Raffles Meradhoo Maldives

Old May 24, 19, 3:42 am
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Originally Posted by escape4 View Post
Do I read this right, you have been to 7 different resorts in the Maldives in 2019? Or 7 different resorts in the world in 2019? If the former, then FT cannot cease to amaze me, someone comes out of the woodwork with only 6 posts on FT and has seen 7 different Maldivian resorts which will take me a decade to get to that point.

It would be great if you could list which Maldivian resorts you have visited and in what ways Raffles is strong or weak.

No pictures of the room?
7 different resorts in 2019 that is, but we only just started traveling in October 2018.
So here's a list of resorts we've been to in the Maldives starting with the less expensive ones:
- Grand Park Koddhiparu
- Anantara Dhigu (we've also visited the other two Anantara resorts - Veli & Naladhu)
- Constance Moofushi
- Constance Halaveli
- Raffles Meradhoo
- One&Only Reethi Rah
- St. Regis Vommuli

The first 2 resorts are just under $1.000 per night in high season, the Constance resorts will be between $1.000 and $1.500 per night (with Moofushi being all-inclusive) and the bottom 3 resorts are luxury resorts.

There's a big difference between the bottom 3 and the rest of this list, so I won't take the first 4 into consideration.

Compared to the other 2, Raffles is strong in terms of
- service (everyone knows your name, you are never asked for a room number, they all know your preferences in terms of f&b, ...)
- design (absolutely love the colonial&modern style of the whole resort)
- spa treatments (on par with St. Regis, which we absolutely loved)
- value for money (everything is so much cheaper at Raffles)

The things we preferred at the other two resorts are
- food (we thought the food at both St. Regis as well as O&O was better - but triple the price)
- the private beach you have when you take a beach villa at O&O is on a whole other level (but the villa itself is smaller and less nice)
- transfers (until Raffles builds their own lounges)

For the price you pay, I don't think you can beat Raffles. It's totally in a different league than the 4 cheaper resorts on our list, and very comparable to other luxury resorts in the Maldives that will probably cost you $500+/night (if not much more).
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Old May 24, 19, 4:04 am
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Originally Posted by tris06 View Post
Haha I suppose Maldives is not good for a trip with the wife. She can't swim which might be an issue on an island with not much else you can do. I wonder how all these resorts get powered considering the remoteness.
If she can't swim, the Maldives probably isn't the best of places to go :-). There are a lot of questions we ask ourselves as how these resorts work.
Perfect electricity, perfect wireless internet everywhere, no visible transmission towers, ...
And how do you even start building a complete overwater village like the one in Raffles?

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i think he’s a (quite famous on IG) blogger ... it’s not unusual for some kind of people (blogger or simply “rich” or with “the possibility to do” people) to visit several resorts at Maldives or everywhere in the world in one year. Lucky them or good for them, happy for them 😃

Sometime it’s a job, sometimes just because they can enjoy. What’s the matter?
Correct, blogger indeed, and far from being rich!

We try to explore the world and do so in a way we think is the most fun way to do. So when visiting the Maldives, a luxury resort is part of the experience, because if there's one place on this planet that knows how to do hospitality, it's the Maldives. But just before the Maldives we spent 2 months in Australia, living in a campervan and driving around the coast, taking our daily shower at the beach or at a campsite. In a couple weeks, we're traveling to the USA, where we'll rent a car, drive from Vancouver to L.A., then cross-country through New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Georgia and all the way up to Washington D.C. We'll be sleeping in Motels mostly (as we think that's part of the experience in the USA, and maybe we'll buy a tent and camp in some national parks as well.

So while we do enjoy luxury, we absolutely don't need it and most of our trips are the contrary of luxury. But if Amangiri asks us to stay a couple nights and take some pics, we wouldn't say no :-).

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As nice as the place looks, I think I'd go bored out-of-my-mind after just a couple of days at one of these places. I can't imagine going to 7 such island resorts in a lifetime, let alone a year. But, to each their own I suppose. I don't mind going to a beach place (although, I'm not much of a warm weather and beach type of person), but I'd rather it be attached to a larger land mass that I can go off exploring.
We're actually very similar, but found the Maldives to be a place where we could easily spend a week or two without getting bored. After two weeks we were happy to finally be back in a city though.
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Old May 24, 19, 8:44 am
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Originally Posted by Passportinonehand View Post

We're actually very similar, but found the Maldives to be a place where we could easily spend a week or two without getting bored. After two weeks we were happy to finally be back in a city though.
No, I don't think we're that similar. I'm not normally happy to be in any city. I'm happiest when I'm either hiking up a mountain or skiing down one. I had to go to Mauritius for a vacation a couple of years ago (sometimes, I do what my wife tells me!). We stayed in a villa on the beach at the Four Seasons for two weeks, because it was a nice setting and a great facility, but I think I only put on my bathing suit and went to the beach 1 time over the entire two weeks we were there. We had our own pool, and I don't think I ever used it. We rented a convertible for the stay, and from morning to night, were out exploring trails and landscapes every day. Being stuck at a resort on a tiny island would be like a prison to me--a very nice and luxurious prison to be sure, but a prison nonetheless. I have nothing against beachside resorts, but this island looks exceptionally small, and far too confining for my taste.

