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Title: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: brytch on May 01, 2012, 09:15:36 AM
Going to the Maldives in June.. I noticed there isn't a thread dedicated to this so I figured worth starting one.

I am going biz with Qatar and returning biz via SIN-ICN-SFO (2 singapore business legs, and ICN-SFO on united biz)

I'm having a hard time deciding on resort.. We're taking our 1yr old there... so I'm probably not interested in Over Water, probably interested in beach villa.

I want a resort which is on the quieter side, where we won't see too many people.. very picturesque and decent house reef.

Another point, I leave MLE at 11:30pm... so I probably want one of the resorts accessible by speed boat, as that way I can stay at resort until late and arrive at airport just before flight.. if I need sea plane they can't guarantee schedule and they can send you at noon or 1pm and you're stuck at the airport..

I am open to considering the Conrad Rangali as they said there's a good chance I can take a late plane out at 5pm or so.. if anyone has been there would love to here how private the villas are...

Lots of great hotel options so very hard to chose. Currently my best options seems to be the Coco Palm Bodu Hithi as all their rooms have private pools and seem very spacious. I may consider a night in the over water, as it's somewhat bigger than others I've seen (and traveling with a baby you need room...)

Once I decide on hotel I'll check what food options I have.. I would have liked bringing wine, but customs are super strict and I hear no chance of getting any alcohol in.

If anyone has any tips or pointers please let me know.

An advantage to taking a place within speed boat distance you save about $250-350 per person on transfer, and you can use that towards your room.

For anyone wondering, the Hyatt is suppose to be a very nice island, it's a schlep however. You need to take a DOMESTIC flight from Male, and only after that a speed boat.. Transfer is about $500.. Also accommodations didn't seem quite as luxurious as other places I've been looking at. The island itself seems very nice..

A note on when I'm going: I've had great luck with off season traveling.. I've been all over SEAsia during off season months and it's really worth it. Places are quiet, weather has been great, and price is normally less than half...
Title: Re: Maldives trip planning
Post by: aussiebochur on May 01, 2012, 09:27:05 AM
Lol, dont think MLE has been discussed on this forum ;)

While youre right that theres no Master Thread (Mods, perhaps make this it?), there is a fair bit of discussion in these threads,
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=12479.msg216348#msg216348
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=6376.msg184093#msg184093
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=8423.msg122618#msg122618
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=4909.msg53368#msg53368
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=6250.msg120862#msg120862
Title: Re: Maldives trip planning
Post by: brytch on May 01, 2012, 09:31:56 AM
yeah I've seen these bits and pieces everywhere, but doesn't seem like anything is 100% exclusively dedicated to Maldives..
Title: Re: Maldives trip planning
Post by: aussiebochur on May 01, 2012, 09:33:21 AM
yeah I've seen these bits and pieces everywhere, but doesn't seem like anything is 100% exclusively dedicated to Maldives..
Correct. Hence,
(Mods, perhaps make this it?)
As in "Maldives Master Thread", like all the others. Or brytch, can u still change the topic?

But thats just about the amount of first hand experience youll get here.

Btw, I would monitor availability and see if you can get seats on Asiana from ICN. Better then UA...
Title: Re: Maldives trip planning
Post by: damaxer91 on May 01, 2012, 09:55:39 AM
Going to the Maldives in June.. I noticed there isn't a thread dedicated to this so I figured worth starting one.

I am going biz with Qatar and returning biz via SIN-ICN-SFO (2 singapore business legs, and ICN-SFO on united biz)

I'm having a hard time deciding on resort.. We're taking our 1yr old there... so I'm probably not interested in Over Water, probably interested in beach villa.

I want a resort which is on the quieter side, where we won't see too many people.. very picturesque and decent house reef.

Another point, I leave MLE at 11:30pm... so I probably want one of the resorts accessible by speed boat, as that way I can stay at resort until late and arrive at airport just before flight.. if I need sea plane they can't guarantee schedule and they can send you at noon or 1pm and you're stuck at the airport..

I am open to considering the Conrad Rangali as they said there's a good chance I can take a late plane out at 5pm or so.. if anyone has been there would love to here how private the villas are...

Lots of great hotel options so very hard to chose. Currently my best options seems to be the Coco Palm Bodu Hithi as all their rooms have private pools and seem very spacious. I may consider a night in the over water, as it's somewhat bigger than others I've seen (and traveling with a baby you need room...)

Once I decide on hotel I'll check what food options I have.. I would have liked bringing wine, but customs are super strict and I hear no chance of getting any alcohol in.

If anyone has any tips or pointers please let me know.

An advantage to taking a place within speed boat distance you save about $250-350 per person on transfer, and you can use that towards your room.

For anyone wondering, the Hyatt is suppose to be a very nice island, it's a schlep however. You need to take a DOMESTIC flight from Male, and only after that a speed boat.. Transfer is about $500.. Also accommodations didn't seem quite as luxurious as other places I've been looking at. The island itself seems very nice..

A note on when I'm going: I've had great luck with off season traveling.. I've been all over SEAsia during off season months and it's really worth it. Places are quiet, weather has been great, and price is normally less than half...


To be 100% honest, I would wait to go the Maldives when you have someone to watch your 1 year old. I went with a 9 month old who didn't even walk and spent the entire time nervous as even the larger islands revolve around water. Transferring onto the boat was even scarier as we had to pass the baby from one another over a plank and had to hold onto her throughout the ride which was one of the scariest of my life. Its also a ton of flying which won't be fun even with a well behaved kid. I've been everywhere with my kids and I can say that the Maldives was the most difficult.

Also, I think that Chuchem made a good point in the other thread. Be prepared to spend a lot of $$$. The costs keep adding up and even soda on the islands can cost $15 a can. If possible, wait until it can be done right. It'll be the trip of a lifetime.

FYI, lots of the nicer resorts will negotiate with you, especially during low season. It pays to get the GM''s email and send a nice letter with an idea of what you want to spend. Of course don't mention the kosher part until later as once they know you aren't buying food, you are a much lower REV guest
Title: Re: Maldives trip planning
Post by: brytch on May 01, 2012, 11:08:18 AM
Btw, I would monitor availability and see if you can get seats on Asiana from ICN. Better then UA...

I was thinking the same.. I was hoping to see the ICN SFO with Asiana but it's never showing as availably.. it does however have availability with the ICN - LAX but I believe it's the old seat configuration which I don't think would be as comfortable (they have two flights a day to LAX one old one new if I'm not mistaken?!)

To be 100% honest, I would wait to go the Maldives when you have someone to watch your 1 year old. I went with a 9 month old who didn't even walk and spent the entire time nervous as even the larger islands revolve around water. Transferring onto the boat was even scarier as we had to pass the baby from one another over a plank and had to hold onto her throughout the ride which was one of the scariest of my life. Its also a ton of flying which won't be fun even with a well behaved kid. I've been everywhere with my kids and I can say that the Maldives was the most difficult.

Also, I think that Chuchem made a good point in the other thread. Be prepared to spend a lot of $$$. The costs keep adding up and even soda on the islands can cost $15 a can. If possible, wait until it can be done right. It'll be the trip of a lifetime.

FYI, lots of the nicer resorts will negotiate with you, especially during low season. It pays to get the GM''s email and send a nice letter with an idea of what you want to spend. Of course don't mention the kosher part until later as once they know you aren't buying food, you are a much lower REV guest

The baby has never been a problem for us.. we've taken our 1 yr old (older ones now) to Thailand, Vietnam and elsewhere... islands as well, and we always had a great time..we fly a lot internationally with our kids no problem so I'm not too worried.

Also I've confirmed with a few hotels that they have babysitting services, so I do plan on getting some quiet time as well.. does it make sense to bring drinks with us to save on the beverage prices?

where did you stay? Any other tips to consider about our trip? Who is this richard that someone mentioned in the other thread as far as getting better rates?

The conrad's regular beach villas are available for $500, I'm debating if I might find a better option for that price.. Also wondering how the island is, is it busy!?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on May 01, 2012, 11:15:15 AM
I believe http://www.purelymaldives.co.uk/

Btw, welcome to the forums, just noticed you're new around here.

Hope you can gain as well as share. Seems like you've been around.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 01, 2012, 11:58:55 AM
Why fly all the way to MLE for a beach villa ???
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on May 01, 2012, 12:07:35 PM
Why fly all the way to MLE for a beach villa ???
Thanks for changing the thread topic.

Probably because he doesnt want is kid so close to the water all the time. As Damaxer said, MLE is tough with kids.
Q still stands, why schlep all the way there?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 01, 2012, 12:18:51 PM
Thanks for changing the thread topic.

Probably because he doesnt want is kid so close to the water all the time. As Damaxer said, MLE is tough with kids.
Q still stands, why schlep all the way there?
Well now you have a moh nafshoch.

Personally just stick to HI with kids IMHO. 
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on May 01, 2012, 12:20:46 PM
Well now you have a moh nafshoch.

Personally just stick to HI with kids IMHO. 
Yup.

But seems like hes booked and going so...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: brytch on May 01, 2012, 12:23:43 PM
I've been all over the place, and flown with young kids 15-20 hours no problem.. I don't think a OW is necessarily the best option for everyone...  ow normally means smaller room, in some instances poor privacy (as the case is with Hyatt Maldives)... OWB are often very cramped together.. Private pools are sometimes small.. you can have people snorkel not far from your bungalow and see right in...

I'm going to experience the amazing clear waters, quiet private islands, relax and not be bothered by anyone or anything. Plus get in some scuba and great snorkeling.. All islands have separate villas, which are a big difference to the typical large hotel buildings.. have a clear white sand private beach right in front of your place is also nice.

There's a reason all resorts have beach villas and in some instances cost more then OWB's..

I have taken 2 young kids, and before than one baby, on a 16 hour flight then connected to a second 3 hr flight, then another 2 hour flight, then 2 hour boat ride.. was it hectic? a little but definitely worth the great small island we spent some great time on.. Can't compare to HI.. two worlds.. (not denying that it's a beautiful island, just different vibe, and not what I'm looking for).

Lets be honest, most of us have kids, and will be around young kids for many years to come..  should I let that stop me from going places I want to? I was even contemplating taking my 3 and 5 year olds with us.. they love traveling and I don't mind having them..
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on May 01, 2012, 12:24:32 PM
Why fly all the way to MLE for a beach villa ???

I'd agree, but some (most?) of resorts in MLE do not even allow guests with children below 8 to be in an OWB.

Maybe the DD concierge can help this "unpriveleged" DDF'er with accomodations? :P
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 01, 2012, 12:31:12 PM
Can't compare to HI.. two worlds.. (not denying that it's a beautiful island, just different vibe, and not what I'm looking for).
Last time I checked there were at least 8 of them.  Out of curiosity which have you been to?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on May 01, 2012, 01:45:34 PM
Last time I checked there were at least 8 of them.  Out of curiosity which have you been to?
Why do I have the feeling you'll be waiting for a long time for an answer?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on May 01, 2012, 07:29:22 PM
Why do I have the feeling you'll be waiting for a long time for an answer?
good prediction there
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: brytch on May 02, 2012, 04:13:35 PM
been to more than one HI island... they are beautiful but personally I prefer the culture, service, and vibe of being in some of these far off places..  just my preference.

Vis-a-vis hotel, I just came across some HHonor points.. which means if they post in time (says 3-4 weeks) I might go for the Waldorf Astoria over water which is decent size and wouldn't cost me extras (other than transfer). I don't think it includes breakfast, wondering if it's worth adding so I can get fruit and vegetables plus drinks or if it'll be a waste..
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 02, 2012, 04:14:35 PM
been to more than one HI island
Specifically?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on May 02, 2012, 04:39:20 PM
Vis-a-vis hotel, I just came across some HHonor points.. which means if they post in time (says 3-4 weeks) I might go for the Waldorf Astoria

250K?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: brytch on May 02, 2012, 05:36:40 PM
yup.. now I'm debating which of the hilton properties I prefer.. Also wondering when they'll post, and if I should make a refundable reservation and then rebook once points post.

Re HI I was in Maui and Kauai, but it's funny you take it so personal.. different people different tastes..
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on May 02, 2012, 05:44:50 PM
yup.. now I'm debating which of the hilton properties I prefer.. Also wondering when they'll post, and if I should make a refundable reservation and then rebook once points post.

Re HI I was in Maui and Kauai, but it's funny you take it so personal.. different people different tastes..
My points from last week posted today.

This guy (http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/18501926-post14.html) also had his points from today post. Worth checking.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 02, 2012, 05:50:19 PM
Re HI I was in Maui and Kauai, but it's funny you take it so personal.. different people different tastes..
Not personal at all.  Just wondering if you were one of those guys who goes to HNL and decides it's not for him.  To me it's funny that you were so evasive...

Anyway enjoy MLE!
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: brytch on May 02, 2012, 06:05:05 PM
I know you love HI, didn't wanna insult you  ;)

My points from last week posted today.

This guy (http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/18501926-post14.html) also had his points from today post. Worth checking.

YOU ARE RIGHT! They posted already can't believe it!! now I gotta decide quickly between Conrad, where I would pay to get an upgrade to Deluxe Beach Villa.. or Waldorf (where I here the reef isn't great) or Hilton which I don't think is worth it as it's not too expensive making a paid booking...

BTW any way to get the hilton platinum discounts for booking awards if I have no status?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on May 02, 2012, 06:12:11 PM
Depends on what you want:

Conrad = Beach villa cash and points
Waldorf = Water villa for points
Hilton = Water or beach for cash (don't believe there is any points availability IIRC)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: brytch on June 06, 2012, 01:18:40 PM
Mark Waldorf off your list.. I was just told by a reliable friend that in a month they will be leaving the Hilton group.. gone are overwater villas for points!! I am going just in time..
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 06, 2012, 01:25:15 PM
Mark Waldorf off your list.. I was just told by a reliable friend that in a month they will be leaving the Hilton group.. gone are overwater villas for points!! I am going just in time..
Very sad if true.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 06, 2012, 01:40:40 PM
"Please be advised that effective from July 29th, the Waldorf Astoria Maldives will no longer be associated with the Waldorf Astoria brand or Hilton Worldwide."

 :( :( :(

You can still go for 37,500 points per night ($183 at the Daily Getaway Hilton point rate) until then for a King OWB with a pool...huge loss for Hilton!
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: brytch on June 06, 2012, 01:51:38 PM
37,500 is for platinum members? or CC holders? I got away with 40k (thanks to some DDusers help)

I don't think conrad offers this level of personal service or the type of privacy.. I'll know next week...

Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 06, 2012, 02:05:37 PM
That's what it prices out at when I search as a Gold member.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on June 06, 2012, 11:31:35 PM
You can still go for 37,500 points per night ($183 at the Daily Getaway Hilton point rate) until then for a King OWB with a pool...huge loss for Hilton!

Huge loss, indeed. (Though I wasn't able to find ANY availability for any 2+ night stay any time between now and then, even for 50K per night, searching as Gold -- what were your dates?)

But, based on your comment, I just had a light-bulb moment:

I'll do it myself in a 5 star hotel in an OWB with a pool for less than half of that and post a TR :D

 ;D
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 06, 2012, 11:36:00 PM
Indeed.

Alas the joke is on me apparently :P
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on June 06, 2012, 11:44:01 PM
Nah, you can still go before 6/28 :)

But, I can't seem to replicate your showing of availability.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 06, 2012, 11:46:27 PM
Nah, you can still go before 6/28 :)

But, I can't seem to replicate your showing of availability.
My mother always told me I was special ;)

And I have until 07/28 but it's still not gonna happen.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on June 06, 2012, 11:50:27 PM
My mother always told me I was special ;)

And I have until 07/28 but it's still not gonna happen.

Yeah, and my mother always told me I should learn to count the months, and that July is 7, not 6 :P

You think it's crazy for us to go back again in July? My wife wakes up and goes to sleep, and all the whole keeps wishing we were back in MLE. True story.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 06, 2012, 11:53:42 PM
Yeah, and my mother always told me I should learn to count the months, and that July is 7, not 6 :P

You think it's crazy for us to go back again in July? My wife wakes up and goes to sleep, and all the whole keeps wishing we were back in MLE. True story.
Not crazy at all at less than $200/night.  Would love to read the comparison anywho and remember those pre-baby days :D
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on June 06, 2012, 11:57:49 PM
Not crazy at all at less than $200/night.  Would love to read the comparison anywho and remember those pre-baby days :D

First step: find the same availability you see.

Second step: if unsuccessful, finds Dan's mom and ask her to tell me I'm special, too.

Third step: convince my boss that our last trip to MLE was not really our honeymoon, but a PRE-honeymoon, and because I've been working so hard he should let me go.

Poll -- which of those is going to be the most difficult? :)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: brytch on June 07, 2012, 04:00:00 AM
This trip has worked out pretty funny, I book mileage tix with Qatar and United announces they're no longer going to be offering them...

I book award stay at the WA and Hilton ditches them (or vice versa)

Btw I ended up ordering kosher food from kleins in Australia through the hotel..
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on June 07, 2012, 04:29:48 AM
I have 150k hh myself, very tempting to go again, but probably would not stay at the waldorf

reading through tripadvisors feedback, it has to many small complaints, trip via seaplane is much more then other resort and  way to long. The resort is very high in the north atoll. The chances of rain in the north atoll during this season is much higher. Dont ask me why, but history shows it.
Is it cheap, yes. But if I go for a few days the diffrence to a other resort (after the seaplane difference) is not that big. During low seadon one can get a good deal at other places as well.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on June 07, 2012, 04:30:35 AM
How much is the hotel charging you for meals through kleins? Can you order exactly what you want, or they just give you another menu every night?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AsherO on June 07, 2012, 04:55:03 AM
How much is the hotel charging you for meals through kleins? Can you order exactly what you want, or they just give you another menu every night?

+1
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on June 07, 2012, 12:20:40 PM
I have 150k hh myself, very tempting to go again, but probably would not stay at the waldorf

reading through tripadvisors feedback, it has to many small complaints, trip via seaplane is much more then other resort and  way to long. The resort is very high in the north atoll. The chances of rain in the north atoll during this season is much higher. Dont ask me why, but history shows it.
Is it cheap, yes. But if I go for a few days the diffrence to a other resort (after the seaplane difference) is not that big. During low seadon one can get a good deal at other places as well.

Yeah, that's what the locals on my island told me as well, and it was borne out, at least from the satellite imagery during our stay.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: brytch on June 11, 2012, 12:11:49 PM
WOW!! Qatar Airways business on a 777 two class, is out of this world... Puts Cathay to shame... Seat massage, lie flat bed, pajamas, great service, and great fresh kosher meal...

At the Premium terminal in Doha now, another WOW! definitely better than most other lounges I've been to cathay included. This is a huge lounge, very quiet, lots of drinks, showers, massage (chairs, real ones are in first lounge)...

Overall great experience!
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on June 11, 2012, 12:15:13 PM
WOW!! Qatar Airways business on a 777 two class, is out of this world... Puts Cathay to shame... Seat massage, lie flat bed, pajamas, great service, and great fresh kosher meal...

At the Premium terminal in Doha now, another WOW! definitely better than most other lounges I've been to cathay included. This is a huge lounge, very quiet, lots of drinks, showers, massage (chairs, real ones are in first lounge)...

Overall great experience!
Enjoy! If you have any pics, would be nice to see.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: brytch on June 11, 2012, 01:39:47 PM
These pics don't do justice..
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: brytch on June 18, 2012, 05:00:06 PM
Rumors:

Waldorf will become the Intercontinental

The Soneva Gili will become a Waldorf thought I suspect will be much harder to get award, as their villas are top notch and they have only 56 villas..

Those are the rumors circulating among the Waldorf staff...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: ChAiM'l on June 24, 2012, 12:28:31 PM
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive/article-2162653/Maldives-island-paradise-Thilafushi-trashed-reduced-pile-rubbish.html (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive/article-2162653/Maldives-island-paradise-Thilafushi-trashed-reduced-pile-rubbish.html)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on June 29, 2012, 08:14:16 AM
OP, how about a small report
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on July 04, 2012, 03:17:55 PM
Hot dang. After reading a blog's post about the best Hilton hotels and mentioning the Maldives, I've been breathing heavily, and looking into going in August. And of course, I need your folks help. I plan on reading through the honeymoon thread, but I want to start off here, since I'm concerned that I might run out of time.

A few basic details:
- Trying to fly from TLV to MLE.
-I wouldn't mind doing a 1 day stop over in Europe, but the United website is giving me very limited options.
-When I don't limit the search to do a stopover, the UA site is giving me plenty of availability, but when I try to go to the final step, it tells me that the flight availability has changed, and I have to start again.
-The fights are being routed to either Zurich/Greece/Turkey, then onto Qatar, and then onto MLE.
-Any advice about the flights? Either a different alliance to use, and what to do with the UA website? Do I just need to have them call me?
-This is for 2 adults and a 2 month old on a lap.

Once I arrive there, I'll need accommodations.
-I just transferred 100k Virgin miles into 200k HH. My understanding is that with AXON rewards, I need 145k at the Conrad for 4 nights. Any chance I'll find availability?
-What other hotel programs would you recommend? I don't have any free nights w Hyatt, but I have 150k SPG, and around 120k UR sitting around that can go to Hyatt. I also have plenty of MR points sitting around.
-Any chance of getting an over-water room using points, or would it increase the cost significantly?
-I'm an HH and SPG gold. I can do the Diamond challenge, and perhaps that would let me upgrade diff chains (?).
-If I have to pay for a hotel, it would probably cause me to cancel the trip.

That's it for now. I'll keep on reading up, but am looking for some help to give me some traction.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on July 04, 2012, 03:41:48 PM
-When I don't limit the search to do a stopover, the UA site is giving me plenty of availability, but when I try to go to the final step, it tells me that the flight availability has changed, and I have to start again.
-The fights are being routed to either Zurich/Greece/Turkey, then onto Qatar, and then onto MLE.
-Any advice about the flights? Either a different alliance to use, and what to do with the UA website? Do I just need to have them call me?

Quote
Effective June 15, 2012, United will terminate its codeshare agreement with Qatar Airways. Reservations booked through United for Qatar Airways-operated flights scheduled to depart on or before September 14, 2012, will be honored as ticketed. Customers booked through United on Qatar Airways-operated flights scheduled to depart on or after September 15, 2012, will be accommodated on their scheduled flights with new flight numbers. Customers will be able to accrue mileage on Qatar Airways codeshare and interline flights until September 14, 2012. Award travel ticketed on or before September 14, 2012, will be honored as ticketed and valid for one year.

Also from the WA hotel page:

Quote
Please note that effective July 29, this hotel will no longer be associated with the Waldorf Astoria Brand nor any other Hilton Worldwide Brand.

So if you wanna go there, you better hurry up :P

Also, you better start reading my honeymoon thread. A lot of this stuff is talked about there.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on July 04, 2012, 03:43:57 PM
So they're still showing it even though there is no more code-share?

If so, any other decent priced options to arrive there?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on July 04, 2012, 11:17:36 PM
Best way from TLV is on RJ to Colombo using AA or BA miles. It's a cheap one hour flight from there

Another option is RJ/EY via AMM and AUH. Abu Dhabi very cool for a day if you can work out a stopover
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on July 09, 2012, 12:33:07 PM
Does DOH have a decent lounge to stay in overnight? (7 hr layover)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on July 09, 2012, 12:41:43 PM
Does DOH have a decent lounge to stay in overnight? (7 hr layover)

Are you in F? Otherwise, not really.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on July 09, 2012, 12:45:18 PM
For F its one of the best lounge to overnight in. U get a private room with a bed, which u can lock.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on July 09, 2012, 12:48:14 PM
If F is first class, then no. I'm looking into flying Biz class.

If not the F lounge, what else is there? (I also have AMEX Plat, as do we all, if that helps)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on July 09, 2012, 12:57:15 PM
If F is first class, then no. I'm looking into flying Biz class.

If not the F lounge, what else is there? (I also have AMEX Plat, as do we all, if that helps)

Plat won't help. Biz lounge is nice, but there is no real comfortable place to sleep. There are these "day bed" thingies, but they were a) fully occupied at 2AM, b) are in the main part of the lounge with light and noise.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on July 09, 2012, 02:53:26 PM
And do you need to go through customs to enter lounge?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on July 09, 2012, 04:14:32 PM
And do you need to go through customs to enter lounge?

Definitely not.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on July 09, 2012, 05:45:47 PM
No idea why people have this idea that Israeli stamps/visas are and issue at DXB/AUH.

I can confirm 100% that it is NO ISSUE whatsoever.

I even discussed the issue with a high ranking diplomat from the UAE who confirmed it for me and said that they are actually annoyed by the rumors which result in them losing tourism $$

Never spoke to anyone from DOH on an offical lever but I am positive that there are no issues there as well. Qatar actually has pretty strong relations with Israel and has hosted Israeli officials there before
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on July 09, 2012, 06:17:42 PM
No idea why people have this idea that Israeli stamps/visas are and issue at DXB/AUH.

I can confirm 100% that it is NO ISSUE whatsoever.

I even discussed the issue with a high ranking diplomat from the UAE who confirmed it for me and said that they are actually annoyed by the rumors which result in them losing tourism $$

Never spoke to anyone from DOH on an offical lever but I am positive that there are no issues there as well. Qatar actually has pretty strong relations with Israel and has hosted Israeli officials there before
So if I stopped over, I could head over to St. Regis for $90 + 4.8k.

Now I just need to check if it's okay with my job...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on July 09, 2012, 06:24:48 PM
So if I stopped over, I could head over to St. Regis for $90 + 4.8k.

Now I just need to check if it's okay with my job...

Make sure to visit the Sheikh Zayed Mosque if you are there. One of the most beautiful buildings you'll ever see
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on July 09, 2012, 06:26:13 PM
Make sure to visit the Sheikh Zayed Mosque if you are there. One of the most beautiful buildings you'll ever see
Wear a hat the entire time? Or a kafiya?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on July 09, 2012, 06:28:40 PM
I'd wear a hat but a Yarmulke would probably be fine.

It was built as a tourist attraction as much as a mosque and they are used to all types.

The guided tours are fascinating. Was tipped off by another DDF'er and it was he highlight of my trip.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AsherO on July 10, 2012, 01:20:28 AM
I'd wear a hat but a Yarmulke would probably be fine.

Like!
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: brytch on July 10, 2012, 07:41:24 AM
I believe you need a visa for Qatar no?!

If I had 7 hour stop I would spend it in their lounge.. if I get a daybed that would be perfect.. I had a 6 hour and had no trouble (with baby..) I arrived 6:30pm and left 1am...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: brytch on July 10, 2012, 07:42:16 AM
NOTE: I'M POSTING THIS QUICKLY WHILE TRAVELING FOR THE BENEFIT OF ANYONE TRAVELING THEIR SOON.. I'LL ADD SOME PICS AND MAYBE SOME NOTES LATER..

Seeing some people are planning on visiting the Waldorf I thought I would write a quick trip report.. hope it helps a little..

I went with wife and 1 year old baby, left the others at home... We went from Montreal Via Doha on Qatar Airways 777-300ER business class. I had separate reservation for me and wife, and for some reason they only had one kosher meal (could be my fault).. the meal was a fresh meal by a Montreal caterer and was quite decent.. enough for the two of us. The stewardess never heated up a kosher meal before so I had to give her directions.. Was one of the best flights I've ever flown on. Definitely best business class, service is superb, and because they is no first on that route, they treat you like first...  Much better than cathay business (cathay first is still better). Most flight attendants are asian...

We had a 6 hour stop in Doha, no problems there. They have a huge premium terminal there, with little kids play area, playstation area, nice lounge chairs, I even got some sleep there.. The service in the lounge is also great.. workers coming around to play with our daughter, offering drinks etc.. Was pretty much empty when I was there.

Our next flight was a 4-1/2 hour one, and was pretty pleasant. business class seats on the short hall are similar to what US based airlines have to offer in first..  We landed at 7:30am in Ibrahim Nasir airport (that's when my wife finally realized we're in Muslim territory...) in the arrival hall we were mistaken for muslims and got a few Asalam Aleikum's as well as a worker who told me he's "also" muslim... They respect religious people there. All customs agents were women dressed in muslim clothes.. they questioned when we were leaving and asked to see our tickets.. but otherwise went pretty smoothly.. we were worried about customs after all we have heard, but had no trouble at all, they didn't ask anything or open any suitcases.. WE had plenty of coldcuts grape juice, and other food items.

After we existed customs there was an agent from the hotel waiting for us.. he grabbed our luggage, we picked up a local sim card, and went to check in for the seaplane ride.. the checkin is located right there, and they allow 20kg checked, 5kg hand, but a pulley is considered checked.. after that we were taken to the Waldorf lounge which is located by the seaplane airport.. it's a joint Waldorf Conrad lounge and very nice.. when you enter, they give you a cold towel (much needed with the heat and humidity) and also a cold drink. In the lounge they offer complimentary back and shoulder massage, free wifi, free drinks and breakfast.. when the manager noticed I wasn't eating he walked over and said I shouldn't worry, all the food is halal...  I should mention, the lounge also has a kids playing area with balls. The Hilton lounge is located on the same floor just otherside of the building... their lounge seems more rundown.

I waited about 2 hours until I was told our plane is ready for boarding.. the Waldorf seaplane is the nicest in the Maldives. It's the only luxury seaplane, I was told the Waldorf pays $1 million a year to brand it as a WA plane and to have less seats (all planes have about 14-16 I believe, and the waldorf has only 10 and they're all leather and nice..)

I recommend walking first to the plane, so you can sit right next to the open cockpit, it's pretty interesting seeing the pilots flying the seaplanes barefoot.. the plane ride is about 75 minutes long, but it's a beautiful ride, it's amazing to see all the islands below.. some new resorts being built etc.. take lots of pictures and videos.. the plane gets hot, so take some cold water from the lounge (they don't serve anything on this flight..)

Upon landing at the WA we pulled up to the dock and you can see lots of hotel employees as well as the director of operations (like the GM) waiting to greet us. As soon as we got off the plane we were welcomed by our first names (could be because we were corresponding with them prior to our visit, not sure) given towels (and drinks?) and introduced to our villa host, Mihad. He showed us to his buggy and drove us to our room. He informed us that we have been upgraded from Water Villa to Ocean Villa and that we got the most private villa all the way at the end of the dock facing sunset side (just as we requested).. he showed us around our room, and we arranged with him what time we wanted dinner and at which restaurant (prior to arrival we ordered some kosher meals through the hotel, they brought them from Australia, the price was $40 per meal.. not a great deal but was great for  a few nights to have something warm..)

We also booked the snorkeling trip for the next day (costs $75 pp) and we arranged a babysitter to take care of our baby. Most of the day we just rested.. took it easy. The trip there is very long, and because of time difference you have to take into account you'll be quite jetlagged by the time you get there. The room is great, nice little (cold) pool on the deck, some sort of hammock overlooking the water, a nice swing and chair tables.. they also have a mini bar which we emptied and filled with our coldcuts and some drinks we brought with us.

The reason we booked snorkeling is because we were told they don't have much housereef, and we wanted some nice fish.. we went twice, once on their free snorkeling trip once the paid one. Difference is the paid one visits two sites and they offer free juice and fruit at the end total 3 hrs. The complimentary one is 1.5 hours and only visits one site.  on the paid trip we had us + 2 more, on the free one we had about 10 people. I mentioned I wanted to see turtles and they took us to a special location to spot them, but waters were too choppy so we had to go to a different location. Both snorkeling spots are near abandoned islands about 15-30 minutes away from the waldorf.

The resort has two pools, the amazon located near the ocean villas, which is nestles between lush greenery and has a nice bar, and the infiniti pool near the water villas and next to the salt water bar. Both were empty most of the time I was there. took our baby swimming she loved it.. one day it was pouring but swimming was a lot of fun anyway.

They have a dive and sports center. I rented a Jetski for 30 minutes for $100, nothing like jetskiing in the indian ocean...  The resort is super private and throughout our stay we barely saw people. To go anywhere we would just call our villa host and within 5-7 minutes we had a buggy waiting for us.

Friday I got them to heat up 3-4 of the kosher meals they ordered for us, and they delivered them to our room at candle lighting time, so we had warm meals shabbos night, which is a first for me in traveling.

On my last day there, I decided to check out some of the snorkeling in the resort. It was suggested that we check out the area at the end of the arrival jetty (dock) and to my surprise the place was swarming with fish.. no real nice coral but tons of fish..

Overall we had a great time. I was there Tuesday - Sunday. I had a late flight out sunday night, so originally booked a seaplane to the resort and domestic transfer (boat and flight) back to Male as it left later 7pm.  I heard they sometimes upgrade people to the seaplane so I asked my villa host to look into it for me and he informed me I was upgraded for a 4pm departure.. I Was very happy as traveling with a baby is much easier on the seaplane. I had a long wait in male on the way out so I decided to pay $80 pp to use their lounge on departure (standard rate) and was definitely worth it.. better than renting a hotel room, as you can sleep there on comfy couches, they have free internet drinks, and halal food.

We flew back Singapore business MLE-SIN-ICN then united biz to SFO connecting to Canada..

The singapore flight had lie flat beds on their a330 but overall I Was disappointed with service. Was definitely asian, but I prefer Cathay or Qatar to be quite honest.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: brytch on July 10, 2012, 08:43:42 AM
Waldorf/Conrad lounge at the Seaplane airport. Upon arrival lounge access is free, when leaving from the resort, costs $80 pp. worth it on long stops..
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: brytch on July 10, 2012, 08:43:57 AM
Seaplane flight: the most luxurious of the seaplanes. The Waldorf is the only resort which custom designed the interior of the seaplane, making it quite a big nicer then all the others. Because the Waldorf is located furthest north in the Maldvies each flight costs $7000 to operate.. they normally run at a loss. That's why if you book a domestic+boat transfer back which is cheaper (rt 450 instead of 750) you have the chance of being upgraded to the seaplane if there is room, so they can at least try to offset some of the cost...

The advantage of being so far north is that you don't see any passing planes, as there are no resorts further north.

VIEW FROM THE SKY: 2nd picture is the Waldorf on approach, 3rd is the view of many small islands.. throughout the flight you see ons of these..

I've got many more pics of the plane (including how the pilots fly barefoot..) but I think I'll keep the rest of the posts for resort pics and maybe can add some misc pics later in the thread..

Will post the rest later.. enjoy
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: brytch on July 10, 2012, 08:44:09 AM
ARRIVING AT THE RESORT

SEAPLANE DOCK
# 3 Driving through the island "jungle"
# 4 being dropped off outside our room
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: brytch on July 10, 2012, 08:44:30 AM
Our Villa - very nice rooms.. very modern, all blinds and shades are controlled by remote..

Bathroom has Jacuzzi bath, separate shower on top of the water, it's open air, toilette also open air, glass floor in living room, deck with pool, hammock swing and the best view in the world.. (also ladder leading into water)


#1 at dusk or dawn don't remember
#2
#3
#4 Living room
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: brytch on July 10, 2012, 08:44:53 AM
pics 5
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on July 10, 2012, 08:46:54 AM
Great post!
Makes me dream...

EDIT: I don't see any pix in your recent posts
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: brytch on July 10, 2012, 08:52:24 AM
I was trying to set placers here in the forum to add pictures later, but they become uneditable after an hour or a little more, so I'll just add more pics later further down the thread
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: moish on July 10, 2012, 09:27:27 AM
Was tipped off by another DDF'er and it was he highlight of my trip.
theres actually another ddf'er crazy enough to explore auh?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: brytch on July 10, 2012, 11:19:14 AM
The Deck of our Ocean Villa - Water villas I hear are very similar just missing the hammock and perhaps the swing (although they might have it..)

Water villas are more crowded together..

Ocean villas even numbers are sunset side ours was 214 last on the row.. more private..
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on July 10, 2012, 11:33:54 AM
Time to head over to the shidduch thread...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 10, 2012, 11:39:53 AM
Awesome TR!

Was it worth buying the Aussie food or would you just bring all your own food next time and heat it up yourself?
How old is your daughter?  No safety concerns in an OWB?
How cold was the pool on the OWB? Too cold to swim in?  Is a pool really that essential in an OWB?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on July 10, 2012, 11:53:43 AM
theres actually another ddf'er crazy enough to explore auh?
Why 'crazy'? It's a big international destination.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on July 10, 2012, 12:01:40 PM
Nice tr

I do think the rooms in Halaveli are more private and nicer... AJK what do you think

@Dan  40 Dollars for a good meal for supper, served in a restaurant is for sure worth it. You shlep around the world, go to a nice resort, but want to be cheap on the few meals you have there... I think thats saving at the wrong place

Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on July 10, 2012, 12:02:09 PM
Why 'crazy'? It's a big international destination.

He's kidding. He "Knows" someone else who did it too
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 10, 2012, 12:03:32 PM
Nice tr

I do think the rooms in Halaveli are more private and nicer... AJK what do you think

@Dan  40 Dollars for a good meal for supper, served in a restaurant is for sure worth it. You shlep around the world, go to a nice resort, but want to be cheap on the few meals you have there... I think thats saving at the wrong place
That's why I asked, for a restaurant quality meal I'd gladly pay $40, but I'd rather have homemade pasta and meatsauce than some overpriced airline quality junk.

My wife and I have spent 8 weeks in Hawaii over 3 trips.  It's actually quite nice having a home cooked meal every night, even if we have to heat it up on a burner ourselves.  It's not like I have to carry the food across the ocean, the "shlepping" is the least of the problems.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on July 10, 2012, 12:03:44 PM
Nice tr

I do think the rooms in Halaveli are more private and nicer... AJK what do you think

@Dan  40 Dollars for a good meal for supper, served in a restaurant is for sure worth it. You shlep around the world, go to a nice resort, but want to be cheap on the few meals you have there... I think thats saving at the wrong place



Not a question of $40 a meal. Odds are the frozen meals you can bring are as good if not better than anything Aussie (no offense to AussieBochur but I think he'd concur regarding Aussie cuisine)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 10, 2012, 12:06:23 PM
Not a question of $40 a meal. Odds are the frozen meals you can bring are as good if not better than anything Aussie (no offense to AussieBochur but I think he'd concur regarding Aussie cuisine)
Now if it was ribs from Katzy's...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on July 10, 2012, 12:13:04 PM
The kleins meals were very good. Its not only the food, but when you order from them, like we did ,then they set up a nice table in the restaurant on the beach, have waiter service... proper candle light dinner... we had a soup and some rolls by every meal. No hassle....nice atmosphere...

I just wouldnt have the chuzpa to ask them to serve my meals in the restaurant.... But I guess some wouldnt care doing this....
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on July 10, 2012, 12:27:31 PM

I just wouldnt have the chuzpa to ask them to serve my meals in the restaurant.... But I guess some wouldnt care doing this....

They'd be happy to do that. Every nice resort I've been to in Asia (and N. America) I give them a couple of boxes with labeled meals and a menu. As long as its organized I have exactly what I want in an restaurant etc.

The kleins meals were very good.

Hmmm. Need to decide if I trust the Swiss about food :)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on July 10, 2012, 12:33:40 PM
They'd be happy to do that. Every nice resort I've been to in Asia (and N. America) I give them a couple of boxes with labeled meals and a menu. As long as its organized I have exactly what I want in an restaurant etc.

Hmmm. Need to decide if I trust the Swiss about food :)

They didnt charge anything to serve it?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on July 10, 2012, 12:40:25 PM
They didnt charge anything to serve it?

Never. A true Luxury property would never
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: BrooklynCPA on July 10, 2012, 01:22:25 PM
Great Trip Report!!!!!! What a pity the WA is not part of the Hilton Chain anymore and cannot be booked with points! Besides for the the high category Starwoods what other resorts can be booked with an affordable amount of points?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on July 10, 2012, 01:49:20 PM
Can the Hyatt be booked w points?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 10, 2012, 01:50:22 PM
Can the Hyatt be booked w points?
22K/night.
Confirmed upgrade to OWB runs about $350 IIRC.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: BrooklynCPA on July 10, 2012, 04:32:04 PM
Can you book the OWB for the suite rate of 33K
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 10, 2012, 04:41:25 PM
Can you book the OWB for the suite rate of 33K
Try and let us know :)
I'd guess that doing so would take an override from the location as they only have suites.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on July 10, 2012, 05:07:00 PM
22K/night.
Confirmed upgrade to OWB runs about $350 IIRC.

And as per my analysis in my TR, not worth it.

Can you book the OWB for the suite rate of 33K

99% ain't going to happen. I wouldn't even waste the electricity it would take to send the email.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on July 10, 2012, 05:20:29 PM
It looks like I'll be taking leave of you folks on this thread, and heading over to the Thailand thread.
Btw the HH issues I'm having, weather concerns, Dan's TR on Thailand, the great value SPG properties over there, and AA's 45/60/90 redemption, I hope I've finally found s/t assuming the flights can be worked out.

But I hope to return to this thread as soon as possible!
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 10, 2012, 09:14:56 PM
And as per my analysis in my TR, not worth it.

99% ain't going to happen. I wouldn't even waste the electricity it would take to send the email.
Your analysis was for off-peak season.

For January peak season 5 nights at Halaveli=$8,330.00
5 nights at PH MLE=110K+$1,750 upgrade fee.
$6,580/110K=6 cents value per HGP.
Even more lopsided if the hotel agrees to buy kosher breakfast.

And I've seen hotels agree to much crazier things, I'd definitely send that email to the GM.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on July 10, 2012, 09:22:00 PM
And as per my analysis in my TR, not worth it.

99% ain't going to happen. I wouldn't even waste the electricity it would take to send the email.

Ask very nicely and don't mention anything before that about you don't plan on spending a shekel while there on food :)

I've seen GM's agree to much more extreme things
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on July 10, 2012, 11:02:17 PM
Your analysis was for off-peak season.

For January peak season 5 nights at Halaveli=$8,330.00
5 nights at PH MLE=110K+$1,750 upgrade fee.
$6,580/110K=6 cents value per HGP.
Even more lopsided if the hotel agrees to buy kosher breakfast.

Even in peak season, you can get the Halaveli for ~$1,000/night. So that's $5,000 for 5 nights (including transfer).

Also, the upgrade fee is $400/night (with taxes), so that'd be 110K+$2,000+$1,000 (transfer).

Thus, $2,000/110K=1.8 cents per HGP. Meh.

And I've seen hotels agree to much crazier things, I'd definitely send that email to the GM.

I've seen GM's agree to much more extreme things

Many people have asked (here and on FT), and no one has thus far been successful. I'd say the odds are no more than 50-1.

And, I'd love to hear what other things you guys are referring to.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on July 10, 2012, 11:04:56 PM
Many people have asked (here and on FT), and no one has thus far been successful. I'd say the odds are no more than 50-1.

And, I'd love to hear what other things you guys are referring to.
Dan and Damaxer were talking about requesting kosher brekkie.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 10, 2012, 11:08:46 PM
Even in peak season, you can get the Halaveli for ~$1,000/night. So that's $5,000 for 5 nights (including transfer).
With tax? Link?

Dan and Damaxer were talking about requesting kosher brekkie.
That's one.  Opening C&P, after shabbos checkouts, confirmed upgrades, etc.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on July 10, 2012, 11:09:57 PM
With tax? Link?
That's one.  Opening C&P, after shabbos checkouts, confirmed upgrades, etc.

Two ways; one through my TA, and another through Agoda.com

I don't think any of those compare to getting the PH MLE to take a points booking for a suite.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 10, 2012, 11:15:00 PM
through Agoda.com
Quote I just ran was wayyyyy higher than your quote.
What's your TA's email addy?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on July 10, 2012, 11:20:12 PM
Dan and Damaxer were talking about requesting kosher brekkie.

Don't even think you need to make the request anymore. They process it automatically if they see a 718 or 732 zip in your profile
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on July 10, 2012, 11:40:48 PM
Don't even think you need to make the request anymore. They process it automatically if they see a 718 or 732 zip in your profile
Lol!
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on July 11, 2012, 12:02:22 AM
Quote I just ran was wayyyyy higher than your quote.
What's your TA's email addy?

I just did a quote for $1030 (IIRC) a night in January... not sure what you're doin' differently.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 11, 2012, 01:21:28 AM
I just did a quote for $1030 (IIRC) a night in January... not sure what you're doin' differently.
2 pax, 01/29-02/03
And it breaks down transfers and tax on the following page.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: brytch on July 11, 2012, 07:54:59 AM
#1 View from the our villa Jetty (coming from our villa to the island)
#2 Same
#3 Driving on our Jetty
#4 Back view of our villas from the beach.. ours was the last in the row
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on July 11, 2012, 08:05:33 AM
Beautiful!
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: brytch on July 11, 2012, 08:10:41 AM
#1 Arrival Jetty where seaplane and boats dock
#2 View of Safron restaurant jettey
#3 Beach
#4 Beach (girl with the missing head)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: brytch on July 11, 2012, 08:14:06 AM
#1 Amazon pool  (while raining)
#2 Water Villas (next to infiniti pool)
#3 Salt Water bar, great place for the evenings, where free drinks served for Gold/Plat members (on a rainy afternoon)
#4 Infiniti pool, goes quite deep, have bar right behind
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: brytch on July 11, 2012, 08:17:06 AM
Boat and plane docked at sea, jetskiing
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: brytch on July 11, 2012, 08:20:06 AM
#1 Entrance to kids club
#2 Kiddie pool
#3 small climbing thing (they also have playground behind the building, napping room, video room, and staffed all day. they also babysat here for $17 an hour)
#4 happy baby
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: brytch on July 11, 2012, 08:23:17 AM
#1 Lobby (no real reason to visit until checkout, because you get checked in your room)
#2 Path way leading to Spa
#3 Spa reception area
#4 Gym

They also have a library, pingpong table, tennis courts, virtual golf game, pool table and some other things to do while raining
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: brytch on July 11, 2012, 08:32:07 AM
Was going to upload:

#1 Our kosher meals arranged by the hotel being served at their beach restaurant
#2 Snorkeling boat
#3 the island we snorkeled near
#4 little fish

But got a message the upload folder is full... so no more pics for now...

I think I'll call it quits here..  overall great stay.. cost was $1250 to buy 250k hilton points. thanks to upgrade to gold (thx aussiebochur) I paid only 200,000 for the 5 nights.. after our stay we had about 50,000 points posted so comes out to about $750 for the actual stay. but we had additionals for about $2000 includes 1250 for transfer for 2, food at $40 a meal, trips, jetskiing, babysitting etc..

