Gaya Island, Off Kota Kinabalu
Located 15 minutes off the coast of Kota Kinabalu and accessible only by boat, Gaya Island Resort is the ultimate tropical retreat. This luxury boutique hotel in Sabah, Borneo, is fringed by a deserted golden beach with a lush rainforest backdrop, and a magnificent view of Mount Kinabalu.
Gaya Island Resort is seriously stylish yet it is eco-friendly and its design lends well with the natural beauty surrounding it. The service is impeccable and the facilities are outstanding.
120 spacious and stylish villas are built on stilts. Interiors are contemporary with local Sabahan touches visible throughout. Rooms feature large verandahs, over-sized baths and state-of-the-art amenities. Perched on the hillside, the two-bedroom Saria Suite offers the ultimate luxury accommodation, with a lounge area, a dining room, an outdoor bath and the most amazing views. For families, Bayu Villas, set among the mangroves, are recommended for families as they are near to the beach.
Gaya Island Resort offers an array of local and international gastronomic delights. Begin your day with an extravagant buffet breakfast at Feast Village, the all day dining restaurant, enjoy lunch by the stunning pool and in the evening, feast on seafood at Fisherman’s Cove, a romantic, rooftop restaurant overlooking the sea and Mount Kinabalu. The hotel will arrange other dining experiences such as a private beach barbecue or gourmet picnic on a private beach if you wish.
Gaya Island Resort is an active resort with plenty to do for adventure seekers. It is in the Coral Triangle and the waters are teeming with life. Guided snorkelling trips along the house reef are fascinating for both adults and children. You can go deep-sea fishing, visit a water village or go on a guided nature walk into the jungle. There are also cooking classes available and the sunset cruise is a must.
After a busy day in the water or climbing Mount Kinabalu, relax on a waterbed in the stunning pool, enjoy a treatment in the tranquil spa, do some yoga or a guided meditation. There’s also a gym and library.
Gaya Island Resort is wonderfully family-friendly although it is less suited to those with toddlers due to its design which has steep drops in places. There’s a kids clubs and wading pool, and plenty of activities to keep children entertained such as arts and crafts, cooking classes, learning local dances, snorkelling and kayaking.
Lightfoot Travel tip: For a unique gastronomic experience, the steamboat dinner prepared at your table is a must.
Gaya Island Resort Information
- Location: Pulau Gaya, 15mins by speedboat from Sutera Harbour Marina, 15mins drive between Kota Kinabalu International Airport and Sutera Harbour Marina
- Accomodation: 120 Villas and Suites
- Facilities: Swimming pool, gift shop, library, Spa Village
- Activities: Snorkelling, diving, hiking, storytelling sessions, culinary, handicraft and art classes, varied guided activity excursions.
- Weather: Best time to visit is June to August, when the climate is dry. October is the rainy season.
- Children: Welcome, babysitting available.