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Bilit Rainforest Lodge
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Reviewed 21 September 2012

You have aircon in your room you don't get more luxury than that in the jungle (well ok its not remote jungle)

This is an easy way to access nature
My wife hates bugs and we had no issues staying here compared to other places we have been
no bugs in the room and hardly any around the lodges

We saw all the wildlife we hoped to see during the river trips - although most was seen on the first trip and not so much on the 2nd ,but that is nature for you

Food was good (not amazing )and plentiful and the staff were all friendly

They do need to turn the volume down on the TV in the dining area though as a bit annoying for the guests

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 September 2012

We stayed here for two nights as part of a tour booked through Tropical Gateway Tours. We really enjoyed our stay here. The accommodation was great, the food was nice, the staff were helpful and most of all we experienced some great wildlife spotting along the river.
We did three river cruises and had varying results, but did manage to see lots of Proboscis monkeys, Macaques, Crocodiles, lots of different birds including plenty of Hornbill, and we also spotted wild Orangutans. The guides on the boats are great at spotting the wildlife, it pays to have a good guide on the boat.
Lawrence for Tropical Gateway Tours was amazing. He was our guide for the 3 days (2 nights) and he was exceptional. We could not have asked for a better guide.
I can highly recommend Bilit Rainforest Lodge and Tropical Gateway Tours for an amazing wildlife experience. Thanks again Lawrence!

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 September 2012

About everything: we've traveled 3,5 weeks in Maleisië and stayed about 2 nights in every lodge or hotel. So, we've pretty good comparison with other accomodations.

The Bilit Rainforest Lodge was by far the most expensive place where we've stayed but also the worst ánd with the worst food. So, very poor value for a lot of money.

Our observation is that the quality of management is very poor. We asked with our booking for a familyroom since we travel with 2 kids. They replied that that was not possible so we had to make a reservation for 2 lodges. Upon arrival it turned out that each lodge had 5 beds!!! We addressed ourselves to the manager with a copy of our email with request for a family room and that we wanted one lodge after all since it was possible to stay in one room. Although the manager agreed that it was ridiculous to pay for 2 lodges and 10 beds with a party of 4 and that he admitted that it was possible to stay with one family in one room as requested, he could not change anything about the reservation for 2 lodges. Even though he admitted that we made the reservation for 2 lodges based on misleading information: one room was not possible. The man did try to explain that all the extra beds was extra service but could not understand that we as guests did not perceive it that way at all. On the contrary. He could not explain to us what he saw as the benefit for us to have 3 unused beds per room. Although he promised over and over again to get back to us with a solution, he never did. Since we wanted to pay for one room, we only used one room and gave the key back of the second one. On the following morning when my husband took a (cold) shower, the thermostat knob broke off (as a result of poor maintenance) so the water spurted in all directions. It took them all day to repair it so we were transferred to the other room (received back the key) and could not even use this first room again.

So all and all we stayed in one room since there was only one room available, but they still made us pay (deducted from our creditcard) for 2 lodges for 2 nights. Price per night for our party of 2 adults and 2 children was more then € 600,=!!!! After we returned home we often contacted them for the promised refund of the money, they kept on replying that they would investigate the situation and come back to us which they never did.

We had a fantastic holiday and experience in Malaysia and every other accomodation where we've stayed was just as fantastic except for the Bilit Rainforest Lodge so we really want to warn others if they're planning a trip to Malaysia. It was the only big disappointment.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 August 2012

We stayed here for one night as part of a tour to the Kinabantangan River. Never sure what to expect from your accommodation on a tour but this was an incredibly pleasant suprise. We were treated to a VIP lodge, as we were on honeymoon, and it was the size of a small ski lodge! Huge bathroom and separate bedroom space with a comfy bed. Great view of the rainforest out the back, where we saw monkeys in the morning, and a nice porch area with comfy hammocks at the front.

Food at the restaurant was great and loads of it too. All staff very friendly and we appreciated the ice cold beer they were able to provide.

I would highly recommend this place for your stay on the river.

  • Stayed: August 2012
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Reviewed 20 August 2012

I was kind of disappointed about wasting three nights at this place. very expensive for this service.
poor food, insects in bed, dirty and wet sheets and towels, extremely boring river safari (nothing to see and a LOT of tourists!). we did 4 (!) river safari in different times and didn't see anything except three birds and monkeys. in the resort during the dinner time you can see more, really ...

acceptable if you are staying one night and used to travel as backpacker.

Room Tip: honeymoon suites are not used so often, so they are very wet, full of insects inside and bad smell i...
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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Bilit Rainforest Lodge

Address: KG Bilit Seberang Jalan Sukau, Kota Kinabatangan 90200, Malaysia
Region: Malaysia > Sabah > Kota Kinabatangan
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Kota Kinabatangan
Price Range: RM 1,146 - RM 1,169 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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. ... more   less 
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