I am a 45 year old solo male traveller & my trip was December 2012. First be clear on what you are looking at with this super hotel, it is a smaller exclusive hotel within the grounds of the larger more family orientated Savoy hotel. Royal Savoy guests have full use of the Savoy & it's many facilities but Savoy guests (or peasants as I like to call them!) cannot use the Royal Savoy or its facilities.
There are some super perks of being a Savoy Royal guest such as being met at the airport & whisked through the customs process without issue. My airline had not issued me with an immigration card (you need one-thanks Monarch) but the person collecting me had a spare one anyway & he even filled in in for me & obtained a visa, I just simply tagged along whilst everything was done for me! The transport to the hotel is a taxi & not a limousine as you may see suggested.
Upon arrival you are greeted & taken through to a very informal cosy lounge with an oriental theme where you are given a cocktail. The beautiful Anna from reception joins you & takes you through the check in process with ease & comfort. This is not a hotel of grand entrances with marble staircases & sparkly chandeliers, If you want that then head for the Savoy, this is very informal warm & friendly exclusivity with world class service.
I was taken to my room (standard side sea view) which was truly luxurious with the finest Egyptian cotton (when in Rome!) & luxurious feel to the room including marble bathroom. For me personally the highlight of the room was the dark wood balcony which was massive & just had a completely relaxing feel to it & was almost wild west ranch like including a fine set of wicker table & chairs. All Royal Savoy rooms have this dark wood effect on the balcony & trust me it's a real treat, this dark theme does not continue into the rooms though as they are light, modern & airy with many light fittings in all the right places. You have one full mini bar courtesy of the hotel however to refill it will be at charge.
A little moan was upon arrival I was giving a sheet showing main restaurant times which closed at 10pm. I went over at around 8.45 pm as I was hungry from the flight & was told they finish at 9pm & that I should hurry up! However I didn't overly let this bother me as the food in the main restaurant which was buffet style was just superb with a wide choice of dishes from different cuisines. I could clearly see cards close by to each kettle drum containing hot food to say that it had been checked for temperature & at what time which for me was reassuring. Unfortunately 3 days into the holiday they decided to close the main restaurant at night time which I was told was due to low occupancy (December). There are many other restaurants available but no other buffet style, so as a solo traveller this was not great as I did not want to sit in romantic candlelit restaurants on my own.
Pool & beach are just fabulous mainly due to being constantly spoilt by the staff. There's no getting up in the middle of the night for the towel on chair run as with 3 pools in the Royal there's plenty to go round (2 further large ones in the main Savoy). As soon as you choose a lounger they bring you a towel over, you do not have to go begging for it or supply a towel card like in a lot of resorts. They bring 2 towels one of which is neatly folded to give you a comfy head rest which was nice. You are then bought an ice bucket containing bottled water this is also replaced when the ice has melted. You are constantly asked if you are ok & if you would like drinks of any kind, you will not have to catch their eye to get a drink as it will be offered all through the day as a matter of course. The Savoy beach is a private beach & the Royal Savoy beach is a private beach within a private beach! The same towel/drink service applies to the beach area as the pool. There is a long jetty for snorkelling/swimming/water sports. I can highly recommend the snorkelling as some of the fish are just breathtaking. (this is not a trip, there is a coral reef on the Savoy beach!) Oh & also the Royal pool area has a sauna, steam room & jacuzzi (proper jacuzzi not a corner of the pool job).
At the time of my trip (December 2012) there were major building works at the Royal. These are covered over with tarpaulins which do drown out a little noise but certainly not all. Waterfalls & soothing poolside music also help drown out the noise (I hear disappointment in your thoughts-oh no building works) This was a strange one for me as I can honestly say it didn't bother me simply because I was so relaxed & looked after in this fine hotel. Did it spoil my stay? No way. Would I go again next week knowing the building works were there? Yes! Where do I sign! It was kind of like Kylie Minogue having a pimple on her bum! It may be better without but somehow you can't help but look at the bigger picture!
Breakfast is served in the Royal on a small terrace overlooking the pool areas. There was pink champagne on tap & a super friendly cool as cool can be egg Chef who comes to cook eggs for you in any way you desire. This guy is great & on my final day he wrote have a safe flight in tomato sauce around the edge of my plate! I love that fact!
You'll see Soho Square mentioned a lot if you are looking at this hotel. This is a development of shops/nightclubs/restaurants/entertainment owned by the Savoy. It's a couple of hundred yards from the Royal so it's an easy walk although they are quite insistent on giving you a lift there in a little golf style buggy. It's where most people seem to go at night from the Savoy/Royal Savoy & also tourists from surrounding hotels tend to visit also. There are many restaurants/bars here & you can charge drinks/meals to your room or if you are S-class they are free. It's very lively. I found some fine gifts for home amongst the many shops.
In conclusion I can truly say this holiday was one of my finest & I am well travelled. I will be returning next year as I have now joined the Savoy club for better rates etc. If you want family luxury & a large hotel then book the Savoy. If you want exclusivity & no splashing children & want to be pampered with some fine service then book the Royal. You are on Trip Advisor because you're worried about having a bad holiday or something going wrong? DON'T BE! Close this tab now & go back to the page you have found a deal on & book before it goes! Just look at the stats above, forget the odd moan on here (there's always one right?!) just look at the excellent ratings in the excellent bar above, it's a complete no brainer!
I haven't added any photos as they have all been covered by other guests but feel free to contact me if it helps. Lookout for photos showing the fine wooden room balcony. :-)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Royal Savoy is an exclusive club wing, complete with its own private lounge, terrace, pool, and beach area. Created for guests who prefer to stay in a more intimate and secluded location within the grounds of the Savoy. The Royal Savoy offers rooms of exceptional grace and comfort, all providing views over Tiran islands or the hotel's landscaped gardens. The rooms range in size from the generous standard rooms, to the famous luxury Suites. All rooms are welcoming and capacious, offering an exceptional combination of style and function. ... more less
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