Royal Island Resort & Spa

Maldives, Indian Ocean

The hotel

Blending ancient traditions with modern living, Royal Island Resort & Spa is a beautiful resort with almost every facility you could wish for. Authentic Maldivian hospitality and a holistic spa offering unique experiences will help to make your stay utterly relaxing. All around the island are unspoiled beaches, uninhabited islands, coral gardens and crystal-clear waters teeming with marine life. Enjoy dramatic views from your private beach villa, while away hours in peaceful seclusion surrounded by tropical foliage or explore the reefs with a snorkel or on one of the regular island-hopping excursions.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Internet Access
  • Beachfront location
  • Restaurant
  • Scuba Diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Villa / private house

Where is it

Located 118km northwest of Malé in Baa Atoll. Transfer time from Malé International Airport: 20-minute fixed wing domestic flight to Dharavandhoo Island followed by a 10-minute speedboat transfer to Royal Island.

Hotel information

148 classically designed Beach Villas. All with terrace, air-conditioning and ceiling fan, satellite TV, complimentary WiFi, telephone, tea/coffee-making facilities, mini-bar*, hairdryer, and safe, bathrobes and slippers, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.

All Inclusive option: includes breakfast lunch and dinner in the main restaurant and afternoon tea and snacks at the pool terrace. Drinks include bottled water, tea and coffee, canned or bottled soft drinks and juice. House wine, beer and selected house brand spirits (gin, vodka, rum, arrack, brandy & whiskey) plus selected cocktails, from the main bar and pool terrace, from 10:00am–1:00am. Mini-bar with two small coca colas and two canned fruit juices, replenished once per day (all other items at a charge). Sports including snorkelling equipment, dingy sailing and canoeing. One night-fishing excursion per guest per stay, when staying 6 nights or more.

Please note: Champagne and premium spirits are available at an extra charge.

Premium all inclusive: includes breakfast, lunch and dinner at the main restaurant. Guests can also select one a la carte meal per day at the pool terrace or Raabondhi restaurant. Afternoon tea, a wide range of wines, beers and premium brand spirits, cocktails, tea & coffee, soft drinks and bottled water throughout the day. Mini-bar (replenished once daily) and a selection of land and water sports such as badminton, tennis, snorkelling, windsurfing and stand up paddle boarding. $100 credit per person per stay can be used towards either the spa or diving.

Maakanaa Restaurant (buffet, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner) and Raabondhi Restaurant (à la carte Mediterranean-influenced cuisine, open for lunch and dinner). 3 bars including Boli Bar (lounge and fun pub) and Pool Bar. Swimming pool. Fitness centre. Araamu Spa* offering a range of beauty treatments and massage, in indoor and outdoor treatment rooms, with sauna, Jacuzzi and steam rooms. Water sports including PADI scuba-diving*, snorkelling, day and night fishing*, big-game fishing*. Tennis (floodlighting available at a charge), squash, table tennis, volleyball, badminton and billiards. Regular island-hopping excursions*. Overnight picnic trip*. Room service*. Shop. Complimentary WiFi available in main reception, Boli Bar and Raabondhi Restaurant. Evening entertainment in the main bar, including live bands and shows.

*Denotes local charge.

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Traveller rating

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Araamu SPA

Jul 3, 2021 793ivad

During my 10 day stay at Royal Island Resort&SPA Araamu made my most precious and special vacation for their incredible treatments not only for efficacy and immediate results visible to the naked eye, but for the energy boost that made me truly reborn. I had several daily treatments, one better than the other, I recommend trying them all. All the… Read more
During my 10 day stay at Royal Island Resort&SPA Araamu made my most precious and special vacation for their incredible treatments not only for efficacy and immediate results visible to the naked eye, but for the energy boost that made me truly reborn. I had several daily treatments, one better than the other, I recommend trying them all. All the team very professional and helpful, my special thanks to my therapist SAJEEV and his miraculous hands. I will be back as soon as possible. Read less
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Jun 16, 2021 sweet_chiquitin26 Qatar

PROs Accommodation: The Beach Villa is nice and is the same of the images posted in their website Service: The staffs were very friendly and the housekeeping was superb. Cleaning twice a day and very accommodating. CONs (We booked All Inclusive Package) Main restaurant has poor quality of food, Buffet has terrible selection of menu only few were… Read more
PROs Accommodation: The Beach Villa is nice and is the same of the images posted in their website Service: The staffs were very friendly and the housekeeping was superb. Cleaning twice a day and very accommodating. CONs (We booked All Inclusive Package) Main restaurant has poor quality of food, Buffet has terrible selection of menu only few were considered "edible". Hot food were served cold even there's food warmer and cold drinks were served warm. Buffet food were display/served on a dangerous temperature zone. Most food were overcooked! Considering that it we were in an island, we expected a good variety of seafood in the menu however the only available was dark meat fish that we were not able to eat at all. Flies were always present most of the times. The staffs (waiters) were friendly however they need to improve as per the 5* Luxury Resort experience. Mini Bar doesn't include even 2 bottles of alcoholic beverage for All inclusive package which is very disappointing. Only Water, 2 soda cans and 2 juice that I was not able to drink (Glad that we can exchanged it to soda). Boli Bar: We booked for 7 nights and on the 4 night they actually served Becks beer instead of Heineken without any information. It should be informed upon ordering that "Sir we are now out of stock for Heineken. Would like to have Becks?" else the staff just decided I will give you a beer just that's it. They change it the following day as we complained. Activity: I can't believe that this resort were charging USD7 for the use of life jacket for the All inclusive package! Among all the equipment, why life jacket?? Total Review: It was not that bad experience considering that we paid USD700 for the domestic flight and boat transfer just to be in the island. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Nice location, but silly limiting rules during COVID times.

