Bunga Raya Island Resort
Gaya Island, Borneo
Set on a paradise island off the coast of Borneo, Bunga Raya is a stunning and secluded island hideaway tucked into a tranquil hidden bay, framed by a crescent of white beach and backed by centuries of old virgin rainforest.
At a Glance
'Bunga Raya' is the Malay Bahasa word for 'hibiscus', the country's national flower, and each villa is named after a different variety
For complete privacy, opt for one of their Tree House Villas reached by a jungle walkway high up among the tree tops, and with incredible views across the bay
Bunga Raya boasts a stunning jungle spa, which is set high up in the rainforest and accessed by its own suspended bridge
If you fancy yourself as a bit of a wine buff, then venture down to Bunga Raya's own award-winning wine cellar, which is considered to be one of the best stocked wine cellars in the whole of Malaysia
With a stunning mountain backdrop Bunga Raya is the perfect retreat for the more active traveler, with amazing treks and hikes on offer in the most beautiful surroundings
I had the most amazing spa treatment in one of their over water sala's down by the beach, or if you prefer visit their jungle spa for a treatment in the heart of the rainforest.Victoria Hogg
If you want to challenge yourself, take on the 4-hour trek through the jungle to Gaya Island Resort.Scott Dunn team
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Situated in on Pulau Gaya, just off the coast of Sabah's capital, Kota Kinabalu, Bunga Raya Island Resort is a luxurious, laid back property hidden away in a little-known part of Borneo. Boasting stunning accommodation and a beautiful location on a white sand beach with a jungle backdrop, Bunga Raya is the ideal spot to end your adventures in the wilds of Borneo.
Each villa is hand crafted by local tradesmen, terraced into the hillside reflecting the traditional simplicity of the Borneo architectural style, with local timber and light and crisp soft furnishings all blending seamlessly with the most sophisticated of modern comforts. Private balconies offer jaw dropping vistas of the beach below and the South China Sea beyond, where magical underwater encounters await.
Bunga Raya boasts some fantastic dining options, from the relaxed Pantai Grill with its laid back, beachfront dining to The Koi, a modern European bistro serving the largest wine selection in the region, there is something to suit every taste.
The property houses a large infinity pool with stunning views, a beautiful jungle spa (where each pavilion is entwined in the boulders and jungle of the island) and a zip line course through the jungle for those feeling more adventurous. Explore the land with a guided jungle and mangrove walk, looking out for the amazing flora and fauna that cover the island, from tropical hardwood trees and forest flowers to hornbills, monkeys and lizards. For the ocean enthusiast, partake in watersports on the beach or go diving on the reefs that surround the island. The PADI certified dive center is fully equipped to address the needs of both the novice and experienced diver, and the local waters are home to a myriad of species, from sea turtles, giant groupers and clown fish to colorful corals, trigger fish and occasionally the majestic whale shark. The Marine Ecology Research Center nearby is a must visit for those interested in the underwater ecology of the area, where you are able to actively participate in restoring the vibrant life back into the ocean, with their coral and Giant Clam projects.
The 18 Superior Villas are scattered throughout the hillside above with a mix of secluded jungle and ocean views these large, one-bedroom villas offer idyllic hideaways and the ultimate in true rustic luxury. The eight deluxe villas allow you to enjoy the splendid island views from your bedroom or extended lounge sala. The separate lounge provides additional living space with LCD television and DVD player with surround sound. Stay in one of the ten Beachfront Villas and take a dip in your infinity plunge pool or step onto the beach via your private beach access walkway. The two Treehouse Villas are ideal for honeymooners, accessed only by a jungle walkway to your hideaway in the trees, with an intimate outdoor Jacuzzi or private plunge pool and a comfortable lounge in your villa placed high up among the tree tops.
The eight two-bedroom Deluxe Suites are ideal for families, surrounded by lush jungle with views of the South China Sea. Two separate bedrooms and a lush outdoor balcony living space provide an idyllic setting. The three-bedroom Deluxe Suite is perched at the highest point of the property, with jaw dropping views of the ocean. This unique two–storey hilltop retreat has an expansive master bedroom with a giant bath and matching downstairs bedrooms with a wrap around deck and an indulgent plunge pool.
|Beach Front Villa|
|Three-bedroom Deluxe Suite|
|Two-bedroom Deluxe Suite|
Children are welcome to come and stay at Bunga Raya and will revel in the amazing wildlife and expansive beach. There are no specific facilities for them except babysitting. The two and three bedroom suites are an ideal choice of accommodation if you are traveling with your family.
The Pantai Grill is set right in the sand at the water's edge for laid back, oceanfront dining. The Koi is the modern European Bistrop with a contemporary flair, with the largest wine selection in the region.
Location & Directions
Gaya Island, Borneo
Bunga Raya Resort is located on Gaya Island, a pristine coral reef island off the coast of Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, Borneo.
When to go
Like the rest of Malaysia, Sabah’s climate is hot and humid. Expect temperatures in the high 20s and low 30s throughout the lowlands. The state’s rainfall averages about 300cm annually and though it rains throughout the year, the heaviest rainfall generally occurs between October and January. At higher elevations the temperature is refreshingly cool, dropping to colder temperatures at night. Mount Kinabalu has its own climate and, above 3500m, temperatures can drop to freezing.