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At Palm Beach Island Resort and Spa, endless stretches of pristine white beaches framed by groves of coconut palms that rustle gently to the rhythm of tropical breezes beckon from every vantage. A 40-minute seaplane journey from Velana International Airport, warm greetings to the sounds of a traditional welcoming ceremony set the scene for your journey to an authentic Maldivian experience among our enthusiastic ‘dhivehi vantha’ community. Rejuvenate yourself at Palm Beach Island Resort and Spa in a blissfully natural setting brought to life by a vibrant atmosphere that caters to adventurous spirits and romantic souls alike.
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Larry121 wrote a review Jul 2013
Berlin, Germany89 contributions97 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
You will find the organization, the rooms and the amenities of a 4 star hotel here. If you are looking for the "ultra-luxury Maldives", look for something else.
- We stayed in a Junior Suite, close to the Presidential Suites, Sunset side.
- Rooms: large with basic but good-quality furniture, bathroom is a little bit worn out but very spacious. You will not find anything special in these rooms besides the very comfortable size.
- Food: wonderful, it's really THE plus of this resort. Take the full-board and enjoy. Wonderful large italian buffet with many world food options every day. A little minus about the breakfast. Way too much sugar and not enough fruits (to the management: you need to transform this into a buffet-like fruit experience, as in the main restaurant)
- Island: it's a VERY large island for Maldives. This might surprise many of you, as this is not standard for the "typical" Maldives. You need bicycles or the free electric cars to get around the island.
- Ambiance: run by italians that make the experience joyful, less formal than in other premium results. You have to like this ( I am italian and I do). The % of italians used to be extremely high, but went down over time as the management is trying to make an effort to bring a more international clientele. The typical mix is: italians, russians, germans, some french, swiss, middle east.
- Diving: i have stayed many times in Maldives and the climate conditions changed over time so it is difficult to compare underwater fauna/flora btw resorts. Just to set expectations right: you will have to take a boat to see something. There is nothing outside the resort, no corals, no life. I did not find this an issue thanks to the twice-a-day (free) boat to a nearby island, which was good. I made my Advanced Open Water, and I do recommend the diving center.

Advices
- Pick-up rooms on the Sunsite side. It does make a difference. You have a laguna with shallow (and rather unattractive) water on the Sunrise side, you have open ocean on the Sunrise side. The close you are to the Presidential Suites, the better. The price difference is worth.
- The seaplane transfer must be in your budget. It's not included and you have to count on it. Also, be patient: after a 10h international flight, you might still have to wait hours before getting on that plane to the resort

Hope you enjoyed my review! Do write me an email if you need support.
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Date of stay: November 2012
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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alconan wrote a review Mar 2018
Morecambe, United Kingdom64 contributions46 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Our stay at Palm Island Beach Resort was very nice. It could have been so much better. The island is lovely, the fruit bats amazing, turtles on our doorstep and dolphins regularly passing a little further out.
We ventured on two boat trips both included in the price. One to a fishing village, a bit of a sham really. Shown round a school while pupils were in attendance and a boat yard???
The desert island trip was heartbreaking, the island was covered in plastic. This being a worldwide problem we all have to take responsibility for.
The islands visitors are predominantly Italians. Great if you speak Italian. No one spoke to us. We were the only English on the island. Most staff were curtious but all management were invisible.
We arrived and we're given a room key dropped off at the Villa and left to get acclimatised. Sadly the Villa had not been cleaned.
4000 miles 20 hour journey from home and the sodding villa is not ready. Nobody really cared. It was cleaned but no apology.
The food was acceptable for buffet food but no more than that. Internet rubbish. T.v forget it. Probably just as well it stayed off for two weeks.
Our cleaning guy was great. I did find sitting in the same seat for dinner very tedious. But I understand why they do it.
The biggest problem we had was the cost of the Sea Plane Transfer . Three times prior to arrival I emailed requesting the cost. No answer. I asked when we were there. No answer. It came when the bill arrived on the last day. $1020.00 dollars.
Yes folks £710.00. Beware. I asked to speak to a manager. None was forthcoming, I insisted and they were phoned. I was trying to get some money off. It's a lot of money for a 40 minute return journey. I was asked what nationality I was. No discount for the English.
Does that mean if I were Italian I would have got a preferential rate.
Xenophobia.
Palm Island is an all inclusive resort and as such everything seemed limited. But I suppose that is reflected in the price as it is not the most expensive place to visit in The Maldives.

