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The Residence, Maldives. Water Villa + transfers 2 people £3236 via Destinology
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The Residence, Maldives. Water Villa + transfers 2 people £3236 via Destinology

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Posted 1st Oct
Destinology have water villas at The Residence, Maldives reduced from £8730 to £3612 for two persons, 7 nights, HB in December. The dates I have used are 7/12 to 14/12 but other dates and lengths of stay are available. These villas have separate sitting rooms, bedrooms and bathrooms and are built over the ocean with a large veranda and steps down into the lagoon. Transfers from Male are included.
This is a stunning hotel with excellent reviews and at this price is a bargain.
Admittedly a niche deal but I'm sure some can afford it. Overwater villas with their own private pool are £3512.
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Joe90_guy01/10/2019 16:22

I think the Maldives is a lot like going on safari... utterly brilliant …I think the Maldives is a lot like going on safari... utterly brilliant for a couple of days and thereafter dull to the point you can't wait to get back home.


I don't know what safari you have been on but that was not my experience.
38585921-ImndU.jpgView from bed to wake up to.
I think the Maldives is a lot like going on safari... utterly brilliant for a couple of days and thereafter dull to the point you can't wait to get back home.
Voted hot. I consider dogpatch our resident luxury hotel expert on here as he finds some really good deals.

It was one of his deals that prompted me to book a stay at Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi. All I can say is wow, that is one amazing hotel. The attention to detail there was amazing.

I find Kenwood are a good company when it comes to luxury holidays. This deal comes up on Kenwood @ £3100 for the same dates so slightly cheaper than Destinology.
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I'm up for it, who can join me lol?

I've not been Maldives for almost 6 years
I think the Maldives is a lot like going on safari... utterly brilliant for a couple of days and thereafter dull to the point you can't wait to get back home.
So, do I get to keep it at the end of the rental period?
Joe90_guy01/10/2019 16:22

I think the Maldives is a lot like going on safari... utterly brilliant …I think the Maldives is a lot like going on safari... utterly brilliant for a couple of days and thereafter dull to the point you can't wait to get back home.


I don't know what safari you have been on but that was not my experience.
Joe90_guy01/10/2019 16:22

I think the Maldives is a lot like going on safari... utterly brilliant …I think the Maldives is a lot like going on safari... utterly brilliant for a couple of days and thereafter dull to the point you can't wait to get back home.


I went cape verde as a cheap alternative and honestly it did the job. colleague went to maldives and she explained they have different tiers of all inclusive... robbery!
Its all about the island experience. If you like something laid back, the sea and the isolation this is the place.

I prefer something in the Med, always somewhere else to go if you get bored and want better value for money
38585921-ImndU.jpgView from bed to wake up to.
Voted hot. I consider dogpatch our resident luxury hotel expert on here as he finds some really good deals.

It was one of his deals that prompted me to book a stay at Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi. All I can say is wow, that is one amazing hotel. The attention to detail there was amazing.

I find Kenwood are a good company when it comes to luxury holidays. This deal comes up on Kenwood @ £3100 for the same dates so slightly cheaper than Destinology.
£6200 odd for the dates you have said in the OP. Looks like the prices have been changed?
us_agent201201/10/2019 16:27

I don't know what safari you have been on but that was not my experience.


Zambia, Botswana, Namibia & South Africa. Every time it's the same thing. No-one in their right mind wants to be continually woken up at 5:00 am to 'do stuff' when they're on holiday!
jrw01/10/2019 16:56

£6200 odd for the dates you have said in the OP. Looks like the prices …£6200 odd for the dates you have said in the OP. Looks like the prices have been changed?


Just checked it and still £3236 for 7/12 to 14/12. Have you included flights in the search
Joe90_guy01/10/2019 17:00

Zambia, Botswana, Namibia & South Africa. Every time it's the same thing. …Zambia, Botswana, Namibia & South Africa. Every time it's the same thing. No-one in their right mind wants to be continually woken up at 5:00 am to 'do stuff' when they're on holiday!


Might want to stop going on holidays where they wake you up at 5am then...
us_agent201201/10/2019 17:01

Might want to stop going on holidays where they wake you up at 5am then...


I did...there are plenty of more pleasant alternatives.
a666andy01/10/2019 16:17

I'm up for it, who can join me lol?I've not been Maldives for almost 6 …I'm up for it, who can join me lol?I've not been Maldives for almost 6 years


If you're paying, count me in.
Joe90_guy01/10/2019 17:00

Zambia, Botswana, Namibia & South Africa. Every time it's the same thing. …Zambia, Botswana, Namibia & South Africa. Every time it's the same thing. No-one in their right mind wants to be continually woken up at 5:00 am to 'do stuff' when they're on holiday!


