Gayana Marine Resort
Gayana Marine Resort
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"Staff very helpful and friendly."

Shannon

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January 23, 2018

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8.4
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10
Exceptional service
9.0
Recommended by 93% of guests
Value for money7.6
Distance to city center4.2 km
Location rating8.5
Nearest airportKota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI)
Distance to airport8.2 km
  • Airport transfer

  • Private beach

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

  • Hot tub

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Rainforest Villa
Rainforest Villa
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  • Room size: 95 m²/1023 ft²
  • Park view
  • 1 double bed
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Ocean Villa
Ocean Villa
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  • Room size: 75 m²/807 ft²
  • Ocean view
  • 1 double bed or 2 single be...
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Palm Villa
Palm Villa
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  • Room size: 153.28 m²/1650 f...
  • Ocean view
  • 1 double bed
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Lagoon Villa
Lagoon Villa
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  • Room size: 75 m²/807 ft²
  • Ocean view
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Breeze Villa
Breeze Villa
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  • Partial sea view
  • Balcony/terrace
  • 1 king bed & 1 sofa bed
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Basic Single
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    Rainforest Villa
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      Basic Villa
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        VILLA OCEAN VIEW - BED AND BREAKFAST
        VILLA OCEAN VIEW - BED AND BREAKFAST
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          Basic Villa
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            What people love about the property

            • "Great resort in an exceptionally beautiful location."

              samuel

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              March 17, 2017

            • "Good overall location and peaceful and relaxing."

              Edwin

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              December 20, 2016

            • "Very friendly staffs and room are morden designed."

              Yueyi

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              December 12, 2016

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            "Nice place to relax."

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            April 14, 2017

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            "The food is nice, the view is stunning."

            CHIA

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            October 6, 2017

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            From September 1st, 2017, as per Government of Malaysia requirements, hotel guests who are not Malaysian citizens or long-term/permanent residents of Malaysia will be levied a tourism tax of RM 10.00 per room per night stay. Please note these changes in tax structure will result in revised taxes being charged and will be payable additionally during check out.

