Valentines 2015 in MALDIVES just £487.40 each for 7 Nights including Etihad Flights, Accommodation & Island Ferries @ Holiday Pirates (Total Price Per Couple = £974.80)
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Valentines 2015 in MALDIVES just £487.40 each for 7 Nights including Etihad Flights, Accommodation & Island Ferries @ Holiday Pirates (Total Price Per Couple = £974.80)

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Found 12th Oct 2014
Guys I was messing about with Maldives flights and stumbled across these which I thought were a great price especially for Valentines

I have parceled them up with some accommodation and also added on the cost of a ferry crossing to give a more realistic total costing.

Also don't forget your city tax which will need to be paid to your accommodation direct. 8 % TAX, US$ 8 city tax per person per night, 10 % service charge.

anyway have a browse see what you think. Of course you can adjust the accommodation to suit all budgets and preferences

Happy Hols:

Valentines in the Maldives for 7 Nights including Return Flights, Accommodation & Ferry to Islands just £487.40
It's not everyday the Maldives looks affordable but with these flights from Ethiad, bookable through Go to Gate, together with the great accommodation the Holiday Pirates have found, it does today - and what makes this even more special is that it is for the week surrounding Valentines 2015 !! Also included in the price is the cost of the ferry across to the islands from Male.
There are various flights available from UK Airports and you can use Skyscanner to help you find your local departure airport however for our example we are flying from Dublin to the Maldives on the 10th of February 2015 and returning on the 17th February 2014. There are however other dates available so you should be sure to find your perfect vacation.
We have found some really cheap yet nice accommodation over at Bookings.com and you can check it out HERE.
This great looking place has air-conditioned rooms and free WiFi so you can upload your pics to facebook and be the envy of all of your friends when you are sitting on the private beach area. The guesthouse has its own restaurant, barbecue facilities and someone on hand to help you with anything you need 24-hours.
You will be more than happy with your where you will find everything that you need for an enjoyable stay and on the private beach area you will find an array of watersports such as water skiing, windsurfing, diving and snorkelling.
Thoddoo local ferry departs from Male every day at 15 00 hours. So if your flight lands before 14 00 hours you can take local ferry. However if your flight lands after 14 00 hours you have to take speed boat which costs a substantial amount more so please bear this in mind when playing with dates. Also there is no Ferry on a Friday. These ferries cost around £10 one way per person.

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Why accomodation from the 10th when You arrive day after? 5 full days and 30 hours travel time (plus another flight to and from Dublin). I'm not so convinced.
Edited by: "pablomalin" 12th Oct 2014

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pablomalin

Why accomodation from the 10th when You arrive day after? 5 full days and … Why accomodation from the 10th when You arrive day after? 5 full days and 30 hours travel time. I'm not so convinced



Sorry I have not thought about the flight landing the next day I had just taken the departure date of 10th and used that for the accommodation - it is actually 11th - 18th but it makes no difference to the price I will update that now. thanks for pointing this out.

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Lexeus

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Thanks will just update that now


I have been away for a few days and feeling tender

SunshineStacey

Sorry I have not thought about the flight landing the next day I had just … Sorry I have not thought about the flight landing the next day I had just taken the departure date of 10th and used that for the accommodation - it is actually 11th - 18th but it makes no difference to the price I will update that now. thanks for pointing this out.



If still looking at the same flights it will rather be 11th-17th so 6 nights - even cheaper then..

would be nice hot for me

you forgot to mention the 8% tax also USS 8 % City tax per person per night and not forgetting the 10% service charge , might be worth adding onto the listing to get a true reflection on the price

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markbowen07

you forgot to mention the 8% tax also USS 8 % City tax per person per … you forgot to mention the 8% tax also USS 8 % City tax per person per night and not forgetting the 10% service charge , might be worth adding onto the listing to get a true reflection on the price



you're absolutely right I hadn't considered this I will add it in, thanks for pointing it out.

