Before booking your air tickets to Maldives, do read our 6 Important Tips to Know When Planning Maldives Trip. The article highlights some important factors you must know to avoid getting shocked over hidden fees for your holiday.
This guide is about planning an affordable luxury getaway in Maldives. Since Maldives is famous for a romantic retreat, everyone should have a chance to experience it…
1. How Many Days in Maldives
In our opinion 3 to 7 days is recommended for a Maldives holiday for an average couple, 3 days for one hotel or 7 days for 2 hotels. Any more you might be bored easily.
From Malaysia & Singapore, budget airlines AirAsia & Tigerair flies direct to Male, Maldives.
Very Important: If you’re arriving late afternoon after 3.30pm or flying out early morning, you might require to overnight in Male if there is no more seaplane or speedboat transfer, do check with your hotel.
Note : AirAsia flight will arrive 8 pm at night, therefore, you will need to stay overnight in Male. So do plan 5 days and not 3 days if taking AirAsia.
Airline Ticket Budget: RM500 / SGD300
2. Airport & Hotel Transfer
Most room rates do not include airport & hotel transfer and it can be very expensive. Always check how much the transfer is before deciding which hotel to stay.
Note: USD is the main currency of payment although they do have their national currency.
3. Which Hotel to Stay?
There are 2 types of islands in Maldives – private & residential. Private islands are where most private hotels are located while residential islands are islands with local residents.
Residential islands tend to be dirtier and no alcohol, are allowed. The lodges are mostly converted residential housing & you will mostly need to arrange sightseeing trips when staying in residential islands.
4. What is Half Board, Full Board & All Inclusive
Most hotels are located on their own private island hence there is not much dining option than to dine at your own hotel. Dining can be expensive in Maldives as with limited choice. Depending on the hotel rates, you do see these 3 terms – Half Board, Full Board & All Inclusive.
Half Board – The room rate includes Breakfast & Dinner
Full Board – The room rate includes Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
All Inclusive – The room rate includes Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner + Beverages (It might be all day dining & beverages as well)
5. How much to budget for Food
If your room rate is without meals, you will need to allocate budget for meals. Depending on hotels, the rate differs. You should be able to request for their menu price.
However, it is always a good idea to bring more money for extra food and activities, you can then have peace of mind on your luxurious getaway.
As this is just a rough guide for an affordable luxury getaway, feel free to browse other luxury hotels with water bungalow rooms to make it a truly luxurious vacation. There is so many to choose from, you truly are spoilt here in the Maldives.
6. Water Lovers Adventures
Maldives offers a lot of adventurous kicks for tourists. Most interesting of them being watersports, loved by swimmers and non- swimmers alike. And this is why these sports draw adventure-lovers in big numbers. If this is your calling too, it’s time to pack your bags and head straight to Maldives.