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Advice on which resort

Maryland
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397 posts
41 reviews
Advice on which resort

Hi Everyone! Next year is my 50th birthday and as a cancer survivor I want an epic trip. The Maldives came to mind. I love the idea of staying in an over the water villa/bungalow. Going to try to convince another couple to come with us. My husband and I love snorkeling. We are pretty active but can also be content to just relax with a good book. So I am thinking of an island/resort that has some options to do snorkeling, kayaking, kite surfing (if they do that there) etc. We are not foodies but having a couple of restaurants to chose from would be nice. We are coming from the US (east coast) so I am thinking we would fly to London and spend a couple days there and then take a direct flight from there. I see there are flights from Nov-March. Budget is up to $10k USD for a week though I would like that to include food if possible. Since this is a once in a lifetime trip I can be a little flexible. I am just trying to get a sense of what things cost.

I have seen mention of various travel agencies to help find best deals. I have seen people mention Magic of Maldives. Are they based in the Maldives? Just wondering if it is better to figure out where we want to go and just book directly with resort or through an agency.

New York City, New...
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217 posts
2 reviews
1. Re: Advice on which resort

Hi!

You should definitely be able to find something in the 10K range with at least half board. We might need a few more clarifying questions on order to start suggesting some resorts. Is the 10K meant to include flights? And what type of accommodation are you looking for? Water villas tend to be more expensive than beach villas so your budget won’t stretch as far if you are planning to stay in one.

In regards to agency vs booking direct, we generally book with the recommended agents in the form (magic of maldives, purely maldives, simply maldives, travel bag, etc). They deal with international clients and generally have lower prices than online booking websites (although this isn’t always the case as sometimes online TOs have flash sales that maldives specialists cannot beat)

Edited: 13 October 2018, 18:33
Maryland
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397 posts
41 reviews
2. Re: Advice on which resort

Thank you sevidlam! My $10k budget does not include airfare. I am thinking I want to do the over water villas. If I am going to do this I may as well live the dream and check it off the bucket list. :) I wonder if the other couple comes with us if it is better ( more economical) to share a 2 bedroom villa assuming they offer these. Otherwise it would be nice to have side by side villas.

Forgive my ignorance but what does TO stand for?

Denmark
11 posts
3. Re: Advice on which resort

TO is a Tour Operator. :-)

I would say that a 2 Bedroom Villa in most cases is way more expensive than having two villas. The resort will never be able to guarantee that you will have villas side by side, but you can certainly request it. Follow up a few days before you arrive with the hotel and you should have a great chance!

What meal plan would you prefer? It makes it easier for us to suggest certain hotels, if you answer this question. :-)

Cardiff, United...
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4. Re: Advice on which resort

Rasmus, as has been pointed out to you previously you really need to declare that you're a travel agent when responding to threads on the forum, and particularly when making recommendations of resorts.

It's really important that members are aware of your status when reading your posts, advice and guidance.

Maryland
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397 posts
41 reviews
5. Re: Advice on which resort

Thank you. Yes always good to know if someone is a fellow traveler or if a travel agent.