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Which agent did you use to book your holiday in The Maldives from Dubai?

by chizz Online Now Jan 4, 2011 at 5:22 AM

Hi all
We are looking to visit Lily Beach Resort at the end of this year and wondered if anyone had booked their holiday from Dubai (as we live here)?
I have e-mailed the resort direct and am in the process of mailing tour operators (in the UK and Maldives) for package deals. Here in Dubai we don't have the great travel agents that exist back ''home'' in the UK with their great offers. I am finding so far that going with the hotel direct and booking flights separately is working out cheaper.
Does anyone out there know of any great agents here in Dubai or agents they have used around the world for Maldives bookings?
Has anyone used Vermillion, bases in the Maldives?
Thanks in advance..

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    Re: Which agent did you use to book your holiday in The Maldives from Dubai?

    by Odinnthor Online Now Jan 4, 2011 at 4:06 PM

    In the Maldives you can often get a better deal directly from the resort, and as Lily Beach is relatively new, they may have some good deals. For a package deal, the Vermillion is likely your best option. It is local and covers most if not all of the resorts, - including the Lily Beach.

    Here is a response I gave to someone else just yesterday. As you have already chosen a resort (and a very nice one I might add...), just ignore the resort part of it. Have fun.......d:o)

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    The Meedhuopparu is a nice place indeed. Hard to go wrong at an Adaaran resort. Looking at the webside, it looks like you may be getting some good deals, although the "good deals" are listed during the off seasons. Don't worry about the weather, January is a realtively dry month, but that does not mean you will not get showers. Know that the Maldives are not large enough to create their own climate, so it is basically an ocean climate, - if that maks sense.

    http://www.adaaran.com/

    Understand that all you will see is tourist oriented. These exclusive islands are run by whatever resort is occupying that specific island. The Maldives are mainly a luxury destination of the highest order. I will agree that the Maldives are a great destination often overlooked, however that is mainly due to very high costs involved. Sometimes the prices are just way out of the park. The Baros Island Resort, prices for instance, will jump from600.00 to1200 per night, depending on the day and month, and that is for the least expensive room, which is still a Deluxe Villa. An over the water villa (Water Villa), the price jumps to900.00 and up.

    Here is the Baros Island Resort webpage for review.

    http://www.baros.com/

    If this works for you, then I highly suggest that you pre-book and do it now. Remember to include any of the activities that you may want to partake in as the resorts are very popular, and often folks that did not think of prebooking activities, do not get a shot. Also remember that all the resorts need either water transport or flights/heli transport.

    The Komandoo is a good choice as well. Cannot tell the present rates, but judging from the diving prices, they are likely in the same range as the new Centara.

    First you should be aware that June/July and well into August, are the monsoon season. Be prepared for a lot of rain. I do realize that those resorts that are open during the low season are likely attractively priced, but understand also that high season is quickly booked up, and the prices skyrocket.

    It is best to drink only bottled water and avoid ice in drinks. Know that water is expensive at the resorts. Be real careful in the ocean as swimming in the shallows can cause some serious cuts by the coral reef, and also not a good idea to walk barefoot in the sand due to small pieces of coral, (mainly due to storms and tsunamis), that can cut you.....and watch out for the Trigger fish amongst other things. (Do ask the staff).

    Do not attempt to bring alcohol with you, as this is a muslim country. It is available in the resorts but do not expect it anywhere else.

    It has been a while since I was in the Maldives. (I was a five star tour director), but I do keep up on things. If resort costs do not face you, then likely the resort will arrange transport. However, if you are considering using the dhoni as a water taxi, read on. Back then it was quite easy to rent a dhoni, and unless someone here says otherwise I would say that it is surely still possible today. It is almost impossible to go to the Maldives and not find yourself on a dhoni several times. Be aware of inflated price attempts though.

    ....further, do not forget to see a travel medicine specialist , for information on malaria tablets and such. Do not take advise on this issue from non-medical personnel, including us. If you are from the U.S., do not assume that your regular doctor knows what to tell you. Also take PLENTY of bugspray. Remember you are relatively isolated and cannot easily run to the store. If you go anywhere other than the resort islands, do dress relatively conservatively.

    Also, they may tell you that the water is drinkable, but I advise against it.

    Hope this helps……d:o)

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    Re: Which agent did you use to book your holiday in The Maldives from Dubai?

    by chizz Online Now Jan 4, 2011 at 4:31 PM

    Thanks for the info - am waiting to hear back from some tour companies, inc. Vermillion - booking direct is still the cheapest I have found so far though....
    Regards

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  • Re: Which agent did you use to book your holiday in The Maldives from Dubai?

    by male2 Online Now Feb 12, 2011 at 4:43 AM

    There are local agents in Maldives that you can call or mail to for your booking to Maldives and they will pick you up at the airport on arrival.
    try reservation@travellersbeach.biz

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  • Re: Which agent did you use to book your holiday in The Maldives from Dubai?

    by CarolineDorval Online Now May 10, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    I dont know if it is too late for you, but we just came back from the Lily Beach in January and we booked the trip with IHavenotbeenthere.com. They are Canadian and seem to have really good rates. The Lily was marvelous!!!!!

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    Re: Which agent did you use to book your holiday in The Maldives from Dubai?

    by chizz Online Now May 10, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    No haven't been yet - am looking at going in December. Thanks - will check this company out!

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  • Re: Which agent did you use to book your holiday in The Maldives from Dubai?

    by CarolineDorval Online Now May 11, 2011 at 8:22 AM

    NICE ! December is a really good month to go the the Maldives. Watch the pricing from x-mas till Jan 10. We wanted to go during this period but it was really a bit expensive for us. The price is a lot lower before x-mas and after the 10th.

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