Bunga Raya Island Resort

Gaya Island, Sabah, Borneo

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Bunga Raya Island Resort


Banga Raya is a luxurious jewel set on a coral reef island just off the coast of Borneo. The boutique style resort is a tropical-paradise with no cars, towns or villages but there is a beach with white sand. The rainforest backdrop and endless ocean views will ensure you’ll feel miles away from the real world.
 

We Love
  • Each of the 47 private villas is rough-hewn and hand-crafted by local tradesmen, terraced into the hillside reflecting the traditional simplicity of the Borneo architectural style.
  • In Bayu and Palm Villas: minibar is complimentary including beer and soft drinks. It also has a plunge pool and an espresso machine.
  • All villas have Frette linens, minibar, 24-hour room service, Bose Wave and LCD satellite television system and complimentary WiFi Internet access.
  • Although villas are not enclosed, they offer a lot of privacy because of the trees.
     
Need to Know
  • Bring hiking boots and waterproof clothing. The walking trail can be very muddy.  
  • Tropical waters can sometimes have jelly fish in the water. If you are sensitive then bring a wetsuit or antihistamines.
  • The resort is a certified as family preferred resort for children from toddlers to teens
  • Being in the rainforest, it is generally hot and humid. Keep yourself hydrated.
  • Dress is generally informal. Light clothing is appropriate as Borneo has one season which is summer.

Stay The 47 timbered villas are tucked into the hillside rainforest. Built in Borneo’s simplistic architectural style they are carefully blended with sublime modernism. Luxurious and yet not ostentatious, they reflect the Malaysian characteristics of humility and respect, even when faced with nature. The result is a beautiful experience of a tropical rainforest and beach.

For those who wish to splash out can book the unique two-story hilltop retreat. Perched at the highest point of the property, this suite showcases jaw-dropping views of the South China Sea. It features an expansive master bedroom with a giant whirlpool bath and matching downstairs bedrooms with a wraparound deck and an indulgent plunge pool.


Dine Pantai Grill, the restaurant on the oceanfront is brilliant when the sea is calm and romantic to sit outside. Being outdoors, its opening is dictated by the storm, wind and the hotel’s occupancy on that day. The main restaurant is ‘The Koi’ with a pretty decent ambience; ocean view on one side and waterfall on the other. The hotel has been painstakingly training their staff and the quality of food and service; I am told has got better. But it depends on personal taste. The staffs are very courteous and always willing to help.

If you love wine then you should visit ‘The Gua’ or the cave with 2,500 bottles, an intimate bar, a private dining room and cigar bar patio.


Relax There is much to spoil you here, take for instance there is a spa, Jacuzzi, plunge pool and an outdoor swimming pool. Additionally, there are motorised and non-motorised water sports and opportunities for snorkelling and scuba diving. If you get tired of the water, you can spice up your escapade by taking a trek into the jungle and explore the verdant beauty beyond the beach.

For major part of the day, my body has been covered with the oils of the indigenous local plants as part of the natural Borneo treatment. I don’t know if I look younger but I do feel that my skin is rejuvenated and my mind is relaxed.

I step into a cold outdoor shower then slip into an open-air hot tub. Suddenly there is a sense of relief, as if someone has pushed a release button to my built-up stress. I am in an oasis, enclosed by the floor-to-ceiling glass doors in a tropical forest. Jungle streams flow on all sides and the countless birdsongs create the sound track for an ultimate calm. I am in a hidden jewel of the Solace Spa.

Getting There

Kota Kinabalu is a short hop from Singapore, Hong Kong, Kaula Lumpur and Brunei. Arrive at the Kota Kinabalu airport and drive 15 minutes (2.5mi/4km) to Kota Kinabalu’s Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal. Gayana Eco Resort is reached by a private boat from this jetty, in the South China Sea. The boat schedules are fixed during the day so ensure that your flight fits well with the departure time.


Scheduled Boat Transfer

  • Scheduled Arrival and Departure Deluxe Speed Boat Island Transfers from/to Jesselton Point Wharf is included in nightly room rate. Please check correct boat schedule (generally between 1300h and 1630h) before booking your flights. Boat schedule may change without prior notice.
  • It is strongly advised that guests arrive at the Check-In Lounge at Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal at least 15 minutes prior to boat departure.
  • For late arrivals/early departures due to delayed flights only. An out-of-schedule boat transfer can be arranged at no additional cost as long as flight details are forwarded with the reservation. Proof of documentation of flight details is required for verification purposes.
  • Private Deluxe Speed Boat transfers are available to/from Jesselton Point Wharf to Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa at extra cost (RM150 per way at the time of print).
  • Helicopter transfers can be arranged at time of reservations made.
  • Land Transfers: Approximately 20 minute vehicle transfer to/from Kota Kinabalu International Airport / Jesselton Point Wharf. Reservations prior to arrival are necessary in order to secure vehicle availability.
     
