Discover Paradise at Gaya Island Resort, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

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Gaya Island Resort is located just 15 short miles off the mainland of Kota Kinabalu a pristine island which is part of the Crocker Range rock formation of the western coast of Sabah Malaysia. Gaya is an elegant, modern, resort accessible only by boat and surrounded by all that nature has to offer. Sitting along the coast of Malohom Bay the hillside villas are perched in protected rainforests with many overlooking the unspoiled waters of the South China Sea.


The resort offers guests three types of villas each spanning 47 square meters of modern luxury. Each villa features a veranda with a day bed perfect for enjoying uninterrupted views of Mount Kinabalu. Just off the veranda lies a luxurious bedroom with lush linens and a settee, a flat screen TV, a large walk in closet and desk where the stocked mini-bar and snack/coffee stations are located. An enormous modern bathroom is the focal point of each villa offering separate toilet and shower rooms, two vanities, and a vast tub ideal for indulging in a relaxing bubble bath.


The Suria Suite is an opulent choice for guests who want to spare no expense. Resting on sloping hillsides each 188 square meter two bedroom suite is stylishly decorated with lavish linens and décor and has uninterrupted views of Mount Kinabalu. With separate dining, TV, and lounge rooms the suite’s first floor is devoted to leisure. Both luxurious bedrooms come with en-suite, spacious bathrooms. An outdoor bath area leading to a private balcony that provides spectacular ocean views completes the lavish suite.


Gaya Island Resort offers local cuisine and fresh seafood prepared by expert chefs. The Feast Village is an all day dining option offering exceptional cuisine from Southeast Asia. The Pool Bar and Lounge offers an al fresco setting and is a perfect place to enjoy light snacks while indulging in the resort’s infinity pool.


For an upscale dining experience Fisherman’s Cove, located on the resort’s rooftop, guests can indulge in delectable, mouthwatering fresh seafood infused with local spices while enjoying exquisite views of Mount Kinabalu.



If privacy is what’s needed, guests can take a 5-minute boat ride from the resort to the peaceful beaches of Tavajun Bay where they will find a delicious lunch simply prepared and kept hot over charcoal while enjoying the tropical sun and gentle breezes of the sea. Each day brings a new dish so make sure to enquire at the front desk for the dish of the day. Guests also have the choice to pre-order a personalized gourmet picnic basket to enjoy while lounging at the beach.



No visit is complete without a spa treatment and at Gaya’s Spa Village guests can indulge in the perfection of land, sea, and air as they come together perfectly for an absolute tranquil experience. The opulent spa is surrounded by natural rainforests and oversees the ocean giving each visitor a sense of wellbeing and complete relaxation. The spa offers a wide variety of spa treatments promising to restore balance and harmony to both the body and mind.


The staff and service at Gaya Island Resort is extraordinary. The team at the activity desk has extensive knowledge of the area, so planning activities or requests for incidentals is never a problem.


There are several unique activities with knowledgeable employees making guests stay at the resort as busy or relaxed as needed. From snorkeling and scuba to guided nature walks Gaya has something for every level of fitness and for every age.


For a unique, memorable beach holiday in Southeast Asia, Gaya Island Resort delivers it a

Marie Hernandez is a travel journalist/blogger, the founder and author behind SeriouslyTravel. Her passion for travel and food inspires her to seek new places to visit and new foods to try. Originally from New Jersey and now living in Singapore, she and her husband travel throughout South East Asia discovering the beauty of "the other side of the world". Her desire is to inspire everyone to explore the world; even if it's just in your own back yard.

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