Bilit Rainforest Lodge

Bilit Rainforest Lodge

KG Bilit Seberang Jalan Sukau, Kota Kinabatangan 90200 Malaysia
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#1 of 1 guest house in Kota Kinabatangan
4.6 of 5 bubbles
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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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KG Bilit Seberang Jalan Sukau, Kota Kinabatangan 90200 Malaysia
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Sandakan Airport
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Josefine S wrote a review Feb 2016
5 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Me and my boyfriend stayed here for 3 days and 2 nights during low season and it was really great! We didn't know much before we left but everything was better than we had expected! The lodge was just renovated so everything was very nice and clean, the food was so so good and the staff was very nice and helpful! Our guide, Aloi, made the tours really interesting and informative as well. He was amazing! We booked the tour via Borneo Sandakan Tours and we had a really great stay so I would absolutely recommend it!
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Date of stay: February 2016
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Geoff H wrote a review Nov 2015
Hove, United Kingdom30 contributions22 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed two nights having been ferried from Sandakan airport. Some of the roads in Sabah leave something to be desired but the trip via the Gomantong Caves was comfortable enough. Large comfortable room - running water was an interesting brown colour when first turned on but eventually flushed trough. Air condition was good and we even had a noisy house geko for company. Rainforest is noisy at night and the odd creature apparently walks across the roof but we slept well. Staff in the lodge are mainly from a nearby village and are friendly and helpful, The food was of really good quality although naturally the choice is limited. Chicken meat or fish plus noodles or rice and vegetables. Simply fair but much better than an earlier review had suggested. Take plenty of insect repellent but expect to see lots of insects. The boat trips are good . We saw Orang Utan, Probiscus Monkeys Crocodiles and lots of other wildlife. Not four star luxury but if you want to see wildlife this is good place to stay.
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Date of stay: November 2015
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Alastair G wrote a review Sept 2015
London, United Kingdom246 contributions121 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We had high expectations of our accommodation on the Lower Kinabatangan River given the other reviews we had read on Trip Advisor but sadly our experience of Bilit Rainforest Lodge was extremely disappointing.

On arrival we were not greeted in a particularly friendly way and simply escorted to our cabin. The room looked at first glance to be reasonably comfortable but on closer inspection was found to be completely lacking in any attention to detail.

It was explained that the safety deposit box had been removed as it was not working. We could if we wished leave any valuables at Reception. Given that none of the staff were in any form of uniform and therefore not easily identifiable, there appeared to be no one in charge, and many young people seemed to roam around, we were very reluctant to do this so carried our passports, credit cards and money with us everywhere. This was not ideal given the boat-trips we were doing.

The curtains were hanging off the rails in a number of places.

The mosquito net over the bed, apart from being bright "Barbie doll" pink, was neither use nor ornament as it was open to the rafters.

There were only 3 pillows on the bed - the fourth was found in the cupboard below the kettle - it was very badly stained.

The duvet smelled.

The sink in the separate toilet and sink cubicle was filthy. There were red marks around the overflow - blood, paint; who knows?

The food could be described at best as indifferent. On the morning of our departure, in common with our first morning, there was no fruit and in an area abundant with fruit in the main fruit season. Ridiculous! Fruit juice or should I say a sugary fruit drink was offered on the first morning. Breakfast on the second morning consisted solely of white bread for toast, fried noodles and fried potato triangles.

There were no soft cold drinks available in either of the 2 huge fridges behind the bar.

The hot/cold drinking water dispenser in the dining area broke down on our second afternoon.

On our second day at lunchtime, we were offered ice cream as the freezer had packed up.

On our departure my wife called out to the Receptionist 'We're off now, goodbye and thank you!' This did not receive a response. A 'Thank you for staying with us.' or 'Enjoy the rest of your holiday in Sabah.' was clearly too much to expect.

We acknowledge that we have nothing with which to compare Bulit Lodge on the Lower Kinabatangnan River but our gut feeling is that 20 years ago when newly built it was probably lovely. However, it has since clearly suffered from a lack of investment, love and care. We would definitely not stay there again.
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Date of stay: August 2015
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ire3333 wrote a review Dec 2012
london1,987 contribution308 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Having stayed in a very simple ( but perfectly adequate) lodge a few years ago , we decided to go upmarket a bit on our recent trip. As always you get what you pay for in life and the extra expenditure was well worth it.

We had had a very intense but brilliant stay on Mabul , so we wanted to cill out a bit. BRL is the perfect spot to relax and to see wonderful wildlife. The bungalow we had was huge , extremely well appointed with a fridge , nice toiletries in the bathroom , crisp linens , extremely comfy bed and a hammock on the terrace. The food was good , plenty of it and the staff were extremely friendly and welcoming. They picked us up in Sepilok and dropped us back to the airport as arranged.

One evening the lodge staff put on a traditional dance performance , which was a lovely touch and very much appreciated.

The wildlife in Kinabatangan did not disappoint and the two boat trips a day were fabulous. The highlight was seeing a beautiful wild orangutan eating from a fruit tree in the afternoon sun. The bird life was also amazing and hearing the gibbons calling to each other around the oxbow lake was another lovely experience.

