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8.5

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Beach5
Housekeeping3
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8.5

Excellent

Location rating score

Excellent location
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Popular landmarks
Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park 4.4 km
Sapi Island 4.4 km
Night Market 5.0 km
Kota Kinabalu City Mosque 5.0 km
Signal Hill Observatory Platform 5.1 km
Gaya Street Sunday Market 5.2 km
Mamutik Island 5.7 km
Manukan Island 7.0 km
Sabah State Museum 7.0 km
Poring Hot Springs 16.8 km
Nearby landmarks
Bukit Gaya 2.1 km
Gaya Island 2.2 km
Pulau Plompong 2.5 km
The Zip Line 2.6 km
Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park 4.4 km
Sapi Island 4.4 km
Kota Kinabalu Harbour 4.5 km
sunset 4.7 km
Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal 4.8 km
Watson 4.8 km
Gaya Island Resort

"Everything was amazing"

Shahril - January 16, 2020
Bayu Villa Gaya Island Resort
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Gaya Island Resort

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

Get your trip off to a great start with a stay at this property, which offers free Wi-Fi in all rooms. Conveniently situated in the Gaya Island part of Kota Kinabalu, this property puts you close to attractions and interesting dining options. Don't leave before paying a visit to the famous Sapi Island. Rated with 5 stars, this high-quality property provides guests with access to massage, restaurant and fitness center on-site.

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Staff trained in safety protocol
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Preventative Equipment
Hand sanitizer
Free face masks
Health and Medical
First aid kit
  • Airport transfer

  • Private beach

  • Currency exchange

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

  • Air conditioning

Value for money7.7
Distance to city center8.2 KM
Location rating8.5
Nearest airportKota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI)
Distance to airport10.7 km

Rooms available at Gaya Island Resort

Exceptional
Room comfort & quality

9.2

Kinabalu Villa
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  • Room size: 47 m²/506 ft²
  • Mountain view
  • 1 king bed
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Canopy Villa
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  • Room size: 47 m²/506 ft²
  • Nature view
  • 1 king bed
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Bayu Villa
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  • Room size: 47 m²/506 ft²
  • Mountain view
  • 1 king bed
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Villa Standard
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  • Balcony/terrace
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Superior Room
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    Suria Suite (1 King Bed & 1 Single Bed)
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      Room Deluxe Superior
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        Single
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          04 Suria Suite
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            Villa King Bed
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              Frequently asked questions

              How much does it cost to stay at Gaya Island Resort?

              Room rates depend on the dates, room types, and number of guests, so please click here to see the latest and best deals from Agoda!

              What time is check-in and check-out at Gaya Island Resort?

              Check-in is from 03:00 PM, and check-out is until 11:00 AM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The resort offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out. The front desk is always open, day or night.

              How do I get to Gaya Island Resort?

              Gaya Island Resort is easy to access from the airport. In fact, you can even book your airport transfer in advance for greater peace of mind with the additional charge of 140 MYR. Just use the "Let us know what you need" section of the booking page to let the resort know you want a ride, and they will contact you via the Agoda messaging service. For those who wish to drive their own cars, Gaya Island Resort has a car park right on site for maximum convenience.

              Is breakfast offered at Gaya Island Resort?

              Start your mornings right, with the continental and buffet breakfast options offered at Gaya Island Resort.

              What are my dining options at Gaya Island Resort?

              Gaya Island Resort features 5 on-site restaurants for your dining convenience.

              What is the smoking policy at Gaya Island Resort?

              Gaya Island Resort does not permit smoking in any of its rooms, but allows smoking in designated areas.

              What popular natural sightseeing spots are close to Gaya Island Resort?

              Gaya Island Resort’s nearby natural sights include Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park and Bukit Gaya located in the same Gaya Island area.

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              What people love about Gaya Island Resort

              • 10

                Exceptional

                "Everything was amazing"

                Shahril

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                January 16, 2020

              • 10

                Exceptional
                Location

                "Excellent Location and a place that treats you like a family rather than guest."

