budget-moderate place in maldives?

Old Dec 30th, 2004, 08:15 AM
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OK gang- help me out here. Seems like there is no such thing as Budget/moderate pricing for this area- everything seems high priced. Now just what do you get here that you can't get in say a beach resort in Thailand or Malaysia. I keep looking at this destination and aside from being way out there- with not a lot of options once there- I don't see the attraction- especially at those prices?????
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Old Dec 30th, 2004, 08:33 AM
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Have to second BillT's question. From what I understand, you can't even go to the main towns unless you have some kind of a permit. No night entertainment, no nothing. It seems that, essentially, you're confined to your resort (which has its own island) and the obligatory water sports activities, and that's about it.

A case of different folks, different strokes?
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Old Dec 30th, 2004, 12:41 PM
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... and that's the way some people like it. To relax on a beach, read a book (or two or three), swim and snorkel, eat well, bend the elbow with a cool drink. Money is not the issue, nor is entertainment, just quite and away from the rough and tumble of life back home. The Maldives are remote enough to have just that simple.
 
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Ok if money is no object - sure - but I submit that you can get all of that quiet, seclusion etc at certain Thailand/Malaysian beach resorts and for those of us for which money is important I believe the better value can be obtained in those places. Not trying to be confrontational here- its just that I can't see what this place offers that can't be obtained elsewhere at far, far less expense- it was the way I was raised- to be value oriented.
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Old Dec 31st, 2004, 05:14 AM
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BillT -
To some people that is their "value" - there are those who choose a $100/nt room somewhere and others a $1,000/nt per person somewhere else - their choice of $1,000 is not unlike yours of $100 - not for me to second guess or ask why. If there weren't guests who wished to pay these rates on the Maldives, they'd shut down and that would be that. Apparently, that's not the case.

Not long ago (few years) Conde Nast Traveler magazine had an article about the Maldives, indicating that within 100 years (if that long) they'd be gone from the face of the earth - most islands no more then 1' above sea level, the highest point being only 6'. Guess this tragedy is moving that time closer.
The Maldives just aren't the destination for you and me. RazzleDazzle was quite right "different strokes, different folks."
 
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OK .... WC Fields had it right!
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Old Jan 11th, 2005, 03:06 AM
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Hi--we DID go to Maldives after much soul searching, phone calls and checking the Internet. We were in Singapore when the earthquake and tidal waves hit. Our flight to Maldives on the 26th was cancelled and we flew instead on the 27th. Please see my posting on the general asia board.

Most of the resorts in the Maldives are still OK. Ellaidhoo was a very good choice for us. No damage. Excellent house reef (great large fish, turtle, black tipped shark, tons of moray eels etc. but mostly bleached coral) off the shore, decent food, nice service, most affordable choice for snorkelers. We talked to another tourist from Japan who has visited Maldives 30 times and he said that we choose the right resort for price and that the house reef was one of the best in Maldives. Right now the rack rate is $200 per night for 2 people (peak season) including 3 buffet meals and accomodations. Less later in January and other times. Crown travel can book it for $185 per night. You can still get a reservation since folks are canceling although the US state department has not issued a travel advisory.
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Old Jan 15th, 2005, 02:37 AM
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In my report on our recent trip to the Maldives, Singapore and Southern Thailand I predicted that there would be discounts offered in the near future to get travelers to return to this region. We just received notice from the Maldives travel agency, Crown Tours, that one of the higher end resorts in the Ari Atoll is offering a discount of 7 nights for the price of 5 with free 55 minute hot stone therapy and cultural/fishing trip--Dhonimighilli.n Our resort, Ellaidhoo, showed no damage at all after the tidal waves but was experiencing many cancellations. I expect that is the case with this resort. Contact information here for Crown Tours:

P. O. Box: 2034
Fasmeeru Building - 5th floor
Boduthakurufaanu Magu
Male', Republic of Maldives (Indian Ocean)
Tel: +960 32 9889 Mobile: + 960 787 714
Fax: + (960) 31 2832

E-mail: [email protected] es.com
Website: www.crowntoursmaldives.com


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Old Jan 17th, 2005, 02:58 AM
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Hi again. Taking a look at the earlier exchange, I can add my two cents regarding how Thailand and Maldives compare in terms of snorkeling. We seakayaked for a week in Turatao in Southern Thailand 2 years ago and just returned from a week in Maldives (Ellaidhoo resort). Two years ago Turatao had great coral and giant sea clams (Maldives were much smaller), saw a turtle, but fewer and smaller fish. Maldives coral is mainly bleached but is starting to come back, but, TERRIFIC fish. Huge, multi-colored, and so many. Also, giant morays, black-tipped shark, huge stingrays, turtle. At times, we thought we were swimming in an aquarium or that someone was feeding them around us. Ellaidhoo in the Maldives has one of the best house reefs which was also a plus in that we didn't have to take a boat out to good snorkeling (my husband gets seasick). Divers we talked to saw other sharks and manta rays and did not note damage from the tidal waves. We don't know what damage exists from the tidal waves in Turatao. Just know that it is now open. See Paddle Asia website if interested in Turatao. We booked Ellaidhoo in the Maldives with Crown Tours in the Maldives.

In regards to price, my husband and I stayed for less than $100 a night per person at Ellaidhoo during peak season (Christmas-New Years week) including all 3 meals so it does meet the budget criteria mentioned earlier. Especially if you go in shoulder or off peak season when it is considerably less expensive.

If you are interested in beaches, both have gorgeous beaches. If you are interested in nightlife, the resorts in the Maldives have Turatao beat. Especially where the Italians stay (they like organized activities). But, in our experience divers are not a hard drinking, late night partying group so would consider more the underwater scene in making a decision.
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Old Jan 17th, 2005, 06:37 PM
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I've noticed that no one mentioned Bandos, which is less expensive than many resorts in the Maldives, yet a nice place with an excellent dive operation. My husband goes to Bandos every year (we live in SE Asia) and he loves it. He just left for a 10 day trip this morning. The tsunamis didn't affect Bandos, but due to alot of people cancelling their trips, his flights on Singapore Air were cancelled twice and he had to re-arrange the entire trip (twice).
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Old Jan 17th, 2005, 06:46 PM
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P.S. - Bandos also has an excellent house reef. It's definitely more than the $100 per night lacontessa mentioned (I think hubby is paying closer to $175 inclusive of all meals), but still a good deal for the Maldives. He's dived in many places in the world, but raves about the Maldives and can't seem to get enough.
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Selinalei - no idea if you'll read this but answering your question from December! Yes, we ended up at 2 resorts and it was perfect. 7 days at 4 seasons and 4 days at Taj Exotica. The combination was perfect. Got papmered at 4 seasons...went game fishing..knee boarding etc at 4 seasons. Taj Ex was amazing food and lovely exposure to marine life.
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