Set amongst sandy beaches, coral reefs and hilly landscapes, this intimate retreat provides a spa village to relax in, a PADI diving centre to explore the natural marine conservation area and fresh seafood and regional cuisine to enjoy.

This island is a 15-minute speedboat ride from the airport and provides a peaceful escape, with hills, sandy beach and lush tropical rainforest around the Gaya Island Resort. The stunning coral reefs and the marine conservation area that surround it are a divers paradise. This hotel is home to a marine rescue centre with a resident marine biologist and is committed to rehabilitating endangered green sea turtles and injured animals.

The resorts Spa Village is set in lush mangroves and provides transformative treatments inspired by the indigenous Sabah people. This gives you the perfect pampering to unwind after a day enjoying the activity programmes available here.

Make the most of the dining options, with fresh seafood and local cuisine served up, or try a beach barbecue at dusk.

One of the resorts main attractions is the coral reef that surrounds its sandy beach, with all sorts of sea life - including the clown fish made famous by Finding Nemo. Experienced divers can venture off on their own, or you can make use of the resident marine biologist and diving excursions.

For those who prefer to stay on land, wild Proboscis monkeys live in the surrounding jungle of the island or you can adventure along one of the forested trails and keep an eye out for wildlife such as bearded pigs and mouse deers.

Land and speed boat transfers to and from Kota Kinabalu airport are included in the price.

Accommodation details


Malohom Bay
Palau Gaya
Kota Kinabalu

Check-in Details:

Normal Check-in: 15:00
Normal Check-out: 11:00


3.1 mi / 5.1 km from city centre

Room types and facilities


Sleeps 2, Bed Type: King(s) and sofa bed  Satellite television, Minibar, Refrigerator, Ceiling fan, Air conditioning, Separate Bath, Private bathroom, Separate Shower, Balcony/Lanai/Terrace, Television


Sleeps 2, Bed Type: King(s)  Satellite television, Minibar, Refrigerator, Ceiling fan, Air conditioning, Separate Bath, Private bathroom, Separate Shower, Balcony/Lanai/Terrace, Television


Sleeps 2, Bed Type: King(s) and sofa bed  Satellite television, Minibar, Refrigerator, Ceiling fan, Air conditioning, Separate Bath, Private bathroom, Separate Shower, Balcony/Lanai/Terrace, Television


Sleeps 4, Bed Type:   

General facilities

  • Onsite laundry
  • Baby sitting
  • Spa
  • Concierge desk
  • Exercise gym
  • Internet services
  • 3 Restaurant
  • 2 Pool
  • Outdoor pool
  • 1 Children's pool
  • 1 Lounges/bars
  • Pool Bar
  • Shop
  • Kids Club
  • Massage services
  • Safe deposit box

Other facilities

• Spa Village Gaya Island - the elements of mountain, forest and sea come together in such absolute perfection it can take your breath away. Inspired by this powerful harmony of nature, it brings into play aspects of the environment, culture and wellbeing to create an uplifting and unforgettable experience. Set amidst lush mangroves, Spa Village Gaya Island is a tranquil hideaway surrounded by distinctive island flora and fauna. From the warm clear waters of Gaya and its rich lowland forests to the high altitude blossoms of Mount Kinabalu, the treatments utilise only the finest fresh local ingredients. A rich tapestry of spa programmes reflects the cultural healing traditions of Sabah's many indigenous people. From the specialised rice scrubs and masques of the Kadazandusun to the age-old practices of the Bajau sea nomads, it is uniquely rooted in ancient tradition while seeking to restore balance to the body and soul

• Library

• House Reef snorkelling

• Diving and snorkelling excursions

• Private beach five minutes boat ride away

• Nature walks

• Please note the resort is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties due to the hilly layout.

Dining information

• Feast Village - savour a vibrant, interactive all day dining experience that offers the diverse cuisine from the Asia-Pacific region. The dynamic open kitchens showcase a bakery, Japanese/Korean, Asian and Western selections. The location by the lap pool offers stunning views of Mount Kinabalu and the surrounding beach

• Fisherman's Cove - situated on the rooftop with a breathtaking view of Mount Kinabalu, it features a unique symphony of seafood themed dishes crafted by Chef Wai, the pioneer of this locally and internationally acclaimed restaurant, which focuses on sustainable fishing practices and the freshest ingredients. The seaside restaurant welcomes children aged 12 years and above for the comfort of all our guests. Proper dress code is required with shirt, full-length trousers and shoes for gentlemen and smart casual wear for ladies

• Omakase - a two-storey Japanese restaurant perched on a hillside with a stunning view of Malohom Bay and Mount Kinabalu on the horizon, surrounded by an ancient rainforest. Serving up three Japanese omakase-style dining experiences under one roof ranging from teppanyaki, shabu-shabu and nabe, these heart-warming dinners will delight guests of all ages

• Pool Bar & Lounge - overlooking the resort's infinity pool and floating cabanas, with its al fresco location and natural light is the perfect place to relax with sundowners and light refreshments as the sun sets over Mount Kinabalu

• Tavajun Bay - set in an enclave at Tavajun Bay, a short five-minute boat ride from the resort, this tranquil private beach is perfect for relaxing under the tropical sun, lulled by the gentle sea breeze. Reminiscent of the sun-blessed Mediterranean coastline where vibrant flavours and simple presentation predominate, earthenware skillets kept warm over charcoal embers await for lunch where single dish meals that change daily

• Full board - restaurants included: lunch: Feast Village, Pool Bar & Lounge or Tavajun Bay. Dinner: Feast Village, Omakase or Fisherman’s Cove. Beverages: house mineral water, coffee and tea.

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