I’ve been to Malaysia a few times, but due to business have largely hung around KL. Even that was hardly a comprehensive exploration of the city, limited as it was to Chinatown. So when the chance to do a bit of island shopping in Sarawak, complete with jungles etc. came up, I jumped at the chance.
Why Nagashanti Resort?
A business associate of mine contacted me to tell me that she knew of a couple selling a resort on an island. Interesting? Of course. What was more interesting that was that this “island” consisted of a turnkey operation near Kuching on the island of Sarawak, so deciding if I needed to check the place out meant a visit to Kuching and the Nagashanti Resort.
What are Nagashanti Resort rooms like?
They offer a long house with 4 simple rooms and a bathroom connected, as well as 3 bungalows with one shared bathroom for the three. The rooms are simple, but when you consider this is an eco-resort in the middle of the jungles of Sarawak, they are actually quite deluxe.
The bungalows are literally on the beach and offer a sunrise to die for in the mornings. Oh, and they have mosquito nets.
Cost wise it’s about $60 a night, plus extra for your food and transport to the island. It’s not cheap, but hardly crazy expensive either.
Nagashanti Resort Location
Kuching has daily flights from Guangzhou, KL and a smattering of other regional and international destinations. From the centre of Kuching it’s about an hour’s drive to the dock where you will be met by the owner for the 40 minute or so ride to the Nagashanti Resort.
Alas, for 4 months of the year the place is only reachable by a 2 hour hike! You cannot get here by boat.
Nagashanti Resort – Facilities
It’s an eco-resort, so don’t expect lots of mod cons, but they have a private beach, kayaks, a restaurant (and the food is good), beer, hikes through the jungles of Sarawak, friendly owners, fresh water streams and a pool. It’s relaxing here.
There’s very little online about the Nagashanti Resort, and even Kuching to be fair, but if you do end in this part of Sarawak, then this ranks up there with visiting Padawan or spending the night with indigenous people.
You should probably bring a book, though.