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Gayana Eco Resort

5.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

The gayana is a beautiful located boutique resort on the island Gaya. We recommend to stay in one of the ocean facing villas. Villas are connecting which is good for family. Snorkelling is very nice Restaurants are not that special though and very pricy We recommend to take a transfer to the bungaraya resort that offers better beach and facilities. Staff is extremely friendly though! One comment: the resort wants you to pay upfront before checking in which we refused to do After several calls finally the GM agreed with CC Authorisation 3 nights is enough! Since there is little to do Even when fully booked it seems desolated ??

Arriving at night the place looked amazing and we weren't disappointed in daylight either. We had a suite looking out over the sea with our own jetties. Being able to awake early in the morning and go straight in for a swim in crystal clear water with a myriad of colourful fish was fantastic - our daughter loved it. If you don't want to swim with the fishes - there is a pool available near to one of the restaurants. The rooms were very clean, regularly serivced, very comfortable and quite luxurious. All of the staff were extremely friendly. The food was very nice - well prepared, hot and tasty - especially liked the lunches. The eco centre was interesting, providing information on local ecology and what is being done to help preserve it for the future. Complimentary canoes, paddle boards, snorkels, flippers, buoyancy aids etc all readily available. We stayed here at the end of our holiday in Borneo, trekking in the jungle etc. So this was a spot of (deserved) luxury before our flight home. If you want to relax and unwind, this is the place for you.

No beach, can you beleive?. If you want beach you must to take one boat to other island. Is very borring and nothing to do here but see the ocean. Food prices more expensives than Barcelona or París. People hardly talk english.

We stayed here for 2 nights at the end of our Amazing Borneo holiday. We had upgraded to an ocean villa and were not disappointed. The rooms were spacious and clean, with the most amazing decking and steps down to the sea. The snorkelling was amazing (free rental of non-motorised boards and snorkels) and the fish that could be seen from the decking were beautiful. Food was lovely - particularly breakfast (definitely the best hotel breakfast I have had.) Bar offered a free drink, including cocktails, between 5pm and 7pm, with subsequent drinks 50% off. Staff were friendly and very helpful, including one who allowed us to tether our phone to his own Wi-Fi as we were having difficulty checking in for our flights home. A visit to the Marine Ecology Research Centre on-site was also amazing. A very relaxing end to our holiday and one that I would definitely recommend. A couple of minus points - Wi-Fi was poor in the villas and transfers to/from the island were expensive. For the amount that you are paying, I would have expected them to be included.

The Gayana resort is one of the best hotels for relaxing and spending time with family. I recommend getting one of the luxurious apartment as you have your own pool and plunge pool in the sea. The food is also superb, breakfast is incredible. If you would like to snorkel I recommend doing it near the shore as you can see more coral and wildlife. However the wifi connection isn't very good and the TV quality is poor. The luxurious rooms are incredible a King size bed which looks right out to the incredible views, a lounge area and an incredible bathroom. Unlike the standard rooms which only have a bed and a small bathroom with no plunge pool or infinity pool. The staff were incredibly help full.

First the downside....very poor wifi and not brightest tv reception! Now...the plus in the more Western serving restaurant:- breakfast , choice very good.They cook all fresh. Lunch ..ok. Evening meal...phenominal quality of food. Faultless. Couldn't say which was better, main course or the sweet ! And the service superb. The resort , very clean , and any problems sorted straight away. We stayed in Palm villa, view across the sea , with glass floor and jump off rbe balcony into the sea...what more could you ask for ? There is an evening bar , first drink free then 50% off. The place goes quiet after about in one about. All round a lovely place..and you are well looked after. Ps...get a private transfer...we did .

I stayed with my family in a Palm Villa (overwater with private pool) which was amazing. It was very spacious, had a complimentary minibar which got restocked every day and beautiful views. The breakfast is a combination of a la carte and buffet and was very good. Although you can get breakfast delivered by boat to your villa but this needs to be ordered the night before. The staff at both the jetty check in and island check in were very friendly and helpful. (If you choose to stay in these villas ask at check in for an internet router for your room for better internet and if the router gets slow just take it back to the office to get it refreshed) A small negative was that we missed the complimentary boat ride to the island due to our flight arrival time so we had to pay to be taken to the island. For the price we payed to stay here its a shame this couldn't be accommodated. We stayed for 3 nights which was a perfect amount of time as there isn't much to do other than sunbathing and swimming.

Andrea', Peter and the team were helpful and friendly from the time we stepped onto the island. Nothing was a trouble, villa fantastic. Order in boat breakfast great. Food great, good variety. Only 2 small things. The ladder into the water from ocean villa needs another rung. They could also do with an umberella or blind on the front as they get the arvo sun. Oh, also maybe in intro, inform people not to throw rubbish into the sea or feed the monkeys. Some people unfortunately need to be told the obvious!

