This weeks ‘Hotel of the week’ goes to Gaya Island Resort, located Maloham Bay in Malaysia. Set amidst a lush rainforest on an island within the protected Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, this hotel is committed to ecologically sustainable practises. The hotel has an array of stunning views including mangrove, canopy, tropical rainforest, and the shimming ocean.
The ‘Suria Suite’ is situated on the hillside with breath-taking views of the South China sea and Mount Kinabalu, the aesthetic fitting local Sabahan heritage uses local material that blend harmoniously with the natural environment. The ground floor features relaxing lounge and dining areas, with the spacious bedrooms on the first floor both coming with en-suites and a decadent outdoor bath on the balcony. Relax in your bubble bath in the undisturbed nature before your private dining experience on a secluded beach.
The spa is surrounded by distinctive flora and fauna and combines the therapeutic properties of local ingredients and heeling practises of the area to leave you feeling revitalised and refreshed. From the specialised rice scrubs to the age-old practices of the Bajau sea nomads, Gaya Island’s spa is uniquely rooted in ancient tradition while promising to restore balance to the body and soul.
There is plenty to do around the resort, snorkelling and diving is extremely popular as the marine park lies within The Coral Triangle, known as the world’s marine epicentre. The resort is passionate about Marine conservation, offering guests the chance to learn about turtle rescue and coral reef restoration in the Marine Centre. Another amazing experience is the guides nature walks through the lush rainforest with the resident naturalist, learning about the 7 Wonders of Gaya such as the Proboscis Monkeys or red Giant Flying Squirrels.