Maldives - 14 Nights £378.98 Flights or £610.98pp for Hotel, Flight & Luggage - Total Price for 2 x Adults = £1221.96 or Return Flights £378.98pp@ Thomson/Alpharooms/Bookings
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Maldives - 14 Nights £378.98 Flights or £610.98pp for Hotel, Flight & Luggage - Total Price for 2 x Adults = £1221.96 or Return Flights £378.98pp@ Thomson/Alpharooms/Bookings

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Found 10th Feb 2014
Here I have taken 2 Flights departing from Gatwick on 16th February 2014 returning on 3rd March 2014. Each passenger is allowed only 5kg take on luggage so I have also included a 20kg case.

you will need to go to Thomson first to book your flight before shopping around for accommodation until you find one that suits your personal preference. I have given some examples below, see image boxes. You know me guys, I dont lie we are not talking all inc luxury holidays here - this is me adding a bed and breakfast guest house onto your flights and luggage. It would be great for you to add some input of ideas of where you have been in the past and recommend.

14 Nights in Maldives with a selection of Hotels from £1,221.96 = £610.98pp

Flights £378.98 x 2 Adults + £75 luggage = £832.96 for flights

Guest House - from £389 per couple

Total for Flights, Luggage & Transfers £1,221.96

Information regarding Transfers:

Tourist transfers as I have not added these on as many hotels will come and collect you.

If you are going to a tourist resort, hotel, or safari cruise, a hotel staff will pick you up upon arrival to guide you to the hotel’s own transfer. You have the option of using a speedboat, seaplane, or local dhoni where offered.

Seaplanes are often used as a quicker option by tourist resorts located atolls further from the airport. Catching a seaplane is a rare treat that adds an extra layer to your experience of the Maldives by putting its unique geography into perspective through cottony layers of cloud. Flying over the islands at low heights you can see the shapes of reefs and colours of shallow waters around every island, and, if your trip is timely, perhaps even a couple of dolphins crossing the atolls channels.

Traveling by speedboat too, is, on its own a fun adventure. As it roars cleanly over the deep blue water, you feel the salt on your lips, the sun on your face, and the wind tugging your hair into a frenzy. Dhoni, the local boat used for traveling by locals is a more gentle, but by no means a less enjoyable means of getting to where you want to.

Obviously there are hundreds of hotels on the net to choose from I have just picked out a few to give you an idea of where to shop around. See images below

Rip Tide Vacation Inn Maldives Overview
Located at the tip of South Male Atoll, Rip Tide Vacation Inn Maldives offers basic air-conditioned rooms with a private bathroom. It has a restaurant, barbecue facilities and a 24-hour front desk. Guests can fish and surf on the island.
Hotel facilities

Air-conditioned public areas
Bar/lounge
Barbecue grill(s)
Currency exchange
Internet access - wireless
Laundry facilities
Luggage storage
Restaurant(s) in hotel
Safe-deposit box at front desk

Room facilities

Air conditioning
Cable/satellite television channels
Complimentary toiletries
Private bathroom
Shower only
Shower/tub combination
Wake-up calls

Review:

“Two weekd in Rip Tide Vacation Inn”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 12 February 2013

We were 3 person staying in Rip Tide Vacation Inn at the beginning of January. We were amazed by hospitality of the guest house. As it was very difficult to find much informations about Guardiahoo I will try to cover not only hotel but also attractions there.

As far as conditions are concerned they were good: new air-con, solid building, hot water, no ants etc. the only drawback was the water. As inhabited island Guardiahoo has problems with fresh water when there is no rain (it rained only once during our stay) and they take water directly from the sea I think its processed some how but its still a little salty/smelly. The plus was that we got bottles of water free of charge from our guest house. Beds were very comfortable. We had TV in our room and WI-FI. Restaurant is serving mainly fish-food what I considered to be an advantage but there is little diversity. No pork is being served. You can order from the menu food and beverages at a very reasonable price -e.g. coke for 1$ or mango shake for 1,5$ as far as I remember. We got no stomach problems or so ever.
RTVI has it's own atmosphere - very nice staff that was really trying to make fill this place like home. They organized trips on our request (we bought full meal package with daily excursion what I strongly recommend - you can get bored to death on one island all the time). They took as fishing twice (very nice but take seasickness pills before) and took us on various island (both uninhabited and with hotels). They also organized diving and snorkelling trips on request (for additional fee but for competitive price). There are very good snorkelling and diving spots around Guardiahoo we saw e.g. turtles, dolphins, sharks, eagle rays, jack fish and a variety of small fish and different coral formations.
As it is inhabited island you can't swim in bikini around it but wear shorts and t-shirt. There are few local stores where you can buy food, beverages and many souvenirs. Important think there is still very little tourism as there are only two guest houses on the island.

