Gaya Island Resort

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Location:

Malohom Bay, Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, Malaysia

Rooms: 121

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Tucked amidst protected mangroves, sheltered coral reefs and curled around the pristine sandy coast of Malohom Bay rests Gaya Island Resort. Set on an island within the protected Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, discover a sanctuary nestled in the hillside of an ancient rainforest with a stunning outline of Mount Kinabalu on the horizon. With its youthful vibe and sun-dappled moments, this beachfront resort blends harmoniously with the natural environment featuring a collection of hillside villas with views that range from mangrove forests and the surrounding canopy to the outline of Mount Kinabalu. Villa interiors are contemporary and elegant, eco-luxury yet respectful of Sabahan elements. Discoveries, authentic experiences and a sense of intimacy with the natural world all prevail across the land and seascape of this resort offering travellers and families an escape that is distinctively Borneo. The resort is committed to ecologically-sustainable practices to minimise its carbon footprint within the environment. Therefore, it is a walking resort with minimal motorised vehicles used for operational purposes.

Beautifully situated, Gaya Island Resort is set amidst lush rainforest with breathtaking views of the wonders created by nature over thousands of years. Ancient rainforest and protected mangroves surround the idyllic villas set in the hills. Spacious, tactile and modern yet respectful of local Sabahan elements, each villa uses local materials that blend harmoniously with the natural environment. Villa interiors are designed with a contemporary elegance and offer a variety of views including mangrove, canopy, tropical rainforest and the South China Sea.

Our villas' amenities include comfortable bedding, a writing desk, a powered safe, a flat screen television with satellite channels, a large open en-suite bathroom with an oversized bathtub and two vanity units, and an outdoor verandah with day beds.

The regional cuisine and exquisite fresh seafood prepared by our skilled chefs is a play on the senses, setting the stage for guests to recount the day's adventures with family and friends, new and old.

Be it dining at leisure on your personal verandah space in-villa or a picnic at your chosen nook or the simple pleasure of gathering around a crackling barbecue pit on the beach at dusk, these experiences form another facet of treasured memories to take home.

Reconnect to a PURE world, YTL Hotels' activities programme that vivifies the senses; immersing you in the vibrancy, scents, textures, sounds and tastes of the natural environment and cultural heritage of the region. Here, where time is measured by the rise and fall of tides, the island, and the pace at which you choose to experience its endless wonders, is yours.

From intimate gatherings to weddings, birthday celebrations, brainstorming sessions, teambuilding and goal-oriented meetings, Gaya Island Resort infuses every occasion with expertise, ease, uniqueness and fun. A wide range of locations at the resort provides multiple function spaces - our meeting rooms, beaches and other areas can be transformed into exceptional venues. Our professional banquet team will take care of every detail to ensure delivery of a seamless, glitch-free and fun event, with various treasured moments for you and your guests to remember it by.

A Distinctively Borneo experience awaits couples travelling to Gaya Island Resort to celebrate their union. This dreamy tropical setting offers the ideal mix of tranquillity and adventure – the perfect place to celebrate your wedding and thereafter extend into a honeymoon.

While here, enjoy morning beach strolls watching the sun rise over Mount Kinabalu, kayak through mangroves, enjoy a personalised gourmet picnic on the private Tavajun Bay and slip into an afternoon bliss with the indulgent couple's spa treatment. End the day with a sunset cruise aboard our luxury yacht, with a toast to the stunning golden hued sunset and your beautiful union.


The hotel offers a snack bar/deli. A bar/lounge is on site where guests can unwind with a drink. Guests can enjoy a complimentary breakfast. An Internet point is located on site and high-speed wireless Internet access is complimentary.

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4.5/5
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating
1,186 Reviews
4.5 out of 5

Average ratings
4.5
Cleanliness
4.5
Service & staff
4.5
Room comfort
4.5
Sleep Quality
4.5
Location
4.0
Value for Price

TripAdvisor® Traveller Reviews
5
by Gary L
from
Wonderful place
Posted Sep 24, 2017

Just back from a couple of weeks at YTL Gaya Island Resort. Can't recommend this place highly enough, the location, facilities and staff are world class. That said, a few tips. Make sure you get a...More

3
by Nigel_TCT
from Sheffield, United Kingdom
Divides Opinion
Posted Sep 24, 2017

This resort seems to divide opinion on whether it is a great resort or not. We certainly didn't encounter some of the issues that our fellow guests had but it was far from a 5* experience for...More

5
by MontyGunn907
from Chelmsford, United Kingdom
Honeymoon
Posted Sep 23, 2017

Offered exactly what me and my partner required after a hectic wedding build up. Relaxed, staff who can't help enough and great food and plenty of it. Varied options which is always a plus. The extra...More

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Beautifully situated, Gaya Island Resort is set amidst lush rainforest with breathtaking views of the wonders created by nature over thousands of years. Ancient rainforest and protected mangroves surround the idyllic villas set in the hills. Spacious, tactile and modern yet respectful of local Sabahan elements, each villa uses local materials that blend harmoniously with the natural environment. Villa interiors are designed with a contemporary elegance and offer a variety of views including mangrove, canopy, tropical rainforest and the South China Sea.

