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Gaya Island Resort, Gaya Island

5-star5 stars
Great for familiesThis property has good facilities for families.
Malohom Bay, Pulau Gaya, Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, Gaya Island, Sabah, 88000, Malaysia

Gaya Island beachfront resort with spa, outdoor pool
  • Free buffet breakfast and free WiFi in lobby
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From 1,794 reviews. TripAdvisor Traveler Rating.

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating

Fantastic service
Great room
Beautiful beach
Value for money could be better

Gaya Island Resort, Gaya Island

from $184
  • Bayu Villa
  • Kinabalu Villa
  • Canopy Villa

What’s around Gaya Island Resort, Gaya Island


  • On the beach
  • Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal nearby
  • Suria Sabah Shopping Mall nearby
  • Kota Kinabalu Central Market nearby
  • Tunku Abdul Rahman Park nearby
  • Sapi Island nearby
  • Kota Kinabalu Waterfront nearby
  • KK Esplanade nearby

Getting around

  • Kota Kinabalu (BKI-Kota Kinabalu Intl.) - 6.5 miles/10.4 km
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)

At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 121 rooms
  • This hotel is arranged over 2 floors


  • Check-in time 3:00 PM-9:00 PM
  • Check-out time is 11:00 AM
The check-in location differs from the property location. To check in, go to Gaya Lounge, Jesselton Point Jetty
If you are planning to arrive after 9:00 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation.
Airport shuttle service is available on request from 7:30 AM to 9:30 PM. Fees may apply. Contact the property in advance to make arrangements.

Speedboat transfers (surcharge) are required between Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal and Gaya Island Resort. Rates for return speedboat transfers are MYR 160 per adult, and MYR 80 per child. Departure times are as follows:

Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal to Gaya Island Resort: 8 AM; 10 AM; Noon; 2 PM; 4 PM; 6 PM; 9 PM.

Gaya Island Resort to Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal: 9 AM; 11 AM; 1 PM; 3 PM; 5 PM; 6:30 PM; and 9:30 PM.

Guests who miss the last transfer of the day must board a private charter boat (surcharge). Rates for private charter are MYR 500 between 7 AM-9 PM, and MYR 700 between 9 PM-7 AM.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card or cash deposit required

  • Government-issued photo ID required

  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Travelling with others


  • Babysitting/childcare *


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas



  • Airport shuttle from 7:30 AM to 9:30 PM *


  • No parking

Payment types at the property

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Food and drink
  • Free buffet breakfast daily
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Beach bar
  • Poolside bar
Things to do
  • Outdoor pool
  • Pool sun loungers
  • 24-hour fitness facilities
  • Full-service spa
  • Spa treatment room(s)
  • Snorkeling on site
  • Yoga classes/instruction on site
  • Golfing nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Pool umbrellas
Working away
  • Conference center
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Laundry facilities
  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services
  • Year Built - 2012
  • Library

In the room

Home comforts
  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Minibar
  • Bathrobes
  • Slippers
  • Iron/ironing board
Sleep well
  • Soundproofed rooms
  • Turndown service
  • Premium bedding
  • Pillowtop mattress
Things to enjoy
  • Balcony
Freshen up
  • Private bathroom
  • Deep soaking bathtub
  • Rainfall showerhead
  • Bidet
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
Be entertained
  • 40-inch LED TV
  • Satellite TV channels
Stay connected
  • Desk
  • Phone
Food and drink
  • Free bottled water
  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe

Special features


The onsite spa has massage/treatment rooms and couples treatment room(s). Services include deep-tissue massages, hot stone massages, Swedish massages, and Thai massages.

The spa is open daily.


Feast Village - This restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A children's menu is available.

Fishermans Cove - This restaurant specializes in seafood and serves dinner only. Reservations are required.

Pool Bar and Lounge - This poolside family restaurant serves lunch and dinner. A children's menu is available.

Tavajun Bay - This beachfront restaurant serves lunch only. A children's menu is available.

Omakase - This restaurant specializes in Japanese cuisine and serves dinner only.

Awards and affiliations

  • The property is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

Gaya Island Resort, Gaya Island’s small print

Also known as

  • Gaya Island Resort
  • Resort Gaya Island
  • Gaya Island Resort Malaysia/Pulau Gaya
  • Gaya MalaysiaPulau Gaya
  • Gaya Island Resort Resort
  • Gaya Island Resort Gaya Island
  • Gaya Island Resort Resort Gaya Island


Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.

Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

For transfers, guests must contact 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:

  • Destination fee: MYR 30 per person, per night

Optional extras

Babysitting/childcare is available for an extra charge

Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of MYR 140 per vehicle (one-way)

Airport shuttle service for children up to age 2 costs MYR 0 (one-way)

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

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Recent reviews

Fabulous 8.6 From 154 reviews

Exceptional 10.0
Love everything about this place!
janice, us1 night trip with friends
Exceptional 10.0
Beautiful tropical island
Gaya Iland is a beautiful tropical island. The resort is lovely and the services are great. The spa is amazing. Although in Malaysia expect to pay european prices. Also there are very expensive transportation cost to the mainland and infrequent schedules. This resort is good to a 2 days stay.
edward, us3 night trip with friends
Very Good 8.0
There were minor problems with the room. But these were promptly sorted.The coral and fish in the sea, right at the side of the hotel was amazing for snorkelling, though you need to watch out for sea urchins. The staff were wonderful. The seafood was great. A special thanks to Executive Sous-Chef Dolis for his hospitality and making us feel so welcomed.
Julia, my2 night romance trip
Poor 2.0
When we got the boat over to the resort the staff left our passports behind we were left without these for over 24 hours which is obviously quite distressing being such an important document. I settled my bill when I left the resort however since returning home I have been charged over £100 with no explanation.
gb2 night trip
Very Good 8.0
Gaya Island resort is 10 mins ferry ride away from kota kinabalu main island, a beautiful resort built on a secluded tropical island and the first view of the resort takes your breath away. Facilities - beautiful resort with adequate facilities. Gym is well equipped, pool clean and well kept, an amazing beach just on the doorsteps and a spa (which i didn't visit) Room - we have the canopy view room (i think the cheapest in class) but very nice and well thought out. The ac in one of the two rooms was a little weak but ok. Service - they have an amazing crew. very well informed and trained. service was genuine and attentive. My bag tore at the bottom and they sew it up for me! crowd - more of a family and honeymoon place (luckily without a lot of kids) we were a group of 4 girls and didnt see other groups. Not a rowdy place, very nice that way Overall this resort is very nice, but a few things to notice: Ferry - it's very expensive (160RM return) if you ever want to go to town, when an average meal in the city is around 20RM...stock up before you go to the resort if you're staying a few days and would need some snacks/ options Restaurant/ food - so when the ferry is so expensive, and you're at a resort, you'd want to spend more time being at the resort, however, i really think the food is average at best. We had tried out most of the menu and just found it to be overpriced (expected at a hotel), but without the quality to match, so that was one of a big minus for me.
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Gaya Island Resort, Gaya Island

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