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How To Choose The Maldives Resort That's Just Right For You

The Maldives, as you are most certainly aware, are a truly spectacular destination - while the islands are a holiday location not exactly ideal for the extremely budget conscious, a range of different star resorts does offer most travellers a chance to taste its delights.

Here are some things to consider when choosing a Maldives resort:

  • Decide what your budget is - this will immediately reduce your list of potential resorts.

  • Consider 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 time 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 package thatís 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 waters).

  • Determine what kind of package would suit you best - most resorts are quite pricey when it comes to food and beverages, so while a bed & breakfast 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.

  • Full 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.

  • Some resorts tend to cater to specific nationalities - for example mainly Japanese, German or Italian clientele. This could be a problem for you if you like to mingle but are unable to speak the dominant language.

  • Most 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.

  • Travellers 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.

  • If 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 about this prior to making your reservation.

  • You 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.

  • Some resorts (including some of the most expensive) may not offer a personal TV in 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.

  • If 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 bathroom.

Honeymooners and romantics may find that many of the smaller islands are more cosy, peaceful and intimate, while the larger ones may have more of a party feel to them and be more crowded. Whatever your tastes and requirements, there is such a variety of accommodation that you are sure to find something to suit in the Maldives.

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