The resort has started the new season
(2006) with a new staff and a new policy.
The staff is very friendly ("do you like the food?"), the food is
delicious and the rooms are beautiful.
The rates are also very friendly
"We had a wonderful view under water. We
were snorkelling in the sea. We saw colourful fishes,
two sharks and the coral is still very beautiful"
Experience April 2012
is a privately
owned island, about 800 metres off Kapas Island. Pulau Gemia has white
sandy beaches, crystal clear water, beautiful corals
and marine life as some of it’s natural
There's only one resort on the island named: Gem
Wellness Spa & Island Resort. It's the former Gem Island Resort,
In 2004 they renovated the existing chalets and they refurnished the whole
resort. And it got a Spa. The
chalets (Water Villa's) themselves stand on sturdy concrete stilts,
hugging the coastline, with views across the sea offering a perfect
Resort; diving center (at the left) and teh
Water Villas (at the right)
There are no bus services
directly to the Marang jetty. In Kuala Terengganu you can either charter a
taxi or a van to take you to the Marang jetty. There are many boat services to Pulau Gemia at the jetty in Marang. The
most frequent and regular service provider is Suria Link. It takes about 15
minutes by speedboat. The office of Suria Link is where you can park your car
for RM7. inclusive security. Charges are per-day basis.
The office of Suria Link and parking
The jetty of Marang with speedboat
The island is considered one of the most
beautiful island getaways in this part of the East Coast. With patches of virgin
forest covering the rocky hills in the centre, crystal-clear waters and spotless
golden beaches, the resort is among the few destinations in the country still
unspoilt by development.
The welcome upon arrival was
very special. The people is so friendly!
We had some beers and a few hours later we went
to our Water Villa.
The Water Villa's are
so so large, but everything is tastefully decorated.
The king size bed has a mosquito net. There's an air-conditioning, which
makes a little noise. and there's a van at the ceiling.
We spend many hours at the veranda with a lovely view at Pulau Kapas,
which just a few hundred meters away from Pulau Gemia. We enjoyed looking
at the coastline at Marang, where the jetty is leaving for this island.
under our veranda we could hear the rippling water and we looked down we
saw hundreds of little crabs.
Regularly we see large shoals of fish coming by.
In the morning we saw
dorsal fins of little baby-sharks in the water.
The sea in between Pulau
Kapas and Pulau Gemia is also home to stunning coral gardens and other
marine life. The spot is a haven for snorkelling and diving.
The resort has fitted up 4
chalets for a Spa, where Thai ladies are waiting for you to give you special
spa treatment and therapies. In the package we had was an aroma therapy
treatment. Also in the package deal was a bottle of red wine, which was served
at dinner. The dinner was excellent, cuisine worthy.
At breakfast there was no Nasi Lemak, but we had warm croissants and fresh
The spa treatments:
Traditional Malay therapies
Face spa therapies
Body treatment therapies
Oil Spa therapies
Ear candling therapy
Leg and feet therapies
You can go snorkelling without taking the boat out. There are many things to see near the shore: corals of
different shapes, colours and sizes, sea urchins, swordfishes, butterfly
fishes, parrot fishes, bump head fishes, crabs, clams and lots of sea
cucumbers. We even saw a clown fish, complete with its ‘house’ of sea
If you hire a boat to take you further out for snorkelling or
even scuba diving or deep-sea fishing.
Those who love long walks on the beach should go to
the north-eastern part of the island when the tide is low. Just remember
to bring your slippers as the rocks and corals are very sharp. The rocks
themselves look as if someone had mutilated them with a chain saw, but
that’s just the way they’ve been formed by the elements
Zoutwaterzwembad en Kapas
There are many interesting little creatures to
discover, if you look close enough in the pools of water between the rocks
and corals. Hermit crabs, sea snails, oysters, sea anemones (try feeding
them) and, of course, more sea cucumbers.
If you have no patience for pottering around, visit
the baby greenback turtles by the jetty.
Pulau Gemia is part of a
turtle hatchery programme. Turtle hatchlings are cared for until they’re
old and strong enough to survive in the open sea.
Transfer Jetty -
Resort: 9:00, 11:00, 13:00 (except Friday)
Transfer Resort - Jetty: 9:30, 11:30, 13:30 (except
Friday) en 15:30
Car Parking : RM7 a day
The resort closes from Nov 1 until end of February for the
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, 4 Premier Villas, 4 Hideaway Villas and 2 Hideaway Suite all facing the South China Sea.
The onsite Samudra Restauran, offers guests with local Malaysian, Chinese & 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 & kayaking.
After enough of exploration, guests can indulge in Tusita Wellness Spa for various relaxing therapies. Gem Island Resort & Spa is a perfect base for a memorable trip.