Gaya Island Resort is a good option for weekend breaks from Singapore or to extend your stay after climbing Mount Kinabalu. Ours was option 1. We arrive Friday night with AirAsia from Singapore. The ride from airport is very short and the fast boat is safe and fast despite is night time. There is little to worry for those to catch a flight on the way back as the boat trip is easy and fast surrounding the coast. The hotel check in was fast and we were advise on the activities and food and beverage options. Najib on the front desk was very helpful and help us to change the room for another one with better views. One thing we notice is the overall service of the hotel is really good and people very friendly comparing with Malaysia industry standards. The Cheff, we forgot his name, as example was very helpful every night asking us if he could offer something extra or other options apart of the buffet. Rooms and views are spacious and amazing. A couple of things I would like they improve is the garbage is behind the beach areas (jungle) or inside the water when you do snorkeling. To be honest the immediate area of the hotel is clean but close by you can see many food empty plastic bags. Will be good they organize more regular cleaning on those. Also some golf karts to move you around the resort will be useful.
- 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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