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Embark on the ultimate adventure, pushing yourself to your limits and seeing more of beautiful Borneo and Gaya Island, all while raising funds for the protection of the island’s rainforest and the animals – from frogs to orangutans – that call it home?
We’ve put together this special package to support Race for the Rainforest participants, who - after raising an incredible £2,500 per person to enter - will be taking part in the in the epic Borneo Ultra-Trail Marathon™, running up to 100 miles (other distances are available!) through some simply spectacular scenery, and raising funds for our close neighbours, Chester Zoo. Race for the Rainforest 2021 aims to generate funds for conservation in the Sabah rainforest, which is currently experiencing unprecedented levels of deforestation, and will ultimately protect the land, animals and communities that live and work within it.
Afterwards, take a well-earned rest at the gorgeous Gaya Island Resort, a natural sanctuary only accessed by boat, complete with a sandy beach, spa village, fabulous kids’ programme and its very own Marine Centre. Get ready to see the world, enjoy a challenge and, most importantly, make a difference.
For those not racing, we can arrange a variety of immersive experiences to see more of Borneo - from a village visit to a mangrove cruise.
See how your incredible fundraising efforts have made a difference as you visit local projects and communities.
Toast to your achievements on your final evening at Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa with a beach barbecue alongside your fellow adventurers.
Spend five nights post-marathon at the gorgeous Gaya Island Resort, embracing the activities or simply unwinding on the sandy beach.
Not for the faint-hearted, the highlight of this trip is, of course, the Borneo Ultra-Marathon™. Choose from various lengths - 9km, 30km, 50km, 100km or 100 miles - and see more of Kinabalu National Park as you run through jungle and foothills, enjoying an electric atmosphere and a true challenge. While a wonderful experience in itself, your participation in this challenge will also raise vital funds for protecting the rainforest and, in particular, the endangered orangutans that call Borneo home.
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Check-in to Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa, a beautiful beachfront hideaway that will be your home for the next five nights. After settling into your room, it’s time to meet your fellow travellers and get ready for the adventures ahead with welcome drinks and island-inspired canapes. The next day, those running the marathon (and those that aren’t if they’d like to!) are invited to enjoy a relaxed group warm-up run to prepare you for the main event tomorrow. The afternoon is yours to enjoy as you please so why not make the most of the fabulous facilities at the hotel? Simply unwind on the three-kilometre-long beach, indulge in a massage at the spa, head for a round at the eco-friendly golf course, or pay a visit to the resort’s very own nature reserve - home to indigenous wildlife and several miles of walking trails.
The big day (or couple of days) has arrived… it’s time to test your endurance and tackle the Borneo Ultra-Trail Marathon. Whether you choose to run 9km, 30km, 50km, 100km or 100 miles, get ready for a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience which will help to raise vital funds towards protecting the Bornean rainforest and its wildlife – particularly the endangered orangutans. The incredible race route will take you across the Kiulu Valley in Kinabalu National Park, heading through lush jungle and striking foothills, passing the Kiulu River and mighty Mount Kinabalu. Throughout the epic journey, enjoy an indescribable atmosphere, as well as the music and dancing of local troops. For those not racing or who have time to spare afterwards, we recommend a range of excursions that can be arranged by our concierge team for an additional cost. These include a full-day tour into Kinabalu National Park, where you will venture into the canopy walkway and bathe in the hot springs, or a scenic mangrove cruise passing by various wildlife – including Proboscis monkeys and countless birds. Other options include a traditional village visit and a cycling tour to meet the native communities of Kiulu.
While the race might be over, your Bornean experience certainly isn’t, as today you’ll head out to learn a little more about the conservation work carried out in the area. Visit important projects and meet local people, seeing why your incredible fundraising is so important and why it's so vital to protect the future of both the plant life, wildlife and communities. Spend your final evening here with your fellow travellers, toasting to your incredible achievements over a delicious barbecue on the hotel’s beautiful beach.
Take a boat transfer to Gaya Island Resort.
It’s safe to say that after the ultra-marathon, you’ll be in need of a little relaxation. A quick boat ride from the Shangri-La takes you to eco-friendly Gaya Island, a natural sanctuary that is backed by ancient rainforest and overlooks the South China Sea. Choose from a long list of outdoor adventures to enjoy here – from discovering the nearby nature trails to exploring beautiful coral reefs. Be sure to pay a visit to the Marine Centre, where programmes aim to educate and research on coral, turtle and other marine conservation. Little ones will love the kids’ programme and centre, while a beautiful beach and serene spa are where to head to unwind.
Transfer to Kota Kinabalu Airport for your flight to the UK.
The Borneo Ultra Marathon is held in March, when the weather is at its driest.
10 NIGHTS FROM £2,700 per person
Price based upon economy flights from London, transfers, UK airport lounge passes and meals and excursions as specified.
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