The Last Frontier Boutique Resort

The Last Frontier Boutique Resort

Kampung Bilit Kinabatangan River, Sandakan 90000 Malaysia
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The Last Frontier Resort is a unique resort in the Kinabatangan area. As the first and only, it's located on top of a 100 meter high hill with a beautiful view over the forest sanctuary and the Kinabatangan River. Our packages include accommodation, 3 meals a day and an evening river cruise. Optional we can provide jungle trekking, night river cruises and night walks in the jungle.
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Free parking
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Kampung Bilit Kinabatangan River, Sandakan 90000 Malaysia
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Sandakan Airport
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Lahad Datu Airport
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Nicola B wrote a review Aug 2020
Wellington, New Zealand
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A great place to visit. We ended up here through a river junkie booking and was very pleased with it. Jason and Gert were excellent attentive hosts with lots of knowledge and passion of the surrounding rainforest and area. They also were wonderful at helping us book a bus down to semporna instead of our return transfer to Sandakan and waited with us until it arrived. The food was spectacular! The steps are long but adds to the adventure and experience. The boat for the river cruises did keep breaking down but the guide fixed it pretty quick. Didn't spot any elephants or orangutans on this trip, bit that's nature I guess. Plenty of proboscis and other wildlife. A wonderful experience, would recommend to everyone.
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Date of stay: August 2020
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Compass568983 wrote a review Jul 2023
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
An amazing 3-day stay where we relaxed and at the same time took it all in. Jason and his staff did all possible in a discrete way to provide the best experience and give us a good understanding of the nature and living. The full family (mum, dad and two girls on 18 and 21) all found the stay so uplifting and unique. We were a small team of guests (10) who had a great time together yet at the same time, we also had time on our own. We would encourage anyone to sign up for a stay and you might be as lucky as we were to even see elefants around the nearby willage. Jason searched the area for us and suddenly they were there.
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Date of stay: July 2023
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Andrew D wrote a review Apr 2023
Manchester, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a wonderful stay at the last frontier. The hosts Gurt and Jason were so friendly and knowledgable, enabling us to fully enjoy our time in Borneo.

The rooms were spacious and comfy and we all slept well.

Every meal was delicious and they also catered for dietary requirements.

Our trips on the river and walking with guide Rodel were excellent. He was able to spot so many things along the river and really went out of his way to find a crocodile. Even when we weren’t “on safari” he continued to look out for orangutans - we were so lucky to watch an adolescent in the trees right where we were staying.

They care about conservation and wildlife as well as respecting the local life. If we are ever lucky enough to return to Borneo, this would be top of our places to return to.
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Date of stay: April 2023
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Steph G wrote a review Aug 2023
Fleet, United Kingdom
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Wow! What an amazing place. We visited here as a family of 5 for a 3D/2N stay. This was part of a little tour of Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand, and while we loved everywhere we went, we all agreed this place was the best and most memorable - and not just because of all the steps!

Starting with the steps actually, they’re not that bad! Does require a little fitness. I was too lazy to sort my stuff out and only take the minimal to the top so went up with my backpack and it was ok. Easier without of course. You only have to do the climb 3 or 4 times and it was nice to keep the exercise up. We found the steps easiest to do bare foot.

The rooms were lovely, fairly simple but comfortable and a really nice feel. The food was fabulous. There is something liberating about just being made food without having to choose from a menu, of course made so much easier when the food is as good as it was here. All the meals were great, especially the nasi goreng which I need to try and make at home!

The daily boat trips were of course the highlight and Ryan was fab at spotting the wildlife from a great distance! We were fortunate and saw all of the coveted animals - orangutans, Pygmy elephant, large crocodile, tons of proboscis and other monkeys, hornbills etc.

We saw 2 orangutans in the trees outside the lodge one morning when we were having breakfast which was a special treat.

The jungle trek was fun (and rather sweaty!).

