Situated on the island of Pulau Gaya, in a marine conservation area, just a 15-minute boat ride from Kota Kinabalu is the exclusive Gaya Island Resort, ideal for those looking for a romantic escape.
Built to beautifully merge with its protected natural environment, this Small Luxury Hotels of the World resort refuses to take centre stage giving way to century-old jungle, pristine beaches and protected corals. It is luxurious yet understated. Accommodation offered include hillside villas and a suite with a simple décor and a range of modern facilities designed for true comfort offering either mangrove, rainforest or sea views.
The resort offers total privacy where guests can relax on the idyllic beach, around the large pool complete with floating cabanas or in the cooling library with a good book. Should you prefer, choose an activity from water sports, snorkelling in the house reef, hiking through the jungle, to cooking lessons.
Following a day of exploration, there is no better way to unwind than with a treatment at the dedicated Spa Village, set amidst lush mangroves. Fresh local ingredients are used in every treatment, and the spa programme includes rice scrubs and masks, and age-old practices of the Bajau sea nomads.
A celebration of flavours from around the world is what guests can expect from the dining scene, and each of the restaurants boasts a unique viewpoint within the resort. Fisherman’s Cove presents fine dining, seafood-themed dishes and spectacular views of Mount Kinabalu, whilst Omakase is an intimate two-storey Japanese restaurant offering teppanyaki dining experiences , as well as shabu-shabu and nabe upon request. For something really special, take a short boat ride to Tavajun Bay and enjoy a specially prepared picnic on a private beach.
Please Note: Gaya Island Resort is committed to ecologically-sustainable practices. As such the resort is a walking resort with minimal motorised vehicles used for operational purposes only.