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Gaya Island Resort

Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Experiences – Spa & Wellness, Family Vacations, Wildlife & Safari, Beach Getaways, Romantic Escapes

Getaway Experiences
  • Gain insights into authentic local experiences while nestled in the lap of nature, this is a true Borneo escape
  • Discover an exceptional botanic reserve, diverse wildlife (including the Proboscis Monkey) and an undisturbed forest
  • Drift over lush coral gardens and discover the wealth of marine life across the rich seabed
  • Get a taste of the seafarer life on a sunset cruise to neighbouring islands
  • Explore the Sabahan cuisine with a cooking class hosted by skilled chefs
  • Personalised guided tours to explore the rustic villages of Borneo
  • Exotic sites for diving and snorkelling with an excellent variety of marine life
  • Explore the ocean’s depths aboard a charter boat on your guided Fishing excursion
  • Try creating your own handicrafts with complimentary classes on local crafts and beadwork



  • Its location amidst a lush, ancient tropical rainforest with a pathway leading to an idyllic beach
  • The authentic experiences and back to nature appeal
  • A Marine Centre focussing on Turtle Rescue, Coral Reef Restoration & Conservation through Education
  • An opportunity to experience signature encounters like the Proboscis Monkeys, endemic wildlife, a mangrove tour, rare flora and fauna
  • A tranquil spa offering a range of treatments set high up in a lush mangrove setting
  • An exceptional venue for intimate weddings, celebrations and even corporate retreats


  • Overview
  • Rooms
  • Services & Amenities
  • Tariffs & Packages
ocean cum poolside view

Set on an exotic island in Pulau in Sabah amidst a lush rainforest, encompassed by protected mangroves, the Gaya Island Resort is a hidden gem, a dreamy beachside retreat. With its alluring island ambiance, this resort is a magical blend of stylish modern comfort and abundant natural beauty. Surrounded by a wealth of coral reefs and indigenous flora-fauna within the protected Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, it offers unparalleled experiences including enchanting diving and snorkelling as well as several guided nature trails and hikes and education excursions. The resort, with its 121 elegant hillside villas nestled in the rainforest, offers barefoot luxury fused with a vibrancy and sense of intimacy with the natural environment and cultural heritage of the region. With an award-winning spa in a unique mangrove setting, four dining options and a Pool lounge-bar, this luxurious destination resort is an absolute treat. 


The Gaya Island resort is located on Pulau Gaya in Sabah, the largest of five islands that form the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. Sabah occupies the northern part of the exotic Borneo island in Malaysia. The resort is accessible by boat from Kota Kinabalu. The Gaya Lounge (located at Jesselton Point) is a 20-minutes’ drive  from Kota Kinabalu airport. From the Lounge, it’s a short speedboat transfer to Gaya Island Resort.


Spacious, elegant, modern yet respectful of local elements, each villa has made use of local materials that blend harmoniously with the environment. Villa interiors have a sophisticated design and offer a variety of awe-inspiring views of the mangroves, canopy, tropical rainforest and the South China Sea. Villa amenities include comfortable bedding, a writing desk, a large open en-suite bathroom with an oversized bathtub and an outdoor veranda with day beds. Standard services include complimentary Wi-Fi, Tea & coffee making facilities, Flat screen television, Personal safe, Minibar, Ceiling fan and a selection of international newspapers.

  • Bayu Villa:

    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 and the average room size is 47 square metres. A king bed or twin beds may be requested.

  • Canopy Villa

    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 golden-sand beach, with a sel~ection of rooms that are located closer to the resort's main facilities. Average room size is 47 square metres.

  • Kinabalu Villa

    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 and the average room size is 47 square metres.

  • Suria Suite

    This ultra-luxurious and stylish two-bedroom suite lies on the hillside with the most glorious uninterrupted 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 breath-taking views. Room size is 188 square metres.

Services & Amenities

  • 121 idyllic hillside villas and a chic two-bedroom suite
  • Four restaurants serving exquisite regional and pan-Asian cuisine
  • A pool-bar for small bites and casual sundowners
  • Bespoke private dining experiences
  • Swimming Pool
  • Shop & Library
  • Gymnasium
  • An award-winning Spa Village
  • PADI certified Dive programmes – one of the world’s best dive site rich with unique marine life
  • A host of delightful, immersive land and marine experiences and activities
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi, 24-hour reception, Concierge desk
  • Meeting rooms and Event facilities


Tariffs & Packages

Estimated Average Price: Starting from MYR 600 per person per night (or USD 140 per person per night)

Terms & Conditions:
  • The estimated average price listed is for the base category room and is only indicative and may /may not include taxes. Please speak to or mail our luxury travel consultants with your dates of travel or fill out our enquiry form and we will revert with the best currently available price / offer for the chosen room category
  • The exclusive and/or special offers, if listed, are subject to availability and can be withdrawn without prior notice. Proof of eligibility maybe required to avail of some types of special offers (eg: honeymoon offers)
  • The booking, payment and cancellation policies of the hotel/s will apply and our luxury travel consultants will advice you of the same at the time of reservation
  • Check in time for most hotels worldwide is 1400 hrs and check out time is 1200 hrs. Early check in will be on request and is subject to availability
  • We do not levy any booking fees or service charges