The end of our Kuching trip was spent in this little gem of a paradise. We had to attend a wedding on our last full day in Kuching and this sweet place was one of the darling recommendations given to us.
Permai Rainforest Resort lies on the shore of the South China Sea, at the foot of Mount Santubong. It is a charming eco resort with accommodation ranging from basic cabins to delightful rustic treehouses. I of course decided to stay in the Treehouse!! It's a treehouse! As if I'm not going to choose them! hahaha
Simple, rustic home charm awaits you as you climb the steps up to your treehouse. Clean and with a delightfully powerful hot shower (I was prepared for a trickle). We stayed in Treehouse #1 (out of 10) - I think Treehouse #3 has the best unobstructed view of the ocean - we had quite a bit of foliage blocking us.
However as a result - the first thing we saw when we went out on the balcony was some of the local residents - a monkey and her baby just happily chilling on the branches (no photo, as I was too entranced with watching them and then they climbed higher) and a squirrel/tree mouse? scampering around.
If you're more used to a five star resort - this may not be the place for you - but I thought it was charming and with such gorgeous nature surrounding it.
Note: only the treehouses have Air Conditioning Units in them!
Arriving at high tide, we were treated to this beautiful scene of the turquoise ocean lapping at the beach, reaching the small wooden bridge (first photo posted above). Absolute, pure bliss and with the water at a wonderfully warm temperature - this little slice of paradise was a perfect haven for the next few nights.
Words cannot describe how absolutely picturesque this sweet stretch of paradise was - so instead enjoy my attempts to capture a glorious sunset below.
Food at the Rainforest was simple and pleasant fare - with yummy roti and surprisingly some rather delicious fish and chips - though be forewarned the flies can be quite aggressive and ruin the fun of eating outside at lunchtime. I'd advise order it take away and just enjoy eating it in your treehouse with AC.
As the name suggests, Permai is located in the Rainforest and as you walk amongst the grounds, you are surrounded by towering ancient trees, other curious little locals - hidden paths leading to another little beach or adventurous hiking trails to take you up and around Mount Santubong.
Low tide at Beach #1 was breathtaking in the expanse of uncovered sand bars and patterns of little and gigantic rocks so of course off I went exploring! It was indeed a bit of a scramble to get atop of the giant rock in the centre which at full tide you would never know was so majestic. Like a throne in the sea. I also love the fact I got to give my wedding maxi skirt a bit of a showcase! hopefully get another excuse to wear it again!