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Bilit Rainforest Lodge

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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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Shared lounge / TV area
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KG Bilit Seberang Jalan Sukau, Kota Kinabatangan 90200 Malaysia
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Sandakan Airport49 kmSee all flights
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Ollington wrote a review Dec 2017
London, United Kingdom37 contributions14 helpful votes
we spent 2 nights here and loved it. The lodge is situated right on the riverside and is accessed by boat. The staff were very kind and the food was very good. Rooms were simple but clean and spacious. We loved the hammocks on our balcony. We didn't use their guide but we did share a boat with him and he was very quick at spotting wildlife on the river and knew lots about the bird & animals of the area.
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Date of stay: December 2017
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Response from HadleyHo, Guest Relations Manager at Bilit Rainforest Lodge
Responded 14 Jan 2018
Dear Ollingtons, Warmest Greeting from Bilit Rainforest Lodge! We are very much appreciated for your valued review and we are glad to hear that you are satisfied during your stay at our lodge! That are our pleasure to provide such services :) We are delighted to see you in future ! Thank you.
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N01HEN wrote a review Dec 2017
Auckland, New Zealand4 contributions1 helpful vote
We loved every bit of our tour and loved Abdul our guide! He was very good at spotting wildlife and always very knowledgable. Our tour included: Selingan Turtle Island Gomantong Cave Kinabatangan River Cruise Morning Cruise to Oxbow Lake or Jungle Trek Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre  Sandakan City Tour Bilit Rainforest Lodge 4* Sheraton Four Points HotelCOMPLIMENTARY 01 Night River Cruise. Loved the Bilit Rainforest Lodge and had a great stay although we could never work out the hot water for the showers. But it was so hot cold was fine. Sharon and Stewart
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Date of stay: December 2017
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Response from HadleyHo, Guest Relations Manager at Bilit Rainforest Lodge
Responded 14 Jan 2018
Dear Sharon and Stewart, Warmest Greeting from Bilit Rainforest Lodge! We are glad that you are satisfied on your journeys with us and we appreciated for your wonderful review! Hope to see you in your next visit :D Thanks & best regards, Hadley
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jonny55555 wrote a review Dec 2017
uk13 contributions2 helpful votes
Bilit rainforest lodge is one of the better places to stay on the Kinabatangan river. The rooms are spacious, clean and comfortable with hot water and all other amenities, including private veranda with seating and hammocks The staff were relaxed and friendly. Thee food options at meal times were varied and good quality, even including homemade chocolate cake. The guide for our boat trips was Jimmy who was very frinedly and knowledgeable. Unfortunately we didn't see too much wildlife, but this was just bad luck as there are orangutans, elephants, crocodiles etc.. around, which we had seen on a previous trip. If you're looking for somewhere comfortable to stay on the river i would definitely recommend Billit Rainforest Lodge.
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Date of stay: December 2017
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Response from HadleyHo, Guest Relations Manager at Bilit Rainforest Lodge
Responded 14 Jan 2018
Dear Jonny, Warmest Greeting from Bilit Rainforest Lodge. We are very much appreciated for your wonderful reviews. That was our pleasure to provide such services :) However, sorry to hear that you were unable to see much wildlife during the cruise which is uncontrollable. Mr. Jimmy will be very happy that you were satisfied so far! We are delighted to see you in your next visit! Best regards, Hadley
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Thomas B wrote a review Nov 2017
Munich, Germany321 contributions160 helpful votes
The lodge is located on the river bank without car access. The individual houses are great and pretty clean, the staff is friendly. The main dinner hall is nice and spacious, the atmosphere is a bit cold and sterile. Most of the staff is chatting and playing with the cats during the day, when the cats went on the table nobody seemed to be bothered. The staff should also wash their hands after touching the cats and before preparing our food. Some ideas for improvements: - motivate the staff a bit, they seemed to be bored and sometimes very short and almost a bit rude (e.g. „Do you want me to make your room? What do you want me to do? Sheets? Towels?“) - place all the guests on the same tables to encourage conversation - play some calm and soft music during the day/food times -
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Date of stay: November 2017
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Response from HadleyHo, Guest Relations Manager at Bilit Rainforest Lodge
Responded 12 Nov 2017
Dear Thomas, Warmest Greeting from Bilit Rainfores Lodge! First of all, thank you for your valued feedback and suggestions. We are great that you are enjoyed your stay with us! Regarding to the staffs, we would like to apologize for the inconvenience caused meanwhile we will try our best to improve their serving skills and be more on hygienic. We hope that you may give us an opportunity to serve you better in your next visit :) Moreover, we appreciated for your useful suggestions and we will consider about it! Thank you :)
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Mark N wrote a review Nov 2017
Streatley on Thames, United Kingdom75 contributions33 helpful votes
