Situated on Pulau Gaya within the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park in Borneo, Gaya Island Resort is a natural sanctuary nestled in the hillside of an ancient rainforest. The 121 villas respect Sabahan elements and blend harmoniously with the natural environment while interiors are designed with a contemporary elegance. Integrated within the mangroves is Spa Village Gaya Island, offering programs that reflect the region’s healing practices, from the specialized rice scrubs and masques of the Kadazandusun to the age-old practices of the Bajau sea nomads. Discoveries and authentic experiences with nature all prevail across the YTL Luxury Resortís land and seascape, offering travelers an escape that is distinctively Borneo.
Gaya Island Resort marked another important milestone with the official launch of Gaya Island Resort Wildlife Centre on 26 October 2016. Led by Justin Juhun – Senior Resident Naturalist, the team is committed to long-term conservation, raising awareness for sustainable seafood choices, crafting experiences and educational programs to protect and improve the natural environment for resort guests and future generations to come with the unwavering support of Sabah Parks and local governing bodies.
“YTL Hotels partnership with Sabah Parks has been our happiest venture with mutual support and cooperation including an estimated RM2.5 million contribution to Sabah Parks for the on-going conservation efforts of Gaya Island. The diverse flora and fauna found on this island and in particular, the godsend discovery of proboscis monkey harems as our neighbors is very exciting for me as it makes our guest stays immensely special. Treasured places, treasured moments form our mantra at YTL Hotels that goes beyond a clichÈ hotel room. Here, we have a winning combination with the rich biodiversity coupled by the knowledge and passion of Justin Juhun and his team who has curated and brought to life unique activities such as our signature 7 Wonders of Gaya experience. I am very proud PAGE 3 of the teamís efforts and we will continue to support endeavors for responsible tourism to further enrich this resort for our guests”, said Dato Mark Yeoh.
Gaya Island Resort Wildlife Centre is the realization of three intents that were conceptualized the preservation of the endangered proboscis monkeys who have made Gaya Island their home is the key program, alongside nature and wildlife conservation, and educational jungle trails. Through the new wildlife center, the team of naturalists will also share environmental enrichment initiatives, the realize diverse wildlife species and habitat found on Gaya Island, conservation activities within the resort and in partnership with Sabah Parks and/or Sabah Wildlife Department. The protection of mangroves that surrounds Gaya Island is also a key focus that resulted in a mangrove reforestation project that was initiated by the naturalist team in September 2014 to further enrich the local habitat. The wildlife center will showcase 7 Wonders of Gaya – a crafted experience that allows guests to experience a range of signature encounters featuring a focus on proboscis monkeys, wildlife sightings, a mangrove kayak tour, rare flora and fauna, and educational programs led by our Resident Naturalist.