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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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4.6
Cleanliness
4.6
Service
4.6
Value
4.2
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Come experience the Maldives you’ve always dreamt of at Royal Island Resort & Spa. Amidst the sparkling jewels of the Indian Ocean, our exquisite Maldives luxury hotel shines and dazzles above all. Indulge and immerse yourself in a colorful journey of discovery, where shores lined with luxuriant banyans and lush palms yield to a majestic underwater world that will render you speechless. Enjoy unmatched services and facilities, including the lavish Araamu Spa and a fabulous selection of restaurants and bars. Relax and unwind with a vast selection of resort activities , including a fully equipped gymnasium, tennis, and squash to scuba diving and water skiing.
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Property amenities
Free internet
Pool
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Beach
Canoeing
Airport transportation
Business Center with Internet Access
Wifi
Paid wifi
Hot tub
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Outdoor pool
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Special diet menus
Swimup bar
Poolside bar
Diving
Snorkeling
Tennis court
Entertainment staff
Evening entertainment
Fishing
Table tennis
Banquet room
Spa
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Head massage
Massage
Concierge
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Shops
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Room service
Safe
Minibar
Refrigerator
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, German
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angelomalandra wrote a review Today
Udaipur, India14 contributions1 helpful vote
Few downfalls it is highly expensive to drink spirits and beer way overpriced. There recreational activities is over priced you need a large wallet to have a good time there. Upside the food is well prepared and wide verity friendly staff and the resort is well kept and clean the living accommodation is very good and well set out.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Ammar Malhas wrote a review Yesterday
Amman Governorate, Jordan98 contributions67 helpful votes
I reserved this resort with some reluctance not knowing what to expect for the excellent All-Inclusive price I got! I planned a 4 night stay here and a 7 night stay at a 6-star resort nearby just in case this first choice turns out to be below my expectations. I am happy to say the resort was all I wanted an a bit more. This place is simply amazing with clean comfortable facilities, nice room (villa), beaches, restaurants and a 24-hour bar! I went through many of the reviews about this place and I must be honest here, for what I paid this place is more than amazing! I just do not understand what people were complaining about when what you pay here is %20 or less than what other “luxurious” resorts charge! Well, it is the same weather, same sands (crushed pure white corals), same sun (or rain as in our case 🥴), and the same greenery. The staff at the resort provide more than adequate service, it is more like “really good” service. The food at the buffet leaves much to wish for but it is edible and adequate and expected at the prices we paid. I have no complaints whatsoever, in fact I highly recommend this resort. Please visit this resort if you are looking for a reasonably priced great getaway in the Maldives, and it is suitable for children and families as well.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled
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Christos wrote a review May 8
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The sunset beach villa was the best option at the best side of the island! The beach was awesome! A couple of issues like the fact that during one afternoon the staff were putting down coconuts that were banging our rooftop without us being notified before was a bit disappointing. Also the ala carte restaurant was not up to our expectations regarding the environment, service and food. Management can do way better to justify the high prices! The spa ladies were very professional and the whole staff very friendly! Big variety of the buffet! Overall an awesome experience! Thank you!