Keep in mind going off season gets some great deals but you could get some rain.. we had a couple days like that but didn't; bother us at all, we just relaxed and took things easy.

Hope you enjoyed the pics..
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on July 11, 2012, 08:36:31 AM
Awesome!!!

Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 11, 2012, 08:54:48 AM
Awesome!!!

Thanks for sharing.
+1
Thanks for taking the time
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 11, 2012, 10:29:21 AM
Awesome TR!

Was it worth buying the Aussie food or would you just bring all your own food next time and heat it up yourself?
How old is your daughter?  No safety concerns in an OWB?
How cold was the pool on the OWB? Too cold to swim in?  Is a pool really that essential in an OWB?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: brytch on July 11, 2012, 11:01:46 AM
Aussi food was expensive, but tasty.. portions aren't huge.. they sell for $16 direct from caterer.. but was definitely worth having it some nights.. I spoke to management made them a list of which meals I wanted them to order, but paid only for those I ended up eating.. I recommend when getting these dishes to get the ones which aren't going to be dry, like meatballs, spaghetti bolognese etc...

Daughter is 12 months. Not all resorts allow them in overwater villas.. ours did. It wasn't a problem at all, she was with us at all times.. I've travelled extensively with 1 year olds in the past 5-6 years and it's never stopped me from visiting places in europe, asia or elsewhere..

Safety is always a concern, but you keep doors closed, and watch them well. at no time were we worried..

To be honest I went in the pool once.. the resort is so quiet, that I spent most of the time outside or in the amazon or infiniti pools which were pretty much "my own"..

Water in the vila pool was a bit cold, but my daughter enjoyed it nonetheless.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 11, 2012, 11:23:56 AM
Daughter is 12 months. Not all resorts allow them in overwater villas.. ours did. It wasn't a problem at all, she was with us at all times.
You had them babysit when you went snorkeling?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: brytch on July 11, 2012, 11:57:47 AM
And when I went jetskiing, and when I went to the bar to relax one evening...

Having young kids doesn't mean you have to be stuck in CLE  ;)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 11, 2012, 12:20:59 PM
And when I went jetskiing, and when I went to the bar to relax one evening...

Having young kids doesn't mean you have to be stuck in CLE  ;)
I hardly think we've been stuck in CLE: http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=17753
But trusting random non-frum strangers is more than most (first time?) parents will do.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: brytch on July 11, 2012, 12:40:25 PM
I was joking about CLE...

These people are very well trained.. they will hold your baby all the time if you want.. lots of them are Philippino or asian and are amazing with kids. They have kids themselves..
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: mek on July 11, 2012, 06:30:04 PM
I'm with Dan on this one. Even frum strangers make me feel uncomfortable leaving my kid with them
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on July 11, 2012, 06:37:11 PM
In a hotel in town were they can c'v run of with your kid, then I would also be worried. So I dont think I will let a stranger that a hotel calls for me watch my kid in BKK, but in the maldives, there is no were for them to go, you are on a island and they are not outsiders, but hotel workers, that need the job there and just do this for a extra few dollars in the evenings or when asked....
Is it 100% safe, no. But as safe, as you can get
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: moish on July 11, 2012, 06:52:03 PM
and what about if your babys crying and they want to pacify him wih some treif candies?

for that reason, i insist on a frum babysitter or at least to be watched at the chabad house
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on July 11, 2012, 07:01:13 PM
...which island has frum babysitters and/or a chabad house? :P
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: moish on July 11, 2012, 07:04:17 PM
...which island has frum babysitters and/or a chabad house? :P
manhattan
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on July 11, 2012, 07:04:50 PM
There's an island in the Maldives called Manhattan?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 11, 2012, 07:06:25 PM
...which island has frum babysitters and/or a chabad house? :P
The one to which you bring a frum babysitter with.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on July 11, 2012, 07:08:15 PM
The one to which you bring a frum babysitter with.

...and you could probably stick her in Y :P
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on July 11, 2012, 07:35:07 PM
...and you could probably stick me in Y :P
FTFY!

OWB in BOB and ill do it ;)
Title: Re: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: BAHayman on July 11, 2012, 08:10:09 PM
Was going to upload:

#1 Our kosher meals arranged by the hotel being served at their beach restaurant
#2 Snorkeling boat
#3 the island we snorkeled near
#4 little fish

But got a message the upload folder is full... so no more pics for now...
So your the one who filled it up :P jk.

Increased the limit, so your good to upload the rest :)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on July 11, 2012, 08:41:21 PM
#1 Arrival Jetty where seaplane and boats dock
#2 View of Safron restaurant jettey
#3 Beach
#4 Beach (girl with the missing head)

The water looks amazing.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: brytch on July 12, 2012, 03:10:37 AM
Okay, now that limit has been increased last few for now:

#1 Our kosher meals arranged by the hotel being served at their beach restaurant
#2 Snorkeling boat
#3 the deserted island we snorkeled near
#4 little fish


Vis-a-vis babysitter, I don't think there is any risk with kashrus, you aren't dealing with americans, they are mostly asians, they are all about following directions and being super caring.. I tell them kids cannot eat ANYTHING, other than whats in this bag.. i can even specify due to allergies.. never been a problem. I said if there are problems call us on the boat...  I feel perfectly safe using them..
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: daganster on July 20, 2012, 05:49:32 PM

#1 Our kosher meals arranged by the hotel being served at their beach restaurant

I just got back from the WA and they offered me those meals, but we had already brought so much food with us that we didn't need the Aussie food.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: daganster on July 22, 2012, 12:55:51 PM
Maldives TR:

Planning the trip:

I used 120k UA * 2 for 2 tickets in J, and 200k HH for 5 nights for the W=A. Since I planned the trip 2 days before I flew and the hotel didn't get back to me to let me know whether they could arrange kosher food  I bought a sandwich maker, a burner, a pot, disposable barbecues, a magic bullet for my protein shakes, meat, chicken, rice and lots of food. I bought a universal converter from target which was very helpful. I tried contacting the hotel for all my bizarre requests e.g. could you store my meat in your freezer, but they never got back to me.  I got my mom to watch my 2 kids and off we went.

Our journey:
Our first leg with LH JFk - FRA comfortable seats ( not lie flat) good service nasty food. The lounges in Frankfurt were very nice and the showers were amazing.
Second leg with Qatar FRA - DOH comfortable seats ( not lie flat) the service very good and the food was nasty. The lounge was real nice, but no showers.
Third leg: with Qatar DOH - MLE comfortable seats ( not lie flat) the service very good and good  food from Thailand. When we arrived in MLE with our food I was a bit nervous and sure enough they asked me to open my suitcase, but they didn't care about the food all they asked is if I have wine which I relied that it's grape juice, so they let me go without even looking at it. All in all customs was a breeze not like some other countries I've been to.
Firth leg with Maldavian air from MLE - Hanimadoo 45 min flight. They only allow 20kg per person on this flight. We happened to be 20kg over I asked nicely and they only charged me for 10kg, which was $9.
Fifth leg a 45 minute boat ride that took well over an hour due to the rough weather, and we had to girls puking throughout the entire ride.

Our Stay:
The W=A is located in the center of the most northern atoll it's therefore very nice and secluded very few boat and plane traffic,  but the downside is that it's very far from Male.
Talking about going in the rainy season it rained twice for about 5 minutes each time. The nice part about it is that for the first few days it wasn't too hot and we actually had a nice breeze the downside was that the ocean was rough so we enjoyed watching the waves from our infinity pool; there were a few excursions that were cancelled, but none of them were the ones we booked. By the end of the trip it got a lot warmer with a calmer ocean and that's when we went snorkeling.
As soon as we landed in MLE there was a hotel rep that greeted us and took us to the Hilton lounge where, as advised by other DDF members, I stacked up on lots of water and Perrier  each bottle costs about $5 on the Island. From there we were driven to the airport and boarded our last flight. Once we arrived in Hanimadoo we were greeted by another hotel employee who took us to the boat. Once we arrived at the W=A we were greeted by our villa host  who took us to our water villa checked us in and told us that he would take care of all of our needs. I asked him to store my meet in a freezer and he gladly replied "yes yes". He told me that whenever we need meet we should ask him and he'll bring it, great for me. If we needed ice, book an excursion  or simply a ride somewhere the host would take care of it, amazing service. Shortly later our host called us to tell us that we were upgraded to an ocean villa which is the same size but has some extra amenities.  Since we booked the room with a diamond status account we got to choose one of two  packages the one we chose included a basket of fruit upon arrival that's replenished every day, a free excursion and happy hour (Free drinks every day at the saltwater bar between 6-7). My wife and I got civilly married a month ago so we got $200 at the spa and  free excursion for the honey package all we had to is bring a copy of our marriage certificate.  At some point the host came to my room with a kosher meal and told me that they have 6-7 of them and that they could serve them for $35, since we had some much food it was unnecessary and quite frankly once we bought and brought everything we had very good food. As soon as we settled in I booked 3 excursion for 3 separate days a tour of a locale fishing, a dolphin cruise and the complementary snorkeling.  I also booked massages at the spa which was amazing. The excursions should be booked right away, especially the complementary snorkeling tour,  because they could fill up quickly. They have 2 pools the Amazon pool and the infinity pool I personally liked the Amazon pool, and it was very close to the ocean villas; at times the pool was empty, so my wife and I swam by ourselves. There were about 80 guests on the entire island when we were there. The salt water bar is magnificently situated on the water, and with free drinks every day at happy hour it doesn't get a whole lot better. The fishing village tour was an interesting trip local island with a population of 3k people. It was interesting to see how people live so remotely to see their school, hospital and occupations i.e. the fisherman, the boat builders and the coconut grinders.  The Dolphin cruise was cool we first saw dozen  of dolphins in the waters of our atoll and then we left our atoll to the opened waters to see spinner dolphins jump and play. The 3rd excursion was snorkeling which we were taken to a nearby uninhabited island where they  have nice coral reef  and fish. The place is really beautiful and relaxing I'm very happy that I booked this trip, and thanks to all those that helped.

Returning home:
The hotel upgraded us to the seaplane which was a great experience, more convenient and quicker. The seaplane seats about 10 people is a bit noisy not nearly as bad as the flight from Male to Hanimadoo, and has nice leather seats. On the way back we stopped over at Hilton to refuel. it's a 45 minute plane ride from the W=A to the Hilton and 35 minutes from the Hilton to Male. The difference between the W=A and the Hilton is immensely great. The Hilton has many more rooms than the W=A when you come there you see a lot of people and it's not nearly as secluded as the W=A, personally I would prefer the extra journey for the extra seclusion and tranquility. When we arrived in Male they wanted $80 to stay at the Hilton lounge. We headed over to the airport there was a hotel rep who our bags and stored them. The best part was that there was a tour guide from the hotel, that we didn't even request, waiting  for us in order to give us a tour of Male. We took an eight minute boat ride from the airport to the capital where he gave us a tour of the presidents' palace, mosques, the business district and the market place where we bought fruit. He told us this about Maldives history, Maldives economy and about current politics etc,. It was very interesting seeing  this densely populated city with a 100k residents  in 2 sq mi which was pretty clean.

We flew SQ in J from Male to Sin and from SIN to EWR in the A340-500 all business class plane which had huge seats  30"  wide that turn in to a real bed. this flight was simply amazing with the best service one could imagine, although the food was horrible they didn't apologizing and they brought over an entire platter of fruit i.e. lychees, apples, bananas, grapes and strawberries. It was a great experience.
I hope that this is helpful for those planning future trips if you have any questions feel free  to ask.

Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on July 22, 2012, 12:59:02 PM
Maldives TR:

I hope that this is helpful for those planning future trips if you have any questions feel free  to ask.

Thanks for sharing! Any pics?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: ChAiM'l on July 22, 2012, 01:34:11 PM
Thanks for sharing! Any pics?

+1. And did you have to quote the entire TR?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: daganster on July 22, 2012, 01:35:58 PM
Thanks for sharing! Any pics?
How do I upload pics?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on July 22, 2012, 01:38:19 PM
+1. And did you have to quote the entire TR?

Better?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: ChAiM'l on July 22, 2012, 02:33:41 PM
Better?

Much.

I dont know how to upload pics.

There are 2 ways-

1. While creating a message, click on "Attachments and other options" in the lower left of the screen, and use the "Choose file" button to attach (upload) one or more images. Restrictions: 4 per post, maximum total size 512KB, maximum individual size 256KB

2. Upload them to either ImageShack (http://imageshack.us/) or PhotoBucket (http://photobucket.com/) and link them here with [img] tags.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Hudi on August 13, 2012, 04:50:53 PM
@Chuchum thought of you when I saw this on sale http://www.jetsetter.com/hotels/maldives/maldives/3072/constance-halaveli-resort?nm=splash&ca=featured&cl=6&rid=1
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AsherO on August 13, 2012, 08:12:10 PM
@Chuchum thought of you when I saw this on sale http://www.jetsetter.com/hotels/maldives/maldives/3072/constance-halaveli-resort?nm=splash&ca=featured&cl=6&rid=1

Price please?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on August 13, 2012, 09:12:52 PM
$550-785.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on August 20, 2012, 06:49:01 AM
This sounds fun :)

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/golf-devil-ball-golf/floating-golf-course-could-coming-soon-maldives-160710732--golf.html
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on August 20, 2012, 09:20:56 AM
@Chuchum thought of you when I saw this on sale http://www.jetsetter.com/hotels/maldives/maldives/3072/constance-halaveli-resort?nm=splash&ca=featured&cl=6&rid=1
Paid less :-) but in high season a good deal
Title: Maldives Honeymoon
Post by: MayThirty1 on September 10, 2012, 07:42:16 PM
Has anyone ever been to the Maldives?

I am thinking about it for my honeymoon.
Is it an extremely expensive trip?
Worth it?
Doable with kosher food?

Thanks.
Title: Re: Maldives Honeymoon
Post by: AJK on September 10, 2012, 07:50:40 PM
Has anyone ever been to the Maldives?

I am thinking about it for my honeymoon.
Is it an extremely expensive trip?
Worth it?
Doable with kosher food?

Thanks.

Got a lot of reading to do :)

Start here, and then see the other thread discussing MLE (Maldives airport code) which I started by asking a similar question: http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=12479.0

Good luck!
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 10, 2012, 07:52:29 PM
Also:
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=8423

Wish there was a better way to organize trip reports.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on September 30, 2012, 06:22:54 AM
Conrad (Hilton) is going for 2.6K per night in February for the base room (!), or 40k HH w/ AXON or GLON.
Makes it so tempting.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 30, 2012, 08:33:05 AM
How much is the upgrade to OWB?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on September 30, 2012, 09:17:05 AM
2.6k is that a typo? 26k?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on September 30, 2012, 09:19:30 AM
2.6k is that a typo? 26k?
pretty sure he means $2600
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on September 30, 2012, 09:29:56 AM
pretty sure he means $2600

Ah, thanks.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on October 01, 2012, 02:47:10 PM
pretty sure he means $2600
+1

How much is the upgrade to OWB?
W/ $$ or miles? For miles, it prices out the rooms at some astronomical price. Maybe calling and asking for an upgrade w/ points would be better.

Although, $2,600 seems way too much. I'm wondering if anyone pays that.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 02, 2012, 10:37:59 PM
For those interested, the upgrade price to a water villa is $375+/night.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on October 02, 2012, 11:05:22 PM
For those interested, the upgrade price to a water villa is $375+/night.

Yikes. Not cheap. And not worth it compared to the other options...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 03, 2012, 12:51:31 AM
Yikes. Not cheap. And not worth it compared to the other options...
Debatable.
The water villa has a plunge pool.  37.5K+$375 is about $562/night in my book.
For high season, say February, I'm not sure you can do better for an OWB now that the W=A has left HH.  If you can I'm all ears.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on October 03, 2012, 02:41:49 AM
Debatable.
The water villa has a plunge pool.  37.5K+$375 is about $562/night in my book.
For high season, say February, I'm not sure you can do better for an OWB now that the W=A has left HH.  If you can I'm all ears.
How many nights stay till you reach 37.5k?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 10, 2012, 12:48:28 PM
How many nights stay till you reach 37.5k?
For cat 7:
1-3=50K/night.
4=42.5K/night.
5=40K/night.
6+=37.5K/night.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 10, 2012, 12:51:38 PM
For the record the Conrad will go down to $350+ upsell, same price as the Park Hyatt Water Villa upsell.

My hunch is that both are a good value in high season and a poor value in low season, though I'd love to be proven wrong.
For 5 nights at the Conrad you're looking at 200K HH (+$1,750+$315 tax upsell for water villa)
For 5 nights at the PH you're looking at 110K HGP (+$1,750+$315 tax upsell for water villa)

In February it seems that 5 nights at the Constance Halaveli is $6,175 with tax, or $4,110 more than the HGP and HH options.  That's 2.06cpp for HH and 3.74cpp for HGP.

In July it seems that 5 nights at the Constance Halaveli is $4,500 with tax, or $2,435 more than the HGP and HH options.  That's 1.22cpp for HH and 2.21cpp for HGP.

Those are the rates on their site at least, if there's a cheaper place I can check please post.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on October 10, 2012, 01:04:14 PM
Don't have time to check right now, but I paid significantly less than the numbers your quoting for Halaveli in May.

Definitely did not make sense to book PH (at least in May). I did all the calculations in that thread.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 10, 2012, 01:07:57 PM
You booked through a TA, right?
Have his number handy?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on October 10, 2012, 01:14:46 PM
I did.

Not handy, but I do believe that I posted it on the other thread. If not, PM me, and I'll dig it up.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on October 10, 2012, 02:33:34 PM
You booked through a TA, right?
Have his number handy?
So you're going?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 10, 2012, 02:34:36 PM
So you're going?
I have 5 ticketed SQ itins to MLE, but that doesn't mean much.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on October 10, 2012, 05:36:54 PM
There are alot of travel agents that an get resorts in the maldives for much less. Dont even look on Halavelis official rates, nobody would consider booking there. Even agoda was much cheaper when I compared. I used richard from purelymaldives.co.uk he has good connections with alot of hotels.... I paid in June 500 Dollars a night in Halaveli, thats incl tax without transfer
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: mguy on October 29, 2012, 12:57:35 AM
I have 5 ticketed SQ itins to MLE, but that doesn't mean much.

I noticed in the past you seemed a bit hesitant about MLE - being a Muslim country.  Is there something that changed your feelings on this, or did the pros just overcome that?  I'm curious as I am a little conflicted myself about traveling to DXB and MLE.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: daganster on October 29, 2012, 08:57:47 AM
I noticed in the past you seemed a bit hesitant about MLE - being a Muslim country.  Is there something that changed your feelings on this, or did the pros just overcome that?  I'm curious as I am a little conflicted myself about traveling to DXB and MLE.
It is a Muslim country, but they're not Arabs they remind me of Indians. I understand where you guys are coming from, but you wont feel the hatred from the locals. It's ironic that when traveling Europe or Israel your more likely to encounter antisemitism, as I did, from Arab Muslims, but not in MLE.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 29, 2012, 11:00:17 AM
I noticed in the past you seemed a bit hesitant about MLE - being a Muslim country.
Link?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on October 29, 2012, 11:14:48 AM
Link?

Likely talking about your back and forth with chuchem (I think?) about BOB vs. MLE.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: mguy on October 29, 2012, 11:31:48 AM
Link?
I don't remember if there were other threads, but here's one...
Plus BOB isn't a muslim country...
But maybe you didn't mean it that way and I read too much into it.

In any case, I'm curious how others here view the situation. Let's discuss DXB for a moment - from some quick searching, it appears that although Israeli stamps in a passport are not a problem, Israeli passports or Israeli citizens are denied entry (e.g. see http://www.dubaifaqs.com/israeli-stamp-passport-dubai.php (http://www.dubaifaqs.com/israeli-stamp-passport-dubai.php), though this is not an official site). If that is in fact policy of the UAE, some people may respond negatively to that.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 29, 2012, 11:40:37 AM
But maybe you didn't mean it that way and I read too much into it.
My point was all else being equal I'd choose the non-Muslim option.  I don't think there's anything to worry about in MLE but I'll let others who have been to DXB chime in about that.  They're likely to say it was no big deal.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on October 29, 2012, 01:15:12 PM
My point was all else being equal I'd choose the non-Muslim option.  I don't think there's anything to worry about in MLE but I'll let others who have been to DXB chime in about that.  They're likely to say it was no big deal.

Dubai was no issue whatsoever.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on October 30, 2012, 07:32:11 AM
Congrats to the Conrad for winning the best resort in the Maldives!
As low as 37k per night with HH and AXON

http://www.worldtravelawards.com/award-maldives-leading-resort-2012
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: daganster on October 30, 2012, 11:26:09 AM
It's seems like the W=A won last year, and with them you could have gotten  an OWB for 37k HH...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 30, 2012, 12:34:40 PM
As low as 37k per night with HH and AXON
+$350 buyup for OWB.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on October 30, 2012, 03:52:03 PM
Congrats to the Conrad for winning the best resort in the Maldives!
As low as 37k per night with HH and AXON

http://www.worldtravelawards.com/award-maldives-leading-resort-2012

No review, no nothing?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on October 30, 2012, 04:48:48 PM
+$350 buyup for OWB.
Just saw a blog post by someone who preferred the beach vs the OWB due to the outdoor shower and other details. For each their own, although if I go this year, I can't see myself paying extra for the OWB.

No review, no nothing?
I saw a link below the headline to their review, but didn't read it.

Slightly OT, anyone know if the $500 transfer fee is charged for an infant in lap?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AsherO on October 30, 2012, 04:52:06 PM
+$350 buyup for OWB.

FWIU the buyup is sometimes negotiable...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 30, 2012, 04:54:38 PM
Just saw a blog post by someone who preferred the beach vs the OWB due to the outdoor shower and other details. For each their own, although if I go this year, I can't see myself paying extra for the OWB.
I saw a link below the headline to their review, but didn't read it.

Slightly OT, anyone know if the $500 transfer fee is charged for an infant in lap?
What in the world is the point og going all the way to a place like MLE or BOB if not for the OWB?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 30, 2012, 04:54:50 PM
FWIU the buyup is sometimes negotiable...
That's what I negotiated it down to :P
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on October 30, 2012, 04:58:26 PM
I saw a link below the headline to their review, but didn't read it.

Couldn't seem to locate a review. Did you find the actual review?

What in the world is the point og going all the way to a place like MLE or BOB if not for the OWB?

Gotta agree wholeheartedly with that one...

but maybe a couple with infants thinks its not safe? or can't afford it? or somehow prefer the beach villa?

That's what I negotiated it down to :P

From?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 30, 2012, 05:01:48 PM
From?
$375 :P
Didn't try too hard, perhaps I could push more.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AsherO on October 30, 2012, 05:05:38 PM
$375 :P
Didn't try too hard, perhaps I could push more.

Probably could have. You don't cost them (much) more at an OWB, so this part is pure profit for them.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on October 30, 2012, 05:55:01 PM
What in the world is the point og going all the way to a place like MLE or BOB if not for the OWB?
Thank the good Lord, I live in Israel. It only costs 40k/70k UA or 35/50 AA to fly there, and doesn't take all the time as it does from the US.

If I were flying to Hawaii I would have that mindset.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on October 30, 2012, 05:57:15 PM
Thank the good Lord, I live in Israel. It only costs 40k/70k UA or 35/50 AA to fly there, and doesn't take all the time as it does from the US.

If I were flying to Hawaii I would have that mindset.

Although, even with the shorter travel time, the hardest part is finding s/o to watch the lil ones.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 30, 2012, 05:59:03 PM
doesn't take all the time as it does from the US.
What's the travel time?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on October 30, 2012, 06:15:19 PM
What's the travel time?
On UA, the optimal routing is around 1.5 hrs to IST and around 8 hours to MLE.
Although biz availability is almost impossible going to MLE.

W/ AA, have to route out of AMM and pay your own way to AMM.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 30, 2012, 06:20:14 PM
On UA, the optimal routing is around 1.5 hrs to IST and around 8 hours to MLE.
Although biz availability is almost impossible going to MLE.

W/ AA, have to route out of AMM and pay your own way to AMM.
Doesn't sounds as idyllic as you made it sound...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on October 30, 2012, 06:23:12 PM
Doesn't sounds as idyllic as you made it sound...
True that, but it's not as onerous as a 30+ hr routing from CLE.
And it's a similar distance to SEZ, but that costs 70k in econ on UA, so it's a good value relatively speaking.

If I found s/t similar in the Med, I'd consider it as well.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on November 05, 2012, 07:14:35 AM
Korean starting to fly to Maldives via Colombo 23rd December. Always good to have another option.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on November 05, 2012, 10:45:16 AM
Fantastic - presumably one should be able to use DL miles...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AsherO on November 05, 2012, 10:50:50 AM
Fantastic - presumably one should be able to use DL miles...

I don't think KE has same availability for partners, otherwise, why would anyone ever use UR>KE if they can just use DL?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Bp on November 05, 2012, 11:05:03 AM
I don't think KE has same availability for partners, otherwise, why would anyone ever use UR>KE if they can just use DL?
DL cant book F
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on November 05, 2012, 11:10:50 AM
What he said.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: yare on November 07, 2012, 02:17:37 PM
Although biz availability is almost impossible going to MLE.
???
just checked for 2 seats from april-sept...  tons of avail dates in j

problem is you have on the way out a 5 hour stopover in ist, makes it a long trip   way back is 3 hours
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on November 17, 2012, 07:18:42 PM
Apparently, Chuchem writes a blog ;)
 (http://www.aluxurytravelblog.com/2012/11/08/the-top-3-luxury-resorts-in-the-maldives/)
Title: Re: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on November 17, 2012, 08:40:52 PM
Apparently, Chuchem writes a blog ;)
 (http://www.aluxurytravelblog.com/2012/11/08/the-top-3-luxury-resorts-in-the-maldives/)
Link?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on November 17, 2012, 08:48:13 PM
Link?
Huh?

Click the hyberlink
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on November 17, 2012, 09:15:10 PM
Sorry, didn't come up in tap a talk for some reason (usually does)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on January 21, 2013, 03:58:52 PM
Some news

Review of HI
http://www.tjacobi.com/13232755/holiday_inn_resort_maldives_kandooma_review.php

And Radisson is opening up 2 hotels in MLE, so it's a good chance to burn those stashes of 50k points you may have lying around.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: deusconsilio on February 05, 2013, 10:38:36 PM
Anyone know which airlines offer the highest quality first class cabins/seats to the Maldives?

Skipping to the next question... out of those airlines which has the best points system?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 05, 2013, 11:08:18 PM
Emirates A380 booked via JAL is best.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on February 05, 2013, 11:26:37 PM
Emirates A380 booked via JAL is best.

That depends.

SQ F on the A380 has to contend.  And Asian service trumps middle eastern service 11/10 times.

Also easier to accrue Krisflyer miles (tho, unless your Dan or damaxer91, you can't get 2 saver awards) but there's YQ.

Also EY F is up there but I imagine the hard product is trumped by the wow-factor of EK.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 05, 2013, 11:29:31 PM
1. EK F is far fewer miles than SQ F. 
2. SQ service may be better, but EK has a shower #CoolFactor
3. Heavy YQ with SQ.  No YQ for EK. 
4. There is no SQ F from SIN-MLE while there is EK F from DXB-MLE.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on February 05, 2013, 11:39:25 PM
Far fewer and exponentially harder to accrue.

Like I said.

Like I said.

That's a definite plus for EK.

So it's service + double bed in F + easier to accrue miles vs. shower + no YQ + F on MLE leg + fewer miles.

EK by a hair ;)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 05, 2013, 11:41:16 PM
Fair enough.
Really just boils down to your stock of SPG and MR.  I don't think you can go too wrong either way :D
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on February 06, 2013, 05:09:23 AM
(tho, unless your Dan or damaxer91, you can't get 2 saver awards)
(http://i48.tinypic.com/29fqm3k.png)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on February 06, 2013, 05:10:26 AM
2. SQ service may be better, but EK has a shower #CoolFactor
Bar is also cool
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on February 06, 2013, 05:15:49 AM
And Asian service trumps middle eastern service 11/10 times.
That's a matter of opinion. And EK isn't middle eastern, their employees are Western.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on February 06, 2013, 10:29:56 AM
That's a matter of opinion. And EK isn't middle eastern, their employees are Western.


EK service is average at best.

EK is also much faster
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: deusconsilio on February 06, 2013, 11:27:24 AM
Far fewer and exponentially harder to accrue.

Like I said.

Like I said.

That's a definite plus for EK.

So it's service + double bed in F + easier to accrue miles vs. shower + no YQ + F on MLE leg + fewer miles.

EK by a hair ;)

I appreciate the responses.  20 minutes of google searches later, I now have in inkling of what they heck you guys are actually saying.  Two questions Rabbi Google did not clearly address:
1) What is the "F" for EK (Emirates), and
2) What is "YQ"

Follow up:  Which credit cards are best for building points for EK (including partners listed here: http://www.skywards.com/partners_ataglance.aspx)

P.S.  Confirmed yesterday (2/5/13) via a test run: Chase will cash advance MVDs at no fee (a likely futile effort at making this a 2-way street since I'm sure its already well known, but I'm at least trying)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on February 06, 2013, 11:49:23 AM
I appreciate the responses.  20 minutes of google searches later, I now have in inkling of what they heck you guys are actually saying.  Two questions Rabbi Google did not clearly address:
1) What is the "F" for EK (Emirates), and
2) What is "YQ"

Follow up:  Which credit cards are best for building points for EK (including partners listed here: http://www.skywards.com/partners_ataglance.aspx)

1) F = First Class
2) YQ = Fuel surcharge (a thing to try and avoid)

Best way is, as Dan mentioned, is SPG points xferred to JAL.

P.S.  Confirmed yesterday (2/5/13) via a test run: Chase will cash advance MVDs at no fee (a likely futile effort at making this a 2-way street since I'm sure its already well known, but I'm at least trying)

This is a better place for that comment: http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=21024.0;topicseen
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 06, 2013, 12:34:41 PM
Two questions Rabbi Google did not clearly address:
1) What is the "F" for EK (Emirates), and
2) What is "YQ"
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=13317
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: deusconsilio on February 06, 2013, 03:22:45 PM
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=13317

Thanks Dan and AJK
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: deusconsilio on February 06, 2013, 09:57:52 PM
Just did a random search, and it appears that it will cost at least 250K miles for a single round trip EK F ticket from NYC - MLE. [Image attached].

Is this high cost or normal?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on February 06, 2013, 10:34:25 PM
I'm assuming that's is EK's site. If so, you shouldn't be checking there. That is, if you want to use JAL miles which are about half the price.

Also, you should always be looking for saver fares. Your DXB-MLE-DXB legs are in flex.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on February 07, 2013, 01:15:57 AM
Just did a random search, and it appears that it will cost at least 250K miles for a single round trip EK F ticket from NYC - MLE. [Image attached].

Is this high cost or normal?
Thats the low cost.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: deusconsilio on February 07, 2013, 10:25:38 AM
I'm assuming that's is EK's site. If so, you shouldn't be checking there. That is, if you want to use JAL miles which are about half the price.

Also, you should always be looking for saver fares. Your DXB-MLE-DXB legs are in flex.

Correct AJK! EK site. So I can book EK F via JAL website? What about JAL partners - can I use AA points to book EK F via JAL?

Also: Is Maldives considered Asia 1 or Aisa 2?  http://www.skywards.com/partner_details.aspx?id=tcm:431-479916&SkinID=1-Partner%20Airlines (http://www.skywards.com/partner_details.aspx?id=tcm:431-479916&SkinID=1-Partner%20Airlines)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on February 07, 2013, 12:00:15 PM
Correct AJK! EK site. So I can book EK F via JAL website? What about JAL partners - can I use AA points to book EK F via JAL?

Also: Is Maldives considered Asia 1 or Aisa 2?  http://www.skywards.com/partner_details.aspx?id=tcm:431-479916&SkinID=1-Partner%20Airlines (http://www.skywards.com/partner_details.aspx?id=tcm:431-479916&SkinID=1-Partner%20Airlines)

1. Yes (though you may need to call JAL. Not sure if it's bookable online or not).
2. You cannot.
3. You're looking in the wrong place. That's using EK miles to book flights on JAL. You want the reverse. Here's the chart: http://www.jal.co.jp/en/jalmile/use/partner_air/p_jmb/jmb_mile_ar.html
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: deusconsilio on February 07, 2013, 12:39:59 PM
1. Yes (though you may need to call JAL. Not sure if it's bookable online or not).
2. You cannot.
3. You're looking in the wrong place. That's using EK miles to book flights on JAL. You want the reverse. Here's the chart: http://www.jal.co.jp/en/jalmile/use/partner_air/p_jmb/jmb_mile_ar.html

Dude.  You are such a boss!
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on February 07, 2013, 12:42:00 PM
Dude.  You are such a boss!

 :-[

It's nothing more than many other people on DDF could have provided.

All things considered, I'm late to this game :P
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on February 07, 2013, 12:44:09 PM
1. Yes (though you may need to call JAL. Not sure if it's bookable online or not).
2. You cannot.
3. You're looking in the wrong place. That's using EK miles to book flights on JAL. You want the reverse. Here's the chart: http://www.jal.co.jp/en/jalmile/use/partner_air/p_jmb/jmb_mile_ar.html
Not bookable online.

Good luck finding availability.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: deusconsilio on February 07, 2013, 12:57:17 PM
Not bookable online.

Good luck finding availability.

I'm getting the sense that EK F is the hardest possible way to get to the Maldives F...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 07, 2013, 12:57:26 PM
Good luck finding availability.
JFK/YYZ-DXB isn't hard.
It's the DXB-MLE that can be a challenge.

Anyone have experience with JAL? Stopover policy? Mixed-cabin award policy?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on February 07, 2013, 12:58:27 PM
JFK/YYZ-DXB isn't hard.
It is with JAL
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 07, 2013, 12:59:56 PM
It is with JAL
JAL doesn't have access to the same saver inventory?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on February 07, 2013, 01:01:55 PM
JFK/YYZ-DXB isn't hard.
It's the DXB-MLE that can be a challenge.

Anyone have experience with JAL? Stopover policy? Mixed-cabin award policy?
I know someone that transfered SPG to JAL, he told me it was a big PITA.

Took over 3 weeks.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on February 07, 2013, 01:10:12 PM
I'm getting the sense that EK F is the hardest possible way to get to the Maldives F...

Booking is a secondary issue.

First come up with 250K SPG :P
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on February 07, 2013, 01:10:31 PM
JAL doesn't have access to the same saver inventory?

They should AFAIK.

I believe both book into Z.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on February 07, 2013, 01:25:26 PM
JAL doesn't have access to the same saver inventory?
No
They should AFAIK.

I believe both book into Z.
And SQ, LH and partners both book First into O. Doesnt mean anything.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on February 07, 2013, 01:28:41 PM
And SQ, LH and partners both book First into O. Doesnt mean anything.

 ???

SQ and LH book into EK First as O?

SQ and LH are not booking into EK anything.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 07, 2013, 01:36:19 PM
No
What about AS? Same as JL?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on February 07, 2013, 01:37:07 PM
Again, both book into Z and FT seems to report the same.

Also, FTers report 100% match on what's available to EK is available to JL.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on February 07, 2013, 01:37:12 PM
???

SQ and LH book into EK First as O?

SQ and LH are not booking into EK anything.

SQ, LH book with Krisflyer and M&M O class yet it's unavailable for partners who also use O for F awards.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on February 07, 2013, 01:41:36 PM
What about AS? Same as JL?
IDK

IRC JL and KE are different FWIW
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: deusconsilio on February 07, 2013, 02:01:23 PM
JFK/YYZ-DXB isn't hard.
It's the DXB-MLE that can be a challenge.

Anyone have experience with JAL? Stopover policy? Mixed-cabin award policy?

I'm just looking for a clear path so I can pick the right cards and start the build.  Would really appreciate it if ya'll could help me to build out this following list:
Option 1
Airline: EK F via JAL
Points building method: SPW
~ Pts requirement: 130,000 pts/person via JAL

Option 2
Airline: SQ F via United:
Points building method: SPW + AMEX + United Explorer Points
~ Pts requirement: 150,000 pts/person via UA

Option 3
Airline: Etihad F via AA
Points building method: SPW + AA points
~ Pts requirement: 180,000 pts/person via AA
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on February 07, 2013, 02:02:53 PM
Option 2
Airline: SQ F via United:
Points building method: SPW + AMEX + United Explorer Points
~ Pts requirement: 150,000 pts/person via UA


SQ does not release long haul F seats to United.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on February 07, 2013, 02:05:34 PM
I'm just looking for a clear path so I can pick the right cards and start the build.  Would really appreciate it if ya'll could help me to build out this following list:
Option 1
Airline: EK F via JAL
Points building method: SPW
~ Pts requirement: 130,000 pts/person via JAL

Option 2
Airline: SQ F via United:
Points building method: SPW + AMEX + United Explorer Points
~ Pts requirement: 150,000 pts/person via UA

Option 3
Airline: Etihad F via AA
Points building method: SPW + AA points
~ Pts requirement: 180,000 pts/person via AA

1. You need 125K SPG or 155,000 JL miles per person.

2. You cannot book SQ F via UA. Only way to do it is via SQ Krisflyer. Thus, you need AMEX MR. You can check on exact cost. (Note: Very hard to find 2 Saver awards in F on the A380, so you may consider flying their 777.)

3. Correct. Also, lots of availability last I checked.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on February 07, 2013, 02:09:01 PM
(http://i48.tinypic.com/29fqm3k.png)

Nice find.

But I was referring to their JFK-FRA-SIN route.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on February 07, 2013, 03:26:44 PM
Plenty of the European routes have 2 seats on the A380. Its JFK-SIN thats the issue
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on February 07, 2013, 03:35:59 PM
Plenty of the European routes have 2 seats on the A380. Its JFK-SIN thats the issue
Its one of the only flights that are full in F(R).

SQ has an F fare JFKFRA of $7500 compared to $15000 on UA/LH, often cheaper than business.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: mguy on February 11, 2013, 08:47:53 PM
JFK/YYZ-DXB isn't hard.
It's the DXB-MLE that can be a challenge.

Anyone have experience with JAL? Stopover policy? Mixed-cabin award policy?
A little late, but yes - I have some experience with EK through JAL. Their rules may be a pain (e.g. redemptions for relatives, time limits for changes, surface sector counts towards mileage, single airline), but as long as you are aware of them and it works for you, can be a good value. Mixed cabin awards are priced at the highest level - and if you took a downgrade on one segment you officially can't change it later when availability opens up.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on February 11, 2013, 10:33:11 PM
What about availability? Does JAL availability match what's available to EK's own members?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: mguy on February 11, 2013, 10:34:00 PM
In my limited experience, yes.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: chff on February 11, 2013, 10:59:16 PM
Its one of the only flights that are full in F(R).

SQ has an F fare JFKFRA of $7500 compared to $15000 on UA/LH, often cheaper than business.

That's why I was the only one in 12 R seats?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on February 11, 2013, 11:09:40 PM
In my limited experience, yes.

That echoes the exp of some FT'ers as well...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: judahk88 on February 12, 2013, 10:45:07 AM
How much would the trip cost from beg to end for my wife and I if we wanted to go for a week?
I have been dreaming of going here for such a long time.
How long is the flight?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on February 12, 2013, 10:47:13 AM
Can't answer that question for you without knowing if you'll be using points, what your balances are, etc.

~18 hours flying.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 12, 2013, 10:48:15 AM
~18 hours flying.
How so?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: judahk88 on February 12, 2013, 10:50:04 AM
Can't answer that question for you without knowing if you'll be using points, what your balances are, etc.

~18 hours flying.
I dont have many points. I have about 55k BA and 55K United.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on February 12, 2013, 10:58:32 AM
How so?

From JFK-MLE?

14 to AUH, 4 to MLE.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on February 12, 2013, 11:00:39 AM
I dont have many points. I have about 55k BA and 55K United.

Then it's gonna be a expensive vacation :P

Figure $12-1300 per ticket, and, depending on what room/hotel you choose, it could be anywhere from $3-900 per night.

So a 7 night vacation, in a NON-OWB room would probably cost $4-5000.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 12, 2013, 11:02:35 AM
From JFK-MLE?

14 to AUH, 4 to MLE.
+connections+seaplane, etc.
I'm guessing he wants to know total travel time.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: judahk88 on February 12, 2013, 11:06:58 AM
+connections+seaplane, etc.
I'm guessing he wants to know total travel time.
Thanks. I did want to know total trip time, but i get the gist of it.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: judahk88 on February 12, 2013, 11:08:29 AM
Then it's gonna be a expensive vacation :P

Figure $12-1300 per ticket, and, depending on what room/hotel you choose, it could be anywhere from $3-900 per night.

So a 7 night vacation, in a NON-OWB room would probably cost $4-5000.
Thanks. 
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on February 12, 2013, 11:59:26 AM
+connections+seaplane, etc.
I'm guessing he wants to know total travel time.

I said "~18 hours flying" to avoid ambiguity, but I guess it didn't work :P
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: deusconsilio on February 12, 2013, 10:11:58 PM
I said "~18 hours flying" to avoid ambiguity, but I guess it didn't work :P

Something tells me we have an attorney in the house ;)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on February 13, 2013, 01:46:37 AM
Something tells me we have an attorney in the house ;)
You would be correct in that assumption
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: noturbizniss on February 25, 2013, 09:23:26 AM
Dan - Can we look forward to a Maldives trip report/summary of miles used any time soon? 8)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on February 25, 2013, 09:25:10 AM
Dan - Can we look forward to a Maldives trip report/summary of miles used any time soon? 8)
+1 so curious how it was!
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 26, 2013, 02:42:10 PM
Dan - Can we look forward to a Maldives trip report/summary of miles used any time soon? 8)
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/28722
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: SavingsBigtime on February 26, 2013, 03:13:24 PM
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/28722
are u going to get a tr for Singapore also?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 26, 2013, 03:21:25 PM
are u going to get a tr for Singapore also?

That's the plan.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: SavingsBigtime on February 26, 2013, 04:24:55 PM
That's the plan.
looking forward ,thanks
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on February 27, 2013, 01:36:00 AM
@Dan
Looks stunning there, but it's seems that after 2 or 3 days, it may start to get a tad boring, unless you're really into the ultra relaxed vacation.
Agree or disagree?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Saver2000 on February 27, 2013, 01:41:15 AM
@Dan
Looks stunning there, but it's seems that after 2 or 3 days, it may start to get a tad boring, unless you're really into the ultra relaxed vacation.
Agree or disagree?
Quote from: DD.com

After 2 nights and 3 days though I had done more snorkeling, kayaking, and swimming around than I needed to and was quite sore from it all.  I know most people come here from anywhere from 5-10 days but I would definitely get island fever long before then.  I’m not one to just laze around all day, though I did my share of that too.  It’s a long way to travel for just 2 nights but I experienced enough to know that I loved it and that I’d return.  I didn’t regret having just 2 nights, I was excited about being able to explore another city and eat from an actual kosher restaurant!
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on February 27, 2013, 02:16:21 AM

Thanks

Although, why the determination to return? Are the OWB really worth all the flying and the extra costs?
Seems like s/t I'd want to experience once.

And why MLE as opposed to Bora Bora, or someplace similar where they have OWBs?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: ChikkyMonkey on February 27, 2013, 02:33:48 AM
Dan, How was the weather? sea doesn't seem quite as calm as I thought this season was suppose to be?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: deusconsilio on February 27, 2013, 09:27:33 AM
what is a DDF user?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 27, 2013, 09:30:29 AM
Thanks

Although, why the determination to return? Are the OWB really worth all the flying and the extra costs?
Seems like s/t I'd want to experience once.

And why MLE as opposed to Bora Bora, or someplace similar where they have OWBs?
MLE has much better award availability and J/F seating than BOB.

The OWB really are all that and then some.  They exceeded my lofty expectations.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 27, 2013, 09:31:27 AM
Dan, How was the weather? sea doesn't seem quite as calm as I thought this season was suppose to be?
The open sea was not calm at all, but as the W has awesome protected snorkeling channels that didn't bother me too much.
Also, similar to HI, the seas are much calmer in the morning.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: deusconsilio on February 27, 2013, 09:34:48 AM
@ Dan... what is a DDF user and how does that relate to the Constance Halaveli?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on February 27, 2013, 09:36:41 AM
@ Dan... what is a DDF user and how does that relate to the Constance Halaveli?
DDF = Dans Deals Forum
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: deusconsilio on February 27, 2013, 09:37:54 AM
DDF = Dans Deals Forum

LOL
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 27, 2013, 09:38:55 AM
59 comments on the TR and no feedback on the new picture format :P
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on February 27, 2013, 09:41:33 AM
59 comments on the TR and no feedback on the new picture format :P
Wasn't that AJK's suggestion? I loved the underwater pics!
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: ChikkyMonkey on February 27, 2013, 10:08:04 AM
The open sea was not calm at all, but as the W has awesome protected snorkeling channels that didn't bother me too much.
Also, similar to HI, the seas are much calmer in the morning.

So I thought it was rough by me bc is was June but now I'm starting to think those still waters you see in pics don't really exist... Wonder if BOB any better

 Good move on the W definitely considered a great option by many

Glad I got the Waldorf before it closed...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on February 27, 2013, 10:35:10 AM
I thought that the color of the water in MLE was really nice, but most of the pics u see are photoshopped

Nicest I've ever seen the water was in the Philippines   
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on February 27, 2013, 10:38:16 AM
@Dan
Looks stunning there, but it's seems that after 2 or 3 days, it may start to get a tad boring, unless you're really into the ultra relaxed vacation.
Agree or disagree?

Disagree. I was there for 6 nights and didn't want to leave.

Granted, during that time we got SCUBA certified and went on 5 or 6 dives, seeing more underwater life in 10 mins than most people see in a decade.

But the relaxing nature of MLE in an OWB is not to beat.

Heck, if you don't want to solely relax, even doing work while in MLE is glorious.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on February 27, 2013, 10:39:33 AM
59 comments on the TR and no feedback on the new picture format :P

Personally, I love it.

I'd even take it a step further and put most if not all of the pics throughout. It gives a better flavor to the TR than just chucking them all in there at the end.