                Shahril

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                January 16, 2020

              • 10

                Exceptional

                "I highly recommend this hotel for your hotel to Gaya."

                Shahril

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                January 16, 2020

              Property ranking|Compared to 1,312 Kota Kinabalu properties
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              Room comfort score
              9.2/10
              Service score
              9.1/10
              Cleanliness score
              9/10
              Room size
              47 sqm.
              Better than
              99
              %
              of Kota Kinabalu properties
              Better than
              94
              %
              of Kota Kinabalu properties
              Better than
              94
              %
              of Kota Kinabalu properties
              Bigger than
              93
              %
              of Kota Kinabalu properties
              Overall rating:

              8.5

              Excellent
              907 reviews
              Cleanliness
              9.0
              Facilities
              8.5
              Location
              8.5
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              What travelers say they love:
              The service was impeccable from all staff.
              Paige from Australia
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              Gaya Island Resort

              Find yourself in a truly relaxing place just minutes from the heart of Kota Kinabalu, with a refreshing stay at Gaya Island Resort. Immerse yourselves in the waves with daily ocean swims and some beach time at Sapi Island, with a stay at Gaya Island Resort.
              All offerings provided by Gaya Island Resort help to ensure a pleasant stay for all travelers. Free internet access provided within the resort keeps you connected throughout your stay. Airport transfer services can be booked before your check-in date, to ensure a smooth and convenient arrival or departure. For those driving their own car, parking is available for guests.
              Always get the assistance you need with front desk services including concierge service, luggage storage and safety deposit boxes. Booking the best tickets and getting the hottest restaurant reservations are made easy with help from the resort's ticket service and tours. For longer stays or whenever you need it, the dry cleaning service and laundry service keep your favorite travel outfits clean and available. Feel like doing nothing? Available services like room service and daily housekeeping let you get the most out of your time at the Gaya Island Resort.
              For health reasons, smoking is not permitted anywhere inside the resort. For guests who would like to smoke, the designated smoking areas are available.
              A range of amenities is offered in guestrooms at Gaya Island Resort. Enjoy your stay even more at the resort, knowing that some selected rooms include air conditioning. Some rooms at Gaya Island Resort are available with design features like a balcony or terrace. Don't worry about being thirsty as a coffee or tea maker, bottled water and mini bar are provided in some guestrooms.
              Bathroom amenities are just as important as others, and at the resort you'll find a hair dryer and bathrobes available in some guest bathrooms.


              Dining and things to do

              Each morning you can start the day with a delicious in-house breakfast offered at Gaya Island Resort. A number of great dining options at the resort assures that you'll always have convenient and delicious choices. A great night out couldn't be easier! Enjoy a fun evening without traveling outside at the bar.
              A day in will be as fun as a day out with ranges of recreational activities offered at Gaya Island Resort. A beach that's accessible right from the resort puts you close to the ocean during your stay. A relaxing end to every day is possible with a visit to the massage and spa. Don't forget to make a visit or two to the resort's pool.
              At Gaya Island Resort, every effort is made to make guests feel comfortable. Enjoy your favorite drink in your swimsuit at the resort's poolside bar. Burn off you vacation calories with a quick visit to the resort's fitness facility. Beat the hot weather with cooling water activities like fishing, snorkeling and non-motorized water sports. Family time on relaxed evenings is easy with the resort's library.
              Got someone special waiting for you back home? Then easily pick up a memorable gift at the souvenir shops.


              Reasons to stay here

              Compared to the city's accommodation options, this resort scored higher than 98% of them for food and dining.
              Guests who stayed here found it to be neat and tidy, scoring it above 94% of other accommodations in the city.
              According to guests who stayed here, this resort's room comfort is rated higher than 99% of other accommodations in Kota Kinabalu.

