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  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Kids Club
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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With a stay at Gaya Island Resort in Gaya Island, you’ll be on the beach and close to Tunku Abdul Rahman Park and KK Esplanade. This 5-star resort is within close proximity of Kota Kinabalu Central Market and Suria Sabah Shopping Mall.


Make yourself at home in one of the 121 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars and LCD televisions. Rooms have private balconies. Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming provides entertainment. Private bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers feature deep soaking bathtubs and complimentary toiletries.

Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities

Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages, body treatments, and facials. If you’re looking for recreational opportunities, you’ll find a health club and an outdoor pool. This resort also features complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and babysitting/childcare (surcharge).

Food & Drink

Satisfy your appetite at one of the resort’s 4 restaurants. Thirsty? Quench your thirst at a bar/lounge, a beach bar, or a poolside bar. Breakfast is available daily for a fee.

Business & Travel Amenities

Featured amenities include a business center, dry cleaning/laundry services, and multilingual staff. Planning an event in Gaya Island? This resort has 968 square feet (90 square meters) of space consisting of a conference center and a meeting room. A ferry terminal shuttle is available for a surcharge.

How to Get There

Gaya Island Resort
Malohom Bay, Pulau Gaya
Gaya Island, 88000 Malaysia


Icing on the cake of an amazing holiday
Andonella T

This was possibly the best holiday we’ve had. After travelling around in the rain forest, we had 5 days here where we relaxed. Superb from start to finish. Each restaurant cannot be faulted. The quality of food is impressive. The buffet options were vast and delicious.
Ramesh Krishna couldn’t do enough for us: thank you! The Japanese meal was quite an experience with fun staff and delicious food. And the private beach with lunch is idyllic. Rooms were ideal where you walked through the wardrobe to get to the joining room. Plenty of privacy. Don’t leave things on the balcony: monkeys will visit.
Worth going to do the biggest zip line: the hotel arranged a boat to take us. My only negative is that the gym is very small. Would benefit from being extended out (the little room with sink/ cupboards should be used). Loved everything inc the comfy flip flops/ lovely toiletries and amazing spa. Luxurious.

The perfect staycation!

Book the resident's package, and all will be taken care off. We thoroughly enjoyed our 2-night stay staycation. Ramesh at the restaurant was immensely gracious, and has bent his back to create memorable dining experiences at the main restaurant. The lunch at Tavajun bay was indeed a treat, and the sunset cruise was to die for; spectacular. Wayne the GM was utterly gracious in every interaction, and we appreciated his warmth and hospitality. Also, had a chance to speak with a few of the managers there, all dedicated years of service for YTL. Housekeeping was amazing, especially in the villas. Not a speck of dust found in the bathroom.

Great place to chill

We have just spent 5 nights at the Gaya Island Resort and cannot fault it. The staff couldn’t have been more helpful and friendly and a special mention has to go Ramesh (the Food & Beverage Manager) who looked after us so well with his excellent restaurant staff - nothing was too much trouble. Also to Dolis (the Exec Sous Chef) who cooked us a couple of bespoke dishes to try which were wonderful.
Our room looked out over part of the rainforest and was very well equipped. As this is the quieter part of the season there was no difficulty in getting sun beds overlooking the sea or round the pool (towels and water provided).
We went on the nature walk a couple of times to spot local wildlife with a very enthusiastic Emma and also went kayaking into the mangrove forest which was great fun. The house reef was good for snorkelling with lots of fish to see.
Having spent 7 days trekking beforehand, this was the perfect way to wind down.
A final mention goes to Chloe in reception who never stopped smiling. Other hotels could learn a lot from the staff here!