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Gaya Island Resort



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Luxury Holidays At Gaya Island Resort

Fringed by a white-sand beach on the South China Sea and backed by an ancient rainforest with the stunning outline of Mount Kinabalu on the horizon, Gaya Island Resort boasts a virtually unrivalled location. The eco-friendly resort has been seamlessly and respectfully integrated into its resplendent natural environment. Spacious hillside villas feature stylish interiors with low-lying beds and rich woods, while leafy-views, ranging from the rainforest canopy to the tropical mangroves, can be enjoyed from the vast picture windows. Melding a magical blend of exotic island ambience and contemporary elegance, this natural sanctuary offers visitors a wealth of authentic experiences to enjoy, including nature trails, cruises and marine excursions, with a cornucopia of coral reefs to explore.

  • Type: Luxury Hotel
  • Summary: A natural sanctuary only accessible by boat
  • Feature: The resort's activity programme will surprise and delight
  • Rooms: 120 villas & a two-bedroom suite
  • Star rating: Member of 'Small Luxury Hotels of the World'
  • Nearest airport: Kota Kinabalu Airport
Location and transfer

Thirty minutes from Kota Kinabalu Airport by private car and boat transfer.

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The resort offers the perfect getaway for couples looking to stay active and occupied on their idyllic island escape. The natural world is a major focus, with a protected marine park surrounding the resort and a series of diving adventures, nature trails and conservation endeavours to enjoy. Other romantic interludes include varied dining locations, peaceful sunset cruises and intimate cookery classes. For downtime, couples can book a Tadau Kaamatan treatment ritual at the spa village or indulge in a spot of Yahai Pupuan stretching exercises.

Wildlife Encounters

The Gaya Island Resort Marine Centre, housed at Gaya Island Resort's Tavajun Bay, takes a proactive role in its Three Pillars of Conservation: Turtle Rescue, Coral Reef Restoration and Conservation through Education to better protect marine life and raise awareness for sustainable seafood choices. The programmes were created with the help of leading global Turtle Conservationist and founder of the Marine Research Foundation, Dr Nick Pilcher, and are being implemented by Mr Scott Mayback, the resort's resident Marine Biologist.


The KuRi KuRi half-day kids' programme offers a meal and tailor-made activities and games that nurture creativity and an appreciation of the island’s natural surroundings, whilst the PURE Activity Centre offers an unsupervised outdoor play area, a games room and a wading pool.

Spa & Wellness

This is one of a few spas in the world that are situated amidst a mangrove setting. Treatments at Spa Village Gaya Island reflect the cultural healing traditions of Sabah’s many indigenous people. 

Reconnect to a PURE world, the resort's activities programme designed to immerse guests into the vibrancy, scents, textures, sounds and tastes of the island’s natural environment and cultural heritage of the region. Discovery takes the curious through land and marine exploration; Vigour is designed to initiate movement; the Creativity path nurtures artistic expressions by immersion in intriguing activities and Balance helps to restore peace to the psyche.

Luxury Beach

The resort is home to an idyllic private beach called Tavajun Bay, which takes five minutes to reach by boat. Pre-order a gourmet picnic lunch and settle down to enjoy a relaxing afternoon of swimming, sunbathing or reading.


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Although our awards and long history stand testament to our success, independent reviews from our clients via Feefo further support our unrivalled travel experiences.

We are proud to have been awarded the Feefo Platinum Service Award in 2021 for achieving Gold Trusted Service for three consecutive years. This independent seal of excellence recognises businesses for delivering exceptional experiences, as rated by real customers. Trusted Service is awarded only to those businesses that use Feefo to collect genuine ratings and reviews and achieve an overall score of 4.5 or more – a testament to our seamless, personalised service, no matter what the world throws at us.

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