I thought that the color of the water in MLE was really nice, but most of the pics u see are photoshopped

Nicest I've ever seen the water was in the Philippines   

Surprised to hear that. I thought no matter how nice the picture, it could not do the beauty of this place justice.

I recall someone saying that it was the only place where the pictures, which normally look nicer than the actual place, did not match to the reality of MLE. I wholly agree.

So I thought it was rough by me bc is was June but now I'm starting to think those still waters you see in pics don't really exist... Wonder if BOB any better

There were at least 3 days when I was there that the sea was as calm as a bathtub...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 27, 2013, 10:44:28 AM
Disagree. I was there for 6 nights and didn't want to leave.

Granted, during that time we got SCUBA certified and went on 5 or 6 dives, seeing more underwater life in 10 mins than most people see in a decade.

But the relaxing nature of MLE in an OWB is not to beat.

Heck, if you don't want to solely relax, even doing work while in MLE is glorious.
Getting Scuba certified makes a huge difference, you had what to be active with.

I know that before 6 days were up I'd get island fever.  Sure I can do my regular work, but at MLE prices it's pretty hard to justify.

You can get nearly the same sense of relaxation on your lanai in the GHK or the SRP.    Oh wait the SRP doesn't have lanais ::)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on February 27, 2013, 10:49:34 AM
Getting Scuba certified makes a huge difference, you had what to be active with.

I know that before 6 days were up I'd get island fever.  Sure I can do my regular work, but at MLE prices it's pretty hard to justify.

Well, even I'd agree at $1,000 per night, that gets pricey quick.

But when the rate is less than half that, or your blowing points, it's a lot easier to justify.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 27, 2013, 10:51:06 AM
Well, even I'd agree at $1,000 per night, that gets pricey quick.

But when the rate is less than half that, or your blowing points, it's a lot easier to justify.
Reports of getting OWB on just points are few and far between since the WA left Hilton.
I don't think I've ever seen a decent OWB under $500.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on February 27, 2013, 11:58:03 AM
Reports of getting OWB on just points are few and far between since the WA left Hilton.
I don't think I've ever seen a decent OWB under $500.

Halaveli FTW!

(I believe it was $460/nt)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: noturbizniss on February 27, 2013, 12:22:28 PM
What did you do for cell phone/internet?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on February 27, 2013, 12:24:08 PM
What did you do for cell phone/internet?
The W has internet. Any wth would you bring a cell phone to the Maldives???
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on February 27, 2013, 01:15:57 PM
Granted, during that time we got SCUBA certified and went on 5 or 6 dives, seeing more underwater life in 10 mins than most people see in a decade.
+1 That's an amazing idea!
I am planning my trip to the maldives for my wife and I for May 8 to May 14. I am leaving from TLV and am waiting for availability at 70k RT per person in Business through IST (it's only 10 hours total) on Turkish Airlines.
The Hyatt has availability in Park Villas at 22k/night but I have not asked yet if they have availability for upgrade with $... (They go for ~$1,400/night on Hyatt's website)
The Constance Halaveli is $990/night for the OWB on their website.

I am wondering if I should just save my points and $350/night upgrade fee and just look for another hotel and just pay for it...  I also would love to have that pool in the OWB...
Any advice you guys can give me about my choice of flights/hotels would be much appreciated (btw, I have plenty of UR and MR points)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on February 27, 2013, 01:19:50 PM
No F on turkish, only C

Halaveli is always cheaper through agent or agoda.com, the homepage prices are a rip off. You can also email them and ask for a quote

Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on February 27, 2013, 01:29:51 PM
@Dan A shame you didn't stay here
(http://img694.imageshack.us/img694/7080/maldiveso.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/694/maldiveso.jpg/)

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Anyone know which resort this is?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on February 27, 2013, 01:32:01 PM
Anyone know which resort this is?
Conrad. It is supposed to be a restaurant that they transform into a private guestroom upon request
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on February 27, 2013, 01:34:39 PM
Conrad

10-15K a night. Ouch. Never mind. Truth is I'd rather a OWB. But that room is a neat concept nonetheless.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on February 27, 2013, 01:37:59 PM
As far as I know, no such room actually exists. That looks like a photoshop of the restaurant there, though.

ETA: As it turns out, I'm only partially right. That room apparently exists either right OFF the restaurant, or the restaurant is turned into that in the night. Wow.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on February 27, 2013, 01:38:32 PM
As far as I know, no such room actually exists. That looks like a photoshop of the restaurant there, though.
Conrad. It is supposed to be a restaurant that they transform into a private guestroom upon request
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on February 27, 2013, 01:39:42 PM
As far as I know, no such room actually exists. That looks like a photoshop of the restaurant there, though.
-1

 In honor of their 50th anniversary they made it available. Certain nights and like I said $10-15K. Or so says google anyway :)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on February 27, 2013, 01:41:28 PM
See the edit :)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on February 27, 2013, 01:42:23 PM
+1 That's an amazing idea!
I am planning my trip to the maldives for my wife and I for May 8 to May 14. I am leaving from TLV and am waiting for availability at 70k RT per person in first through IST (it's only 10 hours total) on Turkish Airlines.
The Hyatt has availability in Park Villas at 22k/night but I have not asked yet if they have availability for upgrade with $... (They go for ~$1,400/night on Hyatt's website)
The Constance Halaveli is $990/night for the OWB on their website.

I am wondering if I should just save my points and $350/night upgrade fee and just look for another hotel and just pay for it...  I also would love to have that pool in the OWB...
Any advice you guys can give me about my choice of flights/hotels would be much appreciated (btw, I have plenty of UR and MR points)

Right around the time I went last year...

I'd search agoda.com for your dates at the Halaveli, you can likely do much better.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on February 27, 2013, 01:47:12 PM
No F on turkish, only C

Halaveli is always cheaper through agent or agoda.com, the homepage prices are a rip off. You can also email them and ask for a quote
That's right. But I'd rather do that than go through SIN and add another 10 hours to my flight...

Right around the time I went last year...

I'd search agoda.com for your dates at the Halaveli, you can likely do much better.

Do you think I am too close to their winter?

I searched agoda and found the Halaveli for $750/night (OWB with private pool)... Do you think that's my best bet? Any other agent/hotel I should look into?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on February 27, 2013, 01:55:39 PM
That's right. But I'd rather do that than go through SIN and add another 10 hours to my flight...

Do you think I am too close to their winter?

I searched agoda and found the Halaveli for $750/night (OWB with private pool)... Do you think that's my best bet? Any other agent/hotel I should look into?

Orbitz 20% off w promo SPRING20
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on February 27, 2013, 02:09:08 PM
Orbitz 20% off w promo SPRING20
Thanks! However even with the 20% off, it is still more expensive at the Halaveli or Conrad...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: businessmachine on February 27, 2013, 02:32:33 PM
Thanks! However even with the 20% off, it is still more expensive at the Halaveli or Conrad...

more expensive then what? Agoda?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on February 27, 2013, 02:34:40 PM
more expensive then what? Agoda?
Yep
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: businessmachine on February 27, 2013, 02:36:13 PM
Yep

Generally the best paid stays are through them. I still think that you may be able to get an upgrade from the Hyatt in May as its not the main season. Only problem is that it won't be garanteed.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on February 27, 2013, 02:36:16 PM
That's right. But I'd rather do that than go through SIN and add another 10 hours to my flight...

Do you think I am too close to their winter?

I searched agoda and found the Halaveli for $750/night (OWB with private pool)... Do you think that's my best bet? Any other agent/hotel I should look into?

Winter is their low time.

Contact chuchem for agent's name.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: businessmachine on February 27, 2013, 02:37:35 PM
Winter is their low time.

Contact chuchem for agent's name.

I think he was referring to whether it was a good time to travel to MLE being that its close to their winter season
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on February 27, 2013, 02:41:55 PM
If so, then I don't think its not worth going.

In my case, it def rained some, but it did so quickly.

No full day was ruined by rain -- in fact, one of the best days of SCUBA diving was when it was raining -- we just jumped in and we didn't even notice the rain! :P

The rest of the days were good, and a couple were great.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on February 27, 2013, 02:42:35 PM
Generally the best paid stays are through them. I still think that you may be able to get an upgrade from the Hyatt in May as its not the main season. Only problem is that it won't be garanteed.
I am waiting for 10pm tonight to call the reservation desk there but it looks like they do have availability. U sure if I get an email confirm and that I pay the $350 per night in advance it won't be an actual guarantee?

Contact chuchem for agent's name.
Thanks! I Will
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on February 27, 2013, 02:44:18 PM
Obv if you pay the $350 it will be gauranteed (barring, of course, some tsunami like weather event demolishing them all...)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on February 27, 2013, 02:45:27 PM
I think he was referring to whether it was a good time to travel to MLE being that its close to their winter season
+1
If so, then I don't think its not worth going.

In my case, it def rained some, but it did so quickly.

No full day was ruined by rain -- in fact, one of the best days of SCUBA diving was when it was raining -- we just jumped in and we didn't even notice the rain! :P

The rest of the days were good, and a couple were great.
Great then! I'll definitely ask for more info later on regarding scuba certification as my wife and I have been wanting to do that for quite a while now
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: businessmachine on February 27, 2013, 02:49:26 PM
I am waiting for 10pm tonight to call the reservation desk there but it looks like they do have availability. U sure if I get an email confirm and that I pay the $350 per night in advance it won't be an actual guarantee?


If you pay then its guaranteed. However, if you ask for it and its available when you go there and you have status- i.e. platinum, and its your 3rd honeymoon  ;) then you will probably get upgraded. Its just a gamble to go all the way there and have the overwater rooms sold out
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 27, 2013, 02:52:22 PM
Agoda=Price without tax.
Halaveli direct=Price with tax.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on February 27, 2013, 03:21:33 PM
If you pay then its guaranteed. However, if you ask for it and its available when you go there and you have status- i.e. platinum, and its your 3rd honeymoon  ;) then you will probably get upgraded. Its just a gamble to go all the way there and have the overwater rooms sold out
3rd honeymoon?! Me???  ::)

Agoda=Price without tax.
Halaveli direct=Price with tax.
good to know then! I might consider Orbitz then! What tax rate are we talking about here?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 27, 2013, 03:22:05 PM
If you click through the original price it should say.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on February 27, 2013, 03:36:36 PM
If you click through the original price it should say.
Water Villa with Private Pool

USD 821.21 x 4 Nights                               USD   3,284.84
Breakfast Included
Early Booking Saver Rate includes 10% discount!

Compulsory charges:
+ Bed Tax 4 night(s) (Adult x 2)                 USD   64.00
+ Roundtrip Sea Plane Transfer (Adult x 2)  USD   892.00
+ Hotel tax and service feesx 4 Nights        USD   617.56

Total = $4,858!!! ahhhhh
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 27, 2013, 03:37:49 PM
Hence the PH is probably the best option. Try to negotiate the OWB fee or consider just paying the fee for the first night and hope they let you stay (they will if they're not full)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on February 27, 2013, 03:47:44 PM
Hence the PH is probably the best option. Try to negotiate the OWB fee or consider just paying the fee for the first night and hope they let you stay (they will if they're not full)
I will definitely try that tonight when I call them. I am not willing to put $4k down (excludes the seaplane transfer) just for 4 nights even though the PH does not have the pool... I am just wondering how they are going to react on the phone when they see a 4 nights reservation, and I request an upgrade just for the first night... It's not like I am calling the gold passport line, it is the actual front desk that I am contacting...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 27, 2013, 03:49:26 PM
Who cares?
Just say you only need the OWB for 1 night and don't care if you are moved.
When you arrive ask kindly if you may be able to stay, but don't be surprised if you need to move as there are just 14 OWBs there.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on February 27, 2013, 03:51:20 PM
Who cares?
Just say you only need the OWB for 1 night and don't care if you are moved.
When you arrive ask kindly if you may be able to stay, but don't be surprised if you need to move as there are just 14 OWBs there.
That would definitely hurt! btw the 20% orbitz code does not apply to Halaveli since it is a "postpaid" hotel (e.g. all payments are made at checkin)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 27, 2013, 03:51:59 PM
Try this:
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/28456
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 27, 2013, 03:53:16 PM
A pool is very nice, but I don't think it's a dealbreaker.
Definitely not worth shelling out thousands of dollars over.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 27, 2013, 03:57:06 PM
Halaveli:
USD 821.21 x 4 Nights                               USD   3,284.84

Compulsory charges:
+ Bed Tax 4 night(s) (Adult x 2)                 USD   64.00
+ Roundtrip Sea Plane Transfer (Adult x 2)  USD   892.00
+ Hotel tax and service feesx 4 Nights        USD   617.56

Total = $4,858!!!

PHM:
4 nights=88,000 points.
+ Roundtrip Sea Plane Transfer (Adult x 2)  USD   900
Upgrade 1 night=$350
Upgrade 4 nights=$1,400.

Total 1 night upgrade= 88K+$1,250. Savings= $3,608 or 4.1cpp
or
4 night upgrade=88K+$2,300. Savings= $2,558 or 2.9cpp
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on February 27, 2013, 04:03:58 PM
Halaveli:
USD 821.21 x 4 Nights                               USD   3,284.84

Compulsory charges:
+ Bed Tax 4 night(s) (Adult x 2)                 USD   64.00
+ Roundtrip Sea Plane Transfer (Adult x 2)  USD   892.00
+ Hotel tax and service feesx 4 Nights        USD   617.56

Total = $4,858!!!

PHM:
4 nights=88,000 points.
+ Roundtrip Sea Plane Transfer (Adult x 2)  USD   900
Upgrade 1 night=$350
Upgrade 4 nights=$1,400.

Total 1 night upgrade= 88K+$1,250. Savings= $3,608 or 4.1cpp
or
4 night upgrade=88K+$2,300. Savings= $2,558 or 2.9cpp

Yes that is definitely the best option, I definitely don't want to spend that much on 4 nights. I also heard that the island where the Hyatt is located on is really nice.

I also checked the Sheraton Full Moon and I got an OWB for $2,600 including taxes for 4 nights... (The coupon worked on that one). This hotel is very well rated on tripadvisor

And I checked the Halaveli on hotels.com using the coupon you just gave me and I got a water villa for $3,500 including taxes for 4 nights...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: businessmachine on February 27, 2013, 04:06:18 PM
Question is whether Halaveli can be gotten for cheaper then $821 a night. Didn't AJK pay around $500? Assuming he can get that price and taking into consideration the potential value of the 88k points ( approx $1700 if he sells UR for 1.9) then its a no brainer. Question is if some agent can get it for cheaper...


Halaveli:
USD 821.21 x 4 Nights                               USD   3,284.84

Compulsory charges:
+ Bed Tax 4 night(s) (Adult x 2)                 USD   64.00
+ Roundtrip Sea Plane Transfer (Adult x 2)  USD   892.00
+ Hotel tax and service feesx 4 Nights        USD   617.56

Total = $4,858!!!



PHM:
4 nights=88,000 points.
+ Roundtrip Sea Plane Transfer (Adult x 2)  USD   900
Upgrade 1 night=$350
Upgrade 4 nights=$1,400.

Total 1 night upgrade= 88K+$1,250. Savings= $3,608 or 4.1cpp
or
4 night upgrade=88K+$2,300. Savings= $2,558 or 2.9cpp
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 27, 2013, 04:06:53 PM
$3,500 including the transfer?

I haven't heard such good things about the Sheraton.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 27, 2013, 04:07:57 PM
Question is whether Halaveli can be gotten for cheaper then $821 a night. Didn't AJK pay around $500? Assuming he can get that price and taking into consideration the potential value of the 88k points ( approx $1700 if he sells UR for 1.9) then its a no brainer. Question is if some agent can get it for cheaper...
Contact Chuchem's agent.  They couldn't do anything for me, but I went at the height of high season.

Also check Jetsetter daily, they run limited time flash sales for the Halaveli every now and then.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on February 27, 2013, 04:10:10 PM
$3,500 including the transfer?

I haven't heard such good things about the Sheraton.
No it doesn't include transfer... I don't think Orbitz nor Hotels.com show the transfer fee when you look only for hotels
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 27, 2013, 04:12:14 PM
So then the new numbers would be:

Total 1 night upgrade= 88K+$1,250. Savings= $3,158 or 3.6cpp
or
4 night upgrade=88K+$2,300. Savings= $2,108 or 2.4cpp
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on February 27, 2013, 04:15:21 PM
Contact Chuchem's agent.  They couldn't do anything for me, but I went at the height of high season.

Also check Jetsetter daily, they run limited time flash sales for the Halaveli every now and then.
I just sent him a PM, we'll see. If I can keep the total close to $3k (including seaplane) then I'll go for Halaveli otherwise I'll go for the Hyatt; unless there are other hotels that were not mentioned yet...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: businessmachine on February 27, 2013, 04:16:27 PM
So then the new numbers would be:

Total 1 night upgrade= 88K+$1,250. Savings= $3,158 or 3.6cpp
or
4 night upgrade=88K+$2,300. Savings= $2,108 or 2.4cpp --

This one seems crazy as he will be shelling out 5 grand if you count cash value of UR for the Hyatt...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: daganster on February 27, 2013, 04:16:59 PM
Dan, nice TR. Just curious if your paying $1k a night is the PH the best option?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on February 27, 2013, 04:19:00 PM
Definitely not.

PH has no pool for one... and once your paying $1,000 a night, you should have one.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 27, 2013, 04:19:31 PM
This one seems crazy as he will be shelling out 5 grand if you count cash value of UR for the Hyatt...
5K? Huh?
88K is worth $1,580 at 1.8 (never mind the risks of selling for now). Plus $2,300 is $3,880, or $520 less than the Halaveli.
At that point it's a close call.  Really depends on how you value your UR points and how you value a pool.

Personally I'd risk just upgrading 1 night in the off-season and very closely watching the inventory.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on February 27, 2013, 04:33:30 PM
Does this help you?
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=25857.msg426257#msg426257
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on February 27, 2013, 04:46:47 PM
Does this help you?
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=25857.msg426257#msg426257
I just checked it, and Halaveli has no availability and the other hotels like Conrad are expensive... but thanks for the input!
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on February 27, 2013, 04:50:10 PM
Personally I'd risk just upgrading 1 night in the off-season and very closely watching the inventory.
Even if it was your first trip to the Maldives?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 27, 2013, 04:51:38 PM
Even if it was your first trip to the Maldives?
Yes, given that it's the off-season and that you'll check availability for 2 rooms daily.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on February 27, 2013, 04:52:12 PM
I just checked it, and Halaveli has no availability and the other hotels like Conrad are expensive... but thanks for the input!
Even w/ the 20% discount, it was still higher than the other website?
Bleh
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: ShmuliT on February 27, 2013, 08:26:47 PM
This just popped up in my google reader feed. Clicked on the link ( http://chabad.info/index.php?url=article_en&id=30282 ) but looks like article was removed.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 27, 2013, 08:28:18 PM
Heh. Was wondering who was going to be the first to comment on the flag.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on February 27, 2013, 10:41:31 PM
Just called the front desk at the Hyatt...
1) No price or discount if you want to upgrade multiple nights... it is 22k + $350 per night
2) They charge your credit card 30 days before your arrival (but you can get your CC charged even earlier just to have the guaranteed OWB)
3) Transfer is also being charged 30 days in advance and it is $486 per person RT. The transfer is a domestic flight from MLE and then a 25min speedboat ride... kind of a bummer...
4) Next thing to try if I really book the Hyatt is, as suggested, to upgrade only the 1st night...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on February 27, 2013, 11:11:23 PM
Heh. Was wondering who was going to be the first to comment on the flag.
Does this justify reopening the Chabad thread? Maybe s/o will be able to answer.
;)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on February 28, 2013, 10:21:42 AM
Got an email back from Richard earlier today with a quote for my 4 nights for $3,302 (OWB with B&B + tax + transfer)! I think I am going to pull the trigger on this one... I m just waiting to see what other properties he recommends.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 28, 2013, 10:25:02 AM
Got an email back from Richard earlier today with a quote for my 4 nights for $3,302 (OWB with B&B + tax + transfer)! I think I am going to pull the trigger on this one... I m just waiting to see what other properties he recommends.
So $600/night with tax before transfers. Not bad at all.
I'm assuming that includes transfers for both of you?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on February 28, 2013, 10:29:46 AM
So $600/night with tax before transfers. Not bad at all.
I'm assuming that includes transfers for both of you?
Yes it does.
But I am still debating if I should add 2 more days and stay there or just split the trip and go someplace else... the question is where... leaving from TLV with lots of URs and MRs...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: businessmachine on February 28, 2013, 10:35:07 AM
Yes it does.
But I am still debating if I should add 2 more days and stay there or just split the trip and go someplace else... the question is where... leaving from TLV with lots of URs and MRs...


Which resort is this for ?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 28, 2013, 10:36:40 AM
I think 4 days is plenty unless you're getting certified (no idea how long that takes)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on February 28, 2013, 10:39:04 AM

Which resort is this for ?
Halaveli

I think 4 days is plenty unless you're getting certified (no idea how long that takes)
OK but since I am already spending a good chunk of UA miles for the flight, shouldn't I add a quick 2-3 days stop someplace else?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: businessmachine on February 28, 2013, 10:40:50 AM
Halaveli
OK but since I am already spending a good chunk of UA miles for the flight, shouldn't I add a quick 2-3 days stop someplace else?

If I were you, I would spend 60k AA miles for roundtrip J class seats from tlv-bkk. Spend  a week in Thailand and then take a short flight over to maldives for 4 days. That's exactly what I hope to do- just that I have to fly from NYC >:(
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 28, 2013, 10:41:54 AM
OK but since I am already spending a good chunk of UA miles for the flight, shouldn't I add a quick 2-3 days stop someplace else?
Of course! But I'm not the expert in ex-TLV routing.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on February 28, 2013, 10:42:19 AM
Stay in the Maldives. It will really hurt you to go away after 4 days only. I think AJK will agree. After 2-3 days you really get into this "do nothing mode" and then you have to leave already....
The main costs are transportation, so if thats covered its only another 600 a night for one of the nicest places on this planet!
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on February 28, 2013, 10:44:00 AM
If you have the 1000 Dollars, then there is no way you should stay at a semi nice beach in Thailand over the maldives....
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 28, 2013, 10:51:36 AM
If you have the 1000 Dollars, then there is no way you should stay at a semi nice beach in Thailand over the maldives....
If I had 7 days off period I'd probably do 2 in CNX and 4 in MLE before 6 in MLE.

Obviously that depends on your capacity for doing nothing.  I'm sure some people could spend a month on a beach doing nothing.  I'm just not like that.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: deusconsilio on February 28, 2013, 10:52:35 AM
Halaveli:
USD 821.21 x 4 Nights                               USD   3,284.84

Compulsory charges:
+ Bed Tax 4 night(s) (Adult x 2)                 USD   64.00
+ Roundtrip Sea Plane Transfer (Adult x 2)  USD   892.00
+ Hotel tax and service feesx 4 Nights        USD   617.56

Total = $4,858!!!

PHM:
4 nights=88,000 points.
+ Roundtrip Sea Plane Transfer (Adult x 2)  USD   900
Upgrade 1 night=$350
Upgrade 4 nights=$1,400.

Total 1 night upgrade= 88K+$1,250. Savings= $3,608 or 4.1cpp
or
4 night upgrade=88K+$2,300. Savings= $2,558 or 2.9cpp

What points network is Halaveli associated with?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on February 28, 2013, 11:28:42 AM
The post you quoted mentions nothing of points with respect to the Halaveli.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on February 28, 2013, 11:34:48 AM
If I had 7 days off period I'd probably do 2 in CNX and 4 in MLE before 6 in MLE.

Obviously that depends on your capacity for doing nothing.  I'm sure some people could spend a month on a beach doing nothing.  I'm just not like that.
Me neither that's why. Since I know that where your hotel is, is where you'll be for the next few days and u can't take a car or a bus and go somewhere else, so that's why I'm hesitant to stay more than 4 days in Maldives.

Of course! But I'm not the expert in ex-TLV routing.
that's too bad... any experts around?

If I were you, I would spend 60k AA miles for roundtrip J class seats from tlv-bkk. Spend  a week in Thailand and then take a short flight over to maldives for 4 days. That's exactly what I hope to do- just that I have to fly from NYC >:(
I don't think I can take 10 days unfortunately.  :(

Stay in the Maldives. It will really hurt you to go away after 4 days only. I think AJK will agree. After 2-3 days you really get into this "do nothing mode" and then you have to leave already....
The main costs are transportation, so if thats covered its only another 600 a night for one of the nicest places on this planet!
Thanks for the input, time to discuss with my wife ;) I'm open to both options...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on February 28, 2013, 11:39:10 AM
If you want to get SCUBA certified, I don't believe you can do it in a 4-day stay.

Keep in mind, though, it isn't cheap.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 28, 2013, 11:39:19 AM
You won't go too wrong with either option, it's just personal preference and budget.
You can live like a king and have a rocking time in CNX for far less than the $1,200 though.

OTOH if this is a once in a lifetime trip I totally understand wanting to stay as long as you possibly can.  Though it would be a shame to kill memories of a place by overstaying and remembering being bored or being overkill/too long.  That is a number that nobody will be able to tell you.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 28, 2013, 11:40:17 AM
If you want to get certified, I don't believe you can do it in a 4-day stay.
Especially because you can't scuba within 24 hours of your departure, correct?
Probably best to find out how much time is needed for that.  If you are getting certified then I doubt you'll have time to get bored.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on February 28, 2013, 11:49:26 AM
Correct.

I believe you need 5 days or so with the 24 hour cutoff.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on February 28, 2013, 12:09:14 PM
I didnt scuba and didnt get board...
My wife is the type to get board very fast and took her computer along, she didnt open it once...
She said, she was never as relaxed as on the maldives. Since you know, there is nothing to do, you just shut down and relax 1000%
You sleep in (over the water) chill, snorkel, spa....

Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on February 28, 2013, 12:18:25 PM
I didnt scuba and didnt get board...
My wife is the type to get board very fast and took her computer along, she didnt open it once...
She said, she was never as relaxed as on the maldives. Since you know, there is nothing to do, you just shut down and relax 1000%
You sleep in (over the water) chill, snorkel, spa....
That sounds amazing, but my wife and I are just not the lying-down-under-the-sun type for 5 days. That's not the way we relax ;) But it is good to hear that we won't get bored even 5 days... I was kinda scared of that.

If you want to get SCUBA certified, I don't believe you can do it in a 4-day stay.

Keep in mind, though, it isn't cheap.
I forgot about the 24-hrs cut-off for scuba... Can you share how much u paid for it? Also, I know in other places they have different plans on how many times to go per day so that you can do it faster or slower... I also assume that u did all the online/video classes in advance so that u only had to do the practical diving on site?

You won't go too wrong with either option, it's just personal preference and budget.
You can live like a king and have a rocking time in CNX for far less than the $1,200 though.

OTOH if this is a once in a lifetime trip I totally understand wanting to stay as long as you possibly can.  Though it would be a shame to kill memories of a place by overstaying and remembering being bored or being overkill/too long.  That is a number that nobody will be able to tell you.
Yeah, I think I am just gonna keep CNX, BKK, SIN, HKG and the rest of east/South-east asia for another trip... I don't want to have to spend 30% of my trip in planes and rides to the airport...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on February 28, 2013, 12:27:57 PM
I don't recall exactly, but you can contact the Hotel directly once you determine where you're staying.

I did everything in MLE.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on February 28, 2013, 12:38:52 PM
I don't recall exactly, but you can contact the Hotel directly once you determine where you're staying.

I did everything in MLE.
OK. Yes I am going to call them tonight. I think if we follow our plan to do the classes online in advance, then we might be able to do the diving in 2-3 days.

I think I am going to pull the trigger on the Halaveli as everyone seems to agree it is a good deal.

btw Richard also offered 50% off one spa treatment per guest and a "gift" from Halaveli for honeymooners ;)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 28, 2013, 12:42:54 PM
Most resorts require proof of a recent marriage for those bennies.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on February 28, 2013, 12:44:46 PM
Most resorts require proof of a recent marriage for those bennies.
Yeah I actually just saw that in one other quote that I got from another TA. "Honeymooners are reminded to bring their wedding certificate with them for proof of eligibility. "
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 28, 2013, 12:45:37 PM
I guess you can always say you forgot it or didn't know and then it'll be YMMV.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on February 28, 2013, 12:51:05 PM
I guess you can always say you forgot it or didn't know and then it'll be YMMV.
I just hope that the quote itself is not contingent on that...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: businessmachine on February 28, 2013, 12:55:33 PM
I just hope that the quote itself is not contingent on that...


OR.... you can just use a nice tool called photoshop  ;)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on February 28, 2013, 12:56:52 PM
Going to such a expensive place, spending all that money on a trip and you going to cheat and lie to save 50 dollars?! Come on, show some class! This is dansdeals and not danssteals
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on February 28, 2013, 12:57:22 PM

OR.... you can just use a nice tool called photoshop  ;)
shhhh let's not discuss this here!

Going to such a expensive place, spending all that money on a trip and you going to cheat and lie to save 50 dollars?! Come on, show some class! This is dansdeals and not danssteals

like I said, if it's just for the gifts then ok... but

I just hope that the quote itself is not contingent on that...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on February 28, 2013, 01:00:16 PM
ask richard if they have a stay 7 pay 5 promo or so. sometimes you can pay a little extra and get double the days....
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on February 28, 2013, 01:25:58 PM
They didn't ask me for any proof.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on February 28, 2013, 01:32:18 PM
ask richard if they have a stay 7 pay 5 promo or so. sometimes you can pay a little extra and get double the days....
I did. Waiting to hear back

They didn't ask me for any proof.
Did you also have a quote for honeymooners or are you simply talking about the spa/gift?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on February 28, 2013, 01:43:53 PM
I don't recall if my price was contingent on being on our honeymoon, but I don't think so.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: noturbizniss on February 28, 2013, 04:50:51 PM
What do you do for kosher if you go for 4 or 5 days?  Just bring it all with you?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on February 28, 2013, 04:58:04 PM
What do you do for kosher if you go for 4 or 5 days?  Just bring it all with you?
I fish mostly...

:) Yes I'll be shleping everything... hopefully I won't have any issues at the customs. Apparently all I need to do is label the boxes and make sure I don't write pork on the label...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 28, 2013, 05:08:02 PM
No need to label IME, They were very lax about it all.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on February 28, 2013, 05:09:04 PM
No need to label IME, They were very lax about it all.
They trust ppl w/ beards...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: businessmachine on February 28, 2013, 05:09:46 PM
They trust ppl w/ beards...

You heard that Yossi- start growing out your beard man!! you got a few months
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 28, 2013, 05:15:02 PM
They trust ppl w/ beards...
How about with Yarmulkah and Tzitzes out?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on February 28, 2013, 05:33:48 PM
You heard that Yossi- start growing out your beard man!! you got a few months
Exactly what I was thinking lol! They gave us so much trouble in Cancun with the food... Thank G-d my wife had a prescription for my son's food allergies!
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 28, 2013, 05:50:26 PM
Mexico is much stricter than the Maldives.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on February 28, 2013, 06:20:39 PM
Mexico is much stricter than the Maldives.

+1

Thought I posted it on DDF (2 points for the person that finds it), but Mexican customs took hundreds of $$ in red meat from us and threw it right in the garbage. They did let us keep the white meat  (presumably because of no attendant risk of mad cow's disease).
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on February 28, 2013, 06:24:44 PM
+1

Thought I posted it on DDF (2 points for the person that finds it), but Mexican customs took hundreds of $$ in red meat from us and threw it right in the garbage. They did let us keep the white meat  (presumably because of no attendant risk of mad cow's disease).
Yes us too, she wanted to throw out everything (that was the last of 3 checkpoints) but after showing her the prescription she asked a supervisor and they let us go... that was stressful
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: mmermss on February 28, 2013, 06:49:21 PM
+1

Thought I posted it on DDF (2 points for the person that finds it), but Mexican customs took hundreds of $$ in red meat from us and threw it right in the garbage. They did let us keep the white meat  (presumably because of no attendant risk of mad cow's disease).

Here (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=12479.msg159418#msg159418) it is  ;)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on February 28, 2013, 06:50:00 PM
Here (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=12479.msg159418#msg159418) it is  ;)

Nice! I looked for 5 minutes and couldn't find it.

What'd you search for?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: mmermss on February 28, 2013, 06:55:14 PM
Nice! I looked for 5 minutes and couldn't find it.

What'd you search for?

"Customs" and "Meat"

I didnt get this (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=7408.msg383556#msg383556) title for nothing  :D
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on March 01, 2013, 03:24:06 AM
They trust ppl w/ beards...
+1 people probably thought you were Muslim.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on March 01, 2013, 03:38:50 AM
+1 people probably thought you were Muslim.

How about with Yarmulkah and Tzitzes out?

They probably thought it's a Salafi custom.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: ChikkyMonkey on March 01, 2013, 08:32:04 AM
When landed in MLE some airport workers walked up to me and said "we are also Muslim"... You'd think I knew that already having just seen a big sign "Ibrahim Nassir airport"
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on March 01, 2013, 08:37:18 AM
My kid was born in Jerusalem. You should have seen the excitement on their faces when they read her passport. They'd thought they'd met real life Palestinians. Same in Malaysia
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on March 01, 2013, 09:27:56 AM
My kid was born in Jerusalem. You should have seen the excitement on their faces when they read her passport. They'd thought they'd met real life Palestinians. Same in Malaysia

That is pretty funny.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Moshe123 on March 01, 2013, 09:35:44 AM
I wouldn't control myself. I would say that I'm Jewish.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on March 01, 2013, 09:48:35 AM
ask richard if they have a stay 7 pay 5 promo or so. sometimes you can pay a little extra and get double the days....
He just answered me...
Quote
"Halaveli does not offer free night offers but offers seasonal percentage discounts so there is no particular benefit for a longer stay. The discount included in your quote is not combinable with these discounts but is larger anyway, so you are definitely getting the best deal!"

btw, I am starting to see that flight availability from Israel is verrrry scarce!
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 01, 2013, 09:51:00 AM
MLE and PPT are very tough awards.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on March 01, 2013, 10:15:55 AM
MLE and PPT are very tough awards.
They are indeed! From TLV with Star Alliance you can either stop in IST or SIN if you want just a 2-legs flight (and SIN is out of the question since it is an extra 10 hours travel time...) so it is basically IST and they have only one flight every 2 days!
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 01, 2013, 10:27:23 AM
Hence why you have to plan flights to these places before planning hotel stays.

Though as I learned that doesn't work too well either all the time :P
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on March 01, 2013, 11:40:22 AM
MLE and PPT are very tough awards.

MLE is doable, especially because you can fly elswhere in Asia (CMB,BLR,BKK) and buy a cheap flight. PPT is very hard
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: businessmachine on March 01, 2013, 11:47:32 AM
MLE is doable, especially because you can fly elswhere in Asia (CMB,BLR,BKK) and buy a cheap flight. PPT is very hard

agree- I saw bkk-mle flights for sub $300 in economy
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on March 01, 2013, 11:59:34 AM
MLE is doable, especially because you can fly elswhere in Asia (CMB,BLR,BKK) and buy a cheap flight. PPT is very hard
agree- I saw bkk-mle flights for sub $300 in economy
Yes I saw that too but to get to BKK or CMB from TLV is the issue especially if you want to use SA or OW awards.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: businessmachine on March 01, 2013, 12:06:29 PM
Yes I saw that too but to get to BKK or CMB from TLV is the issue especially if you want to use SA or OW awards.


Get there on LY in J using AA. I'm sure Drago can confirm but it's already Shabbat in Israel
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on March 01, 2013, 12:27:34 PM

Get there on LY in J using AA. I'm sure Drago can confirm but it's already Shabbat in Israel
If Srilankan Airlines joins OW in 2013 as expected (and before my trip) then that would be great as I would even save on those $300... but still that is an 11 hours flight to BKK and then a 6 hours flight back to MLE... for a 4 days trip I don't think I can do that... The IST option is exactly 11 hours including connection (Agreed that it's not J but...)

But I mean, if there is no availability on SA, what other choice do I have...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: noturbizniss on March 01, 2013, 12:44:04 PM
When I checked google ita matrix yesterday it only gave like 6 or 7 airlines. I guess you need to do some work and book completely seperate tickets?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on March 01, 2013, 04:06:26 PM
Flash sale $230/night, Naldhau

On ocean + private pool


 http://www.gha.com/Flash-Sale/2013-02/EN/February-Flash-Sale?s=d-cta

Here are pics of the room
http://www.naladhu.com/houses.php
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: businessmachine on March 01, 2013, 04:18:41 PM
This place is amazing!!! If only this deal would be valid next january


Flash sale $230/night, Naldhau

On ocean + private pool


 http://www.gha.com/Flash-Sale/2013-02/EN/February-Flash-Sale?s=d-cta

Here are pics of the room
http://www.naladhu.com/houses.php
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: businessmachine on March 01, 2013, 04:21:07 PM
I searched but I couldn't replicate the rate-I got around $1300 a night...

Flash sale $230/night, Naldhau

On ocean + private pool


 http://www.gha.com/Flash-Sale/2013-02/EN/February-Flash-Sale?s=d-cta

Here are pics of the room
http://www.naladhu.com/houses.php
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on March 01, 2013, 04:33:46 PM
I searched but I couldn't replicate the rate-I got around $1300 a night...
i found 230 a night
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on March 01, 2013, 04:34:14 PM
https://ssl.gha.com/Search.aspx?chain=AN&property=NDMLE1&language=EN-en&NoRooms=1&NoAdultsofRoom1=1&NoChildrenofRoom1=0&Child1Age1=&Child1Age2=&Child1Age3=&NoAdultsofRoom2=1&NoChildrenofRoom2=0&Child2Age1=&Child2Age2=&Child2Age3=&NoAdultsofRoom3=1&NoChildrenofRoom3=0&Child3Age1=&Child3Age2=&Child3Age3=&promo_code=GHAFLASH0213

look at march 12-14
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on March 01, 2013, 04:34:24 PM
Seems like this doesnt include airport transfer...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on March 01, 2013, 04:39:25 PM
Wow the villa looks huge! Look at that floorplan!
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: businessmachine on March 01, 2013, 04:40:59 PM
https://ssl.gha.com/Search.aspx?chain=AN&property=NDMLE1&language=EN-en&NoRooms=1&NoAdultsofRoom1=1&NoChildrenofRoom1=0&Child1Age1=&Child1Age2=&Child1Age3=&NoAdultsofRoom2=1&NoChildrenofRoom2=0&Child2Age1=&Child2Age2=&Child2Age3=&NoAdultsofRoom3=1&NoChildrenofRoom3=0&Child3Age1=&Child3Age2=&Child3Age3=&promo_code=GHAFLASH0213

look at march 12-14

Yah I figured it out. Rate jumps if you search for anything more then 2 nights. This place looks so amazing
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on March 01, 2013, 04:42:26 PM
Yah I figured it out. Rate jumps if you search for anything more then 2 nights. This place looks so amazing
it does so book 2 2 nights if you want to go i would love to but its just not happening
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: businessmachine on March 01, 2013, 04:43:16 PM
it does so book 2 2 nights if you want to go i would love to but its just not happening

Yeah same here.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on March 01, 2013, 04:45:36 PM
Seems like this doesnt include airport transfer...
$460 pp transfer
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on March 02, 2013, 01:19:45 PM
For those interested, here's the linky to the FT discussion.
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/hotel-deals/1443729-naladhu-maldives-230-night.html

And here's someone's transfer idea.
"This website claims $225 return airport transfers
http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/naladhu/map"
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on March 03, 2013, 06:06:35 AM
Jetsetter 'deal' for an MLE resort.

http://www.jetsetter.com/hotels/maldives/male/1308/cocoa-island?nm=splash&ca=asia&cl=2&rid=6
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: businessmachine on March 03, 2013, 11:13:13 AM
Jetsetter 'deal' for an MLE resort.

http://www.jetsetter.com/hotels/maldives/male/1308/cocoa-island?nm=splash&ca=asia&cl=2&rid=6

what a deal!  :o
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 03, 2013, 11:15:08 AM
Jetsetter 'deal' for an MLE resort.

http://www.jetsetter.com/hotels/maldives/male/1308/cocoa-island?nm=splash&ca=asia&cl=2&rid=6
Only the flash sales are deals.
The rest are regular price.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on March 04, 2013, 08:52:24 AM
OK! Just confirmed my 5 nights at Halaveli for May 8-13! Total cost $3,846 including tax and transfer for both of us for 5 nights! I added a night since Turkish only flies 3-4 times a week from TLV. Total cost per night = $569 without transfer / $770 with. 

For the flights, I followed my original plan which is TLV-IST-MLE (11 hrs total flights & connection) for 70k UA miles + $60 each in I roundtrip.

The whole thing hurts, but like many have said: trip-of-a-lifetime...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on March 04, 2013, 09:03:03 AM
OK! Just confirmed my 5 nights at Halaveli for May 8-13! Total cost $3,846 including tax and transfer for both of us for 5 nights! I added a night since Turkish only flies 3-4 times a week from TLV. Total cost per night = $569 without transfer / $770 with. 

For the flights, I followed my original plan which is TLV-IST-MLE (11 hrs total flights & connection) for 70k UA miles + $60 each in I roundtrip.

The whole thing hurts, but like many have said: trip-of-a-lifetime...
Congrats!
We expect pix
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: businessmachine on March 04, 2013, 10:22:22 AM
OK! Just confirmed my 5 nights at Halaveli for May 8-13! Total cost $3,846 including tax and transfer for both of us for 5 nights! I added a night since Turkish only flies 3-4 times a week from TLV. Total cost per night = $569 without transfer / $770 with. 

For the flights, I followed my original plan which is TLV-IST-MLE (11 hrs total flights & connection) for 70k UA miles + $60 each in I roundtrip.

The whole thing hurts, but like many have said: trip-of-a-lifetime...


Nice!!
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on March 04, 2013, 10:57:56 AM
OK! Just confirmed my 5 nights at Halaveli for May 8-13! Total cost $3,846 including tax and transfer for both of us for 5 nights! I added a night since Turkish only flies 3-4 times a week from TLV. Total cost per night = $569 without transfer / $770 with. 

For the flights, I followed my original plan which is TLV-IST-MLE (11 hrs total flights & connection) for 70k UA miles + $60 each in I roundtrip.

The whole thing hurts, but like many have said: trip-of-a-lifetime...

It'll be a great trip. Still going in May?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: businessmachine on March 04, 2013, 11:00:02 AM
It'll be a great trip. Still going in May?

"OK! Just confirmed my 5 nights at Halaveli for May 8-13! Total cost $3,846 including tax and transfer for both of us for 5 nights! I added a night since Turkish only flies 3-4 times a week from TLV. Total cost per night = $569 without transfer / $770 with. "

 :)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on March 04, 2013, 11:01:12 AM
It'll be a great trip. Still going in May?
Yep! May 8-13. Flying out on the 7th.

Btw thank you guys for all the tips/advice! I really appreciate it!

Can't wait!!
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on March 04, 2013, 11:30:03 AM
"OK! Just confirmed my 5 nights at Halaveli for May 8-13! Total cost $3,846 including tax and transfer for both of us for 5 nights! I added a night since Turkish only flies 3-4 times a week from TLV. Total cost per night = $569 without transfer / $770 with. "

 :)

Thanks.

Yep! May 8-13. Flying out on the 7th.

Btw thank you guys for all the tips/advice! I really appreciate it!

Can't wait!!

Plan on getting SCUBA certified?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on March 04, 2013, 11:33:17 AM
Thanks.

Plan on getting SCUBA certified?
Of course! :) but you kind of scared me when you told me it was very expensive. Especially since I am doing it for my wife and I. I am calling the diving center tonight, and I'll make a plan on completing those online classes in advance
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on March 04, 2013, 11:41:19 AM
Of course! :) but you kind of scared me when you told me it was very expensive. Especially since I am doing it for my wife and I. I am calling the diving center tonight, and I'll make a plan on completing those online classes in advance

If you do it, make sure and ask for Tobias. He was absolutely spectacular.

Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on March 04, 2013, 11:43:00 AM
If you do it, make sure and ask for Tobias. He was absolutely spectacular.
Will do! Thanks for sharing! Anything else I should know about relating to the stay there in general? :)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 04, 2013, 11:46:22 AM
Of course! :) but you kind of scared me when you told me it was very expensive. Especially since I am doing it for my wife and I. I am calling the diving center tonight, and I'll make a plan on completing those online classes in advance
IIRC it was about $800pp at the W.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on March 04, 2013, 11:47:51 AM
IIRC it was about $800pp at the W.
Wow! That's insane! Considering that I usually pay about $120pp for a single dive... But I guess that's an investment...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on March 04, 2013, 11:48:21 AM
Will do! Thanks for sharing! Anything else I should know about relating to the stay there in general? :)

Mentioning my name to the GM guarantees a 2 category room upgrade :)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on March 04, 2013, 11:56:26 AM
@AJK from a watervilla to ?????

Enjoy Halaveli, cool to see how many guys went because of me. Ask to have a villa at end of jetty uneven numbers. On the even numbers, you have all boat traffic in front, not that its alot, but privacy does get disturbed....

Maybe they still have a kosher Ice cream from me in freezer :-)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on March 04, 2013, 11:58:11 AM
@AJK from a watervilla to ?????

Enjoy Halaveli, cool to see how many guys went because of me. Ask to have a villa at end of jetty uneven numbers. On the even numbers, you have all boat traffic in front, not that its alot, but privacy does get disturbed....

Maybe they still have a kosher Ice cream from me in freezer :-)

To the Presidential Suite, duh...

I actually preferred the even numbered villas. We switched from odd to even after the first night. The water is much prettier and I loved watching the sea planes land and take off.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on March 04, 2013, 12:01:25 PM
Mentioning my name to the GM guarantees a 2 category room upgrade :)
Really!? Good to know ;)

Btw have you looked at those 3800 sqf beach villas (http://halaveli.constancehotels.com/images/pdf/Floor_Plans/CHRM/CHRM_BeachVilla.pdf)?? Compared to the "tiny" 1000 sqf water villas ;)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on March 04, 2013, 01:05:53 PM
Really!? Good to know ;)

Btw have you looked at those 3800 sqf beach villas (http://halaveli.constancehotels.com/images/pdf/Floor_Plans/CHRM/CHRM_BeachVilla.pdf)?? Compared to the "tiny" 1000 sqf water villas ;)

Would never have traded my OWB for a Beach Villa. Even if it was 10x the size.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 04, 2013, 01:08:14 PM
Would never have traded my OWB for a Beach Villa. Even if it was 10x the size.
+1
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 04, 2013, 01:09:00 PM
@AJK from a watervilla to ?????

