10 Things to consider when Booking a Hotel in the Maldives

Ten Tips to save Money when Booking Your Maldives Vacation

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Updated December, 2023

Booking a hotel in the Maldives can be a stressful and time-consuming activity that starts with a fun sense of anticipation but ends up taking hours of your life – and you still don’t know if you made the right choice. Sound familiar? We are here to help!

We have compiled this list of 10 important steps to consider when booking a hotel in Maldives by combining our local knowledge of the island nation with our years of making mistakes when booking hotels around the world. Some of these insider tips can be used when booking a hotel in any country in the world while others are more specific to the Maldives only.

1 Location

maldives map with hptels

An obvious one but with good reason, the location of your hotel in the Maldives is of vital importance. For short holiday, choose a hotel located as close to the Male Airport as possible as this saves money and time.

It’s also important to check surroundings of the resort as beaches, house reefs for snorkelling, best dive sites and other attractions nearby are preferable for obvious reasons. It’s a good idea to check out the hotel on Google Maps to see the neighbourhood for yourself

Maldives Maps

2 Reviews - Do a Little Research Using Customer Reviews

Pampering Yourself at luxury Spa

This should become part of the hotel booking process no matter where you are travelling to. When you have decided on the area, type or even a shortlist of hotels you are interested in, use genuine customer reviews to see what other travellers think about each hotel because, trust us, photographs can often give distorted views of reality – particularly in properties ranked four stars or below.

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3 Book Directly

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Book Direct & Save More! Plan a holiday in Maldives with best available rate by booking directly through hotel website. Freebies are not effective, of course, unless prospective guests know about them. An inherent advantage that hotels have over OTAs is that they can offer guests hospitality incentives at the point of purchase. Why pay more when you can experience the Maldives for same or less and get many more benefits! Below unlock the our favorite Maldives resorts' private offers for exclusive perks & value adds.

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4 Don’t be afraid to mail questions

maldives faq

How spacious is the actual room I booked? Do you provide the free Internet connectionin or toiletries in the room? Even when booking through an online travel agent, you can ask any questions you might have by using the comment field on the booking page, and with free cancellations – you can always cancel if the answer is not to your liking.

Maldives FAQ

5 What kind of traveller are You?

scuba diving maldives: best dive site 2024

In the Maldives of ever-expanding resorts choice, how do you decide which island is right for you? What motivates your travels, what drives your hotel selection? The white sands, crystal clear waters and amazing marine life you’ll encounter in the Maldives can be as varied as the different hotels and resorts you’ll find on it's beaches.

Whether you’re on the hunt for a romantic getaway, some family fun or the chance to dive into the gourmet cuisine, we’ve come up with an outstanding list of the luxury resorts in Maldives to match every type of escape or mood.

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6 Use Customer Loyalty Programs for Bigger Savings

Guided Snorkeling  with a myriad of colourful fish

Many OTAs offer great deals to secure loyal customers which can have a huge impact on the cost of a hotel in Maldives. Among the best deals are found on agoda.com or trip.com which offers exclusive Hotel Rewards, which gives you a night absolutely free for every 10 that you book. Rewards can be saved up over time too, so you don’t have to book it all in one go.

7 What’s included?

all inclusive vacation

Another important thing to consider is the meal plans offered by the resort. Does the cost you paid for your room include breakfast? Unlimited free Wi-Fi or water sports activities are includede in your All Inclusive package? How about seaplane transfer? Make sure you check carefully what you do and don’t get as you may have to pay later which could inconvenience you or even end up costing you more. While bed+breakfast Maldives vacation sounds like a good idea, you'll find all-inclusive concept and various meal plans at mostly luxury resorts.

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8 Accommodation Type: Beach villa vs Water villa?

Water villa in maldives

With a mix that makes it a perfect destination for romance, self-discovery or a relaxing vacation it's no wonder the Maldives evoke visions of paradise, seducing honeymooners, romantics, adventurers and families looking for escape.

One question always being asked is - which is better, a Maldives beach villa or a over-water villa? Most of the resorts offer both accommodation on the island to cater to guests’ preference. Whether you are looking for an overwater bungalow surrounded by crystal clear blue water or an exclusive beach villa with pool in a luxury Maldives resorts, we can help you find the right accommodation option for your desires and budget.

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9 Plan and Book a multi-destination trip

multi-destination flight

The world is gradually opening its borders, which means it's time to plan your next trip with more confidence. Every resort in Maldives gives you the ultimate retreat to add a finishing flourish to your holiday in Asia. You can to combine your diverse destinations with a moment of tropical bliss in the Maldives. Some honeymooners choose to spend for a few days in Dubai, India, Singapore, Thailand, and even Bali which are all easily accessible from the Maldives.

Sri Lanka and the Maldives are a classic combination. With short connecting flights from Colombo, you can move from enjoying the wildlife, history and culture of Sri Lanka to laying back, cocktail in hand, on those perfect Maldivian beaches within just a couple of hours.

One of the best times to visit the Maldives is between December and April, when the skies are nearly always clear and blue, making it a great combination with Thailand.

One exciting option is to add a few days in the Maldives onto a holiday in Singapore. Direct flights from Singapore to Male get you to your Maldives resort with ease so you can optimise that relaxed time-out.

10 Boutique Resorts Offer Something Unique

Mirihi - Boutique Island Resort

For a taste of something different, luxury boutique resorts in the Maldives come in ever more elaborate styles and can be found right across the country. Boutique hotels in Maldives are the rule, not the exception and many exclusive resorts offer less than 50 rooms. Whether you’re interested in traditional Maldivian ambience complete with tranquility and privacy among the crystal clear turquoise waters, white sandy beaches and an amazing marine life, you can find a boutique island resort to fit your needs in Maldives.

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