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KG Bilit Seberang Jalan Sukau, Kota Kinabatangan 90200 Malaysia
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#3 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Kota Kinabatangan
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Bilit Rainforest Lodge is located beside the Lower Kinabatangan River in the village of Bilit, approximately 2 hours drive from Sandakan. It is a set of amidst lush tropical forest and offers comfort and peaceful relaxation as well as a base for easy exploration of the incredible diversity of plant, mammal and birds at the Kinabatangan region. All chalets and the restaurant are made from local hardwood material and are designed to blend into the nature giving a unique local native ambience. The rooms are very spacious and comfortable with a minimum of 600 sq.ft. for standard chalets and 800 sq. ft. for VIP permier chalets. A boardwalk connects the jetty, restaurant and all the chalets.
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Free breakfast
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Breakfast buffet
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Table tennis
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Shared lounge / TV area
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Air conditioning
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Non-smoking rooms
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English, Chinese, Malay

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KG Bilit Seberang Jalan Sukau, Kota Kinabatangan 90200 Malaysia
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Sandakan Airport49 kmSee all flights
Lahad Datu Airport52 kmSee all flights
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V_Wynd wrote a review 13 Mar
London, United Kingdom118 contributions69 helpful votes
we really loved our time here - comfortable rooms, great food and great wildlife - can't wait to come back! loved the night walk, the day walk the boat trips - wish we'd spent more than two nights there - we will be back
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Date of stay: February 2023
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Mary C wrote a review Feb 2023
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This was the worst part of our whole holiday it was like being in a prison camp. We have stayed in basic accommodation before and that is fine as long as the room is clean and the food is good. This however was not the case. The jetty to the property is falling apart with one corner missing its floation barrel because there had been a lot of rain prior to our arrival we had to disembark onto the muddy shore. The walk ways to the lodges are in very poor condition and an old digger is also sitting in full veiw. -The lodge we got was poorly cleaned, drawer for clothes had not seen a clean for some time, also the handle to the drawer was broken, the 'wardrobe' which should have had doors on it had 2 hangers. When trying to use my hairdryer, I thought it might blow up as the electric sockets were very dodgy, as was the electrics in the showeroom with the wire coming out the wall and no covering over it. The shower was probably from the arc ages and did not work properly. There was toilet paper stuffed into the wall at the skirting board and in the toilet there was a plaster stuck on the skirting board. Washhand basins were cold water only and I found a hair on one of them. We were the only people staying there and each lodge should of had a hamock outside the room this was not in place for our lodge. the food was very basic, we told our guide we did not eat fish or spicy food. We got both fish and spicy food and unfortunately we had to stay 2 nights and got basically the same things on both occasions. For our first dinner the guide told us dinner was at 7pm, we duly arrived at the alloted time to be served up cold food. We were then told it had been prepared at 6pm so no wonder it was cold, they took it away and presumably heated it up in the microwave. The only dessert we got was watermelon and papya, no fancy desserts. The only thing we did enjoy was the first river cruise where we saw some wildlife and a male orangutan. However we then had to go on another 2 cruises the following day where we did not see anything much different to the first one. There was supposed to be a visit to cave but as this was closed, we were told it would be substitued with another night cruise, this we declined, there is only so much you can see going up or down a river it was like there were just trying to fill in time.
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Date of stay: February 2023
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mad0scar wrote a review Jan 2023
Sydney, Australia26 contributions8 helpful votes
Short boat ride to the accommodation. Rooms are like little houses on stilts connected to dining room by walkway. Rooms were large and spacious. Air con and fans but no fridge. Rooms were basic but clean. You are in the jungle and with that comes jungle noises, insects, ants and it is dark. Food is buffet style and plenty of it, also tasty. You will have the chance to relax as there is really nothing to do as you go for river cruising. I am with vodfone and had no issues with internet. We went on 3 cruises and were lucky enough to see alot of wildlife including orangutan with her baby. Great experience.
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Date of stay: October 2022
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HW08 wrote a review Jan 2023
Port Macquarie, Australia345 contributions117 helpful votes
Our two night stay at the Bilit Rainforest Lodge was one of the highlights of our Borneo trip. An unfortunate victim of the pandemic, the property was occupied by just our group of seven and one family. Most of the rooms are individually standing and spacious with everything including air con. and tea making. Rooms could do with extra cleaning for example, cobwebs around the windows. No wifi in the rooms and the wifi in the dining area did not work much until our last night. Breakfasts were nice with a young lady cooking eggs as ordered. Lunches and Dinners were delicious buffet style with a meat dish, usually fish and a couple of vegetable choices and rice or noodles. The main dishes were repeated on the two nights. The dining area is outdoors so make sure you have insect repellant although we did not experience a lot in three days. Soft drinks and alcohol is available but with very little choices. The river cruises would have been excellent but we were unlucky with a boat that had problems on two of our three cruises. Staff were excellent and attentive even though they were obviously bored with so few people to serve.