The Maldives, and I will never forget is a stunningly beautiful place and should be treasured for all to see.
We will not be returning to Palm Island.
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Date of stay: February 2018Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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coralkong502 wrote a review Dec 2013
Singapore, Singapore53 contributions166 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
GOOD:
· The bungalow was clean, spacious, with outdoor hot shower/bathtub, amenities, refrigerator, AC, fan, no mosquito-screens, TV(~15 channels).
· New and old Bicycles free for the entire stay.
· Sports: 1Foot, -1Beachvolley, 1Basketball, 1Squash, 1TT, 2Tennis, 1Badminton, Bocchia, daily twice free snorkelling trips(mantas, turtles, sharks visible), except Sunday.
· Mainrestaurant for lunch / dinner: plentiful buffet , good taste.
· Coffeeshop for breakfast / teatime: buffet, but too sweet meals.
· You keep the table in the Mainrestaurant for the entire stay.
· Almost nice staff, specially the maledivians. Some incompetent, stressful or childish.
· Free doctor.
· Good transfer organisation MLE/Resort/MLE. Arrival lounge for everybody.
· Long beach.
· You can stay shoe-free. All ways are sandy.

NEUTRAL:
· Slow wifi at reception costs USD 5,40/30min.
· SIM-cards for USD 8,- incl. 5min. upload USD 10,- 25min.
· electric cars for transfer.
· Cleaning is every day twice. We didn’t insist in that, to give the roomboys some leisure time.
· They spray against bugs and do maintenance.
· Drinking water during the day at extra costs. Coffee/tea in the bungalow at extra costs.
· Sunset-side has deeper water and the mainport for ships. Every Friday comes supply.
· Sea-level can be rather high.
· 50% Italians, 40% Russians.

BAD:
· Smoking in the restaurants, as families with loud kids. No quiet zones for relaxed eating, but easy to realise! There are 3 sections in the mainrestaurant.
· Sport equipment rather used. Only one racket useable for Badminton. Same for TT. 3 single and double canoes. 3 surfboards.
· The beach is cleaned daily, though some waste/plastic from the incoming sea. The corals are almost dead. Some fish in the lagoon.
· The starting planes can be heard very well. of course: no plane, no holiday. The only good thing is, there are not plenty. Mainport is at sunrise-side.

CONCLUSIONS:
· In total, a good place for staying. Coming back? MALEDIVES: YES; PALM BEACH: YES to maybe.
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Date of stay: November 2013
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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enakben wrote a review Jun 2021
Jupiter, Florida2 contributions1 helpful vote
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We arrived to an odd location, not a normal Marriott experience.

The check in desk was small, not what one would expect for a large hotel, or resort. Luckily there were no queues, it would have been a very long wait. Check in staff were good, friendly, no issues at all.

In our group were two mums, one dad, and 5 kids (ages - 14,11,11,10,8)

We headed over to the kids pool area (the main reason we selected this hotel venue). The whole area was very inferior looking. Small pool area, slide was not too bad, the surroundings seemed very drab, and didn't seem clean at all. The bar looked half stocked, the service was slow. No one greeted us with a smile, we didnt feel welcome at all, we felt like we were a burden to the few staff that were there. We had to try and clean the table ourselves, there was dirty water on the floor area by the bar, where the tables are, some of this was spoilt drink, that we had to ask someone to clean up. Food came fairly fast, but was worse than a fast food place for quality. Trash bags left out by the bin. no one handing out pool towels (they were hidden, so we had to grab them ourselves). The kids complained that the pool water was freezing - this is disgraceful, you are saving money on not heating the pool! Pool bar shut at 6pm, along with slide, and waterfall. So bad.