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            Agoda Reviews (1027)Booking.com Reviews (157)
            8.4
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            10
            Cleanliness8.5
            Facilities8.4
            Location8.5
            Room comfort and quality8.9
            Service9.0
            Value for money7.6
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            9.6
            Exceptional
            Meng from Taiwan
            Solo traveler
            Ocean Villa
            Stayed 3 nights in November 2018
            A great place to stay”
            Everything's great, except the bed. Must visit MERC with tour guide.
            Reviewed November 11, 2018
            10.0
            Exceptional
            Hiu from Hong Kong
            Business traveler
            Ocean Villa
            Stayed 2 nights in October 2018
            Exceptional”
            Staffs are very friendly and helpful! The room are clean and the view is really good. However, there have many monkeys outside the room..It is so dangerous~
            Reviewed October 25, 2018
            8.8
            Excellent
            SUE from Malaysia
            Couple
            Ocean Villa
            Stayed 2 nights in October 2018
            Excellent”
            Overall great value for money. Kinda Maldives environment in Malaysia at Malaysian price! Food is still kinda pricey though and restaurant staff need better training. The staff said cold brew local Tenom coffee is just milk and ice, no coffee! Although this is a promotion item in all the resort's restaurants. There're some fine wood dust keep dropping from the ceiling and door frame also but not a big issue. Room's direct access ladder into the sea could also be made more ergonomic and less slippery (moss on lower steps).
            Reviewed October 24, 2018
            6.4
            Good
            Pontus from Sweden
            Couple
            Rainforest Villa
            Stayed 2 nights in October 2018
            Good”
            Very nice roms and staff. Snorkling was not very good but better than expected. Beutiful to walk on the wooden pathways but a real shame that the bottles and plastic in the water was not removed. The little beach had loose dogs and the water was very shallow. Expensiv in the restaurant but the fish and vegetables were very good. Nice with MERC, marine center and their work.
            Reviewed October 20, 2018
            9.6
            Exceptional
            hyesung from South Korea
            Family with young children
            Ocean Villa
            Stayed 2 nights in October 2018
            family trip in KK ”
            Adult 5 + 3 years old boy 1 OCEAN VILLAS WERE PERFECT Great breakfast & cocktail bar ALOALO DINNER with sunset was GREAT!!!
            Reviewed October 10, 2018
            10.0
            Exceptional
            KAI from Hong Kong
            Group
            Rainforest Villa
            Stayed 1 night in September 2018
            Fantastic Vacation Hotel in Kota Kinabalu”
            We had a wounderful time in the Ocean Villa, the view is fantastic.
            Reviewed September 26, 2018
            9.2
            Exceptional
            SinHyo from South Korea
            Couple
            Ocean Villa
            Stayed 1 night in September 2018
            pricey but priceless experience ”
            we spent most of our budget for kotakonabalu on this resort but it was well spent. room condition wasn't perfect but considering it's actually on the water, and made out of wood, can't complain too much about it. i left wet swimsuits outside to let it dry but a monkey tried to steal it. we were on the kayak at the moment and had to paddle towards our room and kick the monkeys out of our balcony. food is very delicious and reasonably priced. bartender knows how to make decent cocktails. put your expectation up high, they will make it happen.
            Reviewed September 14, 2018
            9.2
            Exceptional
            Hayes from Hong Kong
            Group
            Ocean Villa
            Stayed 1 night in September 2018
            Very satisfied ”
            Clear room, nice staff, good view of the room, good service, everything is perfect! Hope I have another chance to enjoy it again
            Reviewed September 06, 2018
            10.0
            Exceptional
            Changmin from South Korea
            Family with teens
            Palm Villa
            Stayed 2 nights in August 2018
            I really had a heart attack because Hotel is very beautiful!!”
            I really had a heart attack because Hotel is very beautiful!!
            Reviewed August 17, 2018
            10.0
            Exceptional
            Seulki from South Korea
            Couple
            Ocean Villa
            Stayed 1 night in August 2018
            Definitely must stay”
            I can’t describe how much i loved this place. We stayed in ocean view room which was best in my entire journey in Kota Kinabalu. The veiw from the balcony was astonishing. You can directly jump into the sea from the balcony. You can borrow snorkeling tools and kayak at the reception for free. Also hotel offered free boat service from Jesselton point to the hotel at fixed time. I would definitely come and stay here again!!! Hope this place doesn’t become so famous that i can easily book. :)
            Reviewed August 13, 2018
            10.0
            Exceptional
            Archie from South Korea
            Couple
            Ocean Villa
            Stayed 3 nights in July 2018
            Exceptional”
            Facilities were amazing. Only con is food selection. Food quality is good but not much selection during off season.
            Reviewed July 24, 2018
            9.6
            Exceptional
            CASSANDRA from Australia
            Couple
            Ocean Villa
            Stayed 1 night in June 2018
            Great Getaway”
            Staff was great, and the location was excellent. stayed in the ocean villa and was not disappointed. 2 day 1 night was not enough to enjoy the island, my only regret was not staying longer. Only 1 comment is that the room seemed a bit aged, and the bathroom robes and slippers seemed a bit old n moldy, would be perfect otherwise.
