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Reviewed May 10, 2012

Simply loved it. We booked the 3 day 2 night package. You have to fly into Lahad Datu and from there take a 4x4 3 hours through secondary and then primary rainforest. The journey is quite bumpy as the road is dirt track but the views and scenery is breathtaking as you can see the landscape transform from mainly cultivated palm trees and younger rainforest into primary unspoiled rainforest 4 I'm from the lodge. the lodge itself is beautiful, we stayed in a deluxe lodge which was simple but clean and modern. The bathroom was especially good with a huge drencher shower and outside bathtub. The only negative about the room was the lack of air conditioning which you would expect considering the price you are paying. The public areas are open and the lighting sets a very cosy atmosphere. The bar is good for a chilled out drink and the food in the restaurant is particularly good, a Buffett of malay and Indian dishes. The view from the restaurant is of the Sabah river below which is beautiful.

The wildlife treks themselves are the main attraction though with such a wide variety of tropical flora and fauna on offer, the highlight for me was seeing Abu one of the male aurangutangs no more than 10 meters away. The sights and sounds of the forest simply have to be seen to be appreciated, nothing I can say can convey how spectacular it really is. I will say though that take several changes of cloths per day as after every trek you will be totally soaked in sweat due to near 100% humidity.

our guide was very kind and pleasant but however I felt his knowledge of flora and fauna was a little bit lacking and English a little poor? also the slideshow on the first day was a little pointless as it was jus a repeat of information they had already given us on arrival? instead they should give a detailed talk on the wildlife around the area given by an expert.

Overall though 8/10 and a must see if you visiting Sabah, unless you this environment you will not realize why it is so important to conserve it.

Room Tip: Get a deluxe room. They have been renovated recently. Some people staying in the standard rooms had to move to deluxe because of a termite infestation due to holes in the walls
  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with family
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6  Thank gkdhawan24
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Reviewed May 7, 2012

We loved it here. We booked a 3Day/2Night package through Borneo Nature Tours (the only tour operator who you can use for Danum Valley) which was Full Board in a Deluxe Chalet. The transfer from Lahad Datu airport is a bit of a trek in the 4x4 but some of the scenery on the way in is breathtaking. Fording the river in the jeep was cool too.

The lodge itself is very impressive. A three storey main structure made of wood and stone with contemporary, colonial style furnishings. The chalets (ours was a River View) are located along a raised boardwalk away from the main building, and are very private. We had a 180 degree panaoramic view of the forest and river, with a balcony bathtub. Wonderful. The quaity of the furnishing was very good, although we only had a fan rather than A/C due to the lodges sustainable energy policy.

The food here was amazing. Breakfast, lunch and dinner were all included where necessary, with no supplements. There was a very wide selection of meats, salads, fruits, vegetables and desserts, and even a separate manned grilling station for omlettes and satay. You can eat youir food with direct views of the forest too, with a chance to spot monkees whilst you are eating.

Our tours were included as part of our package too, although be prepared for them to be amened due to prevailing weather conditions. You cannot trek in the jungle when it's raining due to the threat of falling branches. Overall our stay here was nigh-on perfect. So relaxing and exciting at the same time, a truly memorable experience.

Room Tip: River View chalets ar the ones with more privacy, and in our opinion a better view. DLX6 is a cracking chalet if you can get it...
  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank VoiseySA
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Reviewed May 1, 2012

Borneo Rainforest Lodge was wonderful. We’ve stayed in many wildlife lodges all over the world and I think we’d put this one in the top five. The room was very comfortable with a great view of the river. The food was amazing. The lounge area was great for kicking back with a drink. The location is absolutely spectacular. The wildlife is incredible. I'm running out of superlatives. We stayed 3 nights and I wish we had stayed a week. I also like the way they take recycling and sustainability very seriously. We had a fantastic guide named Raybould, probably the best guide of our entire Borneo trip.

