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Experience the unique Royal hospitality, in Royal Island Resort and Spa, a legacy of hundreds of years of proud history. The grandmother of the great Maldivian hero of all time, Boduthakurufaan, made this island her home and is buried here. Royal Island Resort Spa
The remnant of this rich historical heritage is preserved for its symbiosis with the local social and natural environment, epitomizing the Maldivian hospitality. Today, Royal Island is a vibrant reality, a marriage of ancient traditions and modern living, dedicated to ensure that visitors experience the heart and soul of Maldives at Royal Island.
In 1227AH Horubadhoo was inhabited and considered a strong hold of fisheries, especially for big game fishermen who were said to accompany the king who visited the island only to go fishing with these master fishermen of the island.
The catch included gigantic fish including sharks which were processed in the nearby sandbanks, the most used one lies on the west side of the Island which was referred as “Theyohaana Finolhu”.
One family (Aiminaa Faanu Aaila) among the two most competitive, moved to “Finolhas” located in the East of Baa Atoll, but later on moved to Baa. Dhonfanu.
Another family known as Horubadhoo Thin Badavin or Fas Badavin moved to “Dhonfinolhu” now known as “Dhonfanu”.
This family consisted of 7 marriages (14 people), an infant less than 10 months was also said to have been with them who was later referred to as “Bodu Kaashi Ali” or “Bodu Kaashi Alithakurufaanu” and had excellent relations with the king in rein and was very popular among people of Dhonfanu for his contributions to the island.
A community of people called “Redhin” who were famous for their architectural mastery was also said to have lived in Horubadhoo and locals still reminisce over the folklores of them.
It was said “Utheemu Kalhuali Khatheeb Thakurufaanu” got married to one of the ladies of the family known as Horubadhoo Thin Badavin or Fas Badavin. An ancient bath (Vevu) which was said to have been used by this lady to take languorous baths still remains preserved; retaining the luxuriant aura enjoyed by royals’ eons ago.
A government section called “Thaareekh Committee” was known to have conducted an expedition to explore the history of the island in 1365AH.
During the construction of Royal Island Resort Spa, various ancient artifacts (dated back to 11th century) were found which now remains preserved in the National Museum.