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The food was distinctly average on my visit last christmas. $20 a pizza or sandwich made snacks expensive. It was a shame that they tried to cook imported European food badly, instead of making the most of all the fresh fish and seafood available locally. By the end of the 2 weeks we were so ready to go home, speak to our friends socialise etc. The resort was sucked dry of any personality. I think it thought it was too cool for people to have fun. The snorkeling was great, it is just not something you can do all the time. I hate people knocking things online, but I genuinely would not want other people to repeat the holiday that we endured. After working hard all year to go to the Maldives we were gutted with how we were treated. I would have much rather gone to Stacys usual 3 star resort there with personality, fun and service, instead of this island prison. Great flight prices though Stace

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2muchmonth

The food was distinctly average on my visit last christmas. $20 a pizza … The food was distinctly average on my visit last christmas. $20 a pizza or sandwich made snacks expensive. It was a shame that they tried to cook imported European food badly, instead of making the most of all the fresh fish and seafood available locally. By the end of the 2 weeks we were so ready to go home, speak to our friends socialise etc. The resort was sucked dry of any personality. I think it thought it was too cool for people to have fun. The snorkeling was great, it is just not something you can do all the time. I hate people knocking things online, but I genuinely would not want other people to repeat the holiday that we endured. After working hard all year to go to the Maldives we were gutted with how we were treated. I would have much rather gone to Stacys usual 3 star resort there with personality, fun and service, instead of this island prison. Great flight prices though Stace



What island did you stay on?? I have never been myself but I am considering it just to chill out with a book for a week really! It is not a very much more to upgrade to a half board option? xxxx

Suppose it's just personal experience ^^

We honeymoon'd in kuredu island and the island was great. All inclusive mind so not sure what prices would have been, but the food was out of this world. Different theme in the 10 nights we were there. Fantastic

SunshineStacey

What island did you stay on?? I have never been myself but I am … What island did you stay on?? I have never been myself but I am considering it just to chill out with a book for a week really! It is not a very much more to upgrade to a half board option? xxxx



Bit of an expensive and distance to go for a read. Plenty of quiet library's :-p

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adamski1984

Bit of an expensive and distance to go for a read. Plenty of quiet … Bit of an expensive and distance to go for a read. Plenty of quiet library's :-p



Do you really believe i would stay off the library computer

I just returned from a crazy few days in Dublin so I need a little respite

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Kurumba
Most of the other holiday goers were either Eastern European or Chinese. We noticed that the bar was generally empty most nights and the resort did not attempt to host or get people to mix. The general theme was unless you pay lots of money for something we are not interested. As a keen angler I was looking forward to deep sea fishing out there. The resort would only organise you to use their fishing boat. There are loads of charter boats a short journey away in the capitol, but they would not liaise with them and I had to book the whole boat $800 for a morning session!! The view from the beach outside our beach apartment was fantastic....we could see the burning mound of rubbish on an Island near

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2muchmonth

Kurumba Most of the other holiday goers were either Eastern European or … Kurumba Most of the other holiday goers were either Eastern European or Chinese. We noticed that the bar was generally empty most nights and the resort did not attempt to host or get people to mix. The general theme was unless you pay lots of money for something we are not interested. As a keen angler I was looking forward to deep sea fishing out there. The resort would only organise you to use their fishing boat. There are loads of charter boats a short journey away in the capitol, but they would not liaise with them and I had to book the whole boat $800 for a morning session!! The view from the beach outside our beach apartment was fantastic....we could see the burning mound of rubbish on an Island near



aww you probably would have been better off with a guest house with friendly staff to help you out with the stuff you enjoy my brothers are keen fishers too, my whole family are really my uncle owns a fishery, I was put off at the age of about 12 when I got a hook stuck in my toe and that barb thing meant it wasn't coming out, to add insult to injury when i got to the hospital they invited a team of about 8 trainee doctors in to watch the removal ha ha ha - thanks for bringing back that memory