Only one complaint - the night drive is very disappointing because the vehicle they use (a flatbed truck with seats bolted in the back) is simply not fit for purpose. Seriously guys, you can do better. The truck is awful with poor visibility and it's quite dangerous for anyone sitting near the back. I strongly recommend opting for night walks instead of the drive.

One more thing -- you will definitely need leech socks. They do sell them in the gift shop.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank R A
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Reviewed April 29, 2012

Probably 4.5 stars.
Coming on the back of some rather 'basic' venues, this was particularly welcome and proof the you can live in style deep in the jungle.  It is an 80km ride from Lahad Datu, but only the last 10km or so is really bumpy - we thought the journey was fun and you are taken there is sale in a plush 4WD.
We stayed in a standard room and, given the amount of time we spent trekking, it was fine.  Stylish clean rooms and although there is no air con, the 'green' cool design and fan keep you just the right side of comfortable.  Nice bathroom and big shower.  My wife wasn't that happy with the ants running around but you are in the middle of the jungle, so they are probably the least of your worries.
You are here for the wildlife and the quality of the guide for us was excellent - much better than elsewhere in Borneo.  Kmowledgeable and patient.  We saw plenty although not very much on the night drive which seems a little more of a gimmick - the night walk was better. Also pretty flexible on how much you want to fit in while you are there - the guides seem to fit as much as you want, so if you have additional time they will run an extra trail assuming the demand is there.
The restaurant is buffet but very good quality and we had no complaints.  The staff in the restaurant were also very thoughtful in terms of making sure everyone had finished eating before clearing away the buffet - important here as you can come in for your meal quite late following a trail. 
Staff generally attentive and this applies throughout the hotel - everyone really does want to help. They are also very adept at remembering everyone's names.
There is wifi in the lobby although, understandably, it can be a bit hit and miss in terms of speed.
If you want to do the jungle in style, stay here and have the benefit of being in a very remote location while being able to spend the rest of the day being well looked after and fed.
Perhaps the only negative observation we had was that on the return journey to Lahad Datu, we shared the car with 2 others which we were not expecting.  In fact, 3 people in the backseat was very uncomfortable in particular for my wife who was in the middle and for a 2.5hour bumpy ride it would definitely be preferable to have a max of 3 guests per vehicle.
Other than that though, this is a quality operation.
Ps Buy the leech socks and check you clothing regularly......
Pps Dont pile your clothes on the seat by the Jacuzzi Falls when having a swim - I found that was where the leeches saw their chance !

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank jimmy55bellies
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Reviewed April 29, 2012

Primarily we were in Sabah to see wildlife in the jungle, having previously visited Abai Jungle lodge and Tabin Wildlife Resort (see reports).
This place was the most luxurious of the 3. Our cabin with its oversize bathtub on the verandah overlooking the river was sensational with the added option of the animals passing by. Sambar deer and wild pig for example. Bee eaters and spider hunters were only 2 of a wide selection of birds seen from the verandah. No air con, but surprisingly we did not find this to be a problem despite the humidity.
A proper bar and excellent food with punctilious service gave rise to a sense of slight disbelief that we were staying in the middle of primary rainforest which had to be reached by 4 WD over poor terrain. The food was good Malay stuff for the most (best) part but there were other cop out options.
But we were here for the wildlife and this was the major let down. The night drives are a waste of time and money - we saw almost nothing. We discovered that the all the good guides who were here have been poached by Tabin and those left are young, inexperienced and unable to understand our requests.
Even the so called difficult walks produced very little in the way of sightings. We are over 60. We did see some very good / pretty birds on the canopy walk way, so it was not a complete waste of time.
The choice is yours. Do you want luxury but with limited wildlife. (sightings of Leopard Cats on the verandah are hokum!) or do you want the full on exploration for wildlife. That is not to say you won't see the Orang Utans here.
The work being carried out on the river bank nearby does not impinge in any way.

Room Tip: Deluxe river view worth every penny extra.
  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank ChooksonTour
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