From tree houses in the jungle to spectacular overwater villas on an island, the Time Out Malaysia team discovers the best green stays in the country
There are many definitions of what an eco-resort is and while many places use this label to entice eco-conscious travellers, there are only a few which actually adhere to the criteria. An eco-resort must follow these basic principles: it must have minimal impact on the environment, give back to the local community, reduce its carbon footprint and be environmentally responsible.
Gayana Eco Resort
Gayana is unique as it’s both a luxury resort and a marine conservation site. Without compromising on comfort, the resort takes its sustainability ethos seriously. The resort consists of 52 villas on a coral reef island off the coast of Borneo, each exquisitely decked out with modern furnishing and a balcony overlooking the jungle, a lagoon, mangrove or the sea. The Marine Ecology Research Centre champions the protection of the island’s environment and its inhabitants,
and is also a research and rehabilitation facility. Their successful projects include the Giant Clam Restocking Programme and the Reef Regeneration Programme where guests can help replant coral in the reef. And, as an ongoing part of its sustainability initiative, the resort’s restaurants serve seafood from its own organic fish farm. Malohom Bay, Gaya Island, Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, Sabah (+6088 380 390/ echoresorts.com/gayana). From RM1,000 per night.