You have to pay for beach lounge - cheapskate hotel!

The rooms are actually very good, and worthy of the price. If you just need to stay in the room, and you dont need to use their restaurants, or kids pool then you will be fine.

For us, basically we will never come back, nor could i recommend this. Far superior hotels 45 mins south.
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Date of stay: June 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: All rooms are the same, the rooms are very decent. Everything else isnt.
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Sro1234 wrote a review Mar 2008
Penang Island, Malaysia65 contributions90 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
My wife and I are Maldives fans since our first visit in 2003. We go there every year, chaning resorts, and our last visit was in Palm Beach one, in mid march.

The first thing we notice when arriving was the plane “landing” near the beach (10m).

We were used to land on platforms away from the Islands, and brung on by boat.

Poor bungalows nearby. Happily, our beach villa was on the other side of the island.

*** a BIG island ***

It is near 3-5mn in golf car to go from the local “airport” to the reception. By the way it is the only island were we saw cars, even golf ones (electric).

The island is so big that there is a free rental of bycicles. The good things are that is is a very original experience and it helps you make some sport or ballad.

The bad things are that if you don’t like cycling, cars are a minimum of 15mn to come after being ordered, and distance walking can be disuasive for certain bungalows.

Beside, bikes are not all brand new. Ours had missing brakes and very uncomfortable seats.

This did not prevent them to be borrowed by other guests, leaving us on our feet to return from Coffee shop to our room... However, the limited amount of bungalows make them very intimate as they are well distant.

*** bungalows***

We paid for a beach villa (with bedroom upstairs) on the sunrise side.
If we had knew, we would have booked a standard beach bungalow. The villa itself is nice, spacious, great bathroom, even if quite basic for a 4* resort.

However, it appeared that for 2 persons, the ground floor was useless, and that the upper bedroom was a plague:
- we were used to rest in the other islands after lunch in the room, until the sun becomes less hard. Here, because of the roof proximity, it was hot ! I had to set the clim to 18° at noon to balance the heat, while 25° was fine elsewhere.
- during the night, you need to get down carefully (not to fall in the stairs), cross the room to finally get to the toilets.... Don’t drink too much beer !
Beside, we realized that the beach bungalows provided exact same confort. Only the below sofa room – we did not use – , and a bubble bath – we did not use neither - were the Villa plus. The villa are even closer to each other than the bungalows... Fortunately they have better vegetation protection for intimacy.
My wife being pregnant, we asked for a quiet villa on the sunrise side, with beach and shadow capability. The reception kindly granted us one like this.
Only issue we discovered was that another villa, inland, had a direct view on our villa open bathroom ! It was specific and limited to our villa, the #17... Unfortunately, we were told that there was no other villa free. This was a lie as we had no neighbours on our right until the 2 last days. We had frequent glances at the villa balcony when being naked in the bathroom. Not very intimate...We were informed some days after that the guests in that villa were leaving and would be not replaced. This too was wrong, as 2 days later a whole family was in.
I would have prefered not to be told anything. Better than to set wrong expectations...

