Bunga Raya Island Resort
Police Beach of Gaya Island is the best beach in Kota Kinabalu. I always wanted to go this pristine beach, but it had become a private beach of Bunga Raya Island Resort recently. Instead of cutting down all the trees for building of the resort, the forest is largely intact, with 47 luxury timbered villas constructed among the wood, more like a nature resort (forest + beach) setting.
Honeymooners will find plenty of privacy here and have over 1 KM of white sandy beach as their playground. As you can see from the map, the beach is inside a bay so the sea water is so tranquil that it is suitable for any watersport. Some says it is a fascinating dive site which is rich in corals and lobsters.
Price wise, I think this resort targets at high-end tourists. Anyway, it is one of the best resorts in Sabah. The resort blends so well into its environment that I can’t tell that there is a resort, by looking at it from the sea. Everything looks like postcard, but no… I don’t work for them. They also didn’t pay me anything.
Bunga Raya means Hibiscus flower, the rose of tropical world. You could see many species of hibiscus flowers planted here, with red, pink, yellow, white and other colours. The resort is facing the west, so I guess the sunset here is wonderful too. Even though the resort is in the jungle, I don’t find any mosquito around, weird…
Though some locals are unhappy that the accommodation is so unaffordable, it can be a good thing. Even if we open a nice beach to everyone, people will come and spoil it soon. Just look at the dirty rubbish left behind by locals in Tanjung Aru and Tanjung Lipat. Last time I enjoyed the sunset at a beach and a small girl was slurping soda drink next to me. When I was so immersed in that beautiful moment, suddenly the girl just threw the empty cup into the sea (and her mother didn’t say anything). Sadly, we have many locals like this.
What I really like is their swimming pool. If you look at it from low angle, it is like connecting to the sea… such a nice design. You can see the similar one in Gayana Resort too. Both resorts are under the same management.
You can book their rooms online if you would like to stay on this beautiful island.
Photos taken in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia Borneo
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