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About Gaya Island Resort


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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  • Wi-Fi [portable rental]
  • free Wi-Fi in all rooms
  • Wi-Fi in public areas


  • airport transfer

Fitness & recreation

  • fitness center
  • spa
  • massage

Swimming & soaking

  • outdoor pool

Water sports

  • snorkeling
  • private beach
  • fishing
  • water sports (non-motorized)

For kids

  • kids club
  • pool (kids)

Food & beverage

  • room service
  • restaurant(s)
  • poolside bar
  • bar


  • pets allowed

Cleaning services

  • daily housekeeping
  • laundry service

Guest services

  • luggage storage
  • babysitting
  • tours
  • concierge

On-site facilities

  • garden
  • library
  • smoking area

Health and security

  • 24-hour security
  • 24-hour front desk
  • safety deposit boxes

Business & money services

  • currency exchange

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Malay
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Conservation fees will be collected from every guest upon check-out.

Please note that the hotel offers roundtrip Speedboat Transfer as follow:

From Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal to Gaya Island Resort: 08:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 12:00 AM, 02:00 PM, 04:00 PM, 06:00 PM, 09:00 PM
From Gaya Island Resort to Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal: 09:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 01:00 PM, 03:00 PM, 05:00 PM , 06:30 PM, 09:30 PM

Transfer cost is at 140 MYR per adult and 70 MYR per child (roundtrip).

Children aged from (2-11 years old) are required to pay for the transfer cost.

Child and extra bed policy
Infant 0-1 year(s) Stay for free if using existing bedding. Note, if you need a cot there may be an extra charge.
Children 2-11 year(s) Must use an extra bed
  • Guests over 11 years old are considered as adults.
  • Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose, please check the individual room policy for more details.
When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.
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Useful info

Check-In From: 03:00 PM
Check-Out Until: 11:00 AM
Distance from City Center: 8.2 KM
Number of Bars: 1
Number of Floors: 2
Number of Restaurants: 5
Number of Rooms : 121
Time to Airport (Minutes): 20
Year Hotel Built: 2012
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Recent customer comments

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  • Hotel Condition/Cleanliness 9.1
  • Facilities 8.8
  • Location 8.6
  • Room Comfort/Standard 9.2
  • Service 9.2
  • Value for Money 7.7
  • Food/Dining 7.3

Susan J.
July 04, 2016
Tropical paradise
Lovely setting in forest with sea views, facilities at the resort were great, staff were wonderful. Highlights were snorkling off the jetty, kayaking and enjoying restful time by the beach and pool. The beach at the resort was clean and unlike other beaches was free of rubbish. Food was great and reasonably priced. Spent a fun day at another beach close by also run by the resort, encounters with cheeky monkeys which we won't forget. Sad to see so much rubbish on the beach and in the sea which washes up from KK. It's such a shame and risk to the beautiful islands and marine life. The resort seem to take an active role in conservation but I guess there is only so much they can do. Overall we had a wonderful time

Tse H.
June 19, 2016
very good service and very good place for relaxing.

June 17, 2016
nice place, very relax and comfortable
nice place, very relax and comfortable

June 07, 2016
Perfect experience!
Must try it for once!

Steven D.
United Kingdom
June 04, 2016
We had a fabulous stay here, the staff were all lovely and extremely helpful! We had climbed a mountain the day before our stay and had sore legs so the staff gave us a complimentary bottle of wine which was a really nice touch. The Japanese restaurant was exceptional! Would definitely stay here again!

June 02, 2016

Rachel C.
United Kingdom
May 30, 2016
Beautiful location
We stayed for 3 nights and the location was beautiful - beach was great and although litter in the sea (washed over from KK) did seem to be a problem the staff kept it very well maintained. The villas are perfect - prepare yourself for a bit of a walk to the restaurants, pool and beach, but it's worth it for the setting and balcony views! Lots of free watersports available which we enjoyed - stand up paddle boarding, ocean kayaking. We'd definitely recommend the jungle trek across to Tavajun Bay, which is a private beach with a restaurant serving daily set lunch (gorgeous seafood). The Fisherman's Cove restaurant is worth a visit too!

Brent C.
United Kingdom
May 30, 2016
Super nice resort and so much to do!
Everything is top notch - the tiered setting, the villa style, the room design was all stunningly beautiful and relaxing. The staff all say hello and good morning with big smiles. The beach is constantly cleaned and groomed - it's like paradise. And the coral here is beautiful - there is a private snorkelling area just right off the pier. Highly recommend place to get away from the tourist hordes on the main island.

Hong Kong
May 28, 2016
Happy to stay

yijyun L.
May 19, 2016
It's a great place to relax Good view