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Gayana Marine Resort

Malohom Bay, Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, Pulau Gaya 88000 Malaysia
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Gayana Marine Resort rests serenely at the edges of Gaya Island off the coast of Borneo. 45 over water villas designed to enhance the soothing sounds of the surf, while capturing the enduring vistas of Mt. Kinabalu on the distant horizon. At its heart is about protecting and re-generating our precious Marine Ecology, and the only property to feature its own Marine Ecology Research Centre propagating Giant Clams and restoring damaged coral reefs. Striking the perfect balance of forward thinking ecology and indulgent luxury which pampers both the body and the enlightened soul.
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Voyage32504984656 wrote a review Dec 2023
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The best cost-effective experience I stayed for 4 days, and as time went by, my satisfaction increased. In particular, the staff service made our trip the best. Wherever we went, they always greeted us and asked us what we needed. (Some of them weren't even the service team.) I've been to resorts that were 8 times more expensive than this one, but the staff service here was much higher. If you come here, i want to recommend to meet Anderson. He had such ownership that we thought he was the son of the resort, and he helped us have the best experience. And we are very grateful to other guy for his dedication to helping us find the key. Finding the keys was very difficult and he did the difficult work himself even though we said we would do it ourselves. (It’s too sad I didn’t ask for your name.) It was a truly wonderful relaxation and heart-warming experience. Good views, high quality accommodation, complimentary activities, etc. Everything you need for a cost-effective rest is here. (However, restaurant rules change every time. Please make the manual clear.)
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Date of stay: November 2023
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Nico Hernandez wrote a review Nov 2023
Pasig, Philippines53 contributions45 helpful votes
I recently stayed at Gayana Marine Resort in Kota Kinabalu, and my experience was far from the luxurious retreat I expected. Upon arrival, the sight of trash washing up to the resort was disheartening, contradicting the high-end image they market. The overall experience fell short of the luxury standard promised, leaving me thoroughly disappointed with my stay. The picturesque setting I anticipated was marred by the unsightly presence of debris, negatively impacting the ambiance of the resort. Despite their claims of being a high-end destination, the reality was quite different. While the potential for a beautiful and upscale experience is evident in the resort's concept, my stay was unfortunately overshadowed by the stark contrast between expectations and reality. I hope this feedback encourages improvements so that future guests can truly enjoy the premium experience they anticipate when choosing Gayana Marine Resort.
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: If you want to see it for yourself, book the Palm Villa instead with a pool instead of swimming...
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Responded 23 Nov 2023
Dear Nico, Thank you very much from all of us at Gayana Marine Resort for sharing your recent stay with us! Indeed, we are also devastated that our beautiful shore sometimes receives some debris right after a storm. As you are aware, we practice a very strict 'Plastic Free' Policy in the Resort precisely to create awareness of how much damage these debris cause worldwide and we strive very hard to collect and dispose all what may get washed into our shores. At our Marine Ecology Research Centre we focus on the propagation of the Giant Clams and encourage our guest to participate in planting corals to be put back into the sea! We thank you again for noticing the negative impact that debris causes to our beautiful world and hope that this can make more and more guests aware! Look forward in welcoming you back soon!
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fui fong C wrote a review Nov 2023
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia6 contributions
2nd time to the resort to celebrate my mum birthday. The room ( rainforest) has refurbished but some place still on renovation. The staff very friendly and decorate the dining area nicely. Unfortunately, no wifi available in the room but you can have it at restaurant. Be caution if you want to rest at balcony because you might 'visit' by monkey.
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Date of stay: November 2023
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Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Be caution when you stand/ rest outside the room, you might get surprised by 'visitor' (monkey).
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lizdiscovers wrote a review Nov 2023
Bray on Thames, United Kingdom500 contributions253 helpful votes
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Hospitality reinvented! We had a truly unique and fabulous experience at Gayana Marine resort. From the moment we were met at the airport, the boat transfer and when we entered the resort, the friendly staff greeted us warmly. Our ocean room was comfortable and well equipped. The view from our room magnificent. Meal times were a feast. The staff helpful and professional, the food truly amazing. We came to celebrate our wedding anniversary and the staff had prepared us a special table for dinner. We also came for the diving and to do our Padi open water. Our instructor Oscar, was very professional and his explanations clear. We enjoyed every day. The spa was also very nice and has amazing views over the sea. Special thank you to Eduardo, Sandra, Suhaida, the ladies of the spa, the recreation center, the diving team and of course Oscar. You all made our stay fantastic!
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Go for the ocean villa, it is worth it. And the diving!
