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Gaya Island Resort sits among the mangroves in Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, so it’s pretty close to paradise for nature lovers. Wander along the private beach and take a swim in the sheltered waters of the South China Sea. Or get in your morning workout on a jog through the rainforest – you might even see proboscis monkeys, bearded pigs or red giant flying squirrels on your way. If you’d prefer to keep nature at arm’s length, stretch out in one of the floating pool cabanas overlooking the shore and rainforest, or visit the tranquil spa for a relaxing treatment.
If luxury with a conscience is what you’re looking for, Gaya Island Resort fits the bill. It’s actively working to reduce its carbon footprint and is committed to ecologically sustainable practices resort-wide. Gaya Island works with Reef Check to allow new coral to grow and never uses endangered species in any of its dishes. What’s more, the resort’s marine centre works with local fishing communities to reduce to harmful impact of their trade.
Gaya Island Resort’s wild surroundings are a massive draw for many that choose to stay here, so it works hard to protect the local environment. The resort’s resident naturalist and resident marine biologist can show you around, pointing out local land and marine life and explaining how we can all reduce our impact on the natural world. Or visit the marine centre, where you can learn about the turtles that have been rehabilitated and released over the years.
Watch the chefs cook up Asian and Pacific dishes in this restaurant’s open kitchens, and tuck in as you look out across Mount Kinabalu and the ocean.
Try Japanese dishes like teppanyaki cooked on traditional tables, shabu-shabu and nabe hotpots at this two-storey eatery, where you can watch the sun sink over Malohom Bay.
Wander up to the rooftop and you’ll discover delicious seafood at this internationally acclaimed restaurant. Savour the views across the South China Sea, stretching towards Mount Kinabalu on the mainland.
If you’ve worked up an appetite after a morning at the pool, grab a light lunch here. Come evening, you can sip cocktails and other refreshing drinks as you watch the sunset.
Just a five-minute boat-ride away, this secluded dining spot is a real treat. You’ll be served a traditional meal prepared over hot coals, or you can order a personalised picnic to share.
Dine in the rainforest or on the quiet sands of Malohom Bay during a private dining experience at Gaya Island Resort – this is one meal you won’t forget in a hurry.
Gaya Island’s accommodation celebrates the rich diversity of Borneo, taking particular inspiration from its northern Sabahan people. Every villa and suite puts you close to nature, thanks to the dark natural wood and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the lush rainforest. And when it’s time to unwind, you can chill out on the open-air daybed or soak in your oversize bathtub.
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