We stayed at Gaya Island as part of our honeymoon trip in early September and I can honestly say that it did not feel like the resort was not finished or that shops were not open!
The villas are absolutely beautiful, the pool perfect for cooling off in (and not at all crowded) and a fantastic reef for snorkelling.
The restaurant has some of the best food around, cooked fresh by the chefs in the open restaurant and good value for money (approx. 120 MYR for 3 course meal and a beer). The pastry chef, Yusra, makes the most exceptional desserts! When we left she came running onto the speedboat with a box of freshly baked macaroons for us to take away. Such a personal touch!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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 waling resort and only minimal motorised vehicles are used for operational purposes. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gaya Island Resort Malaysia/Pulau Gaya