Gaya Island Resort

Location: Kota Kinabalu & Surrounds | Malaysia & Borneo

Price guide: £££££ £100-£200 per person per night

Accessible only by boat and surrounded by tropical rainforest and mangroves, Gaya Island Resort blends subtly with the natural beauty around it. With a private beach, fantastic dining and friendly service, you can’t get much more idyllic than this.
Perfect forCouples and families alike, looking for an exclusive island resort.
In the knowPlanning on staying over the weekend? Reserve your place for the Friday and Saturdays-only beach barbecue and watch the sun set over Mount Kinabalu while feasting on grilled campfire-style seafood and drinking Lihing (rice wine).

Recommended for...

  • Beach
  • Eco-tourism
  • Hideaway
  • Setting & Views

Hotel Overview


Just a 15-minute speed boat ride off the coast of Kota Kinabalu in Malaysian Borneo.

Rooms at Gaya Island Resort

The 120 hillside villas and two-bedroom suites are made from locally-sourced materials and are fitted out with flatscreen satellite TVs as well as verandas for taking in the stunning views of mangroves, rainforests, the South China Sea and Mount Kinabalu. The two-level Suria villa comes with a private outdoor bath and a private butler service, while the Canopy villas can be connected together- making them ideal for families.

Food and facilities

A range of fine dining options await you at Gaya Island Resort. Feast Village serves a fusion of Asian and European cuisine, while the exclusive rooftop Fisherman’s Cove serves up delicious fresh seafood. If you get bored of swimming in the sea, take a dip in the 40-metre lap pool, while there’s also a wading pool for kiddies. For a bit of extra pampering, make time for the Spa Village, where treatments such as rice scrubs draw on the healing traditions of the indigenous populations. Families can take advantage of the children’s activity centre, entertaining little ones with a games room, storytelling and tribal art classes.

Activities at Gaya Island Resort

Whether you simply want to spend your time relaxing and enjoying the year-round sunshine or be a little more active, Gaya Island Resort offers something for everyone. Learn how to prepare traditional Borneo dishes with the hotel’s cooking course, take a dip in the pool, enjoy the bright blue waters with snorkelling, diving or stand-up paddle surfing, and chill out with meditation.

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