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May 18, 2017 for 3 nights for 2 adults.

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Gayana Marine Resort in Pulau Gaya, Malaysia

A place unlike most others in the world, Gayana Marina Resort part of the Lifestyle collection of Preferred Hotels & Resorts – is serenely situated on a lush tropical island just off the coast of Borneo. This enchanting Malaysia destination above all else strives to protect and regenerate the precious marine ecology that surrounds it, but in doing so has created an epically alluring retreat. Its accommodations are set in 52 overwater villas, designed specifically to capture the best of the azure sea below and emerald jungle vistas above. The only such property to feature its own, on-site Marine Ecology Research Center on-site Marine working with endangered species and natural coral reefs, allowing guests to participate in further propagating this beautiful local life. As for your stay, suites feature oversize showers, individually controlled air-conditioning, and complimentary bottled drinking water—plus the necessary modern amenities like wireless internet access and a flat-panel television to keep you as connected as you please.

Being on an island grants you access to incredible activities and recreational options, and Gayana Marina Resort provides everything you need to get going. Take a kayak through the brilliant blue waters, exploring mangroves and observing fantastic flora and fauna on your journey. Under the sea's surface lies a breathtaking world waiting for discovery, so go for a snorkel or scuba dive to get a truly close-up encounter. Marina Resort's own tropical rainforest offers land-lovers an amazing place to hike and adventure with an experienced local guide. Of course, you can always choose to simply sunbathe and indulge in the surroundings' splendor. The resort restaurants cater to fine tastes and pleasures, including gourmet seafood and Western-Malaysian fusion cuisines. Unwind with a cocktail at the lounge, which also offers small bites and wood-fired pizzas for casual diners. With the perfect balance of luxury and ecological embrace, Gayana Marina Resort is an experience that to be wholly gratifying.

Location of Gayana Marine Resort

Gayana Marine Resort
Gaya Island
88778
Pulau Gaya, Malaysia

Nearest Airport: BKI

Amenities for Gayana Marine Resort

  • General Information
  • Ecologically Sustainable Practices
  • Dining
  • Bar & Lounge
  • Restaurants
  • On-Site Amenities
  • Spa on Property
  • In-Room Amenities
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Activities
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking
  • Scuba Diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Ecological Excursions
  • Canoeing
  • Sightseeing
  • Nearby
  • Beaches
  • Market
  • Interests
  • Beach
  • Eco Friendly Luxury Vacations
  • Family
  • Overwater Bungalows

Reviews for Gayana Marine Resort

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TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 16 hours ago

Very beautiful resort! Decided to upgrade to the villa during check in, and it's totally worth it!! Room has a pool on the deck, and you have direct access into the ocean from the deck. Fish swimming around everywhere!! The living room has a glass floor to see the fish below, and at night there's lights so you can see them all swimming around. Room comes stocked with a few beer and waters to drink. A/C worked very nice. Nothing but positive things to say about Gayana!! Canada is a long way, but I'll try my best to visit again one day


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 4 days ago

This resort was quite pricey but we had a relaxing stay after climbing Mt Kinabalu. There are regular boats back to KK and the sister resort, Bunga Raya. Although Bunga Raya has a beach and a larger pool, we preferred Gayana which was more compact and had its rooms over the water. Our favourite things were the breakfast (where you can order off the menu and use the fantastic buffet, included in the room rate), the free evening cocktails and tropical fish which swim around the walkways everywhere. There are lots of added costs like laundry, meals (about AUD$30-$40 for dinner) and alcohol (we brought our own and stored in minibar). Although some effort is made, more could be done to reduce environmental impacts. Although bottled water is understandably provided, there should be a water jug in the room. The level of rubbish is not too bad but we did one staff member at Bunga Raya litter. Unfortunately this is a bigger issue in Southeast Asia more generally.

Monica d


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 week ago

Our stay here was beyond expectation! All the staff here reflects the beauty of the place itself. Two thumbs up and very recommended to visit when in KK. Shout out to Richie who ensures we can further extend our stay as we dont feel like leaving the paradise.. Nora who assisted us in our rooms smiling and making us really feel welcomed and to the rest of the crew/staff in Gayana Eco Resort for your hospitality.. We got spoiled in our stay! great food, wonderful people such a paradise!

