Choosing the right place to stay at is the key to success, when it comes to traveling. No matter how amazing the location is, if your hotel is not right for you – your trip has no chance of being great. But sometimes it is so hard to choose the right option! Especially, when we are talking about the Maldives. One of the world’s most geographically dispersed countries, because it consists of more than one thousand coral islands!
With over 100 unbelievable choices, you will be feeling spoilt and a little at a loss. Don’t worry! We have got you covered.
Remember! All the islands are grouped into 26 chains. Many tourists don’t really realize, but the island that you will be staying might be the only one to which you will be having access during your holiday. Make sure to check, if that particular island has everything that you need. And if it doesn’t – is there a way for you to get to the other ones.
Before choosing the perfect place to stay, you have to answer a few questions to make sure that your vacation is flawless.
1. Are you ready to splurge on a 5 star resort in Maldives.
In some countries, these stars don’t really mean anything significant. But this is not the case of the Maldives! If a resort possesses five stars, your expectations of an impeccable service, outstanding food and unbelievable comfort would surely be fulfilled.
2. All-inclusive, half board (breakfast and dinner) or breakfast only?
Let’s face it, if you’ve decided to choose the Maldives, it means that you want to relax and the less you think and do – the better. An all-inclusive option will help you reach the maximum point of relaxation.
By the way, the price differences are not always significant. Remember to check, if the all-inclusive package actually means that everything is included. A lot of resorts don’t count coffee shops, bars and some restaurants. So, be prepared for that!
3. A beach villa or a water villa?
You would usually have to add up to 50% of the price to stay in a water bungalow. The experience would certainly be marvelous. The soft waves of the Indian Ocean would be surrounding you. You might even have a personal mini aqua park to fully enjoy the miracle.
4. What else does the resort include?
Will the resort provide you a boat to go snorkeling for free? Is there an opportunity to scuba dive, windsurf, have a catamaran session and so on? Sometimes it is much more economically beneficial to choose a resort where these things are included. One boat ride might cost you up to $100 for two. For a short snorkel or diving session.
5. Do you want to make an appearance?
The resorts that are situated on the islands further from the airport usually provide flight transfers by flying taxis. That can become a great memory on its own! If you decide to choose a resort closer to the airport (they are mainly cheaper), a speed boat will be picking you up. Which, to be honest, is a nice option as well.
The islands provide you with all of the possibilities to have the most luxurious stay ever. But it doesn’t mean that the Maldives are closed for the backpackers on a budget.
If you don’t want to spend a little fortune on your journey – there are special guestrooms located on five inhabited islands. Maafush, Addu City, Thulusdoo, Thulhaadhoo and Isdhoo. Here you will have an opportunity to get closer to the lifestyle of the locals and their culture.