First post of 2017!
Aiman Batang Ai Resort & Retreat used to be known as Hilton Batang Ai Longhouse Resort. It used to be a very expensive to stay, a 5-star resort occupying a 20-hectare site on the shore of a spectacular mountain lake. A four-hour drive from Kuching, the resort can be accessed via transportation offered by local tour operators or self-drive.
The last leg of the journey is by motorized boat across the lake. My first time here last year. It’s no longer under Hilton. It’s now managed by Planet Borneo Lodge Management since January 2016.
The longhouse style resort nestles in the middle of the trees. It’s approximately 20 minutes boat ride to reach the resort.
Upon reaching the resort, you will need to do a bit walking walking uphill to reach the lobby.
Left: The lobby.
Right: The swimming pool. We were so tempted to jump in, it was such a hot day. I didn’t bring my swimsuit… Too bad…
Left: The longhouse we stayed. The “tanju” (verandah) is very spacious, it’s such a pity that there’s nothing there. However, it will be a great place to gather with your friends enjoying the breeze from the lake.
Right: My room, Twin bedroom. The room is dated, well…. What do you expect from a resort located in the middle of Batang Ai National Park, can only be accessed by boat and has been around for more than 2 decades. At least it’s clean.
The different sections of the room and the view from the verandah outside the room. Such magnificent view! The lake is huge!
We went for hike in the evening with our guide. The photo here shows one of the ancient graves. This 120-year-old grave belonged to a popular Iban chief, Jamit Ngumbang. After that, we headed to the canopy walk, 130m long and 50m above the ground. It’s not that bad. Not shaky, quite secure.
After a long day, we’re so hungry! Buffet dinner was served. I forgot to include the tilapia dish. It’s a must-have when you are here. Food was not bad. Love the baked apples. Looked sweet but not that sweet. It still maintain some of the texture, not mushy at all.
By the way, WiFi is only available at the lobby.
Overall, the place is good for those looking to escape the hectic life of the city. Staying a night or two here and joining the various nature and cultural activities or have a session of spa is great to unwind. The only thing is the property is quite dated, a refurbishment is needed which will also mean it will cost you more after refurbishment. There’s always good and bad. I would day, don’t expect too much of luxury, just enjoy the nature.
Address: Batang Ai, Lubok Antu, 95900, Sarawak, Malaysia