12 Amazing Rainforest Resorts in Malaysia

Amazing Rainforest Resorts in Malaysia

While Malaysia is blessed with beautiful rainforests, here are 12 Rainforest Resorts in Malaysia for the outdoor, adventure and nature lover to explore. The resorts are categorised based on the actual locations in one of the world's oldest rainforests here and have a minimum three star ratings. 

These luxurious rainforest resorts in Malaysia are also found throughout the country from islands to gazetted forest reserves and national parks offering guests something out of the ordinary compared to the general luxury resorts we generally hear about from day to day. 

For anyone wanting something unique in the rainforest, below is a list of the best rainforest resorts in Malaysia, and in no order too. Prices are per night based on walk in rates too.

Borneo Rainforest Lodge Danum Sabah
Borneo Rainforest Lodge at Danum Valley, Sabah
Borneo Rainforest Lodge (BRL)

Known as BRL, this is probably one of the most exclusive and private resorts in Malaysia. Located deep in the Danum Valley Conservation Area, the nearest possible civilisation is a cool 4-5 hours away. The entire place is built on stilts and wooden walkways above ground to preserve the rainforest floors. 

Chalets are spaced perfectly for privacy while everything here is back-to-basics. This means, no air conditioning as BRL uses a traditional cooling method for their chalet units. Service is rated at 5 stars with very professional and knowledgeable staff and nature guides. 

The multiple award winning Borneo Rainforest Lodge is also well known for bird watchers, frog and insect lovers and also wildlife watching as 95% of the time, visitors will always encounter something here. Suitable for singles, couples, honeymooners and families. 

Unique Selling Point: The Amazing Danum Valley Canopy Walk
Prices start from RM3,200+ per person for a 3 day 2 night package. 
Borneo Rainforest Lodge Website: www.borneonaturetours.com

Mulu Marriott Resort Spa Sarawak
Mulu Marriott Resort and Spa, Sarawak
Mulu Marriott Resort and Spa

Previously known as the Royal Mulu Resort, this luxury property is now known as the Mulu Marriott Resort and Spa, located just five minutes from Gunung Mulu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site here in Sarawak Borneo. 

This is also the only 5-star luxury resort in the entire Mulu region where the property offers everything from a banquet hall, Balinese spa, cooking classes, cultural demonstrations and Mulu Park activities from rainforest hikes to the awe-inspiring Mulu Caves. This resort is also built on wooden stilts and wooden walkways.

This property is also suitable for singles, couples, honeymooners and families. The resort also caters to large MICE groups. 

Unique Selling Point: Minutes from Mulu National Park and Caves 
Prices start from RM460+ per night
Mulu Marriott Resort and Spa Website: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/myymu-mulu-marriott-resort-and-spa

Royal Belum Rainforest Resort
Belum Rainforest Resort in Perak
Belum Rainforest Resort

Branded as one of Malaysia's ecotourism holiday destination and set in the midst of a 130 million year old rainforest is the Belum Rainforest Resort located at Pulau Banding, the main gateway to the Belum-Temengor Rainforest here in Perak, Malaysia.

Belum Resort also offers various types of accommodations ranging from superior rooms, deluxe rooms, traditional Malay chalets and a very special and unique houseboat. A luxurious standalone Villa @ Tanjung Satu is also available at a whopping RM18,000 a night. 

This five star resort offers some of the best nature experiences here in Peninsular Malaysia while the world's largest flower, the Rafflesia is known to be spotted all year round. Birds are also abundance and if you're lucky, you may even spot the elusive Malayan Tiger, Tapir or even the Asian Elephant. This property is also suitable for singles, couples, honeymooners and families. The Belum resort also caters to MICE groups. 

Unique Selling Point: The houseboat hotel, the 10 species of hornbills spotted here and the amazing flora and fauna. 
Prices start from RM700+ per night
Belum Rainforest Resort Website: www.belumresort.com

Tabin Wildlife Resort Sabah
Tabin Wildlife Resort at Lahad Datu, Sabah
Tabin Wildlife Resort  

Located in the Tabin Wildlife Reserve and near Lahad Datu is this exclusive rainforest resort that focuses heavily on eco, conservation and environmental practises. The beauty about this 30 year old rainforest resort is that the location has a large number of highly endangered animals in the reserve making it one of the premier destinations to see the Borneo wildlife in its natural habitat. 

Bird watchers will also find this place incredible as to date, there have been over 260 species of birds spotted around the reserve. Activities include jungle-trekking, night safari, night walk, wildlife-spotting, bird-watching and rainforest education.

Special interest for nature enthusiast in the form of bird watching, orchid or frogs hunting, wildlife viewing or pursuing an interest in botany is also one of the highlights at the Tabin Wildlife Resort. Tabin Resort is also suitable for singles, couples, honeymooners and families. 

