If you want to explore the jungle or go on a wildlife river cruise, it's likely you'll be staying in a lodge along the Kinabatangan river.
I think this is meant to be one of the nicer lodges, comprising of double and 'detatched' chalets, all connected by boardwalks to the main lodge where you have your meals. Stay is all-inclusive, but you can buy beers and other drinks at the bar.
We were upgraded to a large split-level chalet, with the bathroom on one level and the bedroom on the next. The furnishings were lovely - lots of wood panelling and wicker chairs, very colonial style, and the room was clean. We had one incident with an ant invasion in the bathroom, but staff were quickly on hand with bug spray and cleaning materials. All chalets have a porch with chairs and hammocks, perfect for relaxing during your down time there. There's no wifi in the rooms, but I think you can buy access at the bar (although perhaps use this as an opportunity to simply enjoy your surroundings, you don't stay in a rainforest every day!).
Buffet meals are served at set times and are delicious with plenty of choice (although not much for vegetarians). They even serve afternoon tea with cute, freshly baked cakes and local sweets.
It really is a special place to stay, it's lovely to be able to eat and sleep in the middle of a rainforest, surrounded by the sounds of the local wildlife.
- 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