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Great find Stacey keep up your hard work it is appriciated by many
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Great price but please dont think the pictures you have posted bear any resemblence to the hotels shown in Stacey's post, these are very cheap guest houses on inhabited islands with no 'normal' tourist comforts e.g. alcohol served, no ability to sunbathe etc. It is cheap for a very good reason unfortunately.

Here is the most recent review of the same hotel posted in the OP's offer post:

Much as I welcome the fact that the inhabited islands of the Maldives are … Much as I welcome the fact that the inhabited islands of the Maldives are now open to independent, non-resort tourists and that the locals can have a piece of the tourism cake, the guesthouses on those islands are running the risk of pricing themselves out of the market. As guesthouses go, the Riptide Vacation Inn on the island of Guraidhoo is OK - the staff are friendly and the rooms are nicely appointed with TV, AC, hot water, etc. , but the place is definitely not worth the $110 per night. We stayed for one week. I would not go so far as to rename it “Rip-Off” Vacation Inn, but it really is not worth what you get for the following reasons:1) The island has no tourist infrastructure (charming, one might think), but you are dependent on the guesthouse for everything. There are a few souvenir shops and two cafés for the locals.2) Very limited menu, often “not have”, mostly fried rice or noodles, very bland. Breakfast OK - Continental or Maldivian (tuna/coconut, chapattis, egg).3) No fresh towels unless we asked for them.4) The bedding was not changed in one week.5) The water in bathroom smells of bad eggs/sulphur because it is treated seawater.6) The room was not cleaned in one week.7) The beaches on the island are mostly full of garbage and you must be careful not to wear anything revealing.8) Strictly no alcohol!


Edited by: "nictry" 10th Feb 2014

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nictry

Great price but please dont think the pictures you have posted bear any … Great price but please dont think the pictures you have posted bear any resemblence to the hotels shown in Stacey's post, these are very cheap guest houses in inhabated islands with no alcohol served, no ability to sunbathe etc. It is cheap for a very good reason unfortunately.



deallady does a good job of posting pictures I didn't realise there was any rules against sunbathing?

Where are all the people lol

SunshineStacey

deallady does a good job of posting pictures I didn't realise there … deallady does a good job of posting pictures I didn't realise there was any rules against sunbathing?



As long as you keep all your body covered up there are none at all

There are two sides to the Maldives - One is Deallady's pictures this is the other:

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Edited by: "nictry" 10th Feb 2014

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jay_leeds

Where are all the people lol



They are all in the guest houses because they cant afford the prices to stay in shed on legs in the sea

SunshineStacey

deallady does a good job of posting pictures I didn't realise there … deallady does a good job of posting pictures I didn't realise there was any rules against sunbathing?



It's a Muslim country, bit like Dubai having rules except, beaches you can sunbathe but cover yourself around town....

also Maldives is expensive on food so I would personally recommend an all inclusive resort.... Went to the Maldives on my honeymoon after visiting Sri Lanka
Edited by: "twe" 10th Feb 2014

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nictry

As long as you keep all your body covered up there are none at all … As long as you keep all your body covered up there are none at all ;)There are two sides to the Maldives - One is Deallady's pictures this is the other:



I think I will do some more research on this later - its not as easy as just finding a holiday you have to take into account how far you are from the airport an getting there etc, reckon you could swim between islands?

oh no wait bad idea you got luggage havent you lol

What do the big tour operators do put you on a bus on a ferry or boat it?

SunshineStacey

I think I will do some more research on this later - its not as easy as … I think I will do some more research on this later - its not as easy as just finding a holiday you have to take into account how far you are from the airport an getting there etc, reckon you could swim between islands?oh no wait bad idea you got luggage havent you lol What do the big tour operators do put you on a bus on a ferry or boat it?



We did the seaplane, from the airport, we were transferred via coach to the exclusive lounge and flew near to the island, where we were transferred via boat and taken to the island. Did that for the experience during daylight. When we left, in the dark so no point doing the seaplane, we got onto the boat via one of the piers, and dropped off at the airport, as that is on an island anyway. And walked the rest.

