Hope someone can help...
We are planning to honeymoon in the Maldives in November 2007, ideally for 21 nights, but as we are paying for the whole wedding etc ourselves, we are on a bit of a tight budget. We have been researching the Maldives resorts thoroughly, and ideally want somewhere luxurious - places like the Hilton, Kanuhura or Reethi Rah look amazing, but will be out of our price range. Even though deals can sometimes be found on the accommodation etc, the meal and drink prices look prohibitive. Some of the cheaper resorts just don't look like what we've got in mind for a honeymoon, and we will still be spending a huge amount of money for us so don't want to be disappointed.
In total we can probably raise about £5000 for the honeymoon. Can anyone recommend:
a) a good website/travel agent for getting deals to the Maldives, or a place that does discounts for honeymooners?
b) is it worth hanging off to try and get last minute deals (though slightly concerned about doing this for honeymoon!)
c) a luxurious resort that won't bankrupt us!
d) If its worth trying to scrape together the extra money for a water villa or ar the beach villas just as nice?
sorry for so many questions, just really want to get it right and have holiday of a lifetime! Any help much appreciated!