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Gaya Island Resort

Malohom Bay, Pulau Gaya, Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, Gaya Island, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia 88000

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Features of Gaya Island Resort

Hotel Facilities

  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour security
  • airport transfer
  • babysitting
  • bar
  • concierge
  • currency exchange
  • daily housekeeping
  • laundry service
  • library
  • meeting facilities
  • poolside bar
  • portable wi-fi rental
  • restaurant
  • room service
  • safety deposit boxes
  • tours

Sports and Recreation

  • fishing
  • fitness center
  • garden
  • kids club
  • massage
  • outdoor pool
  • pool (kids)
  • private beach
  • snorkeling
  • spa
  • water sports (non-motorized)


  • free Wi-Fi in all rooms
  • Wi-Fi in public areas

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Malay

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Resort description
This beautiful property opened in July 2012 and is situated on the Gaya Island with lush rainforest...see more This beautiful property opened in July 2012 and is situated on the Gaya Island with lush rainforest creating a perfect getaway. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the mangroves, canopy, Kota Kinabalu Mountains, tropical rainforests, and the South China Sea. All 121 rooms at this property feature modern amenities including a spacious bedroom, a writing desk, a flat screen television, a large open bathroom with an oversized bathtub, and an outdoor veranda with day beds. For leisure, guests can enjoy a day of fun activities, the spa, or unique dining concepts. Gaya Island Resort is a completely non-smoking property which assures an enjoyable trip.
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Robin H. Couples
Taiwan, January 02, 2016
Lovely staffs

Service, activities and location.
We've stayed in the Gaya island resort for 3 nights. The warm welcome we have received upon arrival made us feel like getting home. The staff- Eugene is still an intern but has provided professional service, we could communicate in both English and Mandarine which made the check-in process much smoothly. Another staff-Jeff from pool bar is very friendly as well! As the resort doesn't has too many rooms, we don't need to share the private pool and beach with the crowd. And we highly suggest the activities which were arranged by the resort, especially the mangrove kayaking. The only con we would say is about the choice of restaurant, there're only 3 restaurants and a pool bar in the resort. However, the experience of dining is beyond average. The breakfast and dinner buffet were very nice, beside this, there're some room to be improved for the teppanyaki set menu. We've been travel a lot and seldom submit review to the hotels we've stayed. But we did enjoy the experience this time and would like to recommend it to everyone!
WONG W. Families with young children
Hong Kong, January 04, 2016
Nice resort

Friendly staff, nice beach, comfortable room
very enjoyable
Chu C. Couples
Hong Kong, January 04, 2016
Superb location and staff attitude

Lacation is great and I'm especially admired by the warm and excellent attitude of the hotel staff.
Certainly will visit again in near future.
MUHAMMAD A. Solo travelers
Brunei Darussalam, January 08, 2016

Quiet, Relaxing and Natural
Such a wonderful island..
rashed M. Couples
Australia, December 24, 2015
relaxation at its best

service. scenery. food.
Such a pleasant stay. So relaxing. Will have ro come back 4 days not enough. Staff so attentive and helpful. From janet in reception to awang in the pool bar and anne as scuba diving intructor. Gaya island never change.
Emily M. Couples
Australia, December 12, 2015
Perfect mix of wildlife and luxury

Wildlife, free activities including nature walk and tajuven bay trek with Jamie, big bath tub.
Excellent. My only critique is that the meals are exorbitantly priced. Much preferred eating with the locals on the mainland at the night market where you can experience the culture and Malaysian food first hand. The resort makes it difficult to avoid purchasing their pricey meals as a 10 min boat trip back to the mainland is 140RM per person. Having said that, loved our stay at Gaya Island Resort and would definitely return!
Masturina M. Families with young children
Brunei Darussalam, December 14, 2015

Friendly staff. Peaceful. Calm.
We were traveling with our 16 months old baby to celebrate our 2nd wedding anniversary. We want to make it a ritual to celebrate our anniversary(ies) on an island like we did during our honeymoon. Gaya Island Resort captured our heart when we first saw it advertised on our local airline (Royal Brunei)'s magazine, Muhibbah. Which we decided to go and celebrate there. We chose Kinabalu Villa for our stay. Indeed, it is a magnificent view! Weather was hot yet calm during our stay. We could see Mount Kinabalu in the early mornings, lovely sunrise (captured this time-lapsed! love it!). Although, you have to climb up the hills to get to the villa, but for the best view, why not!! Hospitality from the staffs were fantastic! They even helped me to carry our baby (with umbrella) from the lobby to the jetty. All and all, we really enjoy our stay! We will definitely come back!!
Jagatheesan S. Couples
Malaysia, December 04, 2015
Excellent resort for total relaxation

Comfortable, Friendly staff, excellent service
Extremely delighted with my stay. The customer service was outstanding. Can do better with the pricing of food
Rik G. Families with young children
Netherlands, November 15, 2015
Great hotel but the food is too high priced

Staff, rooms, location
Really great location and the rooms are beautiful. Best thing however is the staff.They were amazing with the kids. The food on the resort is okay but relatively very expensive.
RIMAU T. Couples
Malaysia, November 12, 2015

Nice villas, Spa was one of the best
Food and drinks are simply overpriced. I don't mind paying for expensive and good quality foods but not at Gaya Island Resort

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