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Bilit Rainforest Lodge
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Reviewed 9 August 2016

First the positives. The location across the river made you feel like you were really in the rainforest. The river cruises were fantastic, we were luck enough to see lots of Proboscis monkeys, Pygmy elephants (twice) and the elusive Orangutans and the night cruise offered by the resort was well worth the extra cost as we saw lots of nocturnal life lit by a spectacular lightning storm. Our boat Captain, Mr Joy, had the most amazing eyesight and sixth sense to locate all this wildlife. The food was basic but there was lots of choice and it was tasty.
Then the negatives. The resort was not well kept, there was lots of litter scattered around the grounds, neither of our two 'VIP' chalets were particularly clean and although spacious they were looking rather tired. The beds were covered in ill fitting duvet covers in lieu of sheets making sleep difficult.
Overall, we enjoyed our stay but with a little care and attention to detail this could be a real gem in the beautiful rainforest.

Room Tip: We stayed in the 'VIP' chalets at the back of the resort, the semidetached ones closer to th...
  • Stayed: July 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 August 2016 via mobile

Stayed here with my husband and daughter, the rooms were lovely and the hammocks on the porch were a lovely touch. We went on the boat trip up the river and saw monkeys and lots of birds. The staff were lovely and helpful and our guides were lovely.

Stayed: July 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

This is an excellent base for exploration of the river and surrounding area. The hotel itself is basic but comfortable. It is constructed with a series of walk ways that elevates you from the ground. The rooms are large and clean. No TV, basic shower that runs warm but not hot and large comfortable beds. There is a bar that serves wine by the bottle and Tiger beer and an adjacent relaxation room with TV and board games.

Most of the trips from here are river based and this allows you to see some wildlife, especially monkeys, the odd bird, wild boar and the possibility of crocodiles.

It can become a bit boarding when not on an excursion, there were several hours of downtime and there are limits to how far you can wander without the possibility of getting lost.

Our guide from the hotel, Yan, was superb, very friendly, knowledgeable and with endless patience for our often rowdy kids.

A slight downside which is apparent in many natural habitats, there was a fair bit of domestic rubbish scattered about the area. I can't really understand why it wasn't collected.

Stayed: July 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 25 July 2016

We stayed here as part of a trip around Sabah and this was a great place to stay. Certainly felt like you were staying in the jungle but with all the comforts of a hotel. Everyone who stayed got their own wooden “hut” however the furnishings were modern and air con included. You had to contend with bugs in parts of the room but that is to be expected. The “huts” are built in the jungle behind the main bar and eating area and you can only get to the lodge by boat. They also offer various boat cruises along the river, which I would recommend. Along the river you can see all sorts of wildlife, we saw various birds, Macaques, the endemic Proboscis Monkey as well as a herd of pygmy elephants cooling themselves off in the river. There is of course no guarantee you will see anything but they take you up the river quite a way whilst looking. You can also see other monkeys and if very lucky wild orang-utans. Overall really enjoyed this place but do remember it is a river lodge in the jungle, it was comfy but dont expect the lap of luxury!

Stayed: July 2016, travelled as a couple
Thank Sean C
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Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

We originally booked the lodge for 4 nights for 583£ full board. We stayed only 2 nights and then we run away just not to spoil our vacations! So, we lost more than 450£ (around 290 for the 2 nights + 140 for new flight back to Kuala Lumpur + extra money for food).

The problems were:
1) many cockroaches in the room - we didn't sleep properly for 2 nights as the cockroaches were walking on us during our sleep.
2) nothing to do around for most of the day. There were only 2 possible activities - boat trip and jungle walking, but the jungle walking could not be done since there were elephants nearby.
3) room not well maintained (see photos)
4) food was not good

On the positive side:
1) boat trips were nice if you had a guide and you could see many monkeys, birds, elephants and even chimpanzees
2) rooms were spacious and well designed (but not well maintained)

Stayed: July 2016, travelled as a couple
Thank Paparas P
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Address: KG Bilit Seberang Jalan Sukau, Kota Kinabatangan 90200, Malaysia
Region: Malaysia > Sabah > Kota Kinabatangan
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Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Kota Kinabatangan
Price Range: RM911 - RM1,163 (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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