*** Sunrise, Sunset ***
This island, like many other border islands have 2 totally different sides. One is the side facing the reef, the sunrise side, the other facing the lagoon, the sunset side.
Both have good and bads. I’ll try to summarize them
- The Sunrise side : The reef makes constant wave noise. Some will love, others not. Sometimes in the room, with the reef noise and the clim, (and sometimes rain), it can be quite confusing. The reef side is full of coral. This is the best side for snorkelling. Many Titan fishes. In the morning (in march), around 10-11am, the water is at the lowest tide. Water is cristal clear, no waves. You can see fishes through. Best time to do water waling (with shoes because of coral) or taking the sun in the plastic chair in the water. Fortunately, the coral starts 5m after the beach so that you can swim without needing shoes. Apart some specific areas, water has mainly a grey, clear aspect here (mineral). Because it is not very deep, this side is quieter : not many people walking or bathing. Perfect to rest. Sun disappears sooner and shadow is easily available. Good for those not wanting to burn or having young kids. Unfortunately for certain bungalows, it is the airport side, meaning that planes pass very near sometimes.
- The Sunset side: it is the typical postcard side. Water is turquoise blue, deep, and calm. Beach is wide, lot of sand, few corals, ideal to bath. On the other hand, it is hard sun, and shadow is more difficult to get. There is a wonderful sandbank at the sunrise extremity of the island (near the presidential suites). Go there early in the morning (8-9 am): tide is low so tha you can walk away from the island, and there is not many people yet. Indeed, very soon a lot of people go to camp in front of the bar. Families, couples, spending all the day there, grouped like walruses. We avoided that point as people is definitively not what we are looking for in Maldives. I think bungalows between the main deck and the presidential suites are good places to stay.

*** food ***
The island is managed by an Italian, and is 90% full of italians. You’ll find informations written in italian, big letters, and english, small letters. The good thing of it is that food is great in terms of quality: fresh italian style pizzas, Barilla pastas with homemade sauces, a lot of fresh and fried vegetables, great desserts etc.
Unfortunately, italian do not like much experiencing new meals. As a consequence, after 3 days of extasis, you just realize that the menu is always the same, and that there is very few maldivian or even asiatic food (only one small plate with rice and local curry, not very visited, while on the other islands it is usually 40-60% of menu).
Cooks are either italians or have been in Italy to train. As a summary, great food, not very typical of the place and quite repetitive. Note that despite the gratuity of mineral water in the restaurants (not in bottle), there is no free water bottle in the rooms like you have in other resorts. Not even to make your “free” tea. You have to purchase a water bottle from the bar. Strange marketing choice.

*** restaurant ***
Restaurant is very nice and spacious. It is splitted in 4 areas, facing the beach, separated by sand and vegetation. It allows fresh air to balance the heat. The place is great, but it is messed up by the way it is managed. 4 parts was ideal to split as follow: smoking couple, non smoking couples, smoking groups, non smoking groups. Indeed, despite it is forbidden in their own country, many italian people do smoke in the restaurant there. My wife being pregnant we tried to avoid this as much as possible, we even moved table, but it is hard to escape. Getting away from one a day, the morrow you have another even closer. Same thing for groups: we were looking for peace and quietness, and we were put in the middle of large tables, speaking loudly, lots of children etc. The top was reached one stormy day: rain falling loudly, dizain of children speaking even more loudly and the adults as well. We just felt like in a school cantin, and not in a Maldivia Honeymooners island!

Our waiter was efficient and anticipated almost all the needs. That was the good point. Too bad the restaurant did not manage customers expectations.

*** service ****
At the time we were starting thinking this 4 stars Island might compete with the 5 stars one we had just been in, service screwed it up.

The island way to work sets the reception as a critical point : almost everything has to pass through reception. Renting a car, booking a dinner in lobster restaurant, room service etc. Doing so, you would expect to have the most serious profiles at the reception. There wasn’t.

Many times, when calling, I had strong difficulties to understand the receptionist. I understand italian (my wife is italian), I understand and speak english and I’m used to speak with asiatic people in english due to my job. But there, I just had huge difficulties to understand (and be understood) either in english or italian... I would have expected to have very fluent people at the reception. I don’t expect maldivian people to speak english : I just mean that when you, as a manager, put a lot of importance to the reception like there, you’d better ensure they understand the customers queries. Fortunately there were sometimes a foreign guest relation agent that was easier to speak with.