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              Amenities and facilities
              Excellent
              Facilities

              8.5

              Most talked about facilities

              Food & Dining

              42 mentions

              Beach

              20 mentions

              Swimming Pool

              11 mentions

              Housekeeping

              5 mentions

              Languages spoken

              • English
              • Malay

              Internet access

              • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
              • Internet services
              • Wi-Fi [portable rental]
              • Wi-Fi in public areas

              Things to do, ways to relax

              • Diving
              • Fishing
              • Fitness center
              • Garden
              • Massage
              • Private beach
              • Snorkeling
              • Spa
              • Swimming pool [indoor]
              • Swimming pool [outdoor]
              • Ticket services
              • Tours
              • Water sports (non-motorized)

              Cleanliness and safety

              • Body thermometer
              • Daily disinfection in all rooms
              • Daily disinfection in common areas
              • Face coverings on staff
              • First aid kit
              • Free face masks
              • Hand sanitizer
              • Hot water linen and laundry washing
              • Hygiene certification
              • Physical distancing of at least 1 meter
              • Protective screens in common areas
              • Rooms sanitized between stays
              • Staff trained in safety protocol
              • Temperature check for guests and staff

              Dining, drinking, and snacking

              • Bar
              • Poolside bar
              • Restaurants
              • Room service

              Services and conveniences

              • Air conditioning in public area
              • Concierge
              • Currency exchange
              • Daily housekeeping
              • Dry cleaning
              • Elevator
              • Gift/souvenir shop
              • Ironing service
              • Laundry service
              • Library
              • Luggage storage
              • Meeting/banquet facilities
              • Safety deposit boxes
              • Smoke-free property
              • Smoking area
              • Terrace

              For the kids

              • Babysitting service
              • Kids club
              • Swimming pool [kids]

              Access

              • Front desk [24-hour]
              • Non-smoking rooms
              • Pets allowed
              • Security [24-hour]

              Getting around

              • Airport transfer
              • Car park [on-site]

              Available in all rooms

              • Air conditioning
              • Balcony/terrace
              • Bathrobes
              • Bathtub
              • Closet
              • Coffee/tea maker
              • Desk
              • Fan
              • Free bottled water
              • Hair dryer
              • In-room safe box
              • Internet access – wireless
              • Ironing facilities
              • Mini bar
              • Non-smoking
              • Private bathroom
              • Satellite/cable channels
              • Separate shower/bathtub
              • Shower
              • Slippers
              • Smoke detector
              • Sofa
              • Telephone
              • Toiletries
              • Towels
              • Wake-up service
              • Wi-Fi [free]
              Food and dining
              Restaurants on site

              Feast Village

              • Cuisine: Asian, Local

              Fisherman's Cove

              • Cuisine: Seafood

              Omakase

              • Cuisine: Japanese

              Pool Bar & Lounge

              • No additional information available

              Tavajun Bay

              • Cuisine: Local, Thai
              Location
              Malohom Bay, Pulau Gaya, Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, Gaya Island, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, 88000
              Excellent
              Location

              8.5

              Airports

              • Kota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI)
                10.7 km
              • Labuan Airport (LBU)
                119.6 km

              Public transportation

              • South Bus Terminal
                5.6 km
              • North Borneo Railway
                8.2 km

              Hospital or clinic

              • Watson
                4.8 km

              Shopping

              • Gaya Street Sunday Market
                5.2 km
              What's nearby

              Popular landmarks

              • Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park
                4.4 km
              • Sapi Island
                4.4 km
              • Night Market
                5.0 km
              • Kota Kinabalu City Mosque
                5.0 km
              • Signal Hill Observatory Platform
                5.1 km
              • Gaya Street Sunday Market
                5.2 km
              • Mamutik Island
                5.7 km
              • Manukan Island
                7.0 km
              • Sabah State Museum
                7.0 km
              • Poring Hot Springs
                16.8 km

              Nearby landmarks

              • Bukit Gaya
                2.1 km
              • Gaya Island
                2.2 km
              • Pulau Plompong
                2.5 km
              • The Zip Line
                2.6 km
              • Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park
                4.4 km
              • Sapi Island
                4.4 km
              • Kota Kinabalu Harbour
                4.5 km
              • sunset
                4.7 km
              • Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal
                4.8 km
              • Watson
                4.8 km
              Distances shown are straight-line distances on the map. Actual travel distances may vary.
              Property policies
              Children and extra beds

              Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose. Please check the individual room capacity for more details.

