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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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
Image of the Tripadvisor rating NIGHTMARE

Mar 14, 2021 600majav Prague, Czech Republic

We booked 4 most expensive rooms on the island, with all inclusive. When first room of our party arrived there, it was a SHOCK. They only told us, that they overbooked ALL our rooms and they have to put us on a boat - no space, no windows, no beach...are you kidding me ???? For the first day they gave us a room somewhere else and than we had to… Read more
We booked 4 most expensive rooms on the island, with all inclusive. When first room of our party arrived there, it was a SHOCK. They only told us, that they overbooked ALL our rooms and they have to put us on a boat - no space, no windows, no beach...are you kidding me ???? For the first day they gave us a room somewhere else and than we had to move on a boat - which we refused and managed a stay on different island - they tried to refuse to give us our money back ( over 10.000 USD ) and it took us 3 hours of negotiation and stress, but we finally did it. They were burning garbage right next to the villas and there was smoke and ash all around. The resort is really run down and zero maintenance given to the facilities. We visited the resort 9 years ago and they didn’t renovated anything. The management told us they won’t take us to the island next to them, only back to the Airport. Thanks to staff from Amilla fushi, they managed a boat and sent it for our friends. Stay away from them, this is not a holiday, this is a NIGHTMARE !!! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Absolutely loved it

Mar 12, 2021 marija j Vilnius, Lithuania

First of all – it's a safe island. There has been zero COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. Every morning you get your temperature checked. You cannot enter the island without negative COVID tests. Also, the personell always wears masks, only the tourists don't have to. Second of all – it's a paradise on Earth. Everyone is super… Read more
First of all – it's a safe island. There has been zero COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. Every morning you get your temperature checked. You cannot enter the island without negative COVID tests. Also, the personell always wears masks, only the tourists don't have to. Second of all – it's a paradise on Earth. Everyone is super friendly. You instantly feel like you're home. The temperature is amazing. The ocean is warm like a cup of tea. The food is amazing, the scenery – outstanding. Third of all – we fell in love with this place. We're planning to come back as quick as possible. Tips: if you're staying more than 6 nights – you MUST go sunset fishing (it's free). Try canoeing (also free). I enjoyed paddle boarding. Every day you can take the snorkeling equipment and swim around the island. DON'T FORGET YOUR GO – PRO. I loved loved LOVED this place. Thanks, Royal Island Resort and Spa Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Wonderful sea, fantastic white beach and varied food

Mar 12, 2021 pgabriele2017 Rome, Italy

This was not my first trip to Royal Island with my family and potentially not the last. Getting to the island from Male did not have significant waiting time, as the inter-islands flight was immediately after our inbound international flight. The island has a lagoon all around it, offering calm waters to swim and have close encounters with small… Read more
This was not my first trip to Royal Island with my family and potentially not the last. Getting to the island from Male did not have significant waiting time, as the inter-islands flight was immediately after our inbound international flight. The island has a lagoon all around it, offering calm waters to swim and have close encounters with small black tip sharks, colorful tropical fishes, rays, moray eels just in front of your room. Then going outside the reef, the marine life is even more bold. Some visitors complains about the protections around the lagoon. However those are really needed to protect the island from erosion. I could observe the beach on the sunset side was eroded from my last stay. Rooms are well kept and cleaned twice per day. The pool (yes kids enjoy the pool even in the Maldives) is gorgeous. Employees are nice, professional and respectful of Covid-19 related prescriptions. Food was delicious: special mention deserved by the grilled fish, the Indian cuisine table and tropical fruit at every meal. Really a great place for a winter break with the family. Read less