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.
When it comes to dining options the Pantai Grill is located almost on the water’s edge. With a laid-back vibe, this is a definite spot for sundowners. The Longhouse is a modern bistro-style affair with a variety of Asian and Western dishes to tempt the palate.
There is much to keep both the mind and body active at Bunga Raya and budding Marine biologists will love the Marine Ecology Research Centre at her sister property, Gayana Eco Resort, in a neighbouring bay on the island. Jump on the resort’s boat and head to MERC for a day spent learning all there is to know about marine conservation. Get closer to nature with a guided jungle trek or explore the island waters through a menu of watersports activities. For those with a love of the underwater world, the reefs of Borneo are lauded by divers from all continents. If it’s a more relaxing diversion you are after, head to the jungle spa, built directly into the landscape; lie back and relax and let nature’s sound track of bird song and the ocean breeze lull you into a state of complete bliss!
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