Located amidst the green virgin rainforest of Borneo, in a tranquil setting lakeside of Batang Ai man-made lake, is probably among the world’s only timber longhouse resort, the Hilton Batang Ai Longhouse Resort. Now known as the Aiman Batang Ai Resort & Retreat, the resort is the only gateway to explore the 130 million-year-old rainforest, the Batang Ai National Park, closely bordered by Kalimantan region, the Borneo side of Indonesia.
The main inspiration of this resort draws from the architecture of the largest ethnic in Sarawak, the Iban tribe. The Iban tribe, a part of the larger Dayak peoples, are traditionally dwelled in a communal housing called the longhouse. It is an elevated timber structure that forms by a number of private living quarters attached to a shared public space linked all the individual units.
Tailored to the modern architecture and resort needs, the raised 11 blocks of longhouse have been designed with modern amenities, but still retain its charmed and uniqueness in its layout planning and the timber material used. The 150 available rooms are lined up against the common veranda area known as ruai, with an outer ruai area serves as a viewing deck and entrance area.
As a full-fledged five-star accommodation, the resort is also equipped with recreational facilities and an array of nature and outdoor activities, within the resort compound area and beyond. The main building is where the lounge and restaurant are located, of how the Iban and Sarawakian-inspired décor and foods can be found.