Aiman Batang Ai Resort & Retreat

Batang Ai, Borneo, Malaysia

At a Glance

  • Authentic Longhouse experience

  • Remote lakeside resort

  • Canopy walks and trekking

  • Stunning fishing spots

  • Traditional Malay Cuisine to enjoy with lake views

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Like the rest of Malaysia, Sarawak's climate is hot and humid. Expect temperatures in the high 20s and low 30s throughout the lowlands. The state’s rainfall averages about 300cm annually and though it rains throughout the year, the heaviest rainfall generally occurs between October and January. At higher elevations the temperature is refreshingly cool, dropping to colder temperatures at night.

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Insider's View

After a long day, why not try some local blow piping, which involves blowing wood through a long shoot, towards a target. This traditional Iban hunting technique was historically used by their headhunting forefathers, you will be amazed at the accuracy of the locals.

Take a private excursion to visit a longhouse complete with a longtail boat ride, rice wine, traditional dance, eating lunch with the residents, a jungle walk and getting an insight into the Ibans daily lives – an absolute must!

Call us on 858 345 1762 to start planning your vacation to Aiman Batang Ai Resort & Retreat or take a look at our itineraries to Borneo

Description

Aiman Batang Ai Resort & Retreat is situated at the edge of the beautiful Batang Ai National Park in Sarawak, in Malaysian Borneo. Surrounded by lush greenery and azure water, the retreat offers plenty of activities and opportunities to enjoy nature.

Aiman Batang Ai Resort & Retreat (formerly Batang Ai Longhouse) is located just four hours from Kuching, within Batang Ai National Park. The hotel has been designed to replicate a traditional Iban Longhouse, with both rooms and suites in a long line on a hillside, offering lovely views out over the lake. All rooms are fitted with air-conditioning and en-suite bathrooms.

Batang Ai National Park covers 24,040 hectares of tropical rainforest, and so the retreat has a wonderful remote feel, particularly as you arrive by boat. There are a wide range of protected species living in the rainforest, which you can try to spot on nature walks, including through the tree canopy on the retreat's 130-meter long walkway. The highlight of most visits is an authentic experience taking you to a nearby Iban longhouse, where you can meet the local tribe and learn about their culture.

There are also plenty of facilities to enjoy at the retreat, including a decent pool, tennis court, billiards room and spa. The Nanga Mepi restaurant has views over the lake and serves traditional Malaysian cuisine. Enjoy a cocktail, or perhaps even sample the traditional rice wine at the Wong Irup Lounge.

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Accommodation

Guests rooms are located along a stretch of flat land above the lake, in buildings designed to look like traditional longhouses.The rooms have en-suite bathrooms, televisions and air-conditioning units. There are Duplex Suites which have a separate living room, offering much more space.

Facilities

Aiman Batang Ai Resort & Retreat have one restaurant called Nanga Mepi. This serves traditional Malay cuisine, including 'Jungle' BBQs, and dishes wrapped in fern or bamboo. The Wong Irup Lounge offers international and local cocktails, as well as traditional rice wine. The retreat has a swimming pool, tennis court, billiards room and spa.  

 

Activities

There is plenty to do at Aiman Batang Ai Resort & Retreat, including jungle trekking, canopy walks, fishing trips and visits to a traditional Iban Longhouse and waterfall.   

Reviews

4

Clare Barratt (Staff)

Batang Ai Longhouse is all about the setting and the destination experience rather than the hotel. The hotel is quite tired looking having not been refurbished since 1995 when it opened, so rooms and bathrooms are basic and dated as are most of the facilities fuzzy televisions, no Wi-Fi etc. But don't let this deter you. There is something very special about this place, designed as a traditional longhouse you do feel a bit like you are taken back in time. Located in the middle of nowhere, you really feel like you are getting off the beaten track. With lots of adventurous activities on offer, you can really get a taste of local life by visiting a longhouse or seeing more of the natural wonders in the form of fishing or having picnic by a waterfall. So, forget about being able to check your email and having a decent shower but instead relish the opportunity to experience some authenticity.

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Katie Kennard (Staff)

Designed to replicate the traditional Iban Longhouses, consisting of over 100 rooms stretching right along the Peninsula of the Resort. This hotel is all about the destination, only accessible by boat, surrounded by water and tropical rainforests. The pool area is incredibly relaxing, the sound of the cicadas certainly adds to the atmosphere. Although the rooms are slightly basic, it does help imagine how life would be for the locals. Batang Ai offers fantastic day trips to waterfalls, jungle trekking, fishing on the jetty and private BBQs in the jungle. I think the most memorable experience on offer is their day trip, visiting a local Ibans longhouse.

Experiences

  • Kubah National Park and Matang Wildlife Center

    Kubah National Park is only 20 kilometers from Kuching, and the park's three mountains; Gunung Serapi, Selang and Sendok can be seen clearly from the city. Spend a day exploring the park, including a visit to the Matang Wildlife Center.

  • Kuching Cycling Tour - The Kampong Ride

    Take to two wheels for a few hours to explore the traditional villages on the outskirts of Kuching, and visit colorful markets. This fun cycling tour is a great way to get a bit more off the beaten track and to see the day to day lives of the locals.

  • Kuching Food Tour

    Malaysia is a wonderfully diverse country and this is reflected in the cuisine. Spend a few hours exploring the culinary side of Kuching, learning about the importance of food in daily life, and sampling some of the different dishes on offer.

  • Longhouse Experience

    Borneo is still home to a number of indigenous tribes. Spend some time with the Iban tribe, learning about their history and way of life. Your visit will take you to the Iban longhouse, where once the whole community would have slept under one roof.

  • Longhouse Experience & Waterfall Trek

    Borneo is still home to a number of indigenous tribes. Spend some time with the Iban tribe, learning about their history and way of life. Your visit will take you to the Iban longhouse, where once the whole community would have slept under one roof.

  • Malaysian Home Cooking, Kuching

    This half day experience is a lovely way to learn about Malaysian cuisine and to gain an insight into the everyday life of local families. You will be involved in the entire culinary process from market to table.

  • Semenggok Orangutan Center

    Semenggok is home to previously injured and captive orangutans that have been rehabilitated. Due to the success of the program, there is also a chance of seeing babies. Visit the center at feeding times to try and spot the elusive 'man of the forest'.

  • Walk the 'White Rajah' Trail

    With a delightful mix of charming streets, Colonial architecture and a plethora of temples, churches and mosques, Kuching is a wonderful to city to explore on foot. Accompanied by a private guide, explore the historical alleys and soak up the atmosphere.

Vacation Ideas

  • Highlights of Borneo

    Kuching, Batang Ai, Mulu & Gaya Island

    from $2300 pp 10 nights

    • An excellent option for both couples and families, with wildlife, culture, adventure and a beautiful beach at the end
    • Spend some time with the Iban tribe at a traditional longhouse, learning about their culture and customs
    • Mulu boasts some of the most impressive scenery in Borneo, with awe-inspiring caves and dramatic limestone pinnacles

Location & directions

Batang Ai, Borneo, Malaysia

Aiman Batang Ai Resort & Retreat is located 275 km from Kuching, a 4-hour drive. It is East of the City of Kuching.

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