Unique Selling Point: Amazing Wildlife, Pygmy Elephant and Birds
Prices start from RM1,750+ twin sharing for 3 days 2 nights
Tabin Wildlife Resort Website: www.tabinwildlife.com.my

Maliau Basin Conservation Area
Maliau Basin in Sabah, known also as the Lost World of Sabah
Maliau Basin Conservation Area

This was subjective but eventually we thought that this unique place needed to be in this list of rainforest resorts. The Maliau Basin Conservation Area totals at 58,840 hectares in a Class 1 Protection Forest Reserve and is also known as Sabah’s Lost World and is also one of the last few remaining relatively untouched wilderness areas in the world.

Branded as the mother of all rainforest in Malaysia, they are open to visitors apart from the main research centre. Why this made the list is the fact that they do have a luxurious villa unit with three rooms and the master bedroom that has a jacuzzi with the rainforest view. This is located at the main study centre which also houses standard air conditioned twin bedrooms apart from the beautiful dorms. 

Visitors need to obtain permission to enter Maliau Basin in advance from Yayasan Sabah or a tour company that provides the Maliau Basin tour packages. And also take note that Maliau Basin is a remote, atavistic and isolated area with limited access, communications and safety facilities. Perfect for any hardcore nature and outdoor lover. This property is also suitable for singles, couples and groups.

Unique Selling Point: Maliau Sky Walk or Canopy Walk and the incredible trekking and hiking. 
Prices start from RM4,500+ per person for a 5 day 4 night package
Maliau Basin Website: http://maliaubasin.org

Datai Langkawi Island
The Datai at Langkawi Island
The Datai Langkawi

One of Langkawi Island's unique luxurious properties is The Datai which is located in the thick rainforest at an isolated area on the island. Out of the 125 villa units, each room, suite and villa enjoys the embrace of the lush rainforest and offers incredible views from private verandas of the breathtaking Andaman Sea. 

The multiple award winning Datai has also been around for many years and is one of Malaysia's top luxurious rainforest resorts offering world-class service and facilities. To say this is a best kept secret would be wrong as many luxury travelers already know of this property. 

For a better perspective, imagine Sir David Attenborough's luxury villa - this would be the closest resemblance to how prestigious this place is. The Datai's minute attention to detail is incomparable, especially when staff go that extra mile for service. For the well heeled, take the Villa Hutan Datai unit, you won't regret it. This property is also suitable for singles, couples, honeymooners and families and also caters to luxury MICE groups. 

Unique Selling Point: Isolated, peaceful, beautiful and amazing nature walks. 
Prices start from RM4,500+ per night
Datai Langkawi Website: www.thedatai.com

Lake Kenyir Resort and Spa Terengganu
Lake Kenyir Resort and Spa, Terengganu
Lake Kenyir Resort and Spa

The only luxury resort located on Lake Kenyir (Tasik Kenyir), the largest man made lake in Malaysia is the Lake Kenyir Resort and Spa. Having been around for many years, this classic timber designed resort will please any nature lover. Tucked away from all commercial areas, the resort sits at the side of the lake with chalets and villas providing amazing lake views.

Activities include trekking, hiking, bird watching, nature walks and visit to the waterfalls. Fishing is also one of the highlights here. The Kenyir Lake Resort and Spa is also recommended as it sits perfectly next to the lake. This property is also suitable for singles, couples, honeymooners and families. The resort also caters to general MICE groups. 

Unique Selling Point: One with nature, trekking, hiking and the waterfalls.
Prices start from RM450+ per night
Lake Kenyir Resort and Spa Website: www.lakekenyir.com

Permai Rainforest Resort Sarawak
Permai Rainforest Resort, Santubong Sarawak
Permai Rainforest Resort

25 minutes from Kuching town is the Permai Rainforest Resort, an eco-resort set at the foot of mystical Mount Santubong in a pristine rainforest since 1990. Carefully designed to minimise impact on the natural environment, it offers visitors a unique rainforest experience. 

Offering a range of accommodation types, they come in cabins, single and double storey units and the amazingly unique tree house villas. In general, two words describe the Permai Rainforest Resort - Undisturbed natural beauty and wonderfully rich biodiversity, which is what nature lovers seek.

As for nature activities, you will find trekking, hiking, flying fox, bird watching and the list goes on here. This place is also well known for team building too. This property is also suitable for singles, couples, honeymooners and families. 

