This summer will see the opening of a five-star luxury resort in Malaysian Borneo. Located just off the coast of Kota Kinabalu on Pulau Gaya, the largest island in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, Gaya Island Resort promises to be a luxurious launch pad for discovering Borneo's rare wildlife. There will be both a resident naturalist to lead excursions through the tropical rainforest, and a resident marine biologist to show you some fantastic snorkeling sites in the bays that surround the resort. Also available for thrill-seeking adventurers: a Padi underwater digital photography class.
A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Gaya Island Resort will have 121 villas built with local materials and decorated in an elegant, contemporary style. Each villa comes with an outdoor verandah with day beds.
The resort’s Spa Village will offer treatments based on the cultural healing traditions of Sabah's indigenous people, like the rice scrubs and masques of the Kadazandusun. Guests can dine on a private beach, or head to the rooftop restaurant, Fisherman's Cove, for fresh seafood, or to the all-day dining restaurant, Feast Village. For more information, visit www.gayaislandresort.com.