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The Damai Beach Resort in Sarawak is Perfecting Its Public Spaces

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  Site Where: Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia
July 18, 2014 at 2:05 PM | by | ()

View from our Superior Poolside Room at the Damai Beach Resort

The Malaysian state of Sarawak on the island of Borneo is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and adventure travelers, especially the area surrounding the city of Kuching. A short drive outside the city sits the Sarawak Cultural Village and Mount Santubong, where you can learn about Iban longhouses and explore the exotic wildlife of the rainforest.

There are a number of hotels in Kuching that are very affordable and within a 45-minute drive, but if you want to stay on the coast, the area's flagship resort is the Damai Beach Resort in Sarawak. It recently underwent a series of refurbishments that included upgrades to the main pool, children's pool, and dining areas, and further renovations are taking place as we speak.

Damai is in the midst of adding a new ballroom and parking facilities, which it hopes will attract more events to the property. One other addition that's not being advertised but we saw while on site is the addition of a swim-up bar in the main pool.

The property and location, which you can see an aerial shot of here, is definitely one of its shining attributes. Nicely tucked between the coast and the rainforest, Mount Santubong towers up in the background, which is an especially nice view when swimming or kayaking in the calm waters of the South China Sea. There is a pretty significant tide effect on the beach, so definitely be prepared to use the pool at certain times during the day (we're guessing that the tide is one reason they decided to redo the pool).

Superior Poolside and Oceanview Rooms

The property has 252 rooms that come in a variety of different types. Some are standard hotel rooms, either tucked in beside the pool, oceanfront, or upon the hill looking out over the water. There are also stand alone Chalet units grouped together on one side of the property, each with a private exterior entrance and offering more of a beach bungalow feel. Some have ocean views, so be sure to ask when booking.

Chalet "Beach Bungalow" Rooms

We were impressed with how the property has come together, and we look forward to checking in on it down the road once the new construction is complete. We're hoping that other minor tweaks are made along the way. The fitness center could use a revamp, and there is currently no Wifi in the rooms.

Rates for the Damai Beach Resort start at $82 with breakfast included for two people. This resort also makes a good respite while attending the Rainforest World Music Festival - which our bro Jaunted said is one of the year's best music festivals.

Disclosure: Will stayed at the Damai Beach Resort as a guest of the hotel.

[Photos: Will McGough]

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