Set on the banks of the remote Kinabatangan River, and accessible only by boat, this is a surprisingly smart lodge. A raised walkway links the stilted chalets, which are spacious, clean (barring the odd ant) and well-fitted (big comfortable bed, fridge, strong air-con etc), and each one has a terrace with chairs/hammocks. A dribbling shower, understandable given the setting, nevertheless one annoying factor. The meals, traditional Malaysian fare in buffet format, were a real highlight, as good as anywhere we ate in North Borneo. On the morning and evening boat trips we saw all different sorts of monkeys (alas no wild Orang Utans), many interesting birds, crocodiles, and, very luckily, two Bornean Pygmy Elephants. One afternoon a troop of Long Tailed Macaques sloped casually through the lodge. Outside of the boat trips, there is a jungle hike (we declined the invitation) but not a lot else; however we were very happy chilling with a book/having a nap. Wifi available, but a bit patchy. A beautiful and interesting place, with charming staff, great wildlife, excellent food and quality accommodation, given the remote jungle location. Recommended.
- 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