We stayed at the Gaya Island Resort for 2 nights booked via Hotels.com and were suitably impressed with the stay. The island is only a short speed boat trip away from the mainland Kota Kinabalu (however, the cost for this is way overpriced, RM70 per way). The rooms on the island lived up to all our expectations, with a beautiful view of the beach and the rainforest just below. The facilities in the room are very good. Everything is nice and new incl. a big bath tub and lovely outdoor decking where one can enjoy a drink etc. On arrival you get a very comprehensive introduction to the island, the facilities, and your room. Each day we had cleaners come in the morning as well as in the evenings to turn down your bed. leaving a small gift on the bed for each of us.
The restaurant was okay, however, when in Malaysia, I would not expect to pay European prices, not even at a 5***** star resort. The food was okay, but we were not overwhelmed by the dinners, we had. The breakfast is, however, extremely good. The pool is really nice, and we spent most of our day time relaxing by the pool, enjoying the view of Mt Kinabalu. Again, the drinks were way too expensive. We almost felt like we had gone out for a drink in Copenhagen.
Also, we only stayed on the island for a couple of days so we did not need to go back to the mainland whilst here, however, we heard from others that the charges going back (15 min by boat) were outrageous. Basically, some people felt a bit stranded at the resort.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Gaya Island Resort is located on Pulau Gaya, the largest of a cluster of five islands that form the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, a natural conservation area off the coast of Borneo, close to Kota Kinabalu. Gaya Island Resort has a unique setting: the land is fringed with a golden sandy beach, rocky coastal outcrops, and surrounded by coral reefs. The hilly island landscape is covered with lush tropical rainforest and an abundance of flora and fauna. And to complete this perfect setting, visible in the distance, is the stunning outline of Mount Kinabalu. The guest villa exterior respects Sabahan architecture uses local materials and blends harmoniously with the natural environment. The interior living space is designed with contemporary elegance to create warmth, comfort and a serene indoor setting. Gaya Island Resort is committed to ecologically sustainable practices to minimise the carbon footprint within its environment. Therefore the resort is a waling resort and only minimal motorised vehicles are used for operational purposes. ... more less
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