Royal Mulu Marriott Resort
A traditional stilted property set on the banks of the Melinau River in the heart of the Borneo jungle, the Royal Mulu Marriott Resort has been beautifully designed to replicate the ethnic Longhouses of this area and is surrounded by natural splendour.
At a Glance
The staff here are exceptional - you will find the warmth, smiles and genuine hospitality unlike anything you have experienced before
This is one of two places to stay in the area and is easily the most luxurious option
The location of the resort is very unique, it is situated amongst the jungle with a charming river running through the property
The pool area here is incredibly inviting
Watching the millions of wrinkle-lipped bats fly out of Deer Cave at dusk is an amazing spectacle!Scott Dunn team
Try the local 'tuak' rice wine at the Splash Bar - sweet and strangely addictive!Scott Dunn team
My guide Noah was absolutely amazing and so passionate about the wildlife in the Mulu region. He went out of his way to point out and explain absolutely everything to us and his English was incredible too!Victoria Hogg
Following a morning admiring the Wind and Clear Water Cave, ensure you are wearing your swimming costume, as there is a very refreshing part of the river where you can swim, before cooling off for your picnic.Katie Kennard
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Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Royal Mulu Marriott Resort or take a look at our itineraries to Borneo
Royal Mulu Marriott Resort really is a gem in the middle of nowhere. Located just minutes from the tiny airport, this resort is a welcomed surprise given its secluded location in the jungle. Having recently undergone a significant refurbishment and the management of the hotel being handed over to the Marriot group, it is modern and luxurious. And the location really is quite special too, you are staying pretty much in the jungle with a canopy of trees surrounding you and a charming small river passing through the property. Your main reason for visiting here will be to see the dramatic caves and the bats and you are likely to stay here for 1 or 2 nights.
Accommodation here is pretty straightforward, you either stay in a deluxe room or a suite. The buildings are based on the design of a local longhouse. Rooms are modern in design and spacious with your own small terrace as well. Suites are of course a bit bigger with more living space and they have a bigger outdoor terrace. Some of the rooms are a bit of a walk away from the main facilities, but they are all lined by a series of wooden walkways which is quite scenic.
The pool area here is a delight and couldn’t be more welcoming after a morning climbing thousands of steps in the caves! Surrounded with comfy sun loungers you could while away several hours here. There is also a fitness center for gym enthusiasts, a shop to stock up on things you may have forgotten or souvenirs. There is just one restaurant here – The Wildflower, but the food here is great. You can either enjoy an a la carte service in the evening or the buffet and breakfast is buffet style too. You can dine al fresco (recommended!) or stay indoors in the AC if you feel you need to stay out of the heat for a bit.
The main reason you will have come here is to see the awesome caves and the bats. There are 4 main caves in total – Deer, Lang, Clearwater and wind. The first trip will take you to see two of them (one has the longest walkway inside in the world!) followed by waiting for the bats to emerge at dusk to forage in the jungle for food. This experience really is quite something and we don’t really want to give it away so we won’t, we want you to be surprised.
The Royal Mulu Resort has 188 Rooms and Suites ranging from deluxe rooms to executive suites, crown suites and the royal suite, all of which have rich parquet flooring, air conditioning, en-suite bathrooms with hot water and spacious private verandas overlooking the Melinau River or verdant jungle.
Children are welcome at The Royal Mulu Resort and highchairs, children's menus and babysitting can be provided.
The best of local, Western and Chinese cuisine is served on the outdoor terrace at the picturesque Wildflower Restaurant. There is also a Riverside Lounge and Splash Bar for drinks. For those wanting to unwind, the Royal Mulu Spa offers massage and other treatments and there is a gym and swimming pool.
Complimentary activities at the Royal Mulu Resort include jungle treks, cave visits and long house tours. Additional activities include kayaking, rock climbing, canopy walk, biking, river safaris and quad biking.
During your stay here you can enjoy trekking to caves and then exploring them with a guide who will teach you about their formations and give you a bit of history. You can also enjoy sports such as kayaking, rock climbing, canopy walks, cycling, river safaris and quad biking. And of course, you must see the bats emerging from the cave at dusk!
Location & Directions
Royal Mulu Resort is located in Mulu in central Borneo, just bordering Brunei. The resort is only a few minutes' drive from the airport.
When to go
Like the rest of Borneo, Mulu'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.