adamski1984

Suppose it's just personal experience ^^We honeymoon'd in kuredu island … Suppose it's just personal experience ^^We honeymoon'd in kuredu island and the island was great. All inclusive mind so not sure what prices would have been, but the food was out of this world. Different theme in the 10 nights we were there. Fantastic[/quot[quote=adamski1984]Suppose it's just personal experience ^^We honeymoon'd in kuredu island and the island was great. All inclusive mind so not sure what prices would have been, but the food was out of this world. Different theme in the 10 nights we were there. Fantastic



we honeymooned on lohifushi island for 10 nights,all inclusive,like you,amazing and can't fault it,personal waiter,table on the beach etc...fab!,gonna go back on our 10th anniversary,in 2 years time!

Hi, please can you help.... This sounds great and we are looking to fly between 11th and 17th. Where is best to stay? How do you book your ferry to go to the other islands. It's my 30th on valentines day, so this would be perfect! Thank you

Anyone been here and snorkeled?
I usually go snorkeling to the Kerama islands (South Japan). The main problem there is the typhoons

Nice price, but the 12.5 hour flight makes it less attractive for me. As for the location, maybe as a 3 day trip tagged onto another destination(s) might work, but 7 days of chilling out here would do my head in.
Edited by: "Askrulous" 12th Oct 2014

love the place and snorkeling is well worth it. been twice but looking at dates and flights from Gatwick then your looking at £600+ for me one thing you can't scrimp on is the island resorts you certainly don't want to stay in Male and the cheapest places are there on the search.

2muchmonth

Kurumba Most of the other holiday goers were either Eastern European or … Kurumba Most of the other holiday goers were either Eastern European or Chinese. We noticed that the bar was generally empty most nights and the resort did not attempt to host or get people to mix. The general theme was unless you pay lots of money for something we are not interested. As a keen angler I was looking forward to deep sea fishing out there. The resort would only organise you to use their fishing boat. There are loads of charter boats a short journey away in the capitol, but they would not liaise with them and I had to book the whole boat $800 for a morning session!! The view from the beach outside our beach apartment was fantastic....we could see the burning mound of rubbish on an Island near



Can I ask why you felt the need to mention the nationalities of the other holiday makers??

It's a shame this is for a guest house and not the usual resort you'd envisage when dreaming about the Maldives. I'd love to go but don't think it's worth going all that way and not experience the luxury usually associated with the Maldives. Great deal otherwise though x

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adamski1984

Can I ask why you felt the need to mention the nationalities of the other … Can I ask why you felt the need to mention the nationalities of the other holiday makers??



A genuine observation
Get used to it the Russian Bullies are everywhere now taking over many tourist resorts in the process - It will only get worse
Need to be careful of gross generalizations, i know. Pretty sure that not all Russians/Chinese have such bad manners. As they say, good and bad in all nationalities.
Unfortunately there are a lot of now holidaying in Spain,Greece and most of the med now and its pushing up prices too?
I have just got back from another holiday , there were many russian/chinese tourists there , i found them rude , racist , arrogant-they push people out of the way , only speak their own language , do not aknowledge others , stay in their own groups, push to the front of queues----the locals hate them---------why is this anyone -why are the newly wealthy foriegntravelling russians so awful ?
I am a friendly guy and always treat people with upmost respect. I have travelled the world and have made many friends. Some was a bad experience to me and I was merely just giving my own version of events

2muchmonth

A genuine observationGet used to it the Russian Bullies are everywhere … A genuine observationGet used to it the Russian Bullies are everywhere now taking over many tourist resorts in the process - It will only get worse Need to be careful of gross generalizations, i know. Pretty sure that not all Russians/Chinese have such bad manners. As they say, good and bad in all nationalities.Unfortunately there are a lot of now holidaying in Spain,Greece and most of the med now and its pushing up prices too?I have just got back from another holiday , there were many russian/chinese tourists there , i found them rude , racist , arrogant-they push people out of the way , only speak their own language , do not aknowledge others , stay in their own groups, push to the front of queues----the locals hate them---------why is this anyone -why are the newly wealthy foriegntravelling russians so awful ? I am a friendly guy and always treat people with upmost respect. I have travelled the world and have made many friends. Some was a bad experience to me and I was merely just giving my own version of events


