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Bunga Raya Island Resort
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Reviewed January 15, 2013

We stayed 7 nights over NewYear in Bunga Raya Resort. The place is very nice, accommodation and surroundig are great. The view from our Villa over the Pool to the sea
was just awesome and the Villas are nicely placed wthin the jungle. We had major issues with the food and service which makes me rating only Average (Average compared to the price for this Hotel). There are only 2 Restaurants in the Hotel with limited offer. One Restuarant (The Grill) has only around 10 items and 5 Pizzas on the menu. The second , main Restaurant has more to offer, but my Kids could not find anything on th emenu which attrated them. Tried only French Fries, but even those have been deep fried in old oil and heavent been tasty at all. The Breakfast is far away form a 5 Star Hotel. No Cheese offered, no Salami or other sliced meat. The breakfast is really basic. I expect much more from such a Hotel. Over New Year when the Hotel was full, some of the items on the breakfast buffet was empty an refilled very late. The bread was frozen and nearly impossible to cut. Luckyfully there was ONE Toaster to heat it up. And, Coffee is terrible to !

Staff was very friendly ands always willing to help. But there have been limitations. I saw many times staff walking around with food looking for the right person who ordered it. Not a 5 Star experience.

The chairs on the Pool have been occupied early in the morning as they offered way to less chairs if the Hotel i fully booked. We had many times no space on the pool which is again not worth paying 500 Euro for a Villa/night !

Avoid going during the monsoon season to this place. The beach was covered with dirt from the sea. Even they tried to clean up the place, next morning it was full of dirt again. Swimming in the sea is possible if you are not afraid of the seagrass and other things (Shoes, Tootbrush, bottles and and and) touching you while swimming. Be also aware that there is seagrass growing in the bay and you will feel them while swimming or snorkelling.

The bed linen was not changed once during the 7 night we spend there! I could check this as my sons knee bleeded (after an accident in the pool with rough floor where no one from the staff showed interest in this accident) and the linen had blood on it. For the whole week !!!!

Pleas ebe also aware that there is no shop in the Hotel to buy anything. No small snacks for the kids or cookies. You have to bring those things from KK if you have kids and dont want to spend 5 Euro for a few terrible French Fries every lunch time.


Would we go back ? NO way, for so much money there are better places to go.

Room Tip: Bring your own stuff. Avoid monsoon season. Inform yourself about the free offerings in the Hotel (e.g Free shuttle to Lapi Island for Snorkelling, Restaurants at Gaya Resort)
  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Thank TombRacer
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Reviewed January 4, 2013

Really nice stuff service, amazing villa, The most beautiful room decoration of all hotels I ever seen. A lot of touch with natural, we can't believe with the window open, we can see the monkeys on the surrounding trees, so cute!! But there are really few watersports to do makes the stay a little boring, the sea water is dirty for snorkeling and the food in the restaurants are very bad taste with very high price!

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Jun Y
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Reviewed December 23, 2012

We stayed 3 nights at beautiful Bunga Raya Resort near Kota Kinabalu and found it to be one of the best places we have ever stayed at. A great combination of a low impact resort(can hardly see the resort from the boat on approach), beautiful virgin rainforest with natural watercourses running through the resort, white sand, blue water beaches and some of the best villas you will ever stay in - high ceilings, in local Malaysian style but with all of the extras - expresso machine, fruit, free mini bar(beer/soft drinks) and high quality amenities. The plunge pool villas by the beach have amazing views, private access to the beach and seaside hammocks. The infinity pool is absolutely spectacular with views over the water to the South China Sea. Restaurants and food are great and the resort has just won a 2 glass Wine Spectator award for one of the best wine cellars in Malaysia - it has got to be seen to be believed! The Jungle spa is unique with natural water courses running underneath the treatment rooms. You get the best of both worlds with easy boat access to the other island resorts and KK (have dinner in KK if you want..). Can't see why you would stay in a generic hotel in KK when you can be at Bunga Raya Resort in 15 minutes! The staff were friendly & fabulous and management is committed to making this one of the best eco-friendly resorts in Asia. We will be back.

Room Tip: Plunge pool villas
  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank mrkpar
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Reviewed December 22, 2012 via mobile

Had a great week on this secluded resort on Pulau Gaya! Fantastic views of the South China Sea and exemplary service.
A features boutique hotel, that truly lives up to it's reputation. Being an eco-friendly resort, this place us not for visitors who are weary of the tropical infects. We even had wild boars moving freely around the resort.

  • Stayed: December 2012
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2  Thank RajaGriha
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Reviewed December 19, 2012

This place is amazing. The location is beautiful. Staff are friendly. Accommodation is beautiful
Most people get driven by staff around in the golf carts, but it's nice to walk around...albeit hilly and sweaty.


The pool is great - as a competitive swimmer I loved being able to do lengthy laps each day.

Food, for me, was average - as a vegetarian it was really difficult to get anything more than lettuce for a salad and even the seemingly vegetarian options had some kind of seafood in it.

The beach was out of action due to monsoonal debris, and made for a wet, bumpy 'exciting' boat trip back - but that was ok.

It's a nice place, but not somewhere I'd go out of my way to go back to.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with friends
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3  Thank Su M
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