Mulu Marriott: an oasis in the heart of the jungle of Borneo

The UNESCO Mulu National Park is one of the highlights of any visit to Malaysia Borneo. It has an abundance of activities like caving, jungle trekking and bird watching.

The Mulu Marriott Resort and Spa is a great base to stay in the heart of it all: a luxury base after a day’s hiking through the lush humid rainforest of the National Park.

The surrounding green of the Mulu Marriott
The lush green surroundings of the Mulu Marriott

A ROOM ON WOODEN STILTS

The rooms and suites at Mulu Marriott are built on 15 foot indigenous inspired stilts, each connected by wooden walkways. Each room has its own private balcony with a view of the neighbouring wooden huts and surrounding jungle. The occasional heavy rainfall adds to the rainforest experience of Mulu:

The view from our balcony
The view from our balcony at the Mulu Marriott

The plush bedding in our hut made for a great night’s sleep, coupled with the 5 star amenities you’d expect from the Marriott brand.

Our bedroom hut at the Mulu Marriott
Our plush bedroom hut at the Mulu Marriott

The contemporary design of the bathroom featured a high pressure walk in shower and a large bathtub to relax in.

Our bathroom at the Mulu Marriott
Our bathroom in our deluxe room at the Mulu Marriott Resort

THE LOUNGE AREA AND THE RIVERBAR

The lounge area is ideal for enjoying a drink at the in-house Riverbar after a day spent trekking in the jungle. The setting is stunning: surrounded by greenery, water and wildlife.

WiFi and internet access generally in the Mulu area is almost non existent. However, free internet is available around the lounge area.

Lounge area and the Riverbar
The lounge area by the Riverfront bar

ACTIVITIES AND FACILITIES AT MULU MARRIOTT

It’s all about relaxation and serenity here. The Bali inspired Mandara Spa is on hand for massages and spa treatments and the outdoor swimming pool is a great place to chill and catch up on some reading.

Swimming pool Mulu Marriott
Stefan enjoying the swimming pool of the Mulu Marriott

The gym is one of the largest we’ve encountered in our travels and has an array of cardio vascular machines, weights machines, free weights area and swiss balls. We loved using the gym and swimming pool in the morning to open up our tummies, ready for the large buffet breakfast.

Sebastien at the Mulu Marriott gym
Sebastien working out at the gym at the Mulu Marriott

The Mulu Marriott is only 5 minutes away from the National Park and they provide a free shuttle for guests to/from the park entrance. Most people who come to stay at Mulu Marriott are here to visit the park and explore the beautiful surroundings.

The surrounding area of the Mulu Marriott
The view of the surrounding area of the Mulu Marriott Resort

The Mulu National Park has some of the biggest caves in the world. You can arrange cave activities directly with Mulu Marriott or you can also book your tours at the information center located at the entrance of the park. There is a discovery center and a few trails you can explore to learn about the Borneo rainforest.

Sebastien at the Mulu National Park
Sebastien in the heart of the rainforest at the Mulu National Park

A GRAND CAFÉ BY THE POOL

The Marriott café is where the meals are taken by guests with a choice of sitting indoors or outside by the pool. The breakfast buffet is damn good. Everything is cooked well with a variety of naughty treats to test the limits of your weight line.

Well, considering you’re going to spend the majority of the day burning it all off trekking and caving in the National Park, we say why not?

Sebastien's breakfast at the Mulu Marriott
Yes Sebastien is going to eat all of this for his breakfast…and what of it?

An excellent buffet dinner is also served at Marriott café featuring a wide variety of delicious local and international cuisine.

To book your stay at the luxurious Mulu Marriott Resort and Spa, visit Booking.com.

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Hi there! We are Stefan and Sebastien, Greek/French couple behind the travel blog Nomadic Boys. Since we met in 2009, we have been travelling all around the world together, visiting over 100 countries.

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