Loved the bit where you say "only speak their own language" what language did you expect them to speak??
But the rest of your observations sound like my experiences with them in Sharm el Sheikh.
Edited by: "paulandpam1" 12th Oct 2014

I love the place but not sure id want to go JUST there. We've always called for about 5 days on the way back from somewhere else. There is absolutely NOTHING else to do if you don't like swimming and snorkelling. What's weather like in Feb cos I'd imagine it would drive you crazy after a couple of days of rain

2muchmonth

A genuine observationGet used to it the Russian Bullies are everywhere … A genuine observationGet used to it the Russian Bullies are everywhere now taking over many tourist resorts in the process - It will only get worse Need to be careful of gross generalizations, i know. Pretty sure that not all Russians/Chinese have such bad manners. As they say, good and bad in all nationalities.Unfortunately there are a lot of now holidaying in Spain,Greece and most of the med now and its pushing up prices too?I have just got back from another holiday , there were many russian/chinese tourists there , i found them rude , racist , arrogant-they push people out of the way , only speak their own language , do not aknowledge others , stay in their own groups, push to the front of queues----the locals hate them---------why is this anyone -why are the newly wealthy foriegntravelling russians so awful ? I am a friendly guy and always treat people with upmost respect. I have travelled the world and have made many friends. Some was a bad experience to me and I was merely just giving my own version of events



Only speak their own language??? I take it you are multi lingo'd then!!!

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Do I have to take the Mrs?

The Maldives is absolutely amazing, we stayed at Kuramathi for our honeymoon and it was 10/10. Like other posters have mentioned tho, you cannot scrimp on the accommodation if you really want great food etc.

2muchmonth

A genuine observationGet used to it the Russian Bullies are everywhere … A genuine observationGet used to it the Russian Bullies are everywhere now taking over many tourist resorts in the process - It will only get worse Need to be careful of gross generalizations, i know. Pretty sure that not all Russians/Chinese have such bad manners. As they say, good and bad in all nationalities.Unfortunately there are a lot of now holidaying in Spain,Greece and most of the med now and its pushing up prices too?I have just got back from another holiday , there were many russian/chinese tourists there , i found them rude , racist , arrogant-they push people out of the way , only speak their own language , do not aknowledge others , stay in their own groups, push to the front of queues----the locals hate them---------why is this anyone -why are the newly wealthy foriegntravelling russians so awful ? I am a friendly guy and always treat people with upmost respect. I have travelled the world and have made many friends. Some was a bad experience to me and I was merely just giving my own version of events



I'm not disagreeing with your observations of Russian and Chinese tourists, but unfortunately I've heard the same said of us Brits as well (apart from the queueing, we always know how to queue :)).

WRT why this is, probably for similar reasons many Brits behave like entitled, full of their own importance, monsters abroad. Many of those Russians/Chinese/Indians will have come from poverty where if you don't push/shove/etc you don't get. It's hard to kick that habit even if they now have money and with money those traits can be imposed more on others. While us Brits couldn't buy a pot to **** in with our £ at home, but then we go abroad and discover the £ is someones daily wage and its too easy to think that persons worth is therefore equal to that pot to **** in

As for the Maldives, its not one place or resort. Plenty of wonderful resorts and unparalleled beauty and nature to behold there. But you have to remember its not like going to the Costa Del Sol, where if you don't like the food in the hotel restaurant you can pop down the road to another establishment. You are a captive audience in the Maldives and worse still many tourist will never return. Therefore there is immense incentive for resorts to gouge you the one time you go. Anyone thinking of going would be well advised to check the likes of Trip Advisor to ensure you don't end up at such a resort. But equally people need to realise its never going to be cheap going to an isolated small island in the middle of an ocean (everything needs to be flown/shipped in, sewage needs to be treated on small scale, electricity needs to be generated on island, etc).

