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Length of stay

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Length of stay

Hi all,

We have been tossing up the idea of a trip to the Maldives in 2013. How long would people recommending visiting the Maldives - would 7 days at a hotel be considered to short? eg. 4 nights beach, 3 nights overwater bungalow?

Thank you

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1. Re: Length of stay

For me 7 days would not be long enough. I wouldnt like changing rooms halfway through either, but then I am the sort of person who has to unpack as soon as we get there and be settled in the room.

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Plenty of people go for one week,, normally as that's all they can afford either financially or in time and find it fine.

Personally I think two weeks for long haul, but that's really just personal opinion.

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All of my holidays have been for 10 days, but am going for 14 days this time. hoping i do not get restless!

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Personally don't think I'd go for a week, I always wonder what happened to 14 nights...

Time goes twice as fast in the Maldives, it's a scientific fact!

Edited: 3:27 am, September 16, 2012
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My first trip was for a week, when I returned I added a day, then next time went for 10 which was about right. Only going for a week next time due to feeling guilty about being away from children.

I would go for as long as you can afford time and cost wise, the longer the stay, the better value it becomes.

When I went to Thud we had 3 different rooms in 8 days and it was fine.

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Ten nights is my personal ideal but If it is your first time then I would recommend 14 because you will love the place and not want to leave.

Our first trip was for a week and I started to get sad that I was leaving after the second night because it was so amazing!

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For me it would depend on when I was going too. Have always said I would only go for a minimum of 10/11 nights in rainy season, just to even out the chances of a few rainy days vs sunny ones.

If it was 'peak' season then I would do a week but only with a direct flight as we have always been so tired on the first day if doing a dubai stop that it's a waste of the afternoon.

We plumped for 11 nights mid April for honeymoon next year, will see if we believe it's worth paying the extra for (hopefully) better weather!

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Until recently we had stopover in Dubai to visit friends , then had 7-9 nights 2 or 3 Islands, As they've now moved elsewhere package deals 14 days works out best value

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I'd only ever go for a minimum of ten nights. Given that the airfare will be a big part of the cost, and it's a long way to travel, a week seems too short a stay.

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We prefer 9-14 nights due to the long flight to get there, but we have done 7 nights before so wouldn't absolutely rule it out if in high season. We even transferred from Meeru via Male to Veligandu in the middle of our 7night break...

Edited: 7:33 am, September 16, 2012