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akiangel Apr 11, 17 8:26 am

Maldives hotel recommendations
Would be great if you could share your most luxurious stay in Maldives or the hotel on your wishlist. Been longing to go for a very long time and would love to have some motivations for saving money! Thanks in advanced.

kzap Apr 11, 17 9:18 am

Lots of posts here but for me its Gili Lankanfushi:

Mickidon Apr 11, 17 9:44 am

Our most luxurious stay was at Velaa:

kmd0506 Apr 12, 17 5:49 am

After 2 trips in 2 years, Baros is by far my favorite hotel in the world. Bonus for us is that no children under the age of 8 are allowed, and it's only about 25 min from the airport so worked well with the short timeline we had for our trips there.
Both visits we stayed in a overwater villa with pool.

aleksandar99 Apr 12, 17 6:27 am

What about Reethi Rah?

DavidO Apr 12, 17 9:31 am

Depends on what you want!

For "polished" luxury, go for Velaa Private Island or Cheval Blanc Randheli. One&Only Reethi Rah is of the polished variety of luxury but is a significantly larger resort.

For "Robinson Crusoe" casual luxury, go for Gili Lankanfushi.

Here are my reviews from March 2016.

chinmoylad Apr 12, 17 9:36 am

Reethi Rah is running a Stay 7/Pay 5 (as are many of the others too depending on dates). Some even mix it up with a half-board/full-board and transfers included if you plan to stay that long.

scented Apr 14, 17 6:35 am

Don't think that 'saving money' and 'Maldives' is possible, especially in 2017. Prices seem to rise just as fast as sea levels there...
Although the O&O deal seems rather good!

Interesting re Maldives: Link

chinmoylad Apr 14, 17 7:10 am

Originally Posted by scented (Post 28177422)
Although the O&O deal seems rather good!

Velaa, Soneva Jani (and Fushi), Gili Lankanfushi, Cheval Blanc, Six Senses Laamu etc - they all regularly run Stay 7/Pay 5 - usually either with complimentary half-board or return transfers or both. Some even run 4th night free deals with similar add-ons.

Usually combinable with Virtuoso too.

entrada May 7, 17 10:20 am

Looking for help in sorting out best Maldives options
We will be in Sri Lanka for a couple of weeks in early November and are considering spending a week or so in Maldives afterwards since they are near by. Unlike many vacationers going to this area, we are not interested in staying in an over water villa. We like the tropical beach environment and would like to stay on the beach at the water front surrounded by palms and have a private outdoor area including a small pool and shower. For example, the deluxe villa at the conrad hilton property is appealing. We are not seeking complete isolation and there are only two of us traveling.

I am a Hilton Diamond so I first looked at the conrad hilton. It has some features that appeal to us but I am wondering if we could find someplace with more of a beach focus than the overwater stuff.

Most of the Maldives coverage I have seen focusses on the overwater experience. Honestly, it would be great if there were no overwater structures and just beach villas. We would also prefer an island that is large enough to take walks around and even have access to a bicycle. It would also be nice to have access to a sailboat - either dinghy or catamaran. And finally, a variety of dining options. Is this at all realistic?

Thank you in advance for your advice!

kzap May 7, 17 12:16 pm

Soneva Fushi sounds just about right, no overwater structures, bikes, intelligent luxury

chinmoylad May 7, 17 10:00 pm

Soneva Fushi.

kmills84 May 8, 17 8:41 pm

My wishlist, I'd love to try a combo of rustic Soneva Jani and modern Velaa.

El Puerco Volante May 10, 17 6:05 am

Reethi Rah, without a doubt. Gili Lankanfushi was great few years ago, especially Crusoe villas. But it's getting a bit long in the tooth now and it's VERY rustic version of luxury, check first if that's your thing.
Conrad's saving grace are jacuzzis on balconies, but the place is full of point spenders and Chinese tourists.


El Puerco Volante

ridefar May 10, 17 5:44 pm

Amilla Fushi also meets your requirements. I rate it very highly but haven't stayed at the other properties mentioned here so can't provide a first hand comparison.

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