There are sooo many places to stay in the Maldives, I'm more than daunted. And, as can be expected, lots of conflicting reviews...
Travelling Jan/Feb/March 2006, we're flying from Auckland to Sydney to Dubai to South Africa to Dubai to Maldives to Dubai to Sydney to Auckland. Good old Emirates, why we got airpoints with you I'll never know... I have, at the moment, a budget of $7,000 - $10,000 NZD [about $5,000 - $7,000 USD] for the Maldives staying hopefully 10 nights and excluding flights.
Big question is where to stay. Unfortunately the Maldives looks really expensive. I'm only 20 and my partner is 21 so paying $1,000 USD a night for a room seems a little crazy [even though those water ones look incredible]. I've been able to find 10 nights accommodation at a number of other locations in the South Pacific, Thailand and Australia at deluxe hotels for much less than that price.
Places like Bayan Tree look really nice, but seem like they'll be expensive. I think Angsana might be the best I've looked at so far, but I'm not 75% sure... :P Please don't even suggest Club Med because we're young... ;)
So I guess what I'm trying to get some help with is where can I stay in the Maldives, be really [important] comfortable, have as much included as possible, have lots of sun, snorkel great reefs, AND, stick to my budget. If anyone can help me, I'd be stoked. :)