Gaya Island Resort

On the beautiful island of Pulau Gaya in Borneo, one of the five islands of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, with far-reaching views to the city of Kota Kinabalu.

Gaya Island Resort rests along the coast of Malohom Bay, a natural sanctuary nestled in the hillside of an ancient rainforest with a stunning outline of Mount Kinabalu on the horizon.

Built to beautifully merge with its protected natural environment, this Small Luxury Hotels of the World resort refuses to take centre stage giving way to the century-old jungle, pristine beaches and protected corals. It is luxurious yet understated. Accommodation offered includes hillside villas and a suite with simple décor and a range of modern facilities designed for true comfort offering either mangrove, rainforest or sea views.

You may have seen the Gaya Island resort and the positive environmental impact that the resort has on Judi Dench's Wild Borneo Adventure on ITV.

Privacy at Gaya Island

The resort offers total privacy where guests can relax in the idyllic beach, around the large pool complete with floating cabanas or in the cooling library with a good book. Should you prefer, choose an activity from water sports, snorkelling in the house reef, hiking through the jungle, to cooking lessons.

Following a day of exploration, there is no better way to unwind than with a treatment at the dedicated Spa Village, set amidst lush mangroves. Fresh local Malaysian ingredients are used in every treatment, and the spa programme includes rice scrubs and masks, and age-old practices of the Bajau sea nomads.

Dining at Gaya Island Resort

A celebration of flavours from around the world is what guests can expect from the dining scene, and each of the restaurants boasts a unique viewpoint within the resort.

Fisherman’s Cove presents fine dining, seafood-themed dishes and spectacular views of Mount Kinabalu, whilst Omakase is an intimate two-storey Japanese restaurant offering teppanyaki dining experiences, as well as shabu-shabu and nabe upon request.

For something really special, take a short boat ride to Tavajun Bay and enjoy a specially prepared picnic on a private Gaya Island beach.
 
Please Note: Gaya Island Resort in Malaysian Borneo is committed to ecologically-sustainable practices. As such the resort is a walking resort with minimal motorised vehicles used for operational purposes only.

Facilities

Inspiring Travel Company - Babysitting
Babysitting
Inspiring Travel Company - Bars
Bar
Inspiring Travel Company - Gym
Gym
Inspiring Travel Company - Restaurants
2 Restaurants
Inspiring Travel Company - Room Service
Room Service
Inspiring Travel Company - Spa
Spa
Inspiring Travel Company - Swimming Pools
Swimming Pool
Inspiring Travel Company - Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi
All of our holidays are tailor-made to your requirements by an expert Travel Specialist
Enquire Now

Accommodation Options

Set deep in the resort’s lush rainforest the Gaya Island accommodation comprises of 120 elegantly designed hillside villas and a two-bedroom suite offering comfort, peace and warmth just a footstep away from a natural wonderland.

Bayu Villa
Bayu Villa
All of the Villas at Gaya Island Resort are set against the hillside and are the same in size (47 sqm), facilities and decor. Bayu Villas are situated on a hillside amidst rainforest, with views of the rainforest canopy or over the mangroves. Connecting villas are possible.
Canopy Villa
Canopy Villa
The Canopy Villas are set amongst the tropical mangroves, with a selection of rooms that are located closer to the resort's main facilities..
Suria Suite
Suria Suite
The Suria Suite occupies two levels: with a lounge, dining room, TV room and pantry downstairs; features two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms upstairs. Ocean views towards Mount Kinabalu can be enjoyed from the large outdoor veranda
Kinabalu Villa
Kinabalu Villa
The Kinabalu Villas are also situated hillside amidst the rainforest and enjoy views across the South China Sea towards Mount Kinabalu.

Our Advice

  • Feast like a local chieftain on skewered fresh local fish grilled campfire-style washed down with the famous Kadazan rice wine, at the weekly Borneo tribal-style beach barbecues.
  • Explore the depths of Sabahan cuisine with a cooking class hosted by the skilled chef. Guests will be offered the chance to visit the small market to buy their own produce too.
  • The sunsets here are simply mesmerising and there is no better way to see them than with a glass of wine onboard the resort’s own luxury yacht. Take a cruise as the sun sets on another day in paradise.

Our World, Your Way

Padlock Icon

Trust &
Heritage

One of the most trusted names in luxury travel

Over 40 years’ experience in worldwide holidays

Fully bonded and protected

Person Icon

True
Travel Experts

We use our first-hand expertise to create a bespoke holiday

We’ve spent years establishing industry-leading contacts

Insider knowledge: our team travel to all our destinations

User Focussed Icon

For us,
it's Personal

We get to know you personally, so your trip is perfect for you

You’ll be looked after by your own personal Travel Specialist

From meet & greets to private transfers – we’ll make it happen

Concierge Service Icon

On Hand When
You Need Us

24/7 assistance throughout your holiday

Our travel experts take care of you every step of the way

Our dedicated concierge team will take care of all the details