YTL Hotels Adds New Luxury Resort

YTL Hotels, the boutique hospitality arm of Malaysian conglomerate YTL Corporation, has grown its portfolio with the opening of the new Gaya Island Resort. Located 15 minutes off Kota Kinabalu within the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, the stunning 120-key, Sabahan-style resort rests along the coast of Malohom Bay surrounded by a pristine rainforest.


The luxurious experience begins with private transfers between the international airport and Sutera Harbour Marina, where guests can relax in an exclusive lounge before crossing the crystal clear waters by speedboat. Elegant suites and villas greet guests on arrival, blending contemporary design with local elements and tropical scenery. Built with indigenous materials, each accommodation is furnished with modern amenities including luxury bedding, a large open bathroom with oversized bathtub, outdoor verandah with day beds, flatscreen television with satellite programming, writing desk and safe box.


With its bountiful waters, Gaya Island Resort serves up exquisite fresh seafood at the fine-dining Fisherman’s Cove restaurant on the rooftop. Skilled chefs prepare the day’s catch in local and international culinary styles, while regional favorites are showcased at Gaya Island Resort’s all-day dining restaurant, Feast Village. Dynamic open kitchens allow guests to see the culinary team at work, while the poolside location offers views of Mount Kinabalu and the surrounding beach, which provide the perfect setting for an evening of relaxation over light refreshments at the Pool Bar & Lounge.


A 90-square meter meeting room caters to small groups of up to 100 guests, while the nearby Spa Village set amidst lush mangroves offer the healing traditions of Sabah’s many indigenous people. The lap pool with floating cabanas and Library provide alternative recreation options for guests, complemented by an array of PURE activities ranging from deep sea fishing and PADI dive programmes to handicraft classes with any of the 32 ethnic groups that call the state home.


YTL Hotels now boasts 5 luxury hotels and resorts in its native Malaysia (including the award-winning Pangkor Laut Resort), with further properties in China, France, Japan and Thailand. The company is currently developing an intimate retreat on Pulau Tiga, best known for being the location for the first season of American reality television show “Survivor”.


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