Excellent 8.1
Based on 110 reviews

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About Gem Island Resort & Spa


Centered in natural tropical settings, this property is located in a Marine Conservation Park where sandy beaches and marine life are within easy reach. This boutique resort offers guests with 39 Water Villas, four Premier Villas, four Hideaway Villas, and two Hideaway Suites all facing the South China Sea. The on-site Samudra Restaurant offers guests local Malaysian, Chinese, and Western cuisine and refreshing drinks while you retreat and enjoy the spectacular views of the azure waters with fish swimming underneath. For recreational activities, guests can choose from scuba diving, island hopping, snorkeling, and kayaking. After enough exploration, guests can indulge in the Tusita Wellness Spa for various relaxing therapies. Gem Island Resort & Spa is a perfect base for a memorable trip.
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  • free Wi-Fi in all rooms


  • airport transfer

Swimming & soaking

  • outdoor pool

Water sports

  • private beach
  • water sports (non-motorized)

Food & beverage

  • room service
  • restaurant


  • pets allowed

On-site facilities

  • smoking area
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Please note that the hotel is closed during the East Coast Monsoon season between November and February when the frequent rains are punctuated by intermittent sunshine.

Child and extra bed policy
Infant 0-2 year(s) Stay for free if using existing bedding. Note, if you need a cot there may be an extra charge.
Children 3-11 year(s) Must use an extra bed
  • Guests over 11 years old are considered as adults.
  • Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose, please check the individual room policy for more details.
When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.
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Useful info

Airport Transfer Fee: 90 MYR
Check-In From: 02:00PM
Check-Out Until: 12:00PM
Distance from City Center: 25 km
Distance to Airport: 45 km
Non-Smoking Rooms / Floors: Yes
Number of Bars: 1
Number of Restaurants: 1
Number of Rooms : 45
Room Voltage: 240
Time to Airport (Minutes): 40
Year Hotel Built: 1996
Year Hotel Last Renovated: 2005
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Important notice

Upon arrival at Marang Jetty, the resort arranges round-trip speedboat transfers, which is an automatic surcharge and will be added to the grand total cost of the booking. Please ensure that you indictae the exact number of people at the time of booking to avoid complications on transfer arrangements.
The schedule timings are as follow:
Marang Jetty - Gem Isle: departs at 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm.
Gem Isle - Marang Jetty: departs at 9:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm.
Please note that the ferry departure scheduled for 1:00 pm (Marang Jetty - Gem Isle) and 1:30 pm (Gem Isle - Marang Jetty) are not available on Fridays.
Please contact the resort directly for unscheduled boat transfers which has additional charges and is payable directly at the resort.
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Recent customer comments

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  • Hotel Condition/Cleanliness 7.7
  • Facilities 7.3
  • Location 8.9
  • Room Comfort/Standard 8.4
  • Service 8.4
  • Value for Money 7.7
  • Food/Dining 7.8

Wendy F.
United Kingdom
July 23, 2016
Bit tired
The location was perfect but the accoodation and hotel seems a bit old and tired and in need of a tart up. There is no way anyone would use the pool as it was more for turtles I think

angeline L.
July 13, 2016
no water supply
beautiful coral and privacy.

Takashi A.
July 11, 2016
Good food and nice people at the beautiful sea side
wonderful opptunity to see mother turtle and babies

Liu C.
July 01, 2016
decent breakaway
very cozy, very quiet.. limited activities, but still a fun and relaxing place for couples..

Celina H.
June 08, 2016
beautiful private island, secluded and beautiful view
only 15 mins boat journey, hotel is abit run down but the beautiful view compensate all.. found a big spider of my palm size in my wardrobe when i was packing my luggage on the day i was leaving

Jennifer W.
June 07, 2016
Peaceful island
Hotel very run down but good beach to snorkel near shore. Friendly staffs and restaurant serves tasty food.

Deepa K.
June 06, 2016
Lovely view from Water Villa
The beach wasn't as sandy as expected, within a short distance it had rocks. So we were near the shore most of the time. However, enjoyed canoeing to Pulau Kapas, the room was lovely, the corals were beautiful for snorkelling. Its a very therapeutic getaway.

Mohd W.
May 31, 2016
Family day
Family day

Samantha C.
May 16, 2016
I need a break
I came looking for a hideout, a serene & quiet place to rejuvenate myself. I love Gemia. I would definitely come back again & stay longer.

Jeffrey G.
May 03, 2016
Beautiful tropical paradise
The island itself is beautiful both above and below the ocean. You can dive in from the beach into some of the nicest choral seen anywhere. The private beach has everything you would need for a great day of relaxing in the surf and sun. At night enjoy some delicious local food and a glass of wine under the stars. Can't wait to go back