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Malaysia is one of the most diverse and culturally rich countries in Asia, with a subtle and harmonious mix of the Chinese, Indian and Malay population interacting with each other to make Malaysia a fantastic country to visit. From its abundant wildlife, incredible National Parks, stunning beaches, rich history, colonial architecture, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and lush tea plantations. Experience incredible marine life, warm and friendly people, and the most delicious food in all of Asia.
Over the course of a hundred years Kuala Lumpur has transformed itself from a small tin-mining town of just a few houses to Malaysia’s most populous global city and cosmopolitan capital. It is an exciting and ever expanding modern metropolis with stylish new towers springing up alongside the colonial style buildings of days past. A colourful blend of the old and the new, Kuala Lumpur offers travellers a vibrant mix of historic monuments, awe-inspiring sky scrapers, deliciously diverse street food and plush mega-malls.
Penang’s richly-woven history and melting pot of cultures have transformed it into one of Asia’s foremost gastronomic destinations. Here’s a guide to our favourite local street-food delicacies to sample during your stay…
Tioman is one of Malaysia’s unsung islands. This teardrop shaped dot in the ocean is a tapestry of tropical rainforest and pristine beaches lapped by the emerald green waters of the South China Sea. Without a doubt, this sought after destination, nestled off the east coast of Malaysia, is amongst the most beautiful islands in the world. Spanning a little under forty kilometres from north to south, Tioman might be small but it is mighty, considered a haven for barefoot luxury, scuba diving and spectacular trekking.
Gaya Island Resort
Gaya Island, Borneo
Best for: Beach, Imagine Favourites, Diving
Accessible only by boat and surrounded by golden sands, unspoiled coral reefs and lush rainforest of Sabah’s idyllic Tunku Abdul Rahman islands, Gaya Island Resort is a stylish tropical retreat offering relaxing luxury for couples and families alike.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
Just fifteen minutes by speedboat from Kota Kinabalu, Gaya Island Resort is the very definition of a tropical island escape. Magically blending stylish comfort and natural beauty, the walking resort is totally conducive to relaxation. Nestled within the rainforest are 120 hillside villas and a two-bedroom suite, with views of the mangroves, lush canopy or sea with Mount Kinabalu in the distance. Interiors are elegant and spacious, with a contemporary décor that gives a nod to the natural and cultural motifs of Sabah, and offer a variety of views from the tropical rainforest to the South China Sea. The two-bedroom Suria Suite is enormous and perfect for families, boasting uninterrupted views of the turquoise water.
Delicious local and international cuisine is served at the open-kitchen Feast Village, while the rooftop Fisherman’s Cove serves exquisite fresh seafood with views to die for. For something a little different, try the hillside restaurant Omakase for dinner and delve into one of three Japanese omakase-style dining experiences; teppanyaki, shabu-shabu or nabe. Tavajun Bay, on the resort’s private beach, a 5-minute boat ride a way, serves single dish meals made over charcoal embers that change daily for lunch, or you can pre-order your very own gourmet picnic to enjoy on the sandy shore. Try an al fresco sundowner in the Pool Bar & Lounge as the sun sets behind Mount Kinabalu, and you will know you are in paradise. Ideal for relaxing, Gaya Island Resort also offers an award-winning spa, a large outdoor swimming pool and yoga classes.
Exploring types are also spoilt for choice, and both the resident naturalist and marine biologist are exceptional. You can follow miles of hushed, forested trails through the natural habitat of proboscis monkeys, giant hornbills, mouse deer and pangolin; or become awe-struck by the vivid colours and teeming life as you snorkel or scuba the house reef. Birders will be particularly rewarded, as Gaya Island Resort sits on a migratory flyway, with over 600 species recorded. Both the marine and wildlife centres located on site offer opportunities to learn about the vital work being done in the preservation of the reefs as well as the turtle and proboscis monkey rescue and rehabilitation programmes.
You can revel in the rich heritage and culture of the indigenous tribes through guided excursions, cookery classes, or even join a beadwork workshop, fun to do with the kids while you interact with the locals and craft your memento of this Borneo paradise.
When to go
Borneo experiences a tropical climate with high levels of humidity and warm temperatures throughout the year. As with all tropical islands, Borneo’s weather is unpredictable, with rain possible at any time of year and weather known to change quickly. Generally speaking, the best time to visit is between the months of March to October. During this time, rainfall is at its lowest and it is also the best time to see orangutans in the wild. These months also see the highest visitor numbers, making visiting in the slightly wetter months between November and February a good option for those wanting to escape the crowds associated with peak season.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
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Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Kuching, Batang Ai, Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan, Kinabatangan River, Danum Valley, Gaya Island
Discover the highlights of Malaysian Borneo on this 13-night itinerary, taking in indigenous villages and orangutans in Sarawak, wildlife-rich jungles in Sabah and the tropical beaches of Gaya Island.
Sandakan, Kinabatangan River, Tabin Wildlife Reserve, Gaya Island
From orangutans and wildlife-rich rainforests to vivid coral reefs and white-sand beaches, this itinerary offers a varied introduction to the highlights of Borneo, a great option for those short on time.
Sandakan, Kinabatangan River, Danum Valley, Kuala Lumpur, Malacca, Tioman Island
From the wildlife-filled jungles of Malaysian Borneo to the historic cities and culinary capital of Penang, this two-week itinerary offers a varied introduction to the highlights of Malaysia.
Kuching, Mulu National Park, Kota Kinabalu, Kinabatangan River, Tabin Wildlife Reserve, Danum Valley, Kinabalu Park, Gaya Island
Taking in indigenous cultures, wildlife-filled jungles and the wild landscapes of Borneo's Sabah and Sarawak states, this three week itinerary is great for adventure-seekers looking for an in depth experience of Malaysian Borneo.