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Amid lush grounds on the shores of the South China Sea, Bunga Raya Resort & Spa is everything and more when you picture when considering Borneo. Surrounded by nature, this is a jungle-meets-beach retreat.
Bunga Raya hosts a different experience for each guest, with a choice of 48 villas, multi-bedroom suites and even a tree house for those wanting the utmost privacy and something a little different. Each is named after a different species of hibiscus flower found in the grounds, some boasting large wrap-around balconies, some revealing private plunge pools or outdoor Jacuzzis, but all constructed in the same traditional Bornean timber architecture. Opt for the Royal Villa for whatever it is that's a cut - or ten - above luxury. Be spoiled with your own butler, chef, housekeeper, BBQ pit, not just one but two plunge pools and, as if that wasn't enough, your very own private beach.
Guests can choose to dine at the laid-back oceanfront Pantai Grill or contemporary chic open-sided restaurant, The Koi, both offering fresh local dishes that will make this experience impossible to replicate. For something more intimate, enjoy your personal tailor-made menu beneath a specially decorated beach pavilion, coupled with wines expertly paired from the hotel's extensive Wine Cave.
Whether trekking through butterfly-clad jungles, soaking up the beauty of the mangroves, or kayaking on or scuba diving beneath the emerald waters, you'll find that this spot of the world never fails to entertain. Back at the resort going to the gym may not be high on your Borneo holiday bucket list - but this one might just be, set in a timber structure amid the hibiscus trees. The infinity pool too is likely to draw you in, as will the Solace Spa, accessible by suspension bridge, surrounded by the cacophony of the jungle.
Why we love it
Bunga Raya makes the most of the surrounding natural beauty and has those extra details that make a trip one of a lifetime.
Beki, Original Traveller