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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Bilit Rainforest Hotel Sabah