It would seem, that you would, 4 times infact!
DodgeySolenoid01/10/2019 17:14

If you're paying, count me in.


Afraid not lol


Ps for info, I've done the Maldives 7 times and will go again, sheer bliss if you want warm calm clear sea and love swimming, snorkeling, diving and some relaxing.
Edited by: "a666andy" 1st Oct
Joe90_guy01/10/2019 17:00

Zambia, Botswana, Namibia & South Africa. Every time it's the same thing. …Zambia, Botswana, Namibia & South Africa. Every time it's the same thing. No-one in their right mind wants to be continually woken up at 5:00 am to 'do stuff' when they're on holiday!


hates safaris, goes on 4 of them. Complains about them on the internet, genius.


Seems like a cracking deal OP, if A/I is available I would suggest doing that. Alcohol in the Maldives is ridic priced, they even search your bags at the airport to make sure you havent brought any in. crazy!

As for people thinking they'll be bored, horses for courses and all that but if you're talking beach holidays you cant beat the Maldives, brilliant holiday if you stay at a decent hotel which this looks to be one!
Joe90_guy01/10/2019 16:22

I think the Maldives is a lot like going on safari... utterly brilliant …I think the Maldives is a lot like going on safari... utterly brilliant for a couple of days and thereafter dull to the point you can't wait to get back home.


Each to their own. Stunning place.
Showing £5,317 for me :/
karlie8801/10/2019 16:50

Voted hot. I consider dogpatch our resident luxury hotel expert on here as …Voted hot. I consider dogpatch our resident luxury hotel expert on here as he finds some really good deals.It was one of his deals that prompted me to book a stay at Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi. All I can say is wow, that is one amazing hotel. The attention to detail there was amazing.I find Kenwood are a good company when it comes to luxury holidays. This deal comes up on Kenwood @ £3100 for the same dates so slightly cheaper than Destinology.


I’ve only managed brunch and Iftar at Emirates palace so far, absolutely stunning hotel
Joe90_guy01/10/2019 16:22

I think the Maldives is a lot like going on safari... utterly brilliant …I think the Maldives is a lot like going on safari... utterly brilliant for a couple of days and thereafter dull to the point you can't wait to get back home.


You are going on the wrong safaris - the Maldives are good for those who enjoy diving or snorkelling. Seeing spinner dolphins and manta rays was one of the best days of my life.
Why am I reading residential evil
buzzard01/10/2019 18:36

You are going on the wrong safaris - the Maldives are good for those …You are going on the wrong safaris - the Maldives are good for those who enjoy diving or snorkelling. Seeing spinner dolphins and manta rays was one of the best days of my life.


Actually I'd agree with that. I'd just arrived in the Maldives & felt I needed a bit of a stretch after the journey. Got the mask out & went for a quick snorkel all by myself. Had my first manta encounter about 25 metres from shore. For about 20 minutes it was just me & the manta doing figures of eight. Perfection!

The thing is neither me nor wifey saw hide nor hair of them again! We even did the speedboat trip to where they supposedly congregate. Not a sausage!

Was it worth it? Hmmm...I'm not saying no but it's a bloody long way there & back for a fleeting glance of nature on a island you can lazily completely walk around in five minutes.
Edited by: "Joe90_guy" 1st Oct
Joe90_guy01/10/2019 19:16

Hmmm...I'm not saying no but it's a bloody long way there & back for a …Hmmm...I'm not saying no but it's a bloody long way there & back for a fleeting glance of nature on a island you can lazily completely walk around in five minutes.


Well if you want to walk you go somewhere else , Maldives are for swimmers. The (cheap by Maldives standards) island we went to had nurse sharks feeding off the pier at night, reef sharks and eels in the day, many varieties of fish - the trip to see the mantas was our first full day (because we were afraid they might not run the trip again) and the spinner dolphins were a lucky accident on the way back. They were everywhere around the boat and it wasnt fleeting, although we'd both have liked longer. It wasnt as good for the rest of our time there but still a good variety (eagle rays, sting ray, eel, turtles as well as fish) - and the drinks were OK in the bar in the evening. If we go back we might try and do a couple of different islands in one trip or combine with Sri Lanka.
buzzard01/10/2019 19:30

Well if you want to walk you go somewhere else , Maldives are for …Well if you want to walk you go somewhere else , Maldives are for swimmers. The (cheap by Maldives standards) island we went to had nurse sharks feeding off the pier at night, reef sharks and eels in the day, many varieties of fish - the trip to see the mantas was our first full day (because we were afraid they might not run the trip again) and the spinner dolphins were a lucky accident on the way back. They were everywhere around the boat and it wasnt fleeting, although we'd both have liked longer. It wasnt as good for the rest of our time there but still a good variety (eagle rays, sting ray, eel, turtles as well as fish) - and the drinks were OK in the bar in the evening. If we go back we might try and do a couple of different islands in one trip or combine with Sri Lanka.


