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Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa in Gaya Island, Malaysia

Bearing a name inspired by the exotic hibiscus flowers native to its tropical surroundings, Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa – part of the LVX collection of Preferred Hotels & Resorts – is a secluded gem off the coast of Borneo, where your next blissful beach vacation awaits. In the heart of Southeast Asia, this Malaysian resort paradise†is set on a coral reef island, tucked into a natural bay, and is comprised of just 47 hideaway villas. With white sand beach to one side, and pristine jungle to the other, guest accommodations feature native architecture fused with a contemporary feel and superior functionality. The sophisticated dwellings, none less than 750 square feet, offer an unparalleled level of privacy and luxury, while providing modern accompaniments such as satellite television, iPod docks, mini bars, and wireless internet access. Views vary, from hillside settings with colorful foliage enveloping private decks, to vistas of the brilliant beach and sea, with each and every space promising a unique perspective on the island's beauty.

With your stay at Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa, the pleasure extends far beyond the idyllic villas themselves. Stroll across a suspended bridge to Solace Spa, where open-air pavilions built directly into the landscape present the perfect spot for indulgent body treatments, massages, and beauty services. Head to the beach and the aquamarine waters to further unwind, and enjoy a kayaking excursion around the bay or through the rich mangroves with their bountiful flora and fauna. The resort's PADI-certified dive center offer scuba gear and training for you to discover the incredible underwater sea life, and a variety of additional water sports are also readily available. Stay on land and explore the jungle, where guided treks point out the fantastic features of this untouched treasure. When you are ready for replenishment, sit down to a delicious meal at one of the multiple dining venues on site. Pantai Grill is a casual beachfront restaurant with a grilled-to-order menu, while The Koi offers a more formal experience in a European bistro atmosphere, with a wine menu from its underground cellar. Whether you dine in-villa, spend endless hours on the sand, or venture off-island to explore the region around, Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa is an exotic beach experience that will make your trip unforgettable.

Location of Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa

Polish Bay, 88778, Gaya Island, Malaysia

Nearest Airport: BKI

Amenities for Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa

  • General Information
  • 48 Villas
  • Connecting/Adjoining Rooms
  • Dining
  • Poolside Dining
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Private Dining
  • 2 Restaurants
  • 2 Bars
  • 24-Hour Room Service
  • Wine Cellar
  • Bar & Lounge
  • Wine Bar
  • On-Site Amenities
  • Beauty Salon
  • Concierge
  • Spa on Property
  • Spa Services
  • Laundry Service
  • Fitness Center
  • WiFi
  • Sauna
  • Wellness Center
  • Pool & Beach Cabanas
  • Helicopter Service
  • Limousine Service
  • Beach Access
  • Infinity Pool
  • In-Room Amenities
  • Air Conditioning
  • CD Players
  • DVD Players
  • In-Room Safes
  • Mini Bar
  • Radio & CD Players
  • Activities
  • Excursions
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Scuba Diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Jet Skiing
  • Sightseeing
  • Business
  • Business Services
  • Family
  • Cribs
  • Rollaway Beds
  • Nearby
  • Shopping
  • Restaurants
  • Beach
  • Golf
  • Nightlife
  • Marina
  • Interests
  • Active & Adventure
  • Beach
  • Cool Pools
  • Hotels

Reviews for Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa

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TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 2 days ago

