Luxury Borneo Family Explorer
An easy & exceptional family adventure of Borneo’s blissful beaches and the exciting wildlife of the Danum Valley, followed by the refined island of Langkawi
Personalised journeys from start to finish
Save an acre of rainforest each time you travel
Every detail taken care of
- Completely private tours in Kinabulu, Kuala Lumpur and Langkawi
- Private luxury yacht cruise
- Private tour options in Danum Valley
- Luxury accommodation throughout
- Meet and greet airport service
- Full support from your Travel Concierge before, during and after your trip
- Especially designed for families
At a glance
We have carefully selected the best family-friendly accommodation alongside thrilling excursions (for most ages) in our favourite regions of Borneo for this exciting, easy and exceptional family adventure – and topped off with an indulgent Langkawi beach retreat.
This 12-day trip will introduce your children to the some of the world’s most endearing and endangered animals including the orangutan, sunbear and, with luck, the pygmy elephant. You will spend time in the lush jungle on soaring treetop walks in search of wildlife in their natural habitat and witness some of Borneo’s most picturesque scenery, between rapids, as you spend an exhilarating day white water rafting. We’ll then arrange for a private guide to show you the best of bustling Kuala Lumpur. You then round off this extraordinary trip in gorgeous Langkawi as you explore the island by bike and boat, with time to simply unwind and reflect on the fine white sands of the sweeping beaches.
Example Trip Itinerary
Flight from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabulu
Private transfer to your hotel in the Kota Kinabulu area
Resorts in Kota Kinabalu
- 48 timbered villas
- Thirty minute speed boat ride from Kota Kinabalu
- Private balconies
- Three dining locations
- PADI Dive Centre
- Use of Solace Spa at Gayana Eco Resort
- Use of the Marine Ecology Research Centre at Gayana Eco Resort
Just thirty minutes from Kota Kinabalu, this scenic resort is nestled in on a secluded bay with fine white sands on its doorstep and an ancient verdant jungle for its backdrop. With its 48 timbered villas, high quality service and picturesque backdrop, this is the ultimate heavenly hideaway. The hand-crafted villas unite traditional Borneo design with modern-day comforts, ensuring every your every need is met. Private balconies offer beach views, while the larger accommodations boast wraparound decks alongside personal plunge pools. Dining here consists of the contemporary European bistro, Koi, the relaxed, oceanfront Pantai Grill and the atmospheric Wine Cave. Leisure is also well catered for with the use of Solace Spa at sister and nearby property, Gayana Eco Resort, alongside a long list of exciting activities from kayaking to jungle trekking.
- 52 villas
- Thirty minute speed boat ride from Kota Kinabalu
- On-site Marine Ecology Research Centre
- PADI Dive centre
- Three dining spots
- Function and meeting rooms
The densely forested Gaya Island sits just off Borneo’s coastline and the Gayana Eco Resort is one of the best places to stay here. The environmentally conscious resort boasts 52 sumptuous villas which not only sit out on the water but command views of the impressive Mount Kinabalu. The villas combines neat local style with an array of modern comforts. The dining options consist of Alu Alu Seafood, Macac Restaurant and Latitude Lounge where healthy, fresh and delicious dishes make up the menus. You can choose to dine here or within the comfort of your own private deck. Gayana also has a good spa but if you want to get active however, this beautiful resort also provides lots to get involved with. Just some of the activities include discovering the ocean’s vibrant gems whist snorkelling, to playing marine biologist for the day at the on-site Marine Ecology Research Centre.
- 416 guestrooms
- Six dining spots
- Eco-friendly championship golf course
- Chi spa
- Swimming pool
- Children’s fun club
Found on the enchanting Pantai Dalit beach, the majestic Shangri La Rasa Ria boasts an impressive array of facilities and services to accompany its jaw-dropping setting. The 416 Malay themed guestrooms are split between the garden and ocean wings where tranquillity and privacy prevail. While the garden rooms come furnished with touches of nature and such as a pretty garden with sea views, the premier ocean wing rooms provide complete extravagance and comfort. Various dining tastes are taken care of with Malaysian, Western and Asian dishes all available. An abundance of recreational activities from wind surfing to looking after baby Orang-utans means leisure pursuits are seen to as well. The vast list of amenities here encompasses an eco-friendly championship golf course, six dining locations, a swimming pool and spa. Shangri La Rasa Ria is approximately 45 minutes from Kota Kinabalu airport.
