The large island of Borneo is one of the best places on earth for exploring lush rainforests and learning more about the fearsome head-hunting tribes from days gone by. One of just two places in the world where you can see orang utans in the wild and the only place that is home to the curious long-nosed proboscis monkeys, why not book into a beautiful rainforest lodge to enjoy all the sights and sounds of nature whilst living the high life?
Some terrific and luxurious rainforest lodges in Borneo include:
Gayana Eco Resort
Combining luxury with a sense of environmental and ecological responsibility, this beautiful accommodation sits right over the sea yet close to the jungle. Spectacular coral reefs are right below you, with an abundance of marine life swimming by. Enjoy canoeing and kayaking on the clear waters and bob on the surface for some excellent snorkelling. There is a gorgeous infinity swimming pool for lazy days of relaxation and you can head into the rainforest with an experienced guide who will help to spot an array of fascinating flora and fauna. Treat yourself to a spa session at the end of your active days of adventure and chill out in beautiful huts that are fitted with all modern facilities inside. All have a balcony and some lead you right out into the refreshing ocean.
Borneo Rainforest Lodge
In the heart of the stunning and ancient Danum Valley rainforest, you couldn’t get much closer to nature if you tried! In a conservation area there are high chances of seeing lots of native wildlife, including a plethora of colourful bird species. You may even spot wild orang utans and elephants in the distance. Enjoy day and night time treks with professional guides and if you are feeling adventurous you can even take to the treetops for a different view of the jungle from a high canopy walk. Relax in your spacious chalet as you gaze out into the rainforest or sit in your own private outdoor tub to enjoy the views. Dine on exquisite cuisine and enjoy the warm welcome in the onsite bar.
Bunga Raya Island Resort
Sitting on Gaya Island, you have both the jungle and beach within close proximity. Swim in the sea and trek in the rainforest, seeing a whole host of marine life and land creatures. With a deliciously secluded atmosphere, this is a definite winner for people looking to enjoy a tranquil stay in a serene environment. Rooms are elegant and comfortable, offering everything you need for a perfect stay that blends peace, relaxation, and luxury.
A lovely guesthouse close to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre and the Rainforest Discovery Centre, visitors have a choice of staying in private wooden cabins or traditional longhouses. The resort offers simple and understated luxury. Fresh crisp white bedding and entire sliding walls are part of the chalet experience, and you can open up an entire side of your cabin to look out into the dense jungle below. Sit on the balcony in the evening and listen to all the sounds coming from the trees and enjoy a tasty meal either in your room or in the cute bar / restaurant / reception area. Hammocks invite you to lazily relax and you can wander through the surrounding deer reserve enjoying the peaceful atmosphere and wonderful views. Fishing trips can also be arranged.
Sabah Tea Garden
As the name suggests, a stay here allows you to admire rolling green tea plantations and a working tea factory. Different accommodation options are available, though for the most luxurious experience the private cottage is the best. The views are terrific, especially of the majestic Mount Kinabalu. The restaurant serves a tasty selection of dishes, many of which make full use of the abundantly available tea leaves. Enjoy jungle treks, river walks, trips to Poring Hot Springs, canopy walking … and more! You can even learn more about traditional batik painting and have a go yourself.
This is just a small selection of some luxurious places to stay when enjoying the spectacular rainforests of Borneo.