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Bilit Rainforest Lodge
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Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

This is in the rainforest so when you keep that in mind it is a reasonable standard. We found the food surprisingly good ( other than one lunch) given their limited facilities . One thing that I noticed though was the staff kept lifting the lids of the hot plates which given the number of insects around seemed unnecessary. Staff all great and super friendly ( even chilling our tonic!). Cruises great and we saw wild orangutans, many birds and monkeys and even a few crocs. The night cruise under the stars was very chilled and lovely to hear the jungle noises. Guides excellent at spotting and with information. No issues with room as although some insects keeping the lights off in bathroom when not in there seemed to minimise any issues . Never had a hot shower but then not that cold out! Linen very clean. All in all good experience but think 2 nights all that is required. One hours free wifi a day too.

Stayed: October 2016, travelled as a couple
Thank katie26
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Reviewed 12 October 2016

The Bilit Ecolodge is a lovely looking hotel on the river but the food was not at all impressive for me as a vegetarian – only choice available was 2 small plates of warm ‘cabbage.’
We planned the trip focussing on visiting the Gomantong caves to see the bats but were very disappointed as we barely spent ½ hour there, then having to wait around for 2 ½ hours at the hotel with nothing to do before the ‘river cruise.’ We then saw very little before torrential rain came down. Very pricey.

  • Stayed: September 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Wonderful accommodation for wildlife lovers. We had two orangutan sightings and saw numerous rare and wonderful wildlife on boat tours. Around the lodge itself we saw hornbills, squirrels, monkeys, crocodiles and wild boar. Staff were excellent and couldn't do enough to help us out! We noticed on boat tours that other company guides didn't provide much information and their tour guests leaned towards our boat and tried to listen to our guides instead. The manager also generously organized a special honeymoon table for us with linen and flowers as a surprise. It was beautiful! Our favourite guide was Darwis, who was very informative and funny. He kindly took us to a roadside stall to try durian when we mentioned we wanted to try it even though it wasn't part of the tour.
Accommodation was cabins on stilts (protection from wildlife and flooding) with outdoor seating and hammocks. Each cabin was well appointed with a bathroom and toilet. Contrary to other reviews, I found the linen and towels clean and the floor so clean walking barefoot was not a problem! The bathroom and toilet weren't as clean (shower drain covered in hair and overflowed until we cleared it, a bit dusty) but this was mostly due to these 2 rooms being more open to the elements via the window screens - which I liked because I could hear the sounds of the wildlife and the geckos could enter and eat some of the invading insects. Those expecting a 5 star hotel will be disappointed but the accommodation is fine, just basic. Bring insect repellent (as the insects enter through tiny gaps in the wood cabins) and lock your door so monkeys don't enter. Bring closed toed washable shoes if you insist on doing the cave tour, but I recommend giving it a miss unless you want to walk through wet, stinky guano. Or better yet, stay on the boardwalk outside & look for orangutans. Our only bad experience was the smelly cave and our first guide mistakenly believing we had signed up for a night we hadn't signed up for. It was a bit awkward but staff were accepting of our perceived cancellation.

Stayed: September 2016, travelled as a couple
Thank LKaddy
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Reviewed 17 September 2016

Great way to arrive for your riverside adventure. Basic but comfortable with air con to keep you cool to sleep. Buffet meals with choices. Boat trips great with lots to be seen by the river. The staff are very friendly. Keep your door shut as the monkeys like to collect souvenirs

  • Stayed: September 2016, travelled with friends
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Thank JulieKent_UK
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Reviewed 6 September 2016

We stayed in a lovely large lodge-on-stilts with all the amenities needed, however I thought the lodge could do with a little sprucing up in the communal areas as they do look a little tired. Love!y staff though, the guides were great. Food a bit hit and miss, bar quite disappointing. Good jungle experience for something quite rugged.

Room Tip: All are good for a jungle experience
  • Stayed: September 2016, travelled as a couple
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Thank RoseB186
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