For us, we took Hilton. Choose it also becos of water villas. Had a look at the beach villas, it just seemed like chalets to me. Erm, not so romantic. (Just my view)
For the water villa (not very sure abt the beach villas), It's full board (dun have to pay a cent for the buffet... unless you choose to eat other stuffs at it's restaurants and you also have to pay for the drinks as well), renting of snorkelling items are free (such as goggles, flippers, etc), some of the water game are free (eg water bicycle), free drinks during happy hours (like house cocktails, beers, juices), free usage for internet (but a bit slow). Hehe, thaz all I can think of at the moment.
We spent abt 5k + SGD. It's ex, but then we have no regrets. The water, scenery are awesome!
cal... in the asiatravel web site it stated air taxi... so i supposed is sea plane.... it's USD$165/person.....round trip....
april... all the info i got from the asiatravel web site.... try to look for Maldives on the first page.... then u'll see Veligandu Island Resort under best for honeymooners....u can do reservation online....
I had dropped the person to contact an email on the date I plan to go and she had quoted me the price... so now wat I need to do is confirm my air tics and sent her my confirmation on the bookings.... I'll be staying in the water villa... yes... the price i stated there is full board....
icemilo.... saw the pics for hilton!... love it!... too bad... got tight budget..... if not... heheheheee
Sorry for the late reply. I'm unable to tell you which website I went, as it was my hubby who made the booking. Paiseh. But then, you can try going to Hilton website. From there, you should be able to search for Maldives. Hope it helps.
For water villas (Hilton), there are 3 type (if I'm not wrong): 1)Water Villas 2) Delux Water Villas 3) Sunset Villas (where you can see sun set)
In the end, we took Option 1. Cos the rest was too high above our budget. But no regret though. I think it's big enuff for just the 2 of us. Nice too.
When do u guys do your booking? 1 month before? Thinking of booking but the rates from the local agencies is not out yet..Better to book thru an agency here or direct with the resort? I'm slightly worried that if i book direct, i'll have to make the arrangements like the one night stay in male and the transfer to the resort myself....how??? And yes, which agency is good? Really excited about the trip, anyone has pixs to share?
when are u gg for your honeymoon? me gg in feb next year
i have the same concern as you abt booking direct instead of gg thru agency. think the price for resorts like paradise will be cheaper if u book thru agencies. but for more exclusive ones like hilton, it shd be cheaper to book direct. tis is what i observed
I'm still sourcing ard 4 infos as well lately,however seems that most of the local agencies dun really hv the ones we'r looking 4.
U can refer 2 UOB Credit Cards Promo 4 more,think u can redeem it wif ur pts,wif additional tops up of $1100.
as for banyan tree, u may reach the local rep direcly 4 the bookings.
from wat i know,both of them are just beachfront.seaview or sort of villas.
as for us,we're looking into water bungalows,anyone which are the betters water bungalows over @ Mal?
however, budgets are wat most of us r looking 4.-hehe!
yeah most agencies do not have the rates yet for feb. which resorts do u have in mind? at first, i was thinking of going to hilton, but due to budget constraint, will most prob choose barosor paradise.
hi all, saw on newpaper, one of the agency,holidayjet, offering Taj Exotica 5d3n for $1400-water villa. The resort looks quite good on the website but the price is only til october...i'm goin in december
pageup, i'm considering other resorts cos banyan and angsana don't have water villa, i tot its really a must to stay in a water villa there, its like staying in paradise, especially those that has bathroom looking out to the ocean!!!
I am actually thinking of some resort with Fullboard rates. Actually looking at Paradise Resort and April's infor on $1,400 Taj Exotica is a good deal.
My friend told me to get 'Fullboard'. The things there are just so expensive. She quoted: "try to bring your own food like (tibits, biscuits, bread, can tuna, instant noodle..etc..plus Lotsa of Mineral water) cos everything is expensive..1 buffet dinner cost us about S$60+++ each..try go for full-board which includes all 3 meals bcos food N drinks is super exp there...1 bottle of
1.5L mineral water will cost you about $4.50..even their beer is cheaper than plain water"
Oh, she is going to lend me a book on maldive. I'll see what infor I can get from there.
1)beach bungalow - a bungalow on the beach, water villa - a villa over water, standard room - usually in a 2-3 storey building, may not face beach?
