Thursday, February 03, 2011

Sepilok Nature Resort in Sabah

 Sabah Sepilok Nature Resort

Sepilok Nature Resort in Sabah is one of the premium hotels to stay at while visiting this Eco-friendly place.

Located just nearby the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center, this Eco-resort also doubles as an orchid lovers paradise and usually is a base for most travelers who are moving around this part of Sabah.

This is my review of the Sepilok Nature Resort, which is done for anyone who plans to come here and stay for their nature adventure.

Sepilok Nature Resort

On my arrival at the Sepilok Nature Resort, I was thrilled to find a very unique collection of rare Borneo Orchids growing throughout the resort. And this is a bonus for anyone who loves flowers or flora.

All of the rooms are well spread throughout the resort grounds while a portion of the resort sits over a pond.

Along the walkways to the chalets, there were many species I had not seen before so it was a great stay for me.

Sepilok Nature Resort Sabah
The entrance of Sepilok Nature Resort
As the Sepilok Nature Resort was a quick drive the Orang Utan Sanctuary, my guide picked us up in the morning and I recall it being only a five-minute drive there.

So if you are seeking somewhere central to be based at while exploring the many Eco places around Sandakan, this would be a good recommendation. 

Sepilok Nature Resort
The picture above shows the main building of the Sepilok Nature Resort. Excellent use of natural resources to build the structure and this was one of the things that impressed me on my visit here. 

The entire resort used natural wood and all the chalets units were 85% built from wood to provide a very rustic ambiance for guests. 

The main entrance to the resort

Resort at night. Restaurant area over the pond. 

The main restaurant area of the resort

 Outdoor lounge area by the pond
 
 Eco-Tour rates offered by the resort

List of birds Sepilok
Sepilok Bird Watching List
 Gecko spotted outside the chalet

Chalet room, very spacious

Bathroom inside the main chalet

 View of the bathroom in the chalet

 Continental breakfast served

 Staghorn Fern at Sepilok, Sabah
Overall I would highly recommend staying here as the service was great, the food was delicious and the resort was perfect.

I would also like to thank Sabah Tourism for organizing this trip and also to one of the most senior and experienced nature guides - Old Man Ben.

His vast knowledge about Sepilok and its surroundings were very impressive throughout our trip here.

For more information about the resort, you can visit the official site which also caters to a one stop package for Diving in Lankayan Island, Eco-Tourism in Sandakan, Kinabatangan Packages and anything nature related. 

Address for Sepilok Nature Resort Sabah;
Pulau Sipadan Resort and Tours Sdn Bhd.
Block C, Ground Floor, Lot 38 & 39, Mile 6,
Bandar Tyng, 90000 Sandakan,
Sabah, Malaysia.
Telephone: (6089) 673999 / 674999 / 675999
Website: Sepilok Nature Resort

Sabah SNR
Sepilok Nature Resort is also known as SNR
For those who appreciate real rainforest nature and Eco-Tourism, Sandakan in Sabah is one of the premier places offering you the best of Borneo.

Sandakan is also a laid back town so do not expect modern shopping malls or what you usually see in the big cities. 

During my two days of stay here, I also found the time and visited the Rainforest Discovery Center (RDC) which is a beautiful place for nature lovers. The best time to visit this place is either in the early mornings or late evenings.

And a must not miss place is also the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary, which is a stone's throw from the RDC. Both of these places are rates as must-visit spots in Sandakan.

Rare Orchid Sabah
Some of the beautiful orchids found around the resort
Final Thoughts to my Review of Sepilok Nature Resort 

For anyone looking for more activities to do around this part of Sabah, here is a list of 10 Things to do in Sandakan which was compiled by me during my many trips here.

Overall, this nature city will suit any nature lover wanting to explore this part of Borneo, which is a total change from Kota Kinabalu on the west coast.

This is a perfect nature-loving place which also practices responsible tourism. The resort is not budget styled and is the best in its class here so you would enjoy your stay here at the Sepilok Nature Resort in Sabah. 

8 comments:

E.d.Y said...

great place. hope can be there one day

David Jr said...

Thanks E.d.Y. It's a fun place only if you love nature. Plus, bring that 300-500mm lens if you're into photography.

David

CathJ said...

Great... love the room size... huge!!

Traveling Ted said...

Nice picture of the gecko.

Laurel said...

I really, really, want to go to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center as I almost did a Master's degree studying primates. Love that the resort is eco-friendly as well. I'm very jealous.

The Dropout said...

Sepilok Nature Resort is definitely on my list. Thanks for this info.

David Jr said...

Thanks everyone for the comments. To book for this place, you can simply email them for information.

I tried dining by the pond and it was really romantic with the night jungle insect sounds.

Ted, waiting for you to visit here!

Regards,
David

David Jr said...

Desiree, thank you so much for the kind words. Indeed Malaysia is one of a kind provided you have the luxury of time to explore the many places and cultures offered throughout East and West Malaysia.