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Gaya Island Resort

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Gaya Island Resort is located on Pulau Gaya, the largest of a cluster of five islands that form the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, a natural conservation area off the coast of Borneo, close to Kota Kinabalu. Gaya Island Resort has a unique setting: the land is fringed with a golden sandy beach, rocky coastal outcrops, and surrounded by coral reefs. The hilly island landscape is covered with lush tropical rainforest and an abundance of flora and fauna. And to complete this perfect setting, visible in the distance, is the stunning outline of Mount Kinabalu. The guest villa exterior respects Sabahan architecture uses local materials and blends harmoniously with the natural environment. The interior living space is designed with contemporary elegance to create warmth, comfort and a serene indoor setting. Gaya Island Resort is committed to ecologically sustainable practices to minimise the carbon footprint within its environment. Therefore the resort is a walking resort and only minimal motorised vehicles are used for operational purposes.
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Property amenities
Pool
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Restaurant
Bar/Lounge
Spa
Airport Transportation
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Dry Cleaning
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Laundry Service
Concierge
Multilingual Staff
Babysitting
Outdoor pool
Breakfast Available
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Non-Smoking Rooms
Air Conditioning
Family Rooms
Minibar
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Great View
Lagoon View
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Location
Full view
Getting there
Kota Kinabalu Airport5 mi
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This is the second time around we went to this resort. Great service and great food again. Thank you Mr chong for your special arrangement. Especially the white wine!! My family are having fun time especially on the pool and the library area. Hopefully can have more board games f
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We stayed at GIR after a whirlwind trip around Borneo and were delighted to have chosen this amazing resort. After a smooth speedboat transfer we were warmly greeted and given lovely fresh fruit ice lollies then shown around by Jack who was helpful and informative. Our room was i
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Response from WayneLeeGM, General Manager at Gaya Island Resort
Responded 3 days ago
Dear AD1981London, Greetings from all of us at Gaya Island Resort. Thank you for choosing to stay with us and for taking the time to share your feedback. My team and I are delighted to read that you enjoyed your stay with us. We appreciate the perfect rating and the opportunity you have given us to be of service. Thank you once again and we look forward to the distinct pleasure of welcoming you back in the near future. Kind regards, Wayne Lee General Manager
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My wife and I stayed here for 8 nights in November on the final stop of our honeymoon. From the moment we arrived we were treated like royalty by the staff. Jack gave us a tour of the hotel and every time we saw him during our stay would stop and ask if he do anything to help us.
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Response from WayneLeeGM, General Manager at Gaya Island Resort
Responded 1 week ago
Dear OilBarnes2014, Greetings from all of us at Gaya Island Resort. Thank you for choosing to stay with us and for taking the time to share your feedback. My team and I are delighted to read of the inspiring experience we have crafted for you. Thank you so much for the kind recognition of our staffs in particular Jack, Agus and Ramesh. We strive to craft inspiring experiences and moments like no other for our guests and I am happy that we have successfully done so for you and your wife. Thank you once again and we look forward to the distinct pleasure of welcoming you back in the near future for more of the royal treatment. Kind regards, Wayne Lee General Manager
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We stayed at Gaya Island resort for 3 nights in November. We were very lucky with the weather only having night time rain. From the moment we arrived the staff made us feel very welcome. We only had to mention to someone we'd like something and there it was.
The ethos of the reso
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Response from WayneLeeGM, General Manager at Gaya Island Resort
Responded 1 week ago
Dear MaryVeronicaChow, Greetings from all of us at Gaya Island Resort. Thank you for choosing to stay with us recently and for taking the time to share your feedback. My team and I are delighted to read that you enjoyed your experience with us. We appreciate the perfect rating anf your kind recognition of the team's efforts. I am sure the team enjoyed attending to your needs as much as you enjoyed your stay. Thank you once again and we look forward to the distinct pleasure of welcoming you back in the near future. Kind regards, Wayne Lee General Manager
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We have been staying in another YTL property before (Cameron Highlands Resort) which was excellent. Therefore we had high expectations for the Gaya Island Resort also by YTL.
Unfortunately we were quite disappointed, mostly because of the bad food.

Our room was comfortable and o
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Response from WayneLeeGM, General Manager at Gaya Island Resort
Responded 1 week ago
Dear MartinGF2013, Greetings from all of us at Gaya Island Resort. Thank you for choosing to stay with us and for taking the time to share your feedback. We appreciate both your positive feedback and constructive criticism. We are committed to constantly improve our guest experience. Thank you once again and we look forward to the distinct pleasure of welcoming you back in the near future. Kind regards, Wayne Lee General Manager
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View from the room of Mt Kinabalu on a clear day.
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Hey! Two Questions: Is the snorkelling gear/paddleboard etc. complementary or is this an added cost? Is it possible to book a boat transfer through a different provider rather than directly on the GIR website?
Thank you for your inquiry. The equipment are an added cost in the resort on rental basis. The boats used to transport guests to and from the resort are operated by Gaya Island Resort only therefore you will have to go through Gaya Island Resort for boats. Thank you.
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What sort of weather could one expect for a stay over the Christmas holiday? (20-25th Dec)?
To be honest, I don't know. We had rain every day in October, but only in the late afternoon or night and never longer than one hour. We were expecting more rain than it actually had. I would risk it. Greetz Jürgen.
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We are travelling in September 2019 & wondered if anyone could give us an idea of the weather at that time of year?
When we were there at end of September/beginning October the weather was great - lots of sunshine and very little cloud with no rain a tall. However I think we were lucky and you could really expect rain at any time of year. However it would be very unlucky if rain was so bad as to spoil your time as the resort itself is a good place to be shatever the weather
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Hi, we are planning a trip next month. Is it possible to do a day trip to Kota Kinabalu from the resort? As in go there by boat in the morning, sight-see, have lunch and get back by boat by late afternoon?
Thank you for your inquiry. Yes, it is possible to do a day trip from the resort. The Resort operates boats on a scheduled basis as well as private charters. Do reach out to our staffs while in the resort for timings and arrangements. See you soon! Thank you.
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Hi, can any one tell me how long it takes from check out of Gaya island resort to get to the airport. Not sure how much time to allow to catch a domestic flight. Thank you
Dear darren312, It takes approximately 40 minutes from Gaya Island to the International Airport.
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"WE looked at two and they are all very similar in size with sea views, couldn't fault it really"
"Kinabula Villas in the 800s - great views of the Cove and Jetty also close to Japanese Restaurant."
"Pro tip: Request for a room closer to the main facilities of the resort."
"All rooms are good but if u have mobility issues stay closer to the main area"
"kinabalu villa - great views and very quiet does have a few steps to reach the room!"
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PRICE RANGE
$185 - $368 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
MalaysiaSabahWest Coast DivisionKota Kinabalu DistrictPulau Gaya
NUMBER OF ROOMS
121
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