This will give you an idea of the airport

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SunshineStacey

I think I will do some more research on this later - its not as easy as … I think I will do some more research on this later - its not as easy as just finding a holiday you have to take into account how far you are from the airport an getting there etc, reckon you could swim between islands?oh no wait bad idea you got luggage havent you lol What do the big tour operators do put you on a bus on a ferry or boat it?



Seaplane to most of the islands although some are reachable by boat, can be an hour or so from Male/Airport Island to some of the resort islands so needs to be factored in, costs can be anything from £50 to £2-300 extra for the transfer again depending on how you are travelling.

Essentially there is no such thing as a 'cheap' holiday to the Maldives, its a luxury destination for a reason (even with the contrasting poverty in the main inhabited islands unfortunately)

Edited by: "nictry" 10th Feb 2014

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twe

We did the seaplane, from the airport, we were transferred via coach to … We did the seaplane, from the airport, we were transferred via coach to the exclusive lounge and flew near to the island, where we were transferred via boat and taken to the island. Did that for the experience during daylight. When we left, in the dark so no point doing the seaplane, we got onto the boat via one of the piers, and dropped off at the airport, as that is on an island anyway. And walked the rest.This will give you an idea of the airport



yeah I was just google satelliting

I have never been the Maldives, I dont think it will ever been in our price range! but I did just fall in love with Cocoa Cocoa Island

been to two maldives islands.

Kuredu - A bigger island, walk round in about 40 mins, beautiful, best place i've ever been. Loved every minute

Hakurra Hura (or something like that)- Walk round in ten mins, horrible, bad staff, crap beach, couldnt ever really swim because it wasnt deep enough.

My point is choose wisely, i, along with a lot of others also think it's lost a lot of its charm and is just a money pit now, they palm off cheap spirits and food as premium, really not good. So yeah, choose wisely.


Edited by: "gsusx" 10th Feb 2014

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nictry

Seaplane to most of the islands although some are reachable by boat, can … Seaplane to most of the islands although some are reachable by boat, can be an hour or so from Male/Airport Island to some of the resort islands so needs to be factored in, costs can be anything from £50 to £2-300 extra for the transfer again depending on how you are travelling.Essentially there is no such thing as a 'cheap' holiday to the Maldives, its a luxury destination for a reason (even with the contrasting poverty in the main inhabited islands unfortunately)



what about these hotels that offer you free airport pick ups though - that means that the tour operators are milking it arnt they they

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whoaaaa do people actually pay this?
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SunshineStacey

I think I will do some more research on this later - its not as easy as … I think I will do some more research on this later - its not as easy as just finding a holiday you have to take into account how far you are from the airport an getting there etc, reckon you could swim between islands?oh no wait bad idea you got luggage havent you lol What do the big tour operators do put you on a bus on a ferry or boat it?



I did a twin centre to the Maldives, with a week on meeru and a week on lily beach. did the seaplane transfers to one island and then the speed boat transfer to the other. was an amazing holiday, would love to go back again.

as for sun bathing, there is no issues with this. the only time that you have to cover up, is during meal times. you can do what you want any other time.

and as already mentioned, if your going out here then go all inclusive, as you have zero choice about where you eat and drink and they will charge a fortune. most all inclusives stop at midnight, so be aware of that if you are booking

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gsusx

been to two maldives islands.Kuredu - A bigger island, walk round in … been to two maldives islands.Kuredu - A bigger island, walk round in about 40 mins, beautiful, best place i've ever been. Loved every minuteHakurra Hura (or something like that)- Walk round in ten mins, horrible, bad staff, crap beach, couldnt ever really swim because it wasnt deep enough.My point is choose wisely, i, along with a lot of others also think it's lost a lot of its charm and is just a money pit now, they palm off cheap spirits and food as premium, really not good. So yeah, choose wisely.



lol - there would be less fish if the water wasn't as deep though wouldn't there? im not really a fan of fish

lol thanks for the info xxx

Wow! Another scorching hot deal! Thanks Stacey.

Just a shame for me that it's not in March. Is mid-end of March a bad time for holidays? Can't seem to find anything near as good as this. I've been searching for Maldives, Barbados, Thailand, Mexico, Bali etc. and haven't found anything I'd class a good deal in March.