I liked everything that was cute and nature friendly. There were many fish in the sea connected to the room and even "Nemo". Snorkels, life jackets, and kayaks were also available for free. The breakfast on the terrace was fantastic, and the food and service at the restaurants in the resort was pretty good. One disadvantage is, Check-in time was delayed and check-out time was early. The time spent here was so happy that I missed a minute and a second. The important thing is that if I go back to Kota Kinabalu I will definitely go back to this resort.

Expecting something really special; and it's really not. Checked in at the ferry point. That was swift and well-organised and the lady was pleasant and helpful. Once I arrived I was left at the lobby - until I asked why I was waiting. I didn't expect the room to be ready but I think if I hadn't asked I would have set there for two hours rather than taking myself off to the pool. The setting is glorious - of course it is. And the team are just lovely. There's a lot of charming if dated villas. Some with direct access to the sea. The rooms are enormous. The bathroom is fine. They have useful things like multi-pin plugs. The advertised wifi didn't work even with a dongle. In the public areas in afternoon it disappears to all intents and purposes. BUT, but but the public spaces are very disappointing. The pool is FAR too small for a resort this big - not least because it was full of children and their inflatables (actually their parents too). None of the many babies in the pool were wearing swim nappies - which is unpleasant and unhygienic. And a number of guests didn't respect the fact nobody else wants to listen to them shout or watch films on their phones without headphones. The pool quietened down once lots of people checked out and there was a blissful few hours before check-in, and the inflatables making an appearance for it all to ramp up again. There's really little help at the pool. No one to offer water or assist when umbrellas (which aren't weighted) blew out from their stands nearly hitting guests. It's also dirty as there are no bins and people dropped their water bottles and fag ends in the floor. I picked them up. And out of the pool. The pool could also do with a skim to get insect and fauna debris and scum from the surface. There's a lot of sand on the pool floor so it's either not being cleaned or the filtration system isn't working. Which worries me given the lack of nappy situation! No sanitary bins in the ladies cubicles which wasn't helpful. The Latitude Bar feels cheap. Alcohol quality and content improves immeasurably once you start paying for them. We went snorkeling. Visibility was poor and the fish lovely though they are are nothing if you have visited Maldives/Red Sea etc. I don't understand the previous rave reviews. The final straw was when the builders working on the roofs wolf-whistled at me when I was getting into the sea in my bikini. Really? Honestly you may love it - it should be amazing and I was expecting amazing. I really feel misled. We anticipated a quiet and peaceful resort to escape KL (I would have been off the charts cross if we had flown from the U.K.), but it felt just like the big family resort we try and avoid. Noisy and full. The management did come and speak to us as we checked out which we appreciated, and offered to upgrade us. But it was too late - we raised issues previously and then was the time to resolve it not when we were packed up and checked out. Gayana Eco Resort although staffed by lovely people in a lovely place is not close to being worth the money we were paid for it, or reflects what my experience of 5* is or should be. So much so we were willing to write off money just to say goodbye to it a day early and had a far more relaxing and fun time (really) in a cheap hotel in KK next to a main road, opposite a market and underneath a flight path.

Malohom Bay, Tunku Abdul Rahman Park Gaya Island Sabah

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • Marina
  • Spa

Gayana Eco Resort places you within 3 miles (5 km) of popular attractions like Likas Stadium and Sabah State Mosque. This 52-room, 5-star resort has a marina, a full-service spa, and 2 restaurants. It's on the boardwalk and also a short walk from Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal and Wisma Merdeka.


Enjoy dining at the resort's 2 onsite restaurants: Macac offers relaxing ocean views; Alu Alu Seafood specializes in Chinese cuisine. Order from 24-hour room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room, sip a beverage at the bar/lounge or coffee shop/café, and mingle with other guests at the free daily manager's reception.


All 52 air-conditioned rooms feature patios, sofa beds, and refrigerators. 32-inch LCD TVs come with DVD players, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Beds are dressed in Frette Italian sheets and down comforters, and bathrooms offer designer toiletries and bathrobes. Minibars, coffee makers, and free bottled water are other standard amenities.

Property features

Guests of Gayana Eco Resort have access to a marina, a full-service spa, and an outdoor pool. For transportation, you can make use of an airport shuttle (available on request) for MYR 150 per vehicle one way, as well as limo/town car service. The front desk has multilingual staff on hand 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this luxury resort include a children's pool, a health club, and 2 spa tubs.

Room options

Ocean Villa

King 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 4

Palm Villa

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Lagoon Villa

King 1 | Twin 1 | Sleeps 4

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

76% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 464 reviews