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Magnificent and Breath-taking Maldives

by nmuzaini Online Now Apr 26, 2011 at 12:15 AM

Hi,

I’ve researched and heard there are many different areas in Maldives all of them having the magnificent and breath-taking resorts. I would like to travel to Maldives with a hubby for the very first time a short romantic and relaxing gateway and maybe include a few activities maybe for 4 days 3 nights, this coming summer around end June (30) early July (1) (yet dates are flexible but on the other hand end of June early July for sure). To be honest, I want to surprise my hubby as we will be celebrating our 3rd anniversary and prepare a full plan of activities and at the same time relaxation gateway. Kindly help and advise me of the following:

a) First of all, is late June early July a good time to travel to Maldives?
b) What is the top romantic and with quite some activities for us to do 4 or 5 star hotel to accommodate us?
c) Is Maldives expensive? I am wondering, USD3000, is it enough for 4 days 3 nights (including restaurant / transportation / accommodation / renting activities etc.)
d) What are the available transportation to different islands?
e) What are the top restaurants?
f) Do all the hotels provide your own Water Villa?
g) Which is the best island to explore and have a memorable moment?
h) The most important question, is it the perfect time of sun for the TANNING!! I’m extra white and need to come back home with the perfect bronzing tan

Is it possible please reply back to me here and on my personal email nmzaini@live.com, because within these couple of days, I’ll be having a limited access to the PC. Would highly appreciate it.

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  • Re: Magnificent and Breath-taking Maldives

    by nmuzaini Online Now Apr 26, 2011 at 12:43 AM

    Do apologize of the typo of the dates it's suppose to be around 28 June until 2 July something around these days.

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    Re: Magnificent and Breath-taking Maldives

    by Odinnthor Online Now Apr 26, 2011 at 11:44 PM

    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 this resort is very popular. 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. You need to visit the booking page of the many great propertied in the Maldives and see what dates are available, and understand the the price can go up seriously overnight.

    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.

    By he way, the Adaaran Group has a fine collection of resorts in the Maldives. Take a look.....

    http://www.adaaran.com/

    Hope this helps……d:o)

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  • Re: Magnificent and Breath-taking Maldives

    by Sunnyside102 Online Now May 31, 2011 at 11:44 PM

    Late June and July is the monsoon season which means you can expect rain on a daily basis which can last from a few minutes to several hours. Most of the resorts will organize indoor activities for their guests if it rains. some of these include yoga classes and cooking classes. Some of the top notch resorts in Maldives (but not limited to) are W retreat & Spa, Constance Halaveli, Shangrilla Resort, Huvafenfushi, One & Only Reethi Rah, Conrad Maldives, Hilton Irufushi, Waldorf Astoria, Anantara, Cocoa Island, Shereton,Diva Maldives,Soneva Fushi, Four Seasons at landaagiraavaru etc..If you are into environment i sugest you check out the Soneva group resorts. If you want to be seriously pampered i suggest four seasons resorts. The above mentioned resorts will be expensive and during high season it will be almost impossible to get even a night in some of these resorts with 3000USD. during low season it can be managed in some of these resorts. Prices will vary according to the time of the year and based on the occupancy of the resorts. If you are looking for a really fancy restaurant i would suggest you try Conrad underwater restaurant. Its an awesome sight when fishes are swimming above your head while you sip a glass of champagne with your hubby. If you would like peace and quite while you are having a massage i suggest you try Huvafenfushi underwater spa. When it comes to transportation most of the resorts mentioned above will do seaplane transfers. There are two seaplane operators in the Maldives, namely Maldivian Air Taxi and Trans Maldivian. Most of the resorts that do seaplane transfer will do transfers with either one of these two as they will be doing the transfers on a contract basis. If you don't mind a bit of rough seas during this period i would suggest many of the safaris that are operated in Maldives. they offer all the amenities that any resort would offer. This a really good idea during the monsoon season as you can hit the sundeck as soon as it stops raining. and also many activities are offered in these safaris, including night fishing, diving, snorkeling, island hopping, picnic on sand banks etc...
    I hope i have answered your questions to your satisfaction and if you are looking for a nice and peaceful holiday the true Maldivian style with a local community please contact me on my email shadygrow@gmail.com.

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