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What We Love

  • A five-star hideout between jungle and white sands, including breakfast, transfers and moreSelecting a bottle from a store of over 4,500 in Bunga Raya’s award-winning wine cellar
  • Diving among schools of tropical marine life with one of the resort’s certified PADI instructors
  • Retreating to a private spa pavilion for a relaxing massage using natural Kerstin Florian products

What To Know

  • This resort is secluded; you'll have to take a short boat ride to get here
  • Bed down in your own tropical villa
  • The 80-foot infinity pool is the property's central feature
sky water chair wooden leisure Beach Resort walkway Ocean boardwalk pier Sea dock outdoor structure overlooking Villa Deck day shore

Overview

A jungle-set villa at a castaway resort on Gaya Island, Malaysian Borneo, including breakfast and transfers, plus a lunch for longer stays

The Lowdown

You might want to give a little thought to your desert island discs before you arrive at this hidden gem in Sabah, Borneo. Accessible via a short boat journey from Kota Kinabalu, Bunga Raya is the castaway dream, with a staggering white-sand beach to the fore and virgin rainforest as a backdrop.
Make like a luxe adventurer in one of 47 rough-hewn villas, each wrapped in tropical foliage on the terraced hillside. With masses of space and high-end amenities including Thann toiletries, Frette linen and BOSE sound systems, they’re not short on five-star comforts, but the simple timber and stone lets the tremendous scenery do the talking.
Bunga Raya may feel very Robinson Crusoe, but no need to fish for your supper. Dine on fusion Asian and Western fare at open-sided restaurant The Longhouse, which overlooks the 25-metre infinity pool, koi pond and waterfall. For spa relaxation, cross the suspended bridge to the resort’s hilltop sanctuary, and for all manner of leisure activities on land, water and treetops, this island playground is yours to explore.

How to Get There

Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa
Polish Bay
Kota Kinabalu, 88778 Malaysia

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 581 Reviews
Incredible staff/location/accomodation/food
Reviewed 5 days ago

I have lived in Asia for over 3 years and have yet to find somewhere to top Bunga Raya.

I have read some of the reviews about the food not being of good quality for the price.. In my opinion, the logistics of getting the food over to the island along with the service and quality of the food makes it more than reasonable.

The staff were amazing, I would like to be able to mention names but there isn't one member of staff that didn't go out their way to make our stay as comfortable as possible.

The location and accommodation is incredible!

similar to something you expect to see in a magazine, there is honestly not one negative thing I can say about the resort....the attention to detail is impeccable.

Thank you again for making our stay so wonderful and I look forward to meeting you all again.

Perfect place for relaxing beach stay
Reviewed 1 week ago

After our 2 week trip thru Borneo this island beach resort off the coast of Kota Kinabalu was just what we needed. Drinks at the pool, excellent spa, beach toys and snorkeling. Plus an excellent restaurant and great happy hour bar. Our cabins were spacious and well appointed. Air conditioned room. Ours was right on the beach and had its own little cool water pool. 15 minutes boat ride back to the Borneo mainland and 10 to airport. Great way to close out our Borneo journey.

Enjoy paradise at Bunga Raya!
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If there’s a heaven then it must look like Bunga Raya Island resort I suppose. It’s a resort with a lovely private beach and spacious villas built on a hill next to the beach. All comfort is present at this resort. If the weather is good then the snorkeling is fabulous so is the relaxing at the infinity pool. Ofcourse the price for staying here isn’t cheap but you should give yourself this gift by staying here for a couple nights. The staff is most friendly, the villas are clean and very comfortable and the food is just great. We love this place a lot! One tip: don’t forget your repellant, because lots of bugs found this little piece of paradise as well :-)

Many good points but one great drawback
Reviewed 1 month ago

When in a hotel the quality of the service accommodation and food is obviously of prime importance but if an event occurs that shocks and disturbs you then these matters fade into insignificance. The staff were wonderful, attentive and friendly, the room was comfortable even if it would benefit from a refurb. The food was well cooked and presented. The beach was pristine, the sea clear and clean. The pool area was superb. The free first evening cocktail was much appreciated. The evening mosquito patrol was very efficient. The spa facilities were wonderful. The canopy walkway presented a unique view of the island. However when you open a wardrobe drawer and are confronted with a large brown rat these plus points are soon forgotten. To be fair the matter was dealt with speedily and efficiently. Within ten minutes a member of staff was present with traps and poison. The ready availability of these items suggests that the rat problem was not a one off incident. We saw evidence of rats in the undergrowth and one other family asked to be moved as there were rat droppings on the bed linen. I cannot therefore recommend the hotel to others and would not wish to stay there again unless I was completely satisfied that the problem was solved. It is a great pity that this stay in a real Robinson Crusoe island was spoiled by this occurrence.

Amazing Place
Reviewed 1 month ago

Stayed here for four nights after a hectic but wonderful trip to the rainforests. This place is heaven, our lodge was beautiful and you even get Sarongs and water bottles and a beautiful hand written letter from the manager welcoming you to the resort! We had a 6 o clock alarm call with the Macacques running over the roof and balcony 😀 the staff are so friendly and helpful. Had amazing massage from Tina in the Spa. And the food was first class,