As a person who was born and bred in Sarawak, I was quite embarrassed whenever non-Sarawakians asked me if I had been to Mulu. After all, it is just an hour's flight from Miri, and Miri is just next door to Bintulu.

So for our 10th anniversary last month, we decided to get acquainted with Mulu. And there is no better way to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary other than kick back in style and experience luxury stay-cation at Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa.

When we arrived at Mulu Airport, we were immediately whisked away to the resort on a charming open-window tourist bus complimentary from Mulu Marriott. Our Mulu adventure had begun! 

We were greeted by friendly staff who handed us cold drinks and towels to freshen up after our early morning flight. There was a little bit of a glitch with the credit card terminal at the resort, but the lady staff quickly assured us that it was no trouble at all since our booking was made via (I was initially quite worried because I didn't bring sufficient cash to cover for hotel bills should there be any problem with the credit card charge).

While I was preoccupied with checking in, our kids were entertained with a complimentary colouring book and kit that came in Marriott pouch bag. How thoughtful of them!

After we checked in, we were accompanied to our room which was just a 100m away from the lobby. The lush forest surrounding the resort gave away a sense of calm and serenity, as we prepared to get disconnected from the rest of the world (there is no Wi-Fi available in all rooms, while mobile network is also limited). We truly felt that we were on vacation at this point.  

Stepping into the room, we couldn't help but marvel at the ornate room that we called our home for a couple of days afterwards. Nothing is spared to go 'au naturel' with the resort surroundings in the interior of the room, from the furnishings that are accented with 'belian' (local hardwood), to the carefully orchestrated hues of natural colours used in the room. The result? A handsome, modernly-furnished room that deserved the five-star rating of the resort.

Deluxe Riverside room

When it comes to amenities, everything that is offered at a five-star resort in the heart of a city is  also available in Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa.  We loved the modern coffee machine to unwind, and the refreshing rain shower in the bathroom after a hard day exploring the famous Mulu caves.

The view from the other side

Love the simplicity of the bathroom design.

Soak up in warm bath after a long day discovering Mulu rainforest, or freshen up under the rain shower before going off on the next adventure. Both are available.

Tea (and coffee) making facilities.

All rooms are appointed with a private balcony overlooking Melinau river or the rainforest

Early morning stroll view. The resort is designed in the style of Sarawak's longhouses, elevated on 15-foot stilts and connected by suspended walkway

I would also highly recommend those going to stay at Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa to sign up room package with breakfast. Although their breakfast spread is rather limited (don't expect to see egg station here), the food is marvellous. Probably we survived the long walks and tiring climbs in the caves thanks to hearty breakfasts we took here.

The beautiful high ceiling lent Marriott Cafe a spacious feel

And what is a resort stay without sampling the spa? After 2 days of adventure in Mulu National Park, a 2-hour spa session at the famous Mandara Spa helped me to restore my energy and of course, rubbed off muscle soreness.

Mandara Spa

The reading room, where guests could also use the computer here to print their boarding pass for the return journey

The lounge area where guests could relax and use the Wi-Fi facility, which we didn't use because we loved our room more.

All in all, Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa is definitely worth our time and money. The facilities, surrounding and hospitality of the staff deserved nothing but praises from us. We certainly look forward to be their guests again in the near future.

Verdict: 10/10

December is my favourite month because we normally make plans to travel during this special month. The best part of travel is getting to sample hotels and our latest try-out is none other than Pullman Miri Waterfront.

The latest addition to hotel industry in Miri, Pullman Miri Waterfront is certainly giving other hotels a run for their money. Strategically located in the heart of Miri town, the hotel is easily accessible by public transport, 5 minutes away from major shopping centres and 15 minutes away from Miri Airport. 

The hotel offers 328 tastefully decorated rooms that overlooks the ocean and river below. The deluxe room that we booked is equipped with modern amenities that cater to the needs of well-connected travelers such as complimentary Wi-Fi in the room and USB charging ports.

What is a stay-cation without sampling the hotel's breakfast spread? While not comparable to Marriott Miri's lavish buffet breakfast, Pullman Miri's buffet choice is not too bad either. Local cuisines such as rice porridge set, laksa Sarawak, mee rebus and roti canai compete with intercontinental menu (choices of egg-based breakfast, bread and butter, cereal, fresh salad and many more). What a perfect way to start our morning.

Subtle colors of beige and grey with a touch of pale green promote chill and relaxing atmosphere in the room

Entertainment comes in the form of 42-inch LED smart TV with satellite channels

Bathroom is equipped with a bathtub, incorporating minimal yet stylish design

Signature Pullman toiletries

Other hotel amenities include steam iron, ironing board, bathrobe and many more

Forgot to bring your charger? Fret not, just plug in the USB cable to charge your devices

A stylish remote control holder