- 14 January 2020 -
Nestled serenely on the island of Pulau Tiga 2.5 hours away by land and sea
from Sabah's capital of Kota Kinabalu lies the plush Borneo Eagle Resort -- a cluster
of 13 luxury contemporary villas opened in April 2018. The 21-acre verdant
enclave is situated in the Kimanis Bay within walking distance of the first
Survivor filming series site in 2000. The Resort faces the Crocker Range in the
horizon with views of the majestic Mt Kinabalu across the South China Sea.
Aerial view of Borneo Eagle Resort with the jetty
Borneo Eagle Resort is the only luxury
resort on the island set against a backdrop of lush virgin jungle. Its main
building design is inspired by the wingspan of the sea eagles inhabiting the
island. The Resort is a stunning, ecological landscape of flourishing flora and
fauna including 148 coconut trees. Bee hives are introduced to encourage cross
pollination. Proboscis monkeys, monitor lizards, snakes and hornbills are some
of the wildlife spotted while marine life abounds with a diverse array such as
the clownfish, puffer fish, sea turtle and the occasional whale shark.
architect Karim Hussein from Arkitek A Karim Hussein was tasked with ensuring
that the Resort integrated well with the natural environment, uncompromised in
its design and construction. All 13 spacious sea facing villas with their own
courtyards are categorized according to three types: Pool (171 sq m), Coral
(261 sq m) and Spa (288 sq m)
Each villa provides super king-sized beds
matched with comfortable pillow-top mattresses, premium bedding and linen. A well-stocked mini bar, water
pitchers, complimentary aluminium water canisters, teas, a Nespresso Machine, in-room
safe, alarm clock with Bluetooth and USB connectivity, portable MyFi, wireless
internet, 55" flat screen TVs and Bose home theatre systems ensure guests are
not lacking in comfort. The bathrooms are equipped with oversized mirrors, rain
shower and toiletries sourced locally from natural ingredients. Digital wall
panels control the lighting according to three moods: dinner, romance and
evening. Guests wake up to sunrise unveiled by a remote control device.
Artworks reflect the surrounding coral reefs and palm trees while lounge areas
are fitted with elegant furniture and contemporary artworks including wood from
the resort grounds transformed into artful pieces.
Guests can choose to dine or do yoga at the
cheery patios with their own deck beds, outdoor shower and individual plunge
pools or indulge in spa treatments in the privacy of their own villas. A Personal Service Ambassador is assigned to
each villa. To ensure that guests get the most of their stay, questionnaires
are emailed to them, prior to their arrival, to indicate their dietary
preferences and choice of leisure activities, and if they are celebrating a
The open-air Eagles Nest restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and
dinner with a fine balance of Bornean and western dishes. The menus are based
on the farm-to-table concept with seasonal ingredients and produce sourced from
farms in the owning group. Complimentary
evening cocktails are served at the Landing Bar. Room service or a gazebo
styled picnic can also be arranged at scenic spots on the island.
A short canopy walk away is the
multi-purpose room, ideal for a board meeting for eight or a private dinner,
and a rooftop area for small events. The Sand Bar by the pool offers
refreshments and lunch.
The nearby jungle managed by Sabah Parks provides ample guided
trekking opportunities including trails to volcanic mud mounts and pools known
for its therapeutic properties. The waters around the Island are ideal for
diving, snorkelling, fishing, hobbie wave and kayaking. The Resort's fitness
centre is housed next to a massive infinity pool with an area of 900 sq. m.
Villa rates range from USD1,200 to
2,000 inclusive of full board/activities and transfers from the city to the
Social and Environmental Responsibility
Echo Resorts, the owning company of Borneo
Eagle Resort and its sister properties, Bunga Raya Island Resort and Gayana
Marine Resort, takes a serious view towards the community and the environment. The group has embraced several initiatives
such as the establishment of Green-Os (organic vegetable farm) and Borneo Eco
Fish Farm by Bayu
Aquaculture Sdn (aquaculture)
based on the core principles of natural cultivation and sustainability using
good farming practices without pesticides. The Marine Ecology Research Centre,
adjacent to Gayana Marine Resort, was built to focus on reef regeneration
efforts and giant clam propagation.
Gillian Tan, Owner Representative,
explained, "We are not another luxury resort. We are a family company sharing
our home and providing unforgettable experiences. We lead by example creating
better relationships, involving our community and preserving the environment we
live in. Borneo Eagle Resort is a clear testament of our mission."
About Borneo Eagle Resort
Opened in April
2018, Borneo Eagle Resort is located in the Kimanis Bay on Pulau Tiga, a
30-minute ferry ride from Kuala Penyu
accessible by a two-hour land transfer from the Kota Kinabalu
International Airport or by a short helicopter ride. Borneo Eagle Resort showcases
13 villas, three food & beverage outlets, room service, a swimming pool, in-room
spa treatments, a multi-purpose function room/rooftop and a vast range of recreational
pursuits on land and sea.
About Echo Resorts
ECHO is the acronym for Ecology, Culture, Hospitality and Ownership.
The brand logo is represented by a tree of life, which symbolizes harmony with
nature, our people, traditional culture and values. Formed in 2007, Echo
Resorts is a family owned and run business driven by strong family values with
interests ranging from hospitality, environmental conservation and wellness.
Its first acquisition was the Gayana Marine Resort on Gaya Island off the Sabah
coast in East Malaysia in 2007, followed by the Bunga Raya Island Resort in
2009 and Borneo Eagle Resort in 2018. The group also comprises the Green-Os
(organic vegetable farm), Borneo Eco Fish Farm by Bayu Aquaculture Sdn, the Marine Ecology Research Centre; and the Bukit Harapan Home for
disabled/autistic children and single mothers. Echo Resorts also owns Le Meridien
Kota Kinabalu, Bespoke Hotel, Alu Alu Kitchen, Echo Adventures, Swiss Wellness
Centre, Klinik Gayana and Gayana Pharma.