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Gaya Island Fishermans Cove restaurant at sunset
Gaya Island Fishermans Cove restaurant at sunset
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Gaya Island Beachfront
Gaya Island Beachfront
Gaya Island Resort - Beach
Gaya Island Resort - Beach
Gaya Island resort overview
Gaya Island resort overview
Gaya Island Resort
Gaya Island Resort Rooms
Lap Pool
Gaya Island Resort Villa - Malaysia
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Gaya Island Resort
Gaya Island Resort
View of Mount Kinabalu
View of Mount Kinabalu

Gaya Island Resort for Families

This beautiful luxury resort is set on Pulau Gaya, the largest cluster of five idyllic tropical islets that make up the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park. It is a fantastic destination for both families and honeymooners alike with plenty to do including snorkelling, diving, boat trips, cookery courses and nature walks.  Alternatively you can soak up the sunshine and truly relax whilst looking out to the turquoise ocean ahead. 

Kids Facilities

The resort is accommodating for kids of all ages but kids from 6 upwards will enjoy the stay more than the younger ones, particularly if they like to be active. The jungle behind the resort is a perfect place for nature walks with two troops of resident proboscis monkeys as well as wild boar and a host of different bird life. The resort offers guided nature walks, has its own marine centre (almost like a mini aquarium). There is some great snorkelling at the resort’s two house reefs too. Kids between 4 – 12 years can join the various activities run by the Kuri-Kuri Kids Programme including games, crafty creations, scavemger hunts and a meal.

Family activities outside the resort

With Kota Kinabalu only 20 minutes away by speedboat you could explore the local markets or or a more cultural experience visit Gaya Street Sunday market in the Kota Kinabalu Central Business District. It takes place from 6am – 1pm every Sunday and has operated for over a hundred years. You can buy almost everything here from arts, crafts, food and antiques.
You could consider a day trip out to Sandakan, where Sepilok Orang Utan Sancuraty is located, it’s an early start and you would fly there and back but it is well worth it to see these amazing creatures in their natural habitat.
Gaya Island also home to the Coral Flyer Zipline which is the world’s longest island-to-island flying fox ride over the crystal clear waters between Gaya and Sapi Island – an absolute must for adventurous children out there!

Best Rooms for Families

Both the Bayu Villas and Kinabalu Villas interconnect but if walking is not for you don’t opt for the Kinabalu Villas as they are the furthest away from the main resort buildings, yet they offer the best views. The Canopy Villas do not interconnect but do allow up to two adults and one child in a room using the existing day bed.

Dining for kids

There are three main restaurants at the resort – the vibrant Feast Village and Japanese Omakase cater for all kids whilst the Fisherman’s Cove is for adults only, offering a wide array of fresh seafood

Hotel of the month: Six Senses Con Dao

This rustic yet luxurious tropical retreat is surrounded by nature and fronted by wide, gleaming-white sands on the unspoilt island of Con Dao, a short flight from Ho Chi Minh City – the perfect beach ending to a top-to-toe journey through Vietnam.

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Hotel of the month: Six Senses Con Dao

This rustic yet luxurious tropical retreat is surrounded by nature and fronted by wide, gleaming-white sands on the unspoilt island of Con Dao, a short flight from Ho Chi Minh City – the perfect beach ending to a top-to-toe journey through Vietnam.