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Borneo

Jaw-dropping views await you from the peak of Mt Kinabalu

Borneo

Enjoy the warm tropical waters of Abdul Rahman Marine Park

Borneo

Arrive by sea kayak to your luxury island hideaway

Borneo

Discover an exotic playground brimming with lush rainforests and astonishing wildlife

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Escape to Borneo and discover an exotic playground brimming with lush rainforests and astonishing wildlife. Experience the spectacular wilderness of Borneo’s ancient forests and take in the extraordinary natural beauty of this island on river safari, from your sea kayak and on your trek to Mount Kinabalu. Indulge in our collection of secluded island hideaways and tranquil retreats.

Highlights

Dramatic sunrises from the majestic Mt Kinabalu

Rare flowers, ancient rainforests and jaw-dropping views await on your trek towards the peak of Mt Kinabalu. Savour a picture-postcard view as you indulge in a gourmet picnic lunch, then retreat to the stunning and tranquil Shangri-La Kinabalu Club for rest and relaxation.

Explore tropical archipelagos

Uncover tranquil hidden bays and white sandy beaches by kayak as you explore this stunning and ancient land at your own pace. Enjoy all the natural jewels this spectacular island has to offer by day, then unwind and relax in your personal paradise by night - from an island hideaway to an alpine-inspired lodge, every detail is handpicked by us.

Discover ancient rainforests

Soak up the ambiance and natural beauty of Borneo’s centuries old rainforests, with the sounds and colours of the island’s tropical wildlife for company. Enjoy a canopy walk and take in the breathtaking views of the wilderness below.

Spot wildlife on a river safari

Experience the serenity of gliding silently along the banks of the remote Kinabatangan River in your own private boat. Be captivated by the rich ecosystem and marvel as your local guide uncovers some of the wildlife teeming at the banks of the Kinabatangan, from graceful orangutans to a herd of pygmy elephants.

Below you will find the highlights of our suggested itinerary. A place to start your planning and to give you a flavour of the extraordinary natural, cultural and active experiences you can enjoy. All our itineraries are handcrafted together with you to create your personalised and unique private journey. The places you want to see and stay, the experiences you want to enjoy, the time you want to travel.
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Day 1

Arrival

Arrive at Kota Kinabalu International Airport where you will be greeted and privately transferred to the stunning and tranquil Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa. Enjoy a swim in the sprawling pool or indulge in a Malay massage in the spa. In the evening enjoy some of the best food in Sabah.

Day 2

Tropical archipelagos by sea kayak

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This morning you begin your sea kayak exploration of Abdul Rahman Marine Park, stopping for refreshments and some snorkelling along the way. Your destination is the luxury island hideaway of Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa where you will spend the next two nights.

Day 3

Secluded bays, jungle beaches & more

Enjoy the warm tropical waters some more as you continue to explore the islands of the Marine Park by kayak in search of another sandy beach to land on. After a gourmet lunch, you head to Gayana Eco Resort to visit the Marine Ecology Research Centre, then enjoy some of Sabah’s best seafood at Alu Alu, Gayana’s excellent over-water restaurant.

Day 4

Ancient rainforest canopy walk

Today hike in the island’s centuries old virgin rainforest, enjoy a canopy walk and take in the breathtaking views of the waters you have kayaked. Choose your pace as you kayak or take a private boat transfer back to the tropical surrounds of the Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa.

Day 5

Majestic Mount Kinabalu climb

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After transferring to Kinabalu Park headquarters, you’ll prepare to climb the highest peak in South East Asia, majestic Mount Kinabalu at 4,095 metres. Enjoy a wilderness wonderland of ancient rainforests and rare tropical flowers before arriving at Laban Rata mid-afternoon. Soak up the jaw-dropping views then enjoy dinner at Laban Rata’s restaurant.

