Merarap Hot Spring Retreat
Merarap Hot Spring. Photo credit: BorneoTalk
One of the hidden paradises in the northern region of Sarawak that should be discovered by every traveler especially those who longing for a place to relax, peaceful environment and also to recharge after a long days of adventure!
The Merarap Hot Spring Retreat is located about 70 km from Lawas town, and just 3 hours from the Penawan Waterfalls Eco-Park. Built on a 5-acre rustic environment, surrounded by pristine jungle, it is an ideal place to seek rest and recreation. This is a place to sample Lun Bawang hospitality, the main ethnic community in this region.
The hotspring water is piped from a nearby mountain source and four different dip pools with a natural blue hue and different water temperatures which ensures a complete spa experience, easing visitors into higher and higher temperatures. Private baths are also available.
The fast flowing Trusan river that runs along side it provides angling opportunity and white water kayaking thrills. You can also have a lovely meal next to the lush jungle settings, with fresh air and the sound of rushing water just a stone’s throw away. This is also the perfect place for yoga practioners.
Traveling along a rough timber road using a 4WD vehicle is necessary to reach the Retreat, making the journey an adventure in itself. Your journey begins from the northern most town of Sarawak, Lawas. One can fly to Lawas from Miri on flights operated by MASWings. Or you can do an overland trip from Miri passing through Brunei Darulsalam or from the capital city of Sabah, Kota Kinabalu.
Merarap Hot Spring Retreat Contact Number:
- Subject to change by owner. Please contact them at the number above.
- Bring along swimming attire and insect repellent.
- KM66, Merarap Hotspring, Lawas, Sarawak.
Getting to Lawas: If you are travelling from Peninsular Malaysia, the best way is to take a flight (fares depends on MAS or AirAsia) from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. Then travel by bus (fare - RM20) from Kota Kinabalu (KK) to Lawas (Sarawak). Time your arrival at Lawas before 1pm. It takes 3-4 hours from KK to Lawas. Please note that there is a state border crossing. Alternatively, you can fly from Kuala Lumpur to Miri (MAS/Air Asia) and connect a MASWings flight to Lawas. Land option requires traveling via Brunei so do check your visa requirement, if any. To get to the lodge, you need a 4-wheel drive vehicle and it takes 1 1/2 - 2 hours journey (approx 68km) from Lawas town. Usually the resort will include this land cost in your room package.