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Royal Island Resort and Spa

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This beautiful resort has every facility you could wish for to make your stay utterly relaxing. All around it are the attractions - unspoiled beaches, uninhabited islands and crystal-clear water teeming with marine life, where you can while away hours in peaceful seclusion or explore the reefs on the regular island-hopping excursions.

At a glance

  • Luxurious Island Retreat
  • Deserted Beaches
  • Island Excursions
  • Spa

Where is it?

118km northwest of Malé in Baa atoll. Transfer time: 20 min fixed wing domestic flight to Dharavandhoo Island followed by a 20 min speedboat transfer to Royal Island.

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Room information

148 Beach Villas with air-conditioning and ceiling fan, satellite TV, telephone, mini-bar* and safe. Rooms sleep max 2 adults and 1 child.


Maakanaa Restaurant (buffet), Boli Bar and Raabondhi Restaurant (a la carte), Palm Terrace (alfresco snacks and lunches). 3 separate bars. Swimming pool. Fitness centre*. Spa* offering a range of beauty treatments and massage. Water sports* available include scuba-diving, snorkelling, day and night fishing, big-game fishing. Regular island-hopping excursions*. Overnight picnic trip*. Free WiFi is available in main reception.

Additional information

Half Board includes: Buffet breakfast and dinner in the main restaurant.

*Denotes local charge.

All Inclusive

All Inclusive includes: Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner in the main restaurant. Domestic brand alcoholic beverages and soft drinks. Sports & activities include non-motorised water sports.

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Royal Island Resort and Spa

  • What to Expect:
    • 4.5 Location
    • 4.5 Sleep Quality
    • 4.5 Rooms
    • 4.5 Service
    • 4.0 Value
    • 4.5 Cleanliness
  • Traveller Rating:
    • Excellent (474)
    • Very Good (206)
    • Average (49)
    • Poor (17)
    • Terrible (13)

It is too hard to find any island resort like the Royal Island because of my conservative family. But, I had a small break time for the life. I am so happy for seeing there. From greeting to good bye...

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5 of 5 stars
Oct 8, 2015 - Enis K - Amasya, Turkey

It is too hard to find any island resort like the Royal Island because of my conservative family. But, I had a small break time for the life. I am so happy for seeing there. From greeting to good bye... Read more were excellent. Thanks a lot. Read less

5 of 5 stars
Oct 3, 2015 - Dawn J - Lincs

Just spent a wonderful 11 nights on this island (not long enough). After 3 visits to the Maldives this is the best resort we have stayed in. It had a real ‘private island’ feel – often we had the... Read more swimming pool to ourselves and frequently the stretch of beach outside our bungalow was deserted. It has been the most peaceful and relaxing holiday. We stayed in bungalow 189, set back from the shoreline and secluded by foliage on the ‘sunset’ side of the island. The location meant that we had sun from 6am to 6pm, shade if we wanted it. It was perfect for access to the reef edge via the jetty and a short stroll to the great snorkelling from the western Presidential Villa round to the other jetty. We saw reef sharks, turtles, Manta and Stingrays as well as shoals of hundreds beautiful tropical fish, big Parrot fish and gorgeously coloured Wrasse and one day a 2m long giant of a silver coloured fish (Jack fish?, Tuna?). When the sea was flat calm (most days on one side of the island or the other) it made for perfect snorkelling, drifting along the drop-off with the current. The food in the main restaurant was excellent – freshly grilled fish and chicken every day, a wonderful variety of delicious curries with homemade chapatti and paratha; the dessert station was a true work of art every evening and everything tasted as good as it looked. We felt spoiled for choice (and we have stayed in a lot of 5 star resorts around the world). We chose a full-board plan and paid extra for our drinks, which suited us as we like premium brands and would rather pay for what we really want. It is expensive to drink alcohol in any 5-star resort, let alone in a country where the importation and consumption of alcohol is restricted. Don’t think about the comparative price of drinks in the country where you live – you are paying for the privilege of enjoying your drinks in a stunning, unique location and they taste the better for it! We had beers, wine, cocktails and liqueurs most days (you do pay for bottled water but our waiter supplied us with a bucket of ice at every meal, which made it go much further). An all-inclusive package would have cost around an extra £475 pp and our bill came to around £700, this included an excursion, so we felt our pay-as-you go drinks bill was better value. We had free fin hire for the duration of our stay; all of the staff were incredibly helpful, anticipating our needs and providing service with great care and attention; our bungalow was kept spotlessly clean, fresh linen and towels. The little touches were lovely – neatly folded fresh beach towels on your veranda every morning; dinky little napkins with your drinks in the bar to catch the condensation on your glass; canapés at happy hour; the ‘see you soon’ decorations at the end of our stay; the grounds maintenance… all much appreciated. The island is beautiful and has excellent facilities. Would we go back? Definitely. Would we try to find a shorter route to get there (Heathrow, Colombo, Male, Daravandhoo, speedboat… 20 plus hours of travel) – you bet. If you have already booked to stay on this island – lucky you! If you’re thinking about it – go for it. Enjoy. Read less