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Traveled
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sharon wrote a review Apr 2022
Kent, United Kingdom18 contributions13 helpful votes
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We had the best time ever, we went at the end of February for 16 nights. Our villa was beautiful the scenery was beautiful and the staff were beautiful. Dieter in the bar was so attentive nothing was too much trouble. We went on a few trips and they were brilliant. The chef let us look round the kitchens they were gleaming. Best food we have ever tasted. Thank you everyone at Royal Island especially Dambe the beverage manager.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Traveled
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Benan Gedikoglu wrote a review Apr 2022
4 contributions3 helpful votes
If you are looking for a "REAL MALDIVES EXPERIENCE' that is romantic, quite, being lost in the nature, dreaming of going back recharged and energised, DO NOT PICK THIS HOTEL! I would like to start by saying all the STAFF ARE DOING A FANTASTIC JOB to make people happy, DESPITE THE INCAPABLE MANAGEMENT of Villa Hotels Team, that owns a few hotels in Maldives and clearly DO NOT UNDERSTAND what tourists are looking for, in the Maldives. Sadly there is a limit to what the staff can do to compensate, for all the bad choices that the hotel management has made, even if they are trying their best every second of the day. I feel truly bad for the staff, and for any future guests that will have to experience the same. The main issue is that the guests come here with the idea of Maldives being ROMANTIC, QUITE, IN THE NATURE, YOUR FEET ON THE SAND, WATCHING THE STARS... And the management has decided to completely destroy this idea of Maldives, trying to turn this hotel into a CHEAP EUROPEAN EXPERIENCE. It feels like it is designed for locals to live a foreign experience, not the other way around :) I will list the key things we saw, from a very long list we have after staying here only for 3 days, while being anxious about what the next 6 days will still bring... 1. You eat inside in a buffet that looks like it's from the 80s, all the time, which is very different than what any other Maldives hotel would offer. I am not sure why we came with a 16 hour trip all the way here, to eat indoors, a food that would be 10 times better at home in any restaurant, for this price. The added value of Maldives is to be outside, on the sand, or by the water, and they don't seem to understand this very basic logic and the wish of the tourists. But of course they can serve you the 'à la carte' menu with higher than Michelin star prices (sadly still very low quality), outside, if you really asked for it... 2. There is a band that sounds like cheap karaoke bar or a bad DJ or a random show, taking place every night, as of 8pm. Imagine you are in Maldives to listen to the sound of waves, watch the stars, and your experience is completely destroyed just because the hotel wanted to sell a few drinks, along with a loud DJ music. And the best part is... Not only they destroy the whole experience after 8pm with these cheap shows, they also allow the drummer etc. to practice during the day next to the pool, so they can make even more noise with bad sound quality and force everyone to move away from enjoying the quite, beautiful pool. 3. While trying to create this 'unwanted' European experience, surprisingly they LET PEOPLE SMOKE INDOORS, which is something Europe and everywhere else in the world has abandoned 20 years ago. So why not take at least 1 good thing from Europe when you took all the worst things from there? I guess they are really liking this game of 'how can we destroy the natural experience of Maldives' and seem to be proud of winning against the tourists. Assuming the management stepped outside of the island at least once in their life, I'm sure they've seen smoking indoors is an absolutely inacceptable behaviour everywhere in the world (in any case, prevented by the law) even in the bars/pubs/night clubs that people pop champagne and dance till 6am. But why not let some disrespectful people do it in the Maldives, when everyone else came here only to get poisoned, right? 4. Nothing is a 5 star experience. They have old facilities, incredibly close villas to each other that you hear everything, kids running around as they couldn't turn one part of the island adult only, and so many other things I don't even know where to start from. 2-3 stars at best, so don't expect a 5 star experience. Having said this, even a 2 star hotel that provides a 'real maldives experience' would be better than this. 5. Spa and other activity prices are outrageous. Prices are equivalent to a Four Seasons in Switzerland, for 1/10 of the quality of the service. If you offer 2-3 star quality, do not try to act as if you are Four Seasons Maldives, when it comes to spa or excursions... And make sure your staff doesn't answer by saying "of course even with buy 1 get 1 for free deal, we are still more expensive than your home country that has one of the highest GDP per capita on Earth, because you are in Maldives!" We were not even sure how to react to this even more outrageous answer... 6. To use their partner company for flights, they take you out of the island at 3pm (!!!!!) when you have a flight from Male at 12pm (!!!!!) - despite other companies having much later flights available in the evening. But why not let you wait at the airport for 6+ hours when you have been a great tourist paying for everything they've asked, after they poison you with cigarettes inside, to make you suffer a little more in order to get profit from their partnering charter flight company? Sounds very right.. Just do not forget to check the flights, digging online, as they tell you 'this is your only option' in emails and will never tell you there are other flights that they don't offer, which you could have booked directly. Very, very dishonest..... 