Before booking your air tickets to the Maldives, do read our 7 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 the Maldives
In our opinion 4 to 7 days is recommended for a Maldives holiday for an average couple, 4 days for one hotel or 7 days for 2 hotels. Any more you might be bored easily.
From Malaysia & Singapore, budget airlines AirAsia & Scoot flies direct to Male, Maldives.
Very Important: If 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: If your flight arrive at 8 pm at night, you will need to overnight in Male. So do plan 5 days and not 3 days.
Airline Ticket Budget: RM900 / SGD400
2. Airport & Hotel Transfer
Most room rates do not include airport & hotel transfer and it can be very expensive. Always check how much is the transfer cost before deciding which hotel to stay.
We highlighted more tips you should aware of Maldives holiday HERE in case you missed out.
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 the 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 alcohols are allowed. The lodge is mostly converted residential housing & you will mostly need to arrange sightseeing trips when staying in residential islands.
As this guide is to plan an affordable luxury getaway, we looked into several 4.5 to 5-star hotels for 4 days rates.
|No||Hotel Name||Airport Transfer (USD)||Hotel Rates (USD)||Meals (USD)||Total|
|1||Velassaru Maldives Resort – Halfboard||308||1497.6||210||2015.6|
|2||Filitheyo Island Resort – Halfboard||800||959.1||210||1969.1|
|3||Gangehi Island Resort – Full board||870||1013.88||1883.88|
|4||Olhuveli Beach & Spa Resort – Halfboard||450||1215.75||210||1875.75|
|5||Club Med Kani – All Inclusive||302||1135||1437|
From the list research, Club Med would offer the best value hence we will use it as planning. Also since will require to overnight in Male, we will budget extra USD70 for that night.
Note: All the hotel’s prices are subject to change and correct at time of release.
Hotel Budget : Club Med 4 days + Male Hotel – USD1,437 + USD70 / 2 pax = USD753.50 per person (RM2,872 / SGD1,033)
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 the 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 a budget for meals. Depending on hotels the rate differs. You should be able to request their menu price.
6. Total Budget Per Pax
|2||Airport Hotel 1 Day||35||133||48|
|4||Club Med 4 Days||660||2700||890|
Since Club Med is all inclusive hence we don’t have to extra budget for food & drinks. However, is always good to bring more money for extra activities.
As this is just a guide for an affordable luxury getaway, feel free to browse other luxury hotels with water bungalow rooms to make it a truly luxurious vacation.
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