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ricoshay

Wow! Another scorching hot deal! Thanks Stacey.Just a shame for me that … Wow! Another scorching hot deal! Thanks Stacey.Just a shame for me that it's not in March. Is mid-end of March a bad time for holidays? Can't seem to find anything near as good as this. I've been searching for Maldives, Barbados, Thailand, Mexico, Bali etc. and haven't found anything I'd class a good deal in March.



Well dont get too carried away here just yet - this is work in progress. Bear in mind where not talking luxury all inclusive break here its just a flight and a guest house.

We got a bit of team work going on here trying to put together something better



Just out of interest guys - what would you consider an average price for 2 weeks all inc luxury holiday to the Maldives then? So I have something to compare

SunshineStacey

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Yeah, probably the photos earlier show these

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jayok

Yeah, probably the photos earlier show these



how is it even possible that there is that amount of money available to throw around on holidays? corr I thought I was bad lol

Welcome to the real world. The world where there is obscene wealth for some and those that have think nothing of spending £30k on a night out or £50k on a luxury holiday

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jayok

Welcome to the real world. The world where there is obscene wealth for … Welcome to the real world. The world where there is obscene wealth for some and those that have think nothing of spending £30k on a night out or £50k on a luxury holiday



I'm not sure I could even do that if I had it - could you?

SunshineStacey

Just out of interest guys - what would you consider an average price for … Just out of interest guys - what would you consider an average price for 2 weeks all inc luxury holiday to the Maldives then? So I have something to compare



Realistically around £1500 per person for a 'cheaper' AI and upwards of £2-3k per person and a lot more for the more luxurious islands, although 2 weeks maybe too long in all honesty, 7-10 days is probably enough for most people.

Also Jan - April is usually even more expensive as it can rain pretty heavily throughout the rest of the year (although with the current world climate I wouldnt let that concern you!!!) also dont forget the different Atolls can have quite different weather/temps so also worth factoring in to the price.


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SunshineStacey

I'm not sure I could even do that if I had it - could you?



Probably not but I would like the chance to decide

Been to the Maldives twice and I agree that 10 days is plenty. Prices really have shot up since we last went in 2008 so much so that I doubt we could ever afford to go back.

Meerufenfushi (Link) This is one of the bigger islands with 2/3 places to eat and would cater for family and friends as well as couples. Would rate it a 3/4 star.

Angsana Ihuru (Link) Small secluded island dedicated more for couples, less than 10mins to walk round. Would rate a 4/5 star. I paid £1450pp for our honeymoon in 2008. Food, villa, beach, staff, spa were all stunning but the one thing that made this island for me was the snorkeling and scuba diving. The reef is anything between 30m-100m from the beach. It was so diverse and full of life, I saw everything from clown fish to reef sharks, turtles and rays! We later found out after we came home that Ihuru was the island that most the scuba instructors recommend to people to stay if you want to do some serious snorkeling and don’t want the hassle of organising an excursion all the time. Would definitely recommend this Island.

Ahhhh the memories

Ps. never had any problems with sunbathing


Edited by: "Bud888" 10th Feb 2014

deallady

Great find Stacey keep up your hard work it is appriciated by many



+1

The sunbathing comment was specific to the resident inhabited island posted originally, sunbathing on any resort islands is of course totally fine.

SunshineStacey

Just out of interest guys - what would you consider an average price for … Just out of interest guys - what would you consider an average price for 2 weeks all inc luxury holiday to the Maldives then? So I have something to compare



To Maldives I'd say around £1300 - £1500 All Inclusive for a "normal" luxury holiday... but for something of a special occasion like say honeymoon or anniversary I'd stretch that to £2000 - £2500 per person. That said, I would prefer Barbados or somewhere in the Caribbean if it was a case of choosing something with a similar price point.

SunshineStacey

lol - there would be less fish if the water wasn't as deep though … lol - there would be less fish if the water wasn't as deep though wouldn't there? im not really a fan of fishlol thanks for the info xxx



there were hardly any fish on the second island, the first was like an aquarium, swimming with reef sharks, turtles, ray's all within about 30ft of the beach, amazing. if you go at the right time of year, get the weather and go to a nice enough island it is heaven, im just gutted the second time i went it has left a bad taste in my mouth and i wont probably return ...

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hmm this has turned out to be quite an interesting thread. im beginning to wonder whether Maldives by itself is a waste of money - perhaps it would make more economical sense to merge it with something else. like a few days relax and luxury after a safari?

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gsusx

there were hardly any fish on the second island, the first was like an … there were hardly any fish on the second island, the first was like an aquarium, swimming with reef sharks, turtles, ray's all within about 30ft of the beach, amazing. if you go at the right time of year, get the weather and go to a nice enough island it is heaven, im just gutted the second time i went it has left a bad taste in my mouth and i wont probably return ...



aw well thats a shame but they do say you can never duplicate something! at least you have that first experience to look back on xx

jayok

Welcome to the real world. The world where there is obscene wealth for … Welcome to the real world. The world where there is obscene wealth for some and those that have think nothing of spending £30k on a night out or £50k on a luxury holiday



Do you honestly think your lifestyle is any less obscene to the majority of the population of this planet that aren't fortunate enough to have been born in a Western country?

When one isn't assured food, water, healthcare, law & order, education and a cat in hells chance of ensuring their children fair any better, is there any distinction between an oligarch dropping £30k on a holiday or you buying Nikons? Look in the mirror mate, you (like the rest of us) are the obscenely rich, its us thats on the winning side in the distribution of wealth and prosperity on this planet, not just Abramovich.

Deedie

I did a twin centre to the Maldives, with a week on meeru and a week on … I did a twin centre to the Maldives, with a week on meeru and a week on lily beach. did the seaplane transfers to one island and then the speed boat transfer to the other. was an amazing holiday, would love to go back again.as for sun bathing, there is no issues with this. the only time that you have to cover up, is during meal times. you can do what you want any other time. and as already mentioned, if your going out here then go all inclusive, as you have zero choice about where you eat and drink and they will charge a fortune. most all inclusives stop at midnight, so be aware of that if you are booking



The islands you mention are tourist islands, no locals on those islands aside from staff. Therefore there has never been an issue with drinking/sunbathing/etc.

I believe these deals are now popping up as the Maldivian Government has liberalised tourism a little, allowing guest houses on their populated islands. IE not the strictly tourist ones, but where their own population reside. I don't think this has gone hand in hand with any liberalising of their other laws. That means:

- NO BOOZE
- NO Sunbathing ( you would be expected to dress modestly)

I don't mean to virtually shout, but I'd hate for someone to make a very costly (both in terms of money and time) mistake, based on other people sharing their experience of tourist only islands. This is a Muslim country, for any of you who have been to Dubai, its akin to drinking/sunbathing outside of the tourist areas. But worse still, in this case its a boat ride (or very long swim) to get to the tourist areas, not just a cab

I'd advise anyone considering this holiday to put some serious leg work in and research what you can actually do once you hit the ground. I doubt the infrastructure to ferry all these tourists staying in the guesthouses to more palatable islands has kicked in yet. In a year or two this could be a good way to enjoy paradise (or simply hasten its demise), but right now you could find yourself spending two weeks on a dirty island without even a drink to numb the pain

Edited by: "Mentos" 10th Feb 2014

£1300-£1500 is very cheap for all inclusive Maldives but is about right for bed and breakfast or poss half board but the drinks are very expensive and soon mount up , First Choice currently have only 2 holidays on offer in feb (23rd) and they are both over £2000!
I have been to Maldives twice first to Meeru in 2008 and again to Reethi Beach last year the first trip was a 10 night stay after visiting Sri Lanka for 5 nights and it wasn't long enough for us so we went for 14 nights to Reethi and I still could have stayed longer! It is paradise on the resort islands but I def wouldn't want to stay on Male, I was terrified the whole time I was there as there are just so many people crammed onto it that it was overwhelming!

Male
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Meeru
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Just a slight difference!

Mentos

Do you honestly think your lifestyle is any less obscene to the majority … Do you honestly think your lifestyle is any less obscene to the majority of the population of this planet that aren't fortunate enough to have been born in a Western country?



No

When one isn't assured food, water, healthcare, law & order, education … When one isn't assured food, water, healthcare, law & order, education and a cat in hells chance of ensuring their children fair any better, is there any distinction between an oligarch dropping £30k on a holiday or you buying Nikons? Look in the mirror mate, you (like the rest of us) are the obscenely rich, its us thats on the winning side in the distribution of wealth and prosperity on this planet, not just Abramovich.



You'll blow a gasket soon

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