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Gayana Marine Resort, Gaya Island

5-star5 stars
Malohom Bay, Tunku Abdul Rahman ParkKota Kinabalu, Gaya IslandSabah88300Malaysia
On-site Marine Ecology Research Center
  • Free WiFi
Very Good8.2
Tasty breakfast
Bar and Beverages
Bar is awesome
Delicious food
Complaints about WiFi
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Gayana Marine Resort, Gaya Island

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About Gayana Marine Resort, Gaya Island

Located directly on the beach, the Gayana Marine Resort is in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. The resort is 1.9 km from Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, 6 km from Limas Stadium, and 6.1 km from Sabah State Mosque.

Hotel Features.
The Gayana Marine Resort is designed with a Marine Ecology Research Center on site. The resort has a full-service health spa, offering marine-based treatments that help to reduce signs of aging and relax the body and mind. There are three restaurants on site, serving a range of traditional Malaysian dishes and contemporary Western fare. Additionally, the hotel offers recreational activities including swimming, kayaking, and jungle trekking. The Gayana Marine Resort also offers complimentary breakfast, a concierge desk, tour assistance, and a multilingual staff. For a surcharge, guests can take advantage of the resort's childcare services or airport shuttle.

The Gayana Marine Resort has 52 air-conditioned villas, each set directly over the water on stilts. Room amenities include 32-inch LCD TVs with premium channels, DVD players, complimentary wireless Internet access, minibars, complimentary bottled water, complimentary infant beds, rollaway beds with a surcharge, coffee/tea makers, and in-room safes. Each villa has a private bathroom with a shower and complimentary designer toiletries. There are connecting rooms available as well.

At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 52 rooms


  • Check-in time starts at 3 PM
  • Check-out time is 11:00 AM
Airport shuttle service is available on request. Contact the property in advance to make arrangements. There are 4 scheduled departures and separate charges for boat transfers: 1:30 PM and 3:30 PM (free), and 6 PM and 10:30 PM (MYR 50 per person). For more details, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

Required at check in

  • Credit card or cash deposit required

  • Government-issued photo ID required

  • Minimum check-in age is 21

Travelling with others


  • One child (5 years old and younger) stays free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding

  • Babysitting/childcare *


  • No pets or service animals allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • Airport shuttle (available on request) *

  • Free ferry terminal shuttle *


  • No parking
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Food and drink
  • 2 restaurants
  • Bar/lounge
  • Coffee shop/café
  • Poolside bar
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free reception
Things to do
  • Outdoor pool
  • Children's pool
  • Health club
  • Full-service spa
  • Spa treatment room(s)
  • Ecotours on site
  • Hiking/biking trails on site
  • Kayaking on site
  • Rowing or canoeing on site
  • Scuba diving on site
  • Snorkeling on site
  • Sailing nearby
  • Marina on site
  • Pool umbrellas
  • Number of spa tubs - 2
  • Billiards or pool table
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Limo or Town Car service available
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Laundry facilities
  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services
  • Multilingual staff
  • Porter/bellhop
  • Number of buildings/towers - 57
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Library

In the room

Home comforts
  • Air conditioning
  • Minibar
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Bathrobes
  • Slippers
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)
Sleep well
  • Down comforter
  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Sofa bed
  • Premium bedding
Things to enjoy
  • Patio
Freshen up
  • Private bathroom
  • Shower/tub combination
  • Designer toiletries
  • Hair dryer (on request)
Be entertained
  • 32-inch LCD TV
  • Premium TV channels
  • DVD player
Stay connected
  • Desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Phone
Food and drink
  • Refrigerator
  • Free bottled water
  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available
  • Access via exterior corridors

Special features


The Solace Spa is outfitted with treatment rooms, private showers, and spa tubs. Treatments are designed with all-natural marine-based products, designed to reduce signs of aging and rejuvenate the body, mind, and soul.


Macac - This poolside restaurant specializes in fusion cuisine and serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. Guests can order drinks at the bar and enjoy alfresco dining (weather permitting). A children's menu is available.

Alu Alu Seafood - This seafood restaurant specializes in Chinese cuisine.


On Site

  • Health club
  • Marina on site
  • Ecotours on site
  • Hiking/biking trails on site
  • Kayaking on site
  • Rowing or canoeing on site
  • Scuba diving on site
  • Snorkeling on site


  • Sailing nearby

Gayana Marine Resort, Gaya Island’s small print

Also known as

  • Eco Gayana
  • Eco Gayana Resort
  • Gayana Eco
  • Gayana Eco Resort
  • Gayana Resort
  • Gayana Eco Hotel Kota Kinabalu
  • Gayana Eco Resort Malaysia/Pulau Gaya
  • Gayana Marine


This hotel will place an authorization for full payment for any bookings where payment for the stay will be made on site instead of at the time of booking. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.

