Gaya Island Resort KK

Gaya Island Resort

Gaya Island Resort

Gaya Island Resort


Long Stay Offer

5 nights only:

  • $125 per person twin share (for Bayu Villa) per night
  • $130 per person twin share (for Canopy Villa) per night
  • $140 per person twin share (for Kinabalu Villa per night

The offer includes:

  • Complimentary return speedboat transfers on arrival and departure
  • Complimentary daily breakfast at Feast Village
  • Complimentary guided nature walk with the Resident Naturalist
  • A complimentary Gaya Snorkelling Exploration tour
  • A complimentary Mangrove Kayak Excursion
  • One complimentary return speedboat transfer to Kota Kinabalu per person during stay

The deal applies to all reservations for a minimum stay of 5 nights or more at the resort, in Kinabalu, Canopy and Bayu Villas, from 01 May until 30 November, 2019 – includes peak period of July and August. Travel must be completed by 30 November.

Not combinable with other offers.

Reservations accepted until 26 November, 2019 and subject to availability. Gaya Island Resort is a fabulous place to unwind. At these prices, rooms will be snapped up – be quick to avoid disappointment!

Stay 3 pay 2 Offer

For accommodation at Gaya Island Resort until 30 September, we are currently able to offer a stay 3 nights, pay 2 nights deal.

  • valid for stays at the resort of at least 3 nights
  • includes complimentary upgrade to next room category – subject to availability (does not include upgrade to Suria Suite)
  • all travel must be completed by 30 September
  • valid for all bookings for arrival up to 27 September
  • not valid with any other offer.

Be quick to avoid disappointment!

This  resort opened in mid-2012 and lies in the North-East of Gaya Island in Malohom Bay, only a 20 minute boat trip from the ferry terminal wharf in Kota Kinabalu.

The resort lies cradled on the hillside of the island in amongst the ancient rainforest and protected mangroves, with vines and creepers winding their way around the beams and piers supporting the accommodation units of the resort, softening the line of the engineering of the construction. One of the requirements for building in the area was that it was not permitted to excavate, which meant that all the buildings on the hillside sit above the ground or only lightly touch the ground.

Most accommodation units have views out over the water towards Kota Kinabalu. Many of the units on the hillside (the aptly named Kinabalu Villas) have views to Mt Kinabalu, which will entice you to rise early to catch a glimpse of the sun as it rises of the mountain.

Sunrise over Mt Kinabalu from a Kinabalu Villa

Sunrise over Mt Kinabalu from a Kinabalu Villa



Most of the 120 rooms afford a splendid view of the sea, forest, mangroves or beach. Beautifully furnished in restful earth colours and natural wood, each guest room is a compliment to the casually luxurious ambience at Gaya Island Resort.

Suria Suite

Perched on the sloping hillside, the luxurious 188 square metre two-bedroom suite elegantly occupies two levels and offers glorious uninterrupted views of the ocean and Mount Kinabalu from a large outdoor verandah with daybeds. The ground floor of the suite features a relaxing lounge area, private dining room, a TV room, a powder room and a pantry which opens out onto an outdoor deck. The suite’s first floor is completely dedicated to rest and relaxation. The two spacious bedrooms both come with separate en-suites, walk-in wardrobes and vanity areas. This haven of absolute luxury is completed by an outdoor bath that leads onto the suite’s private balcony which offers breathtaking views.

Kinabalu Villa

With views stretching across the South China Sea, and where the silhouette of Mount Kinabalu can be seen on a clear day, these Kinabalu Villas provide some of the best views in the resort.

Canopy Villa

Situated on a hillside amidst lush rainforest, the villas offer a peaceful setting with leafy views ranging from the rainforest canopy to the tropical mangroves. Connecting rooms are available for families.

Bayu Villa

Set amongst a tropical mangrove on a gently sloping hillside, these villas offer a beautiful outlook and are in easy walking distance from the resort’s pristine sandy beach.

Bayu Villas near the beach area

Bayu Villas near the beach area


Note that access to some of the hillside villas may be difficult for people with mobility issues – please speak to our agents if this is the case, so that we can attempt to secure a villa in the lower area of the resort for you.

View of the Waterfront Area

View of the Waterfront Area


View of the Waterfront Area near the Feast Village Restaurant

View of the Waterfront Area near the Feast Village Restaurant


Resort Facilities


Swimming Pool

There is a 40-metre lap pool with floating cabanas fronting the beach and a wading pool for the kids at Gaya Island Resort. Towels and deck chairs are available for sun lovers but if shaded seclusion is needed, relaxation chambers are located nearby for a brief respite. Refreshments are served at the pool bar.

