Very Good 1776 Reviews
Jetsetter Approved
This Hotel meets our standards
This hotel meets our standards, but we haven't stayed yet


  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Kids Club
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
Disclaimer: This content was accurate at the time the hotel was reviewed. Please check our partner sites when booking to verify that details are still correct.
sky swimming pool leisure property Pool Resort condominium resort town blue swimming



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


4.5 Very Good 1776 Reviews
Verna W

Great resort to visit with lots of activities too. We did the Borneo cookery experience which was great and also the coral island snorkelling trip which we both enjoyed. Ramesh the Manager made our stay even better! He was there early morning all through the day and evening ensuring all the guests were looked after. We really enjoyed the quality of the fish and the staff went out of their to ensure we had the best service and food! A lovely 6 days. Thank you to all at the resort!

Service, Service and more Service

If you want an idyllic destination for a special occasion that goes above and beyond, Gaya Island Resort is for you. My wife and I spent 5 days on honeymoon at the resort and are already planning our next trip back. The resort itself is luxurious and truly unique. However, for us, the kind and attentive staff were the jewel in the crown of the resort.

Special thanks to; Rashid; who can only be described as a man of the jungle (unhealthy love for snakes), gave us a fantastic and insightful peek into the natural habitats of the island.

Layla who kept us well watered at the pool bar long into the night. Lan; who was always on had to assist with any and all water sports and Dolis who prepared, hands down, the best stake I have had in years!

Thank you to the whole team for making our stay so enjoyable.

Until next time!

Memories we will take to the grave...
Ashley D

Perfect location on a very pretty island located only ten minutes from KK (Jesselton Point), if you are going to a resort like this my guessing is you wish to remain inside it and use all the amenities etc so in regards to location on the Island it doesn't really matter. However, there is access via boat to a private beach (Tavajun bay) which is really pretty and tranquil.

First Impression:
When the boat approaches the private pier you can't help but be impressed by the crystal water approaching the clean white sands, the architectural decadence of the resort and obvious intent for it to blend in with the natural background. Staff are lined to aid you across to the reception area and then you are greeted with smile, fabulous fruit ices and cold towels, this is a really nice and often highly appreciated touch.

The service from the people that work here, is in our opinion, above and beyond expectation. From Layla in the bar to Ramash in Feast Village, Xia in the reception managing her staff and then the highly amusing Head Chef Lao (might have his name wrong here) they couldn't do more to accommodate. We got engaged on the resort and these people could not have made us feel more special, we are eternally grateful for this memory that we will take to the grave.

We stayed for three nights in one of the Kinabalu Villas after a hard few days actually climbing Mount Kinabalu. The room was very spacious with very modern and classy touches including double sink areas, a huge two person bath and an extremely large, comfortable bed with very fine cotton sheets. Little quirks like umbrellas, pool side sandals and bags made the experience that little bit more special. The balcony area we had was beautiful, we sat watching the sun rise over Mt Kinabalu, then the monkey's in the neighboring trees climbing over the canopy's and I even popped the question on our balcony before dinner.

Excellent everywhere!

Only negative...

Not sure if this is actually a problem the resort can solve?! But...

The resort markets itself in a way which I believe would really attract honeymooners and couples looking for a romantic Spa retreat/getaway/break. However, the resort attracts a lot of families also, unfortunately I don't feel the resort is big enough to accommodate both sets of people who both hold very different holiday ideals.

We are a very understanding couple who love kids but the kid pool is tiny, which means they play in the main pool, splashing and knocking drinks etc, which, is all normal kid behavior but when you are lying on a sun lounger trying to just relax in the sun and drink Mojitos it's not ideal. Parents would often tell their kids to be quite and stop messing about but they are only kids doing what kids do. We had to move twice because we were getting splashed and a ball hit one of our drinks, knocking it over.

In the restaurant areas the children would often run around the tables and this did make having a romantic meal a bit challenging at times.

We spent some time with other couples on the beach and ended up drinking in the bar with them until we were all quite inebriated but with the abundance of minors present we all felt a bit out of place having a dance to the local band or getting a bit silly. I'm sure parents were looking at us, with the odd swear word coming out accidentally, and thinking we were not fitting in with their resort ideal holiday also.

I think in a 5 star resort there perhaps does need to be distinguished different areas for families and adults as they are clearly on two very different experiences.