We spent 3 nights at Bunga Raya at the end of what had been a really good trip to Bali and Borneo. What a shame! From check-in onwards we had the impression of being fleeced by a poor quality holiday camp. Check-in was in a small, noisy, over-crowded office on the quay in KK full of Chinese people fighting to have the 250 MR per night deposit taken from their credit cards. There was complete confusion about where and when we would get on the boat to the island. The boat journey on a clapped out old ferry took 40 mins, not the 15 advertised. On arrival at the resort in the dark, we were driven to the far end of the resort (which is about 1 km long) and dropped outside a villa (room 44), without any explanation of the facilities. The room was large and quite attractive but the bathroom was disgustingly filthy. We found our way to the main restaurant where we were absolutely appalled by the prices of food and drink. A 300 ml Tiger beer cost 35 MR (approx £7), as compared to 13 MR on the Kinabatangan River or 18 MR at the Borneo Rainforest Lodge, both of which were considerably further from sources of supply than Bunga Raya but both also had a captive audience which they were not abusing. The cheapest bottle of wine cost 195 MR (almost £40). The cheapest main courses cost around 55 MR (local meat and rice) whilst fish cost 200 MR (around £40). Deserts cost from 45 MR (around £5) eg small pot of Haagen Daz ice cream. Absolutely abusive prices. The main Longhouse restaurant had all the ambience of a holiday camp canteen. Chairs were filthy as were tables. Put your arm on the table and you stuck to it. Disgusting. Service was pleasant but really inefficient. The next morning we woke up to find that the view from our balcony was of heaps of rubbish, the back of a shack used by maintenance men and some rusting machines. Since the only place to spend days in the resort is on your balcony, given that there is limited shade round the soulless pool and the beach is uninhabitable due to sand flies and rubbish, we were very annoyed. We took photographic evidence (see photos) and complained to the reception staff. They did act promptly to offer us another room at the 'good' end of the resort on the beach, which was an improvement because it had its own deck with a decent view, even though it was behind the beach restaurant with wafts of deep fat fryer smell (room 12). Again the room was large and nicely decorated but the bathroom was filthy and the toilet smelly. One wipe of the floor with a damp tissue came off brown (see photo). Slippers and bath mats actually stuck to the floor. Upholstery on the balcony chairs was also filthy. We did go snorkelling but there is very little to see. What is obvious is that the seawater is dirty: brown foam comes across the swimming area at intervals and the beach has sanitary waste (nappies, toilet paper etc) on it. There are a couple of kayaks to borrow but it is clear that the two Hobies are not serviceable. Basically days are spent lying on the balcony with 100% Deet necessary at all times to repel flies. One plus point was that staff from the beach grill were happy to bring us food and drink on our balcony, since we were only nextdoor. Better than eating on the beach with wild pigs and monkeys after your food. Another plus was that hornbills and other birds hung out nearby but we found monkey poo in our plunge pool in the morning which, of course, meant we didn't want to use that to swim in either. Another plus was that there were lovely hibiscus plants by the road at the 'good' end of the resort nearer the jetty although there were only weeds at the far end - the end where the rubbish is stored. Altogether, one to be avoided. We were furious that Audley travel had recommended it to us.

Jo G - Guildford, United Kingdom

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 4 days ago

We stayed here in the off season (March) and it was very quiet plus the weather was superb so we had a great time. We had bungalow 21 which was uphill and we had beautiful jungle views as well as limited sea views over the treetops. It felt very secluded and the room was huge, plus we had a little walkway to a 'rumpus room" which was a small cabin with aircon, ceilling fan, tv and a daybed with incredible views and folding windows on two sides - so you can hear the cicadas, hornbills and the sea. We thought it was heavenly. Walked up and down the hill sometimes or rang for a buggy to pick us up. It was very clean, great bathroom with a spa and shower, safe, good amenities, free daily water/beer/softdrinks in bar fridge. I did note the stagnant-looking pools next to some of the beachfront bungalows so was very glad to be uphill. The walk to the room was fine for us but would be a problem for anyone with mobililty issues (but the buggies are plentiful). The beach and surrounding waters were absolutely spotless during our stay but then again there is a tractor for beach clearing, though we didn't see or hear it in operation. There was a lot of rubbish floating in the sea during our trip to and from Jesselton wharf so I can see it would be a problem washing up after a storm etc. The staff were lovely and so polite it was almost eerie, we ate at both restaurants (both were à la carte) and reserved a table on the sand at the grill one night and the unbelieveably gorgeous single table at the end of the boardwalk (restaurant where breakfast is served) another night - with mosquito coils, sunset over the beach, lantern, serenade by guitarists/singer and great fresh fruit cocktails (happy hour 5-7!) We snorkelled (not great coral but saw a few live giant clams, batfish, angelfish, a few nemos, parrotfish, rays and schools of smallish barracuda) out past the line, kayaked, did SUP, had a massage (not cheap but lovely), did some yoga-lates in the gym (they also had a PT onsite) and did the short jungle walk. We didn't get any mosquitos but yes there are noticeable sandflies and a few small jellyfish (on one day only) and we did get some bites - but given this is the jungle, and you don't feel the bites when they happen (just get some tiny red dots on your skin), this really isn't much of an issue. We would have loved to stay longer and really can't fault anything at all (hence the overly long review) - off season was wonderful! I should also add how entertaining it was to see the poor restaurant staff patiently shooing the boars away from diners on the beach. Priceless.

