Located off the coast of Kota Kinabalu, within the awe-inspiring Tunku Abdul Marine Park, Gaya Island Resort is perched on the small island of Pulau Gaya. Endless sea and sky await you here, and because it is only accessible by boat, a certain amount of exclusivity too. The Sabahan-inspired architecture blends seamlessly into its surroundings, an ancient rainforest, and the spa utilises only the best locally-sourced products - with treatments inspired by local traditions and the natural elements.
The villa accommodation clings to the hills, looking out across the South China Sea, on to the mangroves or the tropical rainforest. The Spa Village embraces these surrounds, and treatments such as the 'Rolling Waves' will cement your experience of this special corner of the world. A vast range of activities are on offer for more energetic travellers, hiking through the forest and yoga beneath the canopy will leave you feeling truly inspired and in touch with nature, and culinary programmes mean you can take a bit of Malaysia home with you.
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 wellbeing 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, our treatments utilise only the finest fresh local ingredients.
A rich tapestry of spa programmes reflects 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.
Spa Treatments at Gaya Island Resort
- Unduk Ngadau
- Papakang - The Odyssey Of Seven Brothers
- Aki Nabalu
- Borneo Vanilla Orchid and Honey Cocoon
- Deru Laut
- Urutan Pribumi (indigenous massage)
- Rolling Waves
- Balinese Massage
- Malay Massage
- Inner-light Facial
- Between the Lines
- Bathing Beauties
- Body Glow
- Guided Meditation
- Duet Stretching
Savour a vibrant, interactive all day 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 Mount Kinabalu and the surrounding beach.
Situated on the resort's rooftop, Fisherman's Cove offers exquisitely fresh seafood with a breathtaking view of the sea and Mount Kinabalu. Expect to find dishes that are a celebration of nature infused by the region's culinary arts and transformed by the chefs into a memorable range of experiences - a feast seasoned by sea breeze just for you.
Fisherman's Cove is a fine dining restaurant that serves only seafood cuisine. Children under the age of 16 are not allowed in this restaurant for the comfort of all our guests. A proper dress code is required with shirt, full-length trousers and shoes for gentlemen and smart casual wear for ladies.
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.
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. Reminiscent of the sun-kissed Mediterranean coastline where vibrant flavours and simple presentation predominate, earthenware skillets kept warm over charcoal embers await for lunch where single dish meals that change daily are infused with local and international influences. Select your beverage from the cooler display and settle down to dine on rustic logs or on a beach mat, wriggling your toes in the sun-warmed, pristine sand. Guests can also choose to pre-order and personalise a gourmet picnic basket for an indulgent afternoon on this piece of paradise.
Breathtaking vistas, verdant greenery, waves crashing on the shore, or fresh, salty air to wet the appetite make the resort's private dining experiences a treat for all the senses. A cornucopia of flavours specially crafted by your personal chef and a personalised service team. An array of stunning locations for your selection, from a romantic dinner on a private beach under an ocean of stars, to dining onboard a luxurious yacht or amidst landscaped gardens with the ancient rainforest as your backdrop. Every dining experience is a unique culinary adventure waiting to be explored with indelible memories to treasure for a lifetime.
- PADI Snorkelling & Dive Programmes
- Deep Sea Fishing Excursion
- Island Hopping
- Gaya Snorkelling Exploration
- Sunset Cruise
- Private Yacht Charter
- Guided Nature Walks
- Personalised Gourmet Picnic
- Stand Up Paddle Surfing
- Jogging Path
- PURE Activity Centre (PURE is the marquee activities programme that encompasses adventure sports, environmental education and engaging children's activities. At Gaya Island Resort, a PURE Activity Centre has been designed to engage the family, uniquely satisfying curiosities of all ages and is the main centre for enquiries.)
- The Borneo Culinary Journey
- Handicraft classes
- Storytelling Session
- Tribal Art Class
- Guided Meditation
- PURE Reception
- Swimming Pool
- Children’s Pool
- Spa Village
- Kid’s Club
- PADI Dive Centre
- Watersports Centre
- Chimes (gift shop)
Set admidst lush rainforest with breathtaking views, Gaya Island Resort nothing short of idyllic. Spacious, tactile and modern yet respectful of local Sabahan elements, each villa uses local materials that blend harmoniously with the natural environment.
Kota Kinabalu airport - Sutera Harbour Marina: approximately 10 minutes.
Speedboat: Sutera Harbour Marina – Gaya Island Resort: approximately 15 minutes.
- Try the Malay Massage, a traditional massage that is passed down from generation to generation and consists of long kneading strokes that focus on the muscles, and pressure applied to various points on the body
- Be sure to book a sunset cruise on the luxury yacht, it's the best way to appreciate the beauty of the island