Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa, Gaya Island, Malaysia
As sensual and exotic as the hibiscus flower that bears its name, Bunga Raya Island Resort is a luxurious jewel set on a coral reef island just off the coast of Borneo. A secluded island hideaway of 47 timbered villas, the resort is tucked away on a tranquil and hidden bay framed by crescent shaped white sand beach on one side and the centuries old virgin jungle on the other. Each private villa is rough hewn and hand-crafted by local tradesmen, terraced into the hillside reflecting the traditional simplicity of the Borneo architectural style, blending seamlessly with the comforts and needs of the most sophisticated and discerning luxury traveller.
Private balconies offer jaw dropping vistas of the beach below and the South China Sea beyond. Villas range from simple timbered dwellings, steps from the beach, to opulent 3 bedroom, multi-level units with wrap around decks and indulgent private plunge pools. A dedicated hilltop spa, with exotic private spa pavilions, blends the very finest of Traditional Asian and Western treatments which capture restorative powers of indigenous plants and oils.
Location and Transfers
Bunga Raya Resort is situated on Gaya Island off the coast of Borneo, a 30 minute ferry ride from Kota Kinabalu, site of the closest international airport.
Superior Villas – scattered throughout the hillside above with a mix of secluded Jungle and Ocean Views, these large, 1-bedroom villas offer idyllic hideaways and the ultimate in true rustic luxury
Deluxe Villas – these villas allow you to enjoy jungle and ocean views and come with a separate living room extension (Rumpus Room). It provides an additional, separate annexed living room with additional LCD television and DVD player
Beachfront Villas – take a dip in your own private infinity plunge pool or step onto the beach via your private beach access walkway
Treehouse Villas – romantic jungle walkway to your hideaway in the trees. An intimate outdoor jaccuzzi or private jungle plunge pool and seductive lounge in a villa placed high up among the tree tops
2 Bedroom Deluxe Suites – surrounded by the lush jungle with ocean views. Two separate bedrooms (King and Twin), and a lush outdoor balcony living space
3 Bedroom Deluxe Suite – perched at the highest point of the property with a jaw-dropping view of the South China Sea. Unique, two-storey hilltop retreat, with an expansive Master Bedroom plus a giant Whirlpool bath and matching downstairs bedrooms with a wrap around deck and an indulgent plunge pool
Pantai Grill – set right in the sand very close to the water’s edge, Pantai Grill is a laidback oceanfront dining outlet. Your choice of meats and seafood are grilled as you order. There is the option to order other dishes and drinks from the other outlets as well. Pantai Grill is available for lunch and is open until sunset. Couples interested in more private dining arrangements can choose to enjoy their food at one of the several over-water pavilions located nearby, which create a romantic atmosphere that makes for a more intimate affair
The Koi – a modern European Bistro designed with plenty of contemporary flair, The Koi is housed at the resort’s heart and serves as its main dining outlet. The restaurant takes its name from the dozens of scintillating exotic fish that inhabit the pond just behind the establishment. The resort’s swimming pool is located in front of The Koi, and you’re welcome to order snacks and chilled beverages to enjoy as you indulge in a refreshing dip. The Koi is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week
The Wine Cave – an underground wine cellar that stores over 4,500 bottles. Built right under The Koi, it also houses an impressive collection of cigars, which can be enjoyed at an adjoining outdoor patio. A special lounge and furnished table settings also make it a prime and deliciously stylish venue for private events
Have a romantic dinner in a specially decorated beach pavilion. Your chef will tailor a menu to your liking and match it with wine from the award winning cellar. This will all be served by your personal butler, an experience never to be forgotten
The Wine Cave
A spacious underground cave-like room surrounded by fine wines on one side and a waterfall and Koi pond on the other side. This room can seat between 2-20 guests
Facilities and Activities
Underwater Fish Feeding
HornBill Beach excursion
Gaya Street Market
Tour Of Kota Kinabalu