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kelizabeth78 wrote a review Sept 2023
Durham, United Kingdom199 contributions86 helpful votes
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AMAZING! I came to stay to relax & dive - both exceeded my expectations! The room on the water was amazing. Super comfortable bed, lovely shower. Even a Turtle swimming under my room. I dived at the in-house Gayana Dive Centre for 2 days. Richie the Divemaster was so calm & knowledgeable. I have never felt so at ease diving. I would come diving here again and stay if back this side or the world. What a great place. Great scenery, amazing Dive School, great food, Greta paddle-boarding (for free) & great spa treatments! Thanks for a lovely stay. (It’s a shame about the litter in the sea brought by the rain/storms, not the resorts fault. They clear up daily, but more comes from further afield)z
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
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Nick wrote a review Aug 2023
Amsterdam, The Netherlands18 contributions12 helpful votes
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Great resort. We stayed at ocean villa 30 for two nights. Well maintained and special place. The staff are truely amazing. A special thanks to Karl the resort manager for listining to our feedback and returning some good karma. Also many thanks to the restaurant chef for the best food we had so far in Malaysia. Some small improvements: - airconditioning is a bit too loud even in sleep mode to keep on during the night - during and after a tropical rainshower the plumbing could not take it anymore, we accept that, but not the smell it gave inside the room. The positive: - free water sports, kayak, subs - kayak to the mangrove, do it yourself - breakfast at your own jetty - very good food, best value for money - sevice orientated staff all around taking very good care of you - daily plastic cleanup from the resort. Remember it is not their waste. They do anything to minimise the plastic footprint, even providing your own drink bottles - very clean rooms, great beds, amazing bathroom - only a short boat trip from KK away Terima Kasih Echoresorts :)
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Arrange your private breakfast at your own jetty
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Kelly Brighty wrote a review Jul 2023
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia3 contributions2 helpful votes
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We stayed in a Breeze Villa which was on an ovarian walkway with catfish and marine life swimming around and underneath, just magical. Yes there was some pockets of ribbish in the sea but this is 2023 and it’s a worldwide problem- the sea was beautiful as you can see from our photos. I disagree with previous comments about the management being hands of; there was a staff member deployed daily to clear any stray plastic floating in the sea and the pool was spotless. The staff couldn’t be more helpful and the facilities, staff and experience was definitely 5*. We like to dine out and the food at Gayana is excellent. I am so impressed by Gayana, there is currently work being undertaken to update some of the villas but we were staying in a recently renovated villa which was beautiful - powerful AC and every amenity and provision you would expect of 5* resort, in fact our teenage daughter asked us to stop the staff from tidying end replenishing so often so she could laze around in the villa I disturbed. They really were so attentive. The villa was large and luxurious. We couldn’t have asked for more. The dive centre was excellent and whilst I am not one for spa treatments the spa building looked lovely and I can imagine having a massage with a sea vie is quite an experience. Karl and his team were amazing and I really can’t recommend this eco conscious luxury resort enough.
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Chris H wrote a review Jul 2023
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Do not book this hotel. A day before you arrive you'll be given a room in another hotel with over priced food and limited facilities. We had booked a stay here at one of the top villas only to be told the day before it was overbooked. We've been sent to another resort on the island. I'd recommend either Shangri-La on the mainland.
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Date of stay: June 2023
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Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: The team are happy and friendly. The rubbish can be confronting if you come from a western country.
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Lalaandjags wrote a review Nov 2022
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We booked for 2 and ended up staying for 3 (be careful as you won't want to leave). Opted of the ocean villa rooms, something special about being able to walk out of your room in the morning straight into the ocean. So glad we opted for this place. Free use of kayaks/ paddle boards etc. The quality of both the staff and the food in the restaurant couldn't be faulted. Not far by boat from KK so will stay again if in the area. We had been hesitant to book due to some reviews complaining of the amount of plastic in the water, so was expecting it to be bad. Having spent a month in Indonesia and Malaysia there was in comparison very very little plastic waste which is unusual these days. Thank you Gayana.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Room Tip: Ocean Villas are far superior and completely worth the extra cost.
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Responded 3 Nov 2022
Dear valued Guest, Thank you so much for your kind review and for sharing your experience online! We are very pleased to read that we could meet your expectations and that you enjoyed your stay with us. We look forward in being able to welcome you back very soon once you visit Sabah again!
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LesTAZ wrote a review Oct 2022
Tucson, Arizona38 contributions43 helpful votes
Greatly enjoyed 8 days at Gayana Marine Resort. After 14 days in the Borneo Rainforest this was the perfect place to relax - enjoy the marine environment of Gaya Island. Excellent service and support!
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Room Tip: We stayed in Palm Villa #82 EXCELLENT! Managers, Karl and Norman and ALL the staff are...
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Responded 3 Nov 2022
Dear Les, It was our pleasure to have you both staying with us and we are happy to read that we could exceed your expectations during your stay! We look forward in welcoming you back when you visit Sabah next time!
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PRICE RANGE
RM 932 - RM 1,476 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
gayana eco hotel kota kinabalu, gayana resort
LOCATION
MalaysiaSabahWest Coast DivisionKota Kinabalu DistrictPulau Gaya
NUMBER OF ROOMS
45
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Frequently Asked Questions about Gayana Marine Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Gayana Marine Resort?
Nearby attractions include Imago Shopping Mall (5.0 km), Tanjung Aru Beach (7.1 km), and Kota Kinabalu City Mosque (4.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Gayana Marine Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Gayana Marine Resort?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Gayana Marine Resort?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Gayana Marine Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include Mother India Restaurant, Ferdinand's, and El Centro.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Gayana Marine Resort?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Gayana Marine Resort have airport transportation?
Yes, Gayana Marine Resort offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Gayana Marine Resort?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Gayana Marine Resort?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Malay.
Are there any historical sites close to Gayana Marine Resort?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Monsopiad Heritage Village (14.1 km).
Does Gayana Marine Resort have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.