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Pulau Gaya, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

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.

Gaya Island Resort has a unique setting: the land is fringed with a golden sandy beach, rocky coastal outcrops, and surrounded by coral reefs.

The hilly island landscape is covered with lush tropical rainforest and an abundance of flora and fauna.

And to complete this perfect setting, visible in the distance, is the stunning outline of Mount Kinabalu.

The guest villa exterior respects Sabahan architecture uses local materials and blends harmoniously with the natural environment.

The interior living space is designed with contemporary elegance to create warmth, comfort and a serene indoor setting.

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 motorized vehicles are used for operational purposes.

LOCATION
Pulau Gaya, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
The nearest airport is Kota Kinabalu International Airport and land transfer is approximately 20 minutes from the airport to Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal
ACCOMMODATION
Bayu Villas – 55 sqm
Kinabalu Villas – 55 sqm
A two-bedroom Suria Suite – 188 sqm
Canopy Villas – 55 sqm
AMENITIES
Spa Village Gaya Island
Children’s wading pool
Gymnasium
Private beaches
40m lap pool with 4 floating cabanas
Relaxation chambers nearby lap pool
Chimes Shop by the Sea
Dive and water sports center
CONCIERGE
Complimentary one unit of YES Huddle per villa and internet access including wireless connection at selected areas

Visit Gaya Island Resort Marine Centre
The marine centre advocates 3 key conservation themes – Turtle Rescue, Coral Reef Restoration and Conservation Through Education.
The resort’s resident marine biologist and dedicated team work together with equally passionate partners, championing initiatives to protect marine life, raise awareness for sustainable seafood choices and aim for pollution-free waters.
Gaya Island is set within the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, a group of 5 islands located off Kota Kinabalu, each with fringing coral reefs. Nestled on Tavajun Bay, Gaya Island Resort Marine Centre is accessible either by a 5-minute boat ride from Gaya Island Resort’s jetty or through the 45-minute Tavajun Trek.
Guided Nature Walk
Discover an exceptional botanic reserve, diverse wildlife and a rare, undisturbed mixed dipterocarp forest, found only on this island within the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park.
The resort’s nature walks offer an environmental education voyage with their Resident Naturalist with limited guests allowed daily to minimise human impact to the wildlife and their habitat.
Padi Snorkelling
Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park lies within The Coral Triangle, known as the world’s marine epicentre. Home to diverse marine life exceeding 75% of species known to science with coral gardens found 20 metres from the shore; this underwater realm has over 25 dive spots for all year exploration.
Programmes are conducted around 5 islands within the marine park.
Spa treatments
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, their treatments utilise only the finest fresh local ingredients.
Dining
Be it dining at leisure on your personal verandah space in-villa or a picnic at your chosen nook or the simple pleasure of gathering around a crackling barbecue pit on the beach at dusk, these experiences form another facet of treasured memories to take home.
Yoga
While facing the sea amidst the sound of lapping waves, balance your mind, body and spirit with their gentle complimentary workout. Tailored to rid the mind of negativity and rejuvenate the spirit, it is an ideal way to both relax and re-centre.
Surrounded on four sides by dense mangroves, coral reefs, sandy beaches and humming jungle, Gaya Island Resort feels like a true tropical hideout. There are troops of mischievous macaques that prowl the grounds, but this all adds to the adventurous nature of the island location, just 20 minutes by boat from the city of Kota Kinabalu.
Situated within the protected Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, this Gaya Island resort feels like it’s right on the edge of the Bornean wilderness.
SET WITHIN THE RAINFOREST AND MANGROVES, THE RESORT IS MADE UP OF 120 MODERN VILLAS THAT HAVE BEEN BUILT USING THE FINEST LOCALLY-SOURCED MATERIALS.
Canopy Villas sit on a gentle hillside just a short walk from beach
Bayu Villas are set higher up in forest and feature superb views
A stay in Kinabalu Villas means a bit of extra climbing, however they have stunning views of glittering South China Sea
2-level Suria Suite is perfect for families or groups
SURIA VILLA 188 SQM

This luxurious two-bedroom suite lies on the hillside with stunning ocean views. The ground floor features relaxing lounge and dining areas, and a pantry which leads onto an outdoor deck. The spacious bedrooms on the first floor both come with en-suites and a decadent outdoor bath on the balcony provides breathtaking views.

KINABALU VILLA 47 SQM

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. Connecting rooms are available for families.

CANOPY VILLA 47 SQM

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, with a selection of rooms that are located closer to the resort’s main facilities.

BAYU VILLA 47 SQM

Situated on a hillside amidst lush rainforest, these inviting villas offer a peaceful setting with leafy views ranging from the rainforest canopy to the tropical mangroves. Connecting rooms are available for families.

Features
  • GYM
  • KIDS' BEDROOM
  • ON THE BEACH
  • WEDDING VENUE

DAILY RENTAL STARTING AT

$200 $190/night

Rates vary according to seasonality. Contact us to discuss your holiday needs.

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Staying with us
  • Travel concierge: We listen to help you plan
  • For big villas and chalets, special rates for smaller groups (reduced occupancy)
  • Limited time deals, exclusive perks
  • The best rates, guaranteed
MINIMUM STAY
Summer: 3 – 5 nights
Chinese New Year & Easter: 5 – 7 nights
Christmas & New Year: 7 – 10 nights
TRAVEL CONCIERGE
Planning your luxury holiday, we are with you every step along the way.
If the villa of your choice is already booked, our team is happy to suggest equivalent alternatives and take care of the details. You can expect your vacation to be personalized to suit your tastes.
Private, insured, direct airport transfers to and from the villa can be arranged. A villa manager will meet and greet you at the airport ensuring your transfer to the villa is smooth and effortless.
Private tours and boat hire can also be arranged in advance. We will handle the arrangements to collect and return you to your villa after the event. Why not enjoy a fabulous day out and explore the surrounding islands and national marine park on a luxury speed boat?
Book a car with us and have it waiting at your villa when you arrive, we have a wide range of vehicles from a 2 seat Suzuki Jeep to a 7 seat Toyota Fortuner. Price includes comprehensive insurance, unlimited miles, collection and delivery, and optional baby and booster seats.
Prior to your arrival we will send you a food and wine shopping list allowing us to stock the villa with your favorite foods and beverages.
Once on site, your resident villa staff will ensure the villa is kept clean and tidy. Your villa manager is available to cater to guests’ specific needs and can help organize island activities, massage and spa treatments, as well as helping communicate requests to the Thai chef and dealing with any matter arising at the villa. Bed linen is changed every third day and towels are changed as necessary. Pool towels are provided and replenished as deemed necessary.
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