Another example was the romantic lobster menu. We wanted to have one for our wedding birthday. Unfortunately it heavily rained that evening. No pb, we’ll take it inroom. We were proposed to get the dinner for 8pm and were happy with that as we were starving (main restaurant starts at 8:30pm). 8:30pm still nothing. No notification. I call the reception: It will be there in 5 mns! 9pm still nothing... Beside the delay (I can understand difficulties due to the storm), it is the absence of notification that pissed me off. I believe it is not up to the guest to call reception to know why the meal is 1h late.
Same story for a car booking. It was 4:20pm and we had a massage appointement in the spa at 4:50. It is 5mn walking but it was raining. As there was far enough time, I called the reception for a car as soon as possible (so in theory at 4:35 latest). At 4:45 still no car, despite 2 callbacks I did to the reception. We just left and walk to the spa as we were now late...

I don’t blame the poor guys at the reception. I blame the management for not putting the needs and right processes to ensure commitment. It is better to say 20mn for a car when you know you can’t ensure 90% of your cars being there in 15mn, etc.

Setting wrong expectations, not meeting commitments and not advising customers proactively when something goes wrong is the receipe of poor customer service.

Maybe it was due to the italian easter holidays, but if the first 2 days started well, we finished the stay dining in loud atmosphere, and surrounded at the villa by 2 big families with screaming children.
Not exactely the quietness we were looking for. Here again, I’m not saying families shouldn’t come to Maldives, but that individual expectations have to be managed. You can't handle the same way and aside people coming to meet friends and ones coming to spend honeymoon in privacy. Our expectation was to be in quiet place, but no one just cared about or proposed room changes to offer us what we paid for. As a result we were not able to rest there as wished.

If you love italian food and like to be with your friends at the sea, doing sports, and telling loudly your daily advantures to the table audiance, Palm Beach may be great for you.

If your are honeymooners and look for the peace of Maldives to take intimate rest, go to Coco Palm or Banyan Tree. It is more expansive but it is worth the effort.

I'll post soon a complete set of pictures on my flickr website: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sro1234/
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Date of stay: March 2008
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesCheck in / front desk
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesBusiness service (e.g., internet access)
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Harry J wrote a review May 2012
Helsinki, Finland82 contributions19 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Awesome ...recommended
see the video
http://youtu.be/ZocKycvBftE
Good resort with exelent service and great dive sites and home reef.
harry
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Date of stay: April 2012
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled solo
Room Tip: all are ok
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Francesca G wrote a review Nov 2005
Rome, Italy25 contributions79 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
It's basic, simple, very informal, friendly: the Palm Beach Resort in the Lhaviany atoll is the place were we spent our honeymoon and i think it has nothing to do with the luxury of the big resorts around the atolls, but it is a place where you can still feel something of what these islands must have been ages ago, without spending too much money: there is just sky, see, wind and the ocean breeze and what you need to "survive". The bungalows are large, clean and very well kept, the beds are big, the bathroom very spacious, the beach is nice and the food is very good. The only thing, to go there you must like (and be prepared to)a totally italian atmosphere in such a place: the guests are mainly italians and so the people working at the diving center, at the restaurant, in the shops. The resort is altogether quite nice and very quiet: they are restoring the fitness center and the villas which will be improved soon. The top end of the island has a few sunbeds and a nice bar, along the day you can hang around by bike (it's provided by the hotel) watching trees and exotic animals,enjoy little pizzas slices at teatime, try an asiatic massage at the beautiful spa on the beach (people here are very nice), and of course go snorkeling or scubadiving. If you decide to go i suggest to avoid the (deluxe) rooms from 21 to 26 form where you can hear the noise of the electric generator standing right in the center of the island. No need to bring smart clothes, we were barefoot for two weeks! But do take with you something against mosquitos...
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Date of stay: October 2005
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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jesharDevonUK wrote a review Nov 2010
Devon UK1 contribution10 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We found this island to be not very welcoming with not the usual high standard of food quality and choice we have experienced before in the Maldives. Very much an Italian Island with Italian management and in the main Italian speaking staff. Not much infrastructure for other nationalities so we struggled with this not be able to speak Italian. Didnt think it really was up to Four * standard having stayed in 3* previously which was much better quality. Disappointing. But having siad that the Maldives are fab and we would rweturn, just not to this island.
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Date of stay: November 2010
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled with family
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tobiasavy wrote a review May 2008
london1 contribution10 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at Palm Beach for the first two weeks in May 2008, our first time in the Maldives. We were a little worried about the weather knowing May/June was the beginning of the rainy season, but it turned out we were really lucky having only two days where there was any rain and even then it cleared the muggy air, plus it didn't last for long. The other bonus staying during low season was that the resort was in no way over crowded (60 people in total!) many of whom were diving, so at times it felt like we had the island to ourselves. It is a fairly big island for the Maldives, but we chose it because it is still relatively under developed, in the sense that much of the natural vegetation remains on the island giving it a really natural feel. This is not a place where waiters constantly attend you, which for us was a really good thing. The guests on the island are predominantly Italian couples, which suited us as we were keen to remain anonymous and spend time together. Although their antics were fairly entertaining at times, especially the treasure hunt, but not the nightly Italian singer. We would regularly retreat to our lovely room after a couple of songs that were being murdered! Even the super friendly waiters could not hide the pain of having to listen to English and American classics being crucified in Italian with a synthesizer keyboard! Anyway, we've broken down different aspects of our experience for you below:

