Where to stay in Borneo
Bunga Raya, Borneo
As sensual and exotic as the hibiscus flower from which it takes its name, Bunga Raya is a hidden paradise just off the coast of Borneo. A secluded retreat that we think is a real hidden gem, this beautiful boutique resort is a cross between jungle-chic and being ‘at one with nature’. With the dense green jungle canopy and divine white beaches, you feel a million miles away from civilization – the reality is you are only 30 minutes from the airport making this an easily accessible island hideaway.
Gaya Island Resort, Borneo
This beautiful luxury resort is set on Pulau Gaya, the largest of a cluster of five idyllic tropical islets that make up the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park, just a 15 minute speedboat from Kota Kinabalu. Part of the prestigious YTL Hotels group, Gaya Island Resort is a peaceful place with a truly lovely vibe – the perfect ending to a Borneo jungle safari.
Abai Jungle Lodge, Borneo
The simple but charming Abai Jungle Lodge, located on the banks of the Kinabatangan River is only accessible by a one hour boat journey from Sandakan (a short flight from Kota Kinabalu). The 24 chalets are simple wooden structures with twin beds, ensuite bathrooms and ceiling fans and due to its remote location the power is provided by solar panels and water collected in water tanks. The restaurant is located on the banks of the river offering simple but tasty local produce. The highlight of this lodge is not its accommodation, but more the experience it provides, which is second to none and well worth the journey.
Ranee Boutique Suites, Borneo
Set in a 200-year-old colonial shop-front, turned into 24 boutique suite rooms, The Ranee Boutique Suites is one of the few beautiful Boutique Hotels found in Kuching. You’ll find it in the heart of the city’s Old Town. Ideal for those who love adventure and authenticity by day, but like to come home to something a bit more decadent at night.
Shangri-La Rasa Ria
Just 40 minutes from Kota Kinabalu airport, Shangri La Rasa Ria boasts a stunning location on Pantai Dalit beach. Surrounded by 400 acres of lush tropical vegetation, the resort offers 420 elegantly appointed guestrooms and suites housed in two wings. All feature satellite TV, complimentary Wi-Fi and even a pillow menu.
Sukau Rainforest Lodge, Borneo
Situated on the banks of the Kinabatangan River, Sukau Rainforest Lodge pits you right in the heart of one of the greatest concentrations of wildlife in Borneo. Orangutan, proboscis monkeys, pygmy elephants, crocodiles and silver leaf langurs are just some of the animals you can see here.
Sepilok Nature Resort, Borneo
Sepilok Nature Resort lies next door to the well-known Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre, where semi-wild orangutans roam freely. That makes it ultra-convenient for visiting the centre but the lack of physical barrier between the centre and the resort means it’s very possible you’ll spot orangutans swinging through the trees while you’re lolling in your hammock on your veranda.
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