Gaya Island Resort

5* out of 5 stars

Few spots in the world are quite as stunningly beautiful as coral-rich Malohom Bay on Gaya Island. Nestled off the Malaysian coast of Borneo’s Kota Kinabalu in the Sabah region is Pulau Gaya, an island of utterly breathtaking natural beauty. Accessible only by boat, the exquisite Gaya Island Resort sits within this incredible landscape – the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park – fronting thick coral reefs on the coast of picturesque Malohom Bay.

Resonating completely with its natural surroundings, the suite and traditional luxury villas of Gaya Island Resort are buried within the tropical coastal hillside. The property incorporates traditional Sabahan architecture and is constructed from locally sourced materials, styled inside with contemporary décor and elegant furnishings. Dine on regional cuisine and exquisite fresh seafood at the restaurants or enjoy a beach barbecue at dusk. The resort’s activities programme immerses guests in the innate environment and cultural heritage that surrounds the island. The resort’s very own wildlife and marine centres for turtle rescue, wildlife rehabilitation and conservation led by their resident marine biologist and naturalist allow guests the opportunity to discover more about the natural world at their doorstep. Explore rich marine life in the nearby coral reefs, embark on island excursions or sunset cruises or simply learn the secrets of creating local cuisine.

Within the resort, guests will also discover the Spa Village beautifully embedded into its mangrove forest surroundings and utilising ancient local traditions, treatments and ingredients for one of the most indulgent and pampered experiences you could imagine.

Please note: The Ministry of Health has issued a new No Smoking Policy under the Control of Tobacco Product Regulations 2018. Smoking is now prohibited in all common areas of this hotel, including guestrooms, room balconies, lawns & gardens, driveway, entrance way and other common building facilities. Smoking means the inhaling, exhaling, breathing, or possession of any lighted cigarettes, cigar, pipe, e-cigarette and other similar lighted product. Persons contravening the No Smoking Policy may face an on-the-spot fine of RM10,000, or imprisonment for a term of not exceeding two years. Please be informed that any guests who violate the No Smoking rules will be held responsible. The management appreciates your cooperation and understanding.

Please note: Gaya Island Resort can be accessed 24 hours a day with scheduled boat transfers. Transfers outside the scheduled boat departures will require a private speedboat transfer at an additional charge.



Bayu Villa

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

Canopy Villa

Set amongst a tropical mangrove on a gently sloping hillside, these villas offer a beautiful outlook and are walking distance from the resort's pristine sandy beach, with a selection of rooms that are located closer to the resort's main facilities.

Kinabalu Villa

With views stretching across the South China Sea, and where the silhouette of Mount Kinabalu can be seen on a clear day, the Kinabalu Villas provide the best views in the resort. Connecting rooms are available for families.

Suria Suite

This luxurious 188 square metre two-bedroom suite lies on the hillside with stunning ocean views. The ground floor features relaxing lounge and dining areas, and a pantry which leads onto an outdoor deck. The spacious bedrooms on the first floor both come with en-suites and a decadent outdoor bath on the balcony provides breathtaking views.


  • Air Conditioning
  • Airport Shuttle
  • Bars
  • Beachfront Location
  • Concierge
  • Daily Cleaning/Housekeeping
  • Dive Sites
  • Gym
  • Laundry Service
  • Pool Bar
  • Private Beach
  • Restaurants
  • Safe
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Tours
  • Towels & LInen
  • Watersports
  • Wi-Fi



Food & Drink

Feast Village

Savour a vibrant, interactive dining experience that offers the diverse cuisine from the Asia-Pacific region. The dynamic open kitchens showcase a bakery, Japanese/Korean, Asian and Western selections. The location by the lap pool offers stunning views of the sea and the surrounding beach.

Fisherman's Cove

Situated on the resort's rooftop, Fisherman's Cove offers exquisitely fresh seafood with a breathtaking view of the sea and Mount Kinabalu. A celebration of nature which focuses on sustainable fishing practices and the freshest ingredients.


Surrounded by an ancient rainforest, this two-storey Japanese restaurant is perched on a hillside with a stunning view of Malohom Bay and Mount Kinabalu. Three Japanese omakase-style dining experiences are available under one roof: teppanyaki, shabu-shabu and nabe. These heart-warming dinners will delight guests of all ages.

Pool Bar & Lounge

Overlooking the resort's infinity pool and floating cabanas, the Pool Bar & Lounge with its al fresco location and natural light is the perfect place to relax with sundowners and light refreshments as the sun sets over Mount Kinabalu.

Tavajun Bay

Set in an enclave at Tavajun Bay, a short 5-minute boat ride from the resort, this tranquil private beach is perfect for relaxing under the tropical sun, lulled by the gentle sea breeze.