Palau Royal Resort
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TravelPod Member ReviewsPalau Royal Resort Koror
I would have given this hotel a 5+ star rating when considering the location and economy of the nation, but instead I am giving it a 4 star review because a 5 start review, to me, is reserved for an 'out of this world' category.
The hotel is beautiful, with its own beach (small but clean and serene), spa (high US prices), an outdoor bar by the beach (where, not surprisingly, no one really used since vacationers are typically Chinese young couples who don't enjoy alcohol as much as we Americans do), a buffet restaurant (I heard that during low season when the hotel more vacant, the menu is à la carte).
There is a beautiful Asian-styled bridge on the premises, a large pond with tropical fish and sea turtles (2), and if you bring your goggles with you to swim at the beach, you will see some baby giant clams (a foot wide) at the bottom of the sand, along with various species of fish and star fish.
The staff is super nice, the locals reminding me of Hawaiian Polynesians in terms of appearance and mannerism. As it is a Nikko Resort, there are a good number of Japanese staff. The room is very clean, modern, and my balcony overlooks the sea turtle and tropical fish. There is also an internet room ($1 per 15 minutes), and a laundry room (detergent is provided for you in your room). When I was there, the laundry room was free. This will change in December 2012, when they will start charging guests for the machines, which is typical. Lots of freebies in the room (slippers, tooth brush sets, and a bag of hair ties for the girls, detergent as previously mentioned, and the usual cotton balls, complimentary water, etc.)
With regards to location, you can walk to dive shops, boat rentals and marinas, two popular bars (Kramers - owned by expat René and wife Jane; the Drop Off Bar & Grill, which has a great view and outstanding fish sticks with what tasted like freshly caught red snapper). Overall, I doubt there's a better place to stay on the island.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
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Travel Blogs from Koror
... we took off to a local bar to get some lunch and ran into a couple from Switzerland who were also on Yap with us. It's funny how certain situations create themselves and so being stuck in a bar for the day you get to know folks you may not have otherwise. Now I am not sure their names but we ended up naming the man Olie...why, I don't know, but this couple proceeded to get plastered throughout the day trying to keep up with us. The rain was coming ...
... The best part of the day was swimming in Jellyfish lake. So for those of you who have never heard of Palau- this is what it's famous for (and amazing diving). Photos of the snorkel trip to follow. They were shot on an old school 35mm underwater camera and go figure- no where to develop them on the Island so hopefully I can upload them in the ...
... media travel website like TripAdvisor.com. The tripadvisor comments on Palau plantaion resort were actually not all that negative. However the travellers who had given the feedback seemed to be completely missing a lot of important points around why i personally felt this was an excellent place. Luxury and comfort, in my opinion does not come only from in-animate things like buildings, facilities etc., It definitely includes the human ...
... up and down hike we donned the snorkel gear and started swimming out to the middle of the lake. Initial single-sighting encounters were underwhelming but as we approached the area of the lake in full sun more and more of these space-alien-like creatures appeared all around us. At times it seemed as though there were more jellyfish than lake water surrounding us. Some were the size of soccer balls diminishing in bulk to the babies who were the size of tadpoles. After being fed ...
... but without luck. Kayaking around the islands was a great way to experience them in a different way. It was very serene. We got back to Sam’s in plenty of time to have something to eat, shower and organize our things before being taken to the airport for our late night flight. We will definitely go back to Palau again. It was a great place for diving and a chance to regroup and recharge. Highly recommended.
Some Pictures from Palau