38587204-srqDc.jpgFrom same trip as 'view on waking up'. Gorgeous creatures
Joe90_guy01/10/2019 17:00

Zambia, Botswana, Namibia & South Africa. Every time it's the same thing. …Zambia, Botswana, Namibia & South Africa. Every time it's the same thing. No-one in their right mind wants to be continually woken up at 5:00 am to 'do stuff' when they're on holiday!


I wouldnt mind but my travelling companions are not quite as keen. Our last safari was out of season so it wasnt light at 5 a.m, little tip there for anyone else. Also morning game drives are not usually compulsory - did our first night drive this year and it was better than I'd expected. South Africa is good for those quickly bored by safari as you can easily combine with other things.
Hey Buzzard, I can't work out if you're being deliberately obtuse or simply don't understand the ethos of this site, which is to HELP each other.

This deal is for a week in the Maldives. It's so easy to be seduced by the beautiful pictures to think this place is idyllic. You may well love it but in my experience, that's NOT a given. I'll explain...

So first off, getting to your Maldives resort is a very long journey! It's not just the flight to Mali. Then there's the sea-plane hop & the speedboat trip after that. You will be truly knackered when you arrive. I'm not sure what the deal is with this holiday but usually the journey back involves going via Columbo which means the return journey is even longer still.

Second, you can go to the bigger islands but the smaller resorts have the better house reefs. On these islands there is just one place to eat & drink. For the first couple of nights it's brilliant. By the end of a week, having used it for breakfast, lunch & dinner, you'll be bored stiff or it.

Third, yes the Maldives is 'for swimming' but what does that mean? I was a pretty keen swimmer but an hour in the water in the morning & an hour in the afternoon was plenty. What do you do for the rest of the time on a island the size of a postage stamp? Eat? Drink? Read? You can do that anywhere. Oh, and don't forget the water moving around the island speeds up so if strong currents bother you, even swimming might be off the menu.

Fourth, they never ever mention the noise from the diesel pumps in the brochures do they? In case you don't know, a lot of the islands are slowly being washed away by the ocean current. To combat this, they pump sand from the downstream side of the island to the upstream side. It can be noisy, constant & utterly inescapable.

Finally, maybe not for everyone but for some people, £3,236 is a lot of brass to shell out on a week's holiday. Just be sure this is your thing before you part with your cash because, like safari, there's only one thing on offer & if it doesn't suit you, you'll return to the UK disappointed.

PS - maybe we just got unlucky but beware of the aging German Peter Stringfellow look-alike & his Dicke Frau who had the chalet next to ours at Filitheyo resort? Every night, 1:00 am, just as we we dropping off... 'Oh Ja! Oh JA! OH JAAA! Schneller, SCHNELLER!. Fick mich!!' (you get the picture)...
Edited by: "Joe90_guy" 1st Oct
Try Etihad holidays, I got a deal for beach villa HB for £1100 PP next May
Joe90_guy01/10/2019 20:46

Hey Buzzard, I can't work out if you're being deliberately obtuse or …Hey Buzzard, I can't work out if you're being deliberately obtuse or simply don't understand the ethos of this site, which is to HELP each other.This deal is for a week in the Maldives. It's so easy to be seduced by the beautiful pictures to think this place is idyllic. You may well love it but in my experience, that's NOT a given. I'll explain...So first off, getting to you Maldives resort is a very long journey! It's not just the flight to Mali. Then there's the sea-plane hop & the speedboat trip after that. You will be truly knacked when you arrive. I'm not sure what the deal is with this holiday but usually the journey back involves going via Columbo which means the return journey is even longer still.Second, you can go to the bigger islands but the smaller resorts have the better house reefs. On these islands there is just one place to eat & drink. For the first couple of nights it's brilliant. By the end of a week, having used it for breakfast, lunch & dinner, you'll be bored stiff or it.Third, yes the Maldives is 'for swimming' but what does that mean? I was a pretty keen swimmer but an hour in the water in the morning & an hour in the afternoon was plenty. What do you do for the rest of the time on a island the size of a postage stamp? Eat? Drink? Read? You can do that anywhere. Oh, and don't forget the water moving around the island speeds up so if strong currents bother you, even swimming might be off the menu.Fourth, they never ever mention the noise from the diesel pumps in the brochures do they? In case you don't know, a lot of the islands are slowly being washed away by the ocean current. To combat this, they pump sand from the downstream side of the island to the upstream side. It can be noisy, constant & utterly inescapable.Finally, maybe not for everyone but for some people, £3,236 is a lot of brass to shell out on a week's holiday. Just be sure this is your thing before you part with your cash because, like safari, there's only one thing on offer & if it doesn't suit you, you'll return to the UK disappointed.


