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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
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 4 weeks ago

The whole stay had the feeling of being at a child's summer camp with a very tired looking room, poor facilities and strangely restricting rules and timings for everything. We could only snorkel and kayak in a small netted area, which had a lot of trash and debris in the water. This set a very bad tone for an "eco" resort. The air conditioner, walls and drapes in our room were moldy. The noise levels were high. There were rats scurrying over us in the restaurant. Additionally, we were asked to pay extra for everything from our boat ride to the hotel to our internet in the room. Honestly, I stayed in nicer hostels when I was a backpacking youth.

MeNowell - Mumbai, India

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Have stayed here a couple of nights with my Mum as a special birthday treat. It's been incredibly relaxing. Staff are fabulous. Enjoyed the food at Macau Restaurant and our Ocean Villa is roomy and comfortable. Love being right over the water but we've been disturbed by the amount of rubbish floating about for an "eco resort" and marine reserve. Typical in Asia but it doesn't have to be that way! I'd definitely stay again. Is it value for money? A little expensive for what you get but the first drink free at the bar of an evening and some other complimentary activities have been appreciated. Spa treatments were great but closer to prices we would pay in Australia!

Shannon B

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 month ago

the moment I went on the boat, it broke and we had to delay for 20 minutes. its 500 dollars per room per night and they allow you to share rooms. the food there was literal rubbish and I think the run down food court downstairs had better food than what was served there. the water was disgusting and filled with trash. the only redeeming quality is the marine research conservation center. I personally think that this hotel room is overpriced and you can get a better hotel at a cheaper price


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 month ago

I really wanted to go to Borneo to experience the rainforest, animals, and snorkeling. The whole island disappointed as did our stay at the Gayana Eco Resort. I hesitated from the start based on Trip Advisor reviews but went ahead and booked because it sounded just like what we were looking for: ocean villas on stilts overlooking beautiful blue water, snorkeling and kayaking right from your balcony, nice restaurants, a stunning place to relax between hikes and adventures elsewhere in SE Asia. To start, logistically, Gayana Eco Resort is difficult to get to. Grab a taxi at the airport, it's a short and inexpensive ride to the ferry. The ferries however that are included in the resort prices are few and far between. We had to book private transfers to sync with our airport arrival and departures. We also had a tour booked on the mainland for one day, which required private transfers so coming and going starts to add up to an already expensive experience. The resort is tucked into a bay which looks toward boats and barges further out in the ocean. You're definitely not sitting on your balcony looking at uninterrupted blue ocean. You are also not allowed outside of a small portion of the bay in the kayaks so there is not a lot to explore in the kayaks. The ferry and reception staff were very nice and welcoming. Our ocean villa rooms were large and clean; the air conditioning worked great. The wifi does not work in the rooms. The rooms, like the resort in general, are as others have mentioned: worn out and in need of a facelift and repairs. The snorkeling in the bay was very disappointing. There is nothing to be seen from the surface; my husband did dive down and found a couple of the giant clams but the visibility is very poor. I asked the man at the snorkeling/kayak desk where to go for better snorkeling and he said there was nothing available unless we chartered a boat tour and went elsewhere. The Marine Ecology Research Centre was interesting and the guide well informed. We saw clams there (which proved to be the same for Borneo in general; we saw the animals only in reserves. I think the palm oil plantations have destroyed too much of the island and the natural animal habitats.) The food in the Chinese restaurant was fine. We ordered room service on our second night and all four were sick the next day, so much so that we were in bed when not in the bathroom. The restaurant staff was very accommodating with chicken broth and plain rice for the next several meals. I came to appreciate the TV. Prior to getting sick, we had breakfast delivered by boat to our balconies, and it was the highlight of the resort. It was a special treat and a beautiful way to start the day. All around, the staff was lovely and helpful. The setting and accommodations aren't there though for the price. In general, I'd recommend avoiding Borneo all together.

deeandrews - Boulder, Colorado


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 2 months ago

Its near kk & should b like by malaysian too.since i just recovered from ilness & bit difficult to walk but the place n staff are nice & safe & do not bothered me too kind relax my mind.manged to snorkle at resort area for free and safe.water a clean and clear


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