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Paganakan Dii Tropical Retreat

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8.9
  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Excellent Cleanliness
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Property Description

Paganakan Dii means The Family in indigenous Kadazan-Dusun tongue and the retreat is conceived to welcome guests in familial hospitality. Designed in a contemporary interpretation of traditional stilts houses, it seeks to become the gateway to an unforgettable discovery of Sabahs rainforest; its flora and fauna, and a meeting point of people who value our planets eco-treasures.

Our true tropical retreat consists of air-ventilated longhouses constructed with walls made of a fine mesh which allow all-round visibility and air-circulation. The duplex chalets consist of walls which open in their entirety to the trees surrounding you and are designed with open-air bathrooms to fully embrace Natures liberty.

With a multi-tiered communal pavilion built on a forested hillside and a multi-purpose hall offering amazing panoramic views reaching over 10km to complete the retreat, you truly feel enveloped by a tangible sense of Nature. View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 9.1

  • Security 9.1

  • Location 9.4

  • Staff 9.4

  • Atmosphere 8.6

  • Cleanliness 8.6

  • Facilities 8.0


Latest Reviews

  • 10.0

    Superb

    20 Apr 2019
    This place is amazing! It's out in a little patch of jungle and is super chill. Our private room had an open shower looking our over the rainforest and a deck to catch the afternoon rays. The staff are really nice and the free shuttle to the orangutans and sun bears is ideal. There are no shops close by but they cook lunch and dinner which is really well priced and delicious. The Grab out here was cheap and I would 100% stay here over in the centre of Sandakan!
    New Zealand, Couple, 25-30
  • 9.7

    Superb

    10 Mar 2019
    Amazing place to stay. Dorms on stilts above ground. Beds have mosquito nets. Given a towel and breakfast included. Meals were really nice. Shuttles run regularly and staff are very helpful in getting you to places. I arrived at 9pm and they sent a car to pick me up from the bus stop and kept the kitchen open late for me to eat! I had to go to the hospital while there and staff were very helpful finding out on the phone if the clinics had what I needed and then arranged transport for me.
    England, Female, 18-24
  • 9.4

    Superb

    20 Aug 2017
    Great spot and highly recommended to get away from it, without being too far from the main interest spots. Lovely people and should have stayed longer.
    New Zealand, Male, 41+
  • 9.4

    Superb

    12 May 2017
    A great place to relax among nature. Not too busy around May but can find an interesting conversation in the common area/dining area if you want one. Staff are great and the accommodation is simple but beautifully designed and functional. No Wifi but 3G/4G. If you're keen to sit on your phones it's probably not the best place for you anyway- you'll waste the view. Highly recommend.
    Australia, Male, 25-30
  • 9.1

    Superb

    25 Sep 2019
    A very beautiful place in the jungle the photos don’t do it justice! It is very much in the wild keep in mind if you don’t like bugs and the occasional lizard this might not be for you,the food is AMAZING so yummy and served pretty much all day and really cheap! There’s a really good free bus service to all the attractions super friendly staff and they can offer really great activity’s too we went on the firefly mangrove cruise and loved it! Would highly recommend and will be returning.
    England, All Female Group, 18-24
  • 9.1

    Superb

    22 Jun 2019
    Peaceful and relaxing. Great staff, friendly and knowledgeable on the area/things to do. Stayed in a private. Loved it. Comfortable bed, all with mossie nets. While they say outdoor shower / balcony both with view, it's just dense trees, so don't expect to be showering overlooking an idyllic valley. There's nothing to do there, simply your place to crash, eat and head out for the day. They've a 9am free shuttle to Sepilok, and a 2pm & 4pm back. Rest and recharge.
    Australia, Female, 41+
  • 8.9

    Fabulous

    28 Jun 2018
    The resort was good and appropriate for Borneo with free transfer to the Sepilok rehabilitation centres. Only negative point was the Fireflies trip which they promoted, it was not good value.
    England, Couple, 41+
  • 8.3

    Fabulous

    18 Oct 2019
    In the middle of nowhere, dorm room is nice but v v hot at night. Shared facilities are clean enough. We upgraded to a private room on our last night with aircon and a nice view and enjoyed the luxury of our ensuite facilities. Food on site was good. Staff friendly. Didnt do any of the other tours advertised. Heard from other travellers that the firefly tour was disappointing but we didnt do this ourselves. Free shuttle to orangutan sanctuary
    England, Couple, 25-30
  • 8.3

    Fabulous

    10 May 2019
    They arranged a free transfer from the sepilok roundabout even at late hours! There was also a free shuttlebus to the sepilok rehabilitation centre. It took around 10mins to get there. Keep in mind that they only organize two free shuttles at 2pm and 4pm from the rehabilitation centre back to the retreat. Otherwise you need to pay, which we did not know. Our dorm was fine but the electricity did not work. Free breakfast was nice. Toast, scrambled eggs, fruits and sausage. Nice communal area!
    Switzerland, Female, 18-24
  • 6.3

    Good

    28 May 2019
    There was no kitchen or area to make your own food which is a bit of a downside. Some of the staff were very friendly while others seemed very rude. This is definitely geared more towards people looking for a retreat style lodging and not those just looking for a hostel to sleep in.
    USA, Female, 18-24
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Facilities

Free
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Parking
  • Linen Included
General
  • Air Conditioning
  • BBQ
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Card Phones
  • Common Room
Services
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Late check-out
  • Luggage Storage
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
Food & Drink
  • Restaurant


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