Leonisa May D - San Pedro Laguna


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a wonderful location and experience being right on the water. We could walk out and go snorkeling off of our villa. The sea life is incredible. The unfortunate part, as is the state of our oceans, is the trash that washes in. It's sad to see but eye opening. The staff does a great job of cleaning up as much of it that they can but the tides vary. The staff is incredibly helpful. The dive center was excellent and a great experience for my 10 & 13 yr olds. They can also arrange hikes and zip lining on neighboring islands...a fantastic time for all. The food is good, the infinity pool is a nice reprieve from the sea and the rooms are incredibly comfortable. My son even had a medical emergency and the hotel was instrumental in getting him to shore and to the best medical facility available. A really amazing piece of the stay is the Marine Ecological Restoration Center onsite. It's fascinating to see the work they are doing to save the marine life and you can take part in replanting coral.

travelteacher2013 - Minneapolis, Minnesota


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed at Gayana after transferring from the Bunga Raya Resort due to a substandard experience there - subject of a separate review. When we arrived on the transfer boat we were met by Evelyn at reception who understood our dissatisfaction with Bunga Raya and our desire to enjoy the 5 star experience we paid for. We inspected the "ocean villa" that was in the same category as the Plunge Villa we left and found it comfortable but underwhelming (no plunge pool, close to neighbours so no privacy at all, rubbish in water as close to shore ) so inspected the larger Palm Villa room (overwater and with Plunge Pool and no overlooking neighbours) realised that was more to our liking and then set about negotiating the upgrade. We went and enjoyed the happy hour at the bar ( first drink free - the rest 50%) while the reception worked out the "best deal". After some haggling we ended up with an upgrade for about AU$80/nt which we must say was worth it - plus our own 3G wifi hotspot (as wifi that far from the main resort was non-existent) ! Our bags were moved to the new villa while we went to dinner with some fellow Aussies at the Alu Alu Japanese Restaurant - more on this later ... The Palm Villa was huge, with its own plunge pool and access to the water via ladder. On arrival we found the room had not been "prepared" - the main power was not on - so NO LIGHTS - and the A/C had not been turned on - so we walked into an OVEN. We opened all doors to ventilate and turned A/C on max to cool the room down while we waited for maintenance to come out and flick the switch. Lucky we had smart phones with "torch" app. !! Once we settled in we started to inspect the property and found many functions in the room not working: > Safety Box wouldn't work - and was NOT BOLTED TO ANYTHING - so I could pick it up and abscond. Not that you would :) or could unnoticed. > noisy balcony doors needed lubrication > ceiling fan over the bed only had one speed - slow > door bell didn't work At one time we had 10 staff - including housekeeping - working in the room. > on a later night we discovered the BOSE stereo was not wired properly or safely with a spaghetti network of cables behind the THREE components with the sound playing on the outside balcony as well as inside - and at night. > the lighting system in the rooms was on a C-Bus system BUT the placement and configuration of many switches was not very logical with some switches (lounge room) only working from next to the bed !! Things settled down a bit after that and we set about enjoying the first night in this massive room - tho it was difficult to get the room temperature to a comfortable level even with FOUR units going FULL SPEED. We later worked out that there is no insulation in he ceiling - just palm leaf thatch - so the outside heat just permeated in through the roof and cancelled out a lot of the a/c's hard work. Needless to say we managed to stabilise the room environment and worked out most functions so could then relax. ... which we did for the next three days The fellow Aussies we met raved about the snorkelling in the resort bay so we got some gear from the dive shop and went exporting off our deck. There were a lot of fish but the environment was pretty bad - some rubbish and building debris on the bottom (even a toilet seat), cloudy water, and then sea lice started stinging us as we swam. After about 25mins we gave up and escaped back to our plunge pool. We'd just come off a cruise that took us to Raja Ampat in Indonesia so this was no thrill at all. The Aussies told us about a dive tour they took from the resort and they were happy with the variety of fish they saw but the coral and environment was pretty ordinary where it was still alive. So. ... all in all an okay experience As the saying goes ... an average day on holiday beats a good day at work... ... but at work THEY pay YOU !!

Tony L - Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


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