Gaya Island Resort - Small Luxury Hotels of the World

Rated 8.3 in 214 reviews. 123 rooms.


Tucked amidst protected mangroves, sheltered coral reefs and curled around the pristine sandy coast of Malohom Bay rests Gaya Island Resort.

Set on an island within the protected Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, discover a sanctuary nestled in the hillside of an ancient rainforest with a stunning outline of Mount Kinabalu on the horizon.

With its youthful vibe and sun-dappled moments, this beachfront resort blends harmoniously with the natural environment featuring a collection of hillside villas with views that range from mangrove forests and the surrounding canopy to the outline of Mount Kinabalu. Villa interiors are contemporary and elegant, eco-luxury yet respectful of Sabahan elements.

Discoveries, authentic experiences and a sense of intimacy with the natural world all prevail across the land and seascape of this resort offering travellers and families an escape that is distinctively Borneo.

The resort is committed to ecologically-sustainable practices to minimise its carbon footprint within the environment. Therefore, it is a walking resort with minimal motorised vehicles used for operational purposes.

Set within the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park off the coast of Borneo, Gaya Island offers elegant villas with panoramic views of the South China Sea and the rainforest. It boasts 5 dining options, a private beach and an outdoor pool. Free WiFi is accessible throughout the resort. Scheduled boat transfers are available at an additional charge.

Decorated in wooden interiors, every air-conditioned villa features a private balcony with outdoor seating. A flat-screen and a minibar are also included. The private bathroom comes with a spacious bath and luxury amenities.

Daily buffet breakfast is served at Feast Village, with Asian and International options. Fisherman's Cove specialises in seafood dishes, while Omakase offers Japanese cuisines. Drinks and snacks are on offer at Pool Bar & Lounge, where guests can enjoy Mount Kinabalu view from the sundeck.

Relaxing treatments can be enjoyed at Spa Village and yoga classes is held daily. Guests can also do outdoor activities at an additional charge such as diving and snorkelling at the beach. Day cruises and bird watching trips can also be arranged at the 24-hour reception.

Gaya Island Resort - Small Luxury Hotels of the World is a 10 minute speedboat ride from Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal. The nearest airport is a 11 km drive away from Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal. Airport and boat transfers can be requested at a surcharge.

Spa Facilities

  • Spa facilities
  • Spa lounge/relaxation area
  • Couples massage
  • Full body massage
  • Yoga classes
  • Swimming pool
  • Beach
  • Fitness centre
  • Spa and wellness centre
  • Massage
  • Outdoor pool
  • Private beach area
  • Outdoor pool (all year)

Available Rooms

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  2. Downbelow PADI 5-Star IDC Dive Centre

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  3. Koi

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    Good for relaxing and the restaurant also very good...

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  5. Tun Abdul Rahman Marine Park

    Great place for Technical Diving study

    2.9 km from hotel

  6. Sapi Island Jetty

    View not bad

    3.2 km from hotel

  7. Pulau Sapi

    green clear sea

    3.2 km from hotel
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  8. Sapi Island Trail

    3.2 km from hotel

  9. Golden Screen Cinemas (GSC)

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  10. Fook Yuen

    Superb dim sum!

    6.1 km from hotel
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    8.1 km from hotel
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    The MANGO PANCAKE is killer!! ;)) Yummilicious..!!

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