I can kind of see what you're saying but if you choose your resort carefully then there really shouldn't be any of the issues you write about. We went to Centara Grand and stayed for 10 nights on the island. We paid £5k for 2 people including flights. OP's deal should cost well under £4.5k when you add flights to this deal with a semi-decent airline.

Yes it's a lot of money, but for £5k/10 nights at the resort we got flights, transfers, 4 nights in a beach villa and 5 nights in an overwater villa with a small infinity pool, ultimate all inclusive package. We also had $100 credit per person per day to use in the spa which was enough for a 20 minute massage per person per day. There were 5 different places to eat so plenty of choice on a small remote island. Menus/dishes changed on a daily basis at each restaurant so we never really got bored of the food. The diesel generators were located in the middle of the island and you could only hear them when you went past them - on the beach, in the restaurants, in your villa etc. you could not hear them.

A few boat excursions were also included in our price so there was a whale shark trip, there was a visit to a local/traditional Maldivian island, fishing trip and a sunset boat excursion. Swimming, snorkelling, dip in your own private pool, dip in the resort's pool, pedalo, paddle boarding, kayaking, chatting with the employees, chatting with other tourists, dressing up for the evening, watching the sunset on your balcony, etc. We found that there wasn't enough time! Best holiday I've ever been on.
Mate went to Maldives, bored shiteless, spent his time watching crabs running up the beach
Is this £3236 per person? or for the room?

EDIT: Answer my own question, the search defaults to inlcude international flights, so select the "hotels" search and only the Water taxi is included, which brings the price of the beach bungalows or Water Villa's out to be £1,618 per person, good deal!


Still doesn't beat the £874p.p. All Inclusive that I paid for my water bungalow in the maldives (including monarch flights R.I.P.) just 6 months after the banking crisis hit! but maybe a while before that opportunity comes up again
Edited by: "Lexeus" 2nd Oct
random_dude01/10/2019 21:39

Mate went to Maldives, bored shiteless, spent his time watching crabs …Mate went to Maldives, bored shiteless, spent his time watching crabs running up the beach


Cool story. Mate of mine has a 2001 fiesta and loves it. I think I'll trade my merc in and get one of those
Not seeing this price for 2 people on any site shame its not all inclusive having been twice.
wolboy03/10/2019 13:48

Not seeing this price for 2 people on any site shame its not all inclusive …Not seeing this price for 2 people on any site shame its not all inclusive having been twice.

I don't think less than Half-board is a good idea for anyone, and I remember that I was glad I had All Inclusive because, even though I didn't really eat that much, I drink alot of water and as it's so hot I appreciated it solely for the bottles of water as the prices are extortionate
wolboy03/10/2019 13:48

Not seeing this price for 2 people on any site shame its not all inclusive …Not seeing this price for 2 people on any site shame its not all inclusive having been twice.


Check again, but make sure you select "Hotels" at the top of the search (It defaults to "Holidays"), the prices are still available:

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Edited by: "Lexeus" 3rd Oct
Joe90_guy01/10/2019 20:46

Hey Buzzard, I can't work out if you're being deliberately obtuse or …Hey Buzzard, I can't work out if you're being deliberately obtuse or simply don't understand the ethos of this site,


I dont think you understand how this site works, since I didnt see this reply for a while.

The Maldives is not a place for people who want a lot of entertainment, anyone who does an ounce of research knows that. If you book a holiday somewhere where the main activities are either total relaxation or swimming and you dont enjoy either then you havent researched your holiday, more fool you. As for having noisy neighbours, happens almost everywhere unless you book a villa on the top of a hill in Spain - and then the wind howling around is noisy and the nearest entertainment is miles away. No pumps on the island we went to noisy enough to be heard in accommodation, bar or anywhere, but we did some research - and chose one with a good house reef, since that is what we wanted from our holiday.

Useful information involves things like dont go half board as you get charged a fortune for drinks or look on tripadvisor for advice on which island has most choice of dining/ the best house reef/ best spa.
Nice price, now I can't decide between this and the SeektoEscape deal to Bali Business Class for sub £4K for two.... Decisions, decisions....

Totally agree re safari, I really don't enjoy looking at animals that much to get up every morning at 5am to sit in the back of a dusty land rover being bounced around the Serengeti. More than happy to enjoy the fruits of David Attenborough's labours....
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