Palm Beach

It can be hard in Maldives to find rooms large enough to accommodate families, so Palm Beach is a real find as almost all room types will fit in two adults plus two children, with the two-storey Villas also offering privacy for grown-ups. With only 138 rooms on this 2km-long island, there's lots of space between villas, which are mostly detached, and you can always find your own stretch of white beach. A stunning sandbank at one end of the island has a beach bar and plenty of sun loungers for that sundowner cocktail.

 

The island is Italian-managed, and with that comes a family-friendly atmosphere, fabulous food and, of course, a football pitch! The huge, top-quality buffet has live cooking stations and a strong Italian influence - the majority of guests here are Italian - plus there's a smaller, romantic restaurant next to the beach and a beach-side coffee shop serving breakfast and afternoon tea, which is included in the Full Board Plus package. Add great free sports facilities, including bicycles to explore the palm-shaded interior of the island, and Palm Beach offers excellent value with chic style. The gorgeous turquoise  lagoon is wonderful for swimming but there's little snorkelling to be had from the beach, so there are free daily boat trips to the island's house reef and other good snorkelling spots. Divers are well catered for, with many courses available, including free diving, and special divers' rooms at very reasonable rates.

 

Rooms

Club Diving Rooms (45 sq ft): Terraced bungalows (non-beachfront) perfect for groups of divers as located conveniently near the dive centre and diving pier. They include bedroom, roomy dressing area ideal for storing and drying diving gear, inside bathroom and veranda. Feature mini-bar, air conditioning, ceiling fan, private safe, tea and coffee-making facilities, hairdryer, satellite TV, telephone, complimentary toiletries, CD/DVD player 

Maximum occupancy: 2 adults

Junior Suites (Sunrise or Sunset) and Deluxe Rooms (60 sq ft): These are all detached beach-front bungalows with bedroom, dressing area, open air bathroom with shower and bath, large verandas with typical Maldivian Hindoli swing and ocean view. The only difference between them is their position, with the more expensive Junior Suites having a wider beach than the cheaper Deluxe Rooms. Same amenities as Diving Rooms

Suites (100 sq ft): Beach-front bungalows include bedroom, sitting area, dressing room, open air bathroom and private patio with ocean view. Located on the sunset side of the island and surrounded by vegetation for maximum privacy. All amenities of Diving Rooms

Villas (80 sq ft): These elegant two-storey villas are a real home-from-home on the beach and great for families, with plenty of storage space, a lower floor that can be used as a living room and can easily take two beds, plus an upper floor with king-sized bed and a large balcony overlooking the sea, perfect for an after-dinner drink enjoying the moonlit ocean. There are televisions on both floors. There's a large veranda with sunbeds and traditional Maldivian swing. The huge bathroom has bath, twin basins and an outdoor shower. All amenities of Diving Rooms

Garden Villas: Exactly the same as Villas but are in the shady interior rather than beach-front, however it's only a few metres to the beach and they are around 20% cheaper than Villas so offer great value for money

All above room types except Club Diving Rooms have maximum occupancy of 4 adults/children

Presidential Suites (300 sq ft): These huge villas enjoy prime position on the beach and are perfect for extended families or friends holidaying together. There are two spacious bedrooms, two outdoor bathrooms with double shower and Jacuzzi, and spacious living and dining areas, one inside and one outside overlooking the sea 

Maximum occupancy: 6 adults/children

 

Transfer

Seaplane: 40 minutes from Male, direct to the island's own jetty

 

Board basis

All guests are on All Inclusive, which includes breakfast, lunch and dinner plus afternoon tea and pre-dinner appetizers served in the bar. You won't go hungry on Palm Beach! Water, soft drinks, wine and beer are also included

 

Facilities

Sports: The sports facilities are a real strength of Palm Beach and are all included in the price. There's a fully-equipped gym (the running machines overlook the sea), various fitness classes, squash court, tennis court with a resident tennis coach, paddle court, table tennis, pool table, beach volleyball and a full-size beachside football pitch, where guests and staff hold daily matches! All guests are also provided with free bicycles (adult and child-sized) to explore the sandy paths of the island

Pool: Large swimming pool with adjoining children's pool

Dive centre: PADI, SSI and free diving centre, offers wide range of courses from Discovery Scuba Dving to Dive Master, including courses for children and beginners

Spa: Large Coconut Spa on the beach includes swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room,  couple and single treatment rooms, aromatherapy floral bath with sea view, manicure and pedicure, hair treatment room and boutique. Wide range of facial, hand, foot, or full body massages and many other treatments, all based on Balinese culture and tradition

Watersports centre: Canoe and windsurfing free, catamaran sailing chargeable

Entertainment: daily evening entertainment including resident live singer

Medical: Island doctor and clinic

Free Wi-Fi in public areas, clothing boutique, jewellery shop, laundry service, room service, book and DVD library 

 

Food and drink

Dhandehelu main restaurant has three large eating areas and a huge buffet, with a particularly wide range of excellent salads. The cuisine has an Italian influence, with a live pasta station, wide selection of pizzas and breads, great desserts and an ice-cream bar. There's also an outside grill serving freshly cooked meat and fish to order

Coffee shop, overlooking the sea with some outside tables. This is where breakfast and afternoon tea is served

Romantic restaurant, an intimate restaurant overlooking the ocean serving a la carte meals, you can also have breakfast here

Candlelit dinners can also be served on a private jetty with your own personal waiter for that special occasion

Beach Bar at the sandbank end of the island serves drinks, cocktails, fruit, snacks and sandwiches

Pool Bar serves wide range of drinks and cocktails, and pre-dinner appetizers such as pizza and sushi

 

House reef

The house reef is a long swim from shore so there's a daily free boat trip, plus trips to other great snorkelling spots (chargeable)

 

Excursions

Snorkelling trips, fisherman island and desert island excursions, deep sea and big game fishing, night fishing plus private dhoni cruises 

 

Family friendly?

Palm Beach is a paradise for kids and teens! There are some organised kids' activities, including tennis coaching sessions, and baby-sitting is available on request

 

Magic of Maldives Ltd

Company No: 8490639.  

ATOL number T7639

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