Unique Selling Point: The Tree House Rooms Units! Say no more. 
Prices start from RM350+ per night
Permai Rainforest Resort Website: http://permairainforest.com/

Borneo Tropical Rainforest Resort Sarawak
Villas at the Borneo Tropical Rainforest Resort
Borneo Tropical Rainforest Resort Sarawak

Miri is well known for the Niah National Park and the Niah Caves and this stand alone resort is located just 30-40 minutes drive from Miri Resort City in Sarawak. The Borneo Tropical Rainforest Resort is located just in between town and the Niah National Park and more importantly, just by the Lambir Hills National Park too.

From our recent visit here, we find this resort perfect for groups and families due to the many facilities available here. From a water theme park, rope bridge, flying fox, trekking to even team building activities. The resort also caters to MICE for businesses or companies seeking a retreat.

Unique Selling Point: Water Theme Park
Prices start from RM300+ per night
Borneo Tropical Rainforest Resort Website:
http://www.borneorainforestresort.com/

Borneo Highlands Resort Sarawak
The beautiful Borneo Highlands Resort in Sarawak
Borneo Highlands Resort Sarawak 

A highland resort 1000 metres above sea level and located in the montane rainforest with no one else around, this is the Borneo Highlands Resort in Kuching, Sarawak. Well known for golfers due to the 9-hole golf course here, there are many other activities for just about anyone.

Take a trek in the cooling weather which is from 18-25 degrees Celsius all year round and head to the Kalimantan viewpoint or simply explore the area to catch spot montane birds, insects and plants. The spa is one-of-a-kind as it is the only traditional Bidayuh Spa in the world too.

Apart from golfers, the Borneo Highlands Resort is suitable for singles, couples, honeymooners and families. Not to forget the nature and bird lovers too.

Unique Selling Point: Rainforest in the highlands
Prices start from RM200+ per night
Borneo Highlands Resort Website: http://www.borneohighlands.com.my/

Mutiara Taman Negara Resort  Pahang
Mutiara Taman Negara Resort - Photo from RamaTours
Mutiara Taman Negara Resort

This rainforest 4-star getaway is an eco-tourism resort with 108 rooms offering a variety of accommodation types ranging from typical Malay timber chalets, bungalows to guest houses. Also available are dormitories, hostels and a 2.5 acre camping ground. Tents and sleeping bags are available for hire.

Located in the largest national park in Peninsular Malaysia, Taman Negara boasts of endless nature and ecotourism experiences for anyone who loves green and the outdoors. This property is also suitable for singles, couples, honeymooners and families. 

Unique Selling Point: The wildlife and river cruises using longboats
Prices start from RM470+ per night
Mutiara Taman Negara Resort Website: http://www.mutiaratamannegara.com//

Hilton Batang Ai Longhouse Resort Sarawak
The unique Hilton Batang Ai Longhouse Resort
Batang Ai Longhouse Resort Hilton Sarawak

The only unique longhouse hotel in the world managed by the Hilton that resembles a traditional Iban Longhouse and is located next to the Batang Ai National Park in Sarawak. This incredible experience not only lets guests stay in a longhouse style rooming but also to experience the beautiful Batang Ai rainforest surrounding the property.

The traditional native Borneo designs are quite amazing while the spa and restaurant offers authentic menus and experiences. Things one can do here are nature related but one of the highlights is visiting an original traditional longhouse up the river. There is a canopy walk at the back of the resort too.

The Hilton Batang Ai Longhouse Resort is also suitable for singles, couples, honeymooners and families. The resort also caters to MICE groups seeking a peaceful and quiet environment.

Unique Selling Point: The Longhouse!
Prices start from RM600+ per night
Batang Ai Longhouse Hilton Resort Website:
http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/malaysia/batang-ai-longhouse-resort-managed-by-hilton-KUCBLTW/index.html

Eco rainforest resorts Malaysia
Some of the beautiful rainforest retreats found in Malaysia
Above are 12 resorts which have been carefully handpicked by Malaysia Asia to share with everyone. Please note that 9 out of 12 of these resorts have been personally visited and experienced by me. *A few of the photographs here have been sourced from the hotel or resort website. If you think there are any other resorts needed to be added to this list, please let me know in the comment form below.

Malaysia is home to one of the oldest rainforest in the world and these are just some of the highlighted rainforest retreats for anyone who loves the outdoors and nature. There are many other resorts and eco-retreats who are below the 3-star ratings and are a little more budget-friendly and also commercial.

You can also view my other articles on Islands to Visit in Malaysia for the island and beach lovers who simply seeks the sun, sea and sand. And for the nature and outdoor lovers, do check out my list of Canopy Walks of Malaysia. These are just some of my outdoor and nature articles done in 2015 for anyone wanting to know more about this amazing tropical country here in Southeast Asia.

However, if travelers are coming a long way to experience Malaysia or Malaysia Borneo, this list or places is highly recommended for you to experience at least one of the 12 Amazing Rainforest Resorts in Malaysia.


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