what your budget is - this will immediately reduce your list of
what youíre likely to be interested in. For example, the Maldives is a
great place for diving - so if youíre expecting to be spending a lot of
diving then you must be aware that the standards of diving facilities
differ from one resort to another. Some resorts are also naturally
better for divers than others. You will want to choose a holiday
best for diving (it is possible to get diving packages so you neednít
spend a fortune on additional diving expenses every day).
Furthermore, while some resorts offer a wealth of different activities
and entertainment Ė
others are very chilled and offer less variety (perfect if you just
wish to laze by the sand taking in the tranquility of the crystal blue
what kind of package would suit you best - most resorts are quite
pricey when it comes to food and beverages, so while a bed &
package (room & breakfast only) may at first appear cheaper, after
paying for all food and drinks it may in fact be dearer than the
all inclusive package.
board may be a good choice in many cases as all meals are provided,
although guests must still pay for drinks (a good choice for those
who drink little or no alcohol). If, on the other hand, you enjoy a
tipple or more then the All Inclusive option may well be the best
package for you as drinks can be dreadfully expensive at most resorts.
resorts tend to cater to specific nationalities - for example mainly
Japanese, German or Italian clientele. This could be a problem for you
like to mingle but are unable to speak the dominant language.
resorts offer a wide range of accommodation types - determine which of
these offers what you want. For instance, a standard beach villa is
typically a few metres from the sea. A water villa, on the other hand,
is located in
the waters itself. Water villas can be beautiful and offer the chance
to see the marine life swim by while looking from the window or in some
cases through the floor - but they tend to be much more expensive.
with children should try and choose a resort with a kids club if
possible - there is a huge difference between resorts when it comes
to providing facilities that keep the children entertained.
you do wish to spend a day exploring the capital Male as an excursion
then you may want to choose a resort thatís not too far away - some
resorts do not offer this as a day trip so it is worth finding out
prior to making your reservation.
may also find it a good idea to consider what time of the year you wish
to visit the Maldives - the best time with regards to weather is
between December and April
when there is the most sunshine and least rain. In these months, it is
no surprise to learn that price levels tend to be far higher than at
other times of the year.
resorts (including some of the most expensive) may not offer a personal
the rooms - this is usually intended to promote the "no news, no
shoes" feeling of the island. Few people come to the Maldives to watch
television, but if this is one comfort that you simply cannot do
without, consult your travel agent before making your reservation to
check whether your chosen
resort offers one.
the physical appearance, the architecture, the feel and the atmosphere
of your lodging is important to you
then you will want to research and find the best resort for you - some
can be more modern, almost like a standard hotel room while others are
traditionally built with thatched roofs and even a partially open-air