Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa


Bunga Raya Island Resort is a luxurious jewel set on an island just off the coast of Borneo. A secluded island hideaway comprising 48 timber villas, the resort is tucked away on a tranquil, and hidden, bay framed by a crescent shaped white sand beach on one side and the centuries old virgin jungle on the other.Bunga Raya Resort is located on Polish Bay on Gaya Island, and can be accessed with a quick drive from the airport to the Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal, and from there, it is just a matter of hopping on the next boat out to Bunga Raya. Borneo Tour Specialists will arrange your airport and ferry terminal transfers as part of your Bunga Raya Island Resort reservation.

Each private villa is rough hewn and hand-crafted by local tradesmen, terraced into the hillside, reflecting the traditional simplicity of the Borneo architectural style, blending seamlessly with the comforts and needs of the most sophisticated and discerning luxury traveller.

Private balconies offer jaw dropping vistas of the beach below and the South China Sea beyond. Villas range from simple timbered dwellings, steps from the beach, to opulent 3-bedroom, multi-level units with wrap around decks and indulgent private plunge pools. A dedicated hilltop spa, with exotic private spa pavilions, blends the very finest of Traditional Asian and Western treatments which capture restorative powers of indigenous plants and oils.

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Staying true to the resort’s theme, each of Bunga Raya’s 48 private villas is named after one of the many species of hibiscus flowers that can be seen around the property. Every villa is built from the ground up by tradesmen, from a variety of natural materials. The distinctive lines and aesthetics of traditional Bornean architecture are evoked and melded with the high standards of contemporary functionality and comfort expected in luxury resorts. The beauty of Bornean simplicity meets the sophistication of modern necessities, and the result is an assortment of dwellings that offer stunning views of the gleaming beachfront, the South China Sea, and the lushly vegetated landscape.

The villas range from humble iron wood timbered houses set just steps away from the beach, to tremendous three bedroom affairs which feature extended wrap around balconies and private plunge pools.


Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa - Superior Villa


Dotting the hillside scaling up towards the centre of the island, these spacious one bedroom villas present an appealing mix of quiet privacy and either views of lush tropical jungle or the ocean. Every Superior Villa is built with the same standards, but each offers a different and unique vantage point of the many alluring sights of the resort.The total floor area is 70 square metres.


Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa - 3 Bedroom Deluxe Villa


The Deluxe Villa provide views of both the jungle and the ocean, and are ideal for small families or groups of friends owing to the extra space. A separate living room extension is equipped with a second entertainment system, making for a simple way to simulate the leisurely pleasures of home. The extension may also function as a second bedroom with the optional addition of a bed.The total floor area is 108 square metres.


Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa - Plunge Pool Villa


Gaze at serene scenes of the beach and sea from the edge of your very own private plunge pool and open deck balcony. Complete with deck chairs for lounging and an indulgent bathtub for freshening up in a spacious bathroom.The total floor area is 87 square metres.


Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa - Tree House Villa


Designed for guests interested in a little more than the usual dose of privacy, the Treehouse Villa is perfect for honeymooners and couples. A jungle walkway leads your ascent to your own romantic haven, partially hidden by trees. An outdoor jacuzzi, or a private jungle plunge pool and a lounge, truly set the tone for an intimate experience high up in the tree tops.The total floor area is 90 square metres.


Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa - Pantai Grill


The resort includes two restaurant areas – Pantai Grill and The Koi, as well as a fully stocked wine bar – The Wine Cave – a cave built under The Koi restaurant, with over 4500 bottles of wine.The resort also offers dining opportunities for functions, with three meeting rooms capable of accommodating up to 200 people; as well as private dining in the beach pavilion, or the Wine Cave. Both of these venues can accommodate from 2 to 20 people.


Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa - Solace Spa Treatment Room


A brief trip over a suspended bridge takes you to Solace Spa, the Bunga Raya Resort trademark beauty and body centre. The spa adopts the familiar Bornean style of architecture and decor which is found throughout the resort, and literally takes it to the next level. Treatment rooms and private spa pavilions are built directly into the landscape, creating an inviting terraced effect that entwines the spa into the island’s jungle and massive boulders. The structure quietly mirrors the spa’s own objectives: to elevate the humble act of a therapeutic treatment into an art form that gently carries you into a state of total bliss.Solace Spa features a blend of the very finest of traditional Asian and western treatments, incorporating the intrinsic restorative powers of indigenous plants, oils and ingredients and a selection of natural formulations from the world-renowned Kerstin Florian line of products. The trained team of therapists put these materials to good use, applying them in a variety of massages, scrubs and facials. So lie back, relax, and let the soothing soundtrack of the ocean breeze and the jungle’s birds lull you into a state of tranquility. You are in good hands.


Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa - Infinity Pool


Have a fun yet tranquil day at Bunga Raya. Kayak through emerald waters. Explore awe-inspiring mangroves. Catch a sight of Hornbills perched on century old rainforest trees. Trek through thick jungles bursting with butterflies, birds, cicadas, and endless flora. Dive into ocean treasures or sunbathe afloat its waters as you smile at happy seahorses, and gigantic clams. Whatever you choose, the Bunga Raya Resort & Spa will keep you entertained.


Home to sea turtles, clown fish, giant groupers, coral fish, trigger fish, whale sharks, and many more colourful species, it’s no wonder that the reefs of Borneo continually attract divers from all continents. The Bunga Raya Resort PADI Certified Dive Centre is fully equipped to address the needs of the beginner rank, all the through to the experienced diver.

As the sound of the waves and birds fade, and the rhythm of breathing puts you in a state of relaxation, you will be awed by the warm waters down below. Watch and feel schools of exotic fish envelop you as you swim entranced by their grace and beauty. Home to sea turtles, clown fish, marbled stingray, giant groupers, coral fish, bamboo sharks, titan Triggerfish, and barracudas, it is no wonder that the reefs of Borneo continue to attract divers from around the world.

Unlike most resorts, no certification is required to begin diving at Bunga Raya. This is because specially trained PADI certified instructors will be there to guide you every step of the way. All new divers are first taken to the swimming pool, where they undergo a comprehensive briefing and training for their safety.


Explore the island waters and discover nature with a little adventure through the Bunga Raya Resort water sports activities. Take the Hobie Getaway out for a wonderful afternoon sailing. Explore the coral reefs on a Kayak, or snorkel for a closer encounter with the underwater world. Many of these sports are included at no additional cost, so make sure to check and pick out the range of water sports you’d like to try.


Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa - Canopy Walk


Simply being at Bunga Raya Resort brings the more metropolitan among us as close to nature as it can get, but perhaps you’d like to delve in even further and have a closer look at the island’s plant and animal inhabitants. Treks through the island jungles are easy to arrange with the resort staff. One of the experienced local guides will accompany you to point out the jungle’s hidden marvels. Bask in the breathtaking majesty of virtually untouched jungle, which contains 40% of Malaysia’s flora and fauna.


The Gymnasium at Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa is a uniquely designed timber structure that stands among shady Sea hibiscus trees, a walk of only a few minutes from the main Bunga Raya building. Equipped with new, trendy Life Fitness equipment, guests run, stride, cycle, exert strength and lift weights in a space encircled by wide glass windows with views of The South China Sea, backed by the sky’s ever changing palette of blue and white hues. The gym is open daily from 08.00 hrs to 20.00 hrs


The Marine Ecology Research Centre (MERC) is located at the doorstep of Tunku Abul Rahman Marine Park, a marine protected area in Sabah, off the coast of Kota Kinabalu. Attached to Gayana Eco Resort, a sister property of Bunga Raya Resort & Spa, and nestled in the quiet Malohom Bay of Gaya Island, MERC’s attraction is its significant contribution in the marine conservation arena coupled with the idyllic surroundings. As a learning and educational centre, it has grown over the years into a research and rehabilitation facility.

A walk into the centre situated above the calm turquoise waves will have you immersed in the underwater world through its aquariums filled with interesting marine life. From the maternity tank where pregnant seahorses play, rescued bamboo sharks or turtles, to the touch tank where starfish, sea cucumber and other aquatic creatures rest until curious hands reach in for a gentle caress, visitors of all ages and backgrounds will emerge with a deeper understanding and appreciation for the complexities of the marine eco system.

It is the increasing threat on the marine world and the passion to save it that was the driving force behind the daily research and conservation initiatives of the centre to return back to nature what men has exploited in the past.

The work done at MERC speaks for itself. MERC’s claim to fame came when it was certified by the Malaysia Book of Records as the first centre in Malaysia to successfully produce all seven species of giant clams found in Malaysian waters.

Special Offer

Pay for 6 consecutive nights and receive one additional night (room and breakfast) free. The offer applies year round.

Resort Room Type Inclusions 1 Person 2 People 3 People
Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa
Superior Villa Breakfast $550 $275 N/A
Deluxe Villa Breakfast $815 $410 $310
Plunge Pool Villa Breakfast $995 $498 N/A
Tree House Breakfast $1100 $552 N/A
2 Bedroom Villa Breakfast $1312 NB Villa price for 4 Adults

Prices per person in Australian Dollars and valid 01 April 2020 to 31 March 2021 (E.O.E.) Refer to General Booking Conditions
Peak season rates apply 20  to 30 December and 01 to 10 January, and Chinese New Year – additional $110 per villa per night  for all Villas indicated above. Minimum 2 night stay required during the Chinese New Year period.

New Years Eve rates apply 31 December, 2019 – additional $155 per villa per night  for all Villas indicated above. Minimum 2 night stay required.

The Malaysian Tourism Tax (MYR 10 per room per night) and the Sabah Park Conservation Fee (MYR20 per adult, MYR15 per child 6 to 17 years, and MYR10 child 5 and under), will be collected directly from you upon check-out from the resort.

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