"Accessible only by boat lies a natural sanctuary nestled in the hillside of an ancient rainforest."
Within the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park off the coast of Kota Kinabalu, Gaya Island Resort rests along the coast of Malohom Bay, enjoying a stunning view 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. 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. 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 motorised vehicles are used for operational purposes.
Beautifully situated, Gaya Island Resort is set amidst lush rainforest with breathtaking views of the wonders created by nature over thousands of years. Ancient rainforest and protected mangroves surround the idyllic villas set in the hills. Spacious, tactile and modern yet respectful of local Sabahan elements, each villa uses local materials that blend harmoniously with the natural environment. Villa interiors are designed with a contemporary elegance and offer a variety of views including mangrove, canopy, tropical rainforest and the South China Sea. Each 47 square metre villa features a spacious bedroom, a writing desk, a safe box, a flat screen television with satellite channels, a large open bathroom with an oversized bathtub and two vanity units, and an outdoor verandah with day beds.
Here, where time is measured by the rise and fall of tides, the island, and the pace at which you choose to experience its endless wonders, is yours. Reconnect to a PURE world, the resort's activities programme that vivifies the senses; immersing guests in the vibrancy, scents, textures, sounds and tastes of the natural environment and cultural heritage of the region. Explore miles of hushed, forested trails that reveal ancient ecosystems at every turn as you hike on nature trails guided by our naturalist or take a calming breath during a yoga class beneath the canopy of trees. Discover fresh and intimate perspectives on marine life that are best gained with a snorkel or dive gear. Spend the day fishing on the outer boundaries of the marine park and have your day's catch prepared by our chefs that evening. Revel in the rich heritage and culture of indigenous tribes through story telling sessions, culinary, handicraft and dance classes or our varied guided activity excursions.
- Nature walks
The regional cuisine and exquisite fresh seafood prepared by the 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. 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.
Kota Kinabalu’s weather is defined by two monsoon seasons. The northeast monsoon from November to March is the cooler of the two and sees less rain. The southwest monsoon is much warmer and wetter. The dry season lasts from January to April, which sees a reduced level of rainfall. April generally receives the warmest temperatures.
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"Kota Kinabalu, capital of Borneo's Sabah, is a great place to experience the state's vast array of curious delights."
- Monday - Friday 9am - 5.30pm
- Saturday - closed
- Sunday - closed
- All of our holidays are financially protected through ATOL bonding for your protection.
- 24/7 UK emergency number for complete peace of mind.
- We are ABTA members, ensuring that we are bound by ABTA's code of conduct.