Borneo Honeymoons


Seeing endangered orang-utans in their natural habitat is a rare and true joy, but you’ll probably know that if you’re considering a honeymoon in Borneo. You don’t need to be a nature lover to appreciate the spectacular wildlife that roams free in this country, and it’s no surprise that Borneo is one of the world’s most beautiful eco-tourism hotspots. In recent years there’s been a real boom in places to stay, too, with some excellent hotels that will appeal to newlyweds looking for a little luxury during their stay.

Borneo offers many truly unique experiences that will ensure your once-in-a-lifetime holiday is exactly that, from a stay in a tribal longhouse to an impromptu bat show at the spectacular Mulu caves, which began to form 5 million years ago. And, just in case you were wondering, there are wonderful, brilliant white-sand beaches, too, for that all-important post-wedding relaxation.  

Where to start

Many honeymooners want a bit of beach time at both the beginning and the end of their holiday. The best sands are, undoubtedly, in Sabah – start on the idyllic Lankayan Island, staying at its only resort. Then head in to the interior, perhaps to explore the Kinabatangan River basin, with its wealth of primates and birdlife, or to stay at the luxurious Borneo Rainforest Lodge for some great trekking. You can spend a few days with the Iban people in Batang Ai or explore the Mulu caves, plus there are plenty more trekking options, a multitude of wildlife and several islands to consider, depending on how energetic you’re feeling. And let’s not forget, of course, a visit to an orang-utan sanctuary.

To finish your honeymoon in style, there are water bungalows on the dive island of Mabul for scuba divers, while beach lovers will prefer one of the two superb Shangri-La hotels, close to Kota Kinabalu.

Ultimate Honeymoon Hotels

Bunga Raya Resort & Spa

Bunga Raya Resort & Spa, Gaya Island

Bunga Raya Villas

Bunga Raya Resort ticks all the ‘honeymoon’ boxes: individual private villas, a secluded idyllic setting (white sand bay, backed by rainforest), a heavenly spa and romantic dining. Add to this, superb snorkelling and a relaxed, unpretentious vibe and you’ll find it difficult to leave!

Borneo Rainforest Lodge

Borneo Rainforest Lodge, Danum Valley.

Orang-utan at Borneo Rainforst Lodge

For many of the team at Selective Asia, this luxurious jungle lodge is the ultimate honeymoon experience; after all, how many other resorts do you know that can lay claim to wild orang-utan, rhino, leopard and a private canopy walk in their back garden!?

Lankayan Island Resort

Lankayan Island Resort, Lankayan Island

Lankayan Island Beach

What's not to love about a small, rustic, tropical island hideaway 90 minutes from the mainland!?  The comfortable chalet and bungalow accommodation is located right on the white-sand beach, delicious local cuisine served in the restaurant and there's world-class diving just along the sand.

Damai Puri Resort

Damai Puri Resort, near Kuching

Dami Puri Resort, Damai Beach

One of Borneo’s finest hotels, the Damai Puri is an expansive resort with exceptional facilities. Set some time aside to relax in the Spa Village, the first of its kind in East Malaysia, with individual treatment villas.

Kapalai Sipadan Dive Resort

Kapalai Sipadan Dive Resort , Celebes Sea

Kapalai from the air

Set a south-easterly course from Semporna, passing Sipadan Island, and you should stumble upon a remarkable village standing up out of the blue! Built completely over water, the Kapalai Sipadan Dive Resort is a cluster of bungalows with nothing but turquoise water in all directions. Enjoy rustic yet luxurious accommodation, world class diving & snorkelling, and some of the best sunsets witnessed by man...or woman.

Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort

Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort, nr Kota Kinabalu.

Shangri-La Rasa Ria beach

If you’re not sold by the on-site orang-utan sanctuary, you’ll love the eco-friendly championship golf course and stylishly minimal rooms, all set in 400 acres of lush tropical gardens and rainforest. Most honeymooners, budget allowing, favour the Ocean Wing rooms with their private terrace jacuzzi.



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'Sabah is a dream destination for honeymooners. There’s the world-class beaches, of course, but also beauty around every corner, with incredible wildlife and stunning flora and fauna.'

Karl - tailor-made specialist

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You will probably not require an entry visa for your honeymoon in Borneo. We will advise you on any requirements.

We are a fully bonded ATOL tour operator and will be happy to arrange your ex-UK flights.


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Many of Borneo's hotels offer special honeymoon packages and discounts. All of these will be passed directly on to you.