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KG Bilit Seberang Jalan Sukau, Kota Kinabatangan 90200 Malaysia
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#3 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Kota Kinabatangan
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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.
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Free breakfast
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Breakfast buffet
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KG Bilit Seberang Jalan Sukau, Kota Kinabatangan 90200 Malaysia
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Mrs C wrote a review Nov 2022
Sardinia, Italy12 contributions21 helpful votes
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What a great stay we had, very spacious room with very comfortable beds. Air conditioned so kept nice and cool. Fairly basic room and bathroom was not the best, but you appreciate your surroundings and the reasonable price paid. The night-time acoustics outside were magical, we went for a walk around the boardwalk and could not believe all the different noises we heard. The meals were really tasty and very well cooked, mainly served as a buffet. The river trips were fantastic and the guides were very knowledgeable and they were so good at spotting even the smallest critters.
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Date of stay: October 2022
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4evaLuv-Holidays wrote a review Oct 2022
Far North Coast, NSW368 contributions243 helpful votes
Comfortable, spacious, free-standing villa. There are a few inside stairs with the bedroom and living area upstairs and the entry, bathroom and separate toilet downstairs. Slip-on shoes provided for guests to use inside. Tea/coffee making facilities included too. Heaps of wildlife around the resort: monkeys, flying squirrels, squirrels, goats and birds. Lots of jungle noises of a night! Easy walk to the dining area. All meals were terrific and the staff were friendly and efficient. Wifi at reception or in the dining area worked faultlessly. Riverboat staff and vessels were very good.
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Autumn Bliss wrote a review Sep 2022
Central London94 contributions105 helpful votes
The accommodation is in individual wooden lodges on stilts accessed from the river and dining room on an elevated wooden boardwalk. The room itself was very spacious and had a separate wet room and toilet in addition to outside seating on a verandah. A kettle and coffee making was provided as was a safe. Bed large and comfortable with ample U.K. power sockets and effective AC. Dust and cobwebs prevailed throughout our accommodation and lighting over the bed with no bulbs! Our room was not made up (did we forget to put the ‘please clean our room’ sign outside the door? During our two night stay we had three riverboat trips with informative and helpful guides. All meals were buffet style and there were choices available. There is a bar and a TV room but not much else to do beyond the riverboat trips so be prepared to amuse yourselves. Torches are not provided but lighting along the boardwalk at night was perfectly fine. Guided day and evening walks, binoculars and leech socks were available to hire but the main purpose of coming here is to experience the wildlife along the river bank. Staff incredibly friendly and helpful. Beware some of the resident monkeys can be aggressive but they were soon shooed away by one the cleaners and her broom! Lots of wildlife is available to see on the doorstep. This has all the ingredients to be a really excellent place if they invested in some help in upping their game in customer service and housekeeping standards whilst preserving their unique authenticity.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Bring things to amuse yourself in between river trips and your own plug in mosquito repellent
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DawnW34 wrote a review Sep 2022
Benitachell, Spain20 contributions6 helpful votes
We stayed 2 nights in one of the detached chalets at the back of the resort. Unfortunately the a/c wasn’t working in the first room but the staff moved us straight away into the chalet next door. The resort wasn’t busy but we found the staff very pleasant & accommodating. The food was buffet style & it was tasty with a good choice. The river cruises were enjoyable in particular the night cruise as we were able to get very close to the kingfisher. Disappointed not to see orangutan but can’t blame the resort for that! Enjoyed our tree planting!
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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ksd4542 wrote a review Jun 2022
kent22 contributions
This was second visit to this amazing place in the jungle previously staying in 2019. Perfect place to chill and relax with the sound of nature. No WiFi… what does that matter. The atmosphere certainly makes up for it. Sat in the restaurant in the evening watching the bats fly in and out , and the Civet cat that appeared to have adopted the lodge! Food was great and it was no trouble for the staff to attend to likes and dislikes. Staff were very hard working and were so friendly and welcoming. Room was basic but very comfortable with everything we needed. Thank you guys for making this part of our honeymoon memorable. I hope you continue to see your visitor numbers increase.. you all deserve it.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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dolally wrote a review Jun 2022
London, United Kingdom54 contributions92 helpful votes
So lets start with the positives. I have read many reviews about crap guides uninformed. Our guide Jon was the most amazing guide and spotted for us all sorts of wildlife including Pygmy elephants. Eagles. Kingfisher snakes crocodile hornbills. His English was brilliant. His knowledge was amazing and we loved him. This was our time once off the hotel edge and on the boat. Unfortunately that’s where it stops. The rooms are basic beyond belief. Not clean We had no hot water initially and then a Luke warm trickle. No making any beds up or any room service. No milk for coffee in the room no fridge. No WiFi in the resort offered at all. Then there is the food. The first 24hrs we got given plates of food No choice at all. Oven chips and s scoop of rice. With some accompliments. The second evening the food was better and came out in a buffet style. This was an improvement but to be honest couldn’t have got worse. We were lucky as we had moved our orang-utan visit to the day. There isn’t much going on in the day and I was so glad to be out of the accommodation. After a cold breakfast before leaving you are given the guest book. Bless us brits are so polite…. Nobody mentions the accommodation which is below a french refuge standard. My 18 year old son might not mind if he was back packing. Sorry guys. But people need to know what they are heading into. It was our 25th Wedding anniversary on Tuesday night. What a hole to be in ! Leaving on a positive. Did I mention Jon our guide was AMAZING !!!
