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Gaya Island Resort Kota Kinabalu Sabah Malaysia

Approx. 30 minutes from Kota Kinabalu airport by road and boat transfer

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About Gaya Island Resort

Situated on the island of Pulau Gaya, just off the coast of Kota Kinabalu, lies the luxurious Gaya Island Resort. It’s nestled on a lush rainforest hillside fringed by a sandy beach and surrounded by the beautiful coral reefs along Malohom Bay. This is an idyllic natural sanctuary from which you can see Mount Kinabalu on the horizon.

The 120 villas offer a comfortable holiday retreat and the resort benefits from a luxury spa, three superb restaurants and a stunning beachfront location.

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Nature lovers will appreciate Gaya Island as it’s set within the protected Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, a group of five islands located off Kota Kinabalu. Gaya Island Resort Marine Centre is reached by a short boat ride and is a great place to visit, with its coral nursery, coral display tanks and Turtle Rescue Centre. In the local area, there are fishing excursions, dive programmes and guided nature walks where you may catch sight of Probiscis Monkeys and Red Giant Flying Squirrel.

Other excursions and experiences can be arranged including sunset cruises, snorkelling expeditions, the Bajau Laut Beach Barbecue and Tailored Trails of Borneo.

Facilities at the resort include a 40 metre swimming pool with floating cabanas and a wading pool for children. Relaxation chambers are located nearby and there’s a pool bar and lounge for refreshments. There’s also a fully equipped gym, library and the luxurious Spa Village which offers a wide range of body treatments.

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The villas are set into the hills amongst the lush rainforest and have breathtaking views. Amenities include a writing desk, safe, flat-screen satellite TV, large open en-suite bathroom with oversized bathtub and two vanity units, outdoor verandah with daybeds, complimentary Wi-Fi, tea/coffee making facilities, minibar, in-room climate control, ceiling fan.

Bayu Villa

Set on the sloping hillside amongst a tropical mangrove, these villas have a delightful outlook and are walking distance from the beach.
55 sq m.

Canopy Villa

Enjoying a peaceful hillside location, these villas have leafy views ranging from the rainforest canopy to the tropical mangroves. Connecting rooms are available for families.
55 sq m.

Kinabalu Villa

The views from these villas stretch across the South China Sea and take in Mount Kinabalu on a clear day. Connecting room available.
55 sq m.

Suria Suite

Luxurious two-bedroom ocean view suites. The ground floor has a lounge, dining area, pantry and outdoor deck. The first floor has two en-suite bathrooms and outdoor bath on the balcony.
188 sq m.


Feast Village: Enjoy a fantastic interactive dining experience and delicious Asia-Pacific cuisine at Feast Village – open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, located by the pool and it has stunning views of the beach and Mount Kinabalu.

Fisherman’s Cove: This rooftop restaurant has the most breathtaking views of Mount Kinabalu and serves exquisite seafood themed dishes prepared from fresh ingredients.

Omakase: A two-storey hillside restaurant surrounded by verdant rainforest. Specialises in Japanese omakase-style dining.

There’s also the Pool Bar & Lounge or you can take a short 5-minute boat ride from the resort and enjoy a pre-ordered gourmet picnic at Tavajun Bay. Private dining experiences can also be arranged and are a fantastic way to celebrate a special occasion or simply help create a lasting holiday memory.