2muchmonth

Kurumba Most of the other holiday goers were either Eastern European or … Kurumba Most of the other holiday goers were either Eastern European or Chinese. We noticed that the bar was generally empty most nights and the resort did not attempt to host or get people to mix. The general theme was unless you pay lots of money for something we are not interested. As a keen angler I was looking forward to deep sea fishing out there. The resort would only organise you to use their fishing boat. There are loads of charter boats a short journey away in the capitol, but they would not liaise with them and I had to book the whole boat $800 for a morning session!! The view from the beach outside our beach apartment was fantastic....we could see the burning mound of rubbish on an Island near



I think you're being a bit unfair on Kurumba there and the people on tripAdvisor seem to agree with me. I've been to the Maldives four times and Kurumba twice (planning to go back there next year) and it is fantastic. Firstly it's not a mound of rubbish on your doorstep - it's a plume of smoke in the distance. Secondly the Eastern Europeans stick to themselves and the Chinese were pleasant and spoke better english that I do. Thirdly there's 7 (that's seven not several) restaurants (not including bars or snack bars) on the island - if you can't find something to eat there you're in trouble. You're in the middle of nowhere so naturally due to logistics (or greed) you will pay a premium. Fourthly there was proper (I mean worth watching) entertainment on every night we went. People generally go to the Maldives to honeymoon or get away from it all - not make friends. If you wanted to make friends you could have spoken to the staff - they were all fantastic.

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RhinoCharger

I think you're being a bit unfair on Kurumba there and the people on … I think you're being a bit unfair on Kurumba there and the people on tripAdvisor seem to agree with me. I've been to the Maldives four times and Kurumba twice (planning to go back there next year) and it is fantastic. Firstly it's not a mound of rubbish on your doorstep - it's a plume of smoke in the distance. Secondly the Eastern Europeans stick to themselves and the Chinese were pleasant and spoke better english that I do. Thirdly there's 7 (that's seven not several) restaurants (not including bars or snack bars) on the island - if you can't find something to eat there you're in trouble. You're in the middle of nowhere so naturally due to logistics (or greed) you will pay a premium. Fourthly there was proper (I mean worth watching) entertainment on every night we went. People generally go to the Maldives to honeymoon or get away from it all - not make friends. If you wanted to make friends you could have spoken to the staff - they were all fantastic.



As for associating with the staff, its an Islamic land. Islamic law doesn’t exactly leave much room for tolerance of other religions, and public observance of any religion other than Islam is illegal. Religious practice is allowed within private residences, but it is illegal to either invite or encourage Maldivian citizens to attend such meetings. To show they’re serious about this, they can throw you in jail for it. So if you’re thinking about being friendly and inviting a Maldivian along for a some gospel singing, be aware that yes, they can put you in jail for that and at the lighter end of the scale you may face deportation or fines. Or all three if they really want to make an example of you.
As for other areas tourists are, generally speaking, discouraged from visiting non-resort islands. This is largely because they want to keep a tight grip on where the tourists dollars are spent and to make sure the non-resort islands are not ‘corrupted’ by foreign influences

2muchmonth

As for associating with the staff, its an Islamic land. Islamic law … As for associating with the staff, its an Islamic land. Islamic law doesn’t exactly leave much room for tolerance of other religions, and public observance of any religion other than Islam is illegal. Religious practice is allowed within private residences, but it is illegal to either invite or encourage Maldivian citizens to attend such meetings. To show they’re serious about this, they can throw you in jail for it. So if you’re thinking about being friendly and inviting a Maldivian along for a some gospel singing, be aware that yes, they can put you in jail for that and at the lighter end of the scale you may face deportation or fines. Or all three if they really want to make an example of you.As for other areas tourists are, generally speaking, discouraged from visiting non-resort islands. This is largely because they want to keep a tight grip on where the tourists dollars are spent and to make sure the non-resort islands are not ‘corrupted’ by foreign influences



Can't argue with you there - if you're looking to honeymoon, get away from it all or avoid people inviting you back to theirs for some gospel singing it is paradise.