Enjoy Halaveli, cool to see how many guys went because of me. Ask to have a villa at end of jetty uneven numbers. On the even numbers, you have all boat traffic in front, not that its alot, but privacy does get disturbed....

Maybe they still have a kosher Ice cream from me in freezer :-)
At $600 it's a no-brainer. Pointless to waste points at those rates.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on March 04, 2013, 01:09:59 PM
Would never have traded my OWB for a Beach Villa. Even if it was 10x the size.
+1
wow... you guys really seemed to have loved that OWB!
What about the spa amenities, do we have access to it only when we book a treatment?
Did you guys book anything in advance besides Scuba Diving?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on March 04, 2013, 01:30:20 PM
I booked nothing in advance. Not even SCUBA :)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on March 04, 2013, 01:45:29 PM
I see that they have complimentary Windsurfing, have you guys ever done that?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on March 04, 2013, 08:47:10 PM
Flash sale $230/night, Naldhau

On ocean + private pool


 http://www.gha.com/Flash-Sale/2013-02/EN/February-Flash-Sale?s=d-cta

Here are pics of the room
http://www.naladhu.com/houses.php

Reservations cancelled... Price mistake
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: businessmachine on March 04, 2013, 09:02:26 PM
Reservations cancelled... Price mistake

sry to hear..any sort of coupon or something they gave you as compensation?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on March 04, 2013, 09:08:01 PM
sry to hear..any sort of coupon or something they gave you as compensation?
I didn't book, no worries. Was tempting for Pesach though.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: daganster on March 04, 2013, 11:54:22 PM
OK! Just confirmed my 5 nights at Halaveli for May 8-13! Total cost $3,846 including tax and transfer for both of us for 5 nights! I added a night since Turkish only flies 3-4 times a week from TLV. Total cost per night = $569 without transfer / $770 with. 

For the flights, I followed my original plan which is TLV-IST-MLE (11 hrs total flights & connection) for 70k UA miles + $60 each in I roundtrip.

The whole thing hurts, but like many have said: trip-of-a-lifetime...
Nice, you'll have a blast. If you got married recently some hotels will give you the honeymoon package.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: businessmachine on March 05, 2013, 12:30:31 AM
Just ticketed our Thailand/Maldives Vacation(posting this in Thailand and maldives thread) b/w December 22nd and January 7th all in J. Keep in mind this is during high season for both of these locations so availability is scarce but I would appreciate any feedback tips on how to make it better. Also note that I had a one way to HNL set but cancelled it in exchange for the BKK-MLE on SQ biz instead of taking a raunchy Sri Lanka air economy flight. The Itinerary is below:

EWR - MXP(UA)- Depart 12/22
MXP - BKK(TG) - Arrive 12/24 6 AM- Fly to HKT and spend 3 nights and then fly to CNX and spend 5 nights there
BKK - SIN(SQ)- Depart 1/1/14
SIN - MLE(SQ)Arrive in MLE 1/1 at 11PM :-[- any thoughts on where to stay or go straight to resort which I didn't book yet
MLE - SIN(SQ)Depart 11:30 PM 1/5
SIN - BKK(SQ)
BKK - ZRH(TG)- Will have a full day in BKK before taking the midnight flight back home.
ZRH - EWR(UA)- Arrive

Thanks!
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on March 05, 2013, 12:33:19 AM
Just ticketed our Thailand/Maldives Vacation(posting this in Thailand and maldives thread) b/w December 22nd and January 7th all in J. Keep in mind this is during high season for both of these locations so availability is scarce but I would appreciate any feedback tips on how to make it better. Also note that I had a one way to HNL set but cancelled it in exchange for the BKK-MLE on SQ biz instead of taking a raunchy Sri Lanka air economy flight. The Itinerary is below:

EWR - MXP(UA)- Depart 12/22
MXP - BKK(TG) - Arrive 12/24 6 AM- Fly to HKT and spend 3 nights and then fly to CNX and spend 5 nights there
BKK - SIN(SQ)- Depart 1/1/14
SIN - MLE(SQ)Arrive in MLE 1/1 at 11PM :-[- any thoughts on where to stay or go straight to resort which I didn't book yet
MLE - SIN(SQ)Depart 11:30 PM 1/5
SIN - BKK(SQ)
BKK - ZRH(TG)- Will have a full day in BKK before taking the midnight flight back home.
ZRH - EWR(UA)- Arrive

Thanks!

MXO isn't a good place to connect. A few days before departure NYC-ZRH and ZRH-BKK should open on LX/TG. Switch to that. If you have the miles do LH/TG F via FRA when it becomes available.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: businessmachine on March 05, 2013, 12:36:48 AM
MXO isn't a good place to connect. A few days before departure NYC-ZRH and ZRH-BKK should open on LX/TG. Switch to that. If you have the miles do LH/TG F via FRA when it becomes available.

Good to know. Thanks for the heads up! LH/TG F will only be a few days before departure right?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on March 05, 2013, 12:38:18 AM
SIN - MLE(SQ)Arrive in MLE 1/1 at 11PM :-[- any thoughts on where to stay or go straight to resort which I didn't book yet
Aren't seaplanes flying only during the day?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: businessmachine on March 05, 2013, 12:40:29 AM
Aren't seaplanes flying only during the day?

It depends on the resort I end up staying at. Some resorts have 24 hr speedboat service. Worse comes to worse- we can sleep by airport hotel and then go first thing in the morning or a second option I have is to spend the night in SIN and take morning flight to MLE which arrives at 11:35 AM
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on March 05, 2013, 12:44:17 AM
Good to know. Thanks for the heads up! LH/TG F will only be a few days before departure right?
TG F can open up anytime. LH is <15 days to departure. Probably now already JFK-GVA is open on LX, personally Id take an extra connection for LX>UA.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: businessmachine on March 05, 2013, 12:51:48 AM
TG F can open up anytime. LH is <15 days to departure. Probably now already JFK-GVA is open on LX, personally Id take an extra connection for LX>UA.

Wow..knew lx was good but didn't know it was that much better..I don't remember seeing any lx availability but its possible im not seeing it due to no status...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on March 05, 2013, 12:58:57 AM
Wow..knew lx was good but didn't know it was that much better..I don't remember seeing any lx availability but its possible im not seeing it due to no status...
Status doesnt make a difference on LX. Check JFK-GVA.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on March 05, 2013, 01:09:03 AM
If you do it, make sure and ask for Tobias. He was absolutely spectacular.

IIRC it was about $800pp at the W.
U were pretty close! $843 pp!!  :o ::) 9 lessons included in 5 different dives...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on March 05, 2013, 03:21:34 AM
U were pretty close! $843 pp!!  :o ::) 9 lessons included in 5 different dives...
They don't have 2 options? One to be certified to go like 20m and one certified to go like 5m?

I think some resorts offer that.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on March 05, 2013, 07:56:45 AM
They don't have 2 options? One to be certified to go like 20m and one certified to go like 5m?

I think some resorts offer that.
The first step is open water certification (12m) and from there u can obtain advanced/adventure diver (30-40m) and then master diver (40m+)..

There is a 2m option for kids...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on March 05, 2013, 10:11:32 AM
Just ticketed our Thailand/Maldives Vacation(posting this in Thailand and maldives thread) b/w December 22nd and January 7th all in J. Keep in mind this is during high season for both of these locations so availability is scarce but I would appreciate any feedback tips on how to make it better. Also note that I had a one way to HNL set but cancelled it in exchange for the BKK-MLE on SQ biz instead of taking a raunchy Sri Lanka air economy flight. The Itinerary is below:

EWR - MXP(UA)- Depart 12/22
MXP - BKK(TG) - Arrive 12/24 6 AM- Fly to HKT and spend 3 nights and then fly to CNX and spend 5 nights there
BKK - SIN(SQ)- Depart 1/1/14
SIN - MLE(SQ)Arrive in MLE 1/1 at 11PM :-[- any thoughts on where to stay or go straight to resort which I didn't book yet
MLE - SIN(SQ)Depart 11:30 PM 1/5
SIN - BKK(SQ)
BKK - ZRH(TG)- Will have a full day in BKK before taking the midnight flight back home.
ZRH - EWR(UA)- Arrive

Thanks!

Dont want to ruin for you, but the maldives is the most expensive place around new year and christmas... It will cost you a fortune and be very busy.... This is prob. the worst time to go....
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: businessmachine on March 05, 2013, 10:17:18 AM
Dont want to ruin for you, but the maldives is the most expensive place around new year and christmas... It will cost you a fortune and be very busy.... This is prob. the worst time to go....

I know...got a quote for Halevali- $8+ grand for 4 nights. I don't have much flexibility regarding timing due to work but that's why I scheduled MLE after new years so that hopefully it will be less packed with christmas/new years crowd... also got a quote for Centara Ras Fushi for 4 nights staying in a Premium Deluxe Spa Water Villa with a Jacuzzi and speedboat transfer included for $3,600...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on March 05, 2013, 10:32:41 AM
http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g293953-i7445-k5701234-Centara_Ras_Fushi_Resort_Spa-Maldives.html
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: businessmachine on March 05, 2013, 10:39:47 AM
http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g293953-i7445-k5701234-Centara_Ras_Fushi_Resort_Spa-Maldives.html

not too comforting at all...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on March 05, 2013, 12:09:16 PM
My advice: dont go and cancel trip. You can get 10 days for that price any other time....

You will spend 4k on a semi decent hotel next to the airport, thats what u shlep to the maldives for?!
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: businessmachine on March 05, 2013, 12:16:18 PM
My advice: dont go and cancel trip. You can get 10 days for that price any other time....

You will spend 4k on a semi decent hotel next to the airport, thats what u shlep to the maldives for?!

Look- my worse case scenario is getting an overwater at the Hyatt or staying at the conrad on points if I book before the end of the month. I completely agree that it may not be the easiest thing in the world to find availability but there are options and even from a basic hotels.com search I see nice resorts for 1k a night range.

Maybe the constance halevali is out but MLE is full of amazing resorts. 

Chuchem- You really don't think I can find a good deal in the 1k a night range including transfers?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on March 05, 2013, 12:29:24 PM
Look- my worse case scenario is getting an overwater at the Hyatt or staying at the conrad on points if I book before the end of the month. I completely agree that it may not be the easiest thing in the world to find availability but there are options and even from a basic hotels.com search I see nice resorts for 1k a night range.

Maybe the constance halevali is out but MLE is full of amazing resorts. 

Chuchem- You really don't think I can find a good deal in the 1k a night range including transfers?
Book your rooms w/ points now if you can, and you can always cancel down the line.
If this is the only time that works w/ your work schedule, then take advantage. O/w, you may never return to it.

The 2 new Radisson's should also be open by then...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: businessmachine on March 05, 2013, 12:34:49 PM
Book your rooms w/ points now if you can, and you can always cancel down the line.
If this is the only time that works w/ your work schedule, then take advantage. O/w, you may never return to it.

The 2 new Radisson's should also be open by then...

That's my thoughts too...I really have no idea if I'll ever have the opportunity to take off so much time in the future and since i'll already be in Thailand- MLE is a must. I'm going to call hyatt/conrad to see availability...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on March 05, 2013, 01:54:30 PM
That's my thoughts too...I really have no idea if I'll ever have the opportunity to take off so much time in the future and since i'll already be in Thailand- MLE is a must. I'm going to call hyatt/conrad to see availability...
why call, chk online
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: businessmachine on March 05, 2013, 01:55:53 PM
because availability is not enough- they need to tell me if theres availability for upgrade buy ups to the OWB
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 05, 2013, 01:59:57 PM
because availability is not enough- they need to tell me if theres availability for upgrade buy ups to the OWB
If they are selling a OWB they will allow buy-ups IME.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: businessmachine on March 05, 2013, 02:03:51 PM
If they are selling a OWB they will allow buy-ups IME.

that's great! so no availability for my desired dates but they do have for secondary dates which means MLE and then Thailand instead of other way around..have a feeling it will be quite a shock to stay in a regular hotel after 4 nights in an OWB but if I have no choice...Only issue is that the site says I need to call to get point rate...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 05, 2013, 02:06:13 PM
Only issue is that the site says I need to call to get point rate...
Probably no standard rooms left.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: terrificreport on March 05, 2013, 03:31:50 PM
Not sure if this is the right forum to post, if it isn't please direct me to the appropriate one.

Your post has inspired me. We have an overdue wedding anniversary to celebrate and I would like to go to the Maldives sometime in April – I know..late, late.
I am making my way through some of the maldive threads, tremendously informative and can't say I understand all of it.

I need both flights and lodging and hopefully get israel included, if possible.

As for lodging, the halaveli seems to be the best idea. The hyatt would really be the best use of points, however I don't have Hyatt points and more importantly, the owbs don't have pools.

As for flights, we are based in Montreal and can fly from YUL/YYZ or NY airports (a royal pain but nevertheless an option). I am finding myself completely confused with flying arrangements and how to use my usairways points. Is there any way that i can use my usairways - or for that matter any of the point balances that I have listed below (at one point was heavily into aor)?


My point balances are currently at
240k dividend miles (usairways)
54k aeroplan
36k skymiles
25k skymiles
24k skymiles
23k aa

25k starwood points (just signed up for some credit cards and will hopefully have additional 35k soon)
15k marriott
15k hhonors
11k hhonors
5k marriott

A friend of mine has 100k spg that I may be able to borrow.

For lodging I plan on using 80k of capitalone travel rewards  ($800) and will be checking into jetsetter, agoda.com, orbitz 20% and hotels.com.
Any TA suggestions other than Richard at http://www.purelymaldives.co.uk?

Thanks
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on March 05, 2013, 04:07:44 PM
For 240K US, you can get 2 RT tix in J (business class) to MLE (Maldives).

You just have to find availability.

Luckily, April is right around the beginning of the low seasons so you should be able to find hotel availability with points, but you'll likely need every bit of your 60K SPG plus your friends 100K SPG, as the SPG props in MLE are category 6+, requiring 20-35k/night.

Another thread you may want to read is the thread I started on a similar topic (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=12479.0).
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: noturbizniss on March 05, 2013, 04:10:50 PM
the SPG props in MLE are category 6+, requiring 20-35k/night.

Doest that get on OWB or is that additional?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on March 05, 2013, 04:14:09 PM
Doest that get on OWB or is that additional?

Right; I forgot to add--That is for standard rooms.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: terrificreport on March 05, 2013, 04:48:54 PM
For 240K US, you can get 2 RT tix in J (business class) to MLE (Maldives).

You just have to find availability.

Luckily, April is right around the beginning of the low seasons so you should be able to find hotel availability with points, but you'll likely need every bit of your 60K SPG plus your friends 100K SPG, as the SPG props in MLE are category 6+, requiring 20-35k/night.

Another thread you may want to read is the thread I started on a similar topic (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=12479.0).

Thanks for the quick reply.

I am in the middle of reading that thread - did not realize you were the one who started - thanks again

How do the SPG rooms compare to the Halaveli?

Did you mean using USairways or a partner for the flight as when I try to book to MLE on usairways website, I receive a we're sorry message, we are unable to find the cities (tried calling but they have automated message - once you have waited - to call back because they are dealing with weather related)

thanks




Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 05, 2013, 04:54:39 PM
The Sheraton is a lower-tier hotel near the airport.
Both the Halaveli and W are top-tier resorts with private pools in all OWBs.

You would have to search for partner availability on sites like United.com and then call USAir to book.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: terrificreport on March 05, 2013, 05:31:17 PM
Thanks. And no way to get on singapore airlines? (star alliance chart shows that singapore business is excluded).

Can Usairways book ANY available seats or only AWARD seats on partner airlines.

Just called SPG, and I was told that for the W retreat maldives, rooms are at 95k per night (rep had no idea if rates were changed today, march 5)

Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: terrificreport on March 05, 2013, 05:38:40 PM
Anything to be concerned about??

Unrest erupts after ex-president arrested in Maldives - posted about an hour ago
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: businessmachine on March 05, 2013, 05:53:12 PM
Thanks. And no way to get on singapore airlines? (star alliance chart shows that singapore business is excluded).

Can Usairways book any seats that are available on partnre airlines or only award seats that are available on the partner airlines.

Just called SPG, and I was told that for the W retreat maldiveas are at 95k per night (rep had no idea if rates were changed today, march 5)


The 95K per night just doesen't sound right...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on March 05, 2013, 06:43:51 PM
Thanks. And no way to get on singapore airlines? (star alliance chart shows that singapore business is excluded).

Can Usairways book any seats that are available on partnre airlines or only award seats that are available on the partner airlines.


Actually, US chart provides: Award redemption on the Singapore Airlines Suites, First Class and Business Class cabin products on the A380, B777-300ER and A340-500 aircraft is currently unavailable. Now, I'm not sure if their A333s or their 772s fly on the routes you'll need, but if they do, J class is not excluded.

US can only book award seats that are released by the partners (SQ) to US.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: businessmachine on March 05, 2013, 06:45:31 PM
Isn't united also a partner yet they never have suites availability ?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on March 05, 2013, 06:46:40 PM
Isn't united also a partner yet they never have suites availability ?

Not sure what your point is, but yes, UA also does not have SQ R availability because SQ does not release it to (ANY) partners.

US can only book award seats that are released by the partners (SQ) to US.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: businessmachine on March 05, 2013, 06:58:44 PM
Not sure what your point is, but yes, UA also does not have SQ R availability because SQ does not release it to (ANY) partners.


That's what I wanted to confirm. Per your post, I thought that US has different availability showing for SQ then other * partners.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on March 05, 2013, 07:05:41 PM

That's what I wanted to confirm. Per your post, I thought that US has different availability showing for SQ then other * partners.
US does not let you book SQ suites since they don't open award seats to them, which they specifically write that you can't.

But it doesn't say anywhere on UA that you can't book SQ R, rather they just don't give them or any *A award space. 

Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: businessmachine on March 05, 2013, 07:21:13 PM
US does not let you book SQ suites since they don't open award seats to them, which they specifically write that you can't.

But it doesn't say anywhere on UA that you can't book SQ R, rather they just don't give them or any *A award space.

Interesting- thanks for the clarification!
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: terrificreport on March 05, 2013, 10:44:45 PM

The 95K per night just doesen't sound right...

Not sure what your point is but I double checked and called again, it turns out that low season is at 90k and hi season at 105k
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: businessmachine on March 06, 2013, 12:15:17 PM
Chuchem wasn't kidding- its an absolute nightmare finding a resort in high season..many of the top resorts are already sold out and the ones that are left are ridiculously expensive...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on March 06, 2013, 01:24:42 PM
All this talk is making me consider booking a speculative stay at the Conrad for 4 evenings...
I've just gotta to find the most logical time period
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on March 06, 2013, 04:20:43 PM
All this talk is making me consider booking a speculative stay at the Conrad for 4 evenings...
I've just gotta to find the most logical time period

I can't decide between Conrad MLE or Hilton BOB or maybe even Hilton Whistler... decisions, decisions.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on March 06, 2013, 04:23:17 PM
I can't decide between Conrad MLE or Hilton BOB or maybe even Hilton Whistler... decisions, decisions.
If you don't have a kid yet, chk out the Seychelles Northholme (sic).
They have a no kid policy so it's out for me, but the Seychelles seem to have the best of all worlds.
And you could probably add in a TLV stopover to make up for the last time you were here  :)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on March 06, 2013, 04:25:10 PM
If you don't have a kid yet, chk out the Seychelles Northholme (sic).
They have a no kid policy so it's out for me, but the Seychelles seem to have the best of all worlds.
And you could probably add in a TLV stopover to make up for the last time you were here  :)

SEZ > MLE or BOB?

Or just because they have a no-kid policy?

Ha.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: businessmachine on March 06, 2013, 04:29:11 PM
SEZ > MLE or BOB?

Or just because they have a no-kid policy?

Ha.

lol- its definitely because of the no-kid policy
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on March 06, 2013, 04:31:48 PM
SEZ > MLE or BOB?

Or just because they have a no-kid policy?

Ha.
If you are prone to island fever, its a bit bigger...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on March 06, 2013, 04:38:40 PM
If you are prone to island fever, its a bit bigger...

Nah, as many hours as I work, I'm happy to sit and "do nothing" when I get the opportunity. 
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: businessmachine on March 06, 2013, 04:39:50 PM
Nah, as many hours as I work, I'm happy to sit and "do nothing" when I get the opportunity.

+1
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on March 06, 2013, 10:59:09 PM
If you are prone to island fever, its a bit bigger...
and it's the least traveled of the 3

it seems like there's more to do there than the other places, along w/ locals to interact with (which I find is a fun part of a vacation), but if lounging around and scuba is your thing, you're probably better off in the first 2
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 07, 2013, 12:38:29 AM
W MLE is also no kids.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on March 07, 2013, 02:16:26 AM
W MLE is also no kids.
Some enterprising zhid should sue for discrimination
AJK, do you handle this stuff?

Funny enough, I had never heard of this till I read about the SEZ situation. And to imaging that I almost went there last year w/ my 2 month old w/o knowing...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on March 07, 2013, 03:17:04 AM
Some enterprising zhid should sue for discrimination
AJK, do you handle this stuff?
lol, but death to homosexuals is fine. :P

 You ain't in Kansas anymore...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on March 07, 2013, 05:43:16 AM
Reservations cancelled... Price mistake
S/o on FT reported that he received an email apologizing and honoring the rate...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: businessmachine on March 08, 2013, 09:16:42 AM
It was difficult but I finally managed to secure December availability at the Conrad MLE for 5 nights. I got in touch with the hotel and they offered for me to buy an upgrade to the water villa for $370 plus tax. Wasn't it cheaper? I remember hearing $350...

Also wanted to add that the transfer is $507 per person including tax. Would love to hear your thoughts
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: businessmachine on March 08, 2013, 09:20:54 AM
It was difficult but I finally managed to secure December availability at the Conrad MLE for 5 nights. I got in touch with the hotel and they offered for me to buy an upgrade to the water villa for $375 plus 18% tax which is allegedly a 25% discount because its our honeymoon... Wasn't it cheaper? I remember hearing $350. Please see below for all my upgrade options.

Beach Villa to Water Villa               - USD 375.00 + taxes per night
Beach Villa to Deluxe Beach Villa     - USD 375.00 + taxes per night
Beach Villa to Superior Water Villa   - USD 560.00 + taxes per night
Beach Villa to Retreat Water Villa    - USD 710.00 + taxes per night
Beach Villa to Deluxe Water Villa     - USD 900.00 + taxes per night
Beach Villa to Premier Water Villa    - USD 1,760.00 + taxes per night
Beach Villa to Junior Beach Suite     - USD 1,760.00 + taxes per night

Also wanted to add that the transfer is $507 per person including tax. Would love to hear your thoughts
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on March 08, 2013, 09:36:20 AM
dont think you will get a better deal in dec. for the maldives, esp. in a 5* deluxe :-)
Its expensive, but thats life :-)

Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: businessmachine on March 08, 2013, 09:38:11 AM
dont think you will get a better deal in dec. for the maldives, esp. in a 5* deluxe :-)
Its expensive, but thats life :-)

I hear yah. Do you think I should upgrade all nights to water villa or do a few nights in the water and a few in a deluxe beach villa? I heard a lot about the outdoor bathtub and shower!!
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on March 14, 2013, 09:57:51 AM
I just showed the SQ suites in the A380 from SIN-FRA to my wife and she is really into it lol... so I have a dilemma:
- Option #1: MLE-IST-TLV (Leaves @ 10:55pm for a 15 hours trip in Business)
- Option #2: MLE-SIN-FRA-TLV (Leaves @ 2:15pm for a 27 hours trip with 13 of them in a Suite...)

Keep in mind that with option #2 I am losing half a day in the Maldives (and ppl have said that it is tough to leave!), it is almost double the miles and it is 12 hours longer....

Any advice will be much appreciated!
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on March 14, 2013, 10:20:45 AM
I just showed the SQ suites in the A380 from SIN-FRA to my wife and she is really into it lol... so I have a dilemma:
- Option #1: MLE-IST-TLV (Leaves @ 10:55pm for a 15 hours trip in Business)
- Option #2: MLE-SIN-FRA-TLV (Leaves @ 2:15pm for a 27 hours trip with 13 of them in a Suite...)

Keep in mind that with option #2 I am losing half a day in the Maldives (and ppl have said that it is tough to leave!), it is almost double the miles and it is 12 hours longer....

Any advice will be much appreciated!

Although I look forward to SQuites, I don't think I'd give up (what is basically a full) day in MLE, double miles, and double travel time to get it.

Enjoy MLE, save the miles and time, and take SQuites when it's more convenient.

And, dude, you should know better -- you created the dilemma yourself. Never show your wife until its already booked.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 14, 2013, 10:26:50 AM
Bear in mind that the last seaplanes from your hotel depart at about 4pm and there's nothing open in MLE at that point so there's lot of wasted time with late night departures.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on March 14, 2013, 10:28:30 AM
Bear in mind that the last seaplanes from your hotel depart at about 4pm.
Yes I know that's why I said half a day... I would leave at ~11am instead of 4-5pm...

Although I look forward to SQuites, I don't think I'd give up (what is basically a full) day in MLE, double miles, and double travel time to get it.

Enjoy MLE, save the miles and time, and take SQuites when it's more convenient.

And, dude, you should know better -- you created the dilemma yourself. Never show your wife until its already booked.
lol
+100. But it's ok I can un-convince her with the extra 12 hours wasted :)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on March 14, 2013, 10:31:28 AM
and there's nothing open in MLE at that point so there's lot of wasted time with late night departures.
point taken... but I am wasting 3-4 hours in MLE in order to save 4-5 hours at the Halaveli... not worth it in your opinion?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: ChikkyMonkey on March 14, 2013, 11:07:28 AM
point taken... but I am wasting 3-4 hours in MLE in order to save 4-5 hours at the Halaveli... not worth it in your opinion?

I had a night flight out, didn't really bother me as I paid to stay at the Conrad lounge in MLE, great lounge with comfy couches I slept on, lotsa free drinks, fruit, wifi....

2:15pm departure would probably mean you would need to leave resort first thing in morning. where as night departure would mean you can take their last seaplane back and enjoy the last morning there.. Keep in mind, even if you take their last plane out you may still have to check out on time and be without a room for few hours.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on March 14, 2013, 11:18:33 AM
I had a night flight out, didn't really bother me as I paid to stay at the Conrad lounge in MLE, great lounge with comfy couches I slept on, lotsa free drinks, fruit, wifi....

2:15pm departure would probably mean you would need to leave resort first thing in morning. where as night departure would mean you can take their last seaplane back and enjoy the last morning there.. Keep in mind, even if you take their last plane out you may still have to check out on time and be without a room for few hours.
Thanks for the input! I'll give some thoughts to it, but I am definitely going towards staying that extra "almost full" day in Halaveli...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 14, 2013, 11:27:58 AM
point taken... but I am wasting 3-4 hours in MLE in order to save 4-5 hours at the Halaveli... not worth it in your opinion?
I didn't weigh in on worth as that's subjective. Just wanted to make sure you knew you'll be sitting around in MLE for 6 hours.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on March 14, 2013, 11:30:10 AM
2:15pm departure would probably mean you would need to leave resort first thing in morning. where as night departure would mean you can take their last seaplane back and enjoy the last morning there.. Keep in mind, even if you take their last plane out you may still have to check out on time and be without a room for few hours.

+1, that's what I did. Took the last seaplane, spent an hour or so in the QR lounge, and off we went.

But, IIRC, we got to stay in our room (it was May, not high season).
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on March 14, 2013, 11:33:12 AM
I didn't weigh in on worth as that's subjective. Just wanted to make sure you knew you'll be sitting around in MLE for 6 hours.
Thanks Dan. So would you take the earlier flight given those facts?

+1, that's what I did. Took the last seaplane, spent an hour or so in the QR lounge, and off we went.

But, IIRC, we got to stay in our room (it was May, not high season).
Nice! Was your flight as late as mine? That's great that they let you stay in your room!
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: businessmachine on March 14, 2013, 11:45:57 AM
FYI

Did you check to see that there is no later flight. My MLE-SIN flight leaves at around 11PM
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on March 14, 2013, 11:49:29 AM
FYI

Did you check to see that there is no later flight. My MLE-SIN flight leaves at around 11PM
There is but it arrives during Shavuot the day after ;)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: businessmachine on March 14, 2013, 11:51:22 AM
you can't start your trip 1 day earlier?

That way you get best of both worlds..staying later and flying in SQ suites!!!
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on March 14, 2013, 11:52:44 AM
Thanks Dan. So would you take the earlier flight given those facts?
Nice! Was your flight as late as mine? That's great that they let you stay in your room!

My QR flight left MLE at 19:30.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on March 14, 2013, 11:54:03 AM
you can't start your trip 1 day earlier?

That way you get best of both worlds..staying later and flying in SQ suites!!!
Nope Mrs. Yossi. is becoming an MD the day before!
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: businessmachine on March 14, 2013, 11:55:32 AM
Nope Mrs. Yossi. is becoming an MD the day before!

pshh....what a way to celebrate!
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on March 14, 2013, 12:18:59 PM
My QR flight left MLE at 19:30.
Yeah so I have a few more hours :)

pshh....what a way to celebrate!
:)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 14, 2013, 02:30:03 PM
5 day sales:
http://www.jetsetter.com/hotels/maldives/male/2108/vivanta-by-taj-coral-reef
http://www.jetsetter.com/hotels/maldives/male/2032/taj-exotica-resort-spa
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on March 14, 2013, 03:08:00 PM
5 day sales:
http://www.jetsetter.com/hotels/maldives/male/2108/vivanta-by-taj-coral-reef
http://www.jetsetter.com/hotels/maldives/male/2032/taj-exotica-resort-spa

Taj Exotica is one of the best in the Maldives
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on March 14, 2013, 03:11:12 PM
5 day sales:
http://www.jetsetter.com/hotels/maldives/male/2032/taj-exotica-resort-spa

Taj Exotica is one of the best in the Maldives

wow...

(http://cdnx.jetcdn.com/static/image/ZGVjZPb2ZQNfnJ1uM2ImY3Olo2E1L3DipUWipTIlqTyypl8lZQZlY3Olo3NgAQVmZGDgZGZlZQt1ZQpjAv1mpzZhnaOa)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 14, 2013, 03:11:52 PM
Taj Exotica is one of the best in the Maldives
Also comes with free speedboat transfer.

It also says "Stay seven nights and pay for five, stay ten nights and pay for seven" though that isn't pricing out for me.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 14, 2013, 03:12:11 PM
wow...
Indeed.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on March 14, 2013, 03:13:22 PM
I want to go
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on March 14, 2013, 03:14:11 PM
DO?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: businessmachine on March 14, 2013, 03:17:32 PM
If only this was available in December...what a place!
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on March 14, 2013, 03:20:15 PM
$839/night for the Taj in the off-season? Meh.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: businessmachine on March 14, 2013, 03:21:32 PM
$839/night for the Taj in the off-season? Meh.

I think you should look at the pics again. Puts any other resort I saw to shame- at least by comparing pics :P
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 14, 2013, 03:22:30 PM
$839/night for the Taj in the off-season? Meh.
$829 for off-season.
If they'll honor the 7 for 5 it's $592/night.
Plus free transfer, so $1,000 savings there compared to other resorts.

Reviews are top-notch:
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g1752120-d302458-Reviews-Taj_Exotica_Resort_Spa-Emboodhu_Finolhu.html
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: businessmachine on March 14, 2013, 03:22:38 PM
Indeed.

You think Jetsetter can pull some strings to get a discounted rate for Dec/Jan. Worth a try ?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 14, 2013, 03:22:42 PM
I think you should look at the pics again. Puts any other resort I saw to shame- at least by comparing pics :P
+1
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 14, 2013, 03:22:55 PM
You think Jetsetter can pull some strings to get a discounted rate for Dec/Jan. Worth a try ?
Nope. You can always wait though.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: businessmachine on March 14, 2013, 03:25:04 PM
Nope. You can always wait though.

I would book at this rate without hesitation for the pay 5 stay 7 nights if it were available when i'm going
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on March 14, 2013, 03:25:36 PM
$829 for off-season.
If they'll honor the 7 for 5 it's $592/night.
Plus free transfer, so $1,000 savings there compared to other resorts.

Reviews are top-notch:
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g1752120-d302458-Reviews-Taj_Exotica_Resort_Spa-Emboodhu_Finolhu.html
You forgot about the 10% hotel service charge
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: businessmachine on March 14, 2013, 03:27:42 PM
You forgot about the 10% hotel service charge

Taxes here are also cheap compared to other places. Conrad and Halaveli charge 18% for service and tax
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on March 14, 2013, 03:28:20 PM
Taxes here are also cheap compared to other places. Conrad and Halaveli charge 18% for service and tax
but they are included in the quote... not in Dan's comment
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on March 14, 2013, 03:28:23 PM
$829 for off-season.
If they'll honor the 7 for 5 it's $592/night.
Plus free transfer, so $1,000 savings there compared to other resorts.

Reviews are top-notch:
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g1752120-d302458-Reviews-Taj_Exotica_Resort_Spa-Emboodhu_Finolhu.html

Get back to me with the $600/night price is honored.

As for the pic that was posted, that was like the "Presidential Villa."

For off season, I don't think it's worth booking the taj, when you can stay at the below, which is a regular OWB for almost HALF the price:

(http://www.homedsgn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Constance-Halaveli-Maldives-Resort-26.jpg)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on March 14, 2013, 03:29:52 PM
Get back to me with the $600/night price is honored.

As for the pic that was posted, that was like the "Presidential Villa."

For off season, I don't think it's worth booking the taj, when you can stay at the below, which is a regular OWB for almost HALF the price:

(http://www.homedsgn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Constance-Halaveli-Maldives-Resort-26.jpg)
Is that the Halaveli?? Nice!!  :P
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: businessmachine on March 14, 2013, 03:32:15 PM
I don't think it was the presidential suite- description said that it was deluxe lagoon view room- 1100 Square Feet!
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on March 14, 2013, 03:37:56 PM
Is that the Halaveli?? Nice!!  :P

It is.

I don't think it was the presidential suite- description said that it was deluxe lagoon view room- 1100 Square Feet!

You're right, my point only was it was not the standard room.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on March 14, 2013, 03:39:26 PM
Plus free transfer, so $1,000 savings there compared to other resorts.

The hotel is 15 mins away from MLE airport by speed boat.

Comparable resorts by location do not charge $1000.00 for speed boat transfer.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: ChikkyMonkey on March 14, 2013, 03:40:35 PM
Taj Exotica is one of the best in the Maldives

True, but if I remember correctly I was told it was located near MLE and had constant noise of planes landing and taking off.. things you wouldn't otherwise know by looking at their sites..

Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on March 14, 2013, 03:41:45 PM
True, but if I remember correctly I was told it was located near MLE and had constant noise of planes landing and taking off.. things you wouldn't otherwise know by looking at their sites..



It is. See above.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on March 14, 2013, 03:42:23 PM
True, but if I remember correctly I was told it was located near MLE and had constant noise of planes landing and taking off.. things you wouldn't otherwise know by looking at their sites..


Nice vid... but I could only look at the color of that water!!
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 14, 2013, 03:42:29 PM
You're right, my point only was it was not the standard room.
Who cares? Jetsetter is selling that room.

The hotel is 15 mins away from MLE airport.

Comparable resorts by location do not charge $1000.00 for speed boat transfer.
Most resorts that can be reached by speedboat are crappy.
The fact that you need to take a plane to get to your resort isn't something people do for fun, they do it because most good resorts require that transfer.

Thus if this has reviews on par if not better than the Halaveli an honest comparison of cost would include the transfer fee, which would negate almost the entire price difference for a much nicer looking villa.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 14, 2013, 03:43:18 PM
True, but if I remember correctly I was told it was located near MLE and had constant noise of planes landing and taking off.. things you wouldn't otherwise know by looking at their sites..


Interesting, that is a factor.
Though you'll have seaplane noise at all resorts, though near MLE it would be much more often.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: businessmachine on March 14, 2013, 03:43:45 PM
It is. See above.

Its 4 miles away from MLE airport so pretty close but don't forget- there are no sea planes at night and during the day your snorkling or diving somehwhere so its probably not a big deal
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 14, 2013, 03:44:19 PM
Get back to me with the $600/night price is honored.
I'm not going to waste the time trying to get something honored that I don't need, but hopefully someone will try.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on March 14, 2013, 03:45:09 PM
Most resorts that can be reached by speedboat are crappy.
The fact that you need to take a plane to get to your resort isn't something people do for fun, they do it because most good resorts require that transfer.

Thus if this has reviews on par if not better than the Halaveli an honest comparison of cost would include the transfer fee, which would negate almost the entire price difference for a much nicer looking villa.

Taking a seaplane is part of the experience, IMHO.

But, you're right in that you should calculate the xfer as part of the cost of the hotel. Then again, my xfer was included for the Halaveli.

I'm not going to waste the time trying to get something honored that I don't need, but hopefully someone will try.

Wasn't directed at you specifically, but at DDF generally.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on March 14, 2013, 03:47:47 PM
Its 4 miles away from MLE airport so pretty close but don't forget- there are no sea planes at night and during the day your snorkling or diving somehwhere so its probably not a big deal
or taking videos of planes above you ....  ;D
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 14, 2013, 03:50:39 PM
Taking a seaplane is part of the experience, IMHO.
-1, a necessary evil. After 2 days of flying the last thing I need is waiting for another flight that will make stops before getting me to my hotel room.

It was fun and all I guess, but I wouldn't willingly pay $500 and do it for no reason.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: ChikkyMonkey on March 14, 2013, 03:53:49 PM
Interesting, that is a factor.
Though you'll have seaplane noise at all resorts, though near MLE it would be much more often.

IT's not so much the seaplanes as much as the regular planes...

The waldorf was a great deal... it's so far away there isn't a plane in the sky...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 14, 2013, 03:57:04 PM
The seaplanes give off more decibels than a 777. Carry-on your QC15s!
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: businessmachine on March 14, 2013, 03:58:33 PM
The seaplanes give off more decibels than a 777. Carry-on your QC15s!

+1- they are unbelievably loud. I think that some of them give you noise cancelling headphones
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on March 14, 2013, 04:01:48 PM
So I did my little calculation:

Halaveli 7 nights (based on my current 5 nights quote for May):
= $3,800/5 * 7 = $5,320 (including seaplane transfer)

Taj 7 nights (based on the buy 5 get 7 nights):
= $839 x 5 + 10% = $4,615 (including speedboat transfer)

and btw if you look at the jetsetter page for the Taj it says: "Private sun decks in all villas (plunge pools in some)"
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on March 14, 2013, 04:03:50 PM
So I did my little calculation:

Halaveli 7 nights (based on my current 5 nights quote for May):
= $3,800/5 * 7 = $5,320 (including seaplane transfer)

Taj 7 nights (based on the buy 5 get 7 nights):
= $839 x 5 + 10% = $4,615 (including speedboat transfer)

and btw if you look at the jetsetter page for the Taj it says: "Private sun decks in all villas (plunge pools in some)"
There's no five for seven at the halaveli?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on March 14, 2013, 04:06:00 PM
There's no five for seven at the halaveli?
apparently not for the dates I asked... And apparently the discount I got for my dates was better than any 5 for 7 deal...  ???
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on March 14, 2013, 04:07:29 PM
So I did my little calculation:

Halaveli 7 nights (based on my current 5 nights quote for May):
= $3,800/5 * 7 = $5,320 (including seaplane transfer)

Taj 7 nights (based on the buy 5 get 7 nights):
= $839 x 5 + 10% = $4,615 (including speedboat transfer)

and btw if you look at the jetsetter page for the Taj it says: "Private sun decks in all villas (plunge pools in some)"

So try getting the 5 for 7...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on March 14, 2013, 04:10:58 PM
So try getting the 5 for 7...
You think? I hate disturbing my plans... Is the resort that better? and u guys kind of scared me with those plane stories... :o
and anyway I don't have 7 days...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 14, 2013, 04:13:57 PM
I wouldn't be too worried about planes. The ocean is noisy enough as it is to drown it out :)
And more TR people would have lowered their ratings if it was a big deal.
But if you don't have 7 days that's another story.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: businessmachine on March 14, 2013, 04:18:44 PM
You think? I hate disturbing my plans... Is the resort that better? and u guys kind of scared me with those plane stories... :o
and anyway I don't have 7 days...

Why don't you just spend Shavuot over there? By the way- Villa allows up to 3 person so I can come too...I make wicked dairy food
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on March 14, 2013, 04:23:21 PM
Why don't you just spend Shavuot over there? By the way- Villa allows up to 3 person so I can come too...I make wicked dairy food
Trust me, I know  ::)
But I need to keep in mind that I have 2 kids waiting for their parents to come back home...
A 4 & 1 yr old can take care of themselves for 5 days only up to a certain point... I think... :)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on March 28, 2013, 04:26:56 PM
Seems like a good sale

http://www.jetsetter.com/hotels/maldives/male/825/anantara-dhigu-resort-spa?ept=sales-0&utm_content=sales-0&eca=sale&et=daily&ep=20130328&oeid=20130328_vHOT_THUJ_np&ect=jetsetter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily&utm_term=20130328_vHOT_THUJ_np&utm_source=jetsetter&DG=3403c78f-91f6-488a-8608-e99bf6aefb48
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on March 28, 2013, 04:35:21 PM
Highly rated property it seems, and they seem to have jetskis, too.

That said, for the price they want, you can go to Halaveli.

(Though the xfer is cheaper here.)

ETA: no complementary wifi in the rooms?  :o
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on March 28, 2013, 05:02:51 PM
Highly rated property it seems, and they seem to have jetskis, too.

That said, for the price they want, you can go to Halaveli.

(Though the xfer is cheaper here.)

ETA: no complementary wifi in the rooms?  :o
$460 a night OWB in halaveli
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on March 28, 2013, 05:04:20 PM
Yeah...?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on April 21, 2013, 09:11:17 AM
For those roughing it in a non-OWB
http://www.jetsetter.com/hotels/maldives/maldives/227/soneva-fushi?nm=splash&ca=featured&cl=3&rid=1
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: daganster on April 21, 2013, 09:14:55 AM
For those roughing it in a non-OWB
http://www.jetsetter.com/hotels/maldives/maldives/227/soneva-fushi?nm=splash&ca=featured&cl=3&rid=1
$559 in a non OWB doesn't seem like a deal to me. Am I missing something?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: men on April 22, 2013, 10:20:10 AM
Just booked Lax-Lhr-sin-Mle for may 5th-13th
Staying at the st regis in sin
Park hyatt in mle
Any tips would be appreciated
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 22, 2013, 10:46:32 AM
Just booked Lax-Lhr-sin-Mle for may 5th-13th
Staying at the st regis in sin
Park hyatt in mle
Any tips would be appreciated
Did you pay for an OWN in the PH MLE?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: men on April 22, 2013, 11:04:00 AM
4 free night coupon + 350 upgrade to owb
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on April 22, 2013, 11:06:00 AM
4 free night coupon + 350 upgrade to owb

Airline? Class?

ETA: Too bad the Constance is not available for your dates, or I'd say sell the free nights and go there.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 22, 2013, 11:07:25 AM
4 free night coupon + 350 upgrade to owb
Enjoy and post a TR!
Ask for villa #51.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: men on April 22, 2013, 11:11:08 AM
For now lax-lhr ua  premium economy waiting for lh to open business to fra
Lhr-sin sq waiting for lh to open business from fra
Sin-mle sq
Mle-sin sq business
Sin-lhr economy waiting for lh to open business to fra
Lhr-lax ua business
 92500 miles united miles
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: men on April 22, 2013, 11:12:19 AM
Whats so special about villa#51?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: men on April 22, 2013, 11:19:13 AM
Im going to try to upgrade only for 2 nights to owb and sweet talk them to lwt me stay in the room
You think I have a chance?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 22, 2013, 11:19:21 AM
Whats so special about villa#51?
Supposedly the most private.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 22, 2013, 11:19:48 AM
Im going to try to upgrade only for 2 nights to owb and sweet talk them to lwt me stay in the room
You think I have a chance?
Impossible to know, but they have a very limited supply of villas, if they sell them (full price or upgrade) you'll be moving.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: men on April 22, 2013, 11:23:00 AM
Btw dan I own a car rental company in La. next time you come give me call I will hook u up!
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: men on April 22, 2013, 11:24:36 AM
The hotel is booked at half capacity as of now so I think I will try my luck
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: men on April 22, 2013, 11:47:00 AM
 im staying 3 days 2 night in sin. should I book one night st regis one night at the w
Or both at one hotel? And which one do you prefer?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on April 22, 2013, 12:52:40 PM
Btw dan I own a car rental company in La. next time you come give me call I will hook u up!
I doubt you can match Avis Chairman $30 a day for BMW 3 series...

But if you make it an open offer I'm all ears :))
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 22, 2013, 01:02:41 PM
I doubt you can match Avis Chairman $30 a day for BMW 3 series...

