Gaya Island Resort, Sabah
Time Out says
Located just off the coast of Kota Kinabalu and set on the shores of Pulau Gaya (the largest island in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park), Gaya Island Resort rests on Malohom Bay, a sandy beach nestled in the hillside of an ancient rainforest with an outline of Mount Kinabalu on the horizon. Accessible only by boat, the resort is a mere 30-minute car and speedboat ride from Kota Kinabalu International Airport.
The architecture at Gaya Island Resort is heavily influenced by Sabahan elements; its 120 villas and two-bedroom suite use local materials that blend with the natural environment. Depending on your preference and budget, you can choose to have a room facing the mangrove, canopy, tropical rainforest or the South China Sea. Each of the 47-square metre villas features a flat screen TV, WiFi access, oversized bathtub and verandah with day bed.
There’s also a beautifully designed spa called the Spa Village Gaya, should you need some relaxation. The treatments are rooted in ancient tradition from the rice scrubs and masques of the Kadazandusun to the age-old practices of the Bajau sea nomads.
Gaya Island Resort is committed to ecologically sustainable practices to minimise its carbon footprint. This is a walking resort, with motorised vehicles used only for operational purposes, so you’ll have ample opportunities to explore the place on foot.
Apart from idyllic sandy beaches and dive havens, the island also boasts a rainforest that is home to extraordinary wildlife. With luck, you will get to see rare creatures such as orangutans and even the proboscis monkey. Jay Chooi
Malohom Bay, Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Tel: 03 2783 1000
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