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Gaya Island Resort


 
Gaya Island Resort
Gaya Island Resort


Long Stay Offer

5 nights only:

  • $560 per person twin share (for Bayu Villa). That is only $112 per person per night
  • $605 per person twin share (for Canopy Villa). That is only $121 per person per night
  • $650 per person twin share (for Kinabalu Villa). That is only $130 per person 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 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 06 January until 23 December, 2016. Travel must be completed by 23 December.

Not combinable with other offers.

Reservations accepted from now until 31 May, 2016 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!


Free Night Offer

For stays of more than 2 nights, from 01 April until 30 September, we are offering a free additional night - stay 3 nights but only pay for 2, or stay for 6 nights and only pay for 4 nights, etc.

The offer also includes a complimentary Spa treatment (between 09.00 hrs and 14.00 hrs, by appointment) per person.

The deal applies to all reservations for a minimum stay of 3 nights or more at the resort, in Kinabalu, Canopy and Bayu Villas, for reservations made between 20 February and 31 May, 2016. Travel must be completed by 30 September. Availability is limited - be quick!

Not combinable with other offers.


This recently opened resort (opened mid-2012) 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

Accommodation

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

Chimes

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.

Library

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.


ResortRoom TypeInclusions1 Person2 People3 People
Gaya Island Resort    
 Bayu VillaBreakfast$319 $160 N/A
 Canopy VillaBreakfast$363 $182 N/A
 Kinabalu VillaBreakfast$403 $202 N/A
 Suria SuiteBreakfast$1,110 NB Price for Villamax 5 People
Prices per person in Australian Dollars and valid 01 April 2017 to 31 March 2018 (E.O.E.) Refer to General Booking Conditions

Peak season rates apply 15 July to 31 August, and 24 December 2016 to 05 January 2017 - additional $45 per person per night (twin share) for all Villas. Suria Suites peak season rate is $25 per person per night (based on 4 people sharing)

For bookings between 24 December and 05 January 2017, a minimum stay of 3 nights is required.

Special Offers

Pay for 4 consecutive nights and receive one additional night (room and breakfast) free; Pay for 8 consecutive nights and receive two additional nights (room and breakfast) free; Pay for 12 consecutive nights and receive three additional nights (room and breakfast) free. Offer and does not apply to the Christmas/New Year peak period or Chinese New Year (see above).

Book a minimum of 3 consecutive nights at least 60 days prior to arrival, and receive a 25% 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 3 consecutive nights at least 30 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).

Honeymoon and Wedding Anniversary benefits are also available for stays of minimum 2 consecutive nights. Benefits include room upgrade to next villa category (where available only) - (excludes Kinabalu Villa to Suria Suite); 30% discount on couples Spa treatments; complimentary bottle of house wine during stay. Note that your anniversary date must be within the month of stay, and wedding date must be within 12 months of stay - marriage certificate required to be produced for both. If in doubt, please check with your Borneo Tour Specialists consultant.

Accommodation of 3 adults in the one room is not possible on this package, 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

Note that a compulsory conservation fee of MYR 31.8 per person (adult or child) for the first night and MYR 21.2 per night thereafter, will be appliedby 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 courtesy of Gaya Island Resort and Phil Youdale


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