But if you make it an open offer I'm all ears :))
$24 with tax for a 5 series last month in LAX :D
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: men on April 22, 2013, 01:34:25 PM
All im asking for is a shot to earn your business.And maybe for a nice shout out or a mention of my company in you trip report your price will be $0
for a Porsche!
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 22, 2013, 01:37:26 PM
All im asking for is a shot to earn your business.And maybe for a nice shout out or a mention of my company in you trip report your price will be $0
for a Porsche!
Now we're talking :D
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: men on April 22, 2013, 01:43:22 PM
Lets see you beat that price with avis. ;D
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on April 22, 2013, 01:51:12 PM
All im asking for is a shot to earn your business.And maybe for a nice shout out or a mention of my company in you trip report your price will be $0
for a Porsche!
Lets see you beat that price with avis. ;D
#Jealous!
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on April 22, 2013, 01:54:44 PM
Now we're talking :D

Nothing like objective reviews :)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 22, 2013, 01:56:47 PM
Nothing like objective reviews :)
Heh.  I have no problem disclosing.
I've only taken one restaurant comped meal in my life.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 22, 2013, 01:58:11 PM
For now lax-lhr ua  premium economy waiting for lh to open business to fra
Lhr-sin sq waiting for lh to open business from fra
Sin-mle sq
Mle-sin sq business
Sin-lhr economy waiting for lh to open business to fra
Lhr-lax ua business
 92500 miles united miles
You don't have any AMEX points to use on Singapore instead from LAX-SIN?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: men on April 22, 2013, 02:08:20 PM
I do. But why pay the $900 fuel charge? and and im getting 15k miles off united by using the hidden city trick if i fly trough Europe. and i cant fly one way trough Asia because of sefira then i have to take shevuoas on day early so i will be landing on yomtov.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 22, 2013, 02:12:31 PM
I do. But why pay the $900 fuel charge? and and im getting 15k miles off united by using the hidden city trick if i fly trough Europe. and i cant fly one way trough Asia because of sefira then i have to take shevuoas on day early so i will be landing on yomtov.
Didn't realize you're going during sefira, never mind.
But Singapore business is worth the fuel surcharge, the nonstop flight from EWR/LAX is incredible.  I don't think it's that much YQ either.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: men on April 22, 2013, 02:20:17 PM
It will cost me close to 100k miles and $900more. And i plan to get Business on LH lax-Fra on 747-800 And Fra-Sin on A380 And the same for the return. and LH is not to shabby
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on April 22, 2013, 02:28:33 PM
It will cost me close to 100k miles and $900more. And i plan to get Business on LH lax-Fra on 747-800 And Fra-Sin on A380 And the same for the return. and LH is not to shabby

LH J on the 747-8 is nice (as it's the new one). On the A388 it's angled flat:

(http://profile.ak.fbcdn.net/hprofile-ak-prn1/276633_161273407288358_2965208_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: men on April 22, 2013, 02:34:05 PM
Still better then SQ economy! And save 100k miles and fuel charge i think. tell me if im wrong
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 22, 2013, 02:35:29 PM
Like I said, during sefira there's nothing to talk about. Crossing the dateline opens a huge bag of worms.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: men on April 22, 2013, 02:54:14 PM
Yes the new 747-800 in business is great i flew it back in Feb. and it was one of the best flight i ever had
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: SavingsBigtime on April 22, 2013, 03:26:34 PM
and and im getting 15k miles off united by using the hidden city trick if i fly trough Europe.
can you please explain ?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: men on April 22, 2013, 04:29:28 PM
in my situation if you book lax-mle its 80k but if you stop in sin it drops to 65k 
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: men on April 22, 2013, 05:05:53 PM
Another example i saw if you book bkk-nad its one price but if you add akl it dropes
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Kosher1 on April 23, 2013, 10:48:58 PM
Enjoy and post a TR!
Ask for villa #51.

I will be going to the PH Maldives Jun 19-24 and I have a few Q's:
how do I order Kosher food?
How do I contact the Hotel (google voice says its .70 per minute) any Ideas..
If I'll be arriving in MLE at 10:10pm will the Hotel arrange a flight so late at night?

please tell me any thing I should know about the place, activities to do etc.
I plan on reserving the OWB #51 for the first night and hopefully they wont kick me out  :o

Thank you!
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on April 23, 2013, 10:58:47 PM
I will be going to the PH Maldives Jun 19-24 and I have a few Q's:
how do I order Kosher food?
How do I contact the Hotel (google voice says its .70 per minute) any Ideas..
If I'll be arriving in MLE at 10:10pm will the Hotel arrange a flight so late at night?

please tell me any thing I should know about the place, activities to do etc.
I plan on reserving the OWB #51 for the first night and hopefully they wont kick me out  :o

Thank you!

Just call Hyatt and ask for a transfer I assume. Then ask the hotel direct. I am just guessing...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on April 23, 2013, 11:13:52 PM
I will be going to the PH Maldives Jun 19-24 and I have a few Q's:
how do I order Kosher food?
How do I contact the Hotel (google voice says its .70 per minute) any Ideas..
If I'll be arriving in MLE at 10:10pm will the Hotel arrange a flight so late at night?

please tell me any thing I should know about the place, activities to do etc.
I plan on reserving the OWB #51 for the first night and hopefully they wont kick me out  :o

Thank you!

1. You can order kosher food from Australia. Ask @chuchem for the contact, though they aren't cheap.
2. Try skype.
3. Unlikely; you'll probably have to overnight in MLE.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: men on April 24, 2013, 02:12:09 AM
I am arriving on the same flight and they told me there is a flight at 1130pm
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: men on April 24, 2013, 02:17:40 AM
here is the hotels email
 RESERVATIONS.PARKHADAHAA@hyatt.com
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Kosher1 on April 24, 2013, 08:49:22 AM
here is the hotels email
 RESERVATIONS.PARKHADAHAA@hyatt.com
When are you going?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Kosher1 on April 24, 2013, 08:54:17 AM
Just call Hyatt and ask for a transfer I assume. Then ask the hotel direct. I am just guessing...

I did that 2x and it so happened that they transfered me, but there was no concierge because it was night there.  :o
so I called when it was the right time and they keep on saying that its against policy and the reps that did do it for me before weren't allowed to (I called like 4x and now all say the same..)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: men on April 24, 2013, 10:23:13 AM
May 9th-13th
Here is the email I got from themAs we are located in the south of the Maldives, there is an approximately 55 minute’s domestic transfer flight from Male International Airport followed by a short speed boat journey from the domestic airport to the resort. All domestic flights are scheduled around arriving and departing international flights. You may have a minimum of 1 hour and maximum waiting time of 2 hours prior to any domestic flight. All guests waiting for a domestic flight will be escorted to the Airport Lounge where light refreshments are available. Our airport representative will overlook all arrangements and ensure that you have a smooth transfer on the next available flight.If you would like to share any of your preferences, or if there is anything more I can assist you with at this stage, please feel free to contact me at any time, I will be more than delighted to assist you.I look forward to welcoming you to the island.Warmest regards,

Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Kosher1 on April 24, 2013, 10:27:32 AM
May 9th-13th
Here is the email I got from themAs we are located in the south of the Maldives, there is an approximately 55 minute’s domestic transfer flight from Male International Airport followed by a short speed boat journey from the domestic airport to the resort. All domestic flights are scheduled around arriving and departing international flights. You may have a minimum of 1 hour and maximum waiting time of 2 hours prior to any domestic flight. All guests waiting for a domestic flight will be escorted to the Airport Lounge where light refreshments are available. Our airport representative will overlook all arrangements and ensure that you have a smooth transfer on the next available flight.If you would like to share any of your preferences, or if there is anything more I can assist you with at this stage, please feel free to contact me at any time, I will be more than delighted to assist you.I look forward to welcoming you to the island.Warmest regards,

does that mean that even though its 10:10pm they will arrange a flight for you? (because in that email it doesn't say explicitly that they will)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: men on April 24, 2013, 11:05:51 AM
I spoke to thw hotel they said there will be a flight at 1130pm
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: men on April 24, 2013, 11:06:36 AM
And you have to pay for that night.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: men on April 24, 2013, 11:15:39 AM
What flights are you taking? Class?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Kosher1 on April 24, 2013, 11:28:36 AM
What flights are you taking? Class?

Im going Jun 17 EWR-SIN JUN 19 SIN-MLE all economy (no saver bus or 1st)
return on 24th
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: men on April 24, 2013, 11:35:37 AM
Cash or miles?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Kosher1 on April 24, 2013, 11:49:39 AM
Cash or miles?

they miss quoted me for 60,000 rt on USAirways miles.
and so they honored it!
so altogether its 120,000 for my wife and I.

any thing to know, book in advance??
please tell me.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on April 24, 2013, 04:22:22 PM
they miss quoted me for 60,000 rt on USAirways miles.
and so they honored it!
so altogether its 120,000 for my wife and I.

any thing to know, book in advance??
please tell me.
gotta love US :)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Kosher1 on April 24, 2013, 11:04:15 PM
Does any one know the contact details of the Kosher catering that supplies the PH in Maldives with food?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on April 24, 2013, 11:08:42 PM
Im going Jun 17 EWR-SIN JUN 19 SIN-MLE all economy (no saver bus or 1st)
return on 24th
EWR-SIN is an all business class flight, so clearly you are not flying economy on that
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on April 24, 2013, 11:13:31 PM
EWR-SIN is an all business class flight, so clearly you are not flying economy on that

Quote
2) Award redemption on the Singapore Airlines Suites, First Class and Business Class cabin products on the A380, B777-300ER and A340-500 aircraft is currently unavailable
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: ual902 on April 25, 2013, 01:15:42 AM
Wow such a huge discussion on the Maldives on Dansdeals, so the Maldives became the new Miami? :)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Kosher1 on April 25, 2013, 08:13:13 AM

[/quote EWR-SIN is an all business class flight, so clearly you are not flying economy on that ]

It isnt direct its though Istanbul
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Achas Veachas on April 25, 2013, 08:15:22 AM
Wow such a huge discussion on the Maldives on Dansdeals, so the Maldives became the new Miami? :)
The discussion is because it isn't Miami, the second it becomes Miami we will stop discussing it :P
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on April 25, 2013, 11:08:23 AM
I only stayed in the Halaveli maldives, not the park hyatt.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: easy48 on April 30, 2013, 11:34:07 PM
Is there a direct flight from TLV to MLE?  How would one go there from TLV?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: ual902 on April 30, 2013, 11:44:44 PM
Is there a direct flight from TLV to MLE?  How would one go there from TLV?

No direct flight from TLV MLE but you can go via amm and auh or korean air via ICN.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on May 01, 2013, 07:23:54 AM
Is there a direct flight from TLV to MLE?  How would one go there from TLV?
The easiest route in probably through Turkey on Turkish.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: men on May 01, 2013, 09:55:00 AM
I just spoke to the chef at the park hyatt he can order kosher food from Australia for $50 per person
1.   KOSHER PREMADE MEALS
2.                         UNDER THE STRICT RABBINICAL SUPERVISION OF KOSHER AUSTRALIA
3.   
4.   Soups

5.   500ml
6.   Chicken
7.   Chicken & Corn
8.   Chicken & Vegetable
9.   Lamb Shank & Barley
10.   Red Lentil (spicy)
11.   Roast Pumpkin & Sweet Potato
12.   Smoked Beef & Split Pea
13.   Thai Vegetable (spicy)
14.   Vegetable
15.   
16.   Regular Main Courses
17.   
18.   Beef Goulash
19.   Beef Lasagna
20.   Beef Madras (spicy)
21.   Chicken Cacciatore
22.   Chicken Curry (spicy)
23.   Chicken Schnitzel
24.   Grilled Chicken
25.   Meatballs in Mushroom Gravy
26.   Meatballs in Tomato & Basil
27.   Roast Chicken
28.   Spaghetti Bolognese
29.   Veal Scallopini
30.   
31.   Vegetarian Main Courses
32.   
33.   Baked Fish
34.   Crispy Skinned Salmon
35.   Eggplant Parmagiana
36.   Lentil Bolognese
37.   Salmon Patties
38.   Spaghetti Napolitana
39.   Spaghetti w/ Grilled Vegetables
40.   Vegetable Curry
41.   Vegetarian Couscous
Vegetarian Lasagna

Breakfast

Bread Rolls
Croissants
Danishes
fritatta
   
Desserts – 500ml
Apple & Pear Compote
Chocolate Mousse
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Kosher1 on May 02, 2013, 11:35:36 AM
I just spoke to the chef at the park hyatt he can order kosher food from Australia for $50 per person
1.   KOSHER PREMADE MEALS
2.                         UNDER THE STRICT RABBINICAL SUPERVISION OF KOSHER AUSTRALIA
3.   
4.   Soups

5.   500ml
6.   Chicken
7.   Chicken & Corn
8.   Chicken & Vegetable
9.   Lamb Shank & Barley
10.   Red Lentil (spicy)
11.   Roast Pumpkin & Sweet Potato
12.   Smoked Beef & Split Pea
13.   Thai Vegetable (spicy)
14.   Vegetable
15.   
16.   Regular Main Courses
17.   
18.   Beef Goulash
19.   Beef Lasagna
20.   Beef Madras (spicy)
21.   Chicken Cacciatore
22.   Chicken Curry (spicy)
23.   Chicken Schnitzel
24.   Grilled Chicken
25.   Meatballs in Mushroom Gravy
26.   Meatballs in Tomato & Basil
27.   Roast Chicken
28.   Spaghetti Bolognese
29.   Veal Scallopini
30.   
31.   Vegetarian Main Courses
32.   
33.   Baked Fish
34.   Crispy Skinned Salmon
35.   Eggplant Parmagiana
36.   Lentil Bolognese
37.   Salmon Patties
38.   Spaghetti Napolitana
39.   Spaghetti w/ Grilled Vegetables
40.   Vegetable Curry
41.   Vegetarian Couscous
Vegetarian Lasagna

Breakfast

Bread Rolls
Croissants
Danishes
fritatta
   
Desserts – 500ml
Apple & Pear Compote
Chocolate Mousse

Do you know? if you can order the food and pay for what you take.. or every thing you order in advance you pay for.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Kosher1 on May 02, 2013, 11:40:13 AM
Has anyone gone here with a baby?
please post all comments!
My situation is the following:
we really would like to go and this would be the only opportunity to go, but we dont have anyone to take care of our son (who will be 17 months)
so our Q: is :
is it worth it if we take him or not to go at all because we will not enjoy it with him.
is there Baby sitting service there?
if anyone has any experience in this field please share...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Achas Veachas on May 02, 2013, 11:45:34 AM
Has anyone gone here with a baby?
please post all comments!
My situation is the following:
we really would like to go and this would be the only opportunity to go, but we dont have anyone to take care of our son (who will be 17 months)
so our Q: is :
is it worth it if we take him or not to go at all because we will not enjoy it with him.
is there Baby sitting service there?
if anyone has any experience in this field please share...
IINM you can't bring children to an OWB
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 02, 2013, 11:53:09 AM
I don't think it's worth going or is safe to go to MLE or BOB with a baby. 
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: men on May 02, 2013, 12:15:58 PM
You need to order in advance.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Kosher1 on May 02, 2013, 01:00:16 PM
You need to order in advance.

do you know how much they charge?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: men on May 02, 2013, 08:29:52 PM
$50 EACH PER MEAL
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Kosher1 on May 02, 2013, 09:06:25 PM
$50 EACH PER MEAL

oh I'm referring to the Baby sitting service
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: easy48 on May 05, 2013, 11:39:35 PM
I am planning a trip to the Maldives this Winter.  If anyone can share any tips and pointers I would greatly appreciate it.  Really anything would be helpful.  Thanks.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on May 06, 2013, 03:11:12 AM
I am planning a trip to the Maldives this Winter.  If anyone can share any tips and pointers I would greatly appreciate it.  Really anything would be helpful.  Thanks.
Did you read through the thread?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Kosher1 on May 06, 2013, 11:58:37 AM
$50 EACH PER MEAL

I know they must import it so I'm guessing that this must be done in advance. how much in advance do we need to order?
and does anyone know if order all meals for my wife and I for the 5 days, Am i charged 50x all the meals I actually eat or 50x all the meals I told them I want (a month before when I ordered the kosher meals..)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Kosher1 on May 06, 2013, 12:04:07 PM
I don't think it's worth going or is safe to go to MLE or BOB with a baby.

Ok so I hopefully got a sitter!!!
how do I order a OWB?
So I can't afford all 5 days in a OWB would someone give me a few tips on how to get maybe a OWB for the 1st night confirmed then tip s/o (not sure who?) the front desk the GM, please someone fill me in here that hopefully they will allow us to stay in the OWB obviously if they are available!

THanx
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: chff on May 19, 2013, 10:37:58 PM
http://www.theflightdeal.com/2013/05/19/airfare-deal-turkish-airlines-new-york-washington-d-c-male-maldives-869-roundtrip-including-all-taxes/ (http://www.theflightdeal.com/2013/05/19/airfare-deal-turkish-airlines-new-york-washington-d-c-male-maldives-869-roundtrip-including-all-taxes/)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 19, 2013, 10:39:58 PM
http://www.theflightdeal.com/2013/05/19/airfare-deal-turkish-airlines-new-york-washington-d-c-male-maldives-869-roundtrip-including-all-taxes/ (http://www.theflightdeal.com/2013/05/19/airfare-deal-turkish-airlines-new-york-washington-d-c-male-maldives-869-roundtrip-including-all-taxes/)
Good deal but that's a long way to go in coach.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on May 19, 2013, 10:51:39 PM
Good deal but that's a long way to go in coach.
Turning into a travel snob? :P I flew 44 hours in coach to get to MLE...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on May 19, 2013, 10:55:32 PM
Turning into a travel snob? :P I flew 44 hours in coach to get to MLE...

Glutton for punishment, good sir :)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on May 19, 2013, 11:00:01 PM
Glutton for punishment, good sir :)
lol, true true (As long as it's getting me somewhere)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on May 20, 2013, 12:36:08 AM
lol, true true (As long as it's getting me somewhere)

Knowing what I now know about MLE, I probably would have flown Y as well ex-ante, but now that I've done the trip in F, it ain't gonna happen.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on May 20, 2013, 01:01:47 AM
I know they must import it so I'm guessing that this must be done in advance. how much in advance do we need to order?
and does anyone know if order all meals for my wife and I for the 5 days, Am i charged 50x all the meals I actually eat or 50x all the meals I told them I want (a month before when I ordered the kosher meals..)
Do they pay for the food you eat or for the food they buy?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on May 20, 2013, 03:52:34 AM
Do they pay for the food you eat or for the food they buy?

+1

the hotel is doing a great service and going out of its way to help you/us. Please dont be cheap on them and come up with such stupid questions to them, as they will not do it anymore and it will be ruined for all.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on May 20, 2013, 03:53:12 AM
By the way, the hilton hotel in the maldives left the hilton brand with a 24 hour notice, so that point option is gone
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on May 20, 2013, 04:42:47 AM
By the way, the hilton hotels in the maldives left the hilton brand with a 24 hour notice, so that point option is gone
To be clear, only the Hilton left.
The Conrad didn't leave.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on May 20, 2013, 05:46:15 AM
took the s of hotels away
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Chapshnell on May 24, 2013, 09:36:08 AM
http://travel.aol.com/off-the-beaten-path/maldive-islands-disappearing/?ncid=webmail6
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on May 24, 2013, 11:47:38 AM
http://travel.aol.com/off-the-beaten-path/maldive-islands-disappearing/?ncid=webmail6

Old news. Been sayin that for years...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Achas Veachas on May 24, 2013, 12:18:13 PM
Old news. Been sayin that for years...
+1
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/6356036/Maldives-government-holds-underwater-cabinet-meeting.html
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: easy48 on May 26, 2013, 01:08:55 PM
Here is where I am at on my trip to MLE this November:

11/12 130pm LAX - 11/13 150pm TLV  (Business) ElAl
________
11/17 920pm TLV - IST 1140pm  TK789 (Business)  A320
11/18 110am IST  - MLE 1155am    TK730 (Business)  A330
_____
11/20 220pm MLE - SIN 1010pm   SQ461 (Business)  A330-300
11/21 1210am SIN  -  ICN 735am    SQ608 (Business)  A330-300
11/21 430pm ICN - LAX 1010pm    Oz202 (First) Asiana Air  747-400

From reading through the thread I have compiled a list of the hotels that are options:

Taj Exotica
W
PHM
Conrad
Sheraton
Halaveli
Constance
Centara


I havent researched pricing on all these hotels just yet but W is saying 140k/night for OWB or $1970/night. 

Can anyone provide any help booking for cheaper or some advice?

I guess I am best off bringing kosher food cold cuts and the likes to MLE?

Also, any advice on the flights I am taking?

How about experience with Kosher food on Asiana first back to LAX?  Which seats are best for H&W to go together?

Thanks
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: easy48 on May 29, 2013, 02:31:54 PM
Here is where I am at on my trip to MLE this November:

11/12 130pm LAX - 11/13 150pm TLV  (Business) ElAl
________
11/17 920pm TLV - IST 1140pm  TK789 (Business)  A320
11/18 110am IST  - MLE 1155am    TK730 (Business)  A330
_____
11/20 220pm MLE - SIN 1010pm   SQ461 (Business)  A330-300
11/21 1210am SIN  -  ICN 735am    SQ608 (Business)  A330-300
11/21 430pm ICN - LAX 1010pm    Oz202 (First) Asiana Air  747-400

From reading through the thread I have compiled a list of the hotels that are options:

Taj Exotica
W
PHM
Conrad
Sheraton
Halaveli
Constance
Centara


I havent researched pricing on all these hotels just yet but W is saying 140k/night for OWB or $1970/night. 

Can anyone provide any help booking for cheaper or some advice?

I guess I am best off bringing kosher food cold cuts and the likes to MLE?

Also, any advice on the flights I am taking?

How about experience with Kosher food on Asiana first back to LAX?  Which seats are best for H&W to go together?

Thanks

Bump-  any experience out there with these plans?  Appreciate any pointers. Thanks
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: daganster on May 29, 2013, 09:48:40 PM



I guess I am best off bringing kosher food cold cuts and the likes to MLE?
Read my TR. My wife and I ate very well in the Maldives. I brought chicken, steaks, rice, pasta, disposable bbq's for the meat and a burner with a pot and pan for the rest. 
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: easy48 on May 30, 2013, 12:36:29 AM

Read my TR. My wife and I ate very well in the Maldives. I brought chicken, steaks, rice, pasta, disposable bbq's for the meat and a burner with a pot and pan for the rest.

Can you link the TR?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on May 30, 2013, 12:39:04 AM
Can you link the TR?
Just put his name is  the search box.

http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=15937.msg266860#msg266860
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: easy48 on May 30, 2013, 12:47:13 AM
Just put his name is  the search box.

http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=15937.msg266860#msg266860

Thanks
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: easy48 on June 02, 2013, 02:36:24 PM
Maldives hotel on jetsetter on sale: http://www.jetsetter.com/hotels/maldives/male/2108/vivanta-by-taj-coral-reef?nm=splash&ca=hero&cl=0&rid=0

Can anyone opine as to advantages to sticking with a known chain over this one?

Has anyone used this hotel chain elsewhere in the world?

Thanks
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 02, 2013, 03:23:09 PM
Looks nice but no pool in the OWB.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: easy48 on June 02, 2013, 05:46:43 PM
ya..not worth it for me then.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: ual902 on June 10, 2013, 06:41:19 PM
Maldives gives underwater hotel green light:
 http://bit.ly/19hbDbW (http://bit.ly/19hbDbW)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Achas Veachas on June 10, 2013, 09:49:00 PM
Maldives gives underwater hotel green light:
 http://bit.ly/19hbDbW (http://bit.ly/19hbDbW)
Over Water is so last year :P
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: ual902 on June 10, 2013, 11:14:31 PM
Over Water is so last year :P

A few nights over the water, then a few nights under the water then a vacation in Miami Beach lol ;D
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Kosher1 on June 12, 2013, 11:02:07 AM
"Below are the price we shall offer you for kosher meals.

 

Soups – USD 20

Main Course  – USD 80

Desserts – USD 25

 

subject to 10% service charge and 8% GST.

 "

was there a price change???

I saw that it was posted that PH Maldives is $50 a meal, it seems that they are nickeling and diming you here when they charge you for each individual course and went up quite a bit since May 1st!
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 12, 2013, 12:16:26 PM
That is a drastic rise in price. But I imagine they were losing money on people not eating all the meals they ordered them and raised the prices
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on June 12, 2013, 12:22:07 PM
Do they charge to store/heat up if you bring your own?

Why not contact the supplier directly and get them to ship it?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on June 12, 2013, 12:22:45 PM
Do they charge to store/heat up if you bring your own?

Why not contact the supplier directly and get them to ship it?

Good luck getting something shipped from AUS to a MLE resort without doing it through the resort...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Kosher1 on June 14, 2013, 12:30:59 AM
I assume you know who provides them the food..
its prepared by Kleins Gourmet, and exported by.. (I forgot, but I did speak to them to ask them a different Q; and i dought they will ship to hotel w/o the hotel's ways of ordering food..)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Kosher1 on June 14, 2013, 12:59:26 AM
does any one know which converter i would need to buy for Maldives?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 14, 2013, 01:29:34 AM
Hotels always have converters.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Kosher1 on June 18, 2013, 09:49:12 PM
does anyone know if there is free wifi at the PH maldives?
and if so is it in every room? and is it normal speed?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: men on June 20, 2013, 11:17:50 AM
Yes they offer free wifi in all rooms. Speed was very good average 5 to 7 mb
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Kosher1 on June 23, 2013, 09:31:12 PM
Thank you MEN.
would anyone know the following:
if I would like to take a george foreman to make a few dinners there will I need a special GF for it (220v) or I can take an American 110v  :-\ there and it will work?

Men did you get kosher food on your recent visit, for they uped the prices drastically to $80 main dish $25, $20 side dishes thats $200 a meal! ::)  any comments on that??

Last Q: I am flying from NYC to SIN staying there for 24 hours then continuing the journey to MEL, would you suggest that I can take frozen Vpacked meat in the freezer packs (Polar Bear Coolers 24 Pack Soft Cooler) and put under the plane then letting it sit in SIN for 24 Hours, and putting it again under the plain for another flight, in total it will be out for a whopping 47 hours  :o (in polar things)
maybe I can put dry ice in there? please all comments are appreciated!  ;D

Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on June 25, 2013, 06:45:18 AM
CX will start flying to MLE?

http://sun.mv/english/13725

(HT to FT)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on June 25, 2013, 09:35:01 AM

CX will start flying to MLE?

http://sun.mv/english/13725

(HT to FT)

Awesome. Though it'd cost 180k AA RT in F and I'm not even sure off the top of my head if AA will route you to Middle East via Asia on one award. Even if they would, I'd much prefer EY.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on June 25, 2013, 10:52:43 AM
Awesome. Though it'd cost 180k AA RT in F and I'm not even sure off the top of my head if AA will route you to Middle East via Asia on one award. Even if they would, I'd much prefer EY.
I don't think it's allowed.
http://www.flyerguide.com/wiki/index.php/Award_Rules_%28AA%29
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on June 25, 2013, 11:02:19 AM
I don't think it's allowed.
http://www.flyerguide.com/wiki/index.php/Award_Rules_%28AA%29

As I suspected.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Kosher1 on June 25, 2013, 05:30:12 PM
would anyone know the following:
if I would like to take a george foreman to make a few dinners there will I need a special GF for it (220v) or I can take an American 110v   there and it will work?

Did any one get kosher food on a recent visit, for they upped the prices drastically to $80 main dish $25, $20 side dishes thats $200 a meal!   any comments on that??

Last Q: I am flying from NYC to SIN staying there for 24 hours then continuing the journey to MEL, would you suggest that I can take frozen Vpacked meat in the freezer packs (Polar Bear Coolers 24 Pack Soft Cooler) and put under the plane then letting it sit in SIN for 24 Hours, and putting it again under the plain for another flight, in total it will be out for a whopping 47 hours   (in polar things)
maybe I can put dry ice in there? please all comments are appreciated!   
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on June 25, 2013, 06:07:42 PM
would anyone know the following:
if I would like to take a george foreman to make a few dinners there will I need a special GF for it (220v) or I can take an American 110v   there and it will work?

Did any one get kosher food on a recent visit, for they upped the prices drastically to $80 main dish $25, $20 side dishes thats $200 a meal!   any comments on that??

Last Q: I am flying from NYC to SIN staying there for 24 hours then continuing the journey to MEL, would you suggest that I can take frozen Vpacked meat in the freezer packs (Polar Bear Coolers 24 Pack Soft Cooler) and put under the plane then letting it sit in SIN for 24 Hours, and putting it again under the plain for another flight, in total it will be out for a whopping 47 hours   (in polar things)
maybe I can put dry ice in there? please all comments are appreciated!   


Uped the price?

You were not clear on the numbers, please explain
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Kosher1 on June 26, 2013, 11:26:58 AM
it used to be 50 for a 3 course meal.. now it is 80 for mail course, 25 for soup, and 20 for dessert.

can anyone  answer my other Q's?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on June 26, 2013, 11:44:56 AM
110 will not work, it will be to much volt like israel. BUy a transformer or a 220v grill.

If you are staying in Singapore in a hotel, then freeze it up again over there. Be careful with dry ice:

Checked Baggage
The TSA has some guidelines/restrictions for how the dry ice must be stored.

All dry ice must be placed in packaging that allows the release of carbon dioxide gas.  As dry ice sublimates, it will turn in to carbon dioxide gas.  If the carbon dioxide gas cannot escape the packaging, then the package may explode.
You are limited to 5 pounds of dry ice per checked baggage.
Every package of dry ice must be marked “CARBON DIOXIDE SOLID” or “DRY ICE”.
Every package of dry ice must also be marked with the net weight of the dry ice or an indication that the dry ice is 5 pounds or less.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Kosher1 on June 26, 2013, 06:33:43 PM
has anyone used dry Ice in the past?
can s/o fill me in on how its done?
where its bought?, how you pack it.. (besides for "You are limited to 5 pounds of dry ice per checked baggage.
Every package of dry ice must be marked “CARBON DIOXIDE SOLID” or “DRY ICE”.
Every package of dry ice must also be marked with the net weight of the dry ice or an indication that the dry ice is 5 pounds or less)
can you put dry ice in this? Polar Bear Coolers 24 Pack Soft Cooler  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001PCKAC0/ref=pe_385040_30332190_pe_175190_21431760_3p_M3T1_ST1_dp_1
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Kosher1 on July 03, 2013, 11:43:36 AM
any one???
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on July 03, 2013, 03:52:08 PM
any one???
Ask here http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=220.0
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Kosher1 on July 04, 2013, 09:39:14 PM
Im flying from NYC to mle via HKG and SIN do I need any visas for my self american or my husband (aus. and has a green card?
thanx
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on July 04, 2013, 11:57:42 PM
Im flying from NYC to mle via HKG and SIN do I need any visas for my self american or my husband (aus. and has a green card?
thanx
US citizen is fine, no clue about Aus.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Kosher1 on July 05, 2013, 10:54:30 AM
thanx
Im flying from NYC to mle via HKG and SIN my hubby is Autralian, does he need any visas?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Kosher1 on July 14, 2013, 09:32:51 AM
thanx in advance..
Im flying from NYC to mle via HKG and SIN my hubby is Australian, does he need any visas?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on July 14, 2013, 09:40:32 AM
thanx in advance..
Im flying from NYC to mle via HKG and SIN my hubby is Australian, does he need any visas?
I'd imagine that the Australian government would have a website that would tell you this (similar to the US government).
That would be your best bet.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: andrew on July 22, 2013, 03:30:04 AM
CX will start flying to MLE?

http://sun.mv/english/13725

(HT to FT)
its official and available for awards http://boardingarea.com/onemileatatime/2013/07/22/cathay-pacific-to-launch-service-to-the-maldives-as-of-october-27-2013/
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on July 22, 2013, 03:59:07 AM
its official and available for awards http://boardingarea.com/onemileatatime/2013/07/22/cathay-pacific-to-launch-service-to-the-maldives-as-of-october-27-2013/
Blessed be the one who finds it first.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on July 22, 2013, 10:15:49 AM
Great addition.

EY F/J there, CX J/F back.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 22, 2013, 10:30:37 AM
Punting on EK and SQ?
Lots of good options for MLE these days. Shame I can't say the same for BOB.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on July 22, 2013, 10:35:14 AM
Punting on EK and SQ?
Lots of good options for MLE these days. Shame I can't say the same for BOB.

Not punting.

But for the average mileage collector both CX and EY are easier awards to snag.

EK is exorbitant (125K SPG for RT via JAL, no one-ways allowed) and F awards have become harder and harder to find, and now YQ IIRC.

Same for SQ. Hard to snag SQuites EX-USA and YQ.

Neither CX or EY have YQ and F awards are plentiful.

Agree with BOB sitch. It's the reason I haven't gone.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on July 22, 2013, 10:36:16 AM
CX J/F back.
W/ AA miles? Seems like you've gotta pay for 2 awards.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on July 22, 2013, 10:37:59 AM
W/ AA miles? Seems like you've gotta pay for 2 awards.

It's an extra 7500 AA, not terrible. Or use 25K Avios. Or fly MLE-CMB for 4.5K Avios, and then CX F CMB-HKG-JFK for 67.5K.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 22, 2013, 12:33:25 PM
It's an extra 7500 AA, not terrible. Or use 25K Avios. Or fly MLE-CMB for 4.5K Avios, and then CX F CMB-HKG-JFK for 67.5K.
Or a OW award may make sense.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 22, 2013, 12:39:38 PM
Same for SQ. Hard to snag SQuites EX-USA and YQ.
Lame excuse. Found 2 days this week with at least 2 SQuites at the saver level with less than a minute of searching.
Sure there's YQ, but if there's a seat worth paying YQ for in the entire world it's the SQuite.

Also AS can book EK one-way.  Though availability there is indeed tough.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on July 22, 2013, 12:40:11 PM
Or a OW award may make sense.

Yeah, but I'd rather fly F and those are (i) exp and (ii) require a lot! of time to make it worth it.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: easy48 on July 22, 2013, 01:25:46 PM
Lame excuse. Found 2 days this week with at least 2 SQuites at the saver level with less than a minute of searching.
.

I know this is a stupid question, but how did you find this?!  I can never find availability at the saver level to LAX. are you searching on their site?  Or a diff?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Centro on July 22, 2013, 01:31:00 PM
I know this is a stupid question, but how did you find this?!  I can never find availability at the saver level to LAX. are you searching on their site?  Or a diff?
I think all these sites have some sort of respect for Dans IP address :D
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 22, 2013, 01:34:44 PM
I know this is a stupid question, but how did you find this?!  I can never find availability at the saver level to LAX. are you searching on their site?  Or a diff?
I was looking at JFK-FRA.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: easy48 on August 13, 2013, 07:14:47 PM
My itinerary WAS:


11/12 130pm LAX - 11/13 150pm TLV  (Business) ElAl
________
11/17 920pm TLV - IST 1140pm  TK789 (Business)  A320
11/18 110am IST  - MLE 1155am    TK730 (Business)  A330
_____
11/20 220pm MLE - SIN 1010pm   SQ461 (Business)  A330-300
11/21 1210am SIN  -  ICN 735am    SQ608 (Business)  A330-300
11/21 430pm ICN - LAX 1010pm    Oz202 (First) Asiana Air  747-400

But now my MLE-SIN flight was canceled so I am on the later flight to SIN which gets in approximately 6 hours after I am supposed to leave SIN.  I called UA they tried rerouting me but cant get flights for me now, and called SQ and they were not very helpful.  Am I toast?  Any advice?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on October 08, 2013, 09:09:40 AM
So the Conrad is closed next summer for renovations, and that is when my speculative pre-deval booking was made for.
They sent me an email saying that I'm being rebooked into the 4 Seasons Kuda Huraa, or the Gili Langafooshi if I need over water accomodations.

So...
As of last week, it seemed like I couldn't go since the flights from Israel on Turkish wouldn't get me there when I needed to arrive. However, since the 4 Seasons is only a short speedboat ride away (25 minutes), I'd imagine that even arriving late Sunday should still allow me to catch a ride. Plus, it would save me the $$$ that a flight to the Conrad would have cost.

But it would also be nice to be able to do a date change, since my summer plans are up in the air, and I may not have babysitting.

So for now, I'm trying to clarify which room I'd be receiving, what comes with it, and whether I can date change.

I'd be curious to hearing your folks advise about the quality of the 3 properties, and what my plan of action should be going forward.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on October 08, 2013, 09:13:09 AM
So the Conrad is closed next summer for renovations, and that is when my speculative pre-deval booking was made for.
They sent me an email saying that I'm being rebooked into the 4 Seasons Kuda Huraa, or the Gili Langafooshi if I need over water accomodations.

So...
As of last week, it seemed like I couldn't go since the flights from Israel on Turkish wouldn't get me there when I needed to arrive. However, since the 4 Seasons is only a short speedboat ride away (25 minutes), I'd imagine that even arriving late Sunday should still allow me to catch a ride. Plus, it would save me the $$$ that a flight to the Conrad would have cost.

But it would also be nice to be able to do a date change, since my summer plans are up in the air, and I may not have babysitting.

So for now, I'm trying to clarify which room I'd be receiving, what comes with it, and whether I can date change.

I'd be curious to hearing your folks advise about the quality of the 3 properties, and what my plan of action should be going forward.
Awesome. Are they returning your points as well?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on October 08, 2013, 09:38:38 AM
Four Seasons is an amazing resort. I would jump at the chance.

Heck, if they were taking reservations now, I'd book just to be switched.

I'm sure you can pull off a date change.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on October 08, 2013, 09:55:09 AM
Although it seems to be saying the four Seasons wouldn't be over water.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on October 08, 2013, 10:31:23 AM
Awesome. Are they returning your points as well?
Should I request that? (Hi Craz!)
If so, under what logic?

Four Seasons is an amazing resort. I would jump at the chance.

Heck, if they were taking reservations now, I'd book just to be switched.

I'm sure you can pull off a date change.
Try the date chg w/ the Conrad of 4S?

Although it seems to be saying the four Seasons wouldn't be over water.
They do have over water properties at 4S.
I wonder if the other resort would include the over water for free, and that's why they mentioned it.

Both resorts are around $900 per night, but I'm unfamiliar w/ the second one.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on October 08, 2013, 10:48:41 AM
You'll be able to get your points back if you don't go. But if they're reaccomodating you, it isn't likely to happen. (And Craz?)

Try with both, but first with Conrad.

Bingo.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on October 08, 2013, 11:23:56 AM
You'll be able to get your points back if you don't go. But if they're reaccomodating you, it isn't likely to happen. (And Craz?)

Try with both, but first with Conrad.

Bingo.
So if I can do 4S in a regular villa, or the other place in a OTW, I assume the second?

Plus, I can always get my points back, regardless of this change.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on October 08, 2013, 12:41:02 PM
I can't even find the second hotel on google. Are you spelling it correctly?

ETA: http://www.gili-lankanfushi.com/

TA reviews are excellent.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on October 08, 2013, 12:48:24 PM
I can't even find the second hotel on google. Are you spelling it correctly?

ETA: http://www.gili-lankanfushi.com/

TA reviews are excellent.
Looks like they are all OTW.
Very nice.
Wonder if it's an option only for those already booked into a OTW at the Conrad.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on October 08, 2013, 01:13:46 PM
Looks like they are all OTW.
Very nice.
Wonder if it's an option only for those already booked into a OTW at the Conrad.

You aren't. But you were offered...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on October 08, 2013, 04:01:48 PM
Should I request that? (Hi Craz!)
If so, under what logic?
I was just asking. Andaz Maui I believe did when rebooking
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on October 08, 2013, 04:05:15 PM
I was just asking. Andaz Maui I believe did when rebooking
Correct, but since I wasn't offered, I don't think I can broach it.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on October 09, 2013, 12:02:02 AM
Correct, but since I wasn't offered, I don't think I can broach it.
Agreed. I didn't tell you to ask for it. I was just asking if they offered
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on October 09, 2013, 04:26:55 AM
FYI:
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxury-hotels/975895-maldives-best-hotel.html
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: daganster on October 09, 2013, 06:22:16 PM
FYI:
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxury-hotels/975895-maldives-best-hotel.html
How many points was it for the OWB? Are the hotels they're re booking you in nicer than the Conrad? Enjoy the Maldives it's really worth it:)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on October 09, 2013, 06:44:28 PM
Four Seasons is arguably nicer than Conrad.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: daganster on October 09, 2013, 07:20:07 PM
Four Seasons is arguably nicer than Conrad.
That'e cool I'm happy for you Drago. I wish I booked the Conrad that's one place I wouldn't mind revisiting.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on October 10, 2013, 12:16:06 AM
How many points was it for the OWB? Are the hotels they're re booking you in nicer than the Conrad? Enjoy the Maldives it's really worth it:)
I had booked a regular room only. It seems like they're offering the OWB for free if you choose the 2nd resort option.

That'e cool I'm happy for you Drago. I wish I booked the Conrad that's one place I wouldn't mind revisiting.
Thanks, although I'm still unsure if it'll work out. But I'll redouble my efforts.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: daganster on October 10, 2013, 09:00:47 PM
I had booked a regular room only. It seems like they're offering the OWB for free if you choose the 2nd resort option.
Thanks, although I'm still unsure if it'll work out. But I'll redouble my efforts.
What's the 2nd resort option?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on October 10, 2013, 09:36:40 PM
See up thread.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: daganster on October 10, 2013, 10:40:46 PM
See up thread.
I misunderstood what he said. I thought that he was talking about the Conrad booking.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on October 10, 2013, 10:41:13 PM
I misunderstood what he said. I thought that he was talking about the Conrad booking.
he is
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on October 10, 2013, 10:41:49 PM
he is
So the Conrad is closed next summer for renovations, and that is when my speculative pre-deval booking was made for.
They sent me an email saying that I'm being rebooked into the 4 Seasons Kuda Huraa, or the Gili Langafooshi if I need over water accomodations.


Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on October 30, 2013, 01:58:01 PM
Constance Halaveli overwater bungalow at 875 per night. Jetsetter

http://www.jetsetter.com/hotels/maldives/maldives/3072/constance-halaveli?ept=sales-4&utm_content=sales-4&eca=sale&et=daily&ep=20131030&oeid=20131030_vJW_WEDJ_np&ect=jetsetter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily&utm_term=20131030_vJW_WEDJ_np&utm_source=jetsetter&DG=7edf557c-5ef3-49ad-ad0b-7eb1a238a1cd
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on October 30, 2013, 02:02:00 PM
Great hotel.

Terrible price.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on October 30, 2013, 02:57:23 PM
Great hotel.

Terrible price.
I only posted it because I knew that you had gone there. I didn't recall what you paid for it though.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 30, 2013, 03:04:27 PM
Great hotel.

Terrible price.
-1.
$875 is a very good price there for high season (February).
The quotes I had from them and Purely Maldives last February when I went were double that.

In low/monsoon season like June/July you can get much less.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on October 30, 2013, 03:08:22 PM
Even for high season I can get it for less than that.

If anyone is serious about going, they can PM me.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 30, 2013, 03:11:14 PM
Even for high season I can get it for less than that.

If anyone is serious about going, they can PM me.
02/02-02/06 is $3,500 on JS vs. $5,400 direct.
Would love it if you can get a quote and see if you can beat it.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on October 30, 2013, 06:04:14 PM
Like I said, if someone is serious about going (read: has plans already), PM me.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 30, 2013, 06:17:57 PM
For the right price I'd go back :)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: rots5 on December 04, 2013, 04:27:18 PM
ok, i am trying to work out a trip to mle.

my wife finally agreed to go this summer (thanks to mrs ajk's convincing that its the most gorgeous place in the world)


so here goes my itin so far...
i would like to leave from ny and spend shabb in sin and then fly sunday to mle and then fly back to ny on wed/thurs. aug 6-14th
there are a few issues. there is no normal availability to sin on any of those days after tisha bav. so instead i found flights to HKG, and i suppose ill stay there for shabb.

now there is a flight from HKG to MLE on sunday but it gets in at 10pm which means i lose a whole sunday flying. anyone have ideas?

secondly, on the return, there is no flights out until mid day to sin. though i found a flight that leaves on thurs and arrives in EWR at 1130am (its a 24hr flight thru ams, cdg)


i have at least 500k worth of UA/UR and 130k BA (if that helps) and 130k AA
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on December 04, 2013, 06:13:53 PM
1) go longer then 4 days to maldives, day of arrival and departure doesnt count, so you have only 3 full days

2) if you land after 4PM there is no seaplane transfer anymore to the resort, so you will have to sleep in MLE
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: rots5 on December 04, 2013, 06:18:57 PM
1) go longer then 4 days to maldives, day of arrival and departure doesnt count, so you have only 3 full days

2) if you land after 4PM there is no seaplane transfer anymore to the resort, so you will have to sleep in MLE
there are no flights (with star alliance) out of sin that arrive early.. what are my other possibilities.

In addition, going for more than 4 days means being there for shabb.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on December 04, 2013, 06:29:34 PM
I had a very nice relaxed shabbes there. Cant beat eating a shabbes meal with your wife in a OW villa

I think Air Asia also flies there. So does Malaysian via KUL (oneworld)

If its a once in a lifetime trip, dont screw it up, as you cant get free flights for a 4 hour flight
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: rots5 on December 04, 2013, 06:32:50 PM
I had a very nice relaxed shabbes there. Cant beat eating a shabbes meal with your wife in a OW villa

I think Air Asia also flies there. So does Malaysian via KUL (oneworld)

If its a once in a lifetime trip, dont screw it up, as you cant get free flights for a 4 hour flight
kapish.

thanks will work on it more tom.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on December 05, 2013, 08:35:49 AM
I'd be weary about going that time of year.

You have a good chance of getting no sun
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on December 05, 2013, 09:41:31 AM
I was there in June and had solid nice days
I was in HKT in August and had 10 out of 14 days nice weather

There is always a risk in the tropics

Dec is supposed to be high season with nice weather 99% here is what can happen as well

http://metro.co.uk/2012/12/29/david-and-victoria-beckham-cut-short-250000-family-holiday-in-maldives-after-constant-rain-3332133/
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: rots5 on December 05, 2013, 05:31:51 PM
I'd be weary about going that time of year.

You have a good chance of getting no sun

I was there in June and had solid nice days
I was in HKT in August and had 10 out of 14 days nice weather

There is always a risk in the tropics

Dec is supposed to be high season with nice weather 99% here is what can happen as well

http://metro.co.uk/2012/12/29/david-and-victoria-beckham-cut-short-250000-family-holiday-in-maldives-after-constant-rain-3332133/

thanks and thanks. yes damaxer91 i know about the bad weather, but what else am i able to do? i have only time in the summer and maybe (if i can convince myself its ok) after purim.

i went last yr to CNX and HKT i didnt have amazing weather but i def had nice weather, i think on my 10 day trip one day i had rain in the middle otherwise it was just late night rains...

any other options for that time of yr (as in a trip of a lifetime?) alaska maybe?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: daganster on December 05, 2013, 08:00:36 PM
When I was there in August the weather was very nice, and it may have rained once for a few minutes. The only thing is that the water was choppy I don't know if that's seasonal.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on December 05, 2013, 08:05:30 PM
i have only time in the summer and maybe (if i can convince myself its ok) after purim.
Atzas hayetzer
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on December 29, 2013, 10:32:56 AM
So the Conrad is closed next summer for renovations, and that is when my speculative pre-deval booking was made for.
They sent me an email saying that I'm being rebooked into the 4 Seasons Kuda Huraa, or the Gili Langafooshi if I need over water accomodations.