 
Bunga Raya Island Resort Gaya Island, Sabah, Borneo

Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa
Bunga Raya's 48 private villas offer stunning views of the beachfront, the South China Sea, and the lush landscape. Built from a variety of natural materials, in traditional Bornean architecture, they include high standards of contemporary functionality and comfort expected in luxury resorts.

There are six types of Villas and Suites and a Royal Suite. Choose from simple timbered dwellings to opulent 3-bedroom, multi‐level units with wraparound decks and indulgent private plunge pools.


Superior Villas Scattered throughout the hillside above with a mix of secluded jungle and ocean views, these large, 1‐bedroom villas offer idyllic hideaways and the ultimate in true rustic luxury. These rooms have King Size or Twin beds with Jungle and Ocean View and four fixture bathrooms with standalone bath tub. Total: 18, Size: 70 sqm


Deluxe Villas These villas offer jungle and ocean views and come with a separate living room extension. It provides an additional separate annexed living room with additional LCD television and DVD player. These rooms have King Size or Twin beds with Ocean View and four fixture bathrooms with standalone bath tub. Total: 8, Size: 108 sqm


Plunge Pool Villas Gaze at serene scenes of the beach and sea from the edge of your very own private plunge pool and open deck balcony. Complete with deck chairs for lounging and an indulgent bathtub for freshening up in a spacious bathroom. These rooms have King Size or Twin beds with Ocean View and four fixture bathrooms with standalone bath tub. Capacity: 3 Adults, Total: 10 units, Size: 87 sqm


Treehouse Villas Enter the villa through the jungle walkway to a hideaway in the trees. An intimate outdoor Jacuzzi or private jungle plunge pool and seductive lounge in a villa placed high up among the tree tops. These rooms have King Size or Twin beds with Jungle and Ocean View and four fixture bathrooms with standalone bath tub. Capacity: 3 Adults, Total: 2 units, Size: 90 sqm


Two-Bedroom Villa Surrounded by lush jungle with views of the South China Sea, these Suites have two separate bedrooms and a lush outdoor balcony living space. These rooms have King Size or Twin beds with Jungle and Ocean View and four fixture bathrooms with standalone bath tub. Capacity: 4 Adults, Total: 8 units, Size: 177 sqm


Three-Bedroom Villa Perched at the highest point of the property, this suite showcases jaw-dropping views of the South China Sea. The two-story hilltop retreat comes with an expansive master bedroom plus a giant whirlpool bath and matching downstairs bedrooms with a wraparound deck and an indulgent plunge pool. These rooms have King Size or Twin beds with panoramic Ocean View and four fixture bathrooms with standalone bath tub. Capacity: 6 Adults, Total: 1 unit, Size: 229 sqm


Royal Villa This two-bedroom villa is located in sublime privacy, backed by tropical jungle on one side and The South China Sea on the other. An elegant building made of tropical hardwood in a traditional fashion. A designated butler, chef and housekeeper will be at your service around the clock. The villa has several classy dining areas, comfortable living rooms and a designer kitchen. An enlarged outdoor deck complete with 2 private plunge pools, a BBQ pit and your own private beach. These rooms have King Size or Twin beds with panoramic Ocean View and four fixture bathrooms with standalone bath tub. Capacity: 2 Adults, Total: 1 unit, Size: 640 sqm


Inclusions

  • Daily Full Breakfast at The Macac Restaurant is included
  • Complimentary scheduled Deluxe Speed Boat Island Transfers from/to Jesselton Point Wharf (Refer to Boat Schedule is Smart Guide)
  • Free Use of all non-motorized watercraft (Kayaks, Snorkelling, Paddle Boards, etc)
  • Complimentary entrance to the Marine Ecology Research Center located at Gayana Eco Resort
  • Airport transfer to/from local airport can be arranged by the property or AwimAway
  • All rooms have individually controlled Air Conditioner
  • Internet access to WiFi is free
  • Smoking rooms are not available
  • Nightly turned down service


