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Gaya Island Resort


Gaya Island Resort: Exterior - Gardens and Pool

Gaya Island Resort: Exterior - Gardens and Pool

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Gaya Island Resort: Beach Gaya Island Resort: Treatment in the Spa Village Gaya Island Resort: Fisherman's Cove Seafood Restaurant Gaya Island Resort: Pool Bar Gaya Island Resort: Romantic Beach Dining


Residing in the midst of the South China Sea, fringed by a white-sand beach, backed by an ancient rainforest and with a stunning outline of Mount Kinabalu on the horizon, Gaya Island Resort has been seamlessly and respectfully integrated into the natural environment. The spacious hillside villas feature stylish interiors with low-lying beds and rich woods, while leafy-views, ranging from the rainforest canopy to the tropical mangroves can be enjoyed from the vast picture windows. Melding a magical blend of exotic island ambience and contemporary elegance, this natural sanctuary offers visitors a wealth of authentic experiences to enjoy, including nature trails, cruises and excursions and a cornucopia of coral reefs to explore.

  • Type:Luxury Hotel
  • Summary:A natural sanctuary only accessible by boat
  • Feature:The resort's activity programme will surprise and delight
  • Rooms:120 villas & a two-bedroom suite
  • Location:Borneo
  • Nearest airport:Kota Kinabalu Airport
Gaya Island Resort
Location and transfer

Thirty minutes from Kota Kinabalu Airport by private car and boat transfer.

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Each villa features air-conditioning and ceiling fans, a mini-bar, telephone, television, internet wi-fi access, tea and coffee-making facilities, an electronic safe, hairdryer and a twice daily maid service. In addition, the two-bedroom suite has a DVD player.


Dining at Gaya Island Resort celebrates regional cuisine and the freshest seafood, prepared by the resort's skilled brigade of chefs.

Feast Village :+
  • Cuisine: A selection of regional Asia-Pacific cuisine
  • Setting: This all-day restaurant, with its dynamic open kitchens, boasts a bakery and showcases Japanese-Korean, Asian and Western selections. Located by the swimming pool, it offers stunning views of Mount Kinabalu and the surrounding beach.
  • Dress Code: Smart/casual
  • Children's Menu: No
  • Vegetarian Menu: No
Fisherman’s Cove :+
  • Cuisine: Seafood cuisine
  • Setting: Situated on the resort's rooftop, Fisherman's Cove combines exquisitely fresh seafood with breathtaking views of the sea and Mount Kinabalu.
  • Dress Code: Proper dress code is required (shirt, full-length trousers and shoes for gentlemen and smart/casual wear for ladies).
  • Children's Menu: No
  • Vegetarian Menu: No
Pool Bar Lounge :+
  • Cuisine: Cocktails, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and light snacks
  • Setting: An al fresco bar and lounge overlooking the resort's infinity-edge pool and floating cabanas.
  • Dress Code: Resort casual
  • Children's Menu: No
  • Vegetarian Menu: No
  • Cuisine: Japanese
  • Setting: This two-storey restaurant is situated on a hillside and offers a stunning view of Mount Kinabalu. The menu allows guests to choose from the Chef’s daily selection of the freshest ingredients available, and one of three Japanese cooking styles – teppanyaki, shabu-shabu or nabe – for a unique dish cooked to order.
  • Children's Menu: No
  • Vegetarian Menu: No
Beach Facilities

The resort is home to an idyllic private beach called Tavajun Bay, which takes five minutes to reach by boat. Pre-order a gourmet picnic lunch and settle down to enjoy a relaxing afternoon of swimming, sunbathing or reading.


The KuRi KuRi half-day kids' programme offers a meal and tailor-made activities and games that nurture creativity and an appreciation of the island’s natural surroundings, whilst the PURE Activity Centre offers an unsupervised outdoor play area, a games room and a wading pool.

Health & Fitness

This is one of a few spas in the world that are situated amidst a mangrove setting. Treatments at Spa Village Gaya Island reflect the cultural healing traditions of Sabah’s many indigenous people. 

Reconnect to a PURE world, the resort's activities programme designed to immerse guests into the vibrancy, scents, textures, sounds and tastes of the island’s natural environment and cultural heritage of the region. Discovery takes the curious through land and marine exploration; Vigour is designed to initiate movement; the Creativity path nurtures artistic expressions by immersion in intriguing activities and Balance helps to restore peace to the psyche.

In Addition

The Gaya Island Resort Marine Centre, housed at Gaya Island Resort’s Tavajun Bay, takes a proactive role in its Three Pillars of Conservation: Turtle Rescue, Coral Reef Restoration and Conservation through Education to better protect marine life and raise awareness for sustainable seafood choices. The programmes were created with the help of leading global Turtle Conservationist and founder of the Marine Research Foundation, Dr Nick Pilcher, and are being implemented by Mr Scott Mayback, the resort’s resident Marine Biologist.

There are two house reefs which are perfect for snorkelling.

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