            Reviewed July 01, 2018
            2.8
            Pia from Hong Kong
            Couple
            Ocean Villa
            Stayed 1 night in June 2018
            5 star ? More like 3- Very dirty, water unswable due to rubbish ”
            The Bathroom was not very clean nor did the shower work properly. We paid £380 for one night and thus expected a 5 star property. Particularly given this is in Malaysia and even the Shagri La in Kote Kinabalu costs only around £200. What really shocked me was the amount of rubbish in the water . The property is sold as walk straight into the ocean from your private balcony and staircase. Yes one can do that if you would like to swim in a rubbish bin. I made the staff aware and they said “ it’s not our rubbish, it’s not from the island “ ... the rubbish could easily be cleaned up but they did not seem to care too much . The breakfast was also bad particularly for the price . Bread, muffins crossiants were all stale. Definitely do not recommend this property.
            Reviewed June 08, 2018
            5.2
            Yu-Ting from Taiwan
            Group
            Rainforest Villa
            Stayed 2 nights in May 2018
            Garbage floating everywhere! 被垃圾和水母嚇到敗興而歸!”
            We came here in the afternoon around 4pm when it's low tide time, and we were so shocked by the garbage floating situation in the resort! It's impossible for any of us to do snorkeling or kayaking in this water, not to mention the crazy mass of helmet-size jellyfish!! And the staff told us they're poison so we have to be careful around them.........there's no way for us to go into that water!! And monkeys running around stealing food, and room was cozy but the bathroom was so old that the shower room looks like someone had vomit in there.... The only good thing is their staffs are really nice and helpful. They recommended us to take some island hopping trip which let us leave the resort from dawn to dusk, which is the best decision to stay away from this place.
            Reviewed May 22, 2018
            5.6
            Junjie from Singapore
            Couple
            Palm Villa
            Stayed 4 nights in April 2018
            Not Recommended ”
            Nice room, but totally spoiled by the muddy rusty tab water (which yet the staff claims to be save for bathing!) Another big minute was the large amount of jelly fish surrounding the water house - I am not brave enough to snorkel with jelly fish floating around!
            Reviewed April 20, 2018
            7.6
            Very good
            Bobbie from Cambodia
            Group
            Rainforest Villa
            Stayed 2 nights in April 2018
            Beautiful location & relaxing ambience ”
            Location was beautiful, the layout and design of the resort was lovely, the overall ambience was relaxing. The food choices and quality were disappointing and the food service was sub par. In addition, it was shocking to see the amount of garbage floating around. Regardless of where it is coming from, it would have been nice to see staff attempting to keep it out of the property area.
            Reviewed April 19, 2018
            6.8
            Good
            Henry from Thailand
            Group
            Ocean Villa
            Stayed 1 night in April 2018
            So close to being truly amazing but just falls short”
            Gayana is frustratingly close to being a truly spectacular resort. The changes needed are so small but they make a big difference when you pay a lot of money for a 5 star experience but get left feeling slightly flat. First, the room itself needs a little work. Some wallpaper was peeling off and the room fan over the bed was covered in dust. There was also a lot of waste plastic, netting and old hose pipe wrapped around the ladder that lead down to the sea from our villa which seemed at odds with an Eco resort. This should really have been cleaned away. Second the resort claims to offer wifi in the rooms but this is not available unless you borrow a portable router for which you get 1GB free but then have to pay extra for more. Finally for the price and location I'd expect a gym. That being said the views and location are stunning, the staff fantastic and the food delicious! With a few small tweaks this place really stands out and is a spectacular island retreat.
            Reviewed April 17, 2018
            4.0
            Ka from United Kingdom
            Group
            Ocean Villa
            Stayed 1 night in April 2018
            Bad service with monkeys”
            The price of the hotel per night did not reflect on the service received. After arrival, we were shown with the map of the resort and escorted to our room. However, having waited for more than 30 mins with 3 phone calls, 2 bags finally arrived. The Duty Manager was rude on the phone and said "everyone is waiting for the luggages also". The staff did not remind guests not to leave items outside of the villas and the villa next to mine had people leaving food outside and attracted a dozen of monkeys. I had to call the reception to ask their staff to remind their guests not to leave food exposed. This surely has to be the priority. The price of the food at the Seafood Restaurant was very expensive relatively to the general Sabah dining scene. The restaurant was empty with 3 tables only. There's very little activities for guests to do in the evening.
            Reviewed April 09, 2018
            8.8
            Excellent
            Shannon from Australia
            Couple
            Ocean Villa
            Stayed 2 nights in January 2018
            Simply divine ”
            Adored the two nights we stayed here. It's an incredible location. Not a lot to do so perfect for a total relax. Staff very helpful and friendly. Room lovely but could have been cleaner for the price you pay. Was surprised to see so much rubbish in the water for a marine resort. Would consider visiting again
            Reviewed January 23, 2018
            8.4
            Excellent
            HO from China
            Couple
            Ocean Villa
            Stayed 3 nights in May 2017
            a nice resort”
            a good place to stay for 3 days, but the sea is not so clear when we stayed there
            Reviewed December 27, 2017
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