Depending on your chosen accommodation around the town of Kota Kinabulu, be it an idyllic island offshore or one of the beachfront properties; spend your days relaxing on the beach, jetty or pool to exploring the underwater life, reefs, local towns and tropical coastline of this part of Borneo. You can do as much or as little as you like, just speak to your personal travel designer about how you wish to spend your time here.
The Kiulu white water raids are an ideal introduction to white water rafting as the rapid are grade one-two and the river is safe to swim in. Between rapids enjoy views of paddy fields, isolated Dusan villages and fruit farms. Jacada Travel can recommend high grade rapids for the more experienced or adventurous.
Spend your day relaxing or taking part in exciting activities. Choose from golfing to wind-surfing to jet skiing to horse riding. For those interested in wildlife take care of Orangutans or go on a fun jungle walk.
Private Transfer to Kota Kinabulu Airport
Flight from Kota Kinabulu to Lahad Datu
Private transfer from Lahad Datu to Danum Valley
Lodges in the Danum Valley
- 31 wooden chalets
- Open plan dining room
- Outdoor terrace
- Swimming pool
- Bar, restaurant and information room
- Two hour drive from Lahad Datu in the rainforest
This award-winning luxury lodge nestled deep in the Danum Valley’s pristine lowland rainforest setting is a truly wondrous wildlife experience undertaken in fine comfort. Thirty-one wooden chalets sit beside the Danum River and right in the heart of Orang-utan and Asian Elephant territory. Each come with private veranda as your own lookout point, en suite bathrooms, hot water and fan. Due to its impressive location, Borneo Rainforest Lodge offers exceptional wildlife activities and the small number of guests here make these more personal too. Explore the pristine flora and fauna on guided treks, trails and safari drives. The lodge, which is a two hour drive from Lahad Datu, carries out important conservation projects alongside a green policy to help protect its incredible surrounds.
Spend your days exploring the ancient rainforests discovering the exceptional and unique wildlife of the Danum Valley. Catch glimpses of inquisitive Orang Utans from the treetop canopy walks. Be enthralled by the stories and natural history of the area explained to your by your expert guides and enjoy safari expeditions to spot the prolific wildlife here. Danum possesses one of the Planet’s most complex ecosystems and is a prime habitat for orang-utans, the rare Bornean pygmy elephant, sun bear, Sumatran rhino and clouded leopard. You may have a lesser chance of frequent spotting here than say Kinabatangan River but it is a more wild setting. Over 320 species of trees can be found in just one hectare of jungle and has a thriving bird population too.
Private transfer from Danum Valley to Lahad Datu
Flight from Lahad Datu to Kota Kinabulu
Flight from Kota Kinabulu to Kuala Lumpur
Private Transfer from Kuala Lumpur Airport to hotel
Accommodation in Kuala Lumpur
- 21 rooms
- Wireless Internet
- Lagoon pool
- Rooftop area
Ten minutes out of the city centre, Villa Samadhi sits in one of Kuala Lumpur’s more tranquil and affluent neighbourhoods. Beautiful Asian antiques and a luxury, ethnic Malay style mix to make this a genuine sanctuary amid one of the busiest cities in Asia. The spacious and lavish guestrooms boast an array of luxurious features, with large beds, walk-in wardrobes, oversized plunge tubs and private balconies. Besides these grand, contemporary pieces, exquisite Asian antiquities dot the rooms, adding cultural elements to the decor. All ground floor guestrooms are based beside the lagoon pool; this cool spot is the perfect place to unwind and while away the day. Dining is also taken care of at Villa Samadhi with Mandi-Mandi, the all-day dining room which serves up delicious cuisine exclusively for guests.
