Luxurious comfort and the wilderness rarely collide with each other. But at Belum Rainforest Resort, it happens. This resort is located on the lake island of Pulau Banding in Gerik, Perak, known as the gateway to the Belum-Temenggor Forest Complex that includes the 130-million-year-old virgin jungles of the Royal Belum State Park.
With a total area of nearly 300,000 hectares, the vast forest complex is four times the size of Singapore, large enough to be home to 14 of the world’s most endangered mammals like the Malayan tiger, Sumatran rhinoceros and Asian elephant. There are also over 3,000 flowering plant species, including three species of Rafflesia, the world’s largest single flower. Despite its exceptional biodiversity, the forest complex receives only a fraction of visitors compared to popular eco-tourism destinations in Malaysia like Taman Negara or Kinabalu, thereby providing a more intimate experience of an old-growth rainforest and greater chances of spotting animals in their natural habitat.
The resort has facilities to cater for business functions such as meetings and seminars, all fully equipped with Wi-Fi connectivity, overhead projectors and LCD screens. The tranquil atmosphere is conducive for conducting planning, brainstorming or teambuilding sessions, far away from the chaos and distractions of the city.
This child-friendly eco-resort has 10 accommodation types to choose from; each promising an unforgettable stay experience for guests.
Azlanii (Superior) & Balau (Deluxe)
The Azlanii and Balau rooms suit nature lovers best. The wooden finishing of the rooms gives warmth and comforting feeling as soon as you step in. Word of caution: there is no television in the room, but we promise you won’t miss it.
Simple, spacious and elegant, the Chengal Garden and Lake View rooms have modern minimalist concept. The lake-view rooms have an interesting floor plan whereas the bedroom and bathroom share one continuous space but can be separated by sliding wooden panels. The garden-view units feature bathtubs on the outdoor porch facing nothing but lush greenery. Curtains may be drawn for added privacy.
Tualang (1 bedroom), Pulai (2 bedroom), Meranti (3 bedroom) Chalets
The chalets are built like kampung houses, with fixtures and finishing that would instantly remind you of your grandparents’ classic home. Fantastic for family stays.
Villa Santubong and Villa Tanjung Wan
For the ultimate luxurious getaway, the resort offers two private villas complete with 24-hour butler service. The 3-bedroom Vila Santubong is able to house up to 6 people, whereas Villa Tanjung Wan could accommodate up to 18 people in its 7 bedrooms. Both villas have its own private pool, and come equipped with everything you would expect in a luxurious villa.
Live on the water amidst majestic nature! This “floating hotel” is able to sleep 16 people comfortably at one time.
Do opt for the all-inclusive package when you stay here since dining out could be a hassle because the nearest town is quite a drive away. Choose to dine at the SiDai Café or the Hornbill Restaurant. The all-day menu in both establishments may offer a modest selection of Asian and Western fare but every choice is hearty and delicious! The mini bar is also included in the package as well.
With nature right on your doorstep, you will be spoilt for choice on the things to do at Belum Rainforest Resort. Ask the activities desk for excursions beyond the resort.
Take a stroll around the resort to enjoy the manicured landscape and do not miss catching the sunset on the roof top deck. Discover its herbal garden with over 50 plant species used for ornamental, culinary and medicinal purposes.
The resort offers water-based activities for guests to enjoy the serenity of the lake and the surrounding forests, such as kayaking, bamboo rafting and angling.
Take a dip in the infinity pool overviewing the lake. Or for the ultimate rejuvenation, why not visit Puteri Dewi Spa for that much needed pampering session.
Latest attraction on the resort is the Kelulut (stingless) Bee Farm, where you get to observe the stingless bees in action and learn the process of honey production. There are many species of bees here, each producing different-tasting honey. The honey harvested from the farm are for sale.
In short, Belum Rainforest Resort would be the perfect hideaway for those looking for some peace and quiet amidst the combination of modern luxury, tranquility and majestic 130 million-year-old nature.
Belum Rainforest Resort
33200 Gerik, Perak
T: +6 05 791 6800
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