Gert and Jason were lovely welcoming hosts, thank you for the extra touch’s for my sons birthday. He still has Peanut as his screensaver and talks of him daily - I hope he is ok!

There are quite a few other lodges on the river offering similar stays but this place surely has to be the best. It’s small so you really do get the personal touch. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Liekofdestiny wrote a review Dec 2022
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our stay here was definitely the highlight of our 3+ month journey through Asia!
Everything was just perfect. Jason is an amazing host and we loved chatting with him during the drive from Sandakan to the lodge. The lodge itself is on top of a hill and you have to climb a lot of stairs to get there. It is not so bad though, we were able to leave our big backpacks at the bottom of the stairs and only take what we needed for a few days. So that's pretty convenient.
One day we even saw 3 orang utans while climbing the stairs!
The food is simply amazing and cooked with love.
The river cruises and morning walk were really great. The guide was very knowledgeable and pointed out a lot of animals.
The rooms are basic, but clean and comfortable.
We were really sad to leave and we will definitely be back whenever we return to Sabah!
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Date of stay: December 2022
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TravellingBob_8 wrote a review Jun 2024
Flackwell Heath, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We have just got back from our holiday in Malaysia and the very best part was our stay at The Last Frontier. We should have been a family of 6, but in the end only 5 of us made it. As all the other reviews have said- this is an incredible place. Yes- the stairs are hard in the heat and humidity but we knew they were there and they did set the place apart from the others. We saw everything, including elephants and a huge male orangutang just metres from us one morning over breakfast. Even on our last morning we saw a mother orangutang with twins as we walked down the stairs. Jason and Gert were great and a huge thanks to Ryan who always seemed to beat the crowds and get the best place to see the animals. I felt very looked after - thanks to the lads for showing me the way to my room each night and patiently holding torches. This was a family get together and one we will all treasure for the rest of our lives. We will be talking about it for years to come. Sorry about the stairs! 😀
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Date of stay: May 2024
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Matthias Vanheusden wrote a review Sept 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our stay at The Last Frontier was simply amazing. Unique location, wonderful hosts, amazing food and very clean and comfortable rooms. Jason and Gert and their crew really go the extra mile to make your stay unforgettable. I highly recommend a stay here.
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Date of stay: September 2020
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Markate wrote a review May 2024
Plymouth, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Most of the reviews have already covered how good the resort was so I won't go into too much detail. My wife and I stayed for two nights and did the usual river trips and got to see most of the wildlife apart from the elephants. We did see an orangutan in the distance but it was still wonderful to see it in the wild.
All the staff were wonderful but with a special mention to Jason who was so informative and helpful. Gerd and Jason have a wonderful location for their tours and we couldn't fault the stay. Many thanks to Ryan for the river tours.
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Date of stay: April 2024
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Thessa H wrote a review Oct 2022
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This place is amazing! We had such a nice stay at the resort. The place with jungle and river view, the super nice room (with hot!!! shower), the amazing staff, the food —> Everything is perfect. It really made us feel zo zen and relaxed whilst enjoying Sabah’s nature. We would say it’s a must go when in Borneo.
We are a couple, but we could also imagine it is a very cool place for nature/adventure loving kids.

Dear Gert, Jason and team - thanks for the lovely stay and making us feel at home far away from home. Wish you all the best!
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Garethandkaren2003 wrote a review Aug 2019
Giltbrook, United Kingdom
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
It’s truly difficult to know where to start with our hosts and their accommodation but we’ll give it a go!!!

Myself, Wife and Daughter (15) booked to stay 20th and 21st August. The booking process and communication was exceptional from the start! All our questions and concerns were promptly answered and addressed.

We had arrived in Sandakan late in the evening of the 19th having stayed at the Four Points Sheraton. The following morning, and as arranged, we were picked up by Gert from reception. During our initial journey Gert proceeded to advise that we would be collecting 3 additional couples and then during the journey also explained, in detail, what events and activities were scheduled for the following 2/3 days!

