When I came to know that there are only 2 hotel options in the Gunung Mulu National Park (except homestay and backpacker lodge), Mulu Marriott Resort and Spa was my obvious choice. I have heard of hospitality of Marriott and this was the first time I stayed in one. Though the decision was quickly made, I as still contemplating my options as the cost to stay is Marriott was twice that of Longhouse in the Mulu National Park. After all the calculations and reading endless reviews, we choose Marriott and I am happy that I did that!
We have forgotten to inform Resort about our pick up and when we landed, we were confused as what to do next. That’s when we saw the shuttle of Marriott available for free transport from Airport to Resort and also to Mulu National Park. The resort is around 15 minute drive from the airport, a single way road leading towards the resort.
Mulu Marriott Upon our arrival, fresh cucumber juice and cold towel were offered. We also got welcome from Grasshopper hopping on the desk (being in the middle of the rainforest, this was obvious). Check-in was smooth and we were given map of the resort and also the location where our rooms were. It was indeed a huge property and there are sections of rooms created. In one section (or building) around 10 rooms are there, 5 on the ground (which is not ground as the construction is like tree house) and 5 on first floor. Our rooms were on the first floor. As we started our walk towards our room, we were surrounded by nothing but greenery.
Room Quarter at Mulu Marriott
Walking towards the room, all you can see is greenery
Welcome from Grasshopper
Rooms Room was spacious, even the bathrooms were quite big with bathtub inside. We also had balcony with the view of the river and trees around. The bed was soft with endless layers of mattresses! After entering the rooms we didn’t feel like leaving but as our stay in Mulu was very short, we had to step out for visiting the park. After our visit in Mulu Park, coming to Marriott room was priceless. Best place to come after a tiring day! Also, the sweet sound of Chikada and other insects just add to the harmony of rainforest.
Spacious Room with the balcony
Soft and comfortable bed
Marriott Cafe Marriott Cafe, their all day dining restaurant had been really good. We went there for dinner and being vegetarian, we had ordered for a customised dish without egg and meat. They were gracious enough to do that for us and it tasted just perfect. Pasta was nicely cooked along with potato wedges. As our day was quite long, we had very limited dinner. The morning breakfast at the Cafe was best one I had in my entire trip. The options included from cold cuts, to fruits, to bread, to muffins, to hash brown, to cereal to what not! The breakfast standard was equivalent to what you can expect in any five star property. The only difference is that this one is in the middle of the rainforest.
All section of hotels hidden in the surrounding forest
Other Facilities The hotel has other facilities like Pool, Gym, Activity area and River Bar for evening gatherings. All at par with Marriott standard. Sadly, I couldn’t spend more time exploring these, but I did have a quick walk around and they all were state of the art technology.
View from entrance to the rooms
Overall, my experience at the resort was simply amazing. Rather, it exceeded my expectations! Location: It is a 5 minute drive away from Mulu National Park. Daily shuttle service is provided every 15 minutes from the Resort to Park and also at the Airport. Unique: Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa is break from standard big building hotels and being in the middle of a jungle, it is the best one can ask for! Room Tip: All rooms have view of forest so choose any! Don’t Miss: To enjoy your stay truly at Marriott, book your stay for a minimum two nights.
Shuttle for transfer (Not really! This was only for show, or maybe they use it when resort is full)