Malé Maldives Pricing Patterns

Old Dec 25, 2023, 11:36 am
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Another who visited in Aug 22, weather was fine apart from one night, when the pool table got flooded.
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Old Dec 25, 2023, 12:43 pm
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I saw Male and Pattern and instantly my mind went to imagining some Turkey-LHR flights.

Clearly too much port consumed already.

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Old Dec 25, 2023, 1:21 pm
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Originally Posted by Lucanesque
Seriously thought this was going to be a thread about how men are charged differently to women in the BA app.
If only someone could invent l'accent aigu!
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Old Dec 25, 2023, 2:37 pm
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Originally Posted by guv1976
If only someone could invent l'accent aigu!
what’s one of those ?
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Old Dec 25, 2023, 3:16 pm
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what’s one of those ?
It's the acute accent, shown here: é, as in "Malé."
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Old Dec 26, 2023, 12:15 am
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The Maldives is my 'happy place' and I'm fortunate enough to have been multiple times throughout the year. Weather is unpredictable at all times, but you have the greatest chance of low winds, calm seas and dry sunny days in January-March. This of course corresponds with significantly higher hotel prices than in shoulder and low season. We tend to travel in April/May, September/October and December as the rates are lower and it fits well with work schedule. There are typically more cloudy skies, although that brings stunning sunsets. Rain on maybe 50% of days but sometimes that is just for an hour in the afternoon; occasional full days of wind and rain. Boat and seaplane trips can be uncomfortable if you need to travel during a squall, but there can also be perfect days.

I second the earlier opinion to carefully choose your resort so that you have the features you dream of (e.g., fantastic reef, wide sandy beach, overwater bungalow with lap pool or whatever it is you are looking for) but also ensure you consider the resort if weather is bad for a day or two (e.g., is there a games club, a gym, do they offer a wet weather program with complimentary activities such as cooking lessons, drumming, cocktail making). Also, go with an open mind and look for the positives. If it is wet and windy outside, it is wonderful curled up with your loved one in the warmth whilst watching Mother Nature.

If you are unsure what resort to go to, I recommend making a list of your must-have vs nice-to-have criteria (including boat vs sea-plane vs domestic flight; natural vs man-made island; room features, and cost) and either spending the holidays doing some good research or contacting a specialist travel agent (they also will often have lower cost B2B rates). The Maldives is beautiful and almost all hotel websites look amazing so it is helpful to talk to someone who has visited many properties and has enough experience to compare. Feel free to ping me but there are many options online and any good agent should have their preferred partner in the country, even if they are not specialists themselves.
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Old Dec 26, 2023, 5:14 am
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Went in October this year - for me the weather was perfect in that it was very sunny for much of the time but also overcast for some of the time with heavy rain now and again. It was 27-28C all of the time, day or night.

For me, continuous hot sun is not perfect weather as I can burn plus it’s just not very interesting. I loved the warmth but also the diversity of the weather.
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Old Dec 26, 2023, 6:16 am
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I flew out in October 2019 for 10 nights and the weather was 'ok'.

I think we had two days where we would class it as brilliant and three days that were terrible. The rest in-between were acceptable but not perfect.

For that reason we probably wouldn't go in October again.

We are actually going end of Jan so fingers crossed for decent weather.

Word of warning from my perspective. The Maldives really doesn't look like the Maldives unless the sun is shining. The 8 days we were there out of our 10 day trip, it really didn't look anything special. (maybe because I had a pre set image from years of research and only seeing the perfect image).

As soon as the sun popped out and the sea turned that colour it was magical.
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Old Dec 26, 2023, 6:34 am
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Have done both October half term twice and Christmas twice. October was fine but variable. The first Christmas was half rainy and the resort reported that everyday in November was wet! Second Christmas was perfect sun. Believe Jan-March really is the best time for the Instagram version of the Maldives.
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Old Dec 27, 2023, 9:42 am
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The differential between Fist and Club always seems to be £000s. F is never less than £5,000. And there is never A availability so presumably no chance of a GGL redemption? Is BA really managing to sell the entire cabin most of the time at such high prices? I can find A availability on almost any other route, even LAX but never Male.
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Old Dec 27, 2023, 9:55 am
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There is A availability (see e.g. 12/13 Feb), it's just not common.
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Old Dec 27, 2023, 1:57 pm
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MLE is very popular in F. Many people who fly to MLE in F are not price sensitive and BA know this. They’re competing with the likes of EK where you have to stop in DXB. To be honest, I’d rather still stop and fly EK but YMMV.
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Old Jan 1, 2024, 6:36 am
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I've had the opportunity to spend time in the Maldives in December and June. We got incredibly lucky both times with the weather. Our June visit was glorious, but I believe the week prior was terrible. We noticed it had rained overnight a few times, but the waking hours were dry for us.

The recommendations above about figuring out your must-have & nice-to-have priorities are very important. We went in June specifically to see and snorkel with Manta Rays, which guided the timing and narrowed down the resort choice. Likewise, our previous December trip was more about scuba diving and reef snorkeling.

Best of luck!
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Old Jan 1, 2024, 10:04 am
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Some great comments and suggestions, thank you.

Looks like Jan-Mar or a month or so either side will be the zone for us depending on how hotel pricing looks.
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Old Apr 12, 2024, 3:23 am
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I'm on my second day in the Maldives. The weather remains consistently hot and humid. The diving staff mentioned a delayed onset of the monsoon due to the late start to the dry season. Last night, heavy rain poured for about two hours, but by morning, it seemed as though it had never happened. With five more days to spend here, I'm keeping my fingers crossed for clear skies during the day, or at least minimal rain interruptions.
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