pen451 - Melbourne, Australia

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our second visit to Bunga Raya Resort, we previously went in September 2015. However this time it was a terrible experience. We arrived at the airport to no one from the hotel being there to pick us up, as was arranged by confirmation email by the hotel. So we took a taxi to the jetty and the scheduled 1:30pm boat. Once arriving at the Bunga Raya jetty we found the water to be full of rubbish, not pleasant to look at let alone swim in. We checked into our Plunge Pool villa number 7. Room and bathroom is nice with pool on veranda and direct access to the beach. We had dinner that night at the Pantai Grill restaurant on the beach served by a lovely waiter from the Philippines, who went our of his way to give us fantastic service. Breakfast on the first morning was fantastic, staff served us and took our order from the menu. But second and third morning breakfast was terrible, no one gave us a menu to order or even took our coffee and tea order, even though there was plenty of staff around doing nothing. Once coffee was served to us the waitress poured it all over the table. Worst thing about resort was on the second morning we both had bites all over us - legs, feet, arms, back. We thought it was mosquitoes as they were all thought out the resort. However we discovered they were BED BUG bites. We went to reception and we informed the girl at the desk, she didn't seem too shocked and gave us some cream to put on the bites. I showed her my husbands back which had about 12 huge bites on it. I asked for the bedding to be changed, which they did and I put all the bedlinen out in the sun for the day. Actually we found dead BED BUGS on the linen once it was outside in the sun for a few hours. After putting the bedding outside in the sun all day, we were hoping the BED BUGS were dead. However that night we were attacked again, so we realised the BED BUGS must have been in the mattress. Disgusting, the bites were so painful and itchy. We have been left scared from them. Our second day the water was much cleaner as it wasn't as windy, so the rubbish was not blowing into the bay. Hotel does use a tractor to clean up the rubbish from the beach, but I think they are not thorough enough. As there is still rubbish left. Also there was a Boar roaming freely around the whole beach. I found it quite scary and dirty. That night we went to dinner at the Koi restaurant. We wanted to order the fish, but we were told no there was a 45 minute wait. We ordered the beef, which took 40 minutes anyway and was still raw inside. Had ordered it medium-well done. Dinner on the last night we went early to the Koi restaurant hoping to order the fish, which the waitress took our order for the snapper. 10 minutes later we were informed the snapper was not available. ( This was after asking the waitress what fish was available and having our order taken ) It was almost as if they didn't want you to eat at the Koi restaurant. I asked if fish was available at the Pantai grill and to send to the Koi restaurant, as it was windy and cold we preferred to eat at the restaurant out of the weather. The waitress said no, the fish would get cold when transporting it on the buggy. Makes me wonder how do they serve room service ? The food and drinks at Bunga Raya is quite expensive for Malaysia - can of coke is RM 19 ( $6 ) Grilled fish is RM 241 ($80 ) Our food bill for 3 nights was RM 1887 ( $600 ) We had booked and paid for a late checkout, hotel charges half of the room rate which is RM 1100 ($350 ) We had the wifi disconnected at 11am ( normal checkout time ) Had to call and have connected again. Also had to call and ask for our room to be cleaned and new towels. Thought they would have done this with our late checkout. We requested checkout at 3:15 pm and had a private boat booked for 3:30 pm Paid RM 212 ( $70 ) for this. Confirmed by phone by hotel the day prior as well. So we checked out at 3:15 pm and paid our bill at reception. Had a different girl at the desk and I asked her if she knew about our room having BED BUGS and can she inform the manager. As surely they couldn't keep allowing people to check into that room. I asked her if they have had previous complaints to which she replied she was new and knew nothing. We took the buggy to the jetty to wait for our 3:30 pm boat. Boat didn't arrive till 4:20 pm after us complaining to the staff we were going to miss our flight. I am quite sure they forgot to book us a boat, even though we had booked and paid for it. Overall Bunga Raya is not a 5 star resort. The staff need proper training. 95 % of the staff are not professional or properly trained.