3 of 5 stars
Sep 29, 2015 - Andrea F - Bereguardo, Italy

We was quite happy about our holiday but not totally happy. Positive points: the kindness of the staff, the beaty of the room and the treatment for couples in honeymoon (dinner, bed with roses... Read more ...), the sport centre (we played tennis 4 times!!). (Very) negative points: the excursions were bad, the reef inexistent and the food mediocre, especially the fish. More, the food and the beverage were really expensive! Finally, we stayed quite well but we don't suggest this island,it's possible to find something better!! Andrea & Federica Read less

4 of 5 stars
Sep 11, 2015 - Sushmita D - Gurgaon, India

Good hotel with warm staff. Breakfast and dinner buffet spread was good and had a good mix of cuisines to suite taste of European and Indian visitors. Resort is mostly visited by Europeans and didn't... Read more find many Indians or people from Indian subcontinent. Rooms were cosy and had hut like look. Housekeeping made sure that rooms were clean. Best part was private beaches. Loved the deep blue sea and white sands. In the reef area one would find turquoise blue water. What I didn't like: No water villas. TV in our room wasn't a flat screen LCD or led. What I liked: to reach the hotel you'll have to first board a small plane to reach another island and then from that island you will be taken to the resort in a motor boat. I really loved the motor boat experience. Resort is not close to male so you don't have to worry about male facing rooms. WiFi available in restaurants. Activities: snorkeling, scuba diving, jet skiing. Read less

5 of 5 stars
Sep 9, 2015 - Patrycja K - Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

We are just back from a fantastic holiday on Royal Island. It truly is a tropical paradise, very beautiful. The rooms are fantastic, the service from the staff is faultless. The restaurant is so good... Read more you will struggle not to over eat as the quality and selection on offer is superb. If you go on honeymoon you are treated to a free dinner in the a la carte restaurant - world class quality dining and service. The Maldives offers some of the best dive sites in the world - we did 5 dives. The dive center is very professional and friendly. We saw dolphins, sharks, turtles, manta rays etc. Fab!! We upgraded to 'all inclusive' when we booked - a good decision - as the island/resort is 5 star rated the bar is very expensive. The water sport center is also great and very well equipped offering water skiing, wake boarding, catamaran trips/lessons, wind & kite surfing, kayak and snorkeling trips to see coral garden and turtles. We went in August during monsoon season - we chose this time as it is a peak time for manta ray diving. However...the weather is not the best at this time of year. If you want to go for guaranteed weather rather than diving choose other months. Reception offers a stingray and shark feeding trip which is on daily, cheap and very enjoyable. You can even touch them!! We enjoyed this very much especially as these are wild animals ie not keep in an enclosure/aquarium. There is a beach conservation program in place as the sea washes away the beach. If you are unlucky you may find yourself in a room with little private beach - worth mentioning at the time of booking. All in all a fantastic place which we would highly recommend. Simon & Patrycja Read less

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