Upon collecting the renaming guests we were introduced to one and other and then began the journey to Bilit (The Village of the Lodge). This journey is a pleasant one, takes around 1 1/2 - 2hrs depending on the traffic and included a short convenience / coffee break.

During the journey and something I would strongly recommend you do is talk to Jason (He was astonishing throughout)!

Prior to arriving at the lodge I would recommend, if you’ve not already been advised/told, that you sort out your clothes etc for only the essentials you will need for the duration of your stay (essential clothing / attire below).

The climb.....yes it is circa 600 steps, yes it’s humid, yes it’s hot and yes YOU ARE IN THE JUNGLE :) the climb to the top is a challenge but it’s great exercise and fun all at the same time.....I personally found it a lot easier to do bare foot! And yes was sweating (wet through) when I reached the top!

You’re welcomed by a cold drink and shortly afterward shown to your room(s) where you can settle in to before having a light and lovely lunch after which you’re advised what time you need to be ready for the evenings boat ride (The Activities below).

We only usually saw Jason during meal and down time.....not to say that he was sitting with his feet up (😉) in fact far from it......he was prepping the restaurant for our meal time and cooking with the other chaps at the lodge!

After our meals we sat playing UNO (card game) chatting to Jason and the other guest, who were all fantastic! And taking in the sublime views of the rainforest. We had a few soft and alcoholic drinks (which are all reasonably priced)

The Activities

1st afternoon activity - We all met at the top of the steps, around 15:30, before descending down the steps, through a small rough area, into the local village and then on to the boat! Our capital was Rodell, a smashing chap from the Philippines who has a wife and 18mth old back at home. He was absolutely exceptional throughout and took us on all of the boat tips.....his knowledge and eye for spotting the wildlife is utterly unbelievable.....how he spotted some of the snakes and lizards was beyond me!!!

During our initial trip we were fortunate enough to spot a crocodile (very briefly), all the main monkeys, loads of amazing birds and beautifully stunning views of the Kinabatang River!

We then ventured back to jetty, back up the steps (great workout again) and readied ourselves for the evening meal!

1st Mornings activity - We were up early, around 07:00, and after our delicious breakfast we headed in to the rainforest and began our climb to the highest point in the region/area, around 09:00. It was a fun but demanding climb yet at the same time rewarding and achievable for all levels of fitness! We were fortunate enough to see a small pack of Silver Leaf monkeys which were tremendous but the views......and again the knowledge of Rodell made it all the more special!

1st Day Downtime - before and after lunch! A great opportunity to take in more of your surroundings and get to know the guests or perhaps even a little nap :)

1st Evenings Boat Trip - Again
We followed the same route down to the jetty and all hopped on to the boat! The weather, was again, beautiful and as soon as you set off the breeze helped to cool you down and dry you up a little (much needed in my case). We were all desperate to try and spot an Orangutans, elephant or Crocodiles and believe me Rodell did absolutely everything he could to try and spot/find some.....he even took us along a section off the main river which he was unsure we’d be able to travel through as the water level was low....fortunately we made it but in the end the crocs, elephants and Orangutans were all hiding......it’s fair to say that everyone really wants to see the three BIG ONES.....but that aside you don’t end up disappointed, in fact far from it! Mainly because the journey along the river, the monkeys and our guide were exceptional and made every moment super special!

THE FOOD.......Well It was fantastic!

Welcome Meal - A light, but plentiful, spaghetti bolignase bolognese was fresh, tasty and just right to see us through to the evening meal!

1st Breakfast - We were presented with pancakes, bananas, fresh cream and a sweet toffee sauce.....you might want to consider that all the meals have all been really well thought out for the types of activities that you undertake......energy and slow release carbs! In addition when our daughters breakfast it arrived with her name written in pancake batter and lightly fried.......a lovely heartfelt touch.

1st Evening Meal - We started with corn soup and garlic bread! Then followed a traditional Malaysian rice dish (radang) which again was freshly prepared and super tasty.