For transfers, guests must contact the property before arrival at the number on the booking confirmation.

Reservations are required for massage services and spa treatments and can be made by contacting the property before arrival at the number on the booking confirmation.

Mandatory fees

You’ll be asked to pay the following charges at check in or check out:

  • A tax of MYR 10.00 per accommodation, per night is imposed by the country of Malaysia and collected at the property. Permanent residents and Malaysian nationals are exempt from the tax. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • Christmas Eve (24 December) Gala Dinner per adult: MYR 180.00
  • Christmas Eve (24 December) Gala Dinner per child: MYR 100.00 (from 5 to 11 years old)
  • Chinese New Year Gala Dinner per adult: MYR 250
  • Chinese New Year Gala Dinner per child: MYR 100 (from 6 to 12 years old)

Optional extras

Rollaway beds are available for an additional charge

Babysitting/childcare is available for an extra charge

Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of MYR 150 per vehicle (one way)

We have included all charges provided to us by this hotel. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

What’s around Gayana Marine Resort, Gaya Island


  • On the boardwalk
  • Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal (5-minute walk)
  • Wisma Merdeka (14-minute walk)
  • Gaya Street Sunday Market (15-minute walk)
  • KK Esplanade (16-minute walk)
  • Atkinson Clock Tower (18-minute walk)
  • KK Plaza (19-minute walk)
  • Kota Kinabalu Central Market (21-minute walk)

Getting around

  • Kota Kinabalu (BKI-Kota Kinabalu Intl.) 16-min drive
  • Tanjung Aru Station 11-min drive
  • Onsite parking not available
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)
  • Free ferry terminal shuttle

Recent reviews

Very Good 8.2 From 111 reviews

Gayana Marine Resort, Gaya Island
Great resort
The place was amazing. We had a really good time there. It's Maldives on a budget. Can't beat the rooms right above the ocean with tons of fishes and corals in your backyard. They could use a few more shuttles between their sister resort and town. The staff is very friendly. Overall a great experience. One complaint we had was that the Chinese restaurant served us raw chicken. My young kids ate them. Luckily they are ok, otherwise would have been quite serious.
Ting Chao William, us3 night family trip
Gayana Marine Resort, Gaya Island
Great value for short escape from big cities!
Kitchen was really good! Exec Chef Josef Budde really shows his experience with a very broad selection in the menu and consistent delivery. On crowded days/evenings service gets a bit too slow and chaotic though. Ladies in spa very friendly and competent. Our family used them a lot and a big thanks should go to Alicia for alleviating a lot of deep "knots" in my shoulders in multiple sessions ! A couple of house dogs and cats are very efficient "employees" around the resort. They efficiently keep the mice/rats away (cats) and big lizards, monkeys et co (dogs). Bartenders in bar also try hard but are working with a somewhat limited selection of alcohols. For some reason they have discontinued Shisha service which is a pity. Would be great place to do that at sunset. Wifi in room doesn't work reliably. Even after they gave us "MyFi" device it still wouldn't work. Pool area is the only place where proper reception can be found. There is no beach, but you can take a nice 20-30 min boat ride around the island to the sister resort and spend a day on theirs (and cross charge drinks, meals etc). Rooms are big, very clean, air conditioned and have complimentary soft drinks, water and beer. Restocked every day. "Rainforest Villas" are right next to "Waterfront" villas and are identical except they don't have direct access to water, swimming which is a great plus. We really enjoyed our stay and it was not least thanks to the great, friendly staff you encounter everywhere.
A Traveler, us4 night family trip
Gayana Marine Resort, Gaya Island
Very Good8.0
Needs an extra push to be amazing
Overall I liked the resort, it was comfortable and the villas were great. I just felt that there were some details that were overlooked that could've improved the experience. A concern as well would be the trash that ends up being drifted a shore. There wasn't too many so they should've done the initiative to sift these out when it reaches their property. The balcony could also use better lighting, it would be a nice area to chill during the night. We also found out that other amenities advertised like the gym is found on their sister resort which is a 30min boat ride away. We were hoping to do yoga but earliest transfer was 11am. So it was simply impossible to catch the 9am class, so it didn't really make much sense to me. Additionally, I didn't feel that the price difference I paid for the ocean villa with sea access justified the cost. The lagoon villas were much more conveniently located near all the facilities, while ours was quite a long walk.
Raynard, ph2 night trip with friends
Gayana Marine Resort, Gaya Island
Is not worth the price at all. With what we are paying i expected it to be way much better. i am really dissapointed with this. The view is nice but the rooms are not well maintain.
Michelle, sgFamily trip
Gayana Marine Resort, Gaya Island
Very Good8.0
Amazing views
Fantastic stay! Amazing place just let down but the rubbish in the sea. Views are simply breathe taking though and a must see!
Tobias, gb1 night romance trip

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