Palau Royal Resort
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My husband and I just returned from 2 weeks in Palau. We stayed in the Palau Royal Resort (PRR) for the first 2 nights of our stay (it was an air/hotel package) then moved to the West Plaza Malakal for the remainder of our stay. The PRR had great amenities and very polite staff, sometimes almost to an irritating point. The beds are made for …
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From the beginning, I guess. These words look so colorless compared to the images I'm trying to describe.
A quick intro: I landed on November 22 afternoon (it was the tropical thick, heavy air, but not too hot), saw a cool plane that looks like something I saw on a TV documentary once (see photo), was …
First stop, the Milky Way.
The Milky Way is a cove where the bottom of the bay is filled with white limestone mud. Locals have said that if you rub the mud on your body, you will be ten years younger, or that your skin will be brighter and whiter (but considering how dark the locals are, I doubt this). My guide, Emma and her assistant, Chi …
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... what I've learned and that sending me to Mexico was a wise investment. I'm not really worried about being able to pull it off, the chef in Mex really taught me a lot. He taught me that more than food is the love you put into it and the vibe and ambience you create. My experience south of the border was absolutely amazing, it was an experience that will benefit me in just not my career as a chef but my entire life. I was so fortunate to work with such down to earth ...
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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.