I'd be curious to hearing your folks advise about the quality of the 3 properties, and what my plan of action should be going forward.
Bump
Looks like I'll be going in July, and we'll work out babysitting closer to the date.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: daganster on December 29, 2013, 09:43:59 PM
Bump
Looks like I'll be going in July, and we'll work out babysitting closer to the date.
Nice enjoy. That's one place I would return to.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on December 29, 2013, 10:45:49 PM
Nice enjoy. That's one place I would return to.
Which of the 2 options would you recommend?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on January 01, 2014, 07:37:33 AM
4S
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on January 01, 2014, 08:06:01 AM

2) if you land after 4PM there is no seaplane transfer anymore to the resort, so you will have to sleep in MLE
The PH confirmed twice that they have a flight we could take at 1130 pm (landing after 9pm) this is not the itinerary we are taking in the end but just saying.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on January 01, 2014, 08:22:22 AM
4S
My SO is leaning towards that, but Gili is a 210m 2 story OWV, while the 4S is a 50m beach villa.
I wouldn't pay to upgrade at the 4S, so Gili is my one chance at being in an OWV.

I'm leaning towards Gili, and as the man in the house, I can decide (if she allows me to that is).

Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on January 01, 2014, 08:25:34 AM
You didn't mention that.

I'd def go with the OWB.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: daganster on January 01, 2014, 08:32:23 AM
Which of the 2 options would you recommend?
I was referring to the Maldives in general. Are you asking which hotel I would choose? I stayed at the W=A I'm not really very familiar with any other hotels, but definitely go for a OWB.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on January 01, 2014, 08:34:57 AM
You didn't mention that.

I'd def go with the OWB.
Too bad you can't join us for our long-awaited reunion.
Jonah awaits it with baited breath.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on January 01, 2014, 08:41:58 AM
If Jonah comes to MLE; AJK is coming to MLE.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on January 01, 2014, 08:42:24 AM
If Jonah comes to MLE; AJK is coming to MLE.
Trust me, I try :)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Florida4321 on January 01, 2014, 11:17:54 AM
has anyone gone - jfk - dubai - maldives ???

spend a day in dubai for layover ?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on January 01, 2014, 11:21:29 AM
has anyone gone - jfk - dubai - maldives ???

spend a day in dubai for layover ?

What's the problem with it? Plenty to do in a day.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Florida4321 on January 01, 2014, 11:25:44 AM
no problem at all - thought it was good idea just asking if anyone has done it

any good hotel deals in maldives or you just have to suck it up and pay ?

also what do people do when your flight going home is at 1130pm and the seaplane ends at 4pm ?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on January 01, 2014, 11:32:41 AM
no problem at all - thought it was good idea just asking if anyone has done it

any good hotel deals in maldives or you just have to suck it up and pay ?

also what do people do when your flight going home is at 1130pm and the seaplane ends at 4pm ?
You can look into using miles or free night certs at the Hilton or Hyatt.
Otherwise, keep an eye out for sales.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Florida4321 on January 01, 2014, 11:38:46 AM
thanks - have you gone to maldives before ?

what do people do when flight is at 1130pm and seaplane ends at 4pm ?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on January 01, 2014, 11:45:13 AM
thanks - have you gone to maldives before ?

what do people do when flight is at 1130pm and seaplane ends at 4pm ?
Not all hotels require a seaplane. The 2 options I'm choosing between now are both a 20-30 minute speedboat ride away.

I'd assume you can wait in the lounge during your time there, or walk around the city.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Florida4321 on January 01, 2014, 11:56:54 AM
yah but want the seaplane experience and those hotels are nicer

when are you planning on going and what route are you taking ?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on January 01, 2014, 12:03:11 PM
yah but want the seaplane experience and those hotels are nicer

when are you planning on going and what route are you taking ?
The Four Seasons is 30 minute boat ride away, and has rave reviews, as does the Gili hotel that I'm going to book. Seriously, very rave reviews. Further doesn't equal better.

And I wouldn't want to blow $500 p/p on the plane ride even if it does look cool,

I just put my flights on hold. TLV - IST - MLE - IST - TLV
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on January 01, 2014, 12:10:12 PM
The Four Seasons is 30 minute boat ride away, and has rave reviews, as does the Gili hotel that I'm going to book. Seriously, very rave reviews. Further doesn't equal better.

And I wouldn't want to blow $500 p/p on the plane ride even if it does look cool,

I just put my flights on hold. TLV - IST - MLE - IST - TLV

When you going? No extra one way?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Florida4321 on January 01, 2014, 12:10:47 PM
when are you planning on going ?

yah i was looking at both of the four seasons - trying to talk to them about letting me go to the other resort the day i leave
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: daganster on January 01, 2014, 12:22:29 PM
thanks - have you gone to maldives before ?

what do people do when flight is at 1130pm and seaplane ends at 4pm ?
You can take a 10 minute boat ride to Male and walk around for about 2 hours. I was lucky to be provided with a tour guide by the W=A, but you can do it on your own as well.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Florida4321 on January 01, 2014, 12:25:54 PM
what was your travel route and where di you stay ?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 01, 2014, 12:27:41 PM
Generally further away=better reefs.

The W paid for a guide to take us around MLE during the layover.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Florida4321 on January 01, 2014, 12:30:56 PM
i was looking at four seasons and the W - both are very nice - not many options to use points - whoever has better hotel deal at that time ??
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on January 01, 2014, 12:32:51 PM
i was looking at four seasons and the W - both are very nice - not many options to use points - whoever has better hotel deal at that time ??

You can use free signup nights at either the Hyatt with their cc or Hilton with their CC
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on January 01, 2014, 12:40:05 PM
You can use free signup nights at either the Hyatt with their cc or Hilton with their CC
Or you can try w/ the 2 free HH nights. Ppl have had success using them for mid-week stays as well.
22k Hyatt points is also very worthwhile.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: rots5 on January 01, 2014, 12:48:35 PM
The Four Seasons is 30 minute boat ride away, and has rave reviews, as does the Gili hotel that I'm going to book. Seriously, very rave reviews. Further doesn't equal better.

And I wouldn't want to blow $500 p/p on the plane ride even if it does look cool,

I just put my flights on hold. TLV - IST - MLE - IST - TLV
this is a great itin. from america its a real pia
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: daganster on January 01, 2014, 12:58:07 PM
what was your travel route and where di you stay ?
I travelled from NY and stayed at the Waldorf Astoria. I wrote a TR in case you're interested.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: daganster on January 01, 2014, 01:00:30 PM
this is a great itin. from america its a real pia
If you fly QR, EK or EY with 1 stover I don't see why it's a pia especially if you're flying first.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Florida4321 on January 01, 2014, 01:02:08 PM
when you stayed at the W - did you do seaplane or speedboat back - they say the offer both options that wa you can get most of your day there instead of leaving at 4
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on January 01, 2014, 01:19:52 PM
Thanks everyone for making me jealous. Not I need to go. :(
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on January 01, 2014, 01:54:00 PM
this is a great itin. from america its a real pia
Even TK from the US ain't terrible. You have a bed to sleep in, booze to drink, and movies to watch. Why is that so bad?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: rots5 on January 01, 2014, 03:27:13 PM
Even TK from the US ain't terrible. You have a bed to sleep in, booze to drink, and movies to watch. Why is that so bad?
If you fly QR, EK or EY with 1 stover I don't see why it's a pia especially if you're flying first.
its all fine and dandy when i find availability... with united on tk but i cant find any

and i cant find anything on ba that has more than one seat :(

i dont know how itll play out but i have to see if my dates can be flexible (now that i have only one more month to book)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on January 04, 2014, 11:56:51 AM
I'm ticketed!
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on January 04, 2014, 08:52:30 PM
I'm ticketed!

When you going?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on January 05, 2014, 03:06:52 AM
When you going?
July.
I know it's the rainy season, but it's the only time I can get babysitting, and it allows me to get out of the Conrad.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: rots5 on January 05, 2014, 02:47:58 PM
OK, I have reserved with ua.com this flight. please anyone with ideas id love to hear them.

All in I Class

Aug 11
NYC > LHR  UA BizFIrst
 7 hr layover
LHR > IST  TK (i)
 2.50 hr layover
IST > MLE  TK (i)
ARRIVE THURS AUG 13 10:50 am

AUG 20
MLE > IST tK (i) A330
 1 hr layover
IST > CAI  TK (i)
 1.40 hr layover
CAI > NYC  EGYPTair
ARRIVE THURS AUG 21 3:15pm
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on January 05, 2014, 02:56:05 PM
OK, I have reserved with ua.com this flight. please anyone with ideas id love to hear them.

All in I Class

Aug 11
NYC > LHR
 7 hr layover
LHR > IST 
 2.50 hr layover
IST > MLE 
ARRIVE THURS AUG 13 10:50 am

AUG 20
MLE > IST
 1 hr layover
IST > CAI
 1.40 hr layover
CAI > NYC
ARRIVE THURS AUG 21 3:15pm
What's the hard product like on CAI-JFK?
No interest in stopping in Israel to visit us?
Did you add on a 'free' OW at the end?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 05, 2014, 02:57:37 PM
What airlines
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: rots5 on January 05, 2014, 02:58:29 PM
What's the hard product like on CAI-JFK?
No interest in stopping in Israel to visit us?
Did you add on a 'free' OW at the end?

Flight: MS985
Operated by Egyptair.
Aircraft: Boeing 777-300
Fare Class: Business (I)


Also what do you mean free OW stop, you mean i should make another flight for in 6 months after my last to...ie lax?

and i would love to stop by annd visit, but i live here now... by the summer ill be max - 2 months not there :D
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: rots5 on January 05, 2014, 02:58:54 PM
What airlines
sorry had them written out at first

ill re write it on that post
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on January 05, 2014, 03:01:52 PM
Flight: MS985
Operated by Egyptair.
Aircraft: Boeing 777-300
Fare Class: Business (I)


Also what do you mean free OW stop, you mean i should make another flight for in 6 months after my last to...ie lax?

and i would love to stop by annd visit, but i live here now... by the summer ill be max - 2 months not there :D
How's the hard product on the Cairo to NYC flight? Lie flat? Good reviews?
It's a shame to schlepp in from the US to MLE when you're much closer during the rest of the year when you're based in Israel.

And yes, add on a free OW to somewhere.
HNL, LAX, Carribean, etc.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: rots5 on January 05, 2014, 03:13:00 PM
How's the hard product on the Cairo to NYC flight? Lie flat? Good reviews?
It's a shame to schlepp in from the US to MLE when you're much closer during the rest of the year when you're based in Israel.

And yes, add on a free OW to somewhere.
HNL, LAX, Carribean, etc.
Give me credit :P  lol

if i was able to i would in a second leave from here. besides much closer but its MUCH cheaper!

but as of now it seems like i ight be back in NY after shavuos... :'(

Its lie flat. 3-2-3

not sure what SA airline to do it with unless i stick with UA
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on January 05, 2014, 04:15:37 PM
I would try to get a 12 hour layover in cairo. Once you are there go check the pyramids.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: rots5 on January 05, 2014, 04:18:16 PM
I would try to get a 12 hour layover in cairo. Once you are there go check the pyramids.
my wife would kill me :)

but i will try. how long does my 'hold' stay for?

if i book now on ua.com whats the cancellation policy?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: rots5 on January 06, 2014, 06:56:19 AM
so here is the idea...

Keep the deaprting part of my trip as is...

and maybe take a paid flight back.... why?

I just found on cathay BIZ $1150 one way from MLE>NYC with a stop in HKG. I think this is an amazing price (being that its 5k for the opp direction) obviously ill sell my points if need be.

ideas?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on January 06, 2014, 07:12:55 AM
so here is the idea...

Keep the deaprting part of my trip as is...

and maybe take a paid flight back.... why?

I just found on cathay BIZ $1150 one way from MLE>NYC with a stop in HKG. I think this is an amazing price (being that its 5k for the opp direction) obviously ill sell my points if need be.

ideas?
Do it.
You'll also accrue extra miles depending on the booking class.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on January 06, 2014, 07:16:01 AM
so here is the idea...

Keep the deaprting part of my trip as is...

and maybe take a paid flight back.... why?

I just found on cathay BIZ $1150 one way from MLE>NYC with a stop in HKG. I think this is an amazing price (being that its 5k for the opp direction) obviously ill sell my points if need be.

ideas?
If it's $1150 for biz via CX, I would grab it.

The only downside is no free one way on the return.

But, if you weren't planning on stopping in Cairo, I would much rather fly CX.

Also, you need to consider if you want to burn some UA before the deval and the cost difference, which isn't really much considering you pay with an Amex gold and credit your flight to AA/AS (IIRC)/BA.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: rots5 on January 06, 2014, 07:32:17 AM
If it's $1150 for biz via CX, I would grab it.

The only downside is no free one way on the return.

But, if you weren't planning on stopping in Cairo, I would much rather fly CX.

Also, you need to consider if you want to burn some UA before the deval and the cost difference, which isn't really much considering you pay with an Amex gold and credit your flight to AA/AS (IIRC)/BA.
funny thing is i would have to transfer from UR bec i dont have enough for RT just one way. also CX has a solid canceling policy. 35$ a ticket.

there is no full day stops available to CAI. i would love to see the pyramids, its on my list :) (i have a VERY short list) though i can stop a full day in HKG if i want but i doubt i want to. i dont mind making it quick.

On CX website it says this, whats it really mean?
Upgrade from Business Save to Business Standard for extra benefits with a fee from just USD 123.00 (for 1 adult).

Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: rots5 on January 07, 2014, 12:55:54 PM
Ok, one last try at this. my reservations end tonight at 12 NY time.

i cant seem to find hotels for a decent price. anyone with any ideas?

I am about to cancel this whole trip bec these hotels are a fortune! 22k UR a night, i dont think its worth it for me for 140k. or 30k spg, i dont even have that much spg. or 900$ at hyatt, still above my pay grade... :(

Any ideas guys?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 07, 2014, 12:57:55 PM
Why is it not worth the UR?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on January 07, 2014, 01:11:51 PM
Ok, one last try at this. my reservations end tonight at 12 NY time.

i cant seem to find hotels for a decent price. anyone with any ideas?

I am about to cancel this whole trip bec these hotels are a fortune! 22k UR a night, i dont think its worth it for me for 140k. or 30k spg, i dont even have that much spg. or 900$ at hyatt, still above my pay grade... :(

Any ideas guys?
In all honesty, w/ the recent deval of UR, 22k per night isn't all that much in terms of value.
Have you checked the prices of random places as well, along w/ their TA reviews?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: rots5 on January 07, 2014, 01:12:07 PM
Why is it not worth the UR?
it seems to me that if i dont get the OWB room im wasteing y time... i think its more than 22k a room a night...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: rots5 on January 07, 2014, 01:13:14 PM
In all honesty, w/ the recent deval of UR, 22k per night isn't all that much in terms of value.
Have you checked the prices of random places as well, along w/ their TA reviews?
im nervous that i dont know much about whats worth it there or not. seems like everyone says a certain thing, why waste 160k UR on a room?

Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 07, 2014, 01:15:41 PM
MLE is the ultimate aspirational award destination. If you're not gonna pay for an OWB, what's the other option? Not go? Seems silly to me
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on January 07, 2014, 01:18:37 PM
MLE is the ultimate aspirational award destination. If you're not gonna pay for an OWB, what's the other option? Not go? Seems silly to me
+100
PPl talk big about it, but if you can work it out, then jump at it.

Also, w/ the new Hyatt C&P, if the PH has availability, it'll lower the cost even further (1.2 cpm implied rate for Cat 6), and you'll earn stay credits, points, and can use confirmed Diamond upgrades.
http://boardingarea.com/onemileatatime/2013/11/18/thoughts-hyatts-points-cash-redemptions/

But I'm unsure what the PH offers in this regard.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: rots5 on January 07, 2014, 01:23:35 PM
MLE is the ultimate aspirational award destination. If you're not gonna pay for an OWB, what's the other option? Not go? Seems silly to me
Thats what it seems like everyone is saying. Maybe ill wait it out till i have more money :) Seems like it will be a wasted trip if i dont do it right the first time. i have around 370k UR.

There is another option but im afraid it will be to short. I can arrive weds in MLE and fly out to HKG on sunday night. i dont think that makes sense though.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Ephcc90 on January 07, 2014, 01:23:45 PM
Can you cut off a few nights? I know it would be a huge headache flight wise but then u could even get the owb no?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: rots5 on January 07, 2014, 01:26:07 PM
+100
PPl talk big about it, but if you can work it out, then jump at it.

Also, w/ the new Hyatt C&P, if the PH has availability, it'll lower the cost even further (1.2 cpm implied rate for Cat 6), and you'll earn stay credits, points, and can use confirmed Diamond upgrades.
http://boardingarea.com/onemileatatime/2013/11/18/thoughts-hyatts-points-cash-redemptions/

But I'm unsure what the PH offers in this regard.
you think its better to go now and not get a OWB than go in the future with one?

i like this program. i suppose i will book my flights and pay for the CX flights, hoping i can work out te hotels. i will try my Hyatt stuff and i will keep an eye on JS.

the other option maybe is bali, JS has amazing deals on that.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: rots5 on January 07, 2014, 01:27:09 PM
Can you cut off a few nights? I know it would be a huge headache flight wise but then u could even get the owb no?
so i was thinking about that. like i asked is it worth it to go weds (arrive at 11 am) to sunday (leave 1050 pm) ?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 07, 2014, 01:29:01 PM
Why not use points to book the return and put the cash towards a hotel
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Ephcc90 on January 07, 2014, 01:31:39 PM

so i was thinking about that. like i asked is it worth it to go weds (arrive at 11 am) to sunday (leave 1050 pm) ?
I was never there so I can't answer you for sure but I would think you can def get the experience in that time... I personally would try to hit another destination as well.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on January 07, 2014, 01:36:22 PM
so i was thinking about that. like i asked is it worth it to go weds (arrive at 11 am) to sunday (leave 1050 pm) ?
That's my schedule. Landing Wednesday, leaving Sunday night, both on TK.
Since you likely won't pay $$$ for diving lessons, 4 days of lounging should be more than enough, and then schedule another destination in that area of the world to make all the flying worth it.

Also, who says you'll ever have the cash for the OWB, along with the time to go? I can only afford the OWB b/c it's free due to the Conrad closing. But I never planned on paying to upgrade to one.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on January 07, 2014, 01:47:14 PM
If you dont stay in a OWB its a waste of time, go another time... Maldives =OWB
Alot of the costs are transportation, once u paid all this try to be there as long as you can

You should be able to sell your UR points and use that towards a hotel

Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on January 07, 2014, 01:54:41 PM
FYI, may be outdated

http://travelisfree.com/2013/04/09/the-secret-to-free-overwater-bungalows/

Also, another view on it.
http://thepointsguy.com/2014/01/hotel-review-king-spa-water-villa-at-the-conrad-maldives-hotel-on-rangali-island/

Maybe pay for 1 or 2 nights of upgrades, and hope for the best.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: rots5 on January 07, 2014, 02:23:06 PM
If you dont stay in a OWB its a waste of time, go another time... Maldives =OWB
Alot of the costs are transportation, once u paid all this try to be there as long as you can

You should be able to sell your UR points and use that towards a hotel


Chuchum, i have the flights for free. i dont have enough points to even sell. I will book from weds- sunday and see what i can find to do in cx


ETA: so there 1150 + 250taxes for a MLE - HKG (3 days) - NYC in i class....
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on January 19, 2014, 03:33:37 AM
Anyone know if there are independent speedboat services to take me from the airport to hotels that don't require a seaplane?
$220 pp for a 20 minute ride is a wee bit too high.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: rots5 on January 19, 2014, 04:58:34 AM
what are you doing for food in general and for shabb?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on January 19, 2014, 05:25:05 AM
what are you doing for food in general and for shabb?
It includes breakfast, so we'll have fruit, drinks, etc.
We'll bring bread, tuna, pb&j, etc.
We've made it work in the past, and it's a short trip, so I'm not concerned.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: rots5 on January 19, 2014, 05:29:26 AM
It includes breakfast, so we'll have fruit, drinks, etc.
We'll bring bread, tuna, pb&j, etc.
We've made it work in the past, and it's a short trip, so I'm not concerned.
and shabb?
how long you going to mle for ?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on January 19, 2014, 06:52:19 AM
and shabb?
how long you going to mle for ?
4 nights. 2 overnight flights to/from IST, so 6 nights total outside of house.
For shabbos, we'll also bring food, and it's a large villa so it should be relaxful.
Plus, if I use a shinui, I could probably go kayaking and snorkeling. E/t is okay with a shinui.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: ChikkyMonkey on January 19, 2014, 07:02:58 AM
Anyone know if there are independent speedboat services to take me from the airport to hotels that don't require a seaplane?
$220 pp for a 20 minute ride is a wee bit too high.

I think independent coats would charge just as much... I paid $500 for seaplane so not so bad what yore paying
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on January 19, 2014, 07:46:04 AM
4 nights. 2 overnight flights to/from IST, so 6 nights total outside of house.
For shabbos, we'll also bring food, and it's a large villa so it should be relaxful.
Plus, if I use a shinui, I could probably go kayaking and snorkeling. E/t is okay with a shinui.
Instead of schlepping food I'd just eat at the hotel with a shinui.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 19, 2014, 09:10:32 AM
Instead of schlepping food I'd just eat at the hotel with a shinui.
LOL
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 19, 2014, 09:22:51 AM
:D
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on January 19, 2014, 09:38:19 AM
Instead of schlepping food I'd just eat at the hotel with a shinui.
I guess I could, but I'm not looking for a 'way-out'. I'm trying to be machmir on kashrus.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: rots5 on January 19, 2014, 10:17:15 AM
I guess I could, but I'm not looking for a 'way-out'. I'm trying to be machmir on kashrus.
u live in israel... ur already maykul :D
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 20, 2014, 11:00:06 AM
http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2014/01/bioluminescent-beach-maldives/
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on January 20, 2014, 12:31:50 PM
http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2014/01/bioluminescent-beach-maldives/
The Conrad has had them also according to reports on FT. Seems to depend on your luck.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on January 20, 2014, 12:49:37 PM
Wow. I must see these, or go to to the bay in PR (http://www.biobay.com/).

Def on the bucket list.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 20, 2014, 12:53:43 PM
or go to to the bay in Cancer Island (http://www.biobay.com/)
ftfy
https://www.google.com/search?q=viequs+cancer+island&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a#q=vieques+cancer+island&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&spell=1
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on January 20, 2014, 01:08:06 PM
 ???


(http://gyazo.com/0f520b4f99967ec5b3cd8f61170ed368.png)

(http://gyazo.com/b40c460143d395e9afd33b31d7deedfc.png)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on January 20, 2014, 03:27:40 PM
???


(http://gyazo.com/0f520b4f99967ec5b3cd8f61170ed368.png)

(http://gyazo.com/b40c460143d395e9afd33b31d7deedfc.png)
Essentially the Navy did testing and stuff there which some believe has lead to higher cancer rates...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on January 20, 2014, 03:32:49 PM
Ah, wondered what the "ftfy" was all about.

In any event, I think the cancer linkage was to people who live there. I'm no doctor, but I'd imagine a brief exposure to the bay would not materially, if at all, increase one's odds of contracting anything.

That said, I guess it's better to play it safe and wait for the results of the latest study currently underway.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: rots5 on January 20, 2014, 05:06:27 PM
http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2014/01/bioluminescent-beach-maldives/
i just saw a lady post those pics on IG i though she took it with some new camera setting program

eta: there is a lady who just took this exact pics yesterday there. #maldivesislands
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on January 20, 2014, 10:38:42 PM
http://loyaltylobby.com/2014/01/20/hilton-thailand-bali-maldives-50-off-beach-holiday-72-hour-sale/

Maybe there's s/t decent here?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on January 20, 2014, 10:45:59 PM
Wow. I must see these, or go to to the bay in PR (http://www.biobay.com/).

Def on the bucket list.
I did not do the one in vieques i did the one i believe it is farajado and it was amazing.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on January 21, 2014, 12:23:13 AM
Yeah, I came across that one in my searches as well.

That doesn't have the same health concerns?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: ChikkyMonkey on January 25, 2014, 01:48:16 PM
Can anyone recommend a resort they've stayed at that may accommodate 2+4 kids (aged 1-8)?! Looking for a beach villa, 2 rooms.. good kids club, kid friendly pool..

In various reports I'm seeing the Halaveli is kid friendly, what are your thoughts AJK?

my biggest concern is food for a week... Any ideas? anyone have a decent sized fridge? kitchenette?

I don't want overwater, been there done that... in advance of being asked so why bother going there.. bc great empty beaches, lotsa sand for kids, kids club and pools were superb previously where I went, good mileage availability from where I want to go...

Also if anyone can recommend any ways to get good prices... Going in June (as did last time) which is low season, perhaps worth waiting till much closer to get deals?

Was originally planning on Bali with a villa, then leaned towards Thailand at resort, now leaning here... Thx
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 25, 2014, 06:43:54 PM
So many more kid-friendly places with great empty beaches.  Doing MLE and paying for expensive hotel transfers and staying non-overwater just makes my head hurt.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: ChikkyMonkey on January 25, 2014, 11:51:08 PM
So many more kid-friendly places with great empty beaches.  Doing MLE and paying for expensive hotel transfers and staying non-overwater just makes my head hurt.

I'm listening... I absolutely loved Maldives, nothing can compare.. N for kids the sandy beaches, shallow water, nice kids club... LMKL is the only other place which comes to mind which I'm considering.. One way mileage for me to Thailand is 50k to male is 30k

I'm looking for boat transfer to save money there... Would gladly hear other options
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on January 26, 2014, 02:36:50 AM
I'm listening... I absolutely loved Maldives, nothing can compare.. N for kids the sandy beaches, shallow water, nice kids club... LMKL is the only other place which comes to mind which I'm considering.. One way mileage for me to Thailand is 50k to male is 30k

I'm looking for boat transfer to save money there... Would gladly hear other options
Why not use AA to fly to Thailand? 30k in J each way.
The Maldives for a family seems like overkill.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: rots5 on January 26, 2014, 02:40:14 AM
Why not use AA to fly to Thailand? 30k in J each way.
The Maldives for a family seems like overkill.
Wheres he located? from Israel then yes, but thats if u find availability. BUT, if u fly into HKG first then into BKK then ull find it (just a heads up).

he can go to MLE from IL for 30k UA (i think.. right?)

Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on January 26, 2014, 02:42:20 AM
Wheres he located? from Israel then yes, but thats if u find availability. BUT, if u fly into HKG first then into BKK then ull find it (just a heads up).

he can go to MLE from IL for 30k UA (i think.. right?)

20k Y, 35k J
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: rots5 on January 26, 2014, 02:43:20 AM
20k Y, 35k J
Thanks!
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on January 26, 2014, 02:45:18 AM
Thanks!

Anytime.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on January 26, 2014, 02:52:04 AM
BUT, if u fly into HKG first then into BKK then ull find it (just a heads up).

Color me confused.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: rots5 on January 26, 2014, 02:55:04 AM
Color me confused.
I color out of the lines. But in short if u can find an AA direct flight (with LY) to BKK in J ill be danged :) its nearly impossible. There is a worka round a drop. Flights using AA on LY to HKG and then to BKK is much easier to find availability than flying to MUC then to BKK from TLV (as i did. it wasted a full 10 hrs of my day)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: ChikkyMonkey on January 26, 2014, 02:57:33 AM
Not Israel (Moscow).. I've been to everywhere in Thailand (Phuket side and samui, including up north), been to Bali, been to lotsa other places in SEA (Vietnam Cambodia etc...)

I am debating between going back to Khao Lak for a pool villa at the Meridien which I've already been to, but has nice pools and all.. or going to Male where I would be going to a new Island... I can get some private time with babysitters at any of the Islands.. the question is finding a place that will allow this many ppl in one villa with existing bedding... or paying a little extra for the beds... I'll wait to see what the tour agent comes back with.

If anyone has other suggestions I'm happy to hear..  Maldives for me was most relaxing time ever.. I was there with baby and was totally fine... I think my kids would love..
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on January 26, 2014, 03:09:59 AM
I color out of the lines. But in short if u can find an AA direct flight (with LY) to BKK in J ill be danged :) its nearly impossible. There is a worka round a drop. Flights using AA on LY to HKG and then to BKK is much easier to find availability than flying to MUC then to BKK from TLV (as i did. it wasted a full 10 hrs of my day)
Funny you should say that.
I was chk'ing last night to HKG on LY, and only saw to BKK in J.
But generally, you're right.
CX also flies down to HKT from HKG, so that would be the best bet.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on January 26, 2014, 05:56:49 AM
I gotta agree to dan
You might use a few miles less, but at the end will cost you much more

-villa with 2 bedrooms is much expensive

-transport to island (also via speedboat)

-drinks (you have no shops on islands)

And and and

The maldives are stunning and the beaches are amazing, you can enjoy it even with one baby. But with a few kids you will not enjoy the peace and relaxing, that the maldives gives you

I have done both and with kids thailand is much better
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: ChikkyMonkey on January 26, 2014, 07:25:28 AM
I have done both and with kids thailand is much better

Have you tried Maldives with all the kids? Where did you go?

I've also done both, and I'm not so sure... when I went to the Waldorf, had I had my other kids they would have had a blast... boat transfers aren't expensive will add about $400 total for everyone.. food I would have to bring with and a lot.. thats my main concern.. I'm just a little reluctant going back to LMKL having been there and wanting something new.. (also love scuba, and there isn't any to be had in June in Khao Lak..)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on January 26, 2014, 07:44:13 AM
Have you tried Maldives with all the kids? Where did you go?

I've also done both, and I'm not so sure... when I went to the Waldorf, had I had my other kids they would have had a blast... boat transfers aren't expensive will add about $400 total for everyone.. food I would have to bring with and a lot.. thats my main concern.. I'm just a little reluctant going back to LMKL having been there and wanting something new.. (also love scuba, and there isn't any to be had in June in Khao Lak..)
I enjoyed Krabi more than KL. More relaxed feel.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: ChikkyMonkey on January 26, 2014, 12:15:10 PM
I enjoyed Krabi more than KL. More relaxed feel.

Were you with kids? Was it rainy season? Where did you stay?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on January 26, 2014, 01:12:10 PM
Were you with kids? Was it rainy season? Where did you stay?
With 3 little kids.
It was December.
Sheraton.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on January 26, 2014, 03:04:44 PM
No I have not taken the kids to the maldives, I don't see a points taking 5 little kids to the maldives.

I can't take a Overwater villa and a nice big villa with pool will cost me much more then in thailand

The maldives is a place you go with your wife or older kids that can apreciate it.

I can get a stunning villa in the lmkl for 400 aa night in low season, I don't think you will find the maldives for less then 1k for a 2br villa with pool

@krabi

I didn't try it, but the lmkl had everything I needed. I didn't find a hotel in krabi that offers the same and a privat villa, that has no kids club, pool with slides, spa... doesn't interest me

So for me I am very happy with lmkl
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: ChikkyMonkey on January 26, 2014, 04:06:08 PM

I didn't try it, but the lmkl had everything I needed. I didn't find a hotel in krabi that offers the same and a privat villa, that has no kids club, pool with slides, spa... doesn't interest me

So for me I am very happy with lmkl

Any day trips from there? nothing in terms of cheap massages for wife nearby (outside resort)?!
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on January 26, 2014, 04:14:03 PM
Any day trips from there? nothing in terms of cheap massages for wife nearby (outside resort)?!
Plenty of cheap massages on the beach outside of both hotels, although LMKL was pricier than Krabi (250 vs 400 Baht)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: ChikkyMonkey on January 26, 2014, 04:46:20 PM
I'm asking specifically June.. And summer when most places close down...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on January 26, 2014, 06:15:18 PM
Kaho Lak town is 10 min by Taxi and plenty there. Also hotel wasnt very expensive, they run specials all the time
Yes, I did day trip to Phi phi, you can do James Bond Island or Phnga bay as well
Also Phuket (tiger kingdom, Fantasea evening show)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on January 26, 2014, 10:46:53 PM
I'm asking specifically June.. And summer when most places close down...
Then ask it on FT. There's a broader depth of info there.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on January 29, 2014, 12:07:43 PM
has anyone tried booking the constance halaveli Honeymoon offer rate?
Would we have an issue?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 29, 2014, 12:19:57 PM
has anyone tried booking the constance halaveli Honeymoon offer rate?
Would we have an issue?
They check your marriage license
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on January 29, 2014, 12:21:21 PM
Not true IME.

But they do state they will.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on January 29, 2014, 12:26:06 PM
maybe they do, maybe they dont and if they do, they will make you pay rack rate. Lets be honest
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 29, 2014, 12:28:36 PM
maybe they do, maybe they dont and if they do, they will make you pay rack rate. Lets be honest
Halevai, but unfortunately we're in the wrong place for that
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on January 29, 2014, 12:30:40 PM
Happens to be I was on my honeymoon, so didn't worry me.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on January 29, 2014, 12:37:29 PM
maybe they do, maybe they dont and if they do, they will make you pay rack rate. Lets be honest
i was not suggesting that i would do it if they were makpid. I was merely asking if they were makpid or if they let anyone use that rate.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 29, 2014, 12:43:19 PM
Happens to be I was on my honeymoon, so didn't worry me.
Did you bring your marriage license in case they checked?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on January 29, 2014, 12:43:58 PM
I did.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: IsraelGuy on February 01, 2014, 11:17:34 AM
I color out of the lines. But in short if u can find an AA direct flight (with LY) to BKK in J ill be danged :) its nearly impossible. There is a worka round a drop. Flights using AA on LY to HKG and then to BKK is much easier to find availability than flying to MUC then to BKK from TLV (as i did. it wasted a full 10 hrs of my day)

I watched J from TLV to BKK for a few months and seats kept popping up here and there, for quite a range of dates also. IME its not as impossible as you say, I was able to snag 2. Also depends on what day of the week you're looking to fly.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: rots5 on February 01, 2014, 12:32:31 PM
I watched J from TLV to BKK for a few months and seats kept popping up here and there, for quite a range of dates also. IME its not as impossible as you say, I was able to snag 2. Also depends on what day of the week you're looking to fly.
I tried last yr to book. i was not able to get a seat as hard as i tried. Now im sitting on 130k AA (i did the JJGM).
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: IsraelGuy on February 01, 2014, 02:01:48 PM
I tried last yr to book. i was not able to get a seat as hard as i tried.

Maybe things have gotten easier. I was able to snag upper level on the 747-400 which was fun to do for the first time for me and my wife. Took a long time watching still, but the major point I learned was that I should have booked one at a time and hoped for the best. Single seats kept popping up again and again. Getting the 2 together barely happened two weeks before the flight, and moving points around last minute and waiting for them to post in order to get it made the suspense unbearable.

Now im sitting on 130k AA (i did the JJGM).

Hadn't heard that one before- took a little bit of searching to find. Is this just trying to press the apply buttons as close together as possible for both apps, or is there some other secret I'm not aware of here ? ;D
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: rots5 on February 01, 2014, 05:01:46 PM
Maybe things have gotten easier. I was able to snag upper level on the 747-400 which was fun to do for the first time for me and my wife. Took a long time watching still, but the major point I learned was that I should have booked one at a time and hoped for the best. Single seats kept popping up again and again. Getting the 2 together barely happened two weeks before the flight, and moving points around last minute and waiting for them to post in order to get it made the suspense unbearable.

Hadn't heard that one before- took a little bit of searching to find. Is this just trying to press the apply buttons as close together as possible for both apps, or is there some other secret I'm not aware of here ? ;D
I was not waiting for last minute for availability to open up. i just booked and held onto the points.

The secret is to have him in the next room while you do it... its alm,ost like rubbing a bald guys head for good luck.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on February 17, 2014, 03:44:40 AM
For those wanting to travel to/stay in the Maldives on a budget.
http://www.nomadicmatt.com/travel-blogs/travel-to-the-maldives-budget/

Oh the horror! She didn't stay in an OWV!!
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: rots5 on February 17, 2014, 06:45:24 AM
For those wanting to travel to/stay in the Maldives on a budget.
http://www.nomadicmatt.com/travel-blogs/travel-to-the-maldives-budget/

Oh the horror! She didn't stay in an OWV!!
Sarcasm?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on February 17, 2014, 07:47:42 AM
Sarcasm?
I find your supposition to be insulting.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: rots5 on February 17, 2014, 07:54:30 AM
I find your supposition to be insulting.
?? im just asking a question.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on February 17, 2014, 10:18:35 AM
?? im just asking a question.
Your implication that I would be sarcastic on an important forum such as DDF.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: plainbachur on February 23, 2014, 01:34:40 AM
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2564780/Tourists-furious-holidays-cancelled-Saudi-prince-books-three-entire-Maldive-island-resorts-cost-18MILLION.html
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on February 23, 2014, 11:36:12 AM
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2564780/Tourists-furious-holidays-cancelled-Saudi-prince-books-three-entire-Maldive-island-resorts-cost-18MILLION.html
Crazy what people can do.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 23, 2014, 11:37:53 AM
Sheiks go to the Cleveland Clinic all the time for medical issues.
They're known for walking up to mansions in Shaker Heights and offering insane sums of cash to the owners if they can have everything out in a day.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on February 23, 2014, 11:47:29 AM
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2564780/Tourists-furious-holidays-cancelled-Saudi-prince-books-three-entire-Maldive-island-resorts-cost-18MILLION.html

Exact same thing happened to me at the St. Regis in Singapore.

We were confirmed in a suite and Prince Al-Walleed showed up and took half the hotel.

They put us in a regular room and comped the whole stay
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on February 23, 2014, 11:49:39 AM
Exact same thing happened to me at the St. Regis in Singapore.

We were confirmed in a suite and Prince Al-Walleed showed up and took half the hotel.

They put us in a regular room and comped the whole stay
That is annoying, though not as bad as getting kicked out entirely.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: plainbachur on February 23, 2014, 11:51:44 AM
Exact same thing happened to me at the St. Regis in Singapore.

We were confirmed in a suite and Prince Al-Walleed showed up and took half the hotel.

They put us in a regular room and comped the whole stay
nice free stay
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: rots5 on February 24, 2014, 02:01:17 AM
Exact same thing happened to me at the St. Regis in Singapore.

We were confirmed in a suite and Prince Al-Walleed showed up and took half the hotel.

They put us in a regular room and comped the whole stay
Im sure it was worth it.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: IsraelGuy on March 03, 2014, 10:03:45 AM
So if I'm reading things correctly my basic options from TLV to MLE are

a) to somehow get to Amman to fly RJ using AA points (35RT), Avios (20k each way for band 4?), or
b) some sort of star alliance points to fly Turkish via Istanbul (UA 40RT)?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on March 03, 2014, 10:06:26 AM
So if I'm reading things correctly my basic options from TLV to MLE are

a) to somehow get to Amman to fly RJ using AA points (35RT), Avios (20k each way for band 4?), or
b) some sort of star alliance points to fly Turkish via Istanbul (UA 40RT)?
Correct.
I'm doing the TK option. The AMM option was going to be too difficult getting all the flight times to work on Qatar or Etihad. I spent a while playing around with it.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on March 03, 2014, 10:12:28 AM
Sheiks go to the Cleveland Clinic all the time for medical issues.
They're known for walking up to mansions in Shaker Heights and offering insane sums of cash to the owners if they can have everything out in a day.
That is nuts. Do the wealthy people that presumably live in the mansions go for that?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 03, 2014, 10:34:18 AM
You don't have to be wealthy to own a mansion in CLE.
Cheaper than most small houses in LA or NYC.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Achas Veachas on March 03, 2014, 10:47:07 AM
You don't have to be wealthy to own a mansion in CLE.
Cheaper than most small houses in LA or NYC.
Plus, for the price these guys are probably paying, you can probably afford 5 mansions.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: IsraelGuy on March 03, 2014, 02:58:09 PM
Correct.
I'm doing the TK option. The AMM option was going to be too difficult getting all the flight times to work on Qatar or Etihad. I spent a while playing around with it.

Arrggg..so much for hoarding AA miles - guess its back to hoarding United...

Yeah going via AMM seemed a little nuts.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on March 03, 2014, 03:37:33 PM
Arrggg..so much for hoarding AA miles - guess its back to hoarding United...

Yeah going via AMM seemed a little nuts.
But the AA are amazing for the Far East, Down Under, or India/Sri Lanka.
If anything, maybe combine a Sri Lanka and MLE trip, and then you could find a use for the AA miles.
And in economy, the difference is minimal btw AA and UA. 35k vs 40k. It's biz that has larger differences. 45k vs 70k
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on March 09, 2014, 05:04:31 AM
Austrian adding in summer flights to MLE.
http://airlineroute.net/2014/03/07/os-mle-jul14/
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: dealfinder85 on March 11, 2014, 09:36:08 AM
what are the best routes from nyc and whats cheapest to stay in OB
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on March 11, 2014, 09:50:53 AM
what are the best routes from nyc and whats cheapest to stay in OB
what kind of miles do you have?

If you have enough Alaska or SPG, fly the Emirates A380.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: dealfinder85 on March 11, 2014, 09:52:28 AM
what kind of miles do you have?

If you have enough Alaska or SPG, fly the Emirates A380.
how many SPG are needed for round trip? i dont have enough but maybe some day i will
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on March 11, 2014, 10:23:02 AM
how many SPG are needed for round trip? i dont have enough but maybe some day i will
You can get and extra 5K per 20K transferred.

I believe it is 90K OW in First. Alaska also allows free stopover on OW's.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: dealfinder85 on March 11, 2014, 10:32:06 AM
You can get and extra 5K per 20K transferred.

I believe it is 90K OW in First. Alaska also allows free stopover on OW's.
so maybe ill go in about 45 years
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on March 11, 2014, 10:34:21 AM
so maybe ill go in about 45 years
With all the options out now, you can go this year if you want.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: dealfinder85 on March 11, 2014, 10:37:55 AM
With all the options out now, you can go this year if you want.
as much as ppl say it wont hurt you, i am starting to house hunt and dont want that many pulls on my record
i only have low 30s starwood points and my wife would want to come along too
i would have to open several more cards
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on March 11, 2014, 10:38:46 AM
as much as ppl say it wont hurt you, i am starting to house hunt and dont want that many pulls on my record
i only have low 30s starwood points and my wife would want to come along too
i would have to open several more cards
Can your wife open cards? Do some researching into applying for cards and getting a mortgage. Having apps are not usually a deal killer.

Additionally, you can manufacture spend with the cards you currently have. 2xBB and 2xAP is at least 12K a month you can get.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: dealfinder85 on March 11, 2014, 10:40:19 AM
Can your wife open cards? Do some researching into applying for cards and getting a mortgage. Having apps are not usually a deal killer.
my wife can, and she has gone a while without opening 1
i still dont want to jeopardize it
that being said, if i am willing to experiment with my wifes since i opened one 2 months ago, what would be the way to go?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on March 11, 2014, 10:51:28 AM
my wife can, and she has gone a while without opening 1
i still dont want to jeopardize it
that being said, if i am willing to experiment with my wifes since i opened one 2 months ago, what would be the way to go?
Can try for SPG personal and business, Alaska personal and business cards. You can also get pretty good value by booking with KE and can do OW with each airline. Chase UR can be generated fairly quick.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: daganster on March 11, 2014, 08:44:31 PM
There are many options besides EK. Using AA miles you can fly CX, EY, QR and BA(YQ). Using AA partners you'll also have the option to use the explorer chart which may be cheaper e.g. in J with QR.
You can also transfer from SPG to JAL which may require fewer miles.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: rots5 on March 12, 2014, 03:36:04 AM
There are many options besides EK. Using AA miles you can fly CX, EY, QR and BA(YQ). Using AA partners you'll also have the option to use the explorer chart which may be cheaper e.g. in J with QR.
You can also transfer from SPG to JAL which may require fewer miles.
united OW i think is 60k. And CX might still have some great deals leaving MLE - i saw a few months back ow for 1200 with a stop in hkg for a couple days as well.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: dealfinder85 on March 12, 2014, 08:33:13 AM
in terms of getting there, after a 4bm and some spending over the next few months, i should have around 100k mr, 40k ur, 60k spg but thats 30k on mine and 30k for my wife. we also each have around 70k aa.
which one of those should i be focusing on increasing in order to get there?
thats only for the flight, then there is the stay...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on March 12, 2014, 08:41:46 AM
in terms of getting there, after a 4bm and some spending over the next few months, i should have around 100k mr, 40k ur, 60k spg but thats 30k on mine and 30k for my wife. we also each have around 70k aa.
which one of those should i be focusing on increasing in order to get there?
thats only for the flight, then there is the stay...
The stay is going to be the tough part.
The Hyatt may be your best option in terms of value.
Or try to get free night certs for the Conrad (Hilton), and try to get them to apply them for during the week and not just weekend.

Or you can find a reasonable priced option (see the article I linked to a few weeks ago.)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: dealfinder85 on March 12, 2014, 08:42:20 AM
The stay is going to be the tough part.
The Hyatt may be your best option in terms of value.
Or try to get free night certs for the Conrad (Hilton), and try to get them to apply them for during the week and not just weekend.

