The Maldives has over a hundred hotels and resorts over dozens of different islands. Because of this, choosing the best hotel for your holiday in this island paradise can pose a challenge.
If you want to stay at the best hotel in Maldives, aside from reading customer reviews online and asking for recommendations, here are five tips that will help you make the right choice:
1. Set your budget
The money you have set aside for and are willing to spend on your holiday will play a crucial role in your choice of accommodation.
If money is no object, choose a five-star hotel or resort. Male, Haa Alif Atoll, Ari Atoll, Baa Atoll, and Ukulhas are a few of the areas here where you can find renowned five star hotels and resorts.
Maldives is also known for its magnificent water villas. If you are ready to splurge on your accommodation, book a water villa so that you can enjoy living a life of luxury and pampering, privacy, and stunning views during your holiday in this country.
Before you book your room or villa, make sure you know what are included in the daily rate or package. By doing so, you will know how much you will need to prepare to pay for your daily meals and other activities you want to try.
It is best to set aside an allowance for your dining, wining, and shopping splurges as well.
2. Check hotel amenities
Having a holiday in Maldives means enjoying several days of rest and relaxation. If this is your priority, make sure the hotel you will choose has the right amenities and services: spa packages, yoga classes, and beachside lounge chairs where you can relax and take in the fascinating scenery while sipping your favorite cold drink.
Going on a vacation in Maldives would be a waste though if you don’t explore its beautiful beaches and underwater life. Find out if the hotel you are interested in offers scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, and jet ski packages, or can arrange them for you.
Many hotels and resorts here also have or are near crystal clear lagoons that have amazing coral reefs. If you want to snorkel or simply spend all your free time in a lagoon, look for a hotel or resort that is located close to one.
3. Consider hotel accessibility
Unless you will be staying in Male, you need to take a seaplane, speedboat, or ferry to get to your hotel.
The transfer can be as short as 10 minutes by boat or as long as an hour by seaplane. This will depend on where your hotel is located. You can get more details about this when you get in touch with hotel sales or customer service staff.
In case you need to take a seaplane, take note that you can fly only during daytime. As such, it is best to book a flight to Male that will arrive during the day.
If there are no options and your flight arrives in or departs from Male in the evening or during the wee hours of the morning, it is best to arrange for accommodation here so that you will have a place where you can stay for the night.
4. Ask about meal packages
Lastly, a holiday won’t be complete if you don’t satisfy your tummy and palate. As such, before booking, inquire about the dining options available at the hotel you’re keen about.
Most hotels and resorts in Maldives offer the following meal packages:
- Bed and Breakfast – the standard meal plan which provides guests breakfast only.
- Full Board – guests are served three meals a day at the restaurant.
- All-Inclusive – guests get three meals a day and have access to free flowing sodas and juices and even alcoholic beverages.
A meal package comes at an additional cost. But by availing of this package, you won’t have to worry about where and what to eat for your next meal. In addition, these meal plans often come out cheaper since some restaurants in Maldives can charge you an arm and a leg for a full course meal.
With additional research and by getting more details from the hotel staff themselves, you will be able to stay at the best hotel in the Maldives and have a truly one-of-a-kind, unforgettable holiday.
Thomas Grundner is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for JA Resorts & Hotels. He has more than 20 years of expertise in the hospitality and leisure industry – across international markets including Germany, Egypt and Spain. Grundner oversees all sales, marketing and revenue efforts as the company continues to build on its key growth and development strategies and further cultivates its unique blend of “Heartfelt Hospitality” and “Casual Luxury.”