The next time someone is thinking about Maldives or Bora Bora, I am going to suggest that they consider the Gaya Island Resort. Similar experience for fraction of the price.
We were appreciative of Chef Ayup who had just arrived as Executive Chef personally help us navigate our unique dietary issues each of our 4 nights…what incredible and unexpected service.
We were glad Gaya Resort had a relationship with Borneo Dream as their scuba outfitter as that aspect of the trip was perfect.
We took a terrific mangrove kayak tour with their Nature Specialist Jamie who was brimming with information and he had an incredible eagle eye to see the mud crabs, snakes and birds that otherwise camouflaged themselves so well in the swamp.
The food was uniformly excellent. It was resort priced, but that is occupational hazard at staying at…well, a RESORT!! We enjoyed the ambience of the gazebo on the Fisherman's Cove and the attentive service from the likes of PenAdvent and Silih.
The private beach about a 5 minute boat red away was a welcome addition, with Scott on hand as the resort marine biologist providing us some helpful context about the undersea environment.
Our room was spectacular- the amenities, the decor, the balcony and soothing sea nd jungle views fused together.
Still hard for me to believe the rate we paid for such a flawless experience.
Unconditional 5 Star recommendation.
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