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10 Best Maldives Cheap Resorts 2021

The Most Affordable Island Resorts in The Maldives


March, 2021

Our list of the 10 best cheap hotels in the Maldives will certainly be useful to all those who aspire to spend a budget holiday in these honeymoon islands of the Indian ocean, are afraid of the cost involved to fulfill their dream. Daily beach life there is rather affordable; the two main demanding topics on the budget for such a trip are the travel cost itself and the hotel’s rate.

Ranging from modern boutique hotels with trendy design to overwater accommodation options, travellers will be glad to know that they offer great in-room amenities, a convenient location nearby major sightseeing spots and friendly service staff that look out for its guests. These are some of the best budget hotels in the Maldives – truly great spots to stay the night without splurging senselessly, especially if you know where to look.

This list of the 10 best Maldives hotels for less than US$300 will certainly help you to find the right island for your stay in the Maldives at rock-bottom rates. The resorts on display below are cheap yet, however, all of them offer quality accommodation, white beaches and spectacular marine life for a wonderful and enjoyable vacation. Also, reducing your transfer costs, they’ll allow you to take the most of the exciting leisure activities available in the Maldives. Read on to see our personal top picks.

Also check our Best Hotels in Maldives for Under $200 per night and 10 Most Affordable Water Villas in Maldives.

1 Malahini Kuda Bandos Resort, North Male atoll

Malahini Kuda Bandos Resort, North Male atoll
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Best Experience:  Couples, Beaches, Activity, Diving, Value

Malahini Kuda Bandos Resort is a tiny island in the North Male Atoll that offers a great-value Maldivian escape. Accessible by short boat ride from Male airport, the resort has 82 rooms in two categories, verity of culinary options with two restaurants and a bar and the other facilities such a spa, gym and water sports center. A stunning white sand beaches, house reef snorkelling and world-class diving complement the resort's modern amenities. Just ten minutes from Male airport, this laid-back island resort promises affordable luxury and a relaxed barefoot vibe. Formerly the uninhabited sister island to the Bandos Maldives resort, Malahini Kuda Bandos has been redesigned as an uncomplicated and relaxing Maldivian escape, with lots of new facilities and modern accommodation. Read Full Review

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2 Embudu Village Resort, South Male Atoll

Embudu Village Resort, South Male Atoll
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Best Experience: Honeymoon, family, Beach, Diving, Value, house reef snorkelling

Embudu Village Resort is an ongoing success story that follows a simple, proven formula. Embudu’s success is based on its proximity to Male, value for money, a homely atmosphere, an excellent house reef snorkeling and top diving. It does not seem like luxury to you, but Embudu Village is one of the most affordable and suited resorts in the Maldives. Visitors do not come here for luxury accomodation or for fine food (although both are worthy of generous praise) - they head for perfect beaches, snorkeling, diving and water sports, which are on par with the best resorts in Kaafu Atoll.  Read Full Review

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3 Summer Island Maldives Resort

Summer Island Maldives Resort, North Male Atoll
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Best Experience:    Couples, Diving, Value

The Summer Island Maldives Resort is absolutely amazing, peaceful and relaxing. Summer Island is ideal for those seeking a simple beach holiday perfectly positioned in a stunning location. If you are looking for a value-for-many place with a fresh, modern look, where it's best to hide your shoes and run barefoot, it's worth thinking about Summer Island Maldives. The resort occupies a private island in North Male Atoll complete with powdery white sand beaches, blue seas and beach bungalows and water villas. Lazy on the beach or try some water sports - the lagoon is excellent for learning to windsurf or catamaran sailing. A Maldives honeymoon at Summer Island Resort is just what all newlyweds need. The island, just 15 minutes by seaplane from Male or 50-minutes by speedboat, is certainly not the most luxurious one that you will find in this area (nearby is One & Only Reethi Rah), but the island attracts many with its relaxed atmosphere and a beautiful beach. Read Full Review

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4 Fihalhohi Island Resort, South Male Atoll

Fihalhohi Island Resort, South Male Atoll
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Best Experience:  Couples, for Family, Value, Beach, house reef snorkeling

In a quiet corner of South Male Atoll, Fihalhohi Island Resort continues to offer its guests a good and high-quality product. Fihalhohi has a reliable and proven formula, and despite the years this cool hotel has not changed much. Your accommodation on the island consists of 138 beach-fronted rooms suitably located just a few meters from the water edge and twelve well-appointed water villas. An island so rich in mature palms and native trees is rarely found among Maldivian resorts. This is a real visual feast, as well as a very practical option, since the shadow between the rooms and the beach is life-saving for children playing in the sand and also for adults sitting in chaise lounges or hammocks during the heat of the day. Fihalhohi has a carefully protected turquoise blue lagoon bordered by a coral reef easily accessed by swimming where scuba diving or snorkeling could be experienced. Transfer time to the resort from Male airport by speedboat would take a comfortable forty five minutes. Read Full Review

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5 Eriyadu Island Resort, North Male Atoll

Smartline Eriyadu, North Male Atoll the beach
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Best Experience:  Couples, Value, Diving, House Reef Snorkelling

