written by Sophie

Living in Singapore allows us to access so many different places in Asia, and after being here for over 18 months now we have visited a lot of beaches and had weekends away which have felt like Honeymoons.  You definitely can’t get sick of this, but we wanted to go on a holiday where we did something a bit different.

Ian and I have been on health kicks recently and wanted more of an adventure, a holiday where we could relax, but also get out and do some trekking.  We read a supplement in Monocle magazine all about Sarawak, so with the hope that it was all it was promised to be, we booked flights over my birthday weekend.

All these holidays do add up, so we searched for a slightly cheaper option under ‘b&bs and inns’ on trip advisor and found The Village House.  Last year, we went for the cheaper option and were a bit disappointed so I was a bit apprehensive about what to expect (especially when we are paying £50 per night for a double room), but I was very pleasantly surprised!

The hotel itself really did feel boutique, it was a 2 minute walk from the coast (not a sunbathing type beach), 5 minutes away from a big National Park (Santubong) and 5 minutes in the other direction from a village full of very friendly Malaysians who were happy to see our white faces walking their streets!

The restaurant was also really nice, they checked every ingredient for me to make sure that there was no gluten in sight and even made us a packed lunch to take with us to Bako National Park when we did a day trip to see the Probiscious monkeys!

I would definitely recommend this hotel and area if you want to get away from it all and experience a slightly different side of Asia.  From what I saw of Borneo, it really is a very beautiful and lush place with all the jungle and extremely friendly people.

I didn’t take too many photos of the hotel, but the trip advisor is a true representation of what it was like: The Village House Review

And here is a link to the blog I did about the whole trip as we also stayed for 2 nights with a local family in the jungle (it was like a B&B in a treehouse):