cathie1981 - Perth, Australia

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked a 4 night stay at Bunga Raya Resort - over 12 months in advance - as a rest and recovery from a 16 night ocean cruise. When booking and paying in full and at a (now we see) premium price we EXPECTED a 5 star resort experience. The resort is STILL promoted as 5 star today. So I think there needs to be a serious review of that classification. To say we were UNDERWHELMED is being kind. The staff were great - if a little timid (I suppose that is the Malaysian personality). It is the resort that fell far short. The issues were many but the MAJOR ONES were: >Basically no working (but still Free) WIFI - which after being on a cruise ship with very poor wifi was a real sore point. We couldn't research alternative locations or confirm our understanding of what was promised. > Prices for wine was almost extortionate with AUD$100+for a $30 bottle of Aussie wine. Staff said it was because of govt taxes. >Buildings were being renovated across the resort (and near us) with hammering and sawing regularly interrupting the sounds of waves crashing on the beach - and the cicadas "car alarm" chirping. >Our room #12 overlooked the beach (through the trees) - and the rear view of Grill Restaurant which included all view of its services equipment and exhaust smells free of charge. So privacy and peacefulness was definitely impacted. Also could see the main jetty (busy with people and staff shift changes) and then there is the service buggies going past within one foot of our bedroom window in rapid succession. >The beach was littered with washed up debris and rubbish as well as the debris from the renovation work was also just dumped at one end of the beach (see photos) This was supposed to be an ECO Resort - why not take some pride in its appearance - both on the beach and in the water ?? >Many pools of stagnant water were evident - tho there didn't seem to be too many mosquitos - which are a big concern in this area. The resort did setup mosquito coils outside and "vape" insect repellents inside and for the one night we stayed we weren't really affected by them - which was a relief. >20+ Day trippers were part of the resort clientele which exposed "real" guests to security and privacy concerns. Day trippers using the resort facilities and pool is are not the expectation in a 5 star resort experience. In the end we spoke to the day management and voiced our issues, and requested to switch to their "Sister" resort -Gayana Eco Resort - which was located on the city side of the same island - and which had over water rooms available in the same price category. They eventually agreed (after some more complaining and demands to speak to the general manager) so we moved and arrived late afternoon to negotiate a more acceptable arrangement at the new resort. That'll be the subject of a different review once we have left - but so far it is much more relaxing and enjoyable - with a totally different "feel". To be fair - There were also many good / quirky points to the resort too including : > Wild boar roaming the beach in the afternoon/evening > goldfish in bowls as table decorations > monitor lizards wandering the main pond > food was enjoyable and reasonably priced > staff were friendly and helpful All in all a neutral experience but not one I would rush to repeat. The lesson is "the picture rarely reflect the truth when it comes to resorts"

Tony L - Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I have just returned from a week staying in a beach villa with plunge pool. On the positive side the island and room were both beautiful. However although plenty of people have mentioned the mosquitos in previous reviews no one has mentioned why..... The whole resort is a mass of stagnant streams and ponds. Our villa was surrounded on 3 sides by stagnant water and the mosquitos were prolific . Despite all our best efforts ....5 mosquitos plugs and sprays in side and coils outside we were still bitten to death ! The staff are very helpful but oh so slow, 20minutes for a cup of coffee in the mornings and the same for a drink and food from the bar and restaurant. The food left a lot to be desired. Menus were uninspiring and the food was bland even the Malaysian dishes. Lack of fresh vegetables or salad to accompany main courses was a major issue when asked what went with a piece of chicken we were told nothing but they did have some plain rice if we wanted.

Michele B

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