              All children are welcome.

              Children 0-11 year(s)
              Stay for free if using existing bedding.
              If you need an extra bed, it will incur an additional charge.
              Guests 12 years and older are considered as adults
              Must use an extra bed which will incur an additional charge.
              Others
              • All guests are required to pay for the conservation fee upon check-out. Each guest will be charged MYR 32 for the first night of stay and MYR 22 for each of the following night(s).
              • Round-trip speedboat transfer is available at an additional charge and scheduled as follows:
                -From Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal to Gaya Island Resort: 08:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 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
                -Speedboat transfer costs MYR 160 per adult over 11 years old and MYR 80 per child from 2 to 11 years old per round-trip.
              • When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.
              Some helpful facts

              Check-in/Check-out

              • Check-in from15:00
              • Check-out until11:00

              Getting around

              • Airport transfer fee140 MYR
              • Distance from city center8.2 KM
              • Travel time to airport (minutes)20

              The property

              • Number of bars/lounges1
              • Number of floors2
              • Number of restaurants5
              • Number of rooms 121
              • Year property opened2012

              Reviews of Gaya Island Resort from real guests

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              8.5
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              10
              Cleanliness9.0
              Facilities8.5
              Location8.5
              Room comfort and quality9.2
              Service9.1
              Value for money7.7
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              <6 Below Expectation (34)
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              9.7
              Exceptional
              SUK from Malaysia
              Family with teens
              Bayu Villa
              Stayed 1 night in January 2014

              Staying in Gaya Island Resort is a MUST”

              friendly staff, delicious food, comfortable room

              I highly recommend people to stay at Gaya Island Resort! It is the best hotel in Kota Kinabalu. All the staff are friendly and nice. The room also comfortable and has nice design! Inside the room has a big bath tub and the room is comfortable. The breakfast also delicious and tasty. I recommend people who plan to stay here can try the Sinigang Steamboat as dinner, the seafood is fresh. You don't need to cook the meat or seafood yourselves. Just Sit over there, the waiter will serve you. Overall, I will stay at Gaya Island Resort again when I travel to Kota Kinabalu.

              Reviewed January 18, 2014

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              9.6
              Exceptional
              I-Chun from Taiwan
              Couple
              Bayu Villa
              Stayed 1 night in February 2016

              Lovely resort”

              We enjoyed our short stay at Gaya Island Resort quite a bit. Since it's on a private island, it's very quiet and doesn't have the big crowds and busy feel that most parts of Kota Kinabalu seem to have. The staff is superb, always eager and willing to help and always smiling. We took the most "economic" room and we were already really impressed with the space. We really enjoyed the complimentary activities (yoga, meditation, nature walk). We didn't try the "fine dining" restaurant but the buffet style restaurant food is decent, and the Tavajun Bay private beach meal was quite delicious.

