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The Fig Tree Kiulu Valley - EOH002

A countryside farmstay in the Kiulu Valley with cultural activities and home-cooked meals.

A stay at The Fig Tree provides an opportunity to experience life in a traditional Sabahan setting. The two-bedroom structure is based on the communal culture of longhouses with a shared common area for cooking, eating, and relaxing as well as a shared bathroom.

Accommodation is basic. Each bedroom is equipped with a ceiling fan and mosquito net. The open-air design of the building allows for a pleasant breeze and there are places to sit outside if you prefer. Additional sleeping arrangements can be made in tents and a second bathroom with a cold-water shower is located on the property.

Meals are included in a stay at The Fig Tree, all prepared and served by local residents. If you're lucky, you'll get to try a honey pineapple grown in the area. A guided walk to a nearby village and an opportunity to learn about traditional ways of life is provided to all guests. Learn how rubber is removed from trees, try your hand at separating rice from its husk using traditional tools, and perhaps play a few notes on a kulintangan - a gong-based musical instrument. In the evening, listen to tales of local legend.

Please note that reaching The Fig Tree requires walking across a suspension bridge high above a river. The area is somewhat remote and even a local phone signal is often difficult to receive.

2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4

Ceiling fans
Locally-prepared meals
Hot shower
Local guide for daily excursions and talks
Sustainable practices

"Great hosts, very informative, interesting, warm, and welcoming; delicious food. Not having wifi was lovely! Learnt how to husk rice, blow a dart pipe, tap rubber; learnt about native plants and went around local school. Very friendly hospitable people." -JJ, Feb 2019

"The farm stay at the Kiulu valley was really lovely. Beautiful location and very peaceful. Perfect for getting over the flight and work exhaustion. It was very comfortable and the food cooked for us was delicious." - SB, Sept 2018