We had a great stay on Royal Island Resort & Spa - thoroughly enjoyed it. There are more luxury locations on the Maldives, but this one offers a lot and is beautiful!
Name of Island: Horubadhoo
(check it out on google earth or google maps with satellite view selected! Just enter the following in the search field: horubadhoo, maldives ;and it will take you right there)
Size: approx. 800 x 200m (which makes it a medium to large island on the Maldives)
Coordinates: 05.16N 73.05E
Region of Maldives: Baa Atoll, NW of Male Intl Airport, approx. 35min by water taxi (if on a non-stop flight, quite often with stops enroute for other guests)
Orientation of Island: SE to NW
Webpage of Resort: http://www.royal-island.com/
Beach: There is mainly a "southern beach" and a "northern beach", but technically it is more South-West and North-East. Generally, the southern beach is nicer and wider, and also less noisy (most boat traffic on north jetty, airtaxi arrives on north side). The north beach is also more eroded with sandbags being seen at some places. The huts on the northern side are more directly located on the beach, whilst on the southern side there is a stretch of trees between the huts and the beach, so your view from the room is less a beach-view than on the northern side. Be careful with wind predictions for each side: during our stay, wind changed sides. The windy side can be quite windy. If this is important for you, check the wind charts for your time of stay to chose.
Room: The room is nice has everything you need, including a veranda and an outdoor bath (there are 2 showers, one outside and one more inside - don't worry, both are shielded well from views).
Snorkelling: Yes, great house-reef, but you have to go on the outer side of the protection walls - best to get in/ out via South Jetty
Activities: There is a great number of things you can do, mainly water sports of all kinds. There is a good PADI diving school, offering courses for beginners to experts and many fun trips.
Spa: looked nice but we didn't use it.
Food: Good at Main Restaurant (included), other restaurant at extra price
Main Restaurant: Rather big, not particularly romantic due to canteen-style buffet, varietiy good
Weather: Do yourself a favour and check what the weather should be like. The temperature is always excellent (around 30C), BUT it rains. Any month other than January - March, expect some days with rain.
What to bring: There is not much shopping on the island, but there is one shop with basic stuff. However it is best to bring what you need, which includes:
- some snacks for inbetween
- your own snorkelling gear (preferably tested previously) (can be rented, but for a price that you could own the equipment)
- your own medical stuff (whatever you will need) (there is a doctor on the island, quality questionable)
- plenty of sunscreen, so you don't have to turn lobster like many others
Note: The weight limit on the airtaxi is strict! You will pay for any excess of 25kg in total (checked luggage: 20kg, hand luggage: 5kg). This limit is different from most airlines, it is less. And most likely your items will be weighed when checking in for the airtaxi.
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