Or you can find a reasonable priced option (see the article I linked to a few weeks ago.)
first im gonna figure out if i have enough for the flight, then ill work on the stay
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on March 12, 2014, 08:49:31 AM
first im gonna figure out if i have enough for the flight, then ill work on the stay
Depends on which class you want to fly in.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: dealfinder85 on March 12, 2014, 08:52:05 AM
Depends on which class you want to fly in.
obviously, ideally not coach, but if its significantly easier to get there that way, then so be it
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on March 12, 2014, 09:10:47 AM
obviously, ideally not coach, but if its significantly easier to get there that way, then so be it
I think when you have a time you know you want to go, set a date by when you want to book flights. At that point see where you are holding with your point balances. Then you can decide how you want to fly.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: dealfinder85 on March 12, 2014, 09:13:02 AM
I think when you have a time you know you want to go, set a date by when you want to book flights. At that point see where you are holding with your point balances. Then you can decide how you want to fly.
in the meantime, assuming i get all my bonuses, i want to know which ones i should keep building on, beyond the bonuses. UR, MR, or starwood
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on March 12, 2014, 09:14:42 AM
in the meantime, assuming i get all my bonuses, i want to know which ones i should keep building on, beyond the bonuses. UR, MR, or starwood
Take a look at the different airlines and the points needed to fly the different classes. See which you would like to aim for and build up miles in that program.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on March 26, 2014, 02:22:32 PM
This weeks SPG Hot Escapes has the Sheraton Maldives for $250 some nights if anyone is interested.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 26, 2014, 02:48:20 PM
This weeks SPG Hot Escapes has the Sheraton Maldives for $250 some nights if anyone is interested.
Don't shlep to MLE and stay there.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on March 26, 2014, 03:06:24 PM
Don't shlep to MLE and stay there.
I saw that one coming from a mile away.
:)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: rots5 on March 27, 2014, 05:12:47 AM
I saw that one coming from a mile away.
:)
me too. Lol. Ok

So can someone please direct me to a hotel (paid) in mid august for under 400 a night. (Pref on hotels.com)

Something that will make the schlep worth it.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on March 27, 2014, 05:19:17 AM
me too. Lol. Ok

So can someone please direct me to a hotel (paid) in mid august for under 400 a night. (Pref on hotels.com)

Something that will make the schlep worth it.
Remind me why you don't want to use 25k Hyatt per night? That's under $400, and it's stunning.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: rots5 on March 27, 2014, 05:22:25 AM
Remind me why you don't want to use 25k Hyatt per night? That's under $400, and it's stunning.
Pm me. I'll explain. I would like another option just in case. (I can buy nights as well...)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on March 27, 2014, 05:24:36 AM

Pm me. I'll explain. I would like another option just in case. (I can buy nights as well...)

Hmm. Something shady going down here?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: rots5 on March 27, 2014, 05:53:27 AM
Hmm. Something shady going down here?
Busted...

Anyways I would like to have an option before I decide.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: EMCC on May 05, 2014, 08:50:37 AM
This weeks SPG Hot Escapes has the Sheraton Maldives for $250 some nights if anyone is interested.

Link?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: EMCC on May 05, 2014, 08:58:27 AM
What are the best points to use from Hong Kong to Maldives?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on May 05, 2014, 11:36:49 AM
Link?
That was from a few months ago.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: rots5 on May 05, 2014, 11:55:54 AM
What is the cheapest way to get an OWB in aug? If i do Hyatt, then i have to pay for an upgrade (which makes it not worth it, i think)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on May 05, 2014, 01:35:16 PM
What are the best points to use from Hong Kong to Maldives?

BA probably for CX J.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on May 08, 2014, 04:16:09 AM
So the Conrad is closed next summer for renovations, and that is when my speculative pre-deval booking was made for.
They sent me an email saying that I'm being rebooked into the 4 Seasons Kuda Huraa, or the Gili Langafooshi if I need over water accomodations.

So...
As of last week, it seemed like I couldn't go since the flights from Israel on Turkish wouldn't get me there when I needed to arrive. However, since the 4 Seasons is only a short speedboat ride away (25 minutes), I'd imagine that even arriving late Sunday should still allow me to catch a ride. Plus, it would save me the $$$ that a flight to the Conrad would have cost.

But it would also be nice to be able to do a date change, since my summer plans are up in the air, and I may not have babysitting.

So for now, I'm trying to clarify which room I'd be receiving, what comes with it, and whether I can date change.

I'd be curious to hearing your folks advise about the quality of the 3 properties, and what my plan of action should be going forward.
2 months away
:)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on May 08, 2014, 04:34:43 AM
Where'd you end up booking?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on May 08, 2014, 04:46:05 AM
Where'd you end up booking?
Gili.
Can't pass up 210m OWV for free. :)

http://www.gili-lankanfushi.com/villa-suite
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on May 08, 2014, 10:23:39 AM
Sounds great!
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: rots5 on May 12, 2014, 04:37:15 PM
Gili.
Can't pass up 210m OWV for free. :)

http://www.gili-lankanfushi.com/villa-suite
THAT place looks amazing!!!

Conrad has for 615 a night. is that a solid deal at all?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on May 19, 2014, 01:34:42 AM
As I posted elsewhere, there is a new mileage flight option to MLE. Meridiana from Italy, using Avios.

http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=41640.msg817785#new
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: rots5 on May 19, 2014, 02:44:24 AM
Just read the past 8 pages. Anyone have any ideas for >500 a nt OWB. Halelavi is 870 a nt and Conrad is 615.

@chuchun is there a number to your mle hookup?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on May 19, 2014, 03:56:55 AM
http://www.purelymaldives.co.uk/

Thats who I used

He is a nice guy and knows most of the islands from visiting
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: rots5 on May 19, 2014, 04:19:18 AM
.
http://www.purelymaldives.co.uk/

Thats who I used

He is a nice guy and knows most of the islands from visiting
Thanks. Will email him later today. I've been seeing a lot on hotel.com and TA that a lot of these hotels overbook. Should I be worried for something like that or its mainly in high season that happens.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: mena613 on May 26, 2014, 04:04:29 AM

How many guys on here are planning to be in the Maldives for this summer 2014 ?

I am horrible when it comes to planning such trips and would like to go for my honeymoon in July from TLV.

Are there any companies who sell packages so that they will organize flights and hotels...

What do people do about kosher food there ?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on May 26, 2014, 04:14:07 AM
How many guys on here are planning to be in the Maldives for this summer 2014 ?

I am horrible when it comes to planning such trips and would like to go for my honeymoon in July from TLV.

Are there any companies who sell packages so that they will organize flights and hotels...

What do people do about kosher food there ?

From TLV you can fly to MLE via TK using UA miles (40k r/t) or via Amman using AA Miles (35k r/t). With regards to hotels, probably better off using points as well. You can probably get a packaged deal but to use miles and points will in the end, be A LOT Cheaper. Especially for the Maldives

For kosher food you would most likely need to bring your own food.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: mena613 on May 26, 2014, 04:23:18 AM

I am not a miles guy at all. Are there any heimishe travel agents who could book me the whole thing with miles ?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: rots5 on May 26, 2014, 05:27:32 AM
I am not a miles guy at all. Are there any heimishe travel agents who could book me the whole thing with miles ?
PM me, i mifght be able to help
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on May 26, 2014, 08:13:22 AM
@chuck
I disagree. Maldives is one of the only places, we're points should not be used. You could stay at the hyatt, but then you don't get a overwater villa. Even dan, that doesn't like to pay for hotels used cash for the maldives

The maldives is a expensive place, only do it if you have the money for it. If not pick a place within your budget. Maldives is a top luxury country, unless you want to stay at some cheap island, but then you might as well go to eilat

Some resorts will help you arrange kosher food, but once again it will not be cheap and takes a lot of work.

Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on May 26, 2014, 08:26:03 AM
Even dan, that doesn't like to pay for hotels...
Careful or else you might be accused of anti-semitism
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on May 26, 2014, 08:42:01 AM
sorry. I take back my saying now. Ill stay quiet. :(
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on May 26, 2014, 09:35:52 AM
sorry. I take back my saying now. Ill stay quiet. :(
Don't worry, I agree w/ you regarding OWV, especially if you're ex-TLV.
Max, pay the upgrade for 2 nights to be in an OWV, and spend the other nights on the beach villas.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on May 26, 2014, 11:16:28 AM
If you have HHonors points and don't mind paying the upgrade, the Conrad is an excellent choice.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on May 26, 2014, 11:18:46 AM
Can someone give a quick rundown of routing options from NA? Thanks
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on May 26, 2014, 11:30:18 AM
JFK-AUH-MLE (EY)
JFK-DOH-MLE (QR)
JFK-FRA-SIN-MLE (SQ)
JFK-DXB-MLE (EK)
JFK-IST-MLE (TK)
JFK-VIE-MLE (OS)
JFK-LGW-MLE (BA)
JFK-ICN-MLE (KE)
JFK-HKG-MLE (CX)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on May 26, 2014, 12:15:47 PM
JFK-AUH-MLE (EY)
JFK-DOH-MLE (QR)
JFK-FRA-SIN-MLE (SQ)
JFK-DXB-MLE (EK)
JFK-IST-MLE (TK)
JFK-VIE-MLE (OS)
JFK-LGW-MLE (BA)
JFK-ICN-MLE (KE)
JFK-HKG-MLE (CX)
show off
:)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on May 27, 2014, 03:00:01 PM
JFK-AUH-MLE (EY)
JFK-DOH-MLE (QR)
JFK-FRA-SIN-MLE (SQ)
JFK-DXB-MLE (EK)
JFK-IST-MLE (TK)
JFK-VIE-MLE (OS)
JFK-LGW-MLE (BA)
JFK-ICN-MLE (KE)
JFK-HKG-MLE (CX)
nice
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on May 27, 2014, 04:12:23 PM
Or, you could do...

JFK-LHR-DXB-HKG-MLE :P
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on May 27, 2014, 04:19:19 PM
Or, you could do...

JFK-LHR-DXB-HKG-MLE :P
Want to offer up point cost as well per carrier :)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on May 27, 2014, 04:45:56 PM
Want to offer up point cost as well per carrier :)
JFK-AUH-MLE (EY) 45/67.5/90 AA
JFK-DOH-MLE (QR) 45/67.5/90 AA
JFK-FRA-SIN-MLE (SQ) 44625/87125 SQ
JFK-DXB-MLE (EK) 42.5/72.5/90 AS
JFK-IST-MLE (TK) 42.5/70/90 UA
JFK-VIE-MLE (OS) 42.5/80 UA
JFK-LGW-MLE (BA) 45/90/135 BA
JFK-ICN-MLE (KE)
JFK-HKG-MLE (CX)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: rots5 on May 27, 2014, 04:51:05 PM
show off
:)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on May 27, 2014, 04:52:27 PM

Much appreciated.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on May 27, 2014, 05:05:11 PM
Edited, completed, and added the below to the wiki:

Possible routings to MLE and costs:

JFK-AUH-MLE (EY) -- 45/67.5/90 AA
JFK-DOH-MLE (QR) -- 45/67.5/90 AA
JFK-FRA-SIN-MLE -- East Coast: 72,250/119/208,250; West Coast: 89,250/144,500/229,500
JFK-DXB-MLE (EK) -- 42.5/72.5/90 AS
JFK-IST-MLE (TK) -- 42.5/70/90 UA
JFK-VIE-MLE (OS) -- 42.5/80 UA
JFK-LGW-MLE (BA) -- 45/90/135 BA
JFK-ICN-MLE (KE) -- 60/107.5/137.5 KE
JFK-HKG-MLE (CX) -- 57.5/85/112.5 AA

Any mistakes?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on May 27, 2014, 05:07:45 PM
Edited, completed, and added the below to the wiki:

Possible routings to MLE and costs:

....
JFK-IST-MLE (TK) -- 42.5/70/90 UA
JFK-VIE-MLE (OS) -- 42.5/80 UA
....

Any mistakes?

Both those, shouldn't business be the same since its UA to the same region? Am I missing something?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on May 27, 2014, 05:20:23 PM
Both those, shouldn't business be the same since its UA to the same region? Am I missing something?
Yes, if it's UA across the pond it's 42.5/70/90 and if not 42.5/80 (no f)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 27, 2014, 05:21:32 PM
AS miles is prob the way to go for CX travel.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on May 27, 2014, 05:23:03 PM
Rots, can you do the same ex-TLV?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on May 27, 2014, 05:23:56 PM
AS miles is prob the way to go for CX travel.

Indeed. Added as an option.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on May 27, 2014, 05:24:54 PM
@AJK, you didn't add the 15% for SQ.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on May 27, 2014, 05:25:27 PM
@AJK, you didn't add the 15% for SQ.

You sure?

I thought I took off 15%.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: sl on May 27, 2014, 05:30:44 PM
There's an unbelievable revenue fare right now from MLE-HKG-NYC on CX J. It's about $1400 all-in, and allows a stopover of some length in HKG.

Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on May 27, 2014, 05:33:15 PM
Been around for awhile.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: sl on May 27, 2014, 05:39:41 PM
Been around for awhile.
I know, but I didn't see it posted elsewhere on this site, and you've been giving all of these mileage prices, so it would seem to make sense to point out a rare instance where revenue is better than mileage.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: theeari on May 27, 2014, 06:04:42 PM
AS miles is prob the way to go for CX travel.
What airline is AS?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: jaywhy on May 27, 2014, 06:05:46 PM
What airline is AS?
Alaska.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on May 27, 2014, 06:17:12 PM
You sure?

I thought I took off 15%.
SQ

JFK-FRA-SIN-MEL (Including 15% off booking online) 46,750/91,375/116,875

No?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on May 27, 2014, 06:24:30 PM
SQ

JFK-FRA-SIN-MEL (Including 15% off booking online) 46,750/91,375/116,875

No?

I don't know what I did, but my numbers don't look right for SQ. Feel free to correct.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: rots5 on May 29, 2014, 07:37:55 AM
There's an unbelievable revenue fare right now from MLE-HKG-NYC on CX J. It's about $1400 all-in, and allows a stopover of some length in HKG.


Actually i posted it like 8 months ago ;D and you can make that stop over for at least 3 days.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: dealfinder85 on June 03, 2014, 12:42:55 PM
anyone want to add to the wiki the flight from MLE to the hotels?
and the hotel prices in points?
also seems that all AA flights out of MLE are on thursday, which wont make it back to jfk in time for shabbos
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on June 03, 2014, 02:33:44 PM
They differ, but are all around $500.

AA doesn't fly to MLE.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: dealfinder85 on June 03, 2014, 02:40:43 PM
They differ, but are all around $500.

AA doesn't fly to MLE.
i meant booking with AA points a BA flight
so you have to add on $1000 to fly from MLE to your hotel?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on June 03, 2014, 05:25:49 PM
Nearly all of them charge that, especially the ones a bit farther from MLE. Even the ones closer charge it, but for a boat transfer.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: EMCC on June 03, 2014, 11:29:26 PM
How much is it from HKG to MLE with CX
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: jaywhy on June 05, 2014, 11:14:25 PM
How much is it from HKG to MLE with CX
Which program?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: EMCC on June 06, 2014, 02:51:04 AM
Which program?
aa or ba
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on June 06, 2014, 05:43:33 PM
Check wiki.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on June 09, 2014, 12:56:49 AM
More praise on the Park Hyatt.
http://viewfromthewing.boardingarea.com/2014/06/08/heres-park-hyatt-maldives-favorite-resort-world/
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on June 09, 2014, 09:51:34 AM
Blah blah.

He hasn't been to any other resort.

Nor has he, by the way, even trialed the other non-cost (points) prohibitive good option: the Conrad, which to my eye looks leagues better.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 09, 2014, 09:52:20 AM
Blah blah.
LOL, my thoughts exactly
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on June 09, 2014, 10:02:59 AM
At least he prefaced if with the truth that he knows nothing about true Luxury Hotels
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on June 09, 2014, 10:03:57 AM
At least he prefaced if with the truth that he knows nothing about true Luxury Hotels
Which is the same reason TripAdvisor is pretty useless
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on June 09, 2014, 10:23:49 AM
Which is the same reason TripAdvisor is pretty useless

+1, especially considering so many fake reviews
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Chapshnell on June 16, 2014, 04:34:59 PM
Blah blah.

He hasn't been to any other resort.

Nor has he, by the way, even trialed the other non-cost (points) prohibitive good option: the Conrad, which to my eye looks leagues better.

Called up Hilton & they say the rate for a above water bungalow per night is 1.87M Hilton points per night. The beach villa is 90k & It doesnt make sense to fly out there for that.
Except the Park Hyatt 25k + $350 upgrade confirmed & 120k SPG points for a oasis room what are the best options?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on June 16, 2014, 04:37:43 PM
Called up Hilton & they say the rate for a above water bungalow per night is 1.87M Hilton points per night. The beach villa is 90k & It doesnt make sense to fly out there for that.
Except the Park Hyatt 25k + $350 upgrade confirmed & 120k SPG points for a oasis room what are the best options?
See if you can purchase Hilton Free Night Certificates.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on June 16, 2014, 04:38:43 PM
Called up Hilton & they say the rate for a above water bungalow per night is 1.87M Hilton points per night. The beach villa is 90k & It doesnt make sense to fly out there for that.
Except the Park Hyatt 25k + $350 upgrade confirmed & 120k SPG points for a oasis room what are the best options?
What's the upgrade cost from the 90k HH room?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Chapshnell on June 16, 2014, 04:49:40 PM
Dont know, will definitely call again & ask. On a side note.. the hilton night certificates can be used for a above water bungalow?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on June 16, 2014, 04:51:53 PM
Dont know, will definitely call again & ask. On a side note.. the hilton night certificates can be used for a above water bungalow?
no, it's for the base room
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: IsraelGuy on June 17, 2014, 03:41:20 AM
See if you can purchase Hilton Free Night Certificates.

Would this work for places in the Maldives? I know in other hotels its usually fine, as you can add yourself as the second guest and check in before the primary, but in the maldives if you're coming in on a plane and there are so few guest, I'm guessing they'll notice the primary guest isn't coming...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on June 17, 2014, 04:57:44 PM
Diving at the Conrad.

http://goingawesomeplaces.com/conrad-maldives-diving-with-subaqua/
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on June 18, 2014, 07:27:29 AM
Wow, I emailed the Gili about kosher meals, and here are the chef's 2 emails to me so far.

Now I just have to ask Rots if the halachos of kashrus apply outside of EY.  ;)

Good afternoon Mr. Drago

Would like to take the opportunity to thank you for choosing to book your maldives experience with us.

Rest assured that we have considerable experience catering or kosher clientele and I'm confident you will be pleasantly surprised with the availability of suitable items for you to find during all meal periods.

Before you arrive however I believe it would be good for us to establish to what extent you keep kosher, in the interest of being forthcoming, we do not have a kosher kitchen per se and we would find it difficult to cater for a complete Glatt Kosher diet.

Previously we have had very good results serving a wide selection of the organically produced vegetables from our island garden as well as a selection of some of the worlds freshest seafood, which can be double wrapped and baked to your preferences.

As I mentioned, we have a fair amount of experience in this area and I would be delighted to meet with you on arrival to the island to discuss further.  On the other hand, should you require kosher certified meals, there is still time to arrange this which we can source from a variety of suppliers in Europe or Australia.

Please let me know and I will do whatever I can to ensure you have a fantastic vacation.

Culinary regards
John Bakker



Good Afternoon Mr. Drago
 
I have sent through an enquiry to our suppliers who should get back to me directly with price lists for Kosher meals,  I will forward that on to you as soon as I have a response.  The cost of these meals is usually quite standard however the cost of freight sometimes makes it an unattractive option.
 
With regards to your breakfast selection, I can simply say you have chosen the right place for your vacation.  I have attached to this message 2 photos which I snapped from the breakfast buffet this morning of or “fresh fruits” station.  Typically we have between 30-40 types of fresh fruit available daily for you to choose from, these fruits as well as an extensive array of organic vegetables are also available juiced from out live “juicing” station.
 
As for eggs etc, no need for you to bring your own pan, I have plenty of new/unused pots pans and utensils in stock for just this eventuality and we would be happy to cook to your requirement each day.  As for fish, we have the standard breakfast fish (smoked salmon, smoked trout, herring etc) available daily but again, we’d be happy to bake or steam something for you (double wrapped) from our large selection of fresh, local caught seafood.
 
I have also noted that your stay will include one Friday.  Please let us know if there is anything we can arrange which you’d like to have for Shabbat.
 
As always, feel free to come back to me with any other questions or concerns.  I will forward on the pricing lists as soon as I have received them
 
Culinary Regards
John
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on June 18, 2014, 07:32:07 AM

Wow, I emailed the Gili about kosher meals, and here are the chef's 2 emails to me so far.

Now I just have to ask Rots if the halachos of kashrus apply outside of EY.

Good afternoon Mr. Drago

Would like to take the opportunity to thank you for choosing to book your maldives experience with us.

Rest assured that we have considerable experience catering or kosher clientele and I'm confident you will be pleasantly surprised with the availability of suitable items for you to find during all meal periods.

Before you arrive however I believe it would be good for us to establish to what extent you keep kosher, in the interest of being forthcoming, we do not have a kosher kitchen per se and we would find it difficult to cater for a complete Glatt Kosher diet.

Previously we have had very good results serving a wide selection of the organically produced vegetables from our island garden as well as a selection of some of the worlds freshest seafood, which can be double wrapped and baked to your preferences.

As I mentioned, we have a fair amount of experience in this area and I would be delighted to meet with you on arrival to the island to discuss further.  On the other hand, should you require kosher certified meals, there is still time to arrange this which we can source from a variety of suppliers in Europe or Australia.

Please let me know and I will do whatever I can to ensure you have a fantastic vacation.

Culinary regards
John Bakker



Good Afternoon Mr. Drago
 
I have sent through an enquiry to our suppliers who should get back to me directly with price lists for Kosher meals,  I will forward that on to you as soon as I have a response.  The cost of these meals is usually quite standard however the cost of freight sometimes makes it an unattractive option.
 
With regards to your breakfast selection, I can simply say you have chosen the right place for your vacation.  I have attached to this message 2 photos which I snapped from the breakfast buffet this morning of or “fresh fruits” station.  Typically we have between 30-40 types of fresh fruit available daily for you to choose from, these fruits as well as an extensive array of organic vegetables are also available juiced from out live “juicing” station.
 
As for eggs etc, no need for you to bring your own pan, I have plenty of new/unused pots pans and utensils in stock for just this eventuality and we would be happy to cook to your requirement each day.  As for fish, we have the standard breakfast fish (smoked salmon, smoked trout, herring etc) available daily but again, we’d be happy to bake or steam something for you (double wrapped) from our large selection of fresh, local caught seafood.
 
I have also noted that your stay will include one Friday.  Please let us know if there is anything we can arrange which you’d like to have for Shabbat.
 
As always, feel free to come back to me with any other questions or concerns.  I will forward on the pricing lists as soon as I have received them
 
Culinary Regards
John


Wow indeed. Quite impressive.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on June 18, 2014, 08:48:36 AM
that is extremely impressive
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on June 18, 2014, 12:13:19 PM
#blownaway
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on June 18, 2014, 12:32:46 PM
While very impressive, on cruise ships it is almost commonplace to have chefs who know the ins and outs and are prepared to help in any way.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on June 18, 2014, 12:40:40 PM
While very impressive, on cruise ships it is almost commonplace to have chefs who know the ins and outs and are prepared to help in any way.

Cruises see probably 10x the amount of kosher-observant Jews that the Maldives see.

That's like saying it's easier to keep C"Y in Brooklyn than it is in Fargo, North Dakota.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: rots5 on June 18, 2014, 12:49:44 PM
Drago that's amazing! 
In regards to the pots and pans that's what takes the cake. Knows his stuff. Just ask ur rabbi what to do.

Personally I will ask bit IMHO I think ull need to turn on the fire to make the eggs and fish though this is amazing!

Also u should find out who bakes the bread and so on (pas akum is 100% Muter)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on June 18, 2014, 01:25:06 PM
Cruises see probably 10x the amount of kosher-observant Jews that the Maldives see.

That's like saying it's easier to keep C"Y in Brooklyn than it is in Fargo, North Dakota.
I wasn't putting down the Maldives. Rather pointing out a great benefit of a  cruise.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on June 18, 2014, 02:11:34 PM
Random question: I notice that a recurring theme with many resorts, is the severe limit they put on the amount of luggage you can bring on the air taxi from MLE without paying an arm, a leg, and a first-born child. Supposing I would want to go to the Maldives en route from Israel to America (or vice versa), when I have tons of stuff... is there anywhere in MLE itself to store my bags for a few days?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on June 18, 2014, 02:18:27 PM
Random question: I notice that a recurring theme with many resorts, is the severe limit they put on the amount of luggage you can bring on the air taxi from MLE without paying an arm, a leg, and a first-born child. Supposing I would want to go to the Maldives en route from Israel to America (or vice versa), when I have tons of stuff... is there anywhere in MLE itself to store my bags for a few days?

I emailed that question couple months ago to the Conrad, this is what I got back -

Quote
The airport has a luggage storage service where you may store your luggage at the rate of USD 5 per day per piece. Our colleagues in the airport will assist you to obtain this service upon your arrival if required.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on June 18, 2014, 07:21:36 PM
I emailed that question couple months ago to the Conrad, this is what I got back -

Thanks.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on June 22, 2014, 01:26:51 AM
Here's the menu I received from a place in Australia.
Shipping is separate.

Has anyone heard of this place?

Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on June 22, 2014, 01:30:55 AM
Here's the menu I received from a place in Australia.
Shipping is separate.

Has anyone heard of this place?
Who gave your the menu? A hotel?
Looks very similar to the menu i got from the PH under the same hashgocha
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on June 22, 2014, 01:32:39 AM
Who gave your the menu? A hotel?
Looks very similar to the menu i got from the PH under the same hashgocha
Yea, check my post from a few days ago in this thread for more details.
From the Gili.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on June 22, 2014, 02:16:27 AM
Yes, I had food from them at Halaveli
Please note shipping and import cost will add at least another 100% per meal and if the hotel wants to add something to make money on you it will cost more
Meals were very good. They dont always have all food available, so if you order, the hotel most likely will come back with a list what they dont have as of  now
It comes from Kleins gourmet catering. I had someone stay at the Hyatt and also had that food. The Hyatt added about 150% to these prices. Think thats very fair, considering what a effort it takes to arrange.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on June 22, 2014, 02:18:17 AM
Yes, I had food from them at Halaveli
Please note shipping and import cost will add at least another 100% per meal and if the hotel wants to add something to make money on you it will cost more
Meals were very good. They dont always have all food available, so if you order, the hotel most likely will come back with a list what they dont have as of  now
It comes from Kleins gourmet catering. I had someone stay at the Hyatt and also had that food. The Hyatt added about 150% to these prices. Think thats very fair, considering what a effort it takes to arrange.
Good to know!

Thanks!
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: IsraelGuy on June 25, 2014, 04:47:22 AM
How do you calculate zmanim here?
I can get myzmanim to show Male, but the park hyatt is further south and Long/lat doesn't seem to be working for myzmanim. Any thoughts?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on June 25, 2014, 05:10:49 AM
How do you calculate zmanim here?
I can get myzmanim to show Male, but the park hyatt is further south and Long/lat doesn't seem to be working for myzmanim. Any thoughts?
The resorts have a special time zone, and are one hour ahead of Male.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: IsraelGuy on June 25, 2014, 06:01:47 AM
I wonder if Myzmanim reflects that. I doubt it. The time I was able to find for Viligili which is close by was only slightly different form MLE.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on June 25, 2014, 07:01:34 AM
I wonder if Myzmanim reflects that. I doubt it. The time I was able to find for Viligili which is close by was only slightly different form MLE.
If you can't find electronical help, you might be forced to do it the way it was done for the last few thousand years.
Actually looking at the sky.
:)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on June 25, 2014, 09:06:30 AM
There are apps you can use on your phone that determine the zmanim based on your location
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: IsraelGuy on June 25, 2014, 09:15:43 AM
If you can't find electronical help, you might be forced to do it the way it was done for the last few thousand years.
Actually looking at the sky.
:)

Yikes!

There are apps you can use on your phone that determine the zmanim based on your location
Thanks - any idea what ones called?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on June 25, 2014, 09:18:52 AM
I use this one called zmanim for Android. I'm not positive it will with there as I've never tried it but seems like it would
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gindin.zmanim.android
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: IsraelGuy on June 25, 2014, 09:29:00 AM
Ok I'll look for something similar for iOS but probably will just have to figure it out like Drago said.

Excited to be going either way ;D
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on July 07, 2014, 03:14:57 PM
T-24 hrs  :)

Anyone have links to discussions about needing an eruv when on an island? I forgot to ask my Rav.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on July 07, 2014, 03:27:30 PM
T-24 hrs  :)

Anyone have links to discussions about needing an eruv when on an island? I forgot to ask my Rav.

Have a good trip.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on July 09, 2014, 12:19:10 PM
Made it!
Since it's winter weather, the boat ride over caused one of the ladies to throw up since it was quite turbulent.
But it's a wonderful place to visit, and hopefully the weather will allow for water sports tomorrow.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: rots5 on July 09, 2014, 02:33:43 PM
Made it!
Since it's winter weather, the boat ride over caused one of the ladies to throw up since it was quite turbulent.
But it's a wonderful place to visit, and hopefully the weather will allow for water sports tomorrow.
Amazing!!! havefun
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Florida4321 on July 19, 2014, 09:12:21 PM
I just booked a stay at the conrad maldives - they sent me an email with a bunch of info and it says that you can not bring any religious items into the country - has anyone had a problem with teffilin ?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on July 19, 2014, 11:15:40 PM
Not a problem.

When are you going?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on July 20, 2014, 12:44:57 AM
I just booked a stay at the conrad maldives - they sent me an email with a bunch of info and it says that you can not bring any religious items into the country - has anyone had a problem with teffilin ?
No issue.
Sign at customs says that "materials contrary to Islam" (or s/t of the sort) can't be brought in.

However, if you bring a Koran, you can find the verses which talk highly of Jews (as dhimmis, but nonetheless), and show it to them in case they cause you issues.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Florida4321 on July 20, 2014, 07:58:13 AM
going in march - flying emirates through dubai - not leaving airport just stopover and then flying cathay pacific home through china

opened the city hilton an got 2 free nights and used amex points for hotel stay
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on July 20, 2014, 08:38:09 AM
going in march - flying emirates through dubai - not leaving airport just stopover and then flying cathay pacific home through china

opened the city hilton an got 2 free nights and used amex points for hotel stay
How many AMEX?
Gonna upgrade to OWV?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on July 20, 2014, 08:39:53 AM
Made it!
Since it's winter weather, the boat ride over caused one of the ladies to throw up since it was quite turbulent.
But it's a wonderful place to visit, and hopefully the weather will allow for water sports tomorrow.
Nu? TR?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Florida4321 on July 20, 2014, 08:43:24 AM
flying emirates business 230,000 amex and $1400 surcharges - i know crazy but I've been wanting to fly this airline for so long - I also know you can use alaska miles but they only have with more stopovers and didn't want to spend more time traveling than i had to they also have flight that gets into dubai 7pm and leaves 3am for maldvies which gets in at 9 - have all day rather to get in at night and have to spend night before going to conrad

opened up city hilton got 2 free nights and then transferred rest of amex to cover 3 nights - staying 5 nights upgrading for 3 nights

flying home cathay pacific through china - american miles 60,000 a person i think

what do you think ?

Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on July 20, 2014, 08:58:12 AM
flying emirates business 230,000 amex and $1400 surcharges - i know crazy but I've been wanting to fly this airline for so long - I also know you can use alaska miles but they only have with more stopovers and didn't want to spend more time traveling than i had to they also have flight that gets into dubai 7pm and leaves 3am for maldvies which gets in at 9 - have all day rather to get in at night and have to spend night before going to conrad

opened up city hilton got 2 free nights and then transferred rest of amex to cover 3 nights - staying 5 nights upgrading for 3 nights

flying home cathay pacific through china - american miles 60,000 a person i think

what do you think ?


How many AMEX did you need for the hotel cost?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Florida4321 on July 20, 2014, 09:59:45 AM
95,00 a night - i know i missed the devaluation - cost me 130,000 amex converted into hilton

130,000 amex for hotel
230,000 amex for emirates
120,000 aa for cathay pacific

Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on July 20, 2014, 10:13:11 AM
Cost of nightly upgrade?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: EMCC on July 20, 2014, 10:16:04 AM
Is the Hyatt the best value in Maldives? $150 + 12,500 points...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Florida4321 on July 20, 2014, 10:20:48 AM
$395

have you gone there before ?

anyone flown emirates before ?

hyatt good deal too - i just did the hilton because they have the only lounge that is open late for midnight departures - we have a 1130pm flight back from mld and the last seaplane that leaves conrad is around 430 so was not sure what to do but the conrad has a crazy nice lounge that you can use
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on July 20, 2014, 11:10:32 AM
$395

have you gone there before ?

anyone flown emirates before ?

hyatt good deal too - i just did the hilton because they have the only lounge that is open late for midnight departures - we have a 1130pm flight back from mld and the last seaplane that leaves conrad is around 430 so was not sure what to do but the conrad has a crazy nice lounge that you can use
I was supposed to be there last week, but they closed for the summer and put us up elsewhere.  :)

The lounge isn't a good reason to switch. If you're flying Biz on Cathay, you'll have use of the regular lounge which is relatively spacious, even if the food options are lacking.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Florida4321 on July 20, 2014, 11:23:25 AM
where did they put you up ?

yah flying bus but clubs don't open till 3 hours before flight - they said last flight out of conrad is around 430 so ill have like 6 hours to spare - the conrad looked a little nicer than the hyatt i dunno both look amazing

mostly chose conrad bc of 2 free nights and diamond status

how did you fly there ? where did you stop ?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: avadah on July 20, 2014, 11:36:49 AM
The Conrad looks gorgeous. I always wanted to check out their underwater restaurant. It looks very cool in the pics.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on July 20, 2014, 11:43:59 AM
where did they put you up ?

yah flying bus but clubs don't open till 3 hours before flight - they said last flight out of conrad is around 430 so ill have like 6 hours to spare - the conrad looked a little nicer than the hyatt i dunno both look amazing

mostly chose conrad bc of 2 free nights and diamond status

how did you fly there ? where did you stop ?
Gili, OWV for free.  :)
Will post pix at some point if I can find w/o my mug in them.

Flew TLV-IST-MLE w/ TK
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Florida4321 on July 20, 2014, 02:46:39 PM
did you bring any food ?

has anyone flown emirates before ?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: HBERG on July 20, 2014, 03:09:51 PM
how was tlv-ist-mle
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on July 20, 2014, 03:26:38 PM
Gili, OWV for free.  :)
Will post pix at some point if I can find w/o my mug in them.

Flew TLV-IST-MLE w/ TK

Please refrain from further posting unless it is a TR (even short) from MLE. K, thanks.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on July 20, 2014, 03:32:55 PM
95,00 a night - i know i missed the devaluation - cost me 130,000 amex converted into hilton

130,000 amex for hotel
230,000 amex for emirates
120,000 aa for cathay pacific

Three nights at Conrad in March should be 285,000 (or 228,000 if using 5th night free).

So how does 130,000 MR (which only equals 195,000 MR at 1:1.5) get you three nights?

did you bring any food ?

has anyone flown emirates before ?

Last time we went we brought food, a burner, meal mart meals, etc.

Flying them in F in a few weeks, but I don't know much about their business aside from it being lie-flat on the A380, but not the 777.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: avadah on July 20, 2014, 03:33:13 PM
Please refrain from further posting unless it is a TR (even short) from MLE. K, thanks.
Why?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on July 20, 2014, 03:56:20 PM
how was tlv-ist-mle
Great. We got lucky and had the A-330 (newer biz seats) on all 4 legs, not just the IST-MLE legs.

Please refrain from further posting unless it is a TR (even short) from MLE. K, thanks.
I'll give you a face to face TR if you meet me at Coffee Bean.
You pay.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: HBERG on July 20, 2014, 04:08:16 PM
the availability with ua is very sporatic and not very available did you have trouble finding availability?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Florida4321 on July 20, 2014, 04:09:59 PM
yes it is 285,000 for 3 nights but i spent almost 40k on the citi card to become diamond status so i had hilton point in account didn't need to transfer that many amex points

did they say anything about bringing some meet  already made meet into maldives ? nervous to bring tefilin and kosher food
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on July 20, 2014, 04:14:23 PM
the availability with ua is very sporatic and not very available did you have trouble finding availability?
I booked it in January for the July flights.
Don't forget to add in a free one-way if you're not doing a stopover.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Florida4321 on July 20, 2014, 04:19:39 PM
should i be nervous flying emirates - stooping over in dubai ? not leaving airport have 5 hour layover - heard the airport is like a city
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: avadah on July 20, 2014, 04:48:58 PM
should i be nervous flying emirates - stooping over in dubai ? not leaving airport have 5 hour layover - heard the airport is like a city
Nah. If you're stooped over nobody will see you.  ;)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on July 20, 2014, 05:33:54 PM
should i be nervous flying emirates - stooping over in dubai ? not leaving airport have 5 hour layover - heard the airport is like a city

Nah. I'm gonna leave the airport as have dozens of others.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: harrym on July 20, 2014, 06:09:27 PM
Don't forget to add in a free one-way if you're not doing a stopover.
Where to? Doesn't it have to be in the same region, so even to Europe would raise the fare.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: daganster on July 21, 2014, 09:29:31 PM
yes it is 285,000 for 3 nights but i spent almost 40k on the citi card to become diamond status so i had hilton point in account didn't need to transfer that many amex points

did they say anything about bringing some meet  already made meet into maldives ? nervous to bring tefilin and kosher food
I brought tons of food and tefilin and had no issue. They did open my bags at customs and asked my if the grape juice I brought in contained alcohol that's where the search ended.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: EMCC on July 21, 2014, 09:34:24 PM
I brought tons of food and tefilin and had no issue. They did open my bags at customs and asked my if the grape juice I brought in contained alcohol that's where the search ended.
Is it illegal to drink alcohol there?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: rots5 on July 21, 2014, 09:34:59 PM
Is it illegal to drink alcohol there?
Drink, no. Bring in, yea
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: daganster on July 21, 2014, 09:35:45 PM
Drink, no. Bring in, yea
Is it illegal to drink alcohol there?
Yes, although the resorts are exempt.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on July 21, 2014, 10:56:45 PM
Where to? Doesn't it have to be in the same region, so even to Europe would raise the fare.
If you're starting in TLV, then you're correct. You could do Dubai or s/t similar, or try to get their website or CS to let you go to India or s/t similar, or do Europe, and pay more miles.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Cbs on July 23, 2014, 12:09:57 AM
First time opening this thread and way too much going on.

trying to figure out a trip soon ,
i found some good availability from NY 80k UA biz to MLE and i found SQ suites return**(see debate #3)

the trip would be Thailand, Australia, and either MLE, or Fiji. (maybe bali)

for MLE I have 2 free nights with hyatt but they only giving me the standard villa.

Debate:
1. does it make sense to stay for shabbos there?
2. should i take the standard villa as i have it for free and then one night on OWB paid ? or better not go
3. Should i give up MLE , and go to fiji / Bali instead, but in this case i would not have SQ suite return .

Any input would be appreciated

also, any good deals for hotels out there?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on July 23, 2014, 12:32:05 AM
Wow, reading that makes my head spin.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Cbs on July 23, 2014, 12:41:37 AM
Wow, reading that makes my head spin.
please elaborate what is not clear. i think its quite clear cut
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on July 23, 2014, 12:42:51 AM
please elaborate what is not clear. i think its quite clear cut

+1. Seems clear to me. I would answer but don't know the correct answer.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on July 23, 2014, 12:50:55 AM
please elaborate what is not clear. i think its quite clear cut

Just a lot going on in there.

I'll let the experts chime in.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on July 23, 2014, 01:00:13 AM
First time opening this thread and way too much going on.

trying to figure out a trip soon ,
i found some good availability from NY 80k UA biz to MLE and i found SQ suites return**(see debate #3)

the trip would be Thailand, Australia, and either MLE, or Fiji. (maybe bali)

for MLE I have 2 free nights with hyatt but they only giving me the standard villa.

Debate:
1. does it make sense to stay for shabbos there?
2. should i take the standard villa as i have it for free and then one night on OWB paid ? or better not go
3. Should i give up MLE , and go to fiji / Bali instead, but in this case i would not have SQ suite return .

Any input would be appreciated

also, any good deals for hotels out there?
I have not been to MLE, but from my understanding.

1) Don't see why you can't go for shabbos. Eating a shabbos seudah on a OWB, I'm sure it's nice.

2) if you are going all the way to MLE, seems to make sense to get an OWB. Maybe sell your nights and look at some other hotel options that might have a OWB for cheaper.

3) MLE is a once in a life time opportunity, if you are able to make it work, take it. SQ R is just the frosting on the cake. IMO.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on July 28, 2014, 06:14:59 AM
I still need to post a short TR of our trip from a few weeks ago, but I found s/o else on FT who ended up at the same hotel as we did, and posted much better pictures than the ones we took.

Below is a link to his post w/ the pix.

Our villa was the exact same, except that the outdoor lounging part on top of the water was slightly smaller.

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/23239346-post31.html
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on July 28, 2014, 11:26:44 AM
No private pool?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on July 28, 2014, 12:40:25 PM
If I look at the pictures, I must say the hotel disapoints... rooms look quite old and the steps into the ocean are horrible.... I think the Hyatt is even nicer then this.... Dont get me wrong, I am sure you have a amazing time and the maldives is still the maldives, but this does not look like a hotel I would have picked
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on July 28, 2014, 12:46:58 PM
No private pool?
Nope, and to tell you the truth, I wouldn't have used one. If we wanted water, we either waded out, or went to the other side of the island with the better snorkeling. They had a nice island infinity pool, and besides for seeing a single kid in it, no one else used it. Tough to use the fake stuff, when the real stuff is so inviting.

If I look at the pictures, I must say the hotel disapoints... rooms look quite old and the steps into the ocean are horrible.... I think the Hyatt is even nicer then this.... Dont get me wrong, I am sure you have a amazing time and the maldives is still the maldives, but this does not look like a hotel I would have picked
I hear you. They pride themselves on being "one with nature" or s/t of the sort. So the accomodations aren't gaudy in the least, but were very well done.

Per the GM, the hotel is ranked #1 in MLE by TA (take all of TA's stuff w/ a grain of salt), and #3 in the world, although I couldn't figure out how to check the world rankings on TA.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on July 28, 2014, 12:48:55 PM
I still need to post a short TR of our trip from a few weeks ago, but I found s/o else on FT who ended up at the same hotel as we did, and posted much better pictures than the ones we took.

Below is a link to his post w/ the pix.

Our villa was the exact same, except that the outdoor lounging part on top of the water was slightly smaller.

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/23239346-post31.html
It looks like his pictures were take on "dark depressed" mode. Would love to see yours and a TR when you have time.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on July 28, 2014, 12:52:24 PM
It looks like his pictures were take on "dark depressed" mode. Would love to see yours and a TR when you have time.
Our camera is a few years old and cheap. I'll have to disappoint  :(
Although another FTer recently posted about Gili, so I'll link to it as well.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on July 28, 2014, 12:55:53 PM
Nope, and to tell you the truth, I wouldn't have used one. If we wanted water, we either waded out, or went to the other side of the island with the better snorkeling. They had a nice island infinity pool, and besides for seeing a single kid in it, no one else used it. Tough to use the fake stuff, when the real stuff is so inviting.

Get back to me once you go back and experience a private pool. I also thought, like you, it was silly when I have the real stuff only feet away.

I was wrong.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on July 28, 2014, 01:05:53 PM
Ajk decided to listen to a clever guy...

Being the nr1 around mle isn't hard, as most hotels are in atolls, that are further away and not considered male...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 28, 2014, 01:09:21 PM
Can confirm that having a private pool at the W was great.  Though now I want to try the PH to compare :)

W for 46.8K SPG on a 5 night stay is actually not a bad deal if you can talk them into an OWB upgrade.  Otherwise that adds $180/night.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on July 28, 2014, 04:32:04 PM
Get back to me once you go back and experience a private pool. I also thought, like you, it was silly when I have the real stuff only feet away.

I was wrong.
We had a private pool (smallish though) when we were in Thailand, and got upgraded to a (Angelina Jolie) villa at a place outside of Chiang Mai. I had fun drinking beer in it and watching the nearby river, but that was about it.

At this point in my life, as I only age, it's tough seeing myself having similar opportunities in the future.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on July 28, 2014, 04:33:41 PM
Can confirm that having a private pool at the W was great.  Though now I want to try the PH to compare :)

W for 46.8K SPG on a 5 night stay is actually not a bad deal if you can talk them into an OWB upgrade.  Otherwise that adds $180/night.
46.8k per night? Surprised that the OWB upgrade is such a low cost, although all of their villas look stunning.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 28, 2014, 05:34:56 PM
46.8k per night? Surprised that the OWB upgrade is such a low cost, although all of their villas look stunning.
Yes.
They charge almost the same for the regular villas as their OWB, so upcharge isn't too bad.

Really an awesome resort.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: daganster on July 28, 2014, 07:52:36 PM
Can confirm that having a private pool at the W was great.  Though now I want to try the PH to compare :)

W for 46.8K SPG on a 5 night stay is actually not a bad deal if you can talk them into an OWB upgrade.  Otherwise that adds $180/night.
How are they with upgrading platinums members?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: IsraelGuy on July 29, 2014, 03:22:20 PM
Debate:
1. does it make sense to stay for shabbos there?
2. should i take the standard villa as i have it for free and then one night on OWB paid ? or better not go
3. Should i give up MLE , and go to fiji / Bali instead, but in this case i would not have SQ suite return .

A little late but maybe still helpful...

1. We did shabbat there and it was amazing. All depends and how you like doing Shabbat and if your comfortable with it.
2. If you stay Hyatt GET DIAMOND beforehand. You'll get free breakfast, drinks, and fruit, as well as being upgraded to a pool villa for free. We did pool villa for three nights and OWB for 1, but it only cost 150 to upgrade to overwater because they calculate the difference between the pool villa and OWB as the upgrade fee. We liked both types in different ways, but upgrading to OWB for us the last night was amazing. Glad I didn't pay for it for the whole time though.
3. Can't help you here. GL.

Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on July 29, 2014, 04:16:44 PM
A little late but maybe still helpful...

1. We did shabbat there and it was amazing. All depends and how you like doing Shabbat and if your comfortable with it.
2. If you stay Hyatt GET DIAMOND beforehand. You'll get free breakfast, drinks, and fruit, as well as being upgraded to a pool villa for free. We did pool villa for three nights and OWB for 1, but it only cost 150 to upgrade to overwater because they calculate the difference between the pool villa and OWB as the upgrade fee. We liked both types in different ways, but upgrading to OWB for us the last night was amazing. Glad I didn't pay for it for the whole time though.
3. Can't help you here. GL.



