Travel Diaries #2: Gaya Island Resort, Sabah

A month ago, I was given the opportunity to do a hotel review on Gaya Island Resort, a five-star hotel located on Gaya Island in Sabah. If you are flying with AirAsia this month, you may read the review on the October issue of Travel 3Sixty, AirAsia’s in-flight magazine.

I’m stoked that the review is finally out and that I can share with you guys what I wrote. It’s also my first ever printed work (minus the advertorial I did back when I interned at CLEO magazine). So here you go, a snippet of the review.

A 15-minute boat ride from Jesselton Point brought me to the mesmerising island of Gaya, which is part of Sabah’s Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. Its dense and untouched forest, as well as the clear waters of Malohom Bay provided the perfect setting for Gaya Island Resort, my weekend abode. From the first sight of this breathtaking five-star, YTL-owned resort, I knew that I was going to have a delightful weekend.

The friendly staff welcomed me with a refreshing glass of calamansi juice, and as I was escorted to my villa, I took in the beautiful design of the resort. This contemporary property utilises local materials in its architecture. For example, in Feast Village, one of four dining venues in the resort, window panels of local jati and merbau wood offer stunning sea views. Here, early-risers can enjoy a scenic breakfast with clear views of majestic Mount Kinabalu, most visible in the morning.

The resort has 120 villas, each perched on a slope to blend in with nature and provide stunning views of the South China Sea. From my 47-square-metre Bayu Villa, I was able to see tropical foliage and mangrove plants. My spacious villa featured earth-toned furniture and wooden flooring, as well as a vast bathroom with a two-person bathtub that promised complete tranquility.

Read more on Travel 3Sixty magazine.

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