The Wilds of Borneo: Orangutans & Beyond

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The Ranee Boutique Suites
Location
Kuching, Borneo

Ranee means "wife of a rajah," a fitting epithet for this boutique hotel located in the heart of Kuching’s Old Town. A TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner, The Ranee has been stylishly rebuilt from two traditional 19th-century shop houses and adapted to modern standards of comfort. The hotel harmoniously blends old and new elements, with the warmth of natural wood complementing contemporary design and traditional local craftwork. Its 24 spacious suites features individual charm and character—no two are alike. Wide windows and verandas open onto scenic views of the bustling market, colonial heritage buildings or the Sarawak River. 

Elegant guest rooms feature glossy hardwood floors and teak accents, king or two twin beds, wooden writing desk, en suite bathroom with robes, slippers, hair dryer and quality toiletries, flat screen cable TV, free Wi-Fi, universal power points, telephone, mini bar, complimentary tea- and coffee-making facilities, personal electronic safe, individually controlled air conditioning and ceiling fan. Public spaces include a reading lounge with small library, the MBar and Bistro, the casual outdoor Cafe Trio's, and The Ranee Gift Gallery where guests may purchase an exclusive selection of "Made in Sarawak" handcrafts that support individual artisans and underprivileged community members. 
Sepilok Nature Resort
Location
Sandakan, Borneo

The consummate jungle lodge, Sepilok Nature Resort is hidden amid dense tropical vegetation including hug trees and rare blooming orchids. Steep-roofed wooden bungalows offer roomy accommodations within walking distance of the famous Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary. The fully air-conditioned chalets have forest views from individual verandas. Interiors have glossy hardwood floors, a high beamed ceiling, comfortable beds with crisp cotton linens, and private baths with stone soaking tubs. Walk along elevated wooden boardwalks among 150 orchid varieties in the lavish surrounding gardens before heading to the patio deck to dine overlooking a lake backdropped by dense rain forest. 
Selingan Turtle Island Chalets
Location
Selingan Island, Malaysia

The sole accommodation on Selingan Turtle Island, these simple chalets afford guests the unique opportunity to observe nesting green turtles up close and assist in releasing hatchlings into the clear waters of the Sulu Sea. Accommodations here are basic but comfortable. Each chalet has an attached bath, air conditioning and simple, tropical inspired decor. You won't find any pools or spas, but that's not really what a stay on Selingan is about. Visitors will enjoy a highly privileged opportunity to watch both egg layings and the release of hatchlings into the sea.
Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort
Location
Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary, Sabah

This remote jungle ecolodge offers an incomparable location from which to explore the wildlife-rich wilderness of the Lower Kinabatangan Segama Wetlands region. Tucked within a secondary forest reserve and surrounded by pristine freshwater swamps and mangrove forest, this exclusive nature retreat is located in undeveloped wilderness about an hour's boat ride from Sandakan Harbor. Access is by elevated walkways made from local Bornean ironwood. Accommodations are in 10 deluxe wooden chalets offering plenty of space, privacy and amenities. All have gleaming hardwood floors, comfortable beds with cool linens, air conditioning, ceiling fan, and a private en suite bathroom with large walk-in hot and cold showers, double sinks and bathing toiletries. Each has an open-air deck for your secluded sojourn in nature. Free Wi-Fi access is available within the restaurant area. Laundry service is offered for an additional fee. Electricity is provided 24 hours a day via solar panels and a generator. The resort uses river water that is treated and sand-filtered before use. Rainwater is also collected to supplement the water system.

The broad floodplain surrounding the lodge is one of the most important wildlife refuges in Malaysia and is recognized as an internationally important wetland for its undisturbed ecosystem that shelters a number of rare, endangered and threatened species, including Sumatran rhinoceros, proboscis monkey, Borneo pygmy elephant, oriental darter and rhinoceros hornbill. Five distinct habitats in the region—waterlogged and dry forest, limestone forest, and saline and freshwater swamps—support some of the most varied concentrations of wildlife in Borneo. The biodiversity of the area is striking, with 1,000 plant species, more than 200 bird species, 90 fish species, and 50 mammal species. In the vicinity of the lodge, guests can expect frequent sightings of birds and monkeys such as silvered langur, maroon langur and hose langur, and wild orangutans are regularly spotted in the area, too.



Borneo Rainforest Lodge
Location
Danum Valley, Borneo

Borneo Rainforest Lodge provides an exotic wildlife experience in the remote reaches of the Danum Valley. Premium deluxe rooms in individual chalets have large picture windows for an immersive view on the rain forest; elegant, clean-lined contemporary furnishings incorporating sustainably harvested tropical hardwoods; air conditioning; ceiling fans; spacious en suite baths; and large private decks with plunge pools overlooking the last vestiges of the country’s virgin primary forest, the oldest in the world. The central lodge, standing on columns of Borneo’s famous belian hardwood (Borneo ironwood), contains a spacious veranda and dining area. The spa offers massage and foot soaks to rejuvenate weary wildlife trekkers. The lodge accommodates a maximum of 60 people, ensuring guests an intimate experience of the jungle with a limited impact on the valley’s natural resources and wild character. A TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award winner, the lodge is recognized for its efforts to create a sustainable, environmentally conscious guest experience. 
Hyatt Centric Kota Kinabalu
Location
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

Surveying the South China Sea, the new Hyatt Centric hotel exudes 5-star luxury and striking contemporary flair in the heart of Kota Kinabalu’s vibrant waterfront district. Guests are greeted in the bright and stylish lobby, where the Lobby Lounge offers a place to relax over snacks and coffee in a boldly modern setting. The emphasis on design continues in the guest rooms, styled by renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma and featuring locally inspired custom artwork that reflects the rich heritage and diverse cultures of Sabah. Each room has a private balcony overlooking the sea, islands and/or lush mountains. Furnishings are distinctly modern, incorporating rich woods, clean lines and contrasting textures. Rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, air conditioning and individual climate control, one low-rise king or two twin beds made with crisp white linens, and blackout curtains. Upscale amenities include a 55-inch flat screen TV, mini bar, Nespresso coffee maker, electric kettle, electronic safe and complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi. Spacious bathrooms have a walk-in rain shower, plush robes and slippers, and eco-friendly premium toiletries.

The hotel’s ON22 restaurant serves fresh, locally sourced Asian cuisine in both indoor and al fresco settings. Take the spiral stairs from the restaurant to head up to the chic ON23 rooftop Sky Bar, where you can order craft cocktails infused with ingredients from Borneo. Adjacent to the Sky Bar on the 23rd floor is the double infinity-edge swimming pool and shaded outdoor lounge space, offering stunning territorial views, as does the 24-hour fitness center, with a wall of windows overlooking the verdant hills beyond.
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