A Romantic Hideaway at the Tip of Borneo
A Romantic Hideaway at the Tip of Borneo
Hotel Location: Hibiscus Beach Retreat is a collection of two one bed chalets, one called Clifftop and the other called Treetop, situated at the Tip of Borneo in Kudat, the most northerly village in Borneo and just a 10 minute drive to the Tip of Borneo.
If you are visiting the Tip of Borneo and are wondering where to stay, you should check out Hibiscus Beach Retreat. We stayed in Treetops, a one bed chalet (with a day bed and pull out bed so it can accommodate up to four people) in the most stunning location. Our taxi dropped us off at the bottom of a small pathway into the jungle vegetation. I could hardly fathom that there was accommodation just a three minute ‘trek’ away. But there was… nestled within the lush green jungle with the music of the wildlife mixed with the roar of crashing waves (we couldn’t see the sea at this stage but we could hear it). It’s a three minute walk to its own white sand private beach, shared only with the other accommodation.
Room: Treetops is a chalet comprised of one large room with a double bed (with mosquito net), a daybed and a roll out extra bed. It has a tiny kitchen with a fridge, toaster and kettle and an equally tiny but modern bathroom with a shower, loo and sink. The chalet has a decent sized balcony with two sun loungers and a table with four chairs.
Treetops is not marketed as being child friendly – and it’s not really (although we managed just fine). The three-minute trek was a little tricky for my two pre-schoolers and the chalet itself is at the top of some steep steps. The balcony railings are not designed to be child friendly and could prove too tempting for little people to climb and swing on which would be extremely dangerous as the chalet is built on stilts and there is quite a drop to the ground.
I found the accommodation to be really romantic in style. The interiors are cosy but stylish. I love the idea of opening up all the bifold doors and sleeping in the jungle and sea ‘open air’ with the use of the mosquito net provided.
Service: We were met by Jettol, the maintenance manager who speaks excellent English and was hugely helpful throughout our stay. He ensured we had everything we needed. He pre-supplied the kitchen with our continental breakfast for the next morning and he arranged a takeaway for us from a local restaurant. He also arranged for a member of his staff to take us to the Tip of Borneo the next morning as we didn’t have our own transport. This was at a small fee a fraction of the price of a taxi.
Food: Jettol had pre-stocked the kitchen with our continental breakfast the night before. We had orange juice, toast, fresh fruit (papaya, melon and watermelon), cornflakes and milk. There is also a coffee machine.
Facilities: The chalet is really well thought out, with a selection of books (English) and board games for quiet evenings enjoying the surroundings (please note there is no phone service in either of the Hibiscus Beach Retreat chalets). There is also a TV which has a huge number of English films and a good selection of English kids TV programmes and films too.
The chalet comes with its own private beach near the Tip of Borneo which is stunning. Please be aware though that sandflies are commonplace along the coast in Borneo. Come prepared with repellent but it also means that the beach is probably not so suitable for sunbathing and more for water activities.
Hibiscus Beach Retreat also supplies kayaks and stand up paddle boards free of charge. We wanted to give paddle boarding a go but sadly the sea was a bit too choppy for us. Next time! Mountain bikes are also available to hire for a small cost.
Mummy on the Run Recommendation Rating: 8/10. A gorgeous hideaway in a stunning jungle location. Treetop is not particularly suitable for young children – we were fine but had to be on alert. I wouldn’t recommend it for parents with children of a kamikaze nature (they should try Clifftop instead which is more suitable).
I would love to return here, stay for longer, explore more around the Tip of Borneo and enjoy the romantic setting with just my husband for company.