Gaya Island Resort, Gaya Island, Mala
There is a place, accessible only by boat, where all that nature has created, from sheltered coral reefs to protected mangroves, over thousands of years has been preserved by those devoted to its care.
A place called Gaya Island Resort at Pulau Gaya.
Within the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park off the coast of Kota Kinabalu in Borneo, Gaya Island Resort rests along the coast of Malohom Bay, a natural sanctuary nestled in the hillside of an ancient rainforest with a stunning outline of Mount Kinabalu on the horizon. The resort’s architecture respects Sabahan elements; its 120 villas and two-bedroom suite use local materials and blend harmoniously with the natural environment while villa interiors are designed with a contemporary elegance.
Yet this is more than just a beautiful beachfront resort in stunning surroundings; with its PURE activities, this is a place for the curious to actively engage or peacefully absorb all Borneo has to offer.
Seamlessly integrated within the mangroves is Spa Village, offering a rich tapestry of spa programmes that reflect the ancient healing practices of the region while restoring balance to alleviate modern stresses. Dining is a burst of freshness and flavour; exquisite, sensory and sublime.
Discoveries, authentic experiences and a sense of intimacy with the natural world all prevail across the land and seascape of this resort, with its youthful vibe and sun-dappled moments, offering travellers and families an escape that is distinctively Borneo.
Gaya Island Resort is committed to ecologically-sustainable practices to minimise the carbon footprint within its environment. Therefore, the resort is a walking resort and only minimal motorised vehicles are used for operational purposes.
Location and Transfers
Gaya Island Resort is located on Pulau Gaya, the largest of a cluster of five islands that form the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, a natural conservation area off the coast of Borneo, close to Kota Kinabalu.
The nearest airport is Kota Kinabalu International Airport and land transfer is approximately 15 minutes from the airport to Sutera Harbour Marina. The journey time from Sutera Harbour Marina is approximately 15 minutes by speedboat.
Bayu Villa – set amongst a tropical mangrove on a gently sloping hillside, these villas offer a beautiful outlook and are walking distance from the resort’s pristine sandy beach
Canopy Villa – situated on a hillside amidst lush rainforest, the villas offer a peaceful setting with leafy views ranging from the rainforest canopy to the tropical mangroves. Connecting rooms are available for families
Kinabalu Villa – with views stretching across the South China Sea, and where the silhouette of Mount Kinabalu can be seen on a clear day, these Kinabalu Villas provide the best views in the resort
Suria Suite – perched on the sloping hillside, the luxurious 188 square metre two-bedroom suite elegantly occupies two levels and offers glorious uninterrupted views of the ocean and Mount Kinabalu from a large outdoor veranda with daybeds. The ground floor of the suite features a relaxing lounge area, private dining room, a TV room, a powder room and a pantry that opens out onto an outdoor deck. The suite’s first floor is completely dedicated to rest and relaxation. The two spacious bedrooms available both come with separate ensuites, walk-in wardrobes and vanity areas. This haven of absolute luxury is completed by an outdoor bath that leads onto the suite’s private balcony that offers breathtaking views
Feast Village – favour a vibrant, interactive all day dining experience that offers the diverse cuisine from the Asia-Pacific region. The dynamic open kitchens showcase a bakery, Japanese/Korean, Asian and Western selections. The location by the lap pool offers stunning views of Mount Kinabalu and the surrounding beach
Fisherman’s Cove – situated on the resort’s rooftop, Fisherman’s Cove offers exquisitely fresh seafood with a breathtaking view of the sea and Mount Kinabalu. Fisherman’s Cove is a fine dining restaurant that serves only seafood cuisine. Children under the age of 16 are not allowed in this restaurant for the comfort of all our guests. A proper dress code is required with shirt, full-length trousers and shoes for gentlemen and smart casual wear for ladies
Pool Bar & Lounge – overlooking the resort’s infinity pool and floating cabanas, the Pool Bar & Lounge with its al fresco location and natural light is the perfect place to relax with sundowners and light refreshments as the sun sets over Mount Kinabalu
Tavajun Bay – set in an enclave at Tavajun Bay, a short 5-minute boat ride from the resort, this tranquil private beach is perfect for relaxing under the tropical sun, lulled by the gentle sea breeze. Reminiscent of the sun-blessed Mediterranean coastline where vibrant flavours and simple presentation predominate, earthenware skillets kept warm over charcoal embers await for lunch where single dish meals that change daily is infused with local and international influences. Guests can also choose to pre-order and personalise a gourmet picnic basket for an indulgent afternoon on this piece of paradise
Facilities and Activities
Yoga & Guided Meditation sessions are available
40 metre Lap Pool with 4 Floating Cabanas
Kid’s Wading Pool
Dive and Water Sports Centre
Snorkelling Exploration with resident marine biologist
Gift Shop and Boutique
Nature walks with resident naturalist
Private yacht charter
Stand up paddle surfing
Personalised gourmet picnics
The Borneo Culinary Journey
Borneo Dance class
Kid’s Club – welcomes children between 4 to 12 years of age