              Reviewed February 15, 2016

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              9.2
              Exceptional
              regina from Philippines
              Couple
              Kinabalu Villa
              Stayed 2 nights in January 2016

              Very Nice Resort”

              After all the hesitations from the reviews that I read, I finally booked myself and my husband for a 3-day stay at Gaya Island Resort. I did make the right choice! The place was really nice and clean! And the staff, my gosh is by far, the best staff I have encountered! Everyone was really courteous, always greets you with a smile and very accommodating. They also let us in our villa earlier since we arrived a bit early, free of charge. One other thing I liked about the resort is it encourages people to walk as form of exercise and does not really offer transportation. Our villa was a bit uphill and though it was a long walk to and from the resto and beach, we didnt really mind. For those who dont really like walking, I suggest you take the villas nearest to the restos, but the view is not that great. The view at the higher areas was AWESOME. Get the Canopy villa seaview and you will get to see the best sunrise ever! I was really awed and emotional when I saw it. Really, really nice! Two downside: the price of the food, specifically at Omakase. Food was great but not worthy of a USD50 rate. Not really 5 star-ish. And the garbage at the sea. Its definitely not the resorts fault but maybe because its pretty near the harbor thats why there were garbage at one side of the beach. Theres a side thats clean too though. Overall, I love this resort. We had really an amazing stay and will definitely come back if given the chance!

              Reviewed February 03, 2016

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              9.3
              Exceptional
              Robin from Taiwan
              Couple
              Kinabalu Villa
              Stayed 3 nights in December 2015

              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!

              Reviewed January 02, 2016

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              10.0
              Exceptional
              Masturina from Brunei Darussalam
              Family with young children
              Kinabalu Villa
              Stayed 2 nights in December 2015

              FANTASTIC RESORT”

              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!!

              Reviewed December 14, 2015

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              8.8
              Excellent
              Alan from United Kingdom
              Couple
              Kinabalu Villa
              Stayed 8 nights in August 2017

              Away from the crowds ”

              Great getaway from the mainland and only a short 10 minutes transfer by boat. From meeting lovely Eva who welcomed us to the hotel all the staff throughout the hotel were exceptional and super helpful. Room was great and the elevated position rewards you with stunning sea views. Plenty of choice for activities if you like to be active. Rashid and Jamie who took us on the mangrove kayaking and trek to the nearby Tavajun bay provided loads of useful information about the islands wildlife. Snorkeling close to the hotel jetty and to the coral gardens is a must! Also would recommend the sunset cruise and the sunrise breakfast on the beach. Thank Xi for getting up so early to prepare for us and for looking after us so well. Perfect end to a perfect holiday. If we have any niggle it would be the cost of the beer, the cheaper beer isn't always available so you end up paying £5 for a 330ml can. Also the soft seating in the bar could do with replacing as it was quite dirty. Oh and the spa was quite pricy but heavenly if you're on honeymoon or a special holiday and want to treat yourselves. Highly recommend Gaya Island Resort.

              Reviewed August 30, 2017

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              10.0
              Exceptional
              M from Australia
              Family with young children
              Canopy Villa
              Stayed 3 nights in December 2016

              Christmas Magic”

              Gaya Island Resort is an example of what a wonderful boutique hotel is. We had such a fabulous time. Our children had such a fabulous time, we want to return again next Christmas. My only real quarrel is that the Mainland Chinese visitors are not aware of global resort etiquette. We had smokers next to us and while the hotel was kind enough to move us (and upgraded our view), we were once again moved to another Mainland Chinese couple who were loud about their Chinese shows and general in room communication. We had to knock on their door to make them aware of how loud they were.

              Reviewed September 04, 2017

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              9.3
              Exceptional
              Nyo from Malaysia
              Couple
              Bayu Villa
              Stayed 2 nights in February 2013

              Spacious room with big bathtub”

              Quite place suitable for couple

              i would said is it a quite place for lovely couples~ Stayed 2 night and have a good times with my boyfriend.But there is few things you have to know before the trips : 1.check in at gaya lounges sutera harbour not Jesselton Ferry Terminal 2.Every 2 hours there is ferry to Gaya Island Resort,make sure you check the ferry departure time with the hotel.(have been waited 1 and half hours) 3.there is conservation fees to go in to the island RM20/day per person (will charged in you final billed) 4. Returned ferry for each person RM 120

              Reviewed February 14, 2013

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              10.0
              Exceptional
              Paige from Australia
              Group
              Bayu Villa
              Stayed 6 nights in November 2018

              The staff were friendly and happy to help at all times. Resort always clean and absolutely stunning.”

