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.