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I felt the hotel was basic and the food was basic felt a bit military as the gong went to call you to meal times, and you were woken at 5;30 in the morning although there watch must have been fast as we were woken at 5 the first day second day we put the do not disturb sign outI felt the food could have been hotter and also felt that if you ate too uch there was none for the next personBut the boat rides and the nature made up for it we saw loads of birds and a herd of pigmy elephants
We stayed for 3 nights, 4 days at the lodge, one of the only disappointments was having to leave at the end. The staff are friendly, welcoming and very knowledgeable. We especially enjoyed conversations with Kurino at the bar and our tour guide Joy was exceptional. We also enjoyed the food offerings, considering some guests have given reviews that they did not enjoy it - so I guess this can be subjective to tastes/expectations.Highlights from the tour included seeing a flange faced male orangutan down one of the side rivers only a few meters above us, and also being checked out by a Proboscis monkey in the trees on the boardwalk. I think we must have seen at least 30 different species of animals during our stay. I felt like we had a good amount of time out on the water each day, and enough time to rest to get over the early starts. We did also go along to the optional talks, which were very interesting and we found out a lot of facts that we otherwise would not have known.The only negative I can give is that whilst there was some building work going on in the day time, we wondered how the noise impacted seeing further wildlife on the boardwalk. It wasn't excessive by any means, and essential for the lodge to offer a few more rooms in the near future, but certainly don't let that put you off coming to this great location.I would find many excuses to travel back to Borneo and the lodge again in the future.
We stayed 2 nights at the lodge. The room (twin) was clean and serviceable. We were in the rain forest so weren't expecting luxury.The bathroom was looking a little tired but it did the job and we never had an issue with no hot water.The air con was good and the fan was adequate during the night to keep us cool.Construction is a bit of an issue here. Not only the 20 new rooms/villas being built but also on the board walk. The noise was clearly having a detrimental effect on what wildlife was in the vicinity of the boardwalk. It didn't impact on any other aspect of our stay and would be no reason not to visit if you're thinking of doing so.I do honestly believe that this Lodge will loose its small cosy feel with the addition of the extra rooms so we were pleased to visit when we did. It is a shame but business is business!Hammit was our guide for Borneo Eco Tours. He was excellent and very knowledgeable.We didn't find time to use the plunge pool but it did look very inviting.The food was was of a reasonable standard for the kind of place the lodge is. There was enough choice at breakfast, lunch and dinner to get by and we never had a bad meal.I wouldn't hesitate in recommending this Lodge to friends and family.The lodge takes guest safety seriously. Having seen other lodges allowing their guest to be on the river without life jackets gave me some comfort to know our guide looked out for us should something go wrong.We saw 4 of the big 5 during our stay. You can't guarantee the wildlife as we found out on our night cruise but that's just the way it is.
We loved it here. The staff were great, especially Noel, and very passionate about the environment and enuring the visitors were informed and made the most of their stay. We didn't now what to expect, but it was clean, comfortable and well appointed, not 5 star hotel, but that is not why you would visit here. Many bookings can be made while staying, so take advantage of this and allow extra time to do your own pre-booked tours and then add a few extras on so that you follow your own interests. We did not see elephants, but our guide tried very hard to track them down, but we saw a mother orangutan with young baby in the trees, which was very special. There were not too many people there, Ihope the new additional rooms does not change the experience too much. Food was excellent to suit all tastes. Thoroughly enjoyable.
Well worth the trip you feel cut off from everything and soon forget all about work and home. The boat safaris are the main event and if you can go with Suhaili who is head and shoulders above the other guides and passionate about conserving the ecosystem (which has been ravaged by palm oil production over the last 50 years) then please do so. Whilst you are of course here to see the animals (orangutan, proboscis monkeys and Borneo Pygmy elephants in particular) the whole experience of being in what feels like a lost world is sufficient to make this a bucket list must do. That said tourism is still in a nascent phase and the accommodation is basic, the food and beverage even more so. They don't exactly run out of food but it is mostly cold so be prepared to be thankful for whatever you get, service is slow but all the staff do try their best. Certainly 3 nights is the maximum you would want to stay before you are crying out for some variety, fortunately 2 nights is probably all you need. If you are considering going this is the best lodge to stay in for people who want any creature comforts, by some margin the best in the area and also in the process of being upgraded so in the next 6-12 months they intend to have a higher category of room (villas, which looked very nice albeit under construction) and doubling the size of the restaurant. They do take their guests comfort very seriously and really appreciate your helping them with constructive comments. Would most certainly go back and also recommend to family and friends. Probably more 3 than 5 star but it's the best there is so leave your diva at the door and you'll have a life time experience.
