All-inclusive options are all the rage at Royal Island, a reliable, mid-sized Maldives resort in Baa Atoll. With meals, beverages and a selection of activities included in the price you don’t have to worry about maxing out the credit cards. All around the island are unspoiled beaches, uninhabited islands, coral gardens and crystal-clear waters full of marine life and enough activities to fill your days as you please.
Royal Island villas are private luxury retreats with uninterrupted sunrise and sunset views, steps away from the pristine white beach and turquoise lagoon. Laid-back luxury is the aim here with each villa offering rich and colourful aesthetics, exquisite marble features and intricately-carved wooden furniture. Hair dryer, safe, outdoor shower, bath and minibar come as standard.
Two-Bedroom Beach Pool Residence (257 sq m): A spacious tropical sanctuary with two bathrooms, a jacuzzi, a private plunge pool, living room, kitchenette and dining and direct access to the beach. One king bed and one twin bed.
Maximum occupancy: 5
Two-Bedroom Family Beach Villa (114 sq m): Discover classic Maldives style in the Two Bedroom Family Beach Villa. A cheery wooden chalet just steps from the beach. Two king beds.
Maximum occupancy: 6
Sunset Beach Villa (57 sq m): Neat chalet-style accommodation in rich wood steps from the beach and lagoon. One king bed.
Maximum occupancy: 3
Beach Villa (57 sq m): Unwind in spacious open-plan living with privacy and nature and the pearlescent sandy shore just steps from your private terrace.
Maximum occupancy: 3
Dine al fresco on a poolside terrace, in the traditional elegance of an Asian-style restaurant with stunning Indian Ocean views, or choose from the freshest seafood. There is also a selection of bars to suit your mood
Maakana Buffet Restaurant: Savour a wide range of delicious dishes throughout the day at Maakana Restaurant, a casual open-air, buffet-style restaurant with a beachside setting and breathtaking views. An excellent Maldivian dining experience with fresh food and spices at its core.
Raabondhi Restaurant: Nestled among natural sand formations and tropical vegetation, this alluring restaurant offers a dramatic ambience both indoors and out. Choose from the freshest seafood and meat grilled and roasted outdoors along with hand-picked wines.
Also: Palm Terrace offers refreshments and light snacks on the terrace; the Pool Bar has great ocean views; you can enjoy a game of pool or lounge around in the Boli Bar; and the Fun Pub has a resident live band, karaoke and a full-sized snooker table.
There is a swimming pool and gymnasium. The Araamu Spa has a range of beauty treatments and massage, indoor and outdoor treatment rooms, sauna, Jacuzzi and steam rooms. Water sports include PADI-approved scuba-diving, snorkelling, catamaran, fun-tubing, sailing, kneeboards, windsurfing, parasailing and day and night fishing. There is tennis, squash, table tennis, volleyball, badminton and billiards.
Why we like it
An all-inclusive arrangement suits those who like to pay up front and then just take advantage of all the meals, drinks and facilities on offer without worrying about the cost.
Royal Island resort is on Dharavandhoo Island, 118km northwest of Malé in Baa Atoll. The transfer from Malé International Airport involves a 20-minute domestic flight.
Location: Baa Atoll
Style: Beach Resort
No. of Rooms: 152
Key Features: Deluxe 4-star; all-inclusive options; 20 minutes by domestic flight from Male airport.