By the way, what happens when a big storm comes? It looks like the whole place would get washed away.
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Old May 24, 19, 7:30 pm
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Originally Posted by Passportinonehand View Post
The things we preferred at the other two resorts are
- food (we thought the food at both St. Regis as well as O&O was better - but triple the price)
Awesome, 7 Maldives resorts in a few months! Well done ^ I am jealous!

Did you have any of the special dinners at St.Regis? Dinner at Decanter or the private beach dinner. Sounds like there is nothing similar on offer at Raffles? Price for those dinners at StR will definitely set you back into the 4 digits for a couple but something to remember for the rest of our lives. Maldives is all about unique experiences after all, and St.Regis does not disappoint in that regard.
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Old May 26, 19, 9:14 am
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Awesome, 7 Maldives resorts in a few months! Well done ^ I am jealous!

Did you have any of the special dinners at St.Regis? Dinner at Decanter or the private beach dinner. Sounds like there is nothing similar on offer at Raffles? Price for those dinners at StR will definitely set you back into the 4 digits for a couple but something to remember for the rest of our lives. Maldives is all about unique experiences after all, and St.Regis does not disappoint in that regard.
Raffles does have similar offers, but nothing similar like Decanter, which is something every resort should do honestly. Such a great concept!
From what I can remember, Raffles does offer a caviar brunch on a sandbank for very little money, as well as floating breakfast in your villa pool which is fun (they charge $100 for this I think). I would be shocked if they don't offer a private beach dinner on request. For our dinner in the Firepit restaurant, they dug a couch and a table in the sand on the beach, surrounded it with candles and flowers, and it was nothing short of amazing! Would highly recommend!!
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Old Aug 15, 19, 11:47 am
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It's a little disingenuous to state things like "our preferences were followed to the last detail" or compare experiences between resorts when you're an Instagram "influencer" (@passportinonehand) who has exchanged IG posts and stories at a resort either for payment or for a stay (or both), as a resort will of course bend over backward for you given you'll be broadcasting them to your audience.

This is a frustration I've had at various resorts in the past couple of years; it's terribly annoying to be paying $1-2k/night for a room only to be staying next to an influencer who is either staying for free, being paid to post, or both and is being given a much better experience than me due to their supposed "influence" (I'll watch stories tagged at a location I'm at when I'm there, and find out through that what experiences whichever "influencer" that is on site that week is being given). This literally happens - one recent stay we had a ~200k account with 1% engagement (aka a fraud) being in the villa next to the one for which I was paying $1.9k/night, and lord did her stories of every experience the resort was providing annoy the crap out of me.

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Old Aug 18, 19, 1:46 pm
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It's a little disingenuous to state things like "our preferences were followed to the last detail" or compare experiences between resorts when you're an Instagram "influencer" @Passportinonehand) who has exchanged IG posts and stories at a resort either for payment or for a stay (or both), as a resort will of course bend over backward for you given you'll be broadcasting them to your audience.

This is a frustration I've had at various resorts in the past couple of years; it's terribly annoying to be paying $1-2k/night for a room only to be staying next to an influencer who is either staying for free, being paid to post, or both and is being given a much better experience than me due to their supposed "influence" (I'll watch stories tagged at a location I'm at when I'm there, and find out through that what experiences whichever "influencer" that is on site that week is being given). This literally happens - one recent stay we had a ~200k account with 1% engagement (aka a fraud) being in the villa next to the one for which I was paying $1.9k/night, and lord did her stories of every experience the resort was providing annoy the crap out of me.
Well let me offer a different opinion here. If @Passportinonehand had not been forthcoming and transparent in disclosing the relationship with the resort, it would be an entirely different story. However passportinonehand was very clear so us readers are free to take away from the review what we think is relevant for our own situation. Nobody had reviewed this property before, so I am grateful to be able to read on FT about anything from anybody who has stayed there, especially if the poster is being honest which was the case here. If they are getting perks that we are not, so what? Good for them. They did the work for the resort, and we didn't.

Is such an experience typical of what is to be expected from a first time guest who might not even have Accor status? Possibly not. But I would still rather know a guest's opinion rather than not have the opinion at all.
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