The Maldives doesn’t mean spending on ultra expensive resorts and over the top luxury. You can cover this stunning cluster of islands on a reasonable budget. The country has a low ground surface and a major portion is covered by the sea, which means you can enjoy living in gorgeous sea villas and over-water bungalows. From beautiful coral reefs to cast-away islands to undiscovered tourist gems to thrilling seaplane rides, there’s plenty to keep the tourist enthralled in the Maldives. We haven’t even started with the absolutely lip-smacking food. Here is a list of some of the most affordable Maldives resorts that offer a good bang for the buck.
Fihalhohi Island Resort is just 8 km to the fishing village. The resort is within 28 km from Male International Airport, which is approximately a 45-minute speedboat ride away. Featuring a terrace with seating area, air-conditioned rooms are fitted with tiled flooring, a wardrobe, telephone and ceiling fan. The bathroom comes with a hairdryer and shower facility. Free WiFi is provided. Fihalhohi Island Resort has a tour desk that can assist guests with sightseeing and travel arrangements. Guests may request for laundry services from the 24-hour front desk, while water sports activities such as fishing and a PADI-certified dive school are available on site. Union Pay is accepted here.
The in-house Palm Groove restaurant serves mouthwatering Maldivian and international cuisines. The Fisherman’s Bar and Blue Lagoon Bar offers a wide variety of drinks and beverages.
Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma is a 40-minute speedboat ride from Malé International Airport. It is surrounded by world-class diving and surfing sites.Designed with white-washed timber and large windows, the spacious villas are equipped with a flat-screen satellite TV and luxurious outdoor showers. A tea/coffee maker and safe are provided. Some villas are located over water.Guests can enjoy a work-out at the fitness center or run on the jogging track around the island. Thai massages and body treatments are available at Kandooma Spa.Fresh local seafood is served at The Kitchen Restaurant, which offers breathtaking sunset views. The newly refurbished Kandooma Cafe features Western and Asian meals and provides indoor and outdoor seating.
On a tropical private island in North Male Atoll, Kurumba Maldives features beautiful white sand beaches and scenic coconut trees. It is just 10 minutes by speedboat from the airport with boat transfers available 24 hoursa day. It offers free WiFi in all rooms, 8 restaurants and 4 bars.The resort has 2 outdoor freshwater pools, 3 tennis courts and a fitness center. Offering a wide range of treatments, Veli Spa proposes the unique Dhivehi Beys treatments, as well as both modern and traditional treatments. Island-hopping tours and fishing trips are available, as well as customized excursions.Kurumba’s restaurants boast an impressive variety of cuisines, including Italian, Japanese, Indian, and Lebanese choices. Fez lounge features a wide selection of shisha, cocktails and snacks, Athiri bar is the best spot for gorgeous sunset views and Kandu bar offers live music.
Set in Male City, 15 km from Republic Square, Thulhagiri Island Resort & Spa features a private beach area and rooms with free WiFi access. Guests at the 4-star property can enjoy sea views in the rooms and access to an outdoor pool. Guests can enjoy a selection of Asian cuisine in the in-house restaurant.At the resort, all rooms come with a terrace. Complete with a private bathroom fitted with free toiletries, the rooms at Thulhagiri Island Resort & Spa have a TV and air conditioning, and some rooms come with a seating area. The units will provide guests with a fridge.A continental breakfast is served every morning at the property.The accommodation offers a fitness centre. Staff at Thulhagiri Island Resort & Spa are always available to provide advice at the reception. National Museum is 15 km from the resort.
Paradise Island Resort & Spa offers private villas and bungalows on an idyllic island in the Indian Ocean. The resort features an outdoor pool, 4 restaurants, and a spa.
The Paradise Island Resort & Spa is a 20-minute speedboat ride from Malé International Airport. A mandatory transfer is provided by the resort, and charges are to be paid upon arrival.
The resort features a fitness center and tennis courts. Snorkeling and diving equipment is available. The resort provides a tour desk.
Dining choices include the Italian Ristorante al Tramonto, of local and international fame; The Lagoon, a quiet dining experience; Japanese restaurant Fukuya Teppanyaki; Seafood restaurant Farumathi; Athiri Bar; and the main restaurant Bageecha, which caters to many dietary requirements such as Jain meals. Hulhangu Bar and Dhaavani Coffee Shop offer beverages and food 24-hours.
Taj Exotica Resort & Spa is 8 km from Malé International Airport, which takes 15 minutes by a private speedboat available 24 hours a day. 5-star exclusivity awaits at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, with luxurious villas and a large infinity pool with clear lagoon views. It features 2 restaurants, a bar and a fitness centre. Free WiFi access is available in all rooms. Staff are able to converse in Chinese.Featuring private sundecks and balconies, large villas are decorated with fine wood furnishings and warm colours. First-rate amenities include a Nespresso coffee machine and iPod dock. Premium toiletries and rain showers are provided. Extras in the room include a dental kit and slippers. Rooms offer Chinese cable channels and an electric kettle
Surrounded by clear waters, Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives offers guests an exclusive experience in a surfer’s paradise. Featuring 5 dining options, it boasts a first-rate spa, an outdoor pool and fitness centre.
Offering stunning ocean views, well-designed suites feature thatched wood ceilings and solid wood flooring. They have ample seating area and a private balcony.
Cinnamon Dhonveli is about 16 km, or a 20-minute speedboat transfer, from Male International Airport.
Chavana Spa offers a relaxing menu of body massage and treatments. Guests can also spend lazy afternoons by the beach, or head to the ocean for fishing or diving.
Situated in North Male Atoll in the Kaafu Atoll Region, 42 km from Male City, Smartline Eriyadu features a spa centre and fitness centre. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant and outdoor pool.
There is a 24-hour front desk at the property. Guests can enjoy activities such as diving and snorkeling.
The nearest airport is Male International Airport, 42 km from the property.
Far removed from urban living and nestled on a gorgeous island in the North Malé Atoll, a luxurious beach holiday awaits, just 25 minutes by speedboat from Male International Airport, at Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru’s exclusive villas and private pools. It has free WiFi access throughout the property including all rooms.
Vabbinfaru’s exquisite set of villas feature a modern Maldivian styling that incorporates thatched roofs and rustic worn-wood elements. Despite traditional appearances, each villa is equipped with a host of modern amenities like flat screen TVs, both outdoor and indoor showers and more. Tea/coffee making facilities are available in the rooms. All villas are merely steps away from the white sandy beaches, and every villa comes fully furnished with private plunge pool and jet pool.
This polished all-inclusive resort is set on Kanifinolhu, a secluded island in the Laccadive Sea.
Airy rooms offer bright decor and flat-screens, plus garden or sea views. Upgraded rooms add sitting areas and open-air showers. There are also sleek, thatched-roof overwater bungalows, which offer access to a private beach, and an exclusive lounge with free champagne.
Activities such as cooking classes, sailing lessons, snorkeling and kayaking are included. Other activities such as diving are available for a fee. There are 3 restaurants serving international fare. Other amenities include a spa, 3 bars and regular entertainment.
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