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Xenie67 wrote a review Apr 2020
London, United Kingdom113 contributions86 helpful votes
We booked 3d/2n package with visit to Gomantong Caves. Upon arrival we were greeted by friendly staff and lunch was waiting for us. After a quick refresh off we went onto our fist river cruise. I was hoping for some wildlife but was surprised how much we saw during our short stay! Proboscis monkeys, macaques, crocodiles, many birds species including a few specious of king fisher, no luck seeing an orangutan but luck seeing a pygmy elephant approaching a river bank and crossing river just in front of us! We were able to follow the elephant for some time until it decided it had enough bathing and cooling off in the river and climbed onto to the other river bank and went off. Such an amazing wildlife encounter, we couldn't stop smiling! Overall the program is packed but it increases chances of spotting wildlife from boat at different times during the day and night. We also opted for a jungle trek to nearby ox-bow lake to stretch legs. They guides here are really friendly, enthusiastic and knowledgeable.There is hardly any light pollution and I loved the night skies, absolutely amazing. Food served buffet style was varied and tasty, staff were really friendly, polite and helpful. Filter water was available all day. Our room was spacious with working fan/aircon, safe and beds were comfy. We enjoyed relaxing in hammocks between the river cruises. We had a wonderful experience with some amazing wildlife encounters to remember.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Response from AB_Customer_Care, Public Relations Manager at Bilit Rainforest Lodge
Responded Apr 21, 2020
Hi Xenie67, Thank you so much for your awesome review! We're so happy that you enjoyed your tour with us at the lodge! Spotting wildlife in Sabah is almost a guaranteed experience and it's wonderful you got to see a pygmy elephant cooling itself by the river, which is not something one sees often! And it's true, the night skies as seen from the lodge as well as around it is stunning and it's great that you got to experience it ~ We hope to see you staying with us again soon! For now, please stay safe! Until next time, cheers!!
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Forklift wrote a review Feb 2020
UK34 contributions63 helpful votes
Excellent service, comfortable rooms, very good food, enthusiatic and knowledgeable guides, exciting river trips. We ejoyed this lodge as we saw more animals by the river than we saw deeper in the forest. 2 night / 3 days was a long enough time to stay.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Response from AB_Customer_Care, Public Relations Manager at Bilit Rainforest Lodge
Responded Feb 26, 2020
Hi Forklift, Thank you for taking the time to write a review! We try our very best to ensure our guests' stay with us is enjoyable, comfortable and memorable. To hear that you loved your stay with us and even got to spot some wildlife from our lodge is truly wonderful to hear! We hope to see you stay with us again on your next trip to Sabah :) have a great week ahead!
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Christopher P wrote a review Feb 2020
Perth, Australia7 contributions4 helpful votes
We spent 2 nights / 3 days here as part of an independent tour. The lodge provides a real rainforest experience with good food and reasonable but basic rooms. The reason for staying here though is the staff - all from the local village - and the rainforest guides who escort you on the river trios, village walks and excursion to Gomatong Cave and the Sepilok Orang-utan and Sun Bear Centres. Our guide, Paul, was absolutely superb - we loved him! Friendly, funny and very knowledgable about the local animals, Paul made our trip very memorable. It's also worth noting that the lodge is a strong supporter of conservation and eco-tourism. We saw groups of animals along the river every 5 minutes or so - there's so much to see. If you love wildlife, this is the place for you.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Response from AB_Customer_Care, Public Relations Manager at Bilit Rainforest Lodge
Responded Feb 24, 2020
Hi 408christopherp, Thank you so much for taking the time to post your review! We're so glad to hear that you had a blast while staying with us at Bilit Rainforest Lodge. The wildlife, together with the people, is truly what makes Kinabatangan unique thus protecting the wildlife as the local people's way of life is a priority to us. We hope to see you stay with us when you're in Borneo again! Cheers and have a great week ahead!
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pam j wrote a review Dec 2019
Adelaide, South Australia147 contributions89 helpful votes
Stayed here for 2 nights as part of a Trip A Deal tour. The bus dropped us off and we travelled to the lodge via boat. Great welcome, very clean rooms, lovely helpful staff and great food. I loved the sightseeing trips via boat. The wildlife is absolutely amazing. What a wonderful experience, highly recommended.
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Response from Aisah_Customer_Care, Public Relations Manager at Bilit Rainforest Lodge
Responded Jan 1, 2020
Hi pam j, Thanks for taking the time to write an awesome review! it's great to hear you enjoyed your stay at the lodge and that everything was to your liking! Witnessing wildlife in their natural habitat is truly an unforgettable sight and we hope you'll remember this memory with fondness :) we hope to see you staying with us again on your next trip to Borneo. Until next time and we hope you'll have a great 2020 ahead!
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