Palm Beach Resort & Spa
What We Love
- The home island’s very spacious size, which means there’s more room for every guest
- Rooms’ lovely outdoor spaces, including the idyllic verandas with swings, and the open-air bathrooms
- The surrounding Lhaviyani Atoll, which is home to an abundance of marine life
- The resort is one of the more family-friendly options in the Maldives, thanks to the spacious two-bedroom Villas and child-oriented services (babysitting is available, and there's a designated play area)
What To Know
- Rooms do not come with private pools, as is the case at many Maldivian resorts
- The island is reached via a 40-minute seaplane trip from the Maldives’ main airport, in the capital city of Malé; the flight is $500 per person
- Given the property’s size (large by Maldivian resort standards), couples in search of privacy and intimacy may prefer to stay elsewhere
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
Palm Beach deals in the fairly standard Maldivian rustic design vernacular — which is still pretty spectacular: 138 single and bilevel thatch-roofed villas tucked away amid a plethora of palm and pandus trees, on powder-white sand mere steps from the Indian Ocean. Inside, it’s white-on-wood, with very few colorful flourishes (an arrangement of tropical flowers here, a spray of palm fronds there). It might strike some as uninspired or barebones, but the goal is to be subtle and quiet, and to let some of the world’s most beautiful natural surroundings speak for themselves. Since pretty much all of the public spaces are indoor-outdoor, their decor comes mostly courtesy of Mother Earth — and she’s one of the best designers out there.
Bed and Bath
All the accommodations have the makings of a perfect Robinson Crusoe desert isle, with rustic styling and a mix of indoor and outdoor spaces. The spacious bedrooms are furnished simply with large wooden beds and flat-screen TVs (with satellite channels), while sitting areas have ocean views. All rooms also come with shaded verandas outfitted with lounge chairs and (in most categories) hanging hindoli, traditional Maldivian swings. The bilevel Villas have an additional bedroom on the second floor. The majority of the bathrooms are open-air, with deep soaking tubs placed idyllically outdoors.
One considerable difference between Palm Beach and other Maldivian resorts is its size: The island of Madhiriguraidhoo is one of the largest in the archipelago nation. So while 138 is a lot of rooms for a Maldivian property, considering the island’s space it doesn’t necessarily feel that way. The area around the lagoon is the center of activity at the resort. The water sports center supplies guests with jet skis, wakeboards, canoes, catamarans, banana boats and the like; the on-site PADI-certified dive center runs up to three dive trips a day, plus one night diving excursion every week. With the exception of the main, buffet-style restaurant, most of the eating outlets are at the shore, including the seafood restaurant, which has tables just steps from the surf, and the overwater restaurant, where you can enjoy breakfast every morning. Away from the shore (but still in view of the ocean) is a sand-encircled swimming pool, two tennis courts, and a spa where the standard range of treatments is on offer.
In the Area
Maldivian vacations usually mean mostly staying on your property’s island. But Palm Beach offers some nice options for going off-isle. There’s a lovely coral reef within swimming distance of the property, and snorkeling excursions take guests to better reefs with an abundance of marine life in the Lhaviyani Atoll. Anglers will love the big game fishing expeditions, which go in search of marlin, barracuda and wahoo — the chef is happy to prepare the catch of the day. And divers can explore shipwrecks in the surrounding waters. Not to be missed is a sunset outing aboard a dhoni, a traditional Maldivian sailboat.
How to Get There
Magnetized by the beauty of nature and this island. Great place, good food, and friendly staff(s).You will always feel at home away from home. This island will spoil you and will give you all the best as they can. Sunset is stunning and you will forget everything when you're on this paradise. Bruna is very cheerful and will always make you feel comfortable. Sei una bomba Bruna 😉... to the waiters and chefs, roomboys that I've met, drivers and other staff (s) who always smiling at me and treat me very nice, I may not see you again but I will be forever grateful I met all of you and had a wonderful experience at Palmbeach. Ciao Palmbeach!
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.
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.
This was a lovely holiday, the island is beautiful and clean, the main beach has an excellent shape prone for "paradisiac" pictures ala Instagram and the food is delicious. We had all inclusive and it was a great deal, actually I wish I could eat more without putting on too much weight.
The service is excellent and everyone was very kind, professional and polite.
The only thing that you need to be wary of is the sun: at first we were red (thankfully not enough to be burned) so we decided to avoid sun from 11Am to 3Pm probably a great choice. The white sand in particular is scorching lol makes you feel you're in the Sahara. But the beautiful clear sea makes up for it. We also had an absolutely stunning sunset on our last evening. Great way to say goodbye! :)
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 !
I was there with my fiancee and everything was perfect. The location, the stuff, the sorrounding. They were kind and made for us unforgetabble experience. It is only 4 star but it is 5 star service for sure.