Accommodation

We stayed in a standard bungalow (Room 46) on the sunset side, which had more of a breeze which was a welcome relief. The room itself was spacious, clean and well laid out. The bed was comfortable, there was a large walk-in wardrobe area and the outdoor bathroom was luxurious and modern in style. The bungalows are well spaced with shrubbery in between providing required privacy and the sense that you have your own private bit of beach! There were loungers for the beach that floated in the sea (good for sunbathing) and loungers to sit on your porch with a Maldivian swing which was fun to read in, basically lovely big comfortable rooms - you would need to have money to burn to go for the suites as they are virtually the the same size.

Please Note: If you can, we would suggest you put in a request to stay away from Rooms 21-26 due to the proximity to the generator, the which can be quite loud, spoiling the peaceful ambience of the island.

Food
The food was good but if we were going for three weeks we might have got a little bored - but that is the nature of buffets i guess. Fresh fish grill every night was the highlight with good quality home made pizza and fish curries coming a close second. Being a big coffee drinker it was a relief having good quality italian coffee on offer. Water is charged for by the bottle which is a bit annoying on a full board island although with 4 meals a day and drinks free with dinner it was not a big deal.

Service/Staff
You get assigned a set table and waiter for the duration of your stay, which is fine and no constant requests for tips. Upkeep of the island is carried out by staff constantly and is done with meticulous care and attention (sweeping sand, removing leaves that have fallen throughout the day etc) Room boys tend to your room twice a day, replenishing towels. No need to bring any towels, there are plenty in the room and there are beach towels available from the fitness centre, by the pool bar. We visited the doctor a couple of times (situated in the reception building) and the doctor was very friendly and helpful in assisting us. Barmen in the Pool bar were very friendly and attentive.

Activities
This island was great in this regard with tennis courts, squash courts an fully equipped gym, free bicycles, beach volleyball and an astroturf football pitch as well as water sports equipment like canoes, wind-surfers and a sailing boat - all of which was free of charge and for us always available as the island was not overcrowded. The snorkeling equipment is also free but we would advise you take your own to get the best experience!!

Beach
The beaches are great, beautiful white sand and clear blue water, simply beautiful. Fun to watch the crabs scrabbling about the beach. On a couple of occasions we saw baby reef sharks swimming close to shore! Be prepared to see a lot of geckos around the island, particularly on the white walls on the outside of the bungalow and hanging out in the outdoor bathroom. They make an odd clicking noise, which you'll get used to and they're actually very cute to look at. You'll also see your fair share of fruit bats, one of which relieved itself on my head as I was playing tennis! As far as mosquitos go, they smoke the island every day at dusk and we escaped without a single bite despite not using any deet.

