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Gaya Island Resort

Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

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Gaya Island Resort

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Excellent beach hotel. Good for sightseeing and has a beach nearby. Fantastic service. Beautiful beach.

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.
Hotel Address:
  • Gaya Island Resort
  • Malohom Bay
  • Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park
  • Kota Kinabalu, Sabah 88000
  • Malaysia

Location Summary
Located 15-minutes off Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Pulau Gaya is underlaid by folded sandstone and sedimentary rock and is part of the Crocker Range rock formation of the western coast of Sabah. Exposed sandstone outcrops feature on the coast of this island forming cliffs, caves, honeycombs and deep crevasses along the shore.

Directions to Hotel
Travel by air: Major airlines such as Malaysia Airlines and Royal Brunei operate direct international flights from major destinations around the world to Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA). From Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia operate direct flights to Kota Kinabalu. Those traveling to and from Singapore can connect directly to Kota Kinabalu via SilkAir, Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia. The journey continues by land transfer towards Sutera Harbour Marina.

Land Transfers: For guests who require return transfers between Kota Kinabalu International Airport and Sutera Harbour Marina, arrangements can be made for a private vehicle. The driving time between Kota Kinabalu International Airport and Sutera Harbour Marina takes approximately 15 minutes.

Sea Transfer: From Sutera Harbour Marina, guests are transported via speedboat to Gaya Island Resort. Journey time is approximately 15 minutes.
Note Bene
A wide variety of literature on Borneo, magazines and multilingual novels can be found in the Library located in a quiet, cozy area between the Gymnasium and Feast Village.
Meeting Space
Centrally located at Gaya Island Resort, the conference room features state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment and able to accommodate between 29 and 100 people.
Fine Dining On Site
The regional cuisine and exquisite fresh seafood prepared by our skilled chefs is a play on the senses, setting the stage for guests to recount the day's adventures with family and friends, new and old.
Fitness Center
The modern and fully equipped gymnasium is located on the upper level.
Pool Outdoor
There is a 40-metre lap pool with floating cabanas fronting the beach and a wading pool for the kids.
Spa Facility
Set amidst lush mangroves, Spa Village Gaya Island is a tranquil hideaway surrounded by distinctive island flora and fauna. From the warm clear waters of Gaya and its rich lowland forests to the high altitude blossoms of Mount Kinabalu, our treatments utilise only the finest fresh local ingredients.
Fishing - Ocean
Experience a unique adventure and head out on a private boat charter to the outskirts of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park.
Avid golfers are spoilt for choice as there are 5 golf courses in and around Kota Kinabalu city, ranging from signature championship courses to private establishments.
For people who love adventure and being in the great outdoors, discover a botanic reserve exceptionally rich in endemic plants on the daily nature walks with our resident naturalist.
Jogging Running
Guests can enjoy the rainforest surroundings and accompanying sounds of nature during a brisk 2-kilometre jog around the resort grounds.
As evening beckons, cruise the neighbouring islands of the marine park onboard our 64-foot luxury yacht, watching the stunning sunset display of golden hues and the city skyline light up like glittering jewels.
Scuba Diving
PADI 5* Dive Centre located at the Resort offering a full range of PADI Diving and Snorkeling Experiences.
Recommended Rooms
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.

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Hotel Amenities
  • - Meeting Space
    - Fine Dining On Site
    - Fitness Center
    - High Speed Internet
    - Pool Outdoor
    - Spa Facility
Available Activities
  • - Fishing Ocean
    - Golfing
    - Hiking
    - Jogging Running
    - Sailing
    - Scuba Diving

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