Our villas' amenities include comfortable bedding, a writing desk, a powered safe, a flat screen television with satellite channels, a large open en-suite bathroom with an oversized bathtub and two vanity units, and an outdoor verandah with day beds.

Set amongst a tropical mangrove on a gently sloping hillside, these villas offer a beautiful outlook and are walking distance from the resort's pristine sandy beach, with a selection of rooms that are located closer to the resort's main facilities.

Amenities
Amenity:
Minibar, Ceiling Fan, Climate Control.

Entertainment:
Flat Screen Television with Satellite TV.

Connectivity:
Complimentary WiFi.

:
Tea and coffee making facilities.

Situated on a hillside amidst lush rainforest, these inviting villas offer a peaceful setting with leafy views ranging from the rainforest canopy to the tropical mangroves. Connecting rooms are available for families.

Amenities
Amenity:
Minibar, Ceiling Fan, Climate Control.

Entertainment:
Flat Screen Television with Satellite TV.

Connectivity:
Complimentary WiFi.

:
Tea and coffee making facilities.

With views stretching across the South China Sea, and where the silhouette of Mount Kinabalu can be seen on a clear day, these Kinabalu Villas provide the best views in the resort. Connecting rooms are available for families.

Amenities
Amenity:
Minibar, Ceiling Fan, Climate Control.

Entertainment:
Flat Screen Television with Satellite TV.

Connectivity:
Complimentary WiFi.

:
Tea and coffee making facilities.

This luxurious two-bedroom suite lies on the hillside with stunning ocean views. The ground floor features relaxing lounge and dining areas, and a pantry which leads onto an outdoor deck. The spacious bedrooms on the first floor both come with en-suites and a decadent outdoor bath on the balcony provides breathtaking views.

Amenities
Amenity:
Minibar, Ceiling Fan, Climate Control.

Entertainment:
Flat Screen Television with Satellite TV.

Connectivity:
Complimentary WiFi.

:
Tea and coffee making facilities.


The regional cuisine and exquisite fresh seafood prepared by our skilled chefs is a play on the senses, setting the stage for guests to recount the day's adventures with family and friends, new and old.Be it dining at leisure on your personal verandah space in-villa or a picnic at your chosen nook or the simple pleasure of gathering around a crackling barbecue pit on the beach at dusk, these experiences form another facet of treasured memories to take home.

Savour a vibrant, interactive dining experience that offers diverse cuisine from the Asia-Pacific region. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the dynamic open kitchens showcase a bakery, Japanese/Korean, Asian and Western selections. The location by the lap pool offers stunning views of Mount Kinabalu and the surrounding beach.

Venue : Restaurant
Cuisine : Asian

Reconnect to a PURE world, YTL Hotels' activities programme that vivifies the senses; immersing you in the vibrancy, scents, textures, sounds and tastes of the natural environment and cultural heritage of the region. Here, where time is measured by the rise and fall of tides, the island, and the pace at which you choose to experience its endless wonders, is yours.

Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park lies within The Coral Triangle, known as the world’s marine epicentre. Home to diverse marine life exceeding 75% of species known to science with coral gardens found 20 metres from the shore; this underwater realm has over 25 dive spots for all year exploration. Programmes are conducted around 5 islands within the marine park.

A Distinctively Borneo experience awaits couples travelling to Gaya Island Resort to celebrate their union. This dreamy tropical setting offers the ideal mix of tranquillity and adventure – the perfect place to celebrate your wedding and thereafter extend into a honeymoon.While here, enjoy morning beach strolls watching the sun rise over Mount Kinabalu, kayak through mangroves, enjoy a personalised gourmet picnic on the private Tavajun Bay and slip into an afternoon bliss with the indulgent couple's spa treatment. End the day with a sunset cruise aboard our luxury yacht, with a toast to the stunning golden hued sunset and your beautiful union.

Stroll down the aisle at the serene Tavajun Bay, a private beach on Gaya Island which is a perfect setting for a memorable wedding ceremony serenaded by the whispers of the sea breeze in the palm trees. As the sun sinks beneath the horizon, celebrate the affair with a champagne toast to the newlyweds and a delectable five-course Asian dinner.

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