A 90 minute boat ride from Sanadakan to a very isolated but beautiful resort. We were welcomed immediately on arrival and taken down the long boardwalk to check in. Staff were extremely friendly and helpful, and seemed really grateful to have guests at the property. Nothing was too much trouble throughout our stay, schedules were changed to improve opportunities for wildlife sightings, the chef offered to make any dishes he had the ingredients for to accomodate any dietary requirements as well as the multiple offerings already provided for mealtimes. The staff also performed as a band in the evening.
The Cabins are large, spotless, comfortable and offer great scenery and opportunities for seeing wildlife from large windows and porches.
2 minor downsides, our party of 8 all discovered that the air conditioning unit semms to either function at 16 degrees or off, so it was a real struggle in the night at times, and the noise of the wildlife at night takes some getting used to. Of course that's what you go for, so it's not a complaint.
Tours provided by the resort include river cruises, both in the light and somewhat scarily, in the dark, and also nature walks. There is lots to see and our guide Max was brilliant at spotting things at long distances whilst travelling fast on the water.
There's no experience we've had that matches this for being away from the rest of the world but still living very comfortably. There's even wifi in one spot.
It's a fabulous experience and highly receommended.
Having read the reviews below, I’m not sure I can add anything else. Agree completely with all that has recently been written. Their guides must all be great because obviously our guide, Andis, was the best!! He was a dab hand at taking photos via the “binocular” method and, given we didn’t go with anything but iPhone cameras, we’re very happy with some of the close ups (see rhinoceros hornbill photo!). But it wasn’t just about the animals; the plants and surroundings were worth taking the time to appreciate as well. The staff were all courteous, kind, respectful and engaging. Travelling as two females, we felt safe at all times. We spent 3D2N here and that was about right, although we met some people (with very big cameras!) that had extended by an extra night. Lucky us because we got to share our boat trips with them and they added to our enjoyment. However, being driven at seemingly full throttle at night with nothing but a searchlight is not for the faint-hearted. The food was well presented and a good choice. On a practical note, if you are seriously GF you might struggle here - and not just this resort. Not many (read no) alternatives offered for packed breakfast and afternoon tea. Pack some sweets 😂. Bring a decent pair of binoculars - worth the investment - and mosquito repellant AND bite relief cream. You will get bitten 😏. Would we go back? For sure. Next time with our husbands in tow!
The resort sets a high standard from the minute you are collected to transfer to the harbour. Everything exceeded our expectations - personalised guiding, the luxurious quality of the rooms, the variety of food. Lots of wildlife and birds in the area- orang-utan, proboscis monkeys and kingfishers were highlights. At the right time of year you can see elephants (we were told April/May but that varies of course). Just 15 rooms although another 5 are being built. Enjoyed the boardwalk to explore a little on our own.
Amazing location, great service and a wildlife experience never to be forgotten.
Thank you JR and team for making it so special with your expert knowledge and kind hospitality.
Orangutans, Proboscis monkeys, elephants (tracks), macaques (two types), silver back monkeys, crocodiles, wild boar, lemurs, cat snakes, frogs (“what-what”), beetles, termites and fireflies.
And so much bird life too... fish eagles, purple herons, rhinoceros hornbill, pied hornbill, kingfishers (2 types), egrets, swifts, owls, woodpecker, minivet, kite, parakeets, minor birds..
What a spectacular place!
We were picked up from the hotel, then on speed boat and arrived to hidden place far away from other resorts.
Located in the jungle with a very long wooden path which you can take for walks in the jungle, bungalows are huge with outdoor bathroom and big glass window overlooking the jungle.
Restaurant - with great food and lovely chef, animals surrounding place ( bearded pig- family, monitor lizards, turtles).
Staff is lovely, friendly, professional.
River cruise is a great experience as you can really see lot of animals ( proboscis monkeys, orangutans, king fisher bird, owl, crocodiles, snakes and during the night spectacular show of fireflies ) and enjoy the nature.