Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Green and chic, the Gayana Eco Resort strikes the perfect balance between forward thinking ecology and indulgent luxury.
Nestled on the tranquil Gaya Island, off the coast of Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, the Gayana Eco Resort looks out over the blue waters of the South China Sea and the 5 coral reef islands that make up the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park.
The resort’s collection of 44 thatch-roof villas, all featuring large balconies and luxury amenities, are designed to enhance the sounds of the surf below and offer enduring views of Mount Kinabalu and the beautiful oceanfront. Guest facilities and villas are connected to each other by rustic wooden bridges to ensure the ultimate over-water experience.
Cozy up to mystical Mother Nature – trek through the imperial rainforest, embark on guided kayak trips through the awe-inspiring mangrove forests or go on diving and snorkelling excursions to experience the sumptuous marine life of Borneo’s reefs. When its time to unwind and relax, enjoy your favourite cocktail whilst soaking in the infinity pool overlooking Malohom Bay or indulge in a traditional Borneo Urut massage at the resort’s Solace Spa. The Marine Ecology Research Centre which runs programs such as coral planting and Giant Clam propagation will also interest the eco-traveller in you.
Gayana Eco Resort Information
- Location: Maholom Bay on Gaya Island, 10 minutes away by private boat from Kota Kinabalu’s Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal
- Accommodation: 44 over-water tropical villas
- Facilities: 2 restaurants, bar, Marine Ecology Research Centre, Solace Spa, beachfront infinity edge pool, PADI certified dive centre
- Activities: Snorkelling, underwater fish feeding, fish market, sunset cruises, coral planting, hornbill beach excursion, golf, gaya street market,
- Weather: Best time to visit is June to August, when the climate is cool and dry. October is the rainy season
- Children: Children welcome, the resort has a Marine Kids Club