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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