Day 6

Sweetest of sunrises from the roof of Borneo

Rising in the early hours of the morning, you set off for the final ascent to make the summit of Mount Kinabalu for sunrise. Standing on Low’s Peak, lose yourself to the spectacular views across Borneo. After a hearty breakfast and a well-deserved rest, soak up the spectacle on your descent where your private luxury transfer is there to return you to the Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa.

Day 7

Astonishing wildlife on the Kinabatangan River

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After breakfast, you take an internal flight to Sandakan. Your first stop is the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary, established to return orphaned orangutans back to the wild. Astonishing wildlife awaits as your private boat takes you deep into the forests of the lower Kinabatangan River in search of wild orangutans and colourful hornbills before arriving at your riverside lodge.

Day 8

Orangutans, Borneo pygmy elephants & more

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Wake up to the calls of gibbons and hornbills then begin your day with a private river safari to the remote Kelenanap ox-bow lake in search of more wildlife and to experience the river’s early morning ambience. Tonight, dine on the banks of the river in the heart of this ancient rainforest.

Day 9

Ancient rainforests and local Malay markets

This morning you cruise by boat back to Sandakan. Experience the vibrant local markets and enjoy lunch in Sandakan before you head back to the Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa for one last time.

Day 10

Departure

After breakfast, your private luxury transfer returns you to Kota Kinabalu International Airport for flights home or international connections.

Luxury Accommodation

  • Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa
  • Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa
  • Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa
  • Laban Rata
  • Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge

Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa

The award-winning Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa is a stylish and tranquil retreat located on one of the best beaches in town, Tanjung Aru. Luxuriate in the exclusive surrounds of the Kinabalu Club and enjoy personalised service, all day beverages and a complimentary cocktail hour each evening. After days spent exploring Borneo’s wilderness wonderland, retreat to the perfect tropical getaway.

Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa

Enveloped by a tranquil nature reserve on Pantai Dalit Beach, Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa is as enchanting as it is luxurious. Relax with a sense of tranquility in Malaysian-themed rooms offering spectacular beach or rainforest views from a private balcony. Wake to the the sounds of waves breaking on the shore, then enjoy breakfast as the sun rises over the majestic Mount Kinabalu in the distance.

Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa

A secluded island hideaway, Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa is tucked away in a tranquil and hidden bay, with a white sandy beach on one side and centuries old jungle on the other. Stunning private villas are a haven for relaxation and the perfect base for exploring the tropical archipelago of Abdul Rahman Marine Park.

Laban Rata

Nestled close to the summit of Mount Kinabalu, Laban Rata is a cosy and eco-friendly alpine-inspired lodge. Breath in the crisp mountain air, savour the tranquility and lose yourself to the jaw-dropping views of Borneo and beyond.

Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge

On wildlife safari you stay at the Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge, Sukau. Located in the heart of the action, the lodge provides comfortable accommodation and is the perfect base for exploring the pristine river and surrounding rainforest. The ideal place to relax and unwind after seeking out the spectacular wildlife which inhabit this beautiful area.

Bar & Deck - Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa

Coco Joe's - Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa

Balcony - Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa

Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa

Pavillion - Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa

Bedroom - Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa

Beach - Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa

Sunset - Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa

Laban Rata

Laban Rata

Mount Kinabalu

Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge

Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge

Inclusions

  • A Seven Skies handpicked private guide
  • Every extraordinary detail of your journey is handpicked and road-tested
  • Handcrafted, flexible and seamless itineraries, executed flawlessly
  • Insider access through resident experts who reveal the secrets of a destination

  • Exceptional service and uncompromising attention to detail
  • On ground flexibility to accentuate your journey with impromptu experiences
  • Ultimate in luxury accomodation
  • Private luxury transfers and ground transportation

“…an exhilarating sea kayaking experience with pit-stops and accommodation of remarkable beauty and amenity.”

Dave King

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“Seven Skies fills a niche for people who want an exhilarating travel experience – mountain climbing, trekking, jungle safaris… but who also want nice food and wine and 1000-thread count sheets to sleep on.”

Wish - February 2011

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