Jun 11, 2021 BrendonEJ Johannesburg, South Africa

Lovely island, but unfortunately the hotel has decided to cancel all ‘events’ during COVID times which is ridiculous. We allowed to dine and eat together (hotel can hold 400 people in 150 rooms roughly) and swim in pool but no live band; no DJ, no karaoke, no quiz or adult entertainment at night because of ‘covid’? It sounds like an excuse and a… Read more
Lovely island, but unfortunately the hotel has decided to cancel all ‘events’ during COVID times which is ridiculous. We allowed to dine and eat together (hotel can hold 400 people in 150 rooms roughly) and swim in pool but no live band; no DJ, no karaoke, no quiz or adult entertainment at night because of ‘covid’? It sounds like an excuse and a cost saving exercise and will effect our experience. I hope manager can change this ASAP as we are here for almost two weeks. We have come from Sun Siyam Vilu Reef the week before and they still have all their activities active and night time games and entertainment. On our first night here, had to take over dj equipment and start our own impromptu party in their names ‘Fun Pub’. Also still waiting for music to be played around the pool - no background music even though there are Bose Speakers situated all over the pool area and was told by bartender yesterday that the ‘system was broken’ - which is unlikely and he sounded unsure. I would like this to be sorted today and an answer around this. Nice buffet food in the main restaurant, which is a good thing as one has to eat there for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Unfortunately the all inclusive only allows very limited alcohol drinks, very limited mini bar access and no access to the ala carte restaurant which is different to other hotels and locations. So not quite ‘all inclusive’ . Lovely large hotel pool. Unfortunately only 8 sun loungers for a hotel hosting close to 400 people? Seems very strange and impossible to have a vibe of people lying around the large hotel pool. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Unforgettable holiday!

Apr 6, 2021 sweens1804

My partner and I visited the Royal Island Resort and Spa from the 29th March to the 3rd April and are very grateful to have enjoyed such a memorable holiday. The hotel was fantastic. One of the things I was concerned about prior to visiting was the all inclusive food and drink options but this was not a problem. The range of food on offer each… Read more
My partner and I visited the Royal Island Resort and Spa from the 29th March to the 3rd April and are very grateful to have enjoyed such a memorable holiday. The hotel was fantastic. One of the things I was concerned about prior to visiting was the all inclusive food and drink options but this was not a problem. The range of food on offer each day was very impressive and tasted great. We particularly enjoyed the daily soup for lunch and dinner, the fish and meat options. You are given a set table for the week meaning a set waiter. Our waiter was Naser who made us smile each day with his quick wit and impressions of us English. He couldn’t do more for us and we thank him. All the staff at the main restaurant were brilliant and very friendly. We also liked Libin on the live cooking station and he always had a cheeky smile on his face! The range of activities to do with the all inclusive package is great. We filled our days around the meals with snorkelling, kayaking, badminton, squash or playing pool in the Boli bar. The beach is obviously amazing to walk down and snorkel in but he also enjoyed the pool. It was spacious and you could sit and have a drink around it. The Boli bar is literally open all day and serves all inclusive drinks until 1am. There is plenty of tables and space as it tends to be quite busy in the early evening. Some nights they had entertainment with a very impressive singer and guitarist on the Wednesday and the local Maldivian music performance on the Friday which was also good fun! There is also a bar on the sea which has all inclusive drinks and snacks from 4-6. This is beautiful to visit during the sunset and we visited this on our last two evenings. We expected to spend more money than we did but because the activities included were very good we didn’t spend anything at all other than the Covid tests. We liked our room it had a ski resort cabin feel to it in the inside but was very spacious and the view as you leave the back door straight onto the beach was amazing! The staff even decorated our bed ok our last day which was a really nice touch. The hotel arranged travel to and from the main airport as it involves a short domestic flight and then a short boat ride with some buses in between. This was smooth although bear in mind it does take time to arrive to the hotel on your first day. This was all really organised well and I had no complaints. The hotel gave us breakfast to take as we left really early on the last morning. The Royal Island Resort is a fantastic hotel for couples and families alike with lots to do. We loved our time at the hotel and my partner and I would definitely consider a visit again. Read less
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Mar 28, 2021 131apf Manama, Bahrain

Simply stunning. The Royal Island Resort and Spa lived up to all expectations for our visit over Christmas. The plethora of activities was awesome and, if you just wanted to chill out, you could easily float around with the sea life all day long. As we visited over the holiday period, they put on a superb Christmas dinner and Father Christmas… Read more
Simply stunning. The Royal Island Resort and Spa lived up to all expectations for our visit over Christmas. The plethora of activities was awesome and, if you just wanted to chill out, you could easily float around with the sea life all day long. As we visited over the holiday period, they put on a superb Christmas dinner and Father Christmas even jet-bladed to deliver presents for the children. Nadeer was our waiter, and he was a superb host throughout. It’s so easy to recommend this place for anyone visiting. Just be prepared for a thirty-minute flight from Malé and a trip in a boat in the pitch black! All part of the island experience. Read less