The overall experience turned out to be exceptional and unforgettable - so many thanks to the entire team at Remote Lands.
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Gayana Eco-Resort

Why We Love This Hotel :

History: This eco property includes an onsite Marine Ecology Research Center that protects local marine species and preserves the underwater heritage of Borneo’s coastline.

Location: Located within protected parkland in Malaysian Borneo, guests have access to unique unspoilt wilderness.

Convenience: Only around 30 minutes away from the airport & regional hub of Kota Kinabalu


This unique property offers the full services of a spa as well as a PADI Dive Center and Marine Research Center. Tours and treks of the neighboring jungle are provided or guests can book a trip farther afield to Mount Kinabalu.

Marine Ecology Research Center

At the onsite research center, visitors can see highly endangered giant clams and take a peek at a seahorse maternity tank. There's a touch tank where guests can familiarize themselves with marine creatures and a reef restoration program guests can join if they'd like to be actively involved in the rehabilitation of local coral reefs.

Jungle Trekking

The jungles of Kota Kinabalu are home to 40 percent of Borneo's flora and fauna, and a jungle trek is the best and most eco-friendly way of getting close to nature here. Guided treks and signposted pathways allow guests their best chance of glimpsing local species, such as hornbills and macaque monkeys in the wild.


Guests can enjoy the large infinity pool that forms the centerpiece of the resort, or borrow a canoe and explore the lagoon. Snorkeling gear is available for those who would like to see the property's coral garden and its resident clownfish and visiting rays.

PADI Dive Center

All levels of divers are permitted to dive at Gayana - even those without their dive license as trained staff are on-hand to provide instruction and training for novices. The locals reefs are uncrowded and showcase a colorful array of tropical fish species, including whale sharks. 

Solace Spa

Guests can enjoy their treatment with ocean views, in the over-water spa pavilion. Eastern and Western treatments are offered, using indigenous flora and Kerstin Flovian spa products. Treatments include massage, facials, wraps and scrubs, with a selection of signature therapies also provided.

Fresh, healthy cuisine is offered at Gayana, using fresh local seafood and traditional Bornean produce. Outdoor dining capitalizes on this unique coastal jungle setting, offering unforgettable views of the ocean and Mount Kinabalu. In-room dining and dining on private villa terraces is also available.

Alu Alu Seafood

Housed in a pavilion over the water, Alu Alu Seafood offers live seafood and Chinese cuisine for lunch and dinner. Gayana supports sustainable fishing and does not serve shark's fin products. A private jetty sets the scene for intimate dinners.

Latitude Lounge

This relaxed venue offers casual, comfortable seating where guests can enjoy drinks and snacks while enjoying sunset or making the most of the cool afternoon breeze.

Macac Restaurant

All-day dining is offered in this chic contemporary restaurant, with al fresco seating providing superlative water views. Malaysian food is offered here, alongside wood-fired pizza, fresh salads and seafood.



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Our General Manager Victoria Hilley lived in Malaysia for many years, and loved the wildlife, particularly orangutans and pygmy elephants.
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