Child Policy

  • First Child 0 – 12 years stay free when sharing with adults without supplement of extra bed with up to a maximum of 1 child only per villa. 2nd Child will be charged accordingly for extra rollaway bed, which is inclusive of breakfast and limit to the Deluxe Villa category only
  • Children’s Menu is available and is subject to charges. Children below the age of 5 dine for free
  • Complimentary Baby Cot provided upon request – subject to availability
  • Children are not allowed in villas with plunge pool for safety reason


Preferred Family Certified

  • The Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa is certified for children from toddlers to teens.      
  • Connecting rooms are available and an extra rollaway bed or crib is available.
  • There is a children’s pool area with pool toys and offering swimming lessons for children
  • For older children gaming system: Nintendo® Wii™ is available.
  • Children’s menus available and have their extended/early dining hours
  • Babysitting and Childcare Services are available
  • Also available are children’s toys and clothing


Taxes and fees:

  • All taxes and fees imposed by the property, unless otherwise noted, will be added at the time of purchase on AwimAway.
  • Guests are responsible for all incidental charges during their stay (e.g., room service, minibar, in-room movies, etc).
  • A 10 percent per night service charge will be collected at the AwimAway checkout.


Additional Services:

  • Rates quoted for additional fees and services are subject to change due to currency conversion.
  • Please indicate any requests for additional services to include, airport transfers or city tours in the ‘Tell us more’ field on the contact us page or call AwimAway.com on 020 8350 6199.


Check in & Check out

  • Check in:     2:00 PM
  • Check out:     11:00 PM
  • Minimum stay:     1 night
 

Bunga Raya Island Resort Bunga Raya Island Resort has a connection to MERC, the Marine Ecology Research Centre which is doing great work in preserving the marine environment. A trip to the facility is a worthwhile morning’s visit where you get to hold starfish or sea urchins and see sharks up close. Learn how the damaged reefs are restored. You can even do it yourself by paying USD 15.

The Lokawi Wildlife Park, Gaya Street Sunday Fair, Rasaria Nature Reserve, and Mari-Mari cultural village are other nearby family favourites. Travel to Gayana resort (sister resort), 10 min by speed boat and feed the fishes or eat in one of their fabulous restaurants.


What to do Hiking/jungle trekking: Take a day’s walking tour that goes over 5 hanging bridges about few hundred meters above ground. On a clear day, you can even see Mt Kinabalu  but the variety of flora is always impressive.

Snorkelling and Diving: This generally depends on the weather. On good days the water is very clear but can muddy when the sea is choppy. There are other better places in Borneo if you are a keen scuba diver. 

Water sports: The hotel has both motorised and non-motorised watersports that include  kayak, paddleboat and paddle board. In motorised they have jetskis, parasailing and banana boats.

Beach: This is of course the best part of the holiday. On good days the sea is crystal clear, the water warm and the white soft sand is lovely for beach soccer, volleyball or just lie down.

Boat charters: Ask the hotel concierge to organise sunset cruise or a fishing trip. The hotel may even cook some of our fish for dinner.


What to see Bunga Raya Island Resort has a connection to MERC, the Marine Ecology Research Centre which is doing great work in preserving the marine environment. A trip to the facility is a worthwhile morning’s visit where you get to hold starfish or sea urchins and see sharks up close. Learn how the damaged reefs are restored. You can even do it yourself by paying USD 15.

The Lokawi Wildlife Park, Gaya Street Sunday Fair, Rasaria Nature Reserve, and Mari-Mari cultural village are other nearby family favourites.

Travel to Gayana resort (sister resort), 10 min by speed boat and feed the fishes or eat in one of their fabulous restaurants.


When to go A good time to travel to Borneo is between March and September/October, even though Southwest monsoon brings in short burst of showers between May to July. A common climatic feature is bright early mornings, followed quickly by clouding mid-morning, which obscures the mountains by mid-day. Showers usually occur on the upper slopes in the afternoon. The driest season runs from April to October but even during this season, a good raincoat is a must.

In Sabah the main rainy seasons are from October to February when the rains come with the northeast monsoon. The distinction between seasons is not very marked and the rainfall is unpredictable but it is lowest in between February and April.


Visa & Health British passport holders do not require a visa. Passports must be valid for at least six months from the date of departure. (for a maximum stay of 3 months).

No immunisations are required but it is recommended that injections for typhoid, polio, tetanus, and hepatitis are up to date. Malaria tablets may be advisable for adventurous, deep jungle treks in Borneo. We recommend that you consult your GP or a travel health clinic for advice on inoculations and anti-malarial prophylaxis.