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“Clean, cozy, friendly staff and amazing wildlife!”

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Bilit Rainforest Lodge
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Reviewed 8 April 2017

This is the perfect place to go if you want to get away from it all and enjoy mother nature. The lodge and rooms are comfortable, clean and cozy and the staff goes above and beyond to make your stay enjoyable. The beds were comfortable and the food was tasty. Two river cruises a day offer a great opportunity to see animals in the wild - we were lucky enough to see orangoutangs, crocodiles, pigmy elephants, probiscus monkeys, snakes and several birds on our trips. The afternoons are perfect to lay in the hammock and read or to play games in the common area. They even have wifi for those of us who find it hard to completely disconnect. They set up a 4 day tour for us and everything was amazing. The tour guides Azman and Darwis were professional, informative and excellent animal spotters - they are a huge asset to this property, our stay would not have been the same without them. We went to the Gomantong Cave where they harvest the birds nests for bird nest soup and were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to watch them actually harvest the nests. I highly recommend this place for a few day get-away!

  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 3 April 2017

Traveled here with my family. The location was quiet yet still right by the village. In the afternoon, we could bird watch from the hotel itself and once in a while, even saw macaques walking around. Food was decent given its remoteness and the day/night safaries were extremely enjoyable. Family had a great time.

  • Stayed: January 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

We had a great stay here at the lodge.

The staff and the food were great.

The accommodation is basic but it's what we expected. Your staying on the edge of a rainforest and a river. We weren't expecting a 5 star hotel experience. You go for the wildlife and the boat cruises.

We saw so many birds and monkeys. We had 3 river cruises. We seen the most wildlife on the afternoon trips. But the morning trip was the most enjoyable. Seeing the sun rise over the river and going up a very narrow estuary to a hidden lake. Just unreal. We also managed to spot a huge crocodile on the river bank and we got very close to it.

A great experience for people who are looking for wildlife sightings.

The only downside is that when you have free time. There is very little to do. Other than sit in your lodge or in the communal food area. Make sure you download some movies or TV on your phone to watch as the WiFi connection is poor.

Stayed: March 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank Alistair M
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Reviewed 28 March 2017

The river bank is littered with signs of many resorts. Choosing one where there is no road access means you are limited to the food of that place unless you take a water taxi. The lodge boats are not covered; Myne resort's boats had a cover. If it's pouring rain and your luggage and you are going across river to a bus or two hours down river, this might make a difference, or you are out wildlife spotting and it starts to pour. Food was basic and bland and never served hot as seemed norm throughout Malaysian Borneo hotels. You want to bring a mosquito net as rooms without fans had bugs buzzing around your head (walls aren't sealed well). I was in the best cabin in the place, one with a t.v. that didn't work (I don't use t.v.). You hear the mosque call to prayer from across the river in the am in all rooms. They burn leaves in piles right next to cabins so if you are sensitive give them notice so they don't burn before you arrive (maybe they could haul leaves away from the cabins then burn?). Women staff worked hard and were pleasant thus very good service rating.

  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled solo
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Thank sharonr806
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Reviewed 23 March 2017 via mobile

Our room was basic but clean and tidy. The bathroom needed re-decorated and didn't seem all that clean. The food was OK, not all that much choice but edible. The staff seemed nice enough but seemed very uncertain of what to do - they were pretty much all young teenagers. No one seemed to be in charge.

Stayed: March 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank Lucinda R
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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: RM905 - RM1,158 (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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