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266 reviews

266 reviews

Location 9.1
Room comfort and quality 8.4
Service 8.4
Cleanliness 7.8
Value for money 7.7
Facilities 7.3
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Location rating score

Exceptional location
Closest landmarks
Sultan Mahmud Airport
23.9 km
Redang Airport
66.3 km
Kerteh Airport
79.1 km
Kota Bharu Airport
149.6 km
Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Airport
161.5 km

Gem Island Resort & Spa

Lot 2804 Pulau Gemia Mukim Rusila, Gemia Island, Gemia Island, Malaysia, 21600 - See map

Conveniently situated in the Gemia Island part of Gemia Island, this property puts you close to attractions and interesting dining options. This 3-star property is packed with in-house facilities to improve the quality and joy of your stay.


Airport transfer

Great View

Air conditioning




Car park

Shuttle service



Smoke-free property

Daily disinfection in common areas

Hand sanitizer

Hygiene certification

Value for money7.7
Distance to city center25 km
Location rating9.1

Rooms available at Gem Island Resort & Spa

Room comfort & quality


Water Villa
  • Room size: 32 m²/344 ft²
  • Ocean view
  • 1 queen bed
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Frequently asked questions

Does Gem Island Resort & Spa offer laundry services?

Yes! Gem Island Resort & Spa offers hot water linen and laundry washing at your grasp for whenever you need your favorite clothes clean and fresh all throughout your holiday. Please contact the property for more information.

What is the average travel time to a nearby airport from Gem Island Resort & Spa?

The average travel time to get from Gem Island Resort & Spa to the airport is 40 minutes, but please keep in mind that the travel time may vary based on traffic, weather conditions, and time of day.

What are the property's policies for children's bedding at Gem Island Resort & Spa?

Gem Island Resort & Spa's policy concerning children's bedding considers guests age 12 years and older as adults, and therefore requires an extra bed which will incur an additional cost. You can find additional information about specific child policy and age range for this property, by checking the "Property policies" section located in the property page for more details.

When was Gem Island Resort & Spa built?

Gem Island Resort & Spa was built in 1996.

How many rooms does Gem Island Resort & Spa have?

Gem Island Resort & Spa has a total of 45 rooms.

What do verified guests like most about Gem Island Resort & Spa?

Past guests that stayed at Gem Island Resort & Spa have given this property a rating of 9.062 for its exceptional location as the major highlight for their stay.

What is the verified guest review consensus about Gem Island Resort & Spa's beds?

100.0% of our past guest ratings have given a positive review and comments about this property's beds. You can look up on more detailed customer reviews, and comments for Gem Island Resort & Spa down in the review section.

What is the verified guest review consensus about Gem Island Resort & Spa's food?

78.0% of our verified visitor ratings have given an optimistic review and remarks about this property's food. You can look up on more detailed customer reviews, and comments for Gem Island Resort & Spa down in the review.

What is the average rating that verified Families with young children have given to Gem Island Resort & Spa?

Past families with young children that have stayed at this property have given Gem Island Resort & Spa an average rating of 7.8. You can look up more descriptive customer reviews and remarks by filtering for a specific type of verified travelers down in the review section.

What is the typical rating that past Group travelers have given to Gem Island Resort & Spa?

Verified group travelers that have stayed at this property have given Gem Island Resort & Spa an average rating of 8.2. You can look up more detailed customer assessments and responses by filtering for a specific type of verified travelers down in the review section.

What time is check-in and check-out at Gem Island Resort & Spa?

Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 12:30 PM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the specified hours may be charged an additional fee.

What people love about Gem Island Resort & Spa

  • 9.6


    "The rooms are clean and the balcony looks down onto the ocean - with the fan on and balcony doors open, it truly is a "seaside dream" vacation."



    September 21, 2020

  • 9.6


    "The staff are very professional and courteous."



    September 21, 2020

  • 8.8


    "The view from the room's balcony overlooking the sea and Kapas Island is stunning."



