Best way to take in Sabah’s breathtaking natural scenes? Go on board the Lumba-Lumba & catch the best sunset of a lifetime One of the most memorable experiences Darren & I had at Gaya Island Resort was on board a yatch. No resort getaway would be complete without a romantic sunset cruise, so I determinedly pestered him to go on one. Our ‘ dream carriage’ came in the form of a private 64-foot Princess yacht, Lumba-Lumba (even the name sounds so whimsical!).
Big bright smiles in anticipation of a gorgeous sunset
We had a majestic view of sunrise over Mount Kinabalu from the resort, so we had to go around the island to view the equally spectacular sunset just behind the hill. Doesn’t the resort look like a natural sanctuary nestled amongst the lush greenery?
Interior of the Lumba-Lumba outfitted by Louis Vuitton Melissa, seen in the photo, was ever-so-friendly and kindly showed us around this mini palace. It was so well-equipped it could pass off as a real living room!
Can you think of anything more romantic than lying on your bed and gazing at the stars with a loved one? *swoon* Lumba-Lumba has a total of 4 cabins that can accommodate 8 guests. The main suite comes with an attached bathroom and skylight for stargazing.
Welcome to my living room! For 5 minutes. Duh. It was so comfortable and cool I was reluctant to peel myself off the couch.
Eagerly moving towards the golden sun This was one of the rare times I forgot all about freckles and embraced the sunshine in front of me
Greek God basking in the sun Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it? What a sight for sore eyes, what a treat! ;)
Meanwhile I attempted to masquerade as the figurehead maiden found on the ship’s bow Lucky the boat didn’t tip forward from severe weight imbalance.
Panoramic view of the horizon Going on the sunset cruise is definitely one of the best ways to take in Sabah’s natural wonders, from the majestic Mount Kinabalu, untouched lush rainforests and the great expanse of the South China Sea. No words can do enough justice to the ethereal experience.
Speechless. Brilliant. Jaw-dropping.
Perfect setting for honeymooners This intimate scene of a sweet pair of Australian newlyweds admiring the opulent sunset looked so surreal.
The sun transitioned into a warmer hue as it prepared to bow out for the day. And what cute cloud formations!
Choose to admire the sunset on the upper deck if you prefer shade, or like us – laze on the deck and feel the breeze caress our faces. And cam-whore. Free flow of drinks (wine, soft drinks) and nuts to nibble are served throughout the 1.5hour cruise. The sunset cruise is offered only on Tuesdays and Fridays, and strictly takes up to 12 guests at a time, so do book early with the concierge. It’s worth the RM250 per pax. For an even more indulgent experience, you can charter the entire yacht for a private dinner and do some star gazing. Or negotiate with the owner to book it overnight and start procreating for the newly weds *wink*
The sun gets playful with peeka-boo!
As the sun hid behind the fluffy clouds, it looked as if a magical kingdom had materialised right before our eyes. I half-expected a dragon to fly out of it any time.
What a dramatic sky. Nature’s canvas was so opulent it’s quite impossible to take a bad photo.
Transitioning into hues of pink and purple
Dusk finally set in, and it was time to head back to the resort. I felt like I had just been to a theatrical performance, where the stage was the vast horizon and the sun the lead dancer, keeping me transfixed with every minute that passed.
Definitely a day to remember for a long time to come It was a short 1.5 hours, but to us it felt like eternity cos’ we simply lost track of time, wanting to prolong every moment. The sunset was just indescribable; it was so mesmerizing we could not take our eyes off it, just like a ravishing beauty. Its ever-changing hues and appearance kept us anticipating for more, ooh-ing & ahhh-ing by the minute. If only a man would describe me in the same way, I would die a very happy dame. Damn.