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
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A private island paradise of thatch-roofed villas on white-white sand, steps from the azure sea
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.