I just came back with a bunch of Italian colleagues from this resort that is located right on the beach but on the edge of the jungle.
For this reason everybody must accept that we are a bit in the wild and mosquitos, animals are quite common to be find. Even the sound of the jungle especially at night is quite astonishing.
As somebody else has already written the resort is brand new.
For sure if you are looking for excitement this is not the place for you. Is more a place for a romantic and relaxing vacation.
Many pros and very few cons.
Let's start with the few cons: there is not a net right after the door at the entrance of the room this basically forces you to keep closed the door at night otherwise you will have flies and mosquitos coming in.
Other negative thing is that the AC does not have the DRY function. This force you to sleep with the AC on at night, whereas with the dry function simply you can remove the humidity from the room. In room phones even if they are cordless they work only on next the base. Maybe they should change them. Last thing probably a chemical pest treatment especially against the ants must be done frequently specially in the room premises.
For the rest what can I say, the place is magical. Right beside the beach that at first sight does not seem nothing exeptional but you will soon realize that the coral reef is only 40/50 meters from there! Water is quite warm. Service is highly trained, very gentle ready to help you with everything you need. Food excellent, they even organized for the last night a barbecue on the baech. The Spa is amazing and even the massages are not very expensive.
Rooms are huge with a a bathtub resembling a small pool, a huge shower and 2 sinks, plenty of amenities in the bathroom and bathrobe available for you. For the clothes there is a big cloakroom.
We went twice snorkeling which was free of charge. Also did the jungle excursion. Both are worth to do.
In my opinion definitely a place where to go.
- 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 walking 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