What were you able to eat/drink from the free breakfast and drinks? What was kosher? Were the drinks free all day, or just in the morning? Anything with alcohol?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on July 29, 2014, 04:36:29 PM
The maldives is one of the most expensive places on earth. If you cant afford it and have to turn every dollar and are worried about free drinks, don't go... save up and one day you can do it properly and enjoy it
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on July 29, 2014, 04:45:08 PM
The maldives is one of the most expensive places on earth. If you cant afford it and have to turn every dollar and are worried about free drinks, don't go... save up and one day you can do it properly and enjoy it
Just asking a question...hopefully IsrealGuy can answer
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: moish on July 30, 2014, 06:27:20 AM
why does the PH get such a bad rap on this thread. From reviews online it seems pretty decent
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on July 30, 2014, 08:05:55 AM
why does the PH get such a bad rap on this thread. From reviews online it seems pretty decent
IIRC, GL only goes there and it has been multiple times he has gone.

Not that he is the barometer, just saying.
Title: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: MAJ on July 30, 2014, 09:19:30 AM
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/wap/Item.aspx?type=0&item=183521
Not a great time to go
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: rots5 on July 30, 2014, 09:39:36 AM
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/wap/Item.aspx?type=0&item=183521
Not a great time to go
just came here to post it too.

Scary!!
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 30, 2014, 10:53:58 AM
why does the PH get such a bad rap on this thread. From reviews online it seems pretty decent
Because chuchem has ingrained in all of use that if you don't have a private pool you may as well not go :)

But I agree, the reviews seem outstanding.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 30, 2014, 10:57:47 AM
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/wap/Item.aspx?type=0&item=183521
Not a great time to go
Thulusdhoo island has local population.  Those Israelis are idiots.

On a true resort island there is practically no local population and you definitely wouldn't encounter a sign like that.

I wouldn't venture in Male though like I did last year.  At least now at this point in time.

I wouldn't worry for safety, but if you don't your tax dollars to support a country giving donations to Hamas perhaps look into Bora Bora?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: moish on July 30, 2014, 11:16:11 AM
Because chuchem has ingrained in all of use that if you don't have a private pool you may as well not go :)

But I agree, the reviews seem outstanding.
while i agree a pool is probably a good thing, reviews seem to indicate that it has a superb house reef which is probably weighted more heavily in my book. its not like there arent any swimming opportunities in the vicinity
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 30, 2014, 11:17:48 AM
while i agree a pool is probably a good thing, reviews seem to indicate that it has a superb house reef which is probably weighted more heavily in my book. its not like there arent any swimming opportunities in the vicinity
W has a mind-blowing house reef.

Pool is really nice when you come out of the ocean to dip into.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on July 30, 2014, 11:27:20 AM
Because chuchem has ingrained in all of use that if you don't have a private pool you may as well not go :)

But I agree, the reviews seem outstanding.

I didnt say its bad, but I just think there are much better options in the maldives. It has a amazing house reef, but if diving is not the only reason you are going you can do much better.

The PH has alot of negatives, villas are not the best... no seaplane...

The maldives is not a place you should go and be blinded by a chain hotel....
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on July 30, 2014, 11:28:46 AM
Thulusdhoo island has local population.  Those Israelis are idiots.

On a true resort island there is practically no local population and you definitely wouldn't encounter a sign like that.

I wouldn't venture in Male though like I did last year.  At least now at this point in time.

I wouldn't worry for safety, but if you don't your tax dollars to support a country giving donations to Hamas perhaps look into Bora Bora?

+100

The israelis go to some cheap local island... you expect them to love us there? Its a muslim country
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 30, 2014, 11:40:18 AM
The PH has alot of negatives, villas are not the best... no seaplane...
What are the negatives?
Why is a jet over a seaplane a negative?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: momo on July 30, 2014, 11:50:23 AM
For anyone planning a Maldives trip in the near future, this article may be of interest.
http://www.vosizneias.com/173527/2014/07/30/kaafu-thulusdhoo-island-maldives-34-israeli-tourists-evacuated-from-thulusdhoo-amid-growing-anti-israeli-pressure-from-locals/
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: ChAiM'l on July 30, 2014, 11:56:11 AM
For anyone planning a Maldives trip in the near future, this article may be of interest.
http://www.vosizneias.com/173527/2014/07/30/kaafu-thulusdhoo-island-maldives-34-israeli-tourists-evacuated-from-thulusdhoo-amid-growing-anti-israeli-pressure-from-locals/

Thulusdhoo island has local population.  Those Israelis are idiots.

On a true resort island there is practically no local population and you definitely wouldn't encounter a sign like that.

I wouldn't venture in Male though like I did last year.  At least now at this point in time.

I wouldn't worry for safety, but if you don't your tax dollars to support a country giving donations to Hamas perhaps look into Bora Bora?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: yitzf on July 30, 2014, 11:58:09 AM
For anyone planning a Maldives trip in the near future, this article may be of interest.
http://www.vosizneias.com/173527/2014/07/30/kaafu-thulusdhoo-island-maldives-34-israeli-tourists-evacuated-from-thulusdhoo-amid-growing-anti-israeli-pressure-from-locals/

More details
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/183521 (http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/183521)
Quote
Minister at the Maldivian President's Office, Mohamed Shareef, said they evacuated the tourists for their own safety. 

"There could have been an ugly incident and that is why the tourists were evacuated from the resort," Shareef told AFP by phone.

He said Israelis were not banned from entering the archipelago, better known for its upmarket tourism, but the Maldives was bitter with Israel over the violence.

"We have not banned them, but Israeli tourist must remember that they are visiting a 100 percent Muslim country," Shareef said. "We unequivocally and unconditionally support the Palestinian cause."

He said the Maldives had also put in place measures to express their opposition to Israel. 

The Maldives this week began implementing a ban on Israeli-made goods and also abrogated three cooperation agreements on health, tourism and education.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on July 30, 2014, 01:15:50 PM
@dan

A regular flight with a choppy boat ride after a long flight to the maldives can be quiet tough... besides, that a seaplane experience is special...

Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on July 31, 2014, 02:47:05 PM
What were you able to eat/drink from the free breakfast and drinks? What was kosher? Were the drinks free all day, or just in the morning? Anything with alcohol?
Bump
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: JamesIV on July 31, 2014, 04:27:09 PM
#Boycottmaldives
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on August 04, 2014, 04:06:32 AM
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=313070002203615&set=vb.312878085556140&type=2&theater
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: moish on August 04, 2014, 07:39:01 AM
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=313070002203615&set=vb.312878085556140&type=2&theater
whats the point of this? is he a government official? he might just be joe the plumber. im sure you have people in the us prepared to say a similar message
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on August 04, 2014, 07:49:25 AM
whats the point of this? is he a government official? he might just be joe the plumber. im sure you have people in the us prepared to say a similar message
Someone should invite them all to come stay in Gaza, side by side with Hamas. Would be the best way to show their support...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on August 04, 2014, 10:33:15 AM
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=313070002203615&set=vb.312878085556140&type=2&theater

Wait till the ISIS chevra need a vacation

He'll find out how "Muslims care about each other"
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on August 04, 2014, 11:53:27 AM
Wait till the ISIS chevra need a vacation

He'll find out how "Muslims care about each other"
;D
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Florida4321 on August 04, 2014, 07:22:43 PM
anyone planing on going soon ? was planning on going in 9 months - hoping situation is better by then
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: IsraelGuy on August 06, 2014, 03:58:22 PM
What are the negatives?
Why is a jet over a seaplane a negative?

I didn't really see any negative. PH was amazing. Is it the best? Probably not, but for 25k chase points +150 to upgrade to OWB I'm not complaining.
Can't speak to the seaplanes, and yeah they're maybe a little cooler, but the jet was fine, and I'm not sure I could have convinced my wife to get on a seaplane. The views were still beautiful on the way. Flying at night over the Maldives is such a shame.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: IsraelGuy on August 06, 2014, 04:00:03 PM
The maldives is one of the most expensive places on earth. If you cant afford it and have to turn every dollar and are worried about free drinks, don't go... save up and one day you can do it properly and enjoy it

I think this is just silly. We saved hundreds without really any work - why not do a tiny bit or research and get tons of great stuff for free? Isn't that what we're all about here anyway  ;D

Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on August 06, 2014, 04:03:50 PM
I think this is just silly. We saved hundreds without really any work - why not do a tiny bit or research and get tons of great stuff for free? Isn't that what we're all about here anyway  ;D



+1000
That's why I asked the question. No point in paying if available for free.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: IsraelGuy on August 06, 2014, 04:04:29 PM
What were you able to eat/drink from the free breakfast and drinks? What was kosher? Were the drinks free all day, or just in the morning? Anything with alcohol?

I gotta learn how to do multiple quotes at once...anyway....

Breakfast had tons of fresh fruit, fresh fruit shakes (if the waiter was in a good mood), and cereals imported from the UK. Always ask to check things because it seems like their stock may change, but we got lucky.

Free drinks were from 5-7 (I think?) and included 1 free drink per guest (up to two I think) and most of the mixed drinks were included on that menu. They also would bring some finger snacks, but we just asked for fruit instead, and got a nice fruit tray every evening. They were pretty accommodating for us.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on August 06, 2014, 04:21:15 PM

Free drinks were from 5-7 
aka Happy Hour
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Florida4321 on August 06, 2014, 05:30:01 PM
IS ANYONE GOING OT MALDIVES ANYTIME SOON ? JUST CURIOUS FOR SAFETY PLAN ON GOING IN 8 MONTHS WITH STOPOVER IN DUBAI NOT LEAVING AIRPORT
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on August 06, 2014, 05:48:37 PM
+1000
That's why I asked the question. No point in paying if available for free.

Because we're not comparing apples to apples AND because points aren't "free" (they have a value), that's the silliest comment I've heard all day.

Ad absurdem, one could also say there is "no point" in paying for to go to the Maldives at all, not when you can travel half as much, stay at a Category 4 instead of 6, just by going to Costa Rica instead.

Clearly, you disagree with ^ because you're looking to go to MLE, not LIR.

The point that's being made is that MLE is not as good of an experience without the pool as compared to with.

For the value of 25K HGP + $150, you can very often just as easily skip the PHMLE, and for the same price, get a OWB with a pool.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on August 06, 2014, 05:57:09 PM
anyone planing on going soon ? was planning on going in 9 months - hoping situation is better by then

IS ANYONE GOING OT MALDIVES ANYTIME SOON ? JUST CURIOUS FOR SAFETY PLAN ON GOING IN 8 MONTHS WITH STOPOVER IN DUBAI NOT LEAVING AIRPORT

Just because you didn't get a response the first time you asked the question, doesn't mean you should come back and SHOUT IT AGAIN.

Forum etiquette is the key to obtaining help from others 'round here.

That said, well, no one will be able to answer you now for what will be in 8 months.  There are at least two DDF'ers going to MLE in the next few weeks, so feel free to ask them how their trip was under the current conditions, and you'll get an idea of how it MIGHT be when you travel.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on August 06, 2014, 09:08:17 PM
Just because you didn't get a response the first time you asked the question, doesn't mean you should come back and SHOUT IT AGAIN.

Forum etiquette is the key to obtaining help from others 'round here.

That said, well, no one will be able to answer you now for what will be in 8 months.  There are at least two DDF'ers going to MLE in the next few weeks, so feel free to ask them how their trip was under the current conditions, and you'll get an idea of how it MIGHT be when you travel.

Man someone's having a bad day ::)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on August 06, 2014, 09:13:23 PM
Man someone's having a bad day ::)
Which one?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on August 06, 2014, 09:15:47 PM
Which one?
oops, fixed
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on August 06, 2014, 09:16:40 PM
oops, fixed
Actually, I meant AJK, or Florida?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on August 06, 2014, 09:29:40 PM
Oh man, take a guess


Hint: who did I quote
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Florida4321 on August 06, 2014, 09:35:16 PM
sorry for asking twice - whose going in next few weeks and where are you guys staying ?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: IsraelGuy on August 07, 2014, 12:51:38 AM
Because we're not comparing apples to apples AND because points aren't "free" (they have a value), that's the silliest comment I've heard all day.
[...]
The point that's being made is that MLE is not as good of an experience without the pool as compared to with.
Yes points aren't "free', but that wasn't what I was talking about at all, nor did it have anything to do with pools.  :o

I was responding to chuchem comment:
The maldives is one of the most expensive places on earth. If you cant afford it and have to turn every dollar and are worried about free drinks, don't go... save up and one day you can do it properly and enjoy it

And no, the pool upgrade and free drinks and breakfast didn't cost anything, they required a diamond trial, and yes, there is an opportunity cost here too. My point was you can pay a reasonable amount to do MLE and enjoy it, the price doesn't have to get out of hand because of lack of effort.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on August 07, 2014, 06:24:30 AM
I dunno. With all of the inviting easy to access water surrounding you, the private pool seems to be somewhat superfluous.
I can understand it's value in a place like Conrad Koh Samui where the beach isn't easy to access and it doesn't appear to be all that nice (if my memory serves me properly), but in the Maldives, at some point you can tire out from all the water (snorkeling, scuba, water sports, boating, etc) and the pool will go under-utilized.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on August 07, 2014, 06:53:15 AM
While the sea is stunning, it's a nice place to swim. But with waves and saltwater you can't just chill for hours in there. Having your own inf. pool looking at the sea is amazing. I spend hours in there...

I am sure you had a great time as well, but you are comparing 2 different types and as Ajk said, if you would have sold the points and saved the cash upgrade you get to pick from a lot of other resorts that are nicer then the hyatt

The hyatt is a good option for people that want to book it the easy way, open cc and safe some money. Be a little creativ and you would have much better...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: moish on August 07, 2014, 06:57:38 AM
if you would have sold the points and saved the cash upgrade you get to pick from a lot of other resorts that are nicer then the hyatt

ok, im sold, but where can you get an OWB with pool for under 1k/night?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: EMCC on August 07, 2014, 07:01:36 AM
The hyatt is a good option for people that want to book it the easy way, open cc and safe some money. Be a little creativ and you would have much better...
The Hyatt has a (roughly) $500 charge to get to the hotel from the airport, at $1000 a couple, it is a considerable expense. How do other hotels compare? Are there any other hotels I can go to just from CC sign up bonuses?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: EMCC on August 12, 2014, 06:51:24 AM
Sheraton Maldives with an ambassador account or ph Maldives with a diamond suite upgrade? Has anyone been to the Sheraton there? Would either of them give me an ow room?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on August 12, 2014, 07:00:20 AM
Sheraton Maldives with an ambassador account or ph Maldives with a diamond suite upgrade? Has anyone been to the Sheraton there? Would either of them give me an ow room?
Sheraton looks somewhat bleh to me
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Novo on August 12, 2014, 09:06:17 AM
I'm really new to the Maldives, my first time looking into it.
A google image search brought up the attached picture, wow! A room under the water? Sounds amazing! Which hotel?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Achas Veachas on August 12, 2014, 09:09:15 AM
I'm really new to the Maldives, my first time looking into it.
A google image search brought up the attached picture, wow! A room under the water? Sounds amazing! Which hotel?
Don't think it exists (yet?)...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: EMCC on August 12, 2014, 09:12:22 AM
I'm really new to the Maldives, my first time looking into it.
A google image search brought up the attached picture, wow! A room under the water? Sounds amazing! Which hotel?
Conrad.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on August 12, 2014, 09:44:58 AM
Sheraton Maldives with an ambassador account or ph Maldives with a diamond suite upgrade? Has anyone been to the Sheraton there? Would either of them give me an ow room?

PH MLE + DSU gets you nothing as all are considered suites.

Conrad.

Correct. It's their under water restaurant, Ithaa (http://conradhotels3.hilton.com/en/hotels/maldives/conrad-maldives-rangali-island-MLEHICI/amenities/restaurants.html).
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on August 12, 2014, 04:01:44 PM

Correct. It's their under water restaurant, Ithaa (http://conradhotels3.hilton.com/en/hotels/maldives/conrad-maldives-rangali-island-MLEHICI/amenities/restaurants.html).
Wow, that is truly impressive
Would be amazing if one could have a kosher meal there
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on August 12, 2014, 04:20:11 PM
You can ;)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on August 15, 2014, 12:04:08 AM
Because we're not comparing apples to apples AND because points aren't "free" (they have a value), that's the silliest comment I've heard all day.

Ad absurdem, one could also say there is "no point" in paying for to go to the Maldives at all, not when you can travel half as much, stay at a Category 4 instead of 6, just by going to Costa Rica instead.

Clearly, you disagree with ^ because you're looking to go to MLE, not LIR.

The point that's being made is that MLE is not as good of an experience without the pool as compared to with.

For the value of 25K HGP + $150, you can very often just as easily skip the PHMLE, and for the same price, get a OWB with a pool.
Btw,  I was not referring to the hotel stays, I was referring to chuchem's point, who felt it wrong to inquire about amenities that are free (once you pay with points)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Florida4321 on August 29, 2014, 05:13:11 PM
anyone go to maldives recently ??
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on August 29, 2014, 05:16:01 PM
anyone go to maldives recently ??
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=44712.0
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: rots5 on August 29, 2014, 05:33:45 PM
Nothing to be nervous about
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on August 29, 2014, 06:41:33 PM
Nothing to be nervous about
That is what I heard too, from someone that went recently
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: rots5 on August 30, 2014, 09:44:05 PM
That is what I heard too, from someone that went recently
I just wrote that. :P
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on August 30, 2014, 09:52:31 PM
I just wrote that. :P
I figured, if someone is nervous, it would be better to hear from multiple sources
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Florida4321 on September 01, 2014, 05:15:36 PM
has anyone flown emirates ? JFK-DXB-MLE ?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on September 02, 2014, 06:13:10 AM
Do you have a specific question, aside from if someone flew that specific route?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Florida4321 on September 02, 2014, 05:49:09 PM
nothing specific - wanted to fly emirates business class and heard the airport in dubai is crazy - would be 7 hour layover

just curious if anyone has done it to maldives
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on September 02, 2014, 06:14:02 PM
I've flown JFK-DXB in EK, and have spent some time in the airport.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Florida4321 on September 02, 2014, 07:46:17 PM
amex points ?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on September 02, 2014, 08:12:59 PM
AS
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Achas Veachas on September 02, 2014, 08:16:33 PM
I've had a 6 hour stopover in DXB. By the time I took a long stroll from one side of the airport to the other and back it was almost time for boarding.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: HBERG on September 07, 2014, 03:26:22 PM
is there anything to be nervous about flying from mle-auh and stopping for 3 hours without leaving the airport?
its been mentioned that if you have an israeli stamp in your passport it could make issues

 
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on September 07, 2014, 03:38:44 PM
Blah blah blah.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: HBERG on September 07, 2014, 03:42:39 PM
i'll take that as a no
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: moish on September 07, 2014, 03:43:59 PM
is there anything to be nervous about flying from mle-auh and stopping for 3 hours without leaving the airport?
its been mentioned that if you have an israeli stamp in your passport it could make issues

 
nothing to be nervous about
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on September 07, 2014, 08:09:27 PM
is there anything to be nervous about flying from mle-auh and stopping for 3 hours without leaving the airport?
its been mentioned that if you have an israeli stamp in your passport it could make issues

 

If I had a dollar for every time that question's been asked/....
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Cbs on September 08, 2014, 10:34:18 AM
its been mentioned that if you have an israeli stamp in your passport it could make issues
where has it been mentioned? reliable source? ive never heard of such a thing and i can tell you from experience with a bunch of stamps + israeli Visa. not one question asked
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Cbs on September 12, 2014, 01:23:08 AM
for those of you that dont follow my thread

heres my TR from Maldives + other places

http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=30280.msg917376#msg917376
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on September 21, 2014, 12:17:02 AM
Just checked the charts, AS charges 40/60/80 on CX.

I could have sworn they only charge 70k in F to the South Pacific and 60k to Asia in F.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on September 21, 2014, 12:30:28 AM
Just checked the charts, AS charges 40/60/80 on CX.

I could have sworn they only charge 70k in F to the South Pacific and 60k to Asia in F.

Incorrect. AS does not charge 40/60/80 to MLE.

They charge 50/55/62.5/70.

80K to South Pacific. 70K to Asia.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on September 21, 2014, 01:59:15 AM
Incorrect. AS does not charge 40/60/80 to MLE.
You are correct, not sure why I thought MLE is in the South Pacific.
80K to South Pacific. 70K to Asia.
Correct, was it always like this? Not sure why I thought it was 10k each less.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on September 21, 2014, 02:18:39 AM
Always like that.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on September 21, 2014, 03:54:23 AM
Looking to book 5 nights at a nice OWB.

Considering that most places are a fortune, the Park Hyatt caught my eye, especially with Category 6 being the "sweet spot" for the new Cash & Points option. There are three room types: regular, pool, and OWB. Although the upgrade from regular to OWB is $350 per night, someone here on DDF told me that he managed to finagle an upgrade to a pool villa, and from there to OWB was only $160 per night. So here's my thought process, please tell me if it makes any sense:

1) Book 2 nights using CC free awards, and 3 more using Cash & Points.
2) Match to Hyatt Diamond, apply Diamond upgrades to nights 3, 4, and 5 to get a pool villa.
3) Pay $350 to upgrade nights 1 and 2, and $160 for nights 3, 4 and 5.
(Optional: skip CC award nights, book all 5 nights with C&P, and apply Diamond upgrade + cash upgrade to all 5 nights.)

Can anyone see any flaws in this plan? I confess, I'm a bit rusty with Hyatt these days...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: DrDanny on September 21, 2014, 03:58:22 AM
Can't you just match to Diamond before you apply for the card agg then get your free CC nights in a suite?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: EMCC on September 21, 2014, 03:58:29 AM
Looking to book 5 nights at a nice OWB.

Considering that most places are a fortune, the Park Hyatt caught my eye, especially with Category 6 being the "sweet spot" for the new Cash & Points option. There are three room types: regular, pool, and OWB. Although the upgrade from regular to OWB is $350 per night, someone here on DDF told me that he managed to finagle an upgrade to a pool villa, and from there to OWB was only $160 per night. So here's my thought process, please tell me if it makes any sense:

1) Book 2 nights using CC free awards, and 3 more using Cash & Points.
2) Match to Hyatt Diamond, apply Diamond upgrades to nights 3, 4, and 5 to get a pool villa.
3) Pay $350 to upgrade nights 1 and 2, and $160 for nights 3, 4 and 5.
(Optional: skip CC award nights, book all 5 nights with C&P, and apply Diamond upgrade + cash upgrade to all 5 nights.)

Can anyone see any flaws in this plan? I confess, I'm a bit rusty with Hyatt these days...
C+P+$350 for the first night and cc bonus + points for the rest of the nights and pray that they wont make you change rooms. The hotel is all suites so DSU will not help guarantee anything.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: EMCC on September 21, 2014, 03:58:57 AM
Can't you just match to Diamond before you apply for the card agg then get your free CC nights in a suite?
No, that offer is gone.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on September 21, 2014, 04:39:20 AM
Can't you just match to Diamond before you apply for the card agg then get your free CC nights in a suite?

No, that offer is gone.

...plus I already have the award nights, anyway.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on September 21, 2014, 04:42:18 AM
C+P+$350 for the first night and cc bonus + points for the rest of the nights

What do you mean by "CC bonus + points"?

and pray that they wont make you change rooms. The hotel is all suites so DSU will not help guarantee anything.

Uh uh. Ain't happening. Like Dan said, I'm not playing upgrade roulette on a (possibly) once-in-a-lifetime trip.

Speaking from experience, regarding the DSUs? :(
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on September 21, 2014, 04:47:32 AM
Uh uh. Ain't happening. Like Dan said, I'm not playing upgrade roulette on a (possibly) once-in-a-lifetime trip.

Speaking from experience, regarding the DSUs? :(
Worst comes to 'worst', you'll experience the OWB for some nights, and a beach villa for others.

I don't think the Hilton free nights cert trick is still working (to book non weekend nights), but that could also be an option.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: EMCC on September 21, 2014, 05:50:38 AM
What do you mean by "CC bonus + points"?

Uh uh. Ain't happening. Like Dan said, I'm not playing upgrade roulette on a (possibly) once-in-a-lifetime trip.

Speaking from experience, regarding the DSUs? :(
CC bonus + points means do not spend extra money on the room beside you cash and points and cc award nights. DSU is not from my experience, it's a quote from AJK upthread. Also, you can try to send a letter to the gm of the hotel  asking for a better option.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: EMCC on September 21, 2014, 05:57:51 AM
Worst comes to 'worst', you'll experience the OWB for some nights, and a beach villa for others.

I don't think the Hilton free nights cert trick is still working (to book non weekend nights), but that could also be an option.
And I am sure the hotel staff can help you pack and move...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on September 21, 2014, 07:45:32 AM
Bump...

W for 46.8K SPG on a 5 night stay is actually not a bad deal if you can talk them into an OWB upgrade.  Otherwise that adds $180/night.

Am I missing something, or is this info simply outdated - how are you getting the W for only 46.8K? They want a minimum of 90k per night... was that a limited time promo or something?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on September 21, 2014, 10:20:03 AM
Hyatt does not accept suite upgrades cert ad the ph maldives
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 21, 2014, 10:38:20 AM
Bump...

Am I missing something, or is this info simply outdated - how are you getting the W for only 46.8K? They want a minimum of 90k per night... was that a limited time promo or something?
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/47681
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Florida4321 on October 01, 2014, 09:59:57 AM
going to maldives in a few months - jfk - dxb-mle - not leaving dubai airport - does mle care if you have israeli stamps in your passport ?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: jaywhy on October 01, 2014, 10:01:04 AM
going to maldives in a few months - jfk - dxb-mle - not leaving dubai airport - does mle care if you have israeli stamps in your passport ?
No.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Achas Veachas on October 01, 2014, 10:01:19 AM
going to maldives in a few months - jfk - dxb-mle - not leaving dubai airport - does mle care if you have israeli stamps in your passport ?
No. Neither does DXB.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Florida4321 on October 02, 2014, 02:29:35 PM
another q - says online maldives very strict on customs and other religions articles - any problems with teffilin ?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on October 02, 2014, 02:39:41 PM
No.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: HBERG on October 06, 2014, 07:24:21 AM
what about bringing in meat? is it better if its labeled?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on October 06, 2014, 09:29:38 AM
It's pretty simple, y'all. No pork, no porn, and no alcohol. Those are the rules.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: EMCC on October 06, 2014, 09:36:50 AM
It's pretty simple, y'all. No pork, no porn, and no alcohol. Those are the rules.
I edited the WIKI. You might want to reedit it...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 06, 2014, 10:15:22 AM
It's pretty simple, y'all. No pork, no porn, and no alcohol. Those are the rules.
Wait, but what's going to happen to my tefilin and my kosher food?? ??
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on October 06, 2014, 10:25:51 AM
Wait, but what's going to happen to my tefilin and my kosher food?? ??
ALOL
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on October 06, 2014, 10:26:05 AM
Wait, but what's going to happen to my tefilin and my kosher food?? ??

See the wiki
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Achas Veachas on October 06, 2014, 10:30:02 AM
Wait, but what's going to happen to my tefilin and my kosher food?? ??
But I have an Israeli stamp on my old passport, will that be a problem for my new one?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on October 06, 2014, 10:31:13 AM
It's pretty simple, y'all. No pork, no porn, and no alcohol. Those are the rules.
Very concise. I like it.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 06, 2014, 10:35:53 AM
yuneeq, want to make a pretty chart for those rates in the Wiki?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: avadah on October 07, 2014, 05:24:10 PM
Wait, but what's going to happen to my tefilin and my kosher food?? ??
I thought you won't have a problem because you look like a muslim?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: rots5 on October 08, 2014, 12:55:10 AM
Wait, but what's going to happen to my tefilin and my kosher food?? ??
You should be fine. I had no issues....



#RotsHumor
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: bubble347 on October 14, 2014, 09:01:17 PM
How does one book CX with AS as per the wiki?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on October 14, 2014, 09:02:59 PM
How does one book CX with AS as per the wiki?
PUTPAC AS ???
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on October 16, 2014, 02:50:00 PM
FYI, per Ben, Eitahd is filing fares out of a bunch more US cities, thus allowing bookings with them using AA miles.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on October 24, 2014, 12:06:42 PM
How many days is ideal to stay in the Maldives?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on October 24, 2014, 12:08:14 PM
Diff strokes for diff folks.

People who can't sit still and simply enjoy Hashem's glorious earth can go stir-crazy after 48 hours.

Personally, I'd say minimum 4. I found even 6 to leave me wanting more.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on October 24, 2014, 12:11:24 PM
Anything else besides water activities to do?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on October 24, 2014, 12:13:46 PM
Anything else besides water activities to do?

Read; drink; smoke (if you do that); sun tan; enjoy your spouse without distractions; and admire the beauty.

But, I'll admit, the chief things people do there are scuba, snorkel, jet ski, fish, boating, etc.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: rots5 on October 24, 2014, 12:27:44 PM
How many days is ideal to stay in the Maldives?
As AJK said, min 4 nights i think also would be good. I did 4 nights, and i prob could have done at least 1 more. Its amazing there.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Cbs on October 24, 2014, 12:40:43 PM
As AJK said, min 4 nights i think also would be good. I did 4 nights, and i prob could have done at least 1 more. Its amazing there.
+1 min 4 . i did 4. i started getting edgy after 4 nights only because my work was getting backed up. and internet was crappy . but hace in mind cost. many ppl would do 6 if it was cheaper
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on October 24, 2014, 12:51:12 PM
How many days is ideal to stay in the Maldives?

I'd say 4-5

If you can do two different resorts even longer
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: rots5 on October 24, 2014, 01:34:53 PM
I'd say 4-5

If you can do two different resorts even longer
Personally i dont think thats really needed in the same trip
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on October 24, 2014, 02:36:03 PM
Thanks guys!

I wanna leave Motze Shabbos and be back for the next Shabbos. Can I push in a nice Madives getaway in such a short time period?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on October 24, 2014, 02:39:03 PM
Thanks guys!

I wanna leave Motze Shabbos and be back for the next Shabbos. Can I push in a nice Madives getaway in such a short time period?

No. Not unless you wanna do a 48 hours of flying for about the same 48 or so hours on the ground.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on October 24, 2014, 02:42:19 PM
No.
I really don't want to stay in the Maldives for Shabbos. Besides if we can make a MLE Do 😊

Who is in??
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on October 24, 2014, 02:46:54 PM
Actually, I take that back... looks like you can do EK and have a nice-ish stay of 3.5 days:

(http://i.gyazo.com/1b8adfffb2165a3ab16385bd66677b95.png)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on October 24, 2014, 02:49:09 PM
Actually, I take that back... looks like you can do EK and have a nice-ish stay of 3.5 days:

(http://i.gyazo.com/1b8adfffb2165a3ab16385bd66677b95.png)
That is really tight landing 3 hours before zman.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on October 24, 2014, 02:52:28 PM
That is really tight landing 3 hours before zman.

Not impossibly, or even impractically tight, but sure.

It's just an illustration. That'd be the absolute max time you'd be able to get in MLE.

Personally, I'd stay for shabbas (as I did). Was glorious, but I understand if a person feels like he needs to have a minyan on shabbas.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on October 24, 2014, 02:55:24 PM
Actually, I take that back... looks like you can do EK and have a nice-ish stay of 3.5 days:

(http://i.gyazo.com/1b8adfffb2165a3ab16385bd66677b95.png)
Hey I am not up to spend 26K for flights  :( :P

As Joey said, it's a bit to tight for Shabbos, also when I will get there Monday morning won't I be terribly exhausted?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on October 24, 2014, 03:03:50 PM


Personally, I'd stay for shabbas (as I did). Was glorious, but I understand if a person feels like he needs to have a minyan on shabbas.
Im sure that saying Nishmas on the purch of a OWB is something not explainable 😊
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on October 24, 2014, 03:04:44 PM


Hey I am not up to spend 26K for flights  :( :P

As Joey said, it's a bit to tight for Shabbos, also when I will get there Monday morning won't I be terribly exhausted?
If you're flying F I don't think you'd be terribly exhausted, and even if you are it's not like your arriving to a full schedule in the Maldives.

Maybe stop somewhere in Europe over Shabbos?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on October 24, 2014, 05:46:03 PM
Maybe stop somewhere in Europe over Shabbos?

Asia would be closer. Many great places for shabbos there.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on October 25, 2014, 01:26:02 PM
Hey I am not up to spend 26K for flights  :( :P

As Joey said, it's a bit to tight for Shabbos, also when I will get there Monday morning won't I be terribly exhausted?
If you can sleep for even a few hours on the flights, you shouldn't be exhausted. Plus, you'll be lounging around, so if you nod off a bit, not a big deal.

I spent shabbos there and enjoyed it just fine.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: moish on October 25, 2014, 04:51:30 PM
im doing a 4 day 3 night stay soon. ill let you know how it goes
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on October 25, 2014, 11:49:12 PM
im doing a 4 day 3 night stay soon. ill let you know how it goes
Enjoy
How you flying and where you staying?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on October 26, 2014, 01:48:39 AM
Which month do I have a better chance for nice weather, May or June?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on October 26, 2014, 01:50:37 AM
Both officially crappy.

Peak time in MLE is our winter. That said, I went in May and most days were great.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on October 26, 2014, 02:00:13 AM
Considering May.. what was the weather/temp?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on October 26, 2014, 02:01:45 AM
Considering May.. what was the weather/temp?

http://bit.ly/1tqebPN
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on October 26, 2014, 02:12:02 AM
flying emirates business 230,000 amex and $1400 surcharges - i know crazy but I've been wanting to fly this airline for so long - I also know you can use alaska miles but they only have with more stopovers and didn't want to spend more time traveling than i had to they also have flight that gets into dubai 7pm and leaves 3am for maldvies which gets in at 9 - have all day rather to get in at night and have to spend night before going to conrad

opened up city hilton got 2 free nights and then transferred rest of amex to cover 3 nights - staying 5 nights upgrading for 3 nights

flying home cathay pacific through china - american miles 60,000 a person i think

what do you think ?
Hope you're booked on the A380 not on the 777.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: moish on October 26, 2014, 02:26:30 AM
Enjoy
How you flying and where you staying?
either baros or conrad
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: avadah on October 26, 2014, 02:53:01 AM
Hope you're booked on the A380 not on the 777.
Why?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on October 26, 2014, 09:15:57 AM
Some Jetsetter 'deals'.

http://www.jetsetter.com/hotels/maldives/maldives/2976/constance-moofushi?nm=splash&ca=Asia&cl=5&rid=6

http://www.jetsetter.com/hotels/maldives/maldives/3072/constance-halaveli?nm=splash&ca=Asia&cl=6&rid=6

http://www.jetsetter.com/hotels/maldives/maldives/3318/niyama?nm=splash&ca=Asia&cl=4&rid=6
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: rots5 on October 26, 2014, 11:57:47 AM
Which month do I have a better chance for nice weather, May or June?
I went in early aug... weather was a bit iffy at first but it turned out to be amazing
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on October 26, 2014, 12:15:32 PM
Some Jetsetter 'deals'.
http://www.jetsetter.com/hotels/maldives/maldives/3072/constance-halaveli?nm=splash&ca=Asia&cl=6&rid=6

$1450/night at the CH is a deal?  :o
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on October 26, 2014, 12:47:08 PM
Stay at least 5 nights 6 days. As you will not fully enjoy the arrival and departure date. But I think 6 nights is the minimum!!

Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: rots5 on October 26, 2014, 12:49:07 PM
$1450/night at the CH is a deal?  :o
bout to write that...

Viceroy has the sale again on hotels.com stay 3 get the 4th free..
doesnt seems like any great deals on JS
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on October 26, 2014, 01:02:32 PM
$1450/night at the CH is a deal?  :o
hence the ' '
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: moish on October 26, 2014, 03:00:07 PM
hence the ' '
but you are the one that decided that they're deals. they aren't advertised as deals http://www.jetsetter.com/calendar?nm=linkbin
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on October 26, 2014, 03:07:32 PM
Thanks guys!

So Im considering leaving Monday night KE F, full day Wedensday in ICN, leaving ICN Wednesday night to HKG stay in HKG Thursday until after Shabbos, take the first flight Motze Shabbos to MLE. So Ill have 3 full days in MLE, leave MLE Thursday to be back home for Shabbos. Anyone here did something like this?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on October 26, 2014, 03:14:27 PM
Shabbas ends early enough in HKG to catch a 5:50 CX 601 to MLE?  :o

Even if so, you'd likely have to overnight in MLE.

Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on October 26, 2014, 03:26:02 PM
Shabbas ends early enough in HKG to catch a 5:50 CX 601 to MLE?  :o

Even if so, you'd likely have to overnight in MLE.
yeah.. just checked that. I meant the first flight possible. It looks like my best option is EK via DXB, that gets me in MLE at 3:00 pm.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on October 26, 2014, 03:32:49 PM
1) Can only book that with JL, KE, or EK...
2) That eats basically a whole day.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on October 26, 2014, 03:38:03 PM
but you are the one that decided that they're deals. they aren't advertised as deals http://www.jetsetter.com/calendar?nm=linkbin
You're drawing a great inference into my phasing and I thank you for bringing it to my attention.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: moish on October 26, 2014, 03:41:23 PM
You're drawing a great inference into my phasing and I thank you for bringing it to my attention.
I cant say that im 100% certain what you mean, but in any event, youre welcome
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on October 26, 2014, 04:43:58 PM
1) Can only book that with JL, KE, or EK...
2) That eats basically a whole day.
1) EK is probably my only option. Will have to see how much miles and YQ.

2) Sunday will be killed regardless. Might as well do EK F and DXB.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on October 26, 2014, 04:58:35 PM
So your gonna shlep to MLE for like maybe two days?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on October 26, 2014, 05:00:42 PM
So your gonna shlep to MLE for like maybe two days?
Why? Ill be in MLE Sunday 3:00 PM and I have a FULL Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on October 26, 2014, 05:02:32 PM
So what's the itinerary now?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on October 26, 2014, 05:08:54 PM
Monday night JFK-ICN, full day in ICN, leaving ICN Wednesday night to HKG stay in HKG Thursday until after Shabbos, Sunday abou 1 AM HKG-DXB-MLE, lend in MLE Sunday 3:00 PM coming home Thursday, didn't check any flight availability yet but I wanna fly back as direct as possible.

Do you have any other/better ideas? I wanna be in MLE latest Sunday night. Otherwise I would of avoided the whole HKG/ICN trip.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on October 26, 2014, 05:22:00 PM
but I wanna fly back as direct as possible.

Seems Turkish is the shortest return trip at 21h55m. Followed by Etihad at 23h0m.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on October 26, 2014, 08:53:50 PM
I read upthread that there is a heck to get a OWB with a private poll for a very good price by sending a PM to AJK. Is that still around or its dead?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Florida4321 on October 26, 2014, 09:43:52 PM
Hey I booked emirates dubai maldives and return on cathay pacific through china - gang in March - let me know how your trip goes - opened citi hilton staying at conrad
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on October 26, 2014, 09:49:25 PM
Hey I booked emirates dubai maldives and return on cathay pacific through china - gang in March - let me know how your trip goes - opened citi hilton staying at conrad
Emirates on the 777 or A380?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Florida4321 on October 26, 2014, 09:54:00 PM
JFK-dubai a380
Dubai mle - 777!
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Florida4321 on October 26, 2014, 09:54:54 PM
Been wanting to fly emirates and cathay pacific
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on October 26, 2014, 09:55:41 PM
JFK-dubai a380
Dubai mle - 777!

You dun well. No A380 to MLE.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Florida4321 on October 26, 2014, 10:05:53 PM
Wanted to get a little experience of everything not leaving dubai airport 7 hr layover - cathay same 5 hour in china
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on October 26, 2014, 10:10:03 PM
Wanted to get a little experience of everything not leaving dubai airport 7 hr layover - cathay same 5 hour in china

Mistake.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Florida4321 on October 26, 2014, 10:12:03 PM
What's mistake ? Not going till march
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on October 26, 2014, 10:19:09 PM
Mistake not to leave airport.

UAE was undoubtedly one of the coolest places we've had the opportunity to visit.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Florida4321 on October 26, 2014, 10:20:04 PM
Wanted to get as mush time in maldives
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on October 26, 2014, 10:21:47 PM
Wanted to get as mush time in maldives

I'm talking about your 7 hour layover.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Florida4321 on October 26, 2014, 10:26:29 PM
7pm to 3am ?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on October 26, 2014, 10:28:35 PM
7pm to 3am ?

Absolutely!
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Florida4321 on October 26, 2014, 10:34:37 PM
What's open at those hours prob wouldn't get out of airport till 8
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on October 26, 2014, 10:44:09 PM
Oh, not much, just EVERYTHING.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Florida4321 on October 26, 2014, 10:46:33 PM
Haha what would you recommend  ?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on October 26, 2014, 10:47:37 PM
Oh, not much, just EVERYTHING.

Lol.. Especially in that city. Just out of curiosity, i'm sure the answer is yes, but is there someplace to leave carry on in the airport if you go out or just take it with you? Carry on and computer bag.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on October 26, 2014, 10:50:07 PM
I'd check out burj khalifa and the Fountains outside of it, mall of Emirates, ski Dubai in side of it, dubai mall, aquarium in dubai mall, burj al arab, etc etc.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on October 26, 2014, 10:50:18 PM
Mistake not to leave airport.

UAE was undoubtedly one of the coolest places we've had the opportunity to visit.
Nee, nee, TR?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on October 26, 2014, 10:50:45 PM
We personally took our carry on with us, so not sure if there is a place to leave it.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on October 26, 2014, 10:51:19 PM
Nee, nee, TR?

I hope to start it this week.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on October 26, 2014, 10:52:19 PM
I hope to start it this week.
While sitting on which F product?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Florida4321 on October 26, 2014, 10:57:57 PM
A lot of things close at 10pm I am seeing
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: theeari on October 27, 2014, 12:10:50 AM
Hey I booked emirates dubai maldives and return on cathay pacific through china - gang in March - let me know how your trip goes - opened citi hilton staying at conrad
1) How did you book the Conrad- aside from the two free weekend nights?
2) Were you able to get first on cathay or business?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on October 27, 2014, 12:48:53 AM
Is the KING WATER VILLA at the Conrad for $735 a deal?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Florida4321 on October 27, 2014, 08:53:54 AM
1 - I booked the conrad using new city hilton with 2 free nights and then transferred amex points for the other 3 nights - upgraded to water villa for 3 nights and beach for 2 nights
2 - i used aa to book cathay and they don't let you reserve first so i had to stay with business

$735 for the conrad seems like a very good deal but why pay when you can get for free ?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on October 27, 2014, 09:00:24 AM
...
2 - i used aa to book cathay and they don't let you reserve first so i had to stay with business
...

HUH. You can book first on Cathay using AA miles..
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Florida4321 on October 27, 2014, 09:12:34 AM
they said i couldn't ? maybe it was sold out ?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on October 27, 2014, 09:59:31 AM
they said i couldn't ? maybe it was sold out ?
Probably. Check closer in and call AA to upgrade you to first for some more miles.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on October 27, 2014, 10:01:10 AM
1 - I booked the conrad using new city hilton with 2 free nights and then transferred amex points for the other 3 nights - upgraded to water villa for 3 nights and beach for 2 nights
2 - i used aa to book cathay and they don't let you reserve first so i had to stay with business

$735 for the conrad seems like a very good deal but why pay when you can get for free ?
So how much amex did you use per night? And how did you get it for free?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Florida4321 on October 27, 2014, 10:44:30 AM
i lost out on going last yr during hilton dev - so it was 90,000 hilton points/night - about 133,000 in amex points - had 2 free nights plus the 40,000 hilton points i spent on the card to get diamond status for when i go
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Cbs on October 27, 2014, 11:41:03 AM
We personally took our carry on with us, so not sure if there is a place to leave it.
In DXB ?

when walking out of arrivals building theres a room to the left where you can pay per bag to keep your luggage.
I left everything but my mac air which i carried around with me for the day

a friend of mine rented a car there as well. i never did that but its an option

Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on October 27, 2014, 12:09:08 PM
i lost out on going last yr during hilton dev - so it was 90,000 hilton points/night - about 133,000 in amex points - had 2 free nights plus the 40,000 hilton points i spent on the card to get diamond status for when i go
133K amex got you 270K HH points?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Florida4321 on October 27, 2014, 12:14:33 PM
133K got me 200,000 hilton
40k for spending the 40k for diamond status
I had 30,000 in hilton account
totaling 270,000 for 3 nights plus 2 free nights
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on October 27, 2014, 12:19:34 PM
133K got me 200,000 hilton
40k for spending the 40k for diamond status
I had 30,000 in hilton account
totaling 270,000 for 3 nights plus 2 free nights
Not bad... but you could of sell 120k amex for $1800 and book direct a OWB for 2 nights...

How much did you pay for the upgrade? Can you apply HH cert from the CC to any day, or just weekends? Also, do you need availability?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on October 27, 2014, 12:21:52 PM
40k for spending the 40k for diamond status

You mean they gave you an additional 40K bonus for hitting 40K of spend? Or you just got regular 1x spend points of 40K points for spending?

Mrs. AJK is at 38K, so this would be a nice bonus, and one I didn't know about.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: rots5 on October 27, 2014, 12:23:10 PM
You mean they gave you an additional 40K bonus for hitting 40K of spend? Or you just got regular 1x spend points of 40K points for spending?

Mrs. AJK is at 38K, so this would be a nice bonus, and one I didn't know about.
I wwould be more worried about that spend than the bonus ;) :D
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on October 27, 2014, 12:24:07 PM
I wwould be more worried about that spend than the bonus ;) :D

 :D

No Prada shoes on there; It's all at 6x ;)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on October 27, 2014, 12:24:18 PM
You mean they gave you an additional 40K bonus for hitting 40K of spend? Or you just got regular 1x spend points of 40K points for spending?

Mrs. AJK is at 38K, so this would be a nice bonus, and one I didn't know about.
i dont believe there is a bonus.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on October 27, 2014, 12:24:24 PM
What will Daimond get me at the Conrad?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on October 27, 2014, 12:26:54 PM
i dont believe there is a bonus.

I didn't either... but maybe he knows something I dont.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on October 27, 2014, 12:28:17 PM
I didn't either... but maybe he knows something I dont.
133K got me 200,000 hilton
40k for spending the 40k for diamond status
I had 30,000 in hilton account
totaling 270,000 for 3 nights plus 2 free nights
200+40(from the card)+30(he already had) no extra 40k bonus mentioned anywhere.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on October 27, