As far as islands go, one simply does not exclude the ever-popular Gaya Island in Sabah from their list. If you’re willing to venture out into the great open seas, then this exotic paradise island is a destination you need to visit.
The rather hidden Gaya Island is located off the coast of Sabah and is home to the Bunga Raya Island Resort — a resort offering a luxurious affair in an island setting. Specifically, perched on the lush hillsides of Polish Bay, you’ll be blown away as you approach this quaint and secluded haven, with a vibrant rainforest and sandy white beaches enclosing the charming resort.
Bunga Raya Island Resort
Bunga Raya Island Resort has a few room types to pick from, but the best by far is the luxurious Plunge Pool Villa. As its namesake suggests, the villa features a simplistic sea-facing chalet crafted from timber in the facade of traditional Bornean architecture.
Along with that, there is also a large open deck balcony affixed with a private plunge pool for you to enjoy the mesmerizing island scenery.
As for the activities, do expect the standard island fare. Oceanic activities such as snorkelling, diving, or paddle-boarding are to be expected. And while you have a personal pool to partake in, a dip in the azure waters of the ocean is also recommended. The breathtaking and cooling waters surrounding the island is certainly too beautiful to miss out on.
Address: Polish Bay, Gaya Island, Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, Kota Kinabalu