    July 24, 2020

More about Gem Island Resort & Spa

More 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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Amenities and facilities

Very good


Most talked about facilities

Food & Dining

25 mentions


21 mentions


7 mentions


7 mentions

Languages spoken
  • English
  • Malay
Internet access
  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
Things to do, ways to relax
  • Snorkeling
Cleanliness and safety
  • Daily disinfection in all rooms
  • Daily disinfection in common areas
  • Face coverings on staff
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hot water linen and laundry washing
  • Hygiene certification
  • Physical distancing of at least 1 meter
  • Protective screens in common areas
  • Temperature check for guests and staff
Dining, drinking, and snacking
  • Restaurants
Services and conveniences
  • Elevator
  • Smoke-free property
  • Smoking area
  • Pets allowed
Getting around
  • Car park [on-site]
  • Shuttle service
Available in all rooms
  • Air conditioning
  • Balcony/terrace
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Desk
  • Fan
  • Free bottled water
  • Non-smoking
  • Private bathroom
  • Refrigerator
  • Satellite/cable channels
  • Shower
  • Toiletries


Lot 2804 Pulau Gemia Mukim Rusila, Gemia Island, Gemia Island, Malaysia, 21600


Property policies

Children and extra beds

All children are welcome.

Infant 0-2 year(s)
Stay for free if using existing bedding.
Baby cot/crib may be requested directly from the property.
Children 3-11 year(s)
Must use an extra bed
Extra beds may be requested directly from the property; additional charges may apply
Guests 12 years and older are considered as adults
Extra beds may be requested directly from the property; additional charges may apply
  • 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.
  • Due to the monsoon season, ferry services may be cancelled by the Marine Department. Please contact the property for more details.
  • Any additional adult will be charged MYR 150 per adult per night.
    Children 3-11 years old will be charged MYR 110 per child per night.
  • Children 12 years and over are considered as adults.
  • Guests checking out after 01:30 PM will be charged an additional fee of MYR 85 and it is subject to villa and boat transfer availability.
  • The electricity is not available from 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM.
  • Return boat transfer fee is not included in the room rates, payment to be paid to resort.
  • When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.

Extra beds, if available, are dependent on the room you choose. Please ask the property for more details.

Some helpful facts

  • Check-in from14:00
  • Check-out until12:30
Getting around
  • Airport transfer fee90 MYR
  • Distance from city center25 km
  • Travel time to airport (minutes)40
The property
  • Non-smoking rooms/floorsYes
  • Number of bars/lounges1
  • Number of restaurants1
  • Number of rooms 45
  • Room voltage240
  • Year property opened1996
  • Most recent renovation2016

Property announcements

Please contact the resort directly for unscheduled boat transfers which has additional charges and is payable directly at the resort.

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 indicate the exact number of people at the time of booking to avoid complications on transfer arrangements. The schedule timings are as follow: From Marang Jetty to Gem Isle: Departs at 9:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM. From Gem Isle to 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 from Marang Jetty to Gem Isle and 1:30 PM from Gem Isle to Marang Jetty are not available on Fridays.

The hotel is undergoing renovation and will be temporarily closed until further notice

Reviews of Gem Island Resort & Spa from real guests

Provided by verified guests of Agoda
Room comfort and quality8.4
Value for money7.7
High score for Gemia Island
9+ Exceptional (52)
8-9 Excellent (51)
7-8 Very Good (59)
6-7 Good (16)
<6 Below Expectation (15)

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Showing 193 verified guest comments
Eunice from Singapore
Stayed 1 night in July 2012

A very relaxing place!”

Location and beautiful seascape

We enjoyed our stay at Gem Island reort very much and how we wished we could have stayed longer. The water villa was lovely with a balcony extending out into the clear blue waters and we could spot fishes during high tides. For a 18-year old resort, we consider this place as well-maintained. We enjoyed snorkelling at Pulau Gemia as there is a good house reef with many anemone fish and the water has good visibility of about 10-12 meters. The food at the restaurant were one of the best we had during our trip around Malaysia. The staff of Gem Island Resort were well trained, warm and helpful. There is a turtle sanctuary and we saw many adorable baby turtles swimming in a pool designated for them. It was all a very enjoyable and relaxing stay!

Reviewed July 11, 2012
Masfirah from Malaysia
Water Villa
Stayed 2 nights in September 2016

Superb view and adventure ”

Love the island though the room quite pricey. The view is magnificent. White sandy beach, quite and peaceful with lots of adventure. We kayak and tour the whole island including Kapas Island. The view is amazing and really calming. There is a turtle sanctuary and you can see lots of turtles swimming in the pool. You must snorkeling in front of gemia and if you kayak to kapas island, complete your holiday package by scuba or snorkeling at kapas too.. you can rilex on hammock facing open sea at gemia. We explored the whole island and went to a few small caves and later relaxed by having bread and biscuits while watching birds. The room is really cozy even though it slightly run down and we enjoy instant noodles while waiting sunset. This island is only for those who like quite and peaceful. No luxury except the food at the restaurant. Love the fried rice and carbonara. Enjoy the malay iced coffee while sitting at verandah. Tips.. bring instant noodle.. biscuits.. sunglasses.. sun block.. mosquite patch and instant cereal like nestum.. dont forget drinks lots of plain water..

Reviewed November 06, 2016
Noor from Malaysia
Family with young children
Water Villa
Stayed 4 nights in June 2017

Truly a hidden gem”

Built in the 90s, the resort has gone through a number of refurbishments. What I like about the water villa is that, it's built at the edge of the rocky island, so you can see some wild plants and hear bats screeching while walking to your villa. Some parts of the resort look new some I may say are aging quite gracefully. This small private island is not as popular as its neighbour - Kapas Island but it's definitely a hidden gem. Despite being pretty close to the mainland, the water is crystal clear. It only takes a 15-minute boat ride from Marang jetty. Kayaking in the morning when the sea is calm would be your best bet to look at the corals around the island. You can also opt to snorkel via boat or just swim from the shore. The water villa's balcony opens up with a view of the beautiful sea facing Kapas Island. The water beneath is super clear, Nadine loved looking at the fish and crabs swimming by. If you're lucky you get to see some blacktip sharks swimming around in the morning.

Reviewed July 02, 2017
Mei from United Kingdom
Family with young children
Water Villa
Stayed 7 nights in July 2019

Amazing location”

Gem Island Resort is in an amazing location - easily accessible from the mainland yet, step into the sea and fish will be surrounding you. We were able to see baby sharks as well as adult reef sharks just by standing on our balcony. Wildlife is everywhere, from the bat's in the trees to the baby turtles we were lucky enough to see released back into the sea as they hatched the day before we left. Staff are lovely - so friendly and nothing is ever a problem. The food is really good - It is more expensive than on the mainland but that is only to be expected. There are 2 beaches, various sites to snorkel from and kayaking and diving can be arranged. Kapas Island is close by and offers nice variation. The rooms are very clean and cleaned every morning. On the downside, the resort is rundown and could definitely do with updating. The pool is fairly terrible and an eyesore, showers are very old etc. But none of these things would stop me returning to this beautiful island.

Reviewed August 05, 2019
Very good
Susan from Australia
Stayed 3 nights in May 2012

Lovely location, peaceful with friendly staff”

Private, great service, lovely views

The resort looks a little old and tired but if you are looking for a quite beach experience with clear waters in Malaysia then you should have a look at this gem on Gemia Island. The staff were abundant ( few guest) attentive and friendly. The snorkelling is pretty good. You can hire a fishing boat and go on a squid fishing trip during squid season or take out one of the kayaks. Waters on the east coast of Peninsula Mayalsia far surpass that of the west coast. The food in the restaurant (only food facility on the Island) well priced and quite good with good variety.

Reviewed May 19, 2012
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