The Premiere Deluxe room at Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa
The Premiere Deluxe room at Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa

We were riding a modified pick-up truck to take us to our home in Gunung Mulu National Park, the Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa. The painted sceneries of caves, forest, hornbills and more wrapping the truck got me excited on the things we may experience during our stay in this UNESCO world heritage inscribed site. It’s not easy going to this part of Sarawak, Malaysia. On air, only MASwings flies direct from either Kuching or Miri. The long arduous way is by road, boat and a little hike. And what better way to compliment a stay in this nature reserve? Be amidst Borneo’s rainforest.

Airy and welcoming lobby/reception
Airy and welcoming lobby/reception

Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa

As soon as our truck rolled-in reverse along the a narrow metal bridge over Melinau river, I knew we were into some place special. The 101-room Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa is the first rainforest resort in the Asia Pacific. Acquired from the 20-year old Royal Mulu Resort before, Marriott placed its stamp of quality and elegance but kept the best of what the former resort was known for. Being eco-friendly, embraced by nature and design inspired by the local culture.

Plank walkways connecting accommodation blocks and facilities
Plank walkways connecting accommodation blocks and facilities

Surrounded by Trees

Aside from being embraced by the clear waters of Melinau River which also serves as a local thoroughfare, Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa is surrounded by trees. The whole resort is elevated with connecting plank walkways to lessen the impact on the forest. The walkways connects the main facilities and the accommodations grouped in blocks. Some blocks have both the view of the river and the forest or only the trees.

I felt at home being comfortable in the mountains. I enjoy hearing the natural sound of the birds (and seeing some of them too), the gentle rustle of the leaves brushed by the winds. And sometimes delighted to see a few common squirrels scuttling along tree branches. I sometimes make sure to walk carefully not to disturb some insects like an almost unrecognisable stick insect by our doorsteps.

My bed
My bed

Cool and Cozy Rooms

The whole resort design is inspired by the longhouses of native tribes. We had a Premier Double Room just near the main common areas. It was a huge 49 square meter room with wooden floors, comfortable chairs, two double beds with a generous number of pillows, a large cable TV, personal fridge, a Nespresso machine, a see-through toilet with tub and our very own private balcony overlooking the river.

Enjoying the quiet at our private balcony
Enjoying the quiet at our private balcony

While the floor may squeak often times, it was a really comfortable and elegant room. I find myself often staying at the private balcony basking in the tranquility whether meditating, reading a book, or simply having a cup of coffee.

15-meter lap pool
15-meter lap pool

Top Notch Facilities

Coming to Mulu, I did notice how weak the cellular signal here is. There was no data on my network so it’s commendable that the resort have a “working”wifi in the common areas. Not that speedy, but enough to connect and check emails when necessary. Common areas are the River Lounge and Bar area, the lobby and the pool area with a 15-meter long lap pool.

Lovely yoga space here
Lovely yoga space here

They also have a cute and good looking yoga room by the cafe. Rates are quite steep though at RM 75 per class so I just contented on doing self practice in the area. They also have a full fledged spa and a fully equipped gym. Both are close to each other and have a relaxing rainforest view.

Inside M Cafe
Inside M Cafe

M Cafe

The M Cafe is the lone dining area at the resort. It’s beside the pool and has both an al fresco and dining area. Breakfast are served here. Dinner depends on the number of people. When plenty of guest, they have a buffet. When just a few, orders are by ala carte.

Fried Mee Kolo
Fried Mee Kolo

Food in general had been very good. Coffee had been consistently exceptional. I enjoyed the local fares more like the fried mee kolo, umai, laksa and the rendang. American/European fares, pastries and desserts have room to improve though.

Soothing view at the gym free weights area
Soothing view at the gym free weights area

Forest Luxury

Service had been very good too. Staff were approachable and helpful. And the resort had free shuttle service to the national park, making the Gunung Mulu experience seamless. After a day of adventure, Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa just have the right pampering in mind for its guest.

Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa (Book Online)
Sungai Melinau, 98008 Mulu, Sarawak, Malaysia

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River lounge area where internet access is available
River lounge area where internet access is available
Another view of the room
Another view of the room
Pool area
Pool area
Cardio machines at the gym
Cardio machines at the gym
The yoga studio
The yoga studio
My yoga practice
My yoga practice
M Cafe Umai
M Cafe Umai
Nasi Lemak at M Cafe
Nasi Lemak at M Cafe
M Cafe burger
M Cafe burger
Beef Rendang
Beef Rendang

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