This floating-style resort sits on a secluded area of Malohom Bay in Pulau Gaya. Set amidst verdant rainforest and clear blue ocean, I felt that the resort does conjure certain images of exquisite South Pacific island resorts with leafy thatched roof and spectacular seascape.
The resort is accessible by specially-chartered wooden boats from Jesselton Point ferry terminal (previously known as Sabah Port Authority passenger jetty, just a few minutes from downtown Kota Kinabalu). As of November 2006, the boat schedule is as the following:
Jesselton Point (Kota Kinabalu ferry Terminal) to Gayana Resort
0800, 0930, 1100, 1230, 1515, 1800, 1930, 2130, 2300
Gayana Resort to Jesselton Point (Kota Kinabalu ferry Terminal)
0715, 0845, 1015, 1145, 1430, 1700, 1845, 2045, 2230
There are 44 rooms available at the resort. Uniquely, the resort offers only one type of room (instead of the usual trappings of so-called "sea view" or "garden view" or "hill chalet" or God forbids, "Presidential Suite"!). Every room will have an ocean view and the lush hilly jungles. It is also important to mention that each room comes with a spacious balcony, so you can't complain much. In general, the room is also very spacious, with polished black timber strips, queen-sized bed, roomy bathroom with sliding shower door, colour TV, individual air-conditioner, ceiling fan and large built-in wardrobe. Great room overall, though I could do away with the choice of upholstery (pink-coloured curtains were just plain wrong!).
As of other facilities, there are two main restaurants in the resort - the Islander Restaurant built above-water and serves all-day dining a la cartè and buffet, and the GB Café which serves only a la cartè lunch and dinner meals. There is a small cocktail lounge at the reception centre and the drink prices were expectedly costly. Something like RM5 for a can of pineapple juice.
In regards of non-F&B related facilities, the resort offers a massage centre (only by appointment), a sea sports activity centre where you can rent kayak for hourly rates, snorkels, masks and life jackets, a dive centre called E-Dive, a unique Nature Pool where a sectional enclosure barricades fresh sea water into a natural swimming area (supposedly to protect from any unwanted marine organism that one could step onto), etc.
The many beaches in Malohom Bay can be considered acceptably nice, though probably not as spectacular as the one on Pulau Sapi. There are various secluded beaches throughout this lengthy bay. The resort offers daily boat departure to the nearby Hornbill Beach which takes off at 0900, 1100, 1300 and 1600 and returning at 1105, 1305, 1605 and 1800 for RM10 charge round-trip.
Commonly advertised at anywhere between RM300-350 per night inclusive of breakfast buffet for two. I was lucky enough to find a slightly cheaper rate of about RM290 per night stay.