Maldives is one of the most coveted destinations in our world. In Maldives, can book a luxurious stay at over 100 resorts that offer overwater bungalows and beach villas. They are spread out over atolls in the Indian Ocean, which make for the stunning aerial photos we see on social media.
I had been planning my honeymoon to the Maldives last year, and it was a lot of work! There was so much to consider when choosing a resort that it had me going in circles at times.
When it came down to picking the perfect resort for me, I realized there were several options that all seemed perfect. It was a tough choice but in the end, I made my choice and was thrilled with my experience.
As you plan your trip to Maldives, here are some helpful tips when choosing the perfect resort for you:
Much of the Maldives are luxury resorts which come in all types and sizes. First, figure out your style and your preferences.
Some questions to consider and think about: Do you want a diving resort? An all-inclusive? One with less than 50 rooms for more privacy or one with over 200 rooms to socialize with others? Do you want to be able to attend nightly events and bar hop or do you prefer having 1 main bar and 1 main restaurant?
The social factor is very important and can be a game-changer. If you are looking to dive, be sure to check if there is shore accessibility at the resort or if you need to take a boat to the reefs. Size is great to consider as some resorts are very tiny and can be walked entirely in less than 30 minutes.
What room to book at a resort will be the next biggest question and can make or bust your budget. Depending on where your departure city is, it may be a better priced package when you book Flight + Hotel together. From New York, I was finding vacation packages beginning around $2,000 per person.
Once you view all the room and board options of a resort online, scroll to check the prices. Garden view rooms are least expensive and the villas on stilts over the water are more expensive. You should be able to view rooms in ascending order as you scroll down the page of a particular resort’s website.
In other booking site, it’s all about the add-ons. Compare how much more rooms are between different resorts. For example, two resorts may be similarly priced. One may ask for $95 extra per night for a beach villa while the other resort might be $395 additional. Make sure you tally the potential costs in order to keep track.
Food & Drink Inclusions
Read what is offered to you as part of a package or hotel stay. It will be very clear whether the resort offers All-Inclusive Plans, specific Meal Plans, or none of the above. Very rarely have I seen a resort that offers at least a Breakfast Plan as minimum.
Important things to look for when researching meals: Is free breakfast automatically included? Is it half board or full board? Is there an All-Inclusive plan and what beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) are included? I have seen at certain resorts that the mini bar in your room is included in the All-Inclusive plan. Speaking from experience, the All-Inclusive plan is the way to go if you are on a budget. There are no supermarkets at the resorts and it is more expensive if you pay-as-you-go.
When you have an idea of what resorts are matching your preferences, see what is excluded from your package. Think about any extras you will want to pay for throughout your stay.
Exclusions include things such as transportation to the resort which is either taking a speedboat or a seaplane. Excursions at the resorts are additional activities you may want to sign up and pay for during your stay. Motorized sports may be an additional cost. Other options include dinners on the beach, private island tours, and helicopter rides.
Resorts usually provide an “Activities” list on their website for what is offered along with prices and days of operation for the specific activity. If you cannot find this online, request it by emailing or contacting the resort via social media.
What do you look for when choosing a resort in Maldives?