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Gayana Eco Resort features luxury tropical villas, 52 of which are over water, that are architecturally designed to enhance the soothing sounds of the surf below. The traditional simplicity of the Borneo architectural style blends seamlessly with the comforts and needs of the most sophisticated and discerning luxury traveler.

Mother Nature's gifts are bountiful and beautiful, but it is up to man to live responsibly and to preserve these wonders. The Gayana Eco Resort has dedicated itself to creating an island paradise that is as much a haven to its guests as it is to is aquatic friends. Simple but effective measures are taken in maintaining an ecologically-friendly environment that is both practical and luxurious. Partake in any of a number of activities that bring you closer to the marvellous sights and sounds of nature.

Visit the onsite Marine Ecology Research Centre to see up close the programs implemented to safeguard different species of marine life. Experience firsthand the tactile treasures of the sea by interacting with the friendly creatures in the touch tank, or even spend a day as a marine biologist! A sumptuous array of villas provides a home away from home, and staff do everything to make your stay truly memorable. See what the Gayana Eco Resort has to offer and experience an island vacation unlike any other.

Villas

Lagoon Villa - A comfortable terrace at the Lagoon Villa offers a breathtaking view of the Gayana Eco Resort, made more spectacular as night approaches when the island's huts and villas are illuminated in unison. Marvel at the soothing sight of a tranquil sea dotted by lush tropical islands, and perhaps even see a glimpse of Sabah's iconic Mount Kinabalu as it looms off in the horizon.

  • Room size 700 square feet
  • Frette linens
  • Mini bar
  • Private balcony
  • Large showers
  • Luxury bathroom amenities
  • Air-conditioning
  • Complimentary bottled drinking water
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi internet access
  • Complimentary coffee and tea-making facilities
  • 32" LCD television and DVD system
  • In-room safe
  • Available in king or twin bed settings
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Mangrove Villa - The Mangrove Villa provides a charming view of the island's tropical mangroves, home to several species of unique creatures. The Mangrove Villa makes an ideal dwelling for the more romantic or thoughtful traveller, as the villa's vantage and serene surroundings present the perfect opportunity for restful meditation. Enjoy brief but delightful sightings of island life such as hornbills or sea eagles as you observe the ocean, the island, and all its glorious sights and sounds, all from the comfort of your villa's window.
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  • Room size 720 square feet
  • Frette linens
  • Mini bar
  • Private balcony with direct access to the water
  • Large showers
  • Luxury bathroom amenities
  • Air-conditioning
  • Complimentary bottled drinking water
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi internet access
  • Complimentary coffee and tea-making facilities
  • 32" LCD television and DVD system
  • In-room safe
  • Available in king or twin bed settings
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Rainforest Villa - The rolling hills and dense tropical jungle of Gayana provide the setting for the spacious 95 square meters Rainforest Villa. Unwind in your large outdoor deck fitted with plush seaside fittings as the cool jungle breeze and the gentle chirping of cicadas lull you to restful slumber after a long day of indulging in water sports, trekking, or any other exciting activities offered by the property. The Rainforest Villa is a truly invigorating option for all lovers of nature.
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  • Room size 95 square meters
  • Frette linens
  • Mini bar
  • Large showers
  • Luxury bathroom amenities
  • Air-conditioning
  • Enlarged balcony with sun beds
  • Complimentary bottled drinking water
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi internet access
  • Complimentary coffee and tea-making facilities
  • 32" LCD television and DVD system
  • In-room safe
  • Available in king bed settings only
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Ocean Villa - A rare sensorial experience awaits guests at the Ocean Villa, which allows an uninhibited view of the sea as it stretches off into blue infinity. Pristine waters and gleaming coral reefs set the tone for your backyard, and a private balcony offers direct access to the water should you be in the mood for a refreshing dip. Savour a tantalising meal when you rise, delivered by a special Breakfast Boat straight to your balcony. This is a happy habitat for those who feel an affinity for the sea.
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  • Room size 816 square feet
  • Frette linens
  • Mini bar (Complimentary beer and soft drinks)
  • Private balcony with direct access to the water
  • Large showers
  • Luxury bathroom amenities
  • Air-conditioning
  • Complimentary bottled drinking water
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi internet access
  • Complimentary coffee and tea-making facilities
  • 32" LCD television and DVD system
  • In-room safe
  • Available in king or twin bed settings
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Palm Villa - Representing the very pinnacle of Gayana Eco Resort's accommodations, the Palm Villa is a marriage of Bornean simplicity and contemporary opulence. Steps leading into the water create an invitation for a swim, though guests are also free to take a dip in a plunge pool. A sanctuary in the villa features a glass floor that allows you to look directly in the water and expansive interiors give you all the space and furnishings you need to lounge in luxury - the perfect island dwelling for complete rest and relaxation.
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  • Room size 1500 square feet
  • Frette linens
  • Mini bar (Complimentary beer and soft drinks)
  • Private balcony with direct access to the water
  • Large double showers
  • Double bath tub
  • Luxury bathroom amenities
  • Air-conditioning
  • Outside plunge pool and decking
  • Complimentary bottled drinking water
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi internet access
  • Complimentary coffee and tea-making facilities
  • Espresso machine
  • 32" LCD television and DVD system
  • In-room safe
  • Available in king settings only
  • Butler service (Booking required at point of reservation. Based on availability)
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Dining

Whether it's the healthful benefits of fresh produce and ingredients or the simple, down-home comfort of familiar food you desire, rest assured that the kitchens are always prepared and equipped to meet your dining expectations. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner at one of the great restaurants, or indulge in a fine meal in the comfort of your own villa.