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Date of stay: December 2022
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John M wrote a review Jan 2023
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The location is prime along side the river and the tours conducted from the lodge were amazing with experienced and very knowledgeable guides (Abud) covering both fauna and flora. The accommodation is basic and in some instances required better cleaning as evidence of mold covered the side of the toilet extensively as well as other areas of the cabin as well. Basic meals and limited beverages.
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Date of stay: December 2022
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Mrs C wrote a review Nov 2022
Sardinia, Italy12 contributions22 helpful votes
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What a great stay we had, very spacious room with very comfortable beds. Air conditioned so kept nice and cool. Fairly basic room and bathroom was not the best, but you appreciate your surroundings and the reasonable price paid. The night-time acoustics outside were magical, we went for a walk around the boardwalk and could not believe all the different noises we heard. The meals were really tasty and very well cooked, mainly served as a buffet. The river trips were fantastic and the guides were very knowledgeable and they were so good at spotting even the smallest critters.
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Date of stay: October 2022
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4evaLuv-Holidays wrote a review Oct 2022
Far North Coast, NSW377 contributions244 helpful votes
Comfortable, spacious, free-standing villa. There are a few inside stairs with the bedroom and living area upstairs and the entry, bathroom and separate toilet downstairs. Slip-on shoes provided for guests to use inside. Tea/coffee making facilities included too. Heaps of wildlife around the resort: monkeys, flying squirrels, squirrels, goats and birds. Lots of jungle noises of a night! Easy walk to the dining area. All meals were terrific and the staff were friendly and efficient. Wifi at reception or in the dining area worked faultlessly. Riverboat staff and vessels were very good.
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Autumn Bliss wrote a review Sep 2022
Central London113 contributions117 helpful votes
The accommodation is in individual wooden lodges on stilts accessed from the river and dining room on an elevated wooden boardwalk. The room itself was very spacious and had a separate wet room and toilet in addition to outside seating on a verandah. A kettle and coffee making was provided as was a safe. Bed large and comfortable with ample U.K. power sockets and effective AC. Dust and cobwebs prevailed throughout our accommodation and lighting over the bed with no bulbs! Our room was not made up (did we forget to put the ‘please clean our room’ sign outside the door? During our two night stay we had three riverboat trips with informative and helpful guides. All meals were buffet style and there were choices available. There is a bar and a TV room but not much else to do beyond the riverboat trips so be prepared to amuse yourselves. Torches are not provided but lighting along the boardwalk at night was perfectly fine. Guided day and evening walks, binoculars and leech socks were available to hire but the main purpose of coming here is to experience the wildlife along the river bank. Staff incredibly friendly and helpful. Beware some of the resident monkeys can be aggressive but they were soon shooed away by one the cleaners and her broom! Lots of wildlife is available to see on the doorstep. This has all the ingredients to be a really excellent place if they invested in some help in upping their game in customer service and housekeeping standards whilst preserving their unique authenticity.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Bring things to amuse yourself in between river trips and your own plug in mosquito repellent
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DawnW34 wrote a review Sep 2022
Benitachell, Spain20 contributions6 helpful votes
We stayed 2 nights in one of the detached chalets at the back of the resort. Unfortunately the a/c wasn’t working in the first room but the staff moved us straight away into the chalet next door. The resort wasn’t busy but we found the staff very pleasant & accommodating. The food was buffet style & it was tasty with a good choice. The river cruises were enjoyable in particular the night cruise as we were able to get very close to the kingfisher. Disappointed not to see orangutan but can’t blame the resort for that! Enjoyed our tree planting!
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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ksd4542 wrote a review Jun 2022
kent23 contributions1 helpful vote
This was second visit to this amazing place in the jungle previously staying in 2019. Perfect place to chill and relax with the sound of nature. No WiFi… what does that matter. The atmosphere certainly makes up for it. Sat in the restaurant in the evening watching the bats fly in and out , and the Civet cat that appeared to have adopted the lodge! Food was great and it was no trouble for the staff to attend to likes and dislikes. Staff were very hard working and were so friendly and welcoming. Room was basic but very comfortable with everything we needed. Thank you guys for making this part of our honeymoon memorable. I hope you continue to see your visitor numbers increase.. you all deserve it.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and breakfast buffet.
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Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
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The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Chinese, and Malay.