Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa
Mulu, Borneo, Malaysia
At a Glance
The Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa is one of the more polished Borneo rainforest properties, with some of the best facilities
The resort is only a short drive or boat ride from Gunung Mulu National Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
There is an inviting swimming pool, perfect for a refreshing dip after trekking in the rainforest
The resort is in a beautiful setting, perched on the banks of the Melinau River, surrounded by rainforest
The layout of the property is inspired by traditional tribal longhouses, with all the buildings elevated on stilts
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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.
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Tucked away in the rainforest, the Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa is a hidden gem in the wilds of Sarawak, Borneo. On the doorstep of UNESCO World Heritage Site, Gunung Mulu National Park, the resort is an ideal base for exploring the area's natural wonders.
Given its remote location, the level of comfort and high standard of facilities at the Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa are a welcome surprise. Whilst the resort is modern, the design is in keeping with the property's natural surroundings. Located on the scenic banks of the Melinau River, the resort layout is inspired by the area's traditional tribal longhouses, with the buildings raised up on stilts, connected by wooden walkways.
There are 101 rooms and suites, offering plenty of space and contemporary decor. All of the rooms have air-conditioning, private balconies and large en-suite bathrooms with a separate bathtub and shower. The rooms feature lots of Belian, a native dark hardwood, and the furnishings are locally-crafted.
The resort has a nice pool, perfect for a refreshing dip after trekking in the park. There is also a well-equipped gym, and a yoga studio. The Madara Spa is a peaceful haven, offering a range of natural treatments.
There are two restaurants to choose from. The Marriott Café has indoor and outdoor seating by the pool, serving international and local cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The River Bar offers signature cocktails and international dishes for lunch and dinner.
The Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa has 101 rooms and suites, all of which have private balconies facing either the rainforest or the river. The air-conditioned rooms and suites are spacious and have large en-suite bathrooms which feature a separate bathtub and shower. All of the rooms also feature modern amenities such as a LCD TV and minibar. The decor is modern, but features native hardwood and locally-crafted furnishings.
Children are welcome at The Royal Mulu Resort and highchairs, children's menus and babysitting can be provided.
The resort has two restaurants; The Marriott Café and River Bar, both of which serve a range of international and local dishes. There is a nice pool which has sunloungers around the deck, and a relaxing spa which offers a range of natural treatments.
The main purpose of a stay the Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa is to explore the awe-inspiring Gunung Mulu National Park, which is reached by only a five-minute drive or short boat ride. Within the park you will find incredible cave networks and dramatic limestone pinnacles. There is also an amazing opportunity to see millions of bats emerging from the caves each evening. When you are not having adventures in the park, the resort also offers bicycle rental, boat trips, night walks, waterfall visits and fly-fishing.
Clare Barratt (Staff)
Really quite a surprise for a property located in the middle of the jungle. I would say this has the wow factor! You land pretty much in the jungle and then it is just a few minutes' drive to the resort so you really are staying in the jungle but in a very luxurious hotel so you get the rare best of both being off the beaten track and being without creature comforts. The property has recently undergone a significant refurbishment and will soon be run by the Marriot group. Rooms are modern and up to date, facilities are great, the pool area is particularly inviting after a jungle trek and exploring the caves! Some of the rooms are located a bit of a walk away from the main facility but the boardwalks create easy access to them.
Katie Kennard (Staff)
As you descend into Mulu by plane, you can't even imagine how there could be a hotel here or any form of civilisation whatsoever. However, just a ten minute drive from the airport, you approach this hidden gem, located over a rickety bridge. The hotel has recently had a total refurbishment; the pool has a stunning water feature and a very relaxing feel to it. You really will feel on holiday, whether by the bar or relaxing by the pool. The whole property is on stilts to protect it from the river below as the water level rises during the rains, this just adds to the authenticity of the experience.
Olivia Smith (Staff)
The Royal Mulu Resort is set in the heart of the jungle, accessed only by air. The area is famous for its incredible cave systems, some of the biggest in the world and home to millions of bats. Designed in the style of ethnic longhouses, Royal Mulu Resort was built on wooden stilts, three metres above the ground. Linked by a series of wooden walkways, the Resort stands on the banks of the Melinau River and has the most incredible jungle outlook.
The Cave systems are the real spectacle here, with the Clearwater Cave believed to be the largest cave in the world by volume. A visit to these caves is an absolute must, particularly your evening visit to Deer Cave to watch the nightly exodus of millions of wrinkle-lipped bats. The bird life in the area is simply stunning, with eight species of Hornbill being found in the area. If you are incredibly lucky, you might even spot the tiny and elusive Malaysian Sun Bear!
Canopy Walk - Mulu National Park
Your experience will begin with a 2.2 kilometre trek though Mulu National Park along a boardwalk. You will then venture up into the tree canopy, where you can stroll along the world's longest tree-based walkway!
Lang & Deer Caves - Mulu National Park
Your trip to the Lang and Deer caves starts with a 45-minute walk along a plank pathway, passing through lush forest and along riverbanks. The caves are adjacent to one another, both offering impressive interiors well worth some exploration.
Wind & Clearwater Caves - Mulu National Park
Start the trip with an exciting 30-40 minute boat ride through the rainforest. Before reaching the caves, make a quick stop at one of the Penen tribe's settlements, to learn about their history and way of life. There is also a small handicraft market.
Highlights of Sarawak and Langkawi
Kuala Lumpur, Kuching, Mulu & Langkawi
from £4600 pp inc flights & transfers for 13 nights
- Finish the trip on the island of Langkawi, where jungle clad interiors are complimented by white-sand beaches.
- Spend a couple of days in Kuching, where there are plenty of activities and excursions to choose from, including national parks or foodie tours
- Take in the dramatic scenery of Mulu National Park, and venture into the incredible caves
Location & directions
Mulu, Borneo, Malaysia
Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa is located in Mulu in central Borneo, just bordering Brunei. The resort is only a few minutes' drive from the airport.
How to get there
13-hour international flight to Kuala Lumpur, followed by a 2-hour 45-minute flight to Kota Kinabulu or Kuching and then a 1-hour flight to Mulu. However, it will likely be part of a longer itinerary so all these flights won't be done in one go.
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