Small, quiet and peaceful with a good house reef snorkeling, excellent diving and delicious food - all at a reasonable price. This is Smartline Eriyadu in a nutshell. Surrounded by a some popular dive sites in North Male Atoll, Eriyadu Island was one of the pioneers of tourism in the Maldives. After more than 30 years, this 76-room mid-level resort gradually updates its style and goes to the status of 4 stars. Positive qualities include: an excellent, easily accessible house reef; all-inclusive package, activities and water sports; and direct access to the beach from all rooms. However, lack of free water and Wi-Fi in rooms, average quality and choice of buffet, as well as a slow renovation process (there is a huge discrepancy in the quality of rooms) still leave much to be desired. However, value for money are fair for what you get Read Full Review

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6 Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma, South Male Atol

Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma, South Male Atol
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Best Experience:  Family Value, Activities, surfing

Kandooma is the Maldives' most accessible and budget-friendly resort, and your holiday starts the minute you disembark from the plane. Set on a beautiful, palm-fringed island in the South Male Atoll, from the moment you check into one of the resort’s laid-back beach villas, your break is sure to be packed with private beach relaxation, sensuous spa treatments and all the sun-filled fun you could ever want. Whether you’re an active adventurer yourself, or just fancy letting the kids go wild with a complimentary snorkelling session – dive, surf, fun tube or paddleboard, you can do it all at the Holiday Inn Kandooma Maldives. Surrounded by world-class dive sites and surfing spots, Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma lies 40km south of Velana International Airport, Male and in true tropical paradise fashion. The way to get here is via a 40-minute speedboat ride to the South Male Atoll. Read Full Review

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7 Reethi Beach Resort

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Best Experience:   Honeymoon, Beaches, Diving, Value

A lovely, all-round resort, Reethi Beach is a lush island with an unspoilt setting and follows the relaxed Maldivian way of life. In each of its aspects, you will find a piece of all the best that makes this resort so special. On the water, choose from catamaran sailing, canoeing, kitesurfing and waterskiing. Under water, there's superb snorkelling on the house reef, with the chance to spot many species of fish, turtles and octopus – even dolphins have been known to come this close. Diving is another highlight, with house reef dives and multiple trips further afield on offer every day. Reethi Beach Resort has been named one of the World’s Best Budget-Friendly Honeymoon Destinations by Australia’s leading international travel agency Flight Network in 2017.

Water Villas are built over the lagoon on stilts and feature patios with steps leading into the lagoon, soaking tubs, bathrobes, DVD players, bottled water, tea, teakettles, and sun loungers. All rooms have one king-size bed. Two twin beds are also available in Reethi Villas. Design-wise, villas have parquet floors, white walls with watercolor paintings of flowers or rural life, simple wooden furniture, and colorful throw pillows and curtains. Wi-Fi packages can be purchased for a fee. Read Full Review

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8 Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon, Ari Atoll

Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon, Ari Atoll
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Best Experience:   for Couples, House Reef Snorkeling & Diving, Value, All Inclusive

An island paradise on Alifu Alifu Atoll, Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon offers cozy accommodations with luxurious amenities. Surrounded by palm trees and white beaches, it has an infinity pool and fitness center. Getting to Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon is possible via seaplane or speed boat from Male International Airport. It is a 25-minute journey by seaplane, or a 1.5-hour speedboat ride.. Read Full Review

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9 Gangehi Island Resort, Ari Atoll

Gangehi Island Resort, Ari Atoll
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Best Experience:  Couples, Water Villas, Value, Diving

Gangehi Island Resort is a small island that aims to have more weight, offering a high level of accommodation in a beautiful location and with a first-class diving school. If you are looking for peace and quiet, Gangehi offers excellent value for money with a terrific introduction to the Maldives for those who first dip their feet in the Indian Ocean. Small, beautiful and very high class. These are the basics; The real story is that there is a certain magic in this place. Only good things always happen on Gangehi. Just await 25 minutes by seaplane from Male Airport, the resort was re-opened in 2008 after major renovation that saw new beach bungalows, 8 Over-Water Deluxe rooms and the only two-bedroom Family Garden Villa. The interiors of the rooms and restaurants were modernized, and new ideas for entertainment and excursions were added. Read Full Review

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10  Sun Island Resort and Spa

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Best Experience:  family, activities, diving, snorkeling with whale sharks

Sun Island Resort And Spa is located in luxurious surroundings of South Ari Atoll. It is not everyone’s cup of tea and parts could do with some modernisation but for a moderately priced, sporting, entertaining and easy holiday with a good beach and lagoon, this is a world of breathtaking possibility, where adventure and relaxation are equally within reach. No other resort does it quite like Sun Island. With a relatively large island and a long list of dining and recreational facilities, Sun Island Resort is ideal for active groups on a budget, but probably less than ideal for honeymoons or those in search of a secluded romantic holiday. The 462-room Sun Island Resort and Spa is the largest in the Maldives. It's also among the cheapest, especially for the overwater rooms, so if price is a major factor then this resort offers good value. There are five bars, a 24-hour coffee shop, and five restaurants, including three specialty dining spots on the island. Meal and drink plans are available, though they have many restrictions. Catering to many large tour groups and families, the all-inclusive plans here are the most popular. There are also tons of land and water activities, a PADI dive shop, kid-friendly facilities, a massive pool, and lovely spa. Beach areas are perfect for shallow snorkeling and sunbathing Read Full Review

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