The Borneo Identity

A Spa in the Trees, a Yacht and a Marine Biologist

None 6 Photos Gaya Island Resort
Your summer vacation necessities are simple: a towel, some sunscreen, a convincing pseudonym.

Also: a marine biologist for your island jaunts, a naturalist for your jungle jaunts and a giant yacht to carry the both of them (you wouldn’t believe the demands of biologists these days).

Welcome to Gaya Island Resort, an opulent new resort nestled in the coastal jungles of Borneo, taking reservations now for July 1.

If you’re going to solve the natural riddles of a thousand-year-old jungle (how the clouded leopard got its clouds or why the pygmy elephant stopped growing), you’ll need to minimize distractions—in this case, with a 40-acre island only accessible by boat and a villa with second-story-terrace daybeds overlooking it all.

So yes, you’ll be tempted to just catch up on back issues of Bornean Vanity Fair while you work through the massage menu in the treetop wood-and-glass spa. And that’s fine... because later, you’ll head to a five-island marine park on a 64-foot yacht with a pair of resident biologists (one marine, one regular) at your side. So look ready.

Your itinerary: dabbling in underwater digital photography. Hooking the elusive black marlin. And hopefully eating a fresh-caught black marlin.

Just remember to tip your biologist.


Gaya Island Resort
Malohom Bay, Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park
88000 Kota Kinabalu
Sabah, Malaysia
(011) 800 9899 9999
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