Combining comfort, style and the wilderness of Borneo, this island resort is integrated into the natural environment.
In the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, just off the coast of Kota Kinabalu, lies the island of Pulau Gaya. Covered in dense tropical forest, this picturesque isle has been protected as a reserve since the early 1920s. Here, you will find one of Borneo’s most luxurious hotels, Gaya Island Resort. The resort's close proximity to some spectacular wildlife spotting areas means that a comprehensive in-house guiding and information service is available if you would like to step out of your luxurious surrounds to try and spot the rare proboscis monkey, along with the island's many other characterful inhabitants.
Set between verdant rainforest and a fine sandy beach on the edge of a 40-acre estate, this hotel features the finest amenities, including a lap pool, bar and a variety of restaurants. The interactive buffet venue Feast Village offers breakfast, lunch and dinner and serves diverse cuisines from all over the Asia-Pacific region ,while the fine dining, adults-only Fisherman’s Cove restaurant has a dinner menu full of freshly caught seafood dishes. For a taste of Japan, head to Omakase, where your choice of teppanyaki is prepared by the talented chef. Shabu-shabu or nabe dishes are also available on request. You can enjoy a refreshing cocktail or light lunch at the casual Pool Bar and Lounge, or perhaps have lunch at the private Tavajun Bay which is reached by a five minute boat ride.
The Spa Village provides an idyllic location amongst the mangroves and offers a wide range of spa programmes. For the more adventurous, there are a variety of creative activities on offer which encompass the island's fascinating culture, natural beauty and captivating wildlife and marinelife.
Set within the rainforest and mangroves, the resort is made up of 120 modern villas that have been built using the finest locally-sourced materials. The Canopy Villas sit on a gentle hillside just a short walk from the beach, whilst the Bayu Villas are set higher up in the forest and feature views of the rainforest canopy or tropical mangroves. A stay in the Kinabalu Villas means a bit of extra climbing, however they have stunning views of the glittering South China Sea. The extremely spacious two-level Suria Suite is perfect for families or groups.
Escapes for total relaxation, with pampering treatments from some of the best therapists, personalised wellness programmes and energising activities.
On the beautiful island of Pulau Gaya, one of the five islands of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park
Good to know
Minimum stay: 3 nights 23 Dec-05 Jan and 16-24 Feb; 2 nights for the rest of the year. The resort is not recommended for those with walking difficulties. Guests over 12 are welcome in the Fisherman’s Cove Restaurant. A conservation fee of approx. £4 per guest per night is payable to the resort.
120 villas and 1 suite
• Yoga and guided meditation* • Nature walks and cultural excursions* • Snorkelling and diving programmes* • Head out on an enchanting sunset cruise* • The Borneo Culinary Journey and craftworks*.
3 restaurants, bar and casual lunch at Tavajun Bay
Breakfast at Feast Village.
Meal upgrade options (per person per night)
Full Board from £79 • Breakfast at Feast Village • Lunch at Feast Village, Pool Bar & Lounge or Tavajun Bay • Dinner at Feast Village, Omakase or Fisherman’s Cove
*Denotes local charge