7- Captain of the hotel's boat is so disrespectful to the nature and the experience of the guests. They act as if it is their own resort. It is incredibly dangerous to go that fast within 300m to the coast, given everyone is here to do snorkelling. Then it also creates waves and noise, hence destroys the calm nature of the water, which is why people fly here with a 16 hours flight, in the first place... So the boat becomes a total self-destroying tool as they can't even tell the captain to 'be careful not to hurt anyone or destroy the calmness of the sea when you are close to the shore'... As you can see, our stay is unfortunately destroyed and I am sure nothing will change before we leave, however THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL ISLAND THAT HAS WONDERFUL STAFF ON IT, so I hope this somehow helps the management to improve the stay for their guests in the future (and, make more money, so it is a win-win). I don't want anyone to spend 10 days of their time and money to live an experience that is as bad as ours, and I hope someone, someday, will take action to turn this into a real experience, after reading my comment... Note to management: Very good reviews you have on booking / tripadvisor are ONLY THANKS TO YOUR STAFF. They tried to compensate for every single thing and tried to make us happy all the time, so you still get a high rating. Make sure you pay them good bonuses and just walk into the resort, ask your guests for some real opinion, if you want people to come back. Every single guest I see around me is looking constantly stressed, and it is a shame that the management is not even around to see it. Your island is beautiful and your only job should be not to destroy it.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Traveled
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TravellingPovesters wrote a review Apr 2022
Richmond-upon-Thames, United Kingdom54 contributions23 helpful votes
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We had an absolutely idyllic break here. We chose to go all inclusive. We were not disappointed. Our rooms were clean and comfortable with all the necessary mod cons. Snacks and drinks in the room were good (my kids never used up their quota!) Food in the main dining area was delicious and there was a lot of choice daily. We were given a complimentary ‘sunset fishing trip’ which we all enjoyed very much - the staff were kind and patient. We were also allowed to dine in the ‘a la carte’ restaurant one evening as part of our package. It was lovely and has the most beautiful setting. Only negative - we were not warned beforehand that we would have to pay for our drinks additionally. My husband was able to do his PADI course whilst we were there - he was really impressed at how well the course was instructed and dives facilitated to allow for health and safety needs. Our room was very near to the main dining area and we were initially concerned about noise - we needn’t have worried and were not bothered at all. We were keen to snorkel and use the kayaks - the water sports centre gave us equipment for snorkelling for the entirety of our stay. We would absolutely recommend this island for families.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Traveled
Room Tip: Beware of transfer costs from Male, to the resort. We thought they were included. Rubbish is...
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Roberto Guadagnoli wrote a review Apr 2022
2 contributions4 helpful votes
We just stayed for the third time in Royal Island Resort: green and lush place, beach villas nice and clean, reef close to the beach, waiters and cleaning guys very friendly, good food. However, we were so disappointed about some behaviors of the staff. I sent an email asking for the same room (212) assigned to us like in the past and the reply was that to get it i had to pay 50 usd a day because the villas in that area now were upgraded (not true) At the end, we got a beach villa close the 212 wirhout upgrade… Before check out, having to wait 3 hrs to take the boat to the airport, we asked a late check out or to have another room to avoid to spend too much time outside in the heat: at first, the receptionist wanted to make us pay 50 usd for a garden room; at my request to speak with the manager, we got the room free of charge…. Im really very sorry to see so litte regard for the client…
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Traveled
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Response from Gayas Ali , Owner at Royal Island Resort & Spa
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear Pirigrillo, Warm Greetings from Royal Island Resort & Spa! Thank you very much for sharing your valuable feedback with us, and for choosing our island as your holiday destination again! We are delighted to read that we exceeded your overall satisfaction during your time with us. However, we regret to read that some of our services were not up to your expectations. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused.  We highly appreciate your honest feedback. Your concerns will be further discussed with our management team to improve and arrange better services for our valuable customers. Thank you for choosing to stay with us. We hope we will once again have an opportunity to welcome you to our island, to create a more wonderful holiday experience for you. Best regards  Royal Island Resort & Spa 
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maja B wrote a review Apr 2022
4 contributions1 helpful vote
Thank you all! We spent 10 very beautiful days on this special island. The food is excellent, the staff are very friendly, room service is very good, thank you to Ali in the restaurant and Muneesh for room service. You will see us again.
