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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I read mixed reviews of Gem Island Resort & Spa, but husband and I still decided to go for our anniversary, and we liked the idea that we'd be on a small island away from everything. Since we travelled from KL, the journey to Gem Island wasn't bad. We were greeted with smiling faces and it was like that the... More 

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County Dublin, Ireland
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19 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

Spent a week here as I was injured backpacking and wanted long enough to recover. A week is too long to spend here under normal circumstances as you're fairly limited in terms if activities for that length of time. All that considered, the price is very manageable. Staff friendly. Amazing location. Rooms are perfect if you're a backpacker, if you... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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85 reviews
27 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 5 September 2016

We booked the water villas for our stay, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Our rooms offered unrestricted view of the sea and the hillocks on the island close by. The rooms were clean and the bed was comfortable. The island is privately owned and offers activities like snorkeling, kayaking, etc. However fishing was not on offer on our days of... More 

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singapore
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Reviewed 26 August 2016

We were lucky enough to witness a turtle landing on the evening of Sun Aug 21st ,a nice birthday day gift from nature .At 9 PM in the evening, we were alerted at our chalet room by a resort staff who then quietly ushered us and a few other weekend guests onto the beach just beside the resort. Lo and... More 

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Thank tychan
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
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25 reviews
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Reviewed 25 August 2016

No wonder it is called Gem island. It is a gem. I didn't know anything about this island, until being told and being proposed by my gf. So I googled the image of this resort, read the reviews and I can't wait to experience this place by myself. We are taking the full board package for 3 days 2 night.... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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14 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 13 August 2016

I always try to be as fair and honest as possible with these reviews as I feel too many people write emotional feedback which is often unfair. This place is a little under maintained to say the least. The rooms are clean however do not believe you will come for a luxurious stay here! This is a small and very... More 

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 31 July 2016

The location of this hotel is wonderful and you can snorkel from the three small beaches. The rooms overlook the sea and the view is stunning,the sea is clear. We hired Kayaks and went over to nearby Pulau Kapas which has a few restaurants and budget hotels. We saw small sharks from our balcony every morning, bats, and all kinds... More 

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Fresno, California
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17 reviews
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Reviewed 26 July 2016

Had been to Kapas 20 years ago, and looked eagerly forward to a visit to very nearbly Pula Gemia. Not disappointed. Tiny island, 3 beaches. One hotel. Aging resort but v. nice. V. Good food tho predictably over priced. Only 7-8 others staying here when we visited. Had beach to ourselves. Nice staff. Not a shiny, new resort, so if... More 

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Heenweg, The Netherlands
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100 reviews
48 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 23 July 2016 via mobile

Immediately upon arrival, spontaneous, smiling faces and along with the welcome-drink plus of course the dire beautiful island made the perfect first impression. The staff turned out really nice and helpful. We are therefore more nights stayed, than initially planned. The food is very good, but 30% extra service charge for room service I've never experienced anywhere. It has, however,... More 

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Lewes, United Kingdom
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59 reviews
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Reviewed 18 July 2016 via mobile

The water front rooms are nice and relaxing. Comfy beds and great balcony. The resort looks tired and run down and whilst the restaurant has amazing views the food was basic and not that tasty. The snorkelling is better on the rocky side of island where the water is deeper but not a patch on turtle bay on otherside of... More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The resort have 45 sea frontage villas, comprising of 2 suites, 4 hideaway Villas, 4 Premier Villas and 35 water villas. All villas are equipped with air conditioning and king sized beds with aside lounger. All villas have a balcony with a swing chair for your convenience. Villas are all ensuite with a toilet and shower room. The resort is built on the ridges of the coastline, thus preserving the hills and its natural physical formation. There is a main beach and 2 other smaller beach for your private use. There is a restaurant where all meals are served there. Seaport facilities like kayaking and snorkelling are also available. Guided snorkelling is also available upon request with minimum of 4 pax. Airport transfer can be arrange upon request with some charges. Rates are available on our official website. Thank you and hope to see you in Gem Island soon. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Gem Island Resort & Spa

Address: Lot 2804, Pulau Gemia Jalan Rusila | Daerah Marang Terengganu, Marang 21600, Malaysia
Region: Malaysia > Terengganu > Marang
Hotel Class:3 star — Gem Island Resort & Spa 3*
Number of rooms: 45
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“I would go for the water villas....”
 of 5 bubbles GabrielleT726, 13 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Ask for water villa with good view as we observed the furthest from reception may not offer the same view”
 of 5 bubbles HPillai, 4 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Room 3 and room 4 standalone water villas , best for gentle breeze from both sides”
 of 5 bubbles tychan, 25 Aug 2016 | Read review
“Choose room 04”
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 of 5 bubbles saramK5407PW, 24 Aug 2016 | Read review
“Aim for a higher number room as the beach at the back near those rooms is far nicer I thought.”
 of 5 bubbles pauleP7744UU, 13 Aug 2016 | Read review
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