Restaurants

Alu Alu Seafood - 
Perched above the water in its own special corner of the resort, Alu-Alu's overwater seating presents a prime opportunity to enjoy a calm sea breeze and the gentle lapping of waves as you savour a feast of some of the country's finest Chinese seafood. Recipes are prepared from ingredients taken from the resort's own organic fish farm, ensuring a dining experience that offers only the freshest seafood. Pick from live options kept in 28 glass display tanks, or order something straight off the menu – either way promises delicious treats for lunch or dinner. Alu-Alu is committed to sustainable aquaculture and does not serve shark's fin products.

Macac Restaurant - Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Macac presents western fusion food with a distinctly Malaysian twist. Dishes include a tremendous range of innovative items given new life with the many different methods and exotic ingredients found in Asian cooking. Located by the resort's swimming pool, Macac allows you to enjoy any of a variety of exciting dishes as you laze by the water. Be sure to try the special pizzas, made in the restaurant's very own wood-fired oven, with unique ingredients and flavors that take the classic Italian dish in a decidedly different but delicious direction.

Latitude Lounge -  Whether it's an essential business meeting or just a simple casual afternoon of drinks and snacks with friends and loved ones, the Latitude Lounge acts as the perfect setting. Comfortable furniture, soothing traditional music, and panoramic views of the ocean, the islands, and clear skies give the lounge a truly relaxing atmosphere and is the best venue for viewing Sabah's idyllic sunsets. Open from 5pm daily.

Private Dining

Alu-Alu Chinese Seafood Restaurant Jetty - Enjoy the company of sea animals as they swim beneath your table. Savour sumptuous seafood dishes created by the innovative team at the Alu-Alu Chinese Seafood Restaurant. Experience ocean dining in the best way that Borneo can offer.

Villa Balcony - Stay at the Ocean View or Palm Villa and dine privately at the comfort of your own private open deck. Celebrate a special occasion or just enjoy one another's intimacy in the cool South China Sea breeze.

 

Marine Ecology

The resort prides itself with its collection of 7 of the 8 Giant Clams of the world. Instead of extinction, under the Giant Clam Restocking Programme, these endangered shell creatures are well on their way to further reproduction. If luck permits, watch them spawn a great multitude. Excite your day with a visit to the maternity tank where pregnant seahorses rest beside mothering bamboo sharks. And if a feast for the eyes ignites you further, take a reach into the "touch" tank where starfish amid other sea creatures await your caresses. For the true marine lover, you are welcomed to the Reef Regeneration Programme. In this nautical highlight, chanced guests are given the honor of replanting replenished corals back into the reef.

Gayana looks forward to presenting you with its authentic simulated habitats of eccentric fish species, its very own laboratory, coral and clam holding tanks, and an edifying auditorium. Gayana hopes to give back to society as the center invites scholars of all calibers to partake in the Marine Environment Education Programme, aiming to create a reflective consciousness towards our marine environment.

Research Center

The nerve centre of environmental preservation projects and activities at Gayana is our onsite Marine Ecology Research Centre, or MERC. A programme that is focussed on the rehabilitation and restoration of different forms of marine life, MERC is a fully-functional research centre that is run by a team of dedicated marine biologists and professionals. While Gayana is deeply devoted to providing ideal island experiences to our guests, we are also highly invested in preserving nature's underwater treasures and ensuring that their beauty and uniqueness may be enjoyed by generations to come.

 

PADI Dive Center

The crystalline waters of Borneo conceal magnificent coral reefs, homes of an incredible variety of colorful aquatic plants and animals that have made it one of the most unique dive meccas in the world. Gayana's PADI Certified Dive Centre allows divers of all skill levels to experience these underwater marvels, such as sea turtles, clownfish, coral fish, whale sharks, and many more vibrant species of marine life. A license is not required to dive at Gayana as specially-trained PADI certified instructors make sure to lead you by the hand. Novice divers are first taken for a briefing and training session at the resort's divng pool before they explore the underwater realm of the big blue sea. The island's privacy also guarantees that guests have an exclusive and uncluttered diving experience, as most of the area is closed to the general public.

 

Activities

Have a fun yet tranquil day at Gayana. Kayak through emerald waters. Explore awe-inspiring mangroves. Catch a sight of Hornbills perched on century-old trees. Trek through thick jungles bursting with butterflies, birds, cicadas, and endless flora. Dive into ocean treasures or sunbathe afloat its waters as you smile at seahorses and gigantic clams. Whatever you choose, allow Gayana to keep you entertained.

Gayana Eco Resort
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Borneo Marine Discovery

3-8 Day Itinerary
  • Stay in a luxury villa over water!
  • Snorkel, kayak, paddleboard & dive
  • Become a marine biologist for a day
  • Earn PADI Dive certification
Swim with sea turtles by day and sleep over the water at night in your luxury stilted villa at the Gayana Eco Resort! Enjoy snorkeling, diving, paddleboarding, and kayaking or rejuvinate at the award-winning Solace Spa.  
Activities: Cooking Class, Kayaking, Land, Rainforest Exploration, Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Spa & Relaxing, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Asia, Borneo, Malaysia, Gayana Eco Resort, Kota Kinabalu
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