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Honeymoon Trip Help

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Honeymoon Trip Help

Hello everyone! This forum is very informative, I appreciate the wonderful insights, and could really use some guidance on picking the perfect resort for our stay.

I am planning our Honeymoon for 8 nights in the Maldives, I have found a lot of suggestions on travel agents in the UK, but haven't heard of any good Maldives agents from the US. Are there any?

-Dates: June 4-12, 2014

-Budget for Room/Accommodations: $6500 USD

-We would like to stay in a really nice and romantic place. We would want a water villa as well. I understand our budget might be on the lower end, so to compromise I was thinking we do a water villa for the first 2 nights and then move to a standard room for the remainder of the trip. Is this a common practice?

-We want to relax and take it easy, but we are adventurous and think we'd be bored after sitting on the beach for 2 days. So we are looking for a place with activities such as snorkeling, surfing, jet skiing, para-sailing, etc. (doesn't have to have scuba since we don't scuba).

-Ideally the water villa will have a part of it that has a glass floor.

Any help would be appreciated, I hope I provided enough detail.

-Ricky

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1. Re: Honeymoon Trip Help

Surfing is not common in the maldives and doesn't match well with good snorkelling if at all. Are either of them negotiable ?. Some islands might have a full array of watersports but most of them would not be high on people's recommendations. ( motorised watersports is a dirty word generally - 2 dirty words in fact lol)

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welcome to the forum ricky

if there are any decent maldive specialists in the u.s. , they have cunningly evaded my detection . I do my own booking but for a first visit, you may be better off with a euro based agent . I have used german ones (e-two reisen) before but purely Maldives and simply Maldives out of uk can help you just fine as well .

as for your preferences ... you will have to make some cuts there . resorts that offer surfing , tend to have no snorkeling and those with a good reef don't want it ruined by jet skis and para sailing . these activities all don't work well together on the same island. having said that .. you will find very fast that 8 nights in the Maldives are a very short stay and you will be so busy snorkeling, gazing at the intense beauty around you and enjoying the quiet and serenity (not to mention honeymooning .. yaknow .. the active part) .. that the sheer thought of interrupting that calm with howling engines will make you cringe. no really .. it will .

changing rooms between water and beach villa is common . most people save the WV for last but do any way you like. actually , a lot of folks (not me) prefer to be beach based.

have a look at kuramathi perhaps .. but if I was you and since your dates are coming up fast.. I suggest you get with an agent and find out what he can offer you . I also strongly suggest you go with a resort that has from the beach snorkeling . the underwater world is what sets the Maldives apart from anywhere else . lets face it .. you can jet ski in Jamaica for a fraction of the cash . seems to me that its best to prioritize the unique aspects of paradise. I wouldn't discount scuba , by the way .. if you are active and adventurous, diving really is for you. you could start a referral course in the states and finish on location and I promise they will have to carry you to the ship screaming after only 8 nights

Edited: 12:50 pm, April 03, 2014
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Bit of surfing info here

tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g293953-i7445-k6…

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Thanks for all the quick replies. I can see how jet skis detract from the natural beauty, and I am 100% ok without them. My concern was just being able to get out and do things once on the resort island.

OK, so if we scratch the jet skiing and surfing, what resorts would you suggest? Also the one US agent I have spoken to has recommended us going with an all-inclusive plan. Is that the best idea for honeymooners?

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After budget, the 2 main determinatives is board basis and if you want a house reef to snorkel. We only ever go AI to an island with a good/great house reef as are 2 main priorities are snorkelling and nice food/ drink. Both are very expensive inthe maldives so for us, AI makes sense with lots of water soft drinks, beer wine and cocktails . Some people don't drink, skip lunch and don't bar hang and eat lightly. Do for them B & B prob best. It's about what u want then we can advise . Some people have zero interest and are veggie teetotallers so the world is their oyster lol

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In my opinion, all-inclusive plan is a good idea if you drink a lot because the drink is expensive there. But when we went to Mirihi, HB (breakfast and dinner) was perfect. And I think we will go with HB when we go again. You can compare the price of HB and all-inclusive and see how much $ difference and then decide if you/your spouse will drink that much plus lunch. (We had late breakfast and usually just ordered some snack room service for lunch to have on our deck).

If you insist on all-inclusive, that will limit the choices of islands, too.

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OMG Yess, I forgot to mention that food is of utmost importance. Having great food would be key, we eat a lot, but don't drink.

We like to snorkel, but I am not sure what the difference between a house reef is and not having that? Does that mean the island does not have a reef of its own and you have to travel to get to a reef? We want to be able to snorkel regularly.

Do any resorts offer nice honeymoon packages that may help us make our decision that you know of?

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you have to drink a good bit of booze to make AI worthwhile . I don't eat breakfast .. so by lunch I have 1 or two dives and some snorkeling under my belt and I am ready for some light lunch . I go full board for that .. but its out of sheer laziness. if I did the math, I am sure that half board plus paying for a small lunch would come out better.

also .. if you question the US agents , you will soon find out that they have no clue what Maldivian AI means . its not like in the Caribbean where literally everything is included. in the Maldives , you will be presented with a long list of exclusions. you would have to closely examine that list for every resort and see if you are ok with that or if there is something on the no-no list you don't want to do without .

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Thanks Spammie, I will definitely ask to review the list for exclusions.

At this time it seems like we will not do an AI package.

Any suggestions on nice resorts in the 6500 for 8 nights range? nice honeymoon friendly resort, with water bungalows?

The one agent I spoke to here in the US suggested Anantara Veli, I asked why and they didn't really know, but suggested that I do my own research and see if I like it. I have also been looking at Lily, anyone familiar with them?

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Hey rickster,

I am from sf also. I am going to diamonds athuruga in 3 and 1/2 weeks. I tried to look for US travel agents familiar with Maldives. But, sad to report there are none. Per the recommendations from the wonderful people on this forum, I contacted a UK travel agency. I came to realize they can offer you much better pricing than booking on 3rd party booking engines or with the resorts directly. I picked kuoni agency because they are much bigger company and widely known. I was hesitant to use the smaller companies in the uk that may be cheaper since I am based in the US. In the end, I had to pay a 2% credit card charge for the booking, but it still came out considerably cheaper than booking directly with the resort.

Dan