My partner and I booked the 3 night 'Orang Utan search' tour through Borneo Eco Tours.From the point of booking, the website was informative and easy to use and we were able to contact the tour manager Jeremy at any time with queries and when we needed to adjust our transfer time. Responses were always speedy.During our trip, all of the naturalists that looked after us (Joe, Joy, Suhaili & Fernando) were incredible - super knowledgable and their passion and enthusiasm for what they do was contagious! Our tour included a number of boat cruises where we were lucky enough to see the 'Borneo Big 5' including a herd of around 60 elephants crossing the river right in front of us. I can't express how blessed we felt and how grateful we were to the skilled naturalists and boat drivers who enabled us to see such a huge range of wildlife, some of which were critically endangered. We'd also really recommend the cave trip that was part of our tour - fascinating to see all the swifts and bats, but also managed to see 2 pairs of mother and juvenile orang utans on our way there, just metres away! Special thanks to Suhaili for allowing us to spend so much time observing the baby he affectionately named 'Mr King'!The resort itself had everything you needed. It might not be described as luxurious but that's not the reason we were there! The rooms were spacious, there was a well stocked bar and there were sun beds around the pool to lounge around on in between boat trips. The walls between the rooms are pretty thin - not really a problem as everyone heads to bed fairly early before the morning boat trips each day, but if you're sensitive to noise, you might want to take ear plugs just in case.The food was great - a decent variety each night. Not sure about a review I read saying that the food ran out when people got there early, as we got back late one evening and the staff were replenishing all of the dishes so it wasn't a problem at all. The tables are set up so that you eat with the group you arrive with for the evening meals (not breakfast or lunch) but if communal eating's not for you, they try to make arrangements for you to have a more intimate meal on a smaller table.We loved every minute of our trip. Every member of staff there was so friendly and helpful, we were really made to feel at home - we can't thank you all enough and hope to be back again one day soon.
I really enjoyed staying at this lodge and the wildlife sightings on the Kinabatagan River were incredible. We saw proboscis monkeys, long tail macaques, several different types of hornbills, kingfishers, monitor lizards, crocodiles and more. The only thing I regret was that I didn't stay for several more nights.
Stayed here for 2 nights with my hubby and 10 year old daughter as part of our tour of Borneo and it was the BEST part of our trip.Lodge is amazing back to nature. I enjoyed listing to the sounds of the jungle at night.Rooms are nice - very basic - but expected as part of a lodge.Food was great - plenty of choice and very organised. The guy on the bar was very friendly and made great cocktails.The guy who did our induction and orangutan talk was very knowledgeable and I could have listened to him talk all day.Our guide was Joy and she was so knowledgeable- she spotted animals with her amazing eye sight. We were lucky enough to watch a herd of 100 pigmy elephants crossing the river one night for 2 and a half hours which was amazing. We saw the Borneo big 5 as well as lots of other animals.Loved it here so much I cried all the way back to KK and I still miss the sounds of the jungle and the orangutan. I will definitely be back here!!!!My only negative point on the lodge is that it's an eco lodge and prides itself on being good for environment (which I love and commend) but they use a lot of plastic straws which are horrendous for the environment. A switch to paper straws would be better
When we arrived it was pouring with rain but we soon settled into the relaxed way of life and the weather soon brightened up. We were asked to wear the sarongs provided in your room for evening dinner to fit in with their way of life. My husband was a little reserved but agreed and found that everyone was wearing them. He even confessed to feeling very comfortable as did some of the other men. We spent 2 nights here and enjoyed every minute. We mentioned that we didn't eat meat but ate fish and they provided us with fish for our lunch and dinner in addition to the set buffet food. We attended the afternoon lecture on orangutan and the speaker was excellent, I would recommend you don't miss it, it's very informative and he made it fun. We were here as part of our private tour along with our guide Joy who was absolutely brilliant. We managed to see the big 5 and more on our two days of river cruising. The shop has a number of items for sale all at very reasonable prices. They will sell you stamps for your postcards and post them for you ( mine reached the UK). The rooms were very clean and sufficient for the time you spend in them. Would recommend staying here -if it's good enough for David Attenborough, it's good enough for me!
From the welcome drink and introduction to the lodge we felt at home here. The staff were great and the guides found us a full selection of wildlife, all seen from a boat on the river The rooms are clean and comfortable with good amenities considering the rural setting and although we were bitten a couple of times the property was generally insect free and we had a good nights sleep.The food is good and served by the side of the river and we were lucky to hear local elephants at some meals or monkeys passing by. There is a good selection for those wanting to try local dishes or more western alternatives and the staff were very attentive but manage to create a feeling of being at home.During time not on the boat our son employed a dip in the small pool and you can walk into the forest on a boardwalk.We travelled with our son who is eight and he very quickly immersed himself in the rainforest living, This rainforest and its wildlife is an amazing experience and the staff, the atmosphere and comfort of this lodge meant you could relax, feel that you are living in it and yet ensure you enjoyed it to its full potential