Royal Island is Villa Hotels’s premium 5 star property and located a domestic FlyMe-flight away from the capital of Malé. The arrival experience was very nice with a cold towel and a drink before being escorted to the room. I stayed in a Beach Villa which was comfortable, but out-dated. The Tv’s had not been replaced with flatscreen Tvs, the design was old and not up to a 5-star standard, but keep in mind Royal Islands rates are much lower than most other 5-stars in The Maldives.
The facilities included a bar, diving school, water sports center and a spa with gym, jacuzzi, steam and sauna. Totally 378 employees works in Royal Island and mostly locals. They develiered good service overall, especially the front desk staff was professional and kind. The guests here are only Europeans which is a bit unusual, especially as The Chinese now really are booming The Maldives. Germans are by far the most common nationality among the guests and from the marketing perspective, Germany has a very big focus. The resort provides complimentary wireless internet at the lobby and bar area and it was surprisingly fast. I had three meals at Royal Island and being a food critic, I really found it hard to find anything up to a great standard. I eat mostly the local grilled tuna at lunch and dinner which was great. The rest would need some improvement for me to like it, but other guests I talked to really liked the buffets so I guess I am just too picky.
The main reason for coming to The Maldives is for many people the beach and it’s as wonderful as elsewhere here. There is also a balance between price and product here making it good value. It’s not like staying in a top 5 star resort in The Maldives, but it’s a very nice experience and for many people it will be extraordinary.
My opinion: Good+ experience.