for 3 nights at the end of a Borneo diving holiday.
The lodge clearly exercises its eco-friendly claims and was a relaxing, informative and fun place to stay.
Food was good, there were plenty of cold Tiger beers and soft drinks in the fridge at a decent price and drinking water was free of charge and plentiful.

We stayed in one of the refurbished rooms and if anyone is worried about the standard given some of the earlier negative reviews prior to refurb, I can put your mind at rest that they are now very nicely finished with a large shower cubicle, comfy bed and good tile work.
There is no aircon but the ceiling fan is efficient and when you're laying on the bed, there is a nice cool down draught from the fan so we slept very well - despite the heat outside.

On the river cruises you will see kingfisher, various primates (orangs if you are lucky, silver langhurs, macaques, proboscis monkeys) crocodiles, several species of bird and maybe even pygmy elephants. We were close to the elephants but didn't quite manage to see them.
We were very lucky to see 3 orangutans out the back of the lodge - we walked down the boardwalk and they were in the trees throwing fruit onto the steel roof of the boardwalk. Quite a special moment and the orangs were watching us for about an hour.

The lodge likes guests to remove shoes and walk inside bare foot. We have no problem with this and in fact prefer it but some ignorant guests refused to comply and were walking about with shoes on - very disrespectful! They also like men and women to wear a sarong at dinner (supplied in your room). We were told it is customary and have no problem with this - in fact they are very comfortable and cool to wear, but some guests did not enter into the spirit of things and wore jeans!

I would recommend a stay here as you can be sure they take eco-tourism seriously but if you do stay, please remove your shoes and wear a sarong!

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Martin W
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