This was followed by water melon and then some Duran as Jason had picked up one of these up....An interesting fruit this 🤣

2nd Days Lunch - Nasi Lemak which was home made and super delicious.

2nd Days Evening Meal - Starting again with Corn Soup (delicious and home made) and Garlic Bread followed by Chicken roulade, mashed potatoes and cauliflower.......again all home made and deliciously flavoursome! This was followed be water mellow :)

3rd Breakfast - We has poached eggs, toast and sausage roll! It was really pleasing to be given the choice of eggs!

ESSENTIAL CLOTHING / ATTIRE:

1st evening boat trip required flip flops / slippers, light T-shirt and shorts for the walk up/down and the boat ride! You will also need a waterproof jacket/poncho, torch (phone camera light is good enough), water (use theirs from the natural spring) and insect/mozzie repellent.

Evening meal - something light/loose fitting

2nd day/1st morning - you’ll be hiking so suitable footwear, walking/long socks and long trousers / leggings that ideally you can tuck into your socks.... a light top is also a good ideal and persons something to dab you forehead with as it’s a hefty climb!

2nd day/2nd afternoon - same as first day

3 and final morning something light to travel back in!
was

Natural Spring

Being from the UK we are always advised not to drink water from a tap abroad and the same applies here however if you take a couple of of empty plastic/reusable bottles the guys will fill them from their natural spring......this is natural spring which is filtered three times and then boiled and is perfectly safe to consume.....we drank loads of it throughout the whole of our stay and had NO ISSUES at all!

Jason - I couldn’t write a review of The Last Frontier without a special mention for Jason! His attentiveness, knowledge, experiences, food and all round nature is truly admirable and something more people should aspire towards! His passion not only for his guests but the wider community, with consideration and emphasis on the environmental factors affecting, not only Bilit, Borneo and Malaysia but the entire planet is something that we can all learn from! Overall Jason you made our stay incredible and we hope....and expect to return to see you in the future!

Overall this is, by far, one of the best places that we, as a family, have ever stayed! There are no negatives and we can’t recommend The Last Frontier highly enough to ALL types and groups of travellers.

THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH! You will be remembered fondly!
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Date of stay: August 2019
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Answer from Sony
India
No it doesn't have AC,but it was not hot.They have a fan and since they are situated on a hill top,the weather is cool
Katie L asked a question Oct 2017
24 contributions7 helpful votes
Hi, Does anyone know how much is it to add on the morning boat cruise? Thanks!
Answer from junglejiver
sabah2 contributions
For an optional morning cruise(5.15-7.45am) it's MYR 75 per person(with a minimum of 2 people)
Answer from Leedstraveller2017
Leeds, United Kingdom29 contributions30 helpful votes
The place is in a very remote location and off the main grid so it wouldn’t be surprising if one they lost power or secondly he might be travelling to pick guests up like ourselves that stayed recently (we were 2 hrs away from the lodge). You will need a little patience I’m afraid. Also Jason is quite philanthropic so is often away at university conferences as they are sponsoring students doing research. He a good guy and I imagine will get back to you when he can.
JAN wrote a tip 19 Jul
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"- don’t take trolleys along with you (bv of stairs) - no children below 9 yrs recommended - Ask Gert any suestion you have - 100% safe"
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TravellingBob_8 wrote a tip Jun 2024
Flackwell Heath, United Kingdom168 contributions60 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"We did the extra morning boat trip which was brilliant. Take the teams advice - they really know their stuff."
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IlovebelizeCA wrote a tip Mar 2024
Alberta79 contributions47 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"It’s a six hundred step climb to the cabins but worth every step!"
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AngelMolendijk wrote a tip Sept 2023
27 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Make sure to bring some good binoculars, it’s such an added value during the boat cruises!!"
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Steph G wrote a tip Aug 2023
Fleet, United Kingdom52 contributions22 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"There is parking and also luggage storage at the bottom of the steps if you don’t want to carry it all up. They sell wine and it’s good!"
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