Overall, we had a great holiday with no complaints...except of-course for the Monarch flights...just don't do it, it is definitely worth the extra money to fly long haul with a decent airline. The flights both ways were a nightmare of unbearable discomfort, inedible food (if they can call it that), no TV screens in the back of the seats and to top it all off moody air hostesses.

Hope this review has been of use to you if you are thinking of staying here, to sum up it a lovely untouched slice of paradise.
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Date of stay: May 2008
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesCheck in / front desk
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesBusiness service (e.g., internet access)
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Jon C wrote a review Mar 2018
Bedfordshire, United Kingdom349 contributions155 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed on Palm Beach for 8 days in January having booked last minute due to a cyclone in Mauritius, our original destination.

The island is beautiful about 4k long with a sand spit and a bar at one end very near to where the sea plane's land on the sunrise side of the island.

The restaurant and pool are at the other end with the dive centre in the middle.

To get around it is a delight to walk barefoot or there a bicycles you can use or you can dial up a golf buggy from reception.

It has a lot of villas but because of the size of the island you don't feel in anyway overcrowded.

We stayed in a sunset beach villa (813) which was near to the gym, breakfast restaurant, main restaurant and bar.

We had neighbours on both sides but more often than not we had the beach to ourselves and when our neighbours did pull their chairs onto the beach there was plenty of room and any conversation would have to been shouted.

Our sunset villa was fabulous - outdoor shower, bath, toilet and wash basins.
Fabulous comfy queen sized bed. table, chairs and sofa all decorated in traditional Maldivian dark wood. Very efficient Air con with a ceiling fan as well. Loads of hanging space in a walk in wardrobe. Outside on the deck two loungers and a swing seat. Also two beach loungers. Minor criticism TV channels very limited although I later found the TV probably needed re tuning but a blessing as it meant we never turned it on after the first night. It may have had a dvd attached but not sure. Mini bar expensive for alcohol and snacks but soft drinks were free as was bottled water which was replenished daily.

We went "all inclusive" but understood before we went that spirits, cocktails and sparkling wine were not included and are at city prices. (The drinks menu quotes a price before taxes so add circa 25% to the menu price. I would prefer to see the total price when ordering)

This was fine for me as the draft beer, house white, rose and red wine were all very drinkable although my wife did get a bit bored of drinking the same thing.

As has been stated numerous times the resort used to be under Italian management and during our visit guests were predominatey from Italy. There were also a number of Eastern Europeans, Germans and Scandinavians.

None of this was an issue to us and we were the only English speaking couple on the island and again not a problem but something to be aware of.

The Italian theme was clearly carried into the restaurants and breakfast would have been a bit of a challenge were it not for the fabulous fresh fruit available (mango, melon, papaya, banana) together with the opportunity to have an omelette cooked to order. Coffee was, no surprises, excellent.

The lunch menu was ok with a lot of salad's available as well as tuna or jack fish, chicken or steak cooked to order.

The dinner menu was similar with the added options of tuna carpaccio (delicious) and two to three pasta dishes again cooked to order and very good, as you would expect.

There was always fruit and a selection of Italian deserts as well a choice of cheeses.

A word must be said here for our waiter Moussa who was exceptional and attentive to our every need even knowing our drinks at lunch and at dinner.

Over our 8 days we did not struggle to find something we wanted to and enjoyed eating but I would guess that over 2 weeks you may get a bit bored of the menu similarity.

We went on the trip to the house reef for a snorkel but also managed to snorkel outside our villa and see a variety of reef fish

A few added points to note

Internet - very expensive to use in your room but available at both the bar's and the breakfast restaurant for free.

Gym - of no interest to us but it was fabulously equipped and empty every time we walked past. It is something that is completely undersold by the resort.

Beaches - beautifully clean and white sand.

Sea - turquoise blue and very warm

Sports - Tennis, Badminton, Basketball, Beach volleyball and a full size Football pitch (???) all available and rarely used. Also Table tennis and boule available.