Not sure about Male itself, but the airport island has gone down hill and is now very expensive. Your looking at $10+ for a small snack type meal and $3 being the cheapest drink you could pickup.
So its worth checking food/drink costs (you will need to drink a lot of water due to the climate)
The Maldives seems to have been taken over by Russian and Chinese tourists both of which seem to be throwing around money like crazy so they adjusted the prices according. Toblerone were $8+/each and the Chinese tourists were buying 3+ each, in the hotel/resort the Russian tourists were drinking $50+ bottles of champagne all the time (it was an all-inclusive... and they had a bottle every hour or so).

Don't get me wrong I love the Maldives and would rate it as one of my all time favourite holiday destinations, but its losing its charm with all the extras.

I went for 2 weeks to The Maldives in 2010, definitely loads of Chinese there. This was good and bad though.

Bad - they just push ahead in the buffet restaurants, getting boats etc.

Good - by 8pm there were none in sight. No idea what they all go to their rooms for but none seemed to enjoy the evenings and drink or anything.

I remember going on many snorkelling trips on the hotel's boat. They would all bring their SLR cameras leaving them on the deck despite it being wet. On one occasion the boat took us out to sea and we all put our snorkel gear on and jumped in. 5 or 6 Chinese people also did and then proceeded to semi drown as none of them could swim! Got to love the naivety there thinking they would just presumably float. Some managed to make it to a reef and just walked all over it despite being told not to stand on the reefs. I think this was a language issue though as none spoke English and none of the guides spoke Mandarin.

As with most things in life there's always a deal to be had if you pay cash. I was staying all inclusive but you had to pay for champagne and cocktails. After a couple paying full price I casually enquired if we could do a deal. They were more than happy to take cash (US$) and charge a lot less. One example is a bottle champagne was about $150 paying cash was about $70.

(incidentally I got engaged while there so wouldn't normally have splashed out on bottles of champers!)

joedastudd

Not sure about Male itself, but the airport island has gone down hill and … Not sure about Male itself, but the airport island has gone down hill and is now very expensive. Your looking at $10+ for a small snack type meal and $3 being the cheapest drink you could pickup.So its worth checking food/drink costs (you will need to drink a lot of water due to the climate)The Maldives seems to have been taken over by Russian and Chinese tourists both of which seem to be throwing around money like crazy so they adjusted the prices according. Toblerone were $8+/each and the Chinese tourists were buying 3+ each, in the hotel/resort the Russian tourists were drinking $50+ bottles of champagne all the time (it was an all-inclusive... and they had a bottle every hour or so).Don't get me wrong I love the Maldives and would rate it as one of my all time favourite holiday destinations, but its losing its charm with all the extras.



Everything is relative. I was in India for my Honeymoon and people were complaining Tourists throwing 100 rupee notes (£1) around were driving up prices. Its only objectionable or bad when you're the one being priced out. Nobody blinked when our strong £ helped us live it large around the world.

And to be honest have you ever bought any of those items in a luxury Hotel in the UK? Are you likely to get a Toblerone for much less then £5 ($8) or a bottle of Champagne for less then £30 ($50)? I'm flying from LHR this weekend and will likely be gouged for £6/£7 for a coffee and crap panini.