              The staff, in particular Ramesh the food and beverage manager. Ramesh went above and beyond to make us comfortable during our stay. The kindest and most helpful at all times! Ramesh remembered our names, dietary needs and bent over backwards every day! On our last day Ramesh organised a beautiful lunch for us to say farewell! Mary was also helpful and sweet and nothing was too difficult. Mary is always smiling and efficient. The chef - Agus was extremely accommodating to our dietary needs, being a vegetarian was not an issue. The chef organised fresh food each time we attended the buffet specifically for us. Anything we wanted was available. The service was impeccable from all staff. The resort was stunning and always clean. The rooms were cleaned twice a day and were extremely comfortable. Anything we asked for was provided instantly. I cannot wait for my next stay at Gaya Island! I’ve told all of my friends and family they must visit as honestly, my stay could not have been better.

              Reviewed November 25, 2018

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              9.3
              Exceptional
              Emmanuelle from France
              Family with teens
              Bayu Villa
              Stayed 4 nights in July 2014

              Litle paradice”

              The friendly staff, the food, the room

              We stayed at Gaya Island Resort 4 nights and it was a perfect holidays. The staff is very kind, always helpful and fun. From the checkin at the marina until the end of our stay everything was perfect. A must-do is the cooking class with the Chef to learn how to cook typical Borneo food. Don't miss as well the private beach and the Thai lunch there, the thai chef is just so nice and her food is amazing. Thank you again for these perfect holidays !!

              Reviewed September 11, 2014

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              10.0
              Exceptional
              Irasema from Mexico
              Couple
              Bayu Villa
              Stayed 3 nights in July 2015

              Wonderful Service Beautiful Location”

              Spa, Location, Rooms

              Had a 3 nights stay, at the begining I thought it was a bit expensive. However, was worth the price for the quality of service and the amazing place it is in Gaya Island. Nice and spacious rooms, surrounded by incredible nature. The staff was very friendly, even organized a cake for a birthday celebration even i did not arrange it in advance. The restaurants are also excellent, you have a seafood one with fresh selections, a teppanyaki bar with a beautiful view. Swimming pool, beach and outdoor activities such as kayaking, snorkeling diving, paddle board, all well arrange. Recommend this place for a romantic or relaxed few days gettaway from busy city life style.

              Reviewed July 06, 2015

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              10.0
              Exceptional
              SU from Malaysia
              Couple
              Bayu Villa
              Stayed 1 night in October 2014

              Excellent”

              staff friendliness room cleanliness worth for money

              It was a great stay. I went Gaya Island Resort on my birthday and the staffs gave me big surprises. They treat me a birthday cake and decorate my room with beautiful balloons and a card with every staffs birthday wishes. But I was quite upset too because it was raining heavily for the two days, and many activities have to be cancelled. Anyway, overall is worth to stay!!

              Reviewed October 07, 2014

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              9.2
              Exceptional
              Paul from Australia
              Couple
              Bayu Villa
              Stayed 4 nights in December 2016

              Ideal for a relaxing break.”

              So close to Kota Kinabalu but once on the island you feel like you're in a different world! The staff could not be more helpful and friendly. Incredible variety of food for breakfast, lunch & dinner. I would like a few more free activities such as table-tennis or billiards. The resort could consider electric vehicles to be more eco-friendly in the future. Overall, we had a fantastic stay and will be back.

              Reviewed January 01, 2017

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              8.7
              Excellent
              manos from Greece
              Couple
              Bayu Villa
              Stayed 7 nights in September 2014

              THEY TRULY CARE ...”

