Borneo Rainforest Lodge


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Lonely Planet review

Borneo Rainforest Lodge is a class act deep within the buzzing haze of Sabah's remaining old-growth forest. Want the experience of staying in an uber-luxurious chalet while keeping an eye peeled for an adorable tarsier? You're in luck. Go for the deluxe if you can; they have private jacuzzis on the wooden verandahs that overlook the quiet ravine – romantic as hell. Honeymooners should go for Kempas D11 – this room has a secluded jacuzzi in its own wooden pagoda. Meals are taken on a beautiful terrace also fronting the river. We were pretty impressed with the assortment of dishes at the buffet – especially since it all had to be lugged in by 4WD. The BRL's only downfall is its marketing strategy. Yes, the lodge is lovely and the outdoor jacuzzis in the superior rooms are undoubtedly lavish, but this isn't a five-star resort. And how could it be, surrounded by relentlessly encroaching jungle? We're impressed, though, that this much luxury exists so deep in the rainforest. Guests who temper their expectations will adore the ambience and find plenty of creature comforts at their fingertips (no air-con though). It's best to book online or in KK.

Our independent authors have visited Borneo Rainforest Lodge and selected this as one of our recommended accommodation in Danum Valley Conservation Area.

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