Borneo Eagle Resort takes Flight

Soft launched in April, the resort is now ramping up for guests, as Signature Media's Hilary Doling discovered.

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The newly opened Borneo Eagle Resort offers some of the largest luxury bures in Borneo. Situated on the island of Pulau Tiga off the west coast of Sabah, this custom designed resort is a boutique getaway with only 13 expansive villas set on a white sand beach, lapped by the clear blue waters of a marine reserve on one side and fringed by jungle on the other.

The island is home to macaques, monitor lizards, hornbills and the white-bellied sea eagles that give the resort its name. It was this beautiful natural environment that attracted the CBS TV Network to choose the island as the main location for its inaugural episode of the popular Survivor reality TV program, (dubbing it Survivor Island) and 18 years on very little has changed, except of course the level of luxury on offer. One and a half hours by boat from Kota Kinabalu, (helicopter transfers can be organised) the resort is set in an environment that remains pristine and unspoiled.

Accommodation

The one-bedroom oceanfront villas range from 563-square-metres to 944-square-metre. Each secluded villa sits on spacious grounds with a separate living/dining room and master bedroom. The lead-in Pool Villas have the largest pools, fashioned to look as if they have been hewn out of natural rock. Coral villas offer more space and Spa Villas have private individual spa treatment rooms. All offer exceptional views of the South China Sea.

All the villas have a large outdoor deck with sun chairs and sunshine yellow day beds. Inside expect 42-inch flat panel TVs with satellite channels, an iPod docking station, Wi-Fi, sound system, Espresso machine and mini bar. The large bathrooms with double sinks also have a rain shower and custom toiletries. Little extras such as a yoga mat, cotton robes and slippers are also supplied.

Dining

Designed to look like an eagle in flight the ‘wings’ of the main lodge shelter a bar, dining room and the main reception area. In-villa dining and meals prepared in the outdoor kitchen by the large main pool are also offered. The Resort has a farm-to-table philosophy, using the best of organically grown and local produce. Featured on the menu are organic fish and vegetables from the owner’s farms on the mainland of Sabah.

Activities

Borneo Eagle Resort offers a range of activities catering to guests who seek adventure; snorkelling around coral reefs situated just off the beach, scuba diving, boat trips to nearby deserted islands, jungle trekking to volcanic mud pools, private tours and bird watching. Alternatively guests can simply relax on the wide villa decks or indulge with in-villa spa treatments.

The new resort is the crowning glory of the newly branded Echo Resorts run by a Sabahan family which also owns Bungaraya Island Resort and Gayana Marine Resort. Also under the Echo brand is local adventure touring company Echo Adventures and an impressive Marine Ecology Research Centre.

Rates have been discounted up to 50% until 30 November 2018. Pool Villas from MYR3500 a night for two, including breakfast, dinner, transfers and massages.

Echoresorts.com

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