Located in a Marine Conservation Park, Gem Island or Pulau Gemia in Malay, truly befits its name. Urbanites who have to endure numerous pressures daily would long for such a perfect getaway. Just think; an escape from hours of traffic jams, environmental pollution, bosses and colleagues from hell, insane drivers, grumpy frontliners.
Pamper yourself at the Gem Island Resort & Spa. A rare jewel awaiting your discovery.
3D/ 2N HONEYMOON PROMOTION Package includes:
Gem welcome drink
2 night accommodation at sea frontage Villa
Seasonal fruit basket in Villa Upon Arrival
2 x breakfast, 2 x Lunch 1 x Dinner and 1 x Candle Light Dinner
2 bottles drinking water per day
1 x bottle Red/White Wine Or Sparkling juice for Muslim couple
1 x Full Day usage of snorkeling equipment
1 x Guided snorkeling session
1 x 50 min Aromatherapy session at Tusita Spa for 2 persons
Return boat transfer (Marang Jetty- Resort – Marang Jetty)
Marine Conservation Fund
For additional Night accommodation -discounted rate apply from $240nett per nite per room with Breakfast for 2 person
Gem Island (Pulau Gemia) is a privately owned island, situated about 800 metres off Kapas Island. Gem Island had white sandy beaches, crystal clear water, beautiful corals and fascinating marine life. In another effort to preserve wildlife, one of the beaches on Gem Island is used as a turtle hatchery. Terengganu is renowned as one of the few places where turtles (including the giant Leatherback) come ashore to lay their eggs. On the island the green turtle is the most common. But the Hawksbill and Olive Ridley turtle are regular visitors. After laying, the eggs are collected and transferred by Gem Island staff to an enclosure on the beach. This protects them from marauding predators such as monitor lizards, crabs and seabirds.
No one would share a treasure island. This rare jewel shouldn’t be exposed. It shouldn’t be shared. Definitely not with a group schoolchildren. Having them screaming at the top of their lungs and running around the tiny island isn’t exactly the idea of a soothing island escapade.
Gem Island’s proximity to the mainland, merely 15 minutes by speedboat, adds to its attractiveness as a weekend holiday spot. A blessing definitely for those prone to seasickness.
Though easily accessible, the 1-km long Gem Island has remained exquisitely pristine. It has all the main requisites needed for an island escapade. Sun, sand, beach, clear turquoise sea, as well as clean and comfortable accommodation offered by its only boutique resort – Gem Island Resort & Spa.
It provides the perfect setting to catch up with close pals and great surroundings for a romantic rendezvous. Throwing a birthday party there, or better still, a wedding, would be really fantastic. In a nutshell, it allows us to be away from our daily hectic schedules for a few days to rekindle friendships and relationships.
Gem Island Resort & Spa has been in operation for over 10 years. It underwent a refurbishment and re-branding exercise sometime in 2006. For a tiny island like Gem, its accommodation, all fronting the South China Sea comprising 39 Water Villas, 4 Premier Villas, 4 Hideaway Villas and 2 Hideaway Suite, gives a reason good enough for repeat visits.
Its Water Villas, the least expensive of the bunch, are simple yet highly comfortable. The best thing is the room opens out to a spacious balcony with an amazing view of the ocean. Lazing at the balcony with a book in hand, entertained by the sound of pounding waves with the sea breeze pressed against your face is the perfect way to spend the afternoon. Those who are lucky can even get a glimpse of the black-tip sharks from the balcony early morning. Sadly, my luck is only good enough to spot a huge monitor lizard. Anyhow, love the balcony!
As the resort is island-based, the electricity supply is switched off between 3pm and 5pm daily. Most visitors would be out of their rooms during that time to enjoy the many activities on the island. No holiday in Gem would be complete without basking in the sun and enjoying a swim at its secluded beaches. Other activities include snorkelling, scuba diving, kayaking, jungle trekking and beach games. Normally, after enjoying all these activities, hitting the spa is probably the next best option. Tusita Spa offers a range of massages and spa treatments that will leave guests de-stressed and rejuvenated.
Gem Island Resort & Spa also plays a part in turtle conservation. The resort has established a turtle sanctuary and works closely with the State authorities to protect turtles. The staff of the resort seeks out turtle eggs on the secluded beaches of Gem and the nearby Kapas Island. The eggs are collected and transferred to the turtle sanctuary for incubation. Young hatchlings are kept in a specially constructed pool near its jetty before being released into the open sea. So, visitors who are lucky might get a chance to release the hatchlings.
Getting to Gem Island is really simple. Both Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia fly to Kuala Terengganu from Kuala Lumpur. From the airport, take a cab and head south for Marang jetty (not Merang jetty). The journey is about 45 minutes.
If you choose to drive, the journey from Kuala Lumpur to Marang jetty takes approximately six to seven hours via the Karak and East Coast Highway.
From the jetty, it takes another 15 minutes by boat to Gem Island. Suria Link Boat Service operates frequent and regular services to Gem Island Resort & Spa.
Due to the monsoon season, Gem Island Resort & Spa is closed for four months from November to February. However, it is advisable for visitors to check with the resort.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON THE STATE OF TERENGGANU
Occupying 12,955 sq km, Terengganu has the state of Kelantan on its north border and Pahang in the south and south west. This land of long sandy beaches has a coastline of 240km facing the South China Sea. Its capital town is Kuala Terengganu.
Like Kelantan, Terengganu is one of the states in the country with strong Malay culture and traditional pursuits such as kite flying, top spinning and batik printing.
Terengganu is blessed with beautiful beaches and islands. Famous islands in the state include Pulau Redang, Pulau Perhentian and Pulau Kapas.
BOAT SCHEDULE & CONTACT:
From Marang Jetty to Resort:
9:00 am; 11:00 am;
1:00 pm (not available on Friday);
From Resort to Marang Jetty:
9:30 am; 11:30 am;
1:30 pm (not available on Friday);
Suria Link Boat Service
H/P: 019-983 9454
Gem Island Resort & Spa
Lot 2804, Pulau Gemia, Mukim Rusila
Daerah Marang Terengganu
21600 Kuala Trengganu
Terengganu Darul Iman, Malaysia
Tel: +(6) 09-624 5110
Fax: +(6) 09-624 5109
Kuala Lumpur Sales Office
Gem Island Resort & Spa
No 37, 2nd Floor, Jalan Wan Kadir 2,
Taman Tun Dr. Ismail,
60000 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: +(6) 03-7727 0252 (2 hunting lines)
Fax: +(6) 03-7727 0239
Eastern Region Sales Office
Gem Island Resort & Spa
Lot 2804, Pulau Gemia,
26100 Daerah Marang, Terengganu.
Tel: +(6) 09-624 5110 / 09-669 5910
Fax: +(6) 09-624 5109 / 09-669 9110