Perched along the coastlines of Borneo, nestled under the watchful gaze of Mount Santubong, the Permai Rainforest Resort offers an idyllic escape to nature’s lap. But be wary, for as you check-in, you might just find yourself checked out by curious macaques, eager to inspect your snack collection. It’s an amusing reminder that here, in the dense verdant beauty of the rainforest, you are merely a guest in nature’s grand palace.
At Permai Rainforest Resort, accommodations vary, but it’s the treehouses that truly capture the essence of an authentic rainforest retreat. Tucked amidst the treetops and requiring a brief forest trek to reach (fret not, your luggage is cared for by the staff), these treehouses are more than just a place to rest; they are an experience in themselves. As you ascend the steep stairs, the anticipation grows, and upon entering, you’re immediately rewarded with a mesmerizing view.
Designed with couples in mind, the treehouses prioritize the panoramic beauty of the South China Sea. The expansive sliding glass door not only allows access to the balcony but ensures that even from the comfort of your bed, the awe-inspiring view remains uninterrupted. Lulled by the gentle rhythm of the waves and the soft serenade of cicadas, you’ll find tranquility unlike anywhere else. And while the rainforest is undeniably sultry, the treehouses come equipped with air conditioning to keep the tropical warmth at bay.
A notable feature of these treetop dwellings is the ensuite bathroom, ensuring that guests do not compromise on comfort while basking in rustic charm. Just a stone’s throw away, meander down a jungle path to find a restaurant that mirrors the treehouses’ commitment to incredible views. And if you’re fortunate, your dining experience might be accompanied by the playful antics of silver langurs frolicking among the trees.
With rates starting at just €75 per night, Permai Rainforest Resort promises not just a stay but an immersion into Borneo’s wild heart.
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