My wife & I have finally booked to go to the Maldives Hilton in Mid Feb 2006 after much deliberation, research & emailing. Looking at the various posts, etc. it seems that we have made an excellent choice. We looked at White Sands, Paradise Isldand, Taj Exotica, Four Seasons & Kanahura but we always kept going back to the Hilton page in the brochure. For reference, I tried to book direct but got no discount whatsoever & with the price of the flights I just couldn't get near what the Travel Agent was offering with discount. So I booked in the "old fashioned" way. BTW - it was Thomas Cook Signature - excellent service & private transfers all round. Just need to wait & see if it lives up to its promise.
I've always wanted to go to the Maldives for the diving & chillin' out but Mrs D didn't think much of laying around with nothing to do for two weeks. So a compromise was reached; 2 nights at the Hilton in Dubai, followed by 3 nights at the Shangri La, Singapore, followed by the Maldives (got to do 1 night at the airport though....bummer!). We will be there for 9 nights in a water bungalow & while I've managed to find a great deal of information, the little things are harder to find, like how much are the drinks, spa treatments, meals (other than what you get on half board), excursions, etc. Therefore, any information posted would be greatly appreciated. I am particularly interested in the above & also are there any wreck dives to be had in the Maldives? What is the chance of seeing a Whale Shark in Feb / Mar? Is the wireless internet access free? (I have my own PCMCIA adapter). I have my own dive equipment but are there facilities to rinse & store it at the dive shack?
We're both excited & can't wait so any info or tips would be greatly appreciated.