Holly’s South Palm Resort Experience

31/10/2022Holly Keates

After spending a week at the beautiful South Palm Resort in the Maldives, we’ve caught up with Holly to find out what her trip to paradise was like…

The South Palm Resort jetty.
The South Palm Resort jetty.

Is the Maldives featured on your travel bucket list? You keep looking to book it, but you just can’t quite commit to it.

If that’s the case, this blog should help you push that Book Now button and prepare for the trip of a lifetime.

Holly is here to tell you all about her trip to South Palm Resort, and how much fun she had during her October getaway.

Over to Holly to find out more!

How was the journey there?

To begin, we started off at Heathrow Airport. We got there for around 2am so it was very quiet. I’ve never flown from Heathrow before, so I was expecting it to be quite manic. However, I was pleasantly surprised when we managed to get through bag checks and security with ease.

I will start by saying that it is definitely not the shortest journey! With connecting flights and waiting times, it took us just over 24 hours to actually arrive at South Palm Resort.

After leaving Heathrow, we made the 6 and a half hour journey to Bahrain flying with Gulf Air. From Bahrain we flew with Gulf Air again, for 4 and a half hours, to Male. Then from Male to Gan on a domestic flight. Finally, we went from Gan to the resort on a speedboat transfer.

Some advice I would give is to pack snacks, games to play on the plane, and a travel pillow for when you want to sleep. We did receive meals whilst flying, and there was a TV screen to watch films but it’s always good to be extra prepared.

Our domestic flight from Male to Gan.
Our domestic flight from Male to Gan.

South Palm Resort upon arrival

Arriving to South Palm Resort on our speedboat was just incredible. As the waves splashed around the boat, in the distance you could see the overwater villas, beach villas and swaying palm trees.

I have never been on a holiday to a destination like this before, so I was completely amazed by the views.

The staff offloaded our luggage from the boat and whisked it away to our rooms. We then made our way to the reception area where we were welcomed with a cool towel and some iced tea.

After signing some documents, we were then shown to our Beach Villa.

Arriving onto the jetty from the speedboat.
Arriving onto the jetty from the speedboat.

The beautiful Beach Villas

The Beach Villa was stunning, we had a villa to the left side of the jetty which is the opposite side to the Water Villas. However as we walked outside our villa, we were right at the bar, pool and just a small walk from the restaurant. Which was perfect for us!

We were welcomed with a fruit basket and a lovely cool room waiting for us.

The bed was king-size, so there was plenty of space for the both of us. There was an indoor shower and an incredible outdoor shower that was surrounded by tropical greenery. 

As we walked out of our veranda doors, straight away we were presented with magnificent views. Just a few steps from our beach villa was the white sand beach and crystal blue waters.

Our stunning Beach Villa.

What was the beach like?

We were eager to head straight to the beach after having a quick shower and making a change of clothes.

From reading online forums, we were advised to take sea shoes and our own snorkels, so we were ready to go ahead straight into the water.

The blue sea was so warm and clear. We put on our snorkels and got to scouting out any fish. We were so amazed that we saw so many from just swimming around for a few minutes. 

Armed with our GoPro we got many fantastic shots of the vibrant marine life. If you are looking to see lots of fish, head to the Water Villas as the fish love to swim around the jetty structures.

In the night time if you head down the jetty you can see blacktip sharks, which was an incredible sight!

The vibrant marinelife

How was the food and drink?

The Banyan Restaurant is the main restaurant at the resort, and you can find all kinds of food here.

When you arrive you are allocated a table which is your table for the duration of your stay.

I can be quite a fussy eater, however I had plenty of options to pick from every meal time! From a fresh pasta station to enjoying grilled meats and fish. 

The staff were so accommodating and friendly. They gave us lots of advice for our snorkelling adventures and answered any questions that we had.

We were on the all-inclusive package so drinks were also included. You can pay extra if you want to have the more popular brands of alcohol. However we were happy with what we received.

I recommend trying the Palm Express if you enjoy a cocktail!

The delicious pasta station which I visited frequently!

What else did you do during your time there?

Along with food and drinks on the all-inclusive package, you also receive access to the non-motorised water sports. We took a canoe out together onto the waters and we had so much fun. 

I’m not the strongest swimmer, but due to the water being so shallow quite far out and the water being clear, I felt safe!

After my confidence on the water grew more, we then went out individually on the kayaks and paddled across the calm waters.

We also received a free snorkelling trip which you book through the resort. This includes a boat trip out to the deeper water where you can see even more fish.

Canoeing on the blue waters.
Canoeing on the blue waters.

What about evening entertainment?

The evening entertainment was great! Occasionally during the evening meal they had a live singer which was a nice touch as you indulged in all of the delicious food.

Every night after we ate, we made our way to the Moodhu Bar where the entertainment took place. From karaoke to dancers on Maldivian Night, we thoroughly enjoyed all of it!

Our favourite night was the Crab Racing night. The whole island is full of hermit crabs, you have to be careful where you step as they cover the floor. On this night you pick a crab and you race it against other guest’s crabs! I was very pleased when I came second and won three Carlsberg beers. 

Holly and her shells
We enjoyed collecting the beautiful shells during the evening before our meal.

Did you visit the spa?

We did visit the spa! With our booking we received a free 15-minute neck and head massage which we definitely took advantage of.

We booked it in for the Wednesday as a nice mid-week refresher.

The Kurumba Spa is one of the first ever floating spas in the Maldives. It’s a beautiful, relaxing space that allows you to unwind even further.

The Floating Spa Rooms.
The Floating Spa Rooms.

What were you final thoughts?

I absolutely adored my trip to South Palm Resort. It’s worth the long journey there, and I am so happy to have ticked the Maldives off my travel bucket list.

From the beautiful waters and seeing all of the vibrant marine life, to enjoying the Maldivian culture and speaking to all of the resort staff. 

If you have the opportunity to visit the Maldives, please do it! I left feeling completely relaxed and very sad to be heading back to England.

We would definitely take another 24 hour journey to the Maldives!

Now, it’s your turn to book a trip!

If Holly’s trip has inspired the travel bug in you, now is the perfect time to book a trip away to the Maldives.

South Palm Resort is a fantastic resort with incredible amenities, so just click the big blue button and start your journey to paradise today.

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