- 602 rooms, 41 suites, 51 executive apartments
- Spa and wellness facilities
- Twice daily housekeeping
Right in the heart of the Kuala Lumpur, among lush gardens and close to the immense Petronas Twin Towers, this high-end hotel boasts stylish interiors, expansive rooms and an array of delicious dining options. Ten dining spots are on offer here with cuisines varying from Oriental to Mediterranean. With all rooms and suites offering magnificent city vistas, the accommodation at Mandarin Oriental is a lavish space where guests can relax and enjoy the comforts of top quality service. This sense of relaxation extends from the guestrooms to the spa and wellness facilities. Indulge in some tranquil treatments, or take one of the many classes at the modern fitness centre. Sporting pursuits are also taken care of with an outdoor infinity edge pool, two outdoor tennis courts and two indoor squash courts all available.
- 571 guestrooms
- Airport transfer
- Business Centre and conference rooms
- Foreign exchange counter
- Postal and courier service
- Babysitting / Child Care
- Car rental
Found in Kuala Lumpur’s centre, Shangri La Traders blends the highest levels of comfort with excellent, personalised service from a skilled team. The 571 refined rooms are a serene and modern space where guests can overlook the city’s skyline or park scenes. With the city’s commercial, retail and entertainment centre sitting right on the hotel’s doorstep, Shangri La Traders boasts the ideal location. Making the most of its eye-catching setting, the hotel possesses a rooftop swimming pool and spa, as well as the rooftop SkyBar. High on the 33rd floor, this is a much-loved spot for locals and out-of-towners alike serving up some delectable cocktails. After a couple of sundowners go dine on either gourmet Western or Asian cuisine at the resident restaurants, Gobo Chit Chat and Gobo Upstairs Lounge.
Explore this bustling metropolis, a potent blend of the old and new. For your time here, Jacada Travel will recommend and arrange privately guided excursions to see the best the city has to offer. Head to Sungi Wang Plaza if you're looking to shop to your heart's content and dine on Malay cuisine steamed in banana leaves, eating in the traditional manner by using your bare hands. Of course a trip up to the skybridge between the famous Petronas Towers is a must if you're looking for excellent panoramic views of the city.
Spend an evening visiting an atmospheric temple and the open air bazaar of Chinatown before enjoying a traditional Malay buffet and cultural show.
Explore Kuala Lumpur's most important heritage spots with a delightful walking tour. Visit centuries old colonial structures. The walk will include Jamek Mosque, Malay Street, Indian Mosque Street, The Colonial Core, Medan Pasar (Old Market Square), Central Market, Sin Sze Si Ya Temple, Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, Chinatown & Chan She Shu Yuen Clan House.
Private transfer to Kuala Lumpur Airport
Flight from Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi
Private transfer to your hotel in Langkawi
Lodges in Langkawi
- 124 rooms
- Two restaurants, dining room and a lounge
- Health club
- Private beach with beach club
- 18 hole golf course
- Water sport facilities available
Surrounded by dense tropical rainforest above a private beach sits this grand and glorious oasis of the Datai hotel. The secluded and glamorous villas feature private verandas, staggering views, naturally stylish Asian design, alongside every amenity you could ever want. The open-air Pavilion serves delicious Thai fare in a raised forest environment, while those craving authentic Malaysian or Indian food should head to the award-winning Gulai House. Professional experts are on hand at the Spa to pamper you with decadent and soothing treatments, such as Warm Stone and Balinese massages, while tours through the rainforest and ocean ensure your adventurous appetites are also catered for. Sporting activities are well provided for here with an exclusive 18 hole championship golf course, two tennis courts, two swimming pools plus a health club.
Spend time on the pristine beaches, exploring the rural localities and the tropical rainforests. Jacada Travel will recommend and arrange excursions that will keep you as busy or as relaxed as you wish.
Spend a day out at sea on a fully crewed yacht; enjoy the sun, sea breeze and BBQ lunch with a cool drink.
Take a glimpse of daily Malay island life and see some unique, traditional architecture and scenic paddy fields. Stop at a fishing village before you meander home along a coastal path.
Private Transfer to Langkawi Airport
Flight from Langkawi to Kuala Lumpur
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We create fully personalised trips from start to finish, working with you to pick locations, accommodation and guides that suit you.
Each time you travel with us, you preserve an acre of precious rainforest through our partnerships.
From in-depth private tours to restaurant reservations, we take care of every detail so you can make the most of your journey.