• Gaya Island Resort, Borneo

about gaya island resort, gaya island

about gaya island resort, gaya island

Accessible only by boat, this resort features an exotic island ambience, surrounded by coral reefs for diving within the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. 

With a wealth of naturalist-led activities, the curious can head out to explore the natural wonders of the area. Those who wish to relax can make the most of the idyllic setting, or pick out, among the mangroves, the seamlessly integrated spa for some exquisite treatments, alleviating modern stresses

gaya island resort details


A romantic island retreat with huge villas for guests and the ultimate in privacy just off the coast of Kota Kinabalu.


Gaya Island Resort is 15 minutes off the coast of Kota Kinabalu, within the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park on Gaya Island.

Accommodation & Facilities

Each of the 140 villas are ideally situated amidst lush rainforest and protected mangroves on the hills. Built using local materials, they blend with their surrounding natural landscapes and the environment. Interiors feature a contemporary elegance and views vary between villas, from mangrove and canopy, to tropical rainforest and South China Sea. There are 5 styles of villa to choose from, each with a spacious bedroom and large, oversized bathroom, as well as an outdoor veranda with day beds. The Gaya Villas (4 units), Bayu Villas (44 units), Kinabalu Villa (52 Units) and Canopy Villa (20 Units) are all 47 square metres in area with varying views, with the Kinabalu Villas having the best views in the entire resort. The Suria Suite (just 1 unit) is a huge 188 metres square with 2 bedrooms, uninterrupted views and a whole floor dedicated to rest and relaxation and each room has private bathrooms, walk in wardrobes and vanity areas. There is even an outdoor bath leading onto a private balcony…

The swimming pool is 47 metres long facing the beach and there is a wading pool for children. There is also a conference room, shop by the sea, named Chimes, and a library.


There are four choices when it comes to dining; Feast Village, which offers an all day, interactive dining experience serving diverse Asia-Pacific cuisine. Fishermans Cove, on the resorts rooftop, serves exquisitely fresh seafood and there is the Pool Bar & Lounge for alfresco light refreshments and sundowners. For something a little more private and tranquil, head 5 minutes from the resort by boat to Tavajun Bay, a wonderful private beach perfect for relaxing under the tropical sun.


Activities here help you reconnect with the natural world. On land, explore miles of forested trails and ancient eco-systems, join the Borneo Culinary Journey or practice making authentic handicrafts. There is also storytelling for the children, tribal art classes, yoga on the beach or guided meditation. The diving and snorkelling is breathtaking here and there are PADI dive programs available to explore the colourful underwater ecosystems. Try your hand deep sea fishing, join a sunset cruise, go island hopping or charter a private yacht. If you want to get even more active try stand up paddle boarding, kayaking or make the most out of the beautiful jogging path.

There is also a gym, golf and, of course, the sumptuous spa…

Child Policy

Children are welcome, babysitting on request and the PURE Activity Centre has been designed to engage the whole family and is the perfect place to relax at the end of your family holiday to Borneo.

Want to stay here?

Contact one of our Destination Specialists to start planning your journey to include a stay here. Please note we recommend a budget of from £7,000 / $10,000 USD per person for our style of trip to this destination.

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