The idyllic Gayana Eco Resort offers a chance to get away from it all. With air-conditioned ensuite chalets perched on stilts above the water on the edge of the ecological paradise that is Gaya Island, you'll find yourself rousing to the call of exotic birds, taking leisurely walks beneath the tree canopy and snorkelling among colourful marine life. Treat yourself to four days of tropical tranquillity and just let the stunning natural beauty of your surroundings sink in - this Sabah beach break promises pure bliss.
Day 4 Kota Kinabalu
Cruise back over blue waters to Sabah's charming capital. If time permits, stay on to explore some of its sights. Haggle for a bargain in its markets, check out the ceramics collection at the State Museum or pick up last minute souvenirs at the Handicraft Centre.
Day 1 Kota Kinabalu/Gaya Island
The turquoise waters and white, sandy beaches of Gaya Island are just a short ferry trip from Kota Kinabalu. Gaya Island is the biggest of the five islands that make up the national marine park of Tunku Abdul Rahman. Once on the island, there's time to swim, snorkel or stroll through the sun-dappled jungles in search of macaques, monitor lizards and hornbills.
Days 2-3 Gayana Eco Resort
Situated on a reef and fringed by lush rainforest, the comfortable resort is the perfect place to chill out. Stay in a chalet that is built out over the water, perched high on timber stilts. Sit back on the balcony with a cool drink while watching colourful, tropical fish swim in the sparkling sea beneath. For something more active, consider a splash in the resort's saltwater pool, learn to scuba dive or tackle the challenging six km jungle trail to nearby Malahom Beach. With unlimited use of canoes, kayaks and peddle boats, there'll be no excuse to not explore this tropical paradise from the water. Perhaps travel further afield and discover the other four unspoilt islands that make up the stunning Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park.