Snorkel gear - masks and fins available for free hire from dive centre

Bikes - a bit on the well used side but great fun to get from one end of the island to the other.

Sunsets - The end furthest from our villa is great for fabulous sunsets which were also visible without the bike ride.

Staff - very friendly, always trying to help, some language problems, many are more proficient in Italian than English but again no great problem.

Dress Code - no shoes required ! casual shorts and shirt for dinner. Swimwear, justifiably, not allowed in restaurants

Daily event - feeding stingrays by the pier, brilliant, also attracted turtles scores of other fish and four tame sharks

Gift Shop - T shirts are hand painted by the guy who runs the shop

Spa - free 15 minute massage included was excellent, prices were high but then where are spa treatments cheap

Reception - a little bit disorganised again probably a language thing,we were given two different times for our sea plane transfer back to Male and then like a previous reviewer were sitting waiting for 30 minutes with no plane. Not a problem as we knew we had 3 hours in Male before our flight but I would have been pretty anxious if the flight was leaving earlier.

Sea Plane transfer - 40 minutes and a fabulous experience. We paid the hotel for it seperately well aware before we booked that it was $490 each. It is expensive but it is really part of the hotel rate as long as you are aware and understand if you need to pay it upfront or when you leave the resort.

So taking it all into consideration would I go back ?

As others have said it does have its faults BUT....

the island is beautiful, the staff are very friendly, the rooms of a very high standard and the price is at the lower end of Maldivian resorts.

So know what you are booking before you go.

And for me an unreserved Yes I would definitely return and before too long and Palm Island Resort gets too well known !
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Date of stay: January 2018
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Chose a sunset villa, better beach, great sunsets and close to restaurant, bar and gym
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Answer from Lisa B
27 contributions16 helpful votes
No... the sunset villas is opposite the airplane landing area!!
Answer from Lisa B
27 contributions16 helpful votes
Ciaoo guarda davanti le ville lato tramonto cioe quelle che ti consiglio si puo fare snprkelling nella parte della laguna si fa solo il bagno senza fauna marina ed e bellissimo e davanti la piscina si fa snorkelling e arrivi a nuoto fino alla barriera corallina !!!!
Answer from donoziana
London, United Kingdom25 contributions15 helpful votes
I payed all inclusive with the agency so I no idea sorry!
Answer from Elio
Carbonia, Italy230 contributions175 helpful votes
Non credo ci sia il transfert, quando ho comprato su volagratis mi sono sempre organizzato da solo. Non ricordo se sia come expedia dove il transfert puoi aggiungerlo successivamente.
enakben wrote a tip Jun 2021
Jupiter, Florida2 contributions1 helpful vote
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"All rooms are the same, the rooms are very decent. Everything else isnt."
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HutsonSapone wrote a tip Jan 2020
Seria, Brunei Darussalam50 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Sunset side for calmer waters."
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Miriam & Vytautas wrote a tip Aug 2019
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Beach Villa or garden villa! A Stunning villa right in the beach.Take All inclusive as it is a lost island with the Resort only."
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Elisabeth S wrote a tip Apr 2019
Maldives1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask for refurbished/renovated rooms/cabins. We stayed in an cabin facing the lagoon."
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GRAHAM G wrote a tip Feb 2019
Poole, United Kingdom11 contributions4 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Avoid rooms adjacent to staff area.Fumes from generator apparent at times."
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Frequently Asked Questions about Palm Beach Island Resort & Spa
What are some of the property amenities at Palm Beach Island Resort & Spa?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a swimup bar, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Palm Beach Island Resort & Spa?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Palm Beach Island Resort & Spa?
Guests can enjoy a swimup bar, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Palm Beach Island Resort & Spa?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness center during their stay.
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Yes, Palm Beach Island Resort & Spa offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Palm Beach Island Resort & Spa located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.2 miles away from the center of Madhiriguraidhoo Island.
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Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
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