2)Full board - Breakfast, lunch , dinner
Half board - breakfast and dinner
Pageup, i guess can't have best of both worlds...i like jacuzzi too, but think will go banyan tree bintan for it instead. But i think angsana or banyan tree in maldives would be spectacular!
qqbear, when r u leaving? Share pictures when u r back!!We r thinking of going in dec, but rates not out yet but worried that rates will go up!!!
anyway, i will wait nearer to feb before i begin booking my trip to maldives. cos asiatravel does not have hilton's rate out yet. got to compare compare a bit first before making a decision cos it's quite a lot of $$
tink the rates will most prob go up cos nov to apr is the peak season! be prepared!
We went to Banyan Tree in Maldives lats Dec for our HM.
Lets see if I can help with yr qns:
1) Beach bungalow or beach front villa, would be one where yr room is facing the beach and so when u open the door to step out, its the sandy beach u step on and the sea u see.
When we stayed in the beach front villa, we can see the beach and sea when we are on the bed and u can hear the waves and all, very relaxing.
water villa shld be those above the sea...../water.
standard deluxe would be those doesn't face the beach and just a chalet like room.
2) Full board means all meals provided and usually its buffet style, some days they offer set meals. However beverage not included. Half board means no lunch.
3) I think it depends which island/resort u wanna go, so can't say which is better.
4) I ám not very sure if u can stay in Male itself coz its really small.
And not too much to do there anyway.
Hi Page up,
Nope Banyan Tree doesn't offer water bungalow, but I can tell u tt the beach front jacuzzi villa is superb! one of my fave moments was dining by the beach outside the villa. with yum seafood cooked right in front of u and wine, on the beach, where u hear the waves and under the stars and with yr loved one, its one spectacular romantic night. hee hee
$1500 for 5D3N full board/person... sounds pretty alright ! cheaper than I calculated if I buy air tickets and hotel stay separately.
Does this include airfare and the overnite stay in male cos SQ reaches male late at nite and there'll be no speedboat to the island. Does this amount include speedboat transfer ?
i only went to the spa at Banyan Tree. My husband and I went for several treatments thruout our stay there.
The most memorable one was the Vabbinfaru Rainmist ..........u can find out abt the pricing of other treatments and packages from the banyan tree website, www.banyantree.com.
Here are the details of the Rainmist we had which was really really good!
Spa Session: 3 hours
Imagine the sensation of a tropical rain shower soothing you from head to toe. The aromatic RainMist Room, with its glass walls, is a spa experience in a tropical island paradise.
The session begins with an invigorating polish for the body, either with an ylang ylang salt scrub or a refreshing orange and yogurt mix. Once your senses are tickled by the rain shower, an enriching moisturizer of honey and spices restores the skin's natural balance and radiance. The body is then coated with a splash of milk after which a mist envelops you as you enjoy an aromatic steam bath lying down. Our skilled therapist will seal this experience with a signature massage, leading to a relaxed state of mind, body and soul.
Choice of Body Rub (see below)
Honey and Herb Soother
Nourishing Milk Splash
Aromatic Mist Bath
Choice of Massage (see below)
Refreshments and relaxation
Choice of Body Rub:
Orange Yogurt Polisher
Romance Salt Glow
Choice of Massage:
Essence of Earth
We also signed up for a lesson on how to massage each other. It was really good coz now we give each other massages with the techniques the therapist taught us. Its a 1 therapist to 1 couple session. shld go learn. hee hee
just came back from maldives. quite a relaxing trip, the sea there is really clear. Stayed at 2 different resorts, laguna n banyan tree.
laguna is not bad but one major complaint is the strong smell of diesel on most parts of the island. food is pretty alright and the rooms are decent enough.
banyan tree was great. very good service and nice big villas w jacuzzi. island's very small and there's nothing much to do... so think 4D3N would be sufficient else might get bored. They do provide 2 500ml bottles of mineral water everyday, for meals, if you want water, it's US$5 for Evian.
Angsana seems nice too... it is near Banyan tree and there is a ferry service between the 2 islands.
To all those considering Maldives for honeymoon, it is definitely a nice place to go for honeymoon if u just want to relax, listen to the waves, do some sea sports. No shopping though.
We had a good time there.
I spent about $5-6k for 5 nites in the 2 resorts. we booked during Natas fair, so it was cheaper. The amount above includes all our expenses there except for souvenirs (not much to buy anyway). It also includes a 2 hr spa session at banyan tree.
i just came back from club med faru. so can only comment on that...
it is a pretty basic set up. the rooms are not luxurious, no tv, no phone. however your rooms faces the beach front so it is almost like your own beach resort. very quiet, relaxing. excellent if you are keen on water sports.. water and beach are fantastic !
both hubby and myself love it cos it is really quiet and relaxing. the day schedule is eat, sleep, swim, zzz, eat etc... wonderful if you just want to lounge the whole day