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Room Tip: The beach villa's west side sea view, sunset.
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Response from Gayas Ali , Owner at Royal Island Resort & Spa
Responded Apr 6, 2022
Dear Majab,  Warm Greetings from Royal Island Resort & Spa!  We are grateful for your shared comments about your Maldives experience at our Resort. Moreover, we are delighted to read that you thoroughly enjoyed the holiday and the service received from our team has exceeded your expectations. This feedback will uplift and motivate our staff and help improve our customer service efforts to go one step further during your next stay with us.   We will be happy to welcome you back again for another beautiful Maldives experience with us.  THANK YOU!! Best regards, Royal Island Resort & Spa 
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Mehdi adelzadeh wrote a review Apr 2022
Shiraz, Iran1 contribution
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It was a great stay at Royal island resort. Very kind staff. Very delicious food and excellent view. The only thing that it has not considered in the Royal resort was a place for taking care of little children. We enjoyed a lot . I recommend to visit it.
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Traveled
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Response from Gayas Ali , Owner at Royal Island Resort & Spa
Responded Apr 3, 2022
Dear Adelzadeh, Warm Greetings from Royal Island Resort & Spa! Thank you for choosing our island as your preferred holiday destination in the Maldives. We are delighted to read that you enjoyed your time with us and the service received from our staff has exceeded your expectations.  Once again, thank you for your positive feedback and for recommending us to others. Certainly, this will be a great assistance to inspire the team.  We look forward to welcoming you back for another fantastic experience in our tropical paradise. Best Regards,  Royal Island Resort & Spa 
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VisiteurEP wrote a review Mar 2022
Paris, France8 contributions1 helpful vote
This island and the services brought by the resort are amazing. The snorkeling is amazing, Many activities are organized by the island. we were able to swim with Manta, turtles, Dolphins. The island is very well maintained with many sport facilities. Special thanks to Muneesh who helped us a lot and was always there to make our holidays perfect. The vegetation is stunning and even if we are on the resort we keep the feeling to be on a wild island. The room was perfectly clean and the buffet for the food was very rich. We recommend strongly! Kind regards, Judit&Emmanuel
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Response from Gayas Ali , Owner at Royal Island Resort & Spa
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear Judit & Emmanuel, Greetings from Royal Island Resort & Spa! Thank you for choosing us as your preferred choice for the ultimate Maldives experience. It was our pleasure to serve you and provide you with the ultimate holiday experience that you deserve. We are delighted to learn that we exceeded your expectations and you enjoyed the holiday thoroughly from the moment of arrival until departure. Your positive comments are so uplifting because, at our place, customer satisfaction is what matters most. Once again, thank you for the expressive and detailed review. We will be happy to welcome you and your family back for another wonderful Maldives experience with us. THANK YOU!! Best regards, Royal Island Resort & Spa
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PRICE RANGE
$164 - $454 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
royal island hotel baa atoll, royal island resort and spa, royal island resort maldives
LOCATION
MaldivesBaa AtollHorubadhoo Island
NUMBER OF ROOMS
150
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Frequently Asked Questions about Royal Island Resort & Spa
What are some of the property amenities at Royal Island Resort & Spa?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a swimup bar, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Royal Island Resort & Spa?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Royal Island Resort & Spa?
Guests can enjoy a swimup bar, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Royal Island Resort & Spa?
Conveniently located restaurants include Benjarong, Fresh in the Garden, and Down to Earth.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Royal Island Resort & Spa?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness center during their stay.
Does Royal Island Resort & Spa have airport transportation?
Yes, Royal Island Resort & Spa offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Royal Island Resort & Spa located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.06 miles away from the center of Horubadhoo Island.
Are any cleaning services offered at Royal Island Resort & Spa?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Royal Island Resort & Spa offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to a business center and a banquet room during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Royal Island Resort & Spa?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and German.
Does Royal Island Resort & Spa have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.