We stayed here for a couple of nights and had some fabulous animal sightings in the morning and evening tours. Built Lodge itself is very comfortable and definitely at the higher end of lodges on Kinabatangan River. I cannot comment on whether Bilit is the best place to stay but can definitely say that a visit to the river is likely to be a highlight if you want to see elephants, orangutans, hornbills, long nose monkeys and a host of other flora and fauna. Compared with getting deep in the jungle on foot, you will see far more from the river as you are far enough from the animals not to frighten them off without them being hidden from view in the dense canopy. That said, if you want photos you will need a long lens and a steady hand. This is not a wildlife park but their natural
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Date of stay: October 2017
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Response from HadleyHo, Guest Relations Manager at Bilit Rainforest Lodge
Responded 12 Nov 2017
Dear Mark, Warmest Greeting from Bilit Rainforest Lodge! Thank you for your valued feedback, we are pleased to know that you are enjoyed your stays with us. Moreover, we appreciated for your useful tips to other travelers :) I believe that you are Bacon lover, you may find Bacon in some of the western restaurant or market which selling pork within Sabah. Thank you & have a nice day :)
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Vincent R. wrote a review Oct 2017
Amersfoort, The Netherlands551 contributions108 helpful votes
We stayed here 2 nights for 3 rivertours. Both lodge staff and tourstaff guide and driver are really friendly. The room, actually a little house, we had was amazing, big and really important, had a good shower and a really good bed. The did see wold boars, of course makakes, orang utangs, crocodiles, 'Dutch' monkees, hornbill birds, a snake, a civet cat and a lot of insects, but we were pleasantly surprised with the number of musquitos. I can recommend the BRL to everyone!
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Date of stay: October 2017
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Response from HadleyHo, Guest Relations Manager at Bilit Rainforest Lodge
Responded 31 Oct 2017
Hi Vincent, thank you for your valued review! That's our pleasure to make your stay worth and memorable :) also, thank you for recommend Bilit Rainforest Lodge!
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Gary L wrote a review Sep 2017
Hereford, United Kingdom21 contributions15 helpful votes
Split a recent trip to Gaya Island with a few days here. It really does feel remote - it is btw - and there's no tarting it up, it's not five star. That said, basic or not, it's comfortable, there is working AC and hot running water in the en-suites. The food is surprisingly good, albeit limited in choice. Wifi is hit and miss at best, but you're there for the wildlife - which is truly spectacular. Our guide 'Jimmy' was Malaysia's answer to David Attenborough but with bionic eyesight. The things he spots from a moving boat is frankly not normal ! Bring a hat - it's hot on the boats and they are not covered. Bring a torch, there's little lighting to the huts and bring a decent pair of binoculars - 8 power is plenty. Other that that, switch off from the outside world and soak it
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Date of stay: September 2017
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wisemary53 wrote a review Aug 2017
Melbourne, Australia59 contributions41 helpful votes
I had a fantastic time here. The accomodation is very comfortable and a great place to relax after your river trips. You are truly in the jungle but quite safe. The staff are very helpful and caring. The river trips looking for the animal life goes way to quickly. I would loved to have spent more time here. My only suggestion would be at meals times to get rid of the table allocation and allow people to mingle together in different groups.
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Date of stay: August 2017
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cb1002014 wrote a review Aug 2017
Lowestoft, United Kingdom155 contributions56 helpful votes
We loved our stay at Bilit . Arriving at the lodge by boat, we were met with a warm welcome from the manager. The guides are all really friendly and knowledgeable and the boats are comfortable and dry. They supply life jackets but remember to bring binoculars and a good camera. The night safari was really special and we managed to see the ' big five' during our two days. The food is buffet style and tasty . Vegetarians are catered for but it's pretty basic , vegetable dishes without protein so maybe bring some nuts? Breakfast is good with an ' egg chef' on hand. The rooms are big and bathrooms good. We loved reading in the very comfortable hammocks on the veranda. A lovely place to see the wildlife of Borneo.
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Date of stay: August 2017
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champkis wrote a review Aug 2017
Dublin, Ireland1754 contributions1642 helpful votes
Spent 2 nights here as part of a package booked with Amazing Borneo Tours. I highly recommend it. The package included pick up at Sandakan airport and transport, all meals in the lodge, 2 nights, 4 river cruises in total (morning, afternoon, evening and night over the 2 days) and then a visit to the Gomantong caves-excellent. Bilit rainforest lodge is a lovely hotel. Our room was perfect. It was huge, very comfortable and clean. There is a large shower and a separate bathroom. The air con was fantastic- so much so that we needed to use the heavier blankets provided as the room cooled down so much with it (brilliant!!). Staff were really nice and friendly, always smiling and reading to help if you needed them. The food was great. For lunch there was chips/fries, rice, chicken,
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Date of stay: August 2017
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MalaysiaSabahKinabatangan DistrictKota Kinabatangan
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