There is not much employment in the area , apart from the palm oil plantation , so the lodges provide an important source of employment particularly for girls. We were so glad that we went there again and will certainly do so again.
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Date of stay: November 2012
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Orbit64 wrote a review May 2011
Perth, Australia39 contributions37 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed 3 nights at Bilit Rainforest Lodge with spouse & 2 children age 8 & 11 years. Booked 2 rooms. Rooms very spacious, beds very comfortable, very clean & aircon makes for good sleep. Relax in hammock on your room deck & listen to all the birds & watch butterflies! Took both morning & afternoon cruises for 2 hours with a guide over several days & highly recommend it. Saw an amazing variety of wildlife & was given a marvellous insight into the environment of this area by the guide. Most people only stay 2 nights at lodge, but the 3 gave us a chance to really relax. Staff very friendly, food excellent and plentiful. This was a very welcome respite after a trip to Selingan turtle island and Sepilok Orang-utan centre, both fantastic.
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Date of stay: April 2011
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Kevin R wrote a review Dec 2019
Sydney, Australia625 contributions174 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had 2 nights/ 3 days here as part of our tour. It was really well presented and maintained. The entire place was built on stilts to protect the nature and grounds. The rooms were all located along boardwalks off the main building. The rooms were absolutely huge with separate toilet and bathroom. The shower was big enough to have a dance in. The main room was a combined bedroom / family room. Lovely and clean. The beds were great. The staff here were all fantastic and eager to assist. The meals were buffet style Malaysian and were hot. The highlight of the lodge was the boat cruises along the river. We had 3 cruises and probably loved the dawn one the best. But that was when we saw a number of Orang utans in the wild. Fantastic. There were heaps of Proboscis monkeys and Macaque monkeys to. All to be seen while seated in the boats. This is what Borneo is all about. Would recommend and love to return.
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Date of stay: November 2019
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Response from Aisah_Customer_Care, Public Relations Manager at Bilit Rainforest Lodge
Responded 10 Dec 2019
Hi F7652NOkevinr, Thank you for the 5-star review! We're so happy to hear that you and your family enjoyed your stay at the lodge! We agree, the river cruises on the Kinabatangan River are wonderful and to see wild orangutans in the wild is rare so you were very lucky indeed! We hope you'll stay with us again on your next trip to Borneo :) have a great week! Cheers!
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Pam L wrote a review Jul 2017
Newcastle, Australia21 contributions20 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The lodge was a good base for trips along the Kinabatangan River. The boat tours were excellent with capable boat operations and good wildlife spotting.
There was lots to see on the trips including monkeys and birds. If you want a chance to see the pygmy elephants it is necessary to arrange an extended river trip. We were lucky to be able to do this but we had to make inquiries. The extra charge was worthwhile even if we had been unable to find the elephants - luckily we found them.
The cabins were spacious and well laid out with effective AC. There were problems with both damaged lighting including bare wires and plumbing difficulties due to poor maintenance.
The staff were friendly and helpful. Jimmy, the manager, did his best to overcome problems caused by the booking agency - thanks Jimmy.
The meals were adequate considering that we were I the rainforest..
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Date of stay: July 2017
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Mark S wrote a review May 2016
London, United Kingdom18 contributions13 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
A two minute boat ride across the river took us to Bilit for our two night stay. Our lodge was huge , basic but clean and had ac and a comfortable bed.Lodge and boardwalks all stilted. There were lots of Macaque monkeys around so keep an eye on your possessions . The lodge was monkey proof but be prepared for the noise at about 5 each morning as they play on the metal roof . We did three boat trips , after dark, late afternoon and evening to catch the various wildlife . We saw Kingfishers, Hornbills, Egrits, Cocodiles, Monitor Lizards, Long tail and Pig tail Macacues, red leaf and Silver leaf monkeys and the amazing and funny Proboscis Monkeys.
Food was prey basic but plentiful, eg soup , rice and a choice of chicken fish or beef and fruit.
Staff were friendly , I believe from the local villages so they are learning but willing. Our guide on the boat trips was an excellent spotter and very knowledgeable
A really good couple of days, we went to the wildlife and were pleased with what we saw and the accommodation was better than we expected
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Date of stay: April 2016
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Rik Arrow wrote a review Apr 2016
Sydney, Australia31 contributions18 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Having read the reviews below and having just finished two nights and three days with the awesome team at Bilit Rainforest Lodge, I can tell you that if you've come to understand and see fantastic wildlife in the jungles of Borneo, then this is the place for you.

The accommodation is clean, tidy, air conditioned but rustic. The food is simple, home cooking, mostly Malaysian style (the fish was awesome). But frankly we were not here for food or luxuries....

...because you can get luxury at the Four Points Sheraton if you want it. Instead, we had a passionate, funny, knowledgable guide called Paul, who spent hours teaching us about the Swiflets birdnests (made purely from their saliva), about how Orangutans differ from Proboscis Monkeys which differ from Macaque monkeys, in fact we learned about every species of wildlife that we saw - from snakes, to crocs, birds, Monitor Lizards, you name it.

The whole team from the porters, to the drivers, the dining staff and of course the guides, made our wildlife experience unforgettable. I suspect I will have forgotten about the small hole in my bed linen by tomorrow, but I'll remember coming face to face with an Orangutan in the wild for a long long time.

Thanks Paul and the team, and thanks also for the evening singalong with the guitar. We look forward to coming back some day.
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Date of stay: April 2016
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Emilyb wrote a review Apr 2016
London, United Kingdom13 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The staff at the rainforest lodge were very welcoming and the food was plentiful. We had two interconnecting bungalows which were very spacious with a large porch which was great for watching wildlife!

The jungle is all around you as you see wild pigs, dragons and lots and lots of monkeys! The cruises searching for wildlife were amazing and the guides were very knowledgable. We spotted a wild orangutan and it was a highlight!

I also enjoyed talking to the children from the neighbouring village as well as playing with the many kittens around.

Lovely stay would recommend highly.
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Date of stay: April 2016
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