bunga raya details
A relaxed beach and jungle boutique lodge on a secluded island.
A few kilometres off the coast of north east Borneo, Bunga Raya is on reef-fringed Gaya Island, the largest island in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. It is easily accessible from Kota Kinabalu via flight or boat.
Accommodation & Facilities
Villas have either beach or jungle views from their private balcony and feature an authentic jungle living feel, yet with all the necessary modern twists (CD/DVD players, TV, mini bar). The villas are private and secluded, ranging in size from a ‘modest’ 70 square metres to a whopping, palatial 229 square metres. Beach front villas each have a private plunge pool where as tree house villas include a plunge pool and Jacuzzi.
There is also a spa, gym and clubhouse, as well as free Wi-Fi throughout and a library. Everyone has access to the sleek 25 metre long infinity pool, jungle canopy walk and there are some sumptuous options when it comes to cuisine.
Koi Restaurant is spacious and open sided with wonderful views to either the pool or Koi pond. The menu features Malay, Chinese, Western and fusion food, the highlights being the fresh seafood caught that day. There is also the more informal Pantai Grill option for barbequed snacks and specialty seafood platters.
Explore the wild jungles in search of macaque monkeys, wild boars and hornbills, amongst a whole host of other wildlife, whilst colourful butterflies flit at your sides. Relax on the beach or explore the coral for tropical fish as you swim, snorkel or dive (PADI available). You can also kayak the sparkling waters or enjoy an adrenaline fuelled day of jet skiing. We recommend spending some time in the calm gardens, where you will find 80 species of hibiscus flower, or enjoy the Solace Spa which uses indigenous flower ingredients in its treatments.
Children are welcome, however family rooms are limited.
The hotel is built around the natural environment, hand-crafted by local tradesmen and participates in local beach and coral restoration schemes. The pride of Bunga Raya Resort is in their Marine Ecology Research Centre (MERC) located on site. The prime focus of the MERC is restoring the endangered and rather obscure Giant Clam population in the sea.