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Over Aiman Batang Ai Resort & Retreat
Dit resort is zeer geschikt voor natuurliefhebbers. Het is gelegen aan de rand van een regenwoud en de omgeving biedt u dan ook allerlei prachtige natuurbeelden. Zo ligt het Batang Ai National Park op vaarafstand en de Wong Luih Waterfalls liggen op korte afstand. Bij terugkomst kunt u zich bij Nanga Mepi, het restaurant van het resort, tegoed doen aan een jungle barbecue.
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Gelegen aan de rand van een regenwoud, op ongeveer 2 uur varen van het Batang Ai National Park.
Batang Ai is een groot stuwmeer midden in de jungle van Sarawak, op ongeveer 280 kilometer van Kuching. Hier wonen traditioneel de beruchtste koppensnellers van Borneo, de Ibans. Nog steeds wonen zij in lange houten huizen op palen, die onderdak bieden aan hele dorpsgemeenschappen.
"Enjoyable Longhouse Experience"
This hotel longhouse has now been taken over, and many of the staff are from the Iban tribes in the area, so this helps them to keep living in their own longhouses in the traditional way. Many Iban have been in training for the tourists but still keep their identity. The hotel is built on the side of the lake, and you can have various canoe trips to waterfalls and longhouses. There are some challenging treks into the surrounding jungle but we did not see much in the way of wildlife.on the night walk. Great food cooked in bamboo at the longhouse and also fish by the waterfall . Good pool, towels and beds atthe hotel. Our room was very clean and the staff were very friendly and helpful. Some of the hotel does need refurbishment but nothing that really matters as far as guests are concerned. Would recommend for the experience, pleasure, and novelty.
"Character resort in the rainforest."
We stayed here for 3 nights. The resort rooms are built in the style of a traditional longhouse. We were in a duplex room with a lounge, bedroom and 2 bathrooms. The rooms are wood clad. There was plenty of space and the bed was large and comfortable. The room was clean. It was however, a bit dated. The maroon bathroom suite was reminiscent of the 1980s, as was the sliding Perspex shower screen, which had seen better days. The air-conditioning unit was also quite old and not as efficient as it may have been. However, this resort has a lot going for it. The staff are really friendly and helpful, if not always efficient (getting a drink from the bar could be difficult). The whole place has an ambience which is very relaxing. The pool area is lovely. The views across the lake are stunning. The local rainforest trails, while hard going (no boardwalks here!) are rewarding as you are in genuine rainforest and the guides are excellent. The resort is in need of attention though, there are bats and swifts nesting in the fittings, good from a wildlife point of view, but not from a hygiene perspective. Upholstery in the communal areas needs cleaning. Surface cleaning is carried out on tables on the terrace, but ledges etc. are dirty. The food and drink are reasonably priced considering the location. We realised that the quality of the food improved when there were fewer people at the resort, some of our meals were excellent. In summary, this is a great resort if you want a comfortable stay in the rainforest. If you expect city-type luxury hotel accommodation, you will be disappointed. But we loved it!
We had a great time staying at this resort. The boat ride to the hotel was great and seeing the long houses was a great experience. We tried the blow dart and almost got a bullseye! Dinners were great. We also had an amazing massage. Loved the place. Would definitely come back.
"Lovely nature, Culture, Food"
Location - Amazing site in the heart of the jungle. Serene place to recharge. Culture - Rooms are styled like Iban longhouses. Iban motifs are everywhere in the hotel. Tour to experience a real Iban longhouse is available. Nature - Canopy walk and educational jungle trek is just behind hotel. If u go for the Wong Irup waterfalls tour, choose the pansuh (food steamed in bamboo) option and hotel staff will prepare food right next to the waterfalls (highlight!). Can request boat ride to stop by sunken forest for photos. Our lady guide was v knowledgeable. Food - Good. The serving size is good too. Rooms - Clean/comfortable and decorated with Iban motifs. The decor may be a bit dated but it adds to the rustic charm of staying in an Iban longhouse styled hotel. Service - The hotel hires local English speaking Ibans. Friendly staff. The management told us that they are training them during this transition from Hilton. Community - what the hotel doesn't brag (and it should) is that it's giving back to the local community by hiring local Iban staff, buying local fish/products, paying fees for long boat rentals, long house visit and waterfalls visit. Overall - Would recommend this as a short getaway if you visit Sarawak.
"Impressive scenery, nature and culture"
It is a long drive coming from Kuching, but it is worth a visit. The hotel is a bit old and you can see they have some difficulties keeping the standards as high as during the Hilton era, but it is still worth to go and stay at Aiman Batang Ai. Especially to visit the long house. Seeing how these people live their lives. Dancing and eating with them. It was very interesting and a wonderful experience. Also swimming in the waterfall was nice. They should however refuse people coming in with food and cooking material, sleeping with too many people in the same room. This will run the place down very quickly and will not bring in the money they need to maintain the place. Also i think they should ask people not to swim in the pool with their normal clothes (even underwear). Swimsuits are far more hygienic. Bring mosquito repellent!
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