              IDYLLIC LOCATION, STAFF ATTENTIVENESS, ACTIVITIES

              Gaya Island and Gaya resort are highly recommended. why: 1. the location is idyllic, the island and the surrounding environment is superb 2. the staff is very attentive and always eager to do the extra mille 3. the activities can keep you nicely busy while exploring this paradise on earth 4. the room is spacious, well designed and decorated, and the resorts amenities are satisfactory

              Reviewed October 06, 2014

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              9.7
              Exceptional
              Sara from Portugal
              Couple
              Bayu Villa
              Stayed 5 nights in May 2014

              Relaxing, Romantic and stunning location”

              Amazing location next to the beach and forest, beautiful resort and bedrooms and very friendly and attentive staff.

              We had 6 amazing days at Gaya Resort. The location of the resort is just fantastic right on the beach and next to the forest, where we can go for nature walks and watch the wildlife. There are also lots of activites we could do, i.e. snorkeling, kayaking, diving, paddle board, or just relax in swimming-pool, or on the beach. The spa is also really beautiful. The rooms are really big and very clean, however, if you stay in any of the rooms on the back and on the hill like us, then the treck to and back to room is a bit tiring. It would be nice if there was a golf buggy service to the rooms! Good variety of food at the buffet. Unfortunately we could not try the grill restaurant as the dress code was close shoes and my partner did not bring any. Also the distance from the airport to the marina is 20 mins and then there is a speed boat every 2 hours and it only takes 15 mins to the resort, which makes it really easy and convenient. Overall, it was excellent and we highly recommend it!

              Reviewed May 19, 2014

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              9.0
              Exceptional
              Luke from Australia
              Couple
              Kinabalu Villa
              Stayed 3 nights in October 2015

              Beautiful eco resort”

              Rooms, staff, facilities

              Beautiful resort on great island. Staff were very good, rooms were fantastic, we had a kinabalu villa which had a stunning view. Only criticism was the buffet breakfast was quite limited compared with other 5 star hotels, and the water in front of the hotel pool is beautiful, but unfortunately the private beach they have there is a lot of rubbish in that area. They have staff cleaning it but it must be a catchment for the rubbish.

              Reviewed October 08, 2015

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              10.0
              Exceptional
              Stephanie from United Kingdom
              Couple
              Bayu Villa
              Stayed 4 nights in October 2016

              Fabulous Stay!”

              What stands out most about Gaya Island Resort is the staff. Stunning setting apart, they cannot do enough for you. No task too big. They are simply lovely. The hotel is fantastic and so are the facilities. A wonderful stay.

              Reviewed October 22, 2016

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              8.3
              Excellent
              Emily from Australia
              Couple
              Bayu Villa
              Stayed 5 nights in December 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!

              Reviewed December 12, 2015

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              9.7
              Exceptional
              WINSOME from Hong Kong SAR, China
              Family with young children
              Bayu Villa
              Stayed 3 nights in March 2013

              first class treatment”

              excellent service, bath room with big bath tub, close to the nature

              it's a wonderful experience staying in Gaya Island. every member of the staff was trying to do their best to ensure our stay was a comfortable one. there are a number of activities provided, we went for the complimentary nature walk and guided snorkeling. both are so enjoyable and we were happy to be so close to the nature. the room is also very comfortable. we love the big bathtub! food is also of good quality.

              Reviewed April 06, 2013

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              8.4
              Excellent
              Mathew from Australia
              Couple
              Canopy Villa
              Stayed 2 nights in June 2017

              A touch of paradise”

              Very happy to recommend this resort a mere 10 minutes boat ride outside of KK. Rooms are beautifully set out although the walk to them can be tiring since they are built into the mountainside. The views are amazing throughout the resort and the private beach was the highlight. We were able to see bearded pigs, monkeys and enormous lizards. There are 3 restaurants with a buffet (125rm) the cheapest with a seafood and Japanese option as well. Be aware there is a dress code of long pants and collar for the higher end. Wifi is available via a personalised wifi device. All in all a beautiful resort that is a great getaway from the hustle and bustle of Kota Kinabalu.

              Reviewed June 23, 2017

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