We stayed here as part of a river cruise package, booked via the hotel's website. Choose this hotel, partly because of the review in the Borneo Lonely Planet guide.
We had a detached bungalow which is very spacious with separate bathroom and toilet and a huge porch with 2 ratan chairs and a hammock. None of the bungalows have river views but are facing the garden. Rooms have a/c, fan tea making facilities and a safe. Our room had two queen size beds but not sure if this is standard in all rooms. On the first day, we had buffet lunch and dinner which pretty good and the restaurant/bar was full with wat appeared to be staff and their families as a staff party was organised that evening. They included the few tourists who were at the resort, but have to admit thatwe didn't really expect to hear karaoke in our room when we left the party as we were t have a morning river cruise at 7am. Over the next couple of days, a big tv in the corner of the restaurant would be on constantly with staff in front of it which didn't really contribute to the atmosphere in the restaurant. On the next two days, there were only a few guests left in the whole place, so we didn't get any buffets anymore, but several lunch/dinner dishes were served at the table. In itself fine, but we really felt that not a lot of effort was being done for us as several ingredients or even dishes, kept coming back over the next couple of days. Furthermore, we were beng asked about food allergies etc when we booked but we were being served this anyway and no subsitute dishes were available. After the first night of the staff party, the only drinks available were beer, sprite, water and tea and coffee. No new supplies were brought in in the next days that we spent here. Our room wasn't cleaned or towels refreshed in the 3 days we spent here.
The river cruises were fantastic and we spotted several animals and birds including elephants, crocodile, hornbills and orang utan. Of course, we were here for the wildlife but as this place is listed as one of the more luxerious places in Kinabatangan area in the Lonely Planet, I was a bit dissapointed in the effort thas being done for us in terms of food, drinks and the atmosphere. It really felt as if staff was tired of the busy July/August holiday season and shifted to 2nd gear.
- Also Known As:
- Bilit Rainforest Hotel Sabah
- Bilit Rainforest Hotel
- 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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