“Lovely little peaceful resort …”

We went here in January 2014 for a week as part of a 2 week honeymoon. It is a lovely little resort with only 6 private villas. On arrival we realized that for the first two nights we’d be the only ones in the resort which was amazing! The Manager, Siriak, was very welcoming and showed us to our amazing villa which was blissfully air conditioned. It was huge with a spare bedroom, dressing room and 2 bathrooms. The villas are set slightly back from the beach with views over the pool and gardens down to the shore line. Each villa has its own private beach hut, which we spent a lot of time in, reading and just generally enjoying the view of the blue skies and crystal clear waters. The resort is linked with a beach club next door which offered all kinds of things such as kite surfing, sailing, snorkeling, reef walks and beach bike hire. I can highly recommend kite surfing lessons, both my husband and I did them with Seb and Mamood who were excellent teachers – so much fun.

The food is generally delicious although there tends to be a set menu and not a huge deal of choice. One of the only gripes we had about the resort was that the service was very very slow. The main course sometimes took up to 40 minutes to arrive and the waiters seemed to vanish at certain points in the meal. Breakfast was particularly bad in terms of service on certain days with pancakes taking 30 mins (?). However this was just one small thing in a really lovely holiday.

Being a guest at the Palms, also entitled you to use of the Baraza spa next door which was beautiful – we had a treatment nearly every day! We can definitely recommend The Sultan’s Bath.

There were lots of nice touches at The Palms like cocktail sundowners bought to you every evening, free sarongs left on your bed, smoothies bought to your beach hut and one evening they ran us a bath with frangipani flowers in … although failed to tell us so when we got to it, it was cold!

Overall it was a really lovely, relaxing end to our honeymoon and we came away with lots of happy memories.

Room Tip: The six villas are all equally as nice as each other

Guest nationality: British

Reviewed February 4 2014