Gaya Island Resort

At a glance

  • On Pulau Gaya in Borneo
  • Secluded Spa Village
  • Marine excursions to the house reef

Gaya Island Resort


Combining comfort, style and wilderness, 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 Gaya Island Resort. The resort is close to some spectacular wildlife-spotting areas, so take advantage of the in-house guiding and information available and keep an eye out for the rare proboscis monkey, along with the island's many other characterful inhabitants.

Set between verdant rainforest and a fine sandy beach with a house reef on the edge of a 40-acre estate, this hotel has a lap pool, fantastic spa programmes at the Spa Village and a great collection of restaurants. The interactive buffet venue Feast Village serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and diverse cuisine from all over the Asia-Pacific region. 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 have lunch at the private Tavajun Bay, which is reached by a five minute boat ride.

Nestled 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 with views of the rainforest canopy or tropical mangroves. A stay in the Kinabalu Villas means a bit of extra climbing, but they have stunning views of the glittering South China Sea. The extremely spacious two-level Suria Suite is perfect for families or groups.


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Key information

On the beautiful island of Pulau Gaya, one of the five islands of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park

Airport transfer time: Approx. 30-minute private transfer from Kota Kinabalu airport to Jesselton Point, followed by a 10-minute speedboat ride to Gaya
Rooms: 121

Good to know

Minimum stays apply. Guests over 12 are welcome in the Fisherman’s Cove Restaurant. A conservation fee and tourist tax are payable to the resort. The resort is not recommended for those with walking difficulties.

Accommodation information

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

What's included

Breakfast at Feast Village.

Meal upgrade options (per person per night)

Full Board • 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