The resort is very pretty but the service and food are a let down. We were not lucky with the room, - not much of a view at all despite the steep climb we could not see the beach
or mountain from where we were, just the roof tops near the spa. The room is very "designer" but not very practical. If you are not travelling as a couple be aware that there is no door between the bath and the bedroom, so no privacy. There is a shower with a door though.
The food: quite expensive for what it was - average pub food at best. There is an odd system ( which was not really explained to us by the waiters ) where you choose a main course from a blackboard menu at a fixed price, usually around £20 or £30. You then get a buffet starter and dessert included for the price, whether you want it or not. Drinks are extra apart from water. So you could easily end up paying £120 for a family of 4 each night. The starters were rubbish, just lettuce and maybe smoked fish or cold meats, the desserts were very good though, main meal very average. If you are a vegetarian there is nothing -my daughter ate only a bowl of rice and a side dish of ratatouille every night, just a bowl of rice for lunch. We found it annoying that during lunch a member of staff would come to our table and ask us to choose what we wanted for our evening meal, and what time we wanted to eat. We said we were not ready to choose but they then came and found us by the pool in the afternoon with the menu trying to get us to choose our evening meal at 3pm. This happened every day we were there. They really need to sort out their meals and their service.
Lunch ends up being around £10 a head, not much choice.
We have been to beach resorts much better than this and would not go again.
- 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 walking resort and only minimal motorised vehicles are used for operational purposes. ... more less
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