2muchmonth

As for associating with the staff, its an Islamic land. Islamic law … As for associating with the staff, its an Islamic land. Islamic law doesn’t exactly leave much room for tolerance of other religions, and public observance of any religion other than Islam is illegal. Religious practice is allowed within private residences, but it is illegal to either invite or encourage Maldivian citizens to attend such meetings. To show they’re serious about this, they can throw you in jail for it. So if you’re thinking about being friendly and inviting a Maldivian along for a some gospel singing, be aware that yes, they can put you in jail for that and at the lighter end of the scale you may face deportation or fines. Or all three if they really want to make an example of you.As for other areas tourists are, generally speaking, discouraged from visiting non-resort islands. This is largely because they want to keep a tight grip on where the tourists dollars are spent and to make sure the non-resort islands are not ‘corrupted’ by foreign influences



They've actually opened tourism up as highlighted by some of Sunshine Staceys deals. You can now book into guest houses on the inhabited islands.

Personally I wouldn't go that route as I believe unlike the resorts you are then not exempt/excused from the local "islamic" compatible laws and restrictions (no booze, sunbathing, etc). Of course this seems extremely restrictive and backward to us, but once again it depends on ones perspective and experience. Someone coming to the UK from the Netherlands may find our attitude towards drugs in a coffee shop or prostitution equally restrictive.

You obviously had an awful experience on the island you visited, which is a real pity as I can't imagine it was cheap. But if you're going to restrict where you go based on cultural differences, local law, etc you'll miss out on some wonderful places around the world.

We went to a much smaller island (Komandoo) last year and had a fabulous time. Food was great (reasonably priced AI/FB options), A la carte was no more expensive then the likes of Zizi, island was paradise (although opposite side had view of inhabited island), it was largely deserted which we preferred (many people chose to sit by pool/bar/in room), amazing reef snorkelling and diving (although there is better still), decent entertainment every night (although I'd be equally happy looking at the stars and sipping a drink), staff were very friendly and helpful, .... all round fantastic holiday. We spent 11 days their and could have happily spent longer.

It was a last minute break so while not cheap, wasn't ridiculously expensive either when compared to a luxury break in any western city.

Bit of a trek to impress mi bird, I already booked the window seat near the refills machine at KFC.

Judging by this post there will be too many people going to that island on valentines day. Its a miss for me but a hot post

Mentos

Everything is relative. I was in India for my Honeymoon and people were … Everything is relative. I was in India for my Honeymoon and people were complaining Tourists throwing 100 rupee notes (£1) around were driving up prices. Its only objectionable or bad when you're the one being priced out. Nobody blinked when our strong £ helped us live it large around the world.And to be honest have you ever bought any of those items in a luxury Hotel in the UK? Are you likely to get a Toblerone for much less then £5 ($8) or a bottle of Champagne for less then £30 ($50)? I'm flying from LHR this weekend and will likely be gouged for £6/£7 for a coffee and crap panini.


We had been the Maldives twice before (about 6 and 4 years ago respectively).
Before the prices were about a third of the price, everything in the airport was reasonably priced and it was just a generic airport, this time it was all high end items with everything 3x as much.
The first time we went (all inclusive) there wasn't anything outside side of trips you had to pay for, the second had a little gift shop and a tucked away spa. The last time (June this year) only one of the restaurants was included (2 pay extra restaurants....), everywhere you turned they had signs for $x for y. Took the magic away from being able to truly relax and do very little (outside of a lot of swimming and snorkelling) when all the time someone asks if you would like to pay for an upgraded meal, room or drink.
I'll admit the second time the cost of the holiday was less then the first, however the last time (June) cost alot (luckily I wasn't paying) more then the first my a large wedge.

Cost wise it was worse then any of the London airports and Manchester, atleast in them you can go to the likes of WH Smith or Boots and get a drink for less then £1 and something edible for less then £4. Hell even the overpriced food retailers have options starting at £6. I forgot to mention the $10 meal was the childrens meal I believe, a standard adult meal (at BK) was $13+, the only other place selling food was $10 for a sandwich on its own.
It made Manchester airport look cheap when we got back!

I believe its a combination with the Maldives trying to secure funding to buy land, the refurb costs of there airport (its all been redone, imo for the worst), the recession and greed.

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