Swimming pool at Gaya Island Resort

Swimming pool at Gaya Island Resort



Situated beside the Reception area, our shop by the sea named Chimes, carries an array of gift items sourced based on the five senses. Local handicraft, accessories, works of art, tea, spices and Spa Village products is available for purchase and can be easily personalised as gifts for family and friends.


A wide variety of literature on Borneo, magazines and multilingual novels can be found in the Library located in a quiet, cosy area between the Gymnasium and Feast Village.


Spa Village Gaya Island

Spa Village Gaya Island

Spa Village Gaya Island


On Gaya Island, the elements of mountain, forest and sea come together in such absolute perfection it can take your breath away. Inspired by this powerful harmony of nature, Spa Village Gaya Island brings into play aspects of the environment, culture and well being to create an uplifting and unforgettable experience.

Set amidst lush mangroves, Spa Village Gaya Island is a tranquil hideaway surrounded by distinctive island flora and fauna. From the warm clear waters of Gaya and its rich lowland forests to the high altitude blossoms of Mount Kinabalu, the spa treatments utilise only the finest fresh local ingredients.

A rich tapestry of spa programmes reflect the cultural healing traditions of Sabah’s many indigenous people. From the specialised rice scrubs and masques of the Kadazandusun to the age-old practices of the Bajau sea nomads, Spa Village Gaya Island is uniquely rooted in ancient tradition while seeking to restore balance to the body and soul

Leisure Activities

Gaya Island Resort also offers a range of activities which you can undertake at your leisure. Additional charges apply for some of the activities – head off on a guided jungle walk (varying distances and difficulties), try scuba diving at the PADI Dive Centre, or snorkelling on the house reef, try your hand at any of the water sport activities, perhaps even explore the island by kayak. The resort also offers a secluded beach at Tavajun Bay – only a five minute boat trip away.

Beach at Tavajun Bay

Beach at Tavajun Bay


Even a round of golf can be arranged at Sutera Harbour Resort, only 20 minutes away by boat.

As a special treat, arrange a wonderful sunset cruise on board the 19.5 metre Princess Cruiser “Lumba-Lumba”, one evening during your stay at Gaya Island Resort.

Conference and Meeting Facilities

Gaya Island Resort offers a centrally located conference room, featuring state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment and able to accommodate between 29 and 100 people. It is a perfect venue for corporate conferences and meetings as well as themed events. Alternatively, private events can also be arranged at Tavajun Bay, or at the surrounding garden and grounds.

Gaya Island Resort Room Type Inclusions 1 Person 2 People 3 People
Bayu Villa Breakfast $350 $175 N/A
Canopy Villa Breakfast $400 $200 N/A
Kinabalu Villa Breakfast $445 $225 N/A
Suria Suite Breakfast $1,225 NB Price for entire Villa capacity max 5 People

Speed boat transfers from and to Kota Kinabalu are $35 per adult and $17.50 per child each way


Prices per person in Australian Dollars and valid 01 April 2019 to 31 March 2020 (E.O.E.) Refer to General Booking Conditions

Special Offers

Book a minimum of 3 consecutive nights at least 60 days prior to arrival, and receive a 15% discount on all villa categories. Note that any change of dates once booking is confirmed will void the deal (excludes Christmas/New Year period or Chinese New Year).

Book a minimum of 5 consecutive nights and receive a 10% discount on all villa categories. Note that any change of dates once booking is confirmed will void the deal (excludes Christmas/New Year period or Chinese New Year). If booking a minimum of 60 days in advance, receive a 25% discount for entire accommodation reservation.

Book your stay between 01 October and 19 December, and receive 10% of the cost of your accommodation reservation. Note that any change of dates once booking is confirmed will void the deal (excludes Christmas/New Year period or Chinese New Year). If booking a minimum of 60 days in advance for a minimum of 5 consecutive nights, receive a 35% discount for entire accommodation reservation.

Honeymoon  benefit is  also available for stays of a minimum 3 consecutive nights. Receive a complimentary bottle of bubbly during stay. Note that your wedding date must be within 12 months of stay – marriage certificate required to be produced.. If in doubt, please check with your Borneo Tour Specialists consultant.

Accommodation of 3 adults in the one room is not possible on these packages, however, it is possible to accommodate one child under 12 years of age – please ask us for details. For Suria suites, maximum occupancy is 5 people.

A peak season surcharge of $25 per person (based on twin share) applies for the period 01 July to 31 August, 20 December to 06 January and Chinese New Year.

Note that a compulsory conservation fee of MYR 30 per person (adult or child) for the first night and MYR 20 per night thereafter, will be applied by Sabah Parks in support of its efforts tocontinue to preserve the most unique animal and plant species in the vicinity of Gaya Island.

The fee will be levied in your final bill at the completion of your stay at Gaya Island Resort.

Photographs copyright to Gaya Island Resort and Phil Youdale