MALDIVES 14 NIGHTS JUST £687 PP Return flights baggage hotel with breakfast inlcluded, Departing Heathrow 12th June 15 £687pp or  £1370.33 per couple @ expedia
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MALDIVES 14 NIGHTS JUST £687 PP Return flights baggage hotel with breakfast inlcluded, Departing Heathrow 12th June 15 £687pp or £1370.33 per couple @ expedia

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Found 8th May 2015
MALDIVES 14 NIGHTS WITH RETURN FLIGHTS BAGGAGE HOTEL BREAKFAST INCLUDED JUST £687 PP

Maldives on a budget, staying in the capital and ideal if you want cheap accomodation and a budget hotel as base camp to travel, Don't forgetif you want the water bungalow type rooms these are always 4 figures per person

Departing Heathrow 12 june 2015

Flying with Qatar airways

Staying at the SeaHouse TopDeck a 3-star hotel near the beach

Location

Offering direct access to the beach, this Male hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Villingili Public Beach.

Hotel Features

This hotel features a restaurant, spa services, and 24-hour room service. Free breakfast and free WiFi in public areas are also provided. Other amenities include meeting rooms, concierge services, and dry cleaning.
Room Amenities
All 31 rooms offer free WiFi, 24-hour room service, and LCD TVs with satellite channels. Other amenities available to guests include minibars, safes, and showers.

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities
Airport transportation (surcharge)Total number of rooms - 31Free breakfastConcierge servicesDry cleaning/laundry serviceDesignated smoking areasFree WiFiMeeting roomsRestaurantSpa services on site Show all hotel amenities
Internet
Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
Available in some public areas: Free WiFi
Room Amenities
Premium TV channelsAir conditioningPhoneMinibarPrivate bathroomFree toiletriesShower onlyHair dryer (on request)DeskIron/ironing board (on request)In-room safeRollaway/extra beds available Show all room amenities
Where to Eat

Guests are offered a complimentary breakfast each morning.
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Nearby Things to Do

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.
Sailing nearbyScuba diving nearbyWater skiing nearbySnorkeling nearbySurfing/boogie boarding nearbyWindsurfing nearbyBoat tours nearbySpa Services
Massages
Accessibility
To make requests for specific accessibility needs, complete the “Special or Accessibility Requests" section of “Trip Preferences" when you book your hotel.
In-room accessibility

Fees
You’ll be asked to pay the following charges at the hotel:
Hotel resort fee: USD 0.00
The hotel resort fee includes:
BreakfastInternet accessIn-room bottled waterConcierge/valet serviceHousekeeping/cleaning fees/gratuities
We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.
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If you require a visa to enter the country, your hotel may be able to help with the supporting documents needed to obtain one. To learn more, you can reach out to the hotel via the contact details included on your booking confirmation. The hotel may charge for this assistance, even if you end up cancelling your reservation. All arrangements are solely between the hotel and yourself. Guests must transfer via boat to the property. Guests must contact the property at least 72 hours before travel, using the contact information on the confirmation received after booking. This property offers transfers from the airport (surcharges may apply). Guests must contact the property with arrival details before travel, using the contact information on the booking confirmation.

31 Comments

Original Poster

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Edited by: "markbowen07" 8th May 2015

Be Careful.... Male island is industrial and is a dump in general. Its also a non alcohol "dry" island.

Oh...and June to November is rainy (but hot) season.

This is a very cheap guest houses on a 'very' inhabited island with no 'normal' tourist comforts e.g. alcohol served, no ability to sunbathe etc. It is cheap for a very good reason unfortunately.

This is more like the beach on Male unfortunately

http://5gyres.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/IMG1.jpg

and this is the hotel (not quite the water bangalows you associate with the Maldives)

http://media-cdn.tripadvisor.com/media/photo-s/06/37/92/dc/cafe-at-seahouse-topdeck.jpg
Edited by: "nictry" 8th May 2015

Just wanted to say thanks taking the time to post comments very useful for those of us who are not aware of the things the holiday agents don't tell you!
Edited by: "Bargain04" 8th May 2015

Flights still good price no?

cheapest deal is usually biyahdoo with kuoni. avoid Male if you want crystal clear waters and stunning white beaches

Its not really a case of the holiday company not telling you, like any holiday, you need to do your research before booking.

However the bottom line remains the same, this is a really cheap deal for someone wanting to visit the Maldives. If you want to stay at one of the nicer resorts be prepared to dig deep, 14 nights at a good resort will set you back about £6k. So in comparison this is a good deal for getting out there if nothing else.

Would avoid this like the plague, especially when there are deals to be had at cheap and cheerful resorts that will give you the paradise experience!

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Quinny1999

Its not really a case of the holiday company not telling you, like any … Its not really a case of the holiday company not telling you, like any holiday, you need to do your research before booking. However the bottom line remains the same, this is a really cheap deal for someone wanting to visit the Maldives. If you want to stay at one of the nicer resorts be prepared to dig deep, 14 nights at a good resort will set you back about £6k. So in comparison this is a good deal for getting out there if nothing else.



Spot on

Mark, as always voted hot! As it is! I would rather stay at the Four Seasons but unable to afford it one day!

Tripadvisor's top 10 things to do in Male.....

#1 of 10 things to do in Male
Grand Friday Mosque
#2 of 10 things to do in Male
Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque)
#3 of 10 things to do in Male
See all 2 Spas
#4 of 10 things to do in Male
Male Fish Market
#5 of 10 things to do in Male
Male Local Market
#6 of 10 things to do in Male
National Museum
#7 of 10 things to do in Male
Scuba & Snorkelling
#8 of 10 things to do in Male
Fishing Charters & Tours (2)
#9 of 10 things to do in Male
Tsunami Monument
#10 of 10 things to do in Male
Mulee Aage
(Presidential Palace - not open for visits)

Edited by: "LesD" 8th May 2015

Original Poster

[quote=nictry]This is a very cheap guest houses on a 'very' inhabited island with no 'normal' tourist comforts e.g. alcohol served, no ability to sunbathe etc. It is cheap for a very good reason unfortunately.
This is more like the beach on Male unfortunately
and this is the hotel (not quite the water bangalows you associate with the Maldives

nictry not to mention you will pay hel of a lot more for a water bungalow
Edited by: "markbowen07" 9th May 2015

I've had two weeks all inclusive out there on a cheap but standard deal for just over a grand each at a much better time of year (december) albeit at a non fancy resort so don't think this is even that cheap especially considering it's for June (middle of rainy season) and on the main island.

Lots of the islands beach bungalows won't be more than a few steps from the beach so you will still enjoy non water bungalows (although they are stunning on some islands!)

Personally, if you are going once as a trip in a lifetime, please don't do one of these types of cheap deals on a locals island bedsit type trip, it will spoil the experience.

markbowen07

[quote=nictry]This is a very cheap guest houses on a 'very' inhabited … [quote=nictry]This is a very cheap guest houses on a 'very' inhabited island with no 'normal' tourist comforts e.g. alcohol served, no ability to sunbathe etc. It is cheap for a very good reason unfortunately.This is more like the beach on Male unfortunatelyand this is the hotel (not quite the water bangalows you associate with the Maldivesnictry not to mention you will pay 5 times the amount for the water bungalow



That's not the point though, this (and your picture of the idyllic scene above) are nothing like the reality of this holiday. Male is a commercial centre, no alcohol is permitted there, you are not even able to sunbathe (something most holiday makers would take for granted) and you are still paying £1300 for that, you can get great deals on an actual holiday island for around £2k for a couple of you look hard enough, the seasons/weather are very variable so don't rule out the 'wet' season for cheaper deals - I know as we went in wet season a few years ago and had two nights of rain in 8 days - and then experience the Maldives as a holiday destination - this 'resort' would leave anyone very disappointed in my opinion

Mark. Maybe he meant the hammock picture above the beautiful sand which is not what you'll get or the multiple hotel beach pictures you also won't realise. Maldives tourist islands are paradise (generalised but pretty close to the truth) which is not what Male is like. When each tourist island is its own resort it is far from downtown crack heaven next door to an upper class part of town.

Ps 2 weeks at a nice island will not cost you £6k (quinny comment) or anywhere near it unless you really go for it. A nice island can comfortably be had for between 1.5 to 2k each
Edited by: "a666andy" 9th May 2015

For those who are not fortunate enough to have visited the Maldives....
Each "resort" Island is effectively a self-contained unit. One hotel per island (with it's ancillary services). The only "locals" are hotel staff who live-in for 4-6 months at a time with their accom and food provided by the hotel.
Staying on such island is therefore as a captive audience as you are restricted to the bars/restaurant (s) of that island and it's gift shop. No supermarket. No competition. Prices on the island reflect this fact.
Transfers to other resort islands are limited and often only via the capital, Male. For this reason, The Maldives is the only country I visit staying all-inclusive (or half board , as I can manage to skip lunch) so that I can be relatively accurate with my holiday budgeting.
IMHO The Maldives is a wonderful, beautiful country with a fabulous (if oppressed) people. If you are lucky enough to transfer to your island by seaplane the views will, I promise, stay indelibly etched in your memory. If your ideal holiday is however immersion in local culture, visiting antiquities or travelling around (or even trying a different restaurant/bar every night) then it it probably not for you!
If you like the idea of taking your shoes off when you arrive and only putting them back on when you pack your suitcases, consistent temperatures (c30 degrees) with sea temperatures to match, high quality accom with efficient staff and an opportunity to do very little (unless you dive/snorkel) for the duration then seriously consider the financial outlay. But watch your waistline! Good food on all-inc coupled with chill-out (apart from the walk around the total perimeter of the island which frequently takes under an hour) not necessarily good for the bikini-figure!

If you're going all the way there don't short change yourself by doing it on the cheap. By that i mean this is a false economy.

Male is industrial, dirty. Its their 'hub'. Its just about worth visiting for a day (fish market is interesting).

If you're thinking of staying there as a paradise holiday, use your money more wisely eg. Canaries where your expectations and reality will be more aligned with your budget.

The Maldives are STUNNING. Male isnt.

I'm guessing not a lot of people saw that programme where they took families to their ideal holiday destinations and then gave them the shock treatment? The Maldives was one of those destinations. The family had to spend a week working on the dump island sorting rubbish before they were allowed on a resort island. The reality of the Maldives is a world away from the paradise islands. I have Maldivian friends, my sister married a Maldivian. They are wonderful people (for the most part) but they have nothing. Their human rights are non existent. I find it hard to want to go to on such a holiday knowing what goes on "behind the scenes".

As everyone else has said, you will not get the Maldives experience with this deal, you'll be disappointed and probably wasting your money.

for me if i was going to the maldives i would be splashing out on the beach fromt hotel or watwr room

I went maldives last year for my honeymoon, stayed at the LUX resort and on a sea water villa. Was incredible!

Price worked out to basically £1k a night for a couple! Was there 7 nights! Expensive but definitely an amazing experience.

Male would be fine for a one night stop over, that would be enough. Having been to the Maldives a few times before, you'll hate yourself for not staying on one of the holiday islands, even though it'll cost you a few quid more.

I went for 8 nights in November 2013 and it set me back about 3K. The place we stayed at was 4* and whilst the food was just OK, the service was as excellent as the more expensive resorts. The coral was mostly undamaged too, so snorkelling was excellent plus you regularly had dolphins swimming by to say hello, and turtles. I can't stress how much it is worth paying a bit more - and always check reviews to see what the coral is like round the island, if it's mostly ruined and snorkelling isn't great you could get really bored...

czrsiNk

I went for 8 nights in November 2013 and it set me back about 3K. The … I went for 8 nights in November 2013 and it set me back about 3K. The place we stayed at was 4* and whilst the food was just OK, the service was as excellent as the more expensive resorts. The coral was mostly undamaged too, so snorkelling was excellent plus you regularly had dolphins swimming by to say hello, and turtles. I can't stress how much it is worth paying a bit more - and always check reviews to see what the coral is like round the island, if it's mostly ruined and snorkelling isn't great you could get really bored...



Reethi Beach Resort was the place, check it out on Trip Advisor

cant believe topless/nudity is illegal on those beaches

What's on offer, is not worth the money.

Horrible part of the country and a Hotel that will leave you depressed.

Staying on Male island will destroy all the desert island fantasies you've dreamed of. I've been to the Maldives a few times and definitely would not want to go to Male. Do yourself a favour and save up more for a nice resort island.

Isn't Maldives the same place where a female was publicly flogged after she was sexually abused/raped.
Thats a no go country for me - I do not want to be supporting the people who do this

gobby88

cheapest deal is usually biyahdoo with kuoni. avoid Male if you want … cheapest deal is usually biyahdoo with kuoni. avoid Male if you want crystal clear waters and stunning white beaches



I'd recommend Biyadhoo wholeheartedly. beautiful island, incredible snorkelling and beaches which you can get for a brilliant price.

Resort is charming, but unfussy. Not 5 star and you're not waited on hand and foot but the food and drink is great and the staff are very freindly.

Went for our honeymoon and I'd go back in a heartbeat. We got two weeks all inclusive with all flights and transfers for £1089 each.

If you want a Maldives holiday it's got to be on the atolls , not on Male

It's a bit grim on the main island
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