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Gem Island Resort & Spa

Lot 2804 Pulau Gemia Mukim Rusila, Gemia Island, Gemia Island, Malaysia, 21600 - See map
"Do go if u want a gorgeous place that is quiet and clean and focusedbon your enjoyment of the sea and surroundings."
Brian - July 24, 2016
Excellent comfort
8.4 room quality and comfort
Exceptional reputation
Recommended by 84% of guests
Excellent service
8.3 rating for service
Very good cleanliness
7.7 rating for cleanliness
  • Airport transfer

  • Air conditioning

  • Balcony/terrace

  • Restaurants

  • Non-smoking

Value for money7.6
Distance to city center25 km
Location rating9.0

Rooms available at Gem Island Resort & Spa

8.4
Excellent
Room comfort & quality
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  • Room size: 32 m²/344 ft²
  • Ocean view
  • 1 queen bed
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    What people love about Gem Island Resort & Spa

    • 8.8
      Excellent
      Staff 

      "Excellent chief, friendly server and superb cleanliness."

      Jeffrey

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      March 15, 2018

    • 9.2
      Exceptional
      Location

      "Great accessibility only 15 minutes from Marang jetty."

      Yu

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      July 17, 2018

    • 6.8
      Good

      "There is good snorkeling spot between the two islands."

      Ye H.

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      June 24, 2018

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    8.4
    Excellent

    "the sports and recreation staff are very helpful and friendl..."

    LYDIA A.

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    May 1, 2018

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    What they offer

    8.4
    Excellent

    "The environment is quite and peaceful, good to rest and rela..."

    Lay T.

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    June 15, 2017

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    8.1
    Excellent
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    Rating via Agoda8.1
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    Cleanliness7.7
    Facilities7.2
    Location9.0
    Room comfort and quality8.4
    Service8.3
    Value for money7.6
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    7.6
    Very good
    Teoh from Malaysia
    Family with young children
    Water Villa
    Stayed 2 nights in June 2019

    nice room with sea view”

    it is a very nice water chalet with big balcony facing pulau kapas & sea, bring bread to feed fish & lucky to see 4 or 5 baby shark, snorkelling from east to west in front of chalet with very shallow water, but not nice corals, unless go out very far to deep side near kapas. the room rate is very very high during Raya holiday season, with add in 1 adult 1 kid, 1 extra bed, i paid about rm1500++ just for 2 nights, bfast only for 2, kayaking, snorkelling mask rental is quite high, food is excellent! i paid rm100+ for every lunch/dinner, but worth it, taste very good. will come back again, may be low season...

    Reviewed July 24, 2019
    8.4
    Excellent
    Ans from United Kingdom
    Couple
    Water Villa
    Stayed 4 nights in July 2019

    A little gem, indeed :-)”

    The resort is rustic with a genuine relaxed island feel, and with really lovely staff. The food was also excellent (although we should only speak about the local/Malaysian favourites as we did not try any of the Western offerings). But of course, the real treat is the location. It's a magical spot, postcard perfect. We watched baby black tip reef sharks hunt from our water villa balcony :-) There is good snorkeling and scuba diving, altough unfortunately (as is the case in many "prime" dive locations) the reefs are not in great condition, so don't expect amazing colourful corals.

    Reviewed July 20, 2019
    8.4
    Excellent
    Stefan
    Couple
    Water Villa
    Stayed 2 nights in April 2019

    Very nice location on a private island with up-market prices ”

    Very nice location on a private island with up-market prices (for Malayan standards). Nice beach and ideally suited to have a quite vacation. However, you will have to pay for each transfer to the close by Kappas island if you feel like extending your radius of activities and sometimes the transport is not available at all. Even the kayak that we had to use in lieu of a different means of transport was charged for. We felt that this is not really in keeping with the up-market location that the resort wants to be. Otherwise, highly recommended.

    Reviewed May 06, 2019
    8.8
    Excellent
    Shu from Malaysia
    Family with young children
    Water Villa
    Stayed 1 night in June 2019

    Excellent chief, friendly server and superb cleanliness.”

    The beach is clean and clear water. Nice resort with private beach. The food at the resort is nice and plenty of choices. Staff very friendly. The room is quite clean, bed is comfortable.

    Reviewed June 18, 2019
    8.8
    Excellent
    Shu from Malaysia
    Family with young children
    Water Villa
    Stayed 1 night in June 2019

    Excellent chief, friendly server and superb cleanliness.”

    The whole place include our room is very clean. The food is tasty. The staff are very kind, they even treat our children ice cream. Thank you and thumb up for you all.

    Reviewed June 17, 2019
    8.8
    Excellent
    Christian from Malaysia
    Couple
    Water Villa
    Stayed 2 nights in September 2018

    Beautiful ”

    it is a fantastic secluded spot, and great for a quick getaway. it could use some minor renovation and refurbishment though.

    Reviewed May 03, 2019
    8.4
    Excellent
    LYDIA from Malaysia
    Family with young children
    Water Villa
    Stayed 2 nights in April 2018

    Nice private beach resort, the scenery very beautiful and the rooms are well maintained”

    Nice resort with private beach, had a great time snorkeling and relaxing on the beautiful beach. The rooms are well maintained. Limited F&B outlet, there are double standard of service between expats and local.. The front desk staff not friendly and not informative, Even didn’t bothered to greeted and smiled to us when we arrived. But the sports and recreation staff are very helpful and friendly.

    Reviewed May 01, 2018
    8.4
    Excellent
    Masfirah from Malaysia
    Couple
    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
    8.0
    Excellent
    Jeffrey from Malaysia
    Couple
    Stayed 3 nights in April 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

    Reviewed May 03, 2016
    8.7
    Excellent
    Chow from Malaysia
    Couple
    Stayed 1 night in August 2015

    beautiful island”

    beautiful coral, easy access to Kapas Island, privacy

    this is my 2nd time stay in this resort. again I stay at water villa, the room got tremendous sea view balcony. during low tide , some coral exposed, we can see coral from balcony. excellent. we rent a kayak from water sport centre, we kayak to nearby Kapas Island. the Gem Island resort surround by coral reef, good place for snorkelling. we will come again soon.

    Reviewed December 13, 2015
    9.7
    Exceptional
    Shishila
    Family with teens
    Water Villa
    Stayed 1 night in July 2012

    What an Undiscovered Gem!”

    Fantastic sea, lovely sea, friendly staff

    Wanted an idyllic break and cure for city blues. Definitely found it on this island. Island was gorgeous. last boat was 3.30 which we missed- never fear, got another one there. Reception was quick and Ika the reception was helpful. Had a drink - fantastic. Resort did not look spanking new but gave off the homely vibe- by 2nd day I felt like it was my home..huge windows everywhere meant you see the sea everywhere. Room was spacious and luxurious ! All mod cons and also hot water! Only thing is- remember to ask for a broom to sweep sand out of the room . Water villa meant waking up to see the sea and overlooking fish playing in the clear see below! meals were good and cheap. Staff was very friendly. Took kids to see nemo fish and anemone. Turtle eggs hatched during our visit and kids got to put them in the turtle temp pool .

    Reviewed July 19, 2012
    9.0
    Exceptional
    Pei from Malaysia
    Couple
    Water Villa
    Stayed 3 nights in March 2012

    Great hotel with beautiful scenic view”

    Has their own private beach, not only one but three private beaches!

    The room that we stayed is Water Villa and it's sufficient to us as not only affordable and also we have ocean view, facing Kapas Island. The sound of waves is so soothing. You may just sit at the swing chair at the balcony to enjoy the view whole day long!

    Reviewed March 22, 2012
    7.2
    Very good
    Nadiah from Malaysia
    Family with young children
    Water Villa
    Stayed 1 night in March 2019

    Fun place for children”

    My Agoda booking is inclusive of room rate for two and return boat transfer for two adults.I have to pay extra for the children. My kids enjoy the island so much as not many people n they get to snorkle(using their own snorkling set bought at toy r us) at the beach. We also saw baby shark swimming in front of the room in the morning. Limited ala cart menu for dinner,but the portion are big for me so i just share with the kids.The breakfast is just ok.

    Reviewed May 09, 2019
    7.2
    Very good
    MUHD from Malaysia
    Family with young children
    Water Villa
    Stayed 1 night in July 2019

    Escape”

    Only three of us with great environment, amazing view, private place to relax and refresh. Good food. Friendly staff.

    Reviewed July 08, 2019
    7.6
    Very good
    KHAIRUN from Malaysia
    Couple
    Water Villa
    Stayed 2 nights in March 2019

    it was a great place tho”

    We rent a kayak for 5 hours and having a lot of fun. we joined kapas team when they had a snockeling, a little chat with local boat worker, and we saw a group of baby shark there. we hiked the bukit sebelah and take a lot of pictures. I really miss Gemia and him.

    Reviewed March 06, 2019

    Dear Khairun, Thank you for your patronage, looking forward to see you again in future.

    Responded March 21, 2019
    Gem Island Resort & Spa
    9.2
    Exceptional
    Farah
    Group
    Water Villa
    Stayed 1 night in June 2019

    Absolutely gorgeous!”

    Serene and tranquil around resort. Super comfortable bed. Friendly staffs and delicious food. We saw baby sharks too. Definitely an amazing place to stay. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed June 16, 2019
    8.0
    Excellent
    Mohsen from Malaysia
    Family with young children
    Water Villa
    Stayed 3 nights in June 2019

    Great Private beach”

    Such a quiet and awesome place to connect to the nature.

    Reviewed June 10, 2019
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Noor from Malaysia
    Couple
    Water Villa
    Stayed 1 night in September 2018

    a good place to relax”

    highly recommended for those who want to stay for relax. its not crowded like other islands..the food is good. the staffs also good.

    Reviewed September 27, 2018
    6.4
    Good
    Nur from Malaysia
    Family with young children
    Water Villa
    Stayed 2 nights in August 2018

    Nice view ”

    The best part is you can snokeling around the island and no need to rent a boat. The beach is clean and clear water. Suitable to family with young kids. Suitable for who like to runs from busy life and get a good rest. Suitable for divers. Recommended The conts :- 1. Food is expensive. 2. The rental of snokeling tool is expensive.

    Reviewed August 06, 2018
    6.8
    Good
    Ye from Malaysia
    Couple
    Water Villa
    Stayed 2 nights in October 2017

    The only accommodation in the island”

    This is the only accommodation in the island, allow you to enjoy the moment of peaceful compare to Kapas Island. We enjoy the kayaking from Gem Island to Kapas Island, it only tooks about 15 minutes to cross over. There is good snorkeling spot between the two islands.

    Reviewed June 24, 2018
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