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Maldives trip after A levels

Exeter, United...
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Maldives trip after A levels

Hi,

I'm looking at visiting the Maldives with my son in July next year. He'll be 18 when we travel and it will be the two of us.

I'm interested in a resort with a good house reef, not majority honeymoon travellers. Budget could stretch to a 5 star place if it's the right fit.

Ayada Maldives and Kuramathi look interesting. No sure about Vilamendhoo, as it looks quite large. The point is relaxation and snorkling mostly, with maybe a dolphin trip.

Suggestions/comments/experiences much appreciated.

Tx

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Fornebu, Norway
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1. Re: Maldives trip after A levels

Hi,

Could you give us a budget, and also some more information about what you are looking for?

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g293…

Kuramathi is however a much larger island than Vilamendhoo. Ayada will be the most luxurious option.

Exeter, United...
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2. Re: Maldives trip after A levels

Hi, Budget is a question mark at the moment. It's more finding the right fit, but upper mid-range and up.

As this will be right after exams finish, it's not meant to be an active holiday. Rather, relaxation and snorkling will be the focus. I doubt we'll spend a lot of time on the beach -- probably more lazing around the room/villa/suite. A jacuzzi or pool isn't important, but an overwater villa might be a priority.

I found Ayada interesting because it's quite far south, and sounds very laid back.

Hope that gives a bit more of a sense of what I'm after. I am definitely open to other resorts vs the ones I mentioned. I do think we want southern atolls vs northern.

Edited: 18 October 2018, 02:12
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3. Re: Maldives trip after A levels

For a cheaper option we absolutely loved the water villas at Vakarufahli and the reef is pretty good and the dive centre excellent. I know they do twin beds in the water villas also. The water villas are huge so perfect for spending lots of time in and around them. Food is (I thought) very good. We are actually doing a return visit all going to plan next year which I never expected to do in the Maldives.

Mirihi might suit given your priorities for great snorkelling and relaxing but the rooms are small.

Vilamendhoo is about twice the size of Vakarufahli and I think four times the size of Mirihi as far as guest numbers go. That said we are considering it for next year also primarily for the snorkelling which is meant to be excellent.

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4. Re: Maldives trip after A levels

Hi,

I have been to kuramathi and will be traveling to ayada in april. Honestly, kuramathi was not at all my cup of tea as the beaches weren’t nice (by maldives standards, or even caribbean standards to be honest) and the rooms were very sub par. the main food at the buffet wasn’t great either and it was waayyy too big and crowded. i know others on the forum love Kuramathi, but for me, it just wasn’t the Maldives the maldives i was expecting and was very disappointed by it despite being my first island.

I have also been to Amari Havodda and Outrigger Konotta which are both in the same atoll as Ayada. Amari is the most “budget” option of the three but even then our holiday there was loads better than our holiday at Kuramathi. It’s a great value for money island as it’s relatively cheap and the rooms are brand new. Outrigger has been our favorite maldives island so far so I suggest you take a look at that one too if you’re looking to be in the far south of the Maldives (which i personally recommend as resorts here feel so much more secluded than, let’s say, resorts in South Ari). Outrigger will most likely be a bit more expensive but still great value for upper 5* resorts.

Exeter, United...
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5. Re: Maldives trip after A levels

Thanks all, very helpful.

Ayada is looking like the front runner at the moment. Sevidlam, i will look at the other resorts you note above.

We're not too bothered about the longer trip to the southern atolls from Male, and the more we discuss, the more refined the requirements get -- to fairly quiet, not very large resort, good house reef, decent food, an place to explore fairly easily. we'd potentially like to do a turtle spotting and/or dolphin trip.

I will also contact a few of the Maldive specialist travel agents.

Finally, travel. We'll be going from London and I plan to do business class (hopefully through an aggregator) and I hate BA. So, any experiences in this regard -- best stopovers, etc.

Lichfield, England
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6. Re: Maldives trip after A levels

How about Dhevanafushi? It’s supposed to re-open soon as Raffles, after a complete refurb. I was there in March and had the two bedroom sunset sanctuary. It would be perfect for Mom and son.

I flew Emirates there, but you’ve got to change planes in Dubai, love it or hate it! I’m most definitely the latter. Used Qatar in July for Gili Lankanfushi and much preferred them, Doha is a lovely airport, the lounges are way superior to Emirates. Just a thought....

Exeter, United...
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7. Re: Maldives trip after A levels

Thanks for this. I am starting to see how hard it is to choose a resort in Maldives simply because there are so many that are wonderful.

The room issue: I've travelled with him to various places and we've shared rooms -- Amsterdam, NY -- and it's never been an issue. Do you think it will be in Maldives? I'm not sure Ayada (currently my first choice) offers a two bedroom option.

And thanks on air travel. Any experience with Turkish airlines? It seems to do the route from London as well.

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8. Re: Maldives trip after A levels

We've flown with Turkish Airlines twice (albeit from Birmingham) and found them excellent.

On our first trip we had a 4 day break in Istanbul on the way out, which we really enjoyed. This year we flew without a stopover which again worked really well for us.

We flew BC on both journeys and found it very good value. The use of the vast (but very busy) lounge in Istanbul was a bonus with our 4 hour layover and we wouldn't hesitate to recommend or use Turkish again.

Lichfield, England
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9. Re: Maldives trip after A levels

Sorry I’ve only used Emirates, Qatar and BA. I prefer BA as it’s direct, but only in high season and you are travelling in low season. You really need to set a maximum budget for nightly accommodation. Even though you are in low season the range of costs is quite unbelievable! I’m no expert, I only know the places I’ve been to! I liked Velavaru, may be worth a quick look!

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