The mist began to roll in like a soft cotton cloud, gently enveloping the undulating green of the Borneo highlands, 1,000 meters above sea level, an hour’s drive from Kuching City, Sarawak. Looking at the undulating mist in the reception area, I feel like I am in another world, perhaps floating on the No. 9 cloud of the Borneo Highland Resort, which is located on a plateau surrounded by dense tropical rainforest and freshness. High altitude air.
At this time of the year, the company’s employees at its Borneo Highlands Resort will be in the annual clubhouse and stay in the clubhouse. Our journey to the Borneo Plateau started from the bottom. Due to the steep and winding climb, inexperienced drivers and their cars should not drive up and down the Borneo highlands, as this may damage the brakes and gears. We took the transportation service of the Borneo Highlands Resort wisely, and it was another 20-minute drive from the foot of the mountain to the top of the mountain.
Checking in at Borneo Highland Resort is easy, everyone is friendly, staff and guests are friendly. Cool temperature and natural atmosphere are excellent antidote. The club room that each of us got was not big, but it was enough for one person, with clean and comfortable beds and ceiling fans, because no air conditioning was needed. However, I was shocked that the toilet is not closed, but an open, low partition design. It stood out painfully like a thumb in the small room, but after a while I got used to it. There is a communal shower facility on each floor of the clubhouse.
The first day of our retreat was more of a company social gathering. After having a healthy vegetarian lunch at Annah Rais Café in Borneo Highlands Resort, we started to try the various facilities provided by the resort. The first thing on my list is the massage chair… It’s a wonderful relaxing feeling, I hope I don’t have to move, at least all of which have to stand up from the chair. Next is the outdoor landscape swimming pool… brrrr… the water is too cold for me. Imagine being in the damp and cool breeze… this is unimaginable.
Now, the hot tub is another matter entirely. The heat of boiling water and rising steam, coupled with the natural enclosed environment, creates an intoxicating luxury. I will return to the Borneo Highland Resort and massage chair alone.
That night, we had dinner at Annah Rais Café, which included several delicious vegetarian dishes. If you are wondering, Borneo Highlands Resort only offers vegetarian and meatless cuisine, a very healthy and wholesome choice. After dinner, some of us strolled leisurely around the resort and stopped by Swan Lake, watching the black and white swans glide gracefully on the lake against the backdrop of dense greenery.
The Borneo Highlands is also a unique golf resort, with the Hornbill Golf Course, which is popular with avid golfers who want to compare their skills with the unique golf course design of the Borneo Highland Resort. Although I am very keen on riding off-road vehicles, unfortunately, no golfer is keen on making me have a happy journey.
The second day was not a day full of fun, because that day was full of discussions and seminars about our company’s future plans, directions and goals. The meeting rooms and facilities are located in the Borneo Highlands Resort. The transportation is convenient, and the quiet and peaceful environment does help us to have a conversation and enhance our thought contribution, but personally, it is still not very interesting. At the end of the day, we were mentally tired, but the shower and a round of massage chairs refreshed my body and spirit.
On the third and last day, I visited the flower nursery. It is interesting to see rows of flowers, from seedlings to adult plants, there are colorful flowers everywhere, nodding and saying, I wish you a happy stay in Borneo Plateau! There are different kinds of roses, chrysanthemums, daisies, hibiscus and azaleas, some of which are planted in pots for sale, but I did not get them. Usually, flowers or plants that grow strong in a cool climate are unwilling to transplant them to a warm climate, and their response may be howling to death. I decided to be friendly to them and let them live longer.
We left the Borneo Plateau in the early morning and returned to Kuching City, and brought us back to the fond memories of our retreat on the plateau. Next time, I will try the fabulous jungle hot spring at Borneo Highlands Resort.