When we were planning our trip to Malaysia and Borneo, we were looking up the internet for accommodations to stay at. The Culvert, located in Sarawak, immediately got our attention as it’s a very unique accommodation. Although the accommodation isn’t located in a centre, we weren’t hesitating at all for booking this. In this article I’ll tell you some more about the Culvert and our experience.
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The Culvert is located in Sarawak, a region of Borneo. From the city Kuching, it’s a 40-minute drive to the accommodation. You can also reach Bako National Park in 45 minutes by car. The accommodation isn’t located that centrally and there aren’t many restaurants or shops in the direct environment; however it’s a beautiful, remote place with nature and beaches around. This location creates a peaceful ambiance.
You can reach Kuching by plane from, for example, Kuala Lumpur. When landed in Kuching, it’s best to rent a car so you can easily reach The Culvert and other places around the city. However, if you don’t want to rent a car, an alternative will be to book a Grab (a taxi for a small price). Grab drivers are mostly in the neighborhood (also around The Culvert) and can take you anywhere. You can download the app Grab and easily book a Grab. This app is the Asian Uber and it works the same way.
The Culvert is an unique accommodation, as it provides concrete silo’s as rooms. I really loved this concept! We booked a “standard room”, which was the smallest and, to be honest, too small for us. It would’ve been good if we’ve had this room type for one night, but we stayed here three nights so we ended up upgrading our room to a larger one.
The small room is a concrete silo with a bed and a small bathroom with a toilet and a shower. It has everything you need, but doesn’t feature extra space for your luggage. Our upgrade was called a “suite”. We were staying in the same size concrete silo, but the bathroom was located outside, separately. This gave us more space in the silo for our luggage. The bathroom features a nice bath with toilet and two sinks. If you would like to take a shower, there are some shared showers at the property.
There are several facilities you can use. For example, there is a sauna which you can use at all time, same as an outdoor pool. There also is a small restaurant where you can have a simple meal in the evening. Breakfast is provided too; it’s simple, but freshly made and very nice.
If you would like to enjoy the quietness with a beautiful view, there is an area with some “sunbeds” and an amazing view over the sea and nature. You can also walk all the way down to the beach and have a nice walk or have a swim in the sea.
The hospitality of the staff is very good and personal. All the employees would like to give you a great time and provide you anything you’d like. This absolutely is a positive aspect of the accommodation!
The smallest room can already be booked for, around, € 45,- (two persons, including breakfast). The suite costs around € 60,- per night, including breakfast. If you’d like, you can also book the accommodation full board; where you can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner. However, I wouldn’t really recommend that. It’s nice to have breakfast in the morning, but it’s also nice to drive towards the city of Kuching in the evening to try out one of the restaurants in the center.
You can book The Culvert through Booking.com.
This overview is a summary of the points written above. I’ll give a point from one star until five stars from where one star is very bad and five stars is very good.
Room size: ***
Room attributes: ***
Price – quality: ****
Although the location isn’t that central and the rooms aren’t that big and don’t have many facilities, I think it’s definitely recommended to stay here as you’ll have an unique experience! If you’re looking for something different, than this will be the perfect stay.