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.