Bunga Raya is one of Borneo’s leading and most exclusive island hideaways, offering great snorkeling and pristine beaches. Only a short speedboat journey from Kota Kinabalu, it's the perfect retreat for honeymooners or those looking to truly unwind.
Gayana Marine Resort
Gayana Marine Resort, Gaya Island, Borneo
The recently renovated resort has 44 air-conditioned, spacious, stilted villas in an attractive bay on Gaya Island. The modern rooms all have large bathrooms, tea and coffee making facilities, refrigerators and the ocean and mangrove villas have private floating decks.
There are two restaurants, one serves superb seafood and Asian cuisine whilst the other has a western menu. The resort boasts one of Borneo's only infinity pools with breathtaking views over the South China Sea and a relaxing spa set to one side. For guests staying here you can visit the Marine Ecology Research Centre attached to the resort free of charge. Boat transfers to Kota Kinabalu go several times a day and take approximately 20 minutes so it is possible to go back into town for the day or a meal if you wish.
The beach at the resort is small and not really suitable for sunbathing but you can go over to the larger beach area looked after by Sabah Parks which is a tough four kilometer jungle hike or short kayak ride away. There is a small charge of RM10 per person payable to Sabah Parks for visitors to the beach. Snorkeling equipment and other non-motorized watersports are available at the resort for an extra charge.
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Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favorite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
A stay here allows you to immerse yourself in Borneo's incredible wildlife, both on land and below the waves, and its excellent facilities give you the chance to truly unwind.