Sepilok Nature Lodge, Sandakan, Borneo
We spent two nights in this rather lovely lodge or hotel which is just outside the town of Sandakan and next door to the Sepilok Orang Utang sanctuary.
As we arrived we were greeted in a welcoming manner and helped with our bags over to our room. The person who took us over to our room gave us a big of a tour of the room and showed us how to put the fans and air conditioner on and where things were generally.
The Sepilok Nature Resort is just beautiful with chalets set in natural surroundings. The main building faces a large lake in which we saw a monitor lizard swimming one day while we were eating our lunch. Everywhere you walk on boardwalks of wood which can be a bit slippery when wet so care had to be taken but it did mean that you only had to lift your bags up and down the few odd steps as most was flat or had slopes. In the garden were lovely, orchids everywhere, lilies and a variety of trees and bushes, many with flowers.
Our room was huge with polished wooden floors and rattan patterned ceilings. We had a double and single bed so a family with one child could share the room or three friends I guess. The bed was pretty comfortable, all the beds on this trip were hard but the pillows were okay so we slept well. In the room was a fridge with complimentary bottles of water as well as a kettle with local Sabah teabags, coffee, sugar and creamer. I have become very used to drinking very weak black tea! There was no safe which was a bit of a pain as we had to carry all our money, passports etc. The laptop and phone I just had to hide in our bags and make them not so obvious, I don’t think there can be much crime as staff are around the resort gardening etc and any reports of thefts were quickly get around. We enjoyed the choice of using the fan or the air conditioner and we had an open wardrobe and shelves to store our clothes and bits,
There were plenty of windows so we looked out on to vegetation and not straight into the next door rooms. The ceiling was beautiful with woven patterns in square blocks which created a really unusual effect. I loved lying on the bed and looking up at all the different designs on the squares.
The bathroom was a huge wet room with sink and large shelf with a mirror but sadly no hair dryer. I am thinking that maybe I should replace the small travel one I had for journeys like this. There was toilet with the usual hose attachment for those who wash themselves but strangely there was also a brand new tap that just came out from the wall too. We tried to think of a reason for this but failed! The bath was great, really big and strangely about eight inches away from the side wall. The shower head at the top was removable which was just as well as the knob to change it so that water came through the bath tap didn’t work so I had to fill the bath with the shower head. There was another huge shower head half way along the bath that was also very good at volume of water but some of it went onto the side of the bath and it was VERY hard to adjust the temperature which was either scalding, I am not exaggerating it was almost boiling, or totally cold which was okay during the day but not what I wanted first thing in the morning.