I was recently presented with the opportunity of staying at one of Pattaya’s best-kept secrets, the Gems Mining Pool Villas.The location is rather unusual being just at the end of the Bangkok-Pattaya motorway but if you live in Bangkok, this makes a lot of sense. However, if you are looking for a luxurious hotel close to the beach, shopping or bars, the Gems Mining will probably not be your first choice.
The imposing walls around the property will be your first sight, however as you enter, you will find that the entire resort is looking inwards towards lush tropical gardens and secluded villas. Everything is larger than life at the Gems Mining including the impressive reception where we were checked in efficiently by the very friendly staff.
You are then whisked away by buggy through the twisting alleyways to your villa. Forget your normal mindset for a villa, these are different and almost secretive, hiding their charms & facilities behind massive, steel-plated doors.
Much of the resort is in a South African/Mining/Safari style and once you enter your Emerald Villa your eyes will hardly believe what you are seeing. It is vast, with 100 square meters. Everything is larger than life. The fully equipped bathroom is probably the largest that I have ever reviewed. The bed/living room featured a massive (and very comfortable) bed, seating area, smart flatscreen TV and door to the terrace. The secret is when the sliding doors are opened to reveal your own, 3×7 meter private pool.
The quality in the Gems Mining is excellent, with large soft towels both for swimming and bath. High thread-count cotton sheets, soft down feather pillows and all the extras that one expects including a coffee machine and kettle.
With the amazing pool, couples and families will hardly leave their rooms, you have so much space and comfort in addition to your own private pool.
If you do venture out you can swim in their massive Mediterranean-themed pools, swim-up pool bar and the charming Castaway Café. The property also offers a fully equipped gym, Onsen, Steam bath & sauna in addition to a Kids Club.
Breakfast was served in the most impressive Tram Restaurant where the African/Safari theme prevails. The buffet is vast with an extensive choice to suit every breakfast taste. The numerous staff are extremely friendly and will assist at any time.
The Gems Mining is a unique property with a variety of accommodation options to accommodate even large family groups. Prices are actually quite reasonable when one considers the 100 sq meter room plus your own 3 x 7-meter private swimming pool! Additionally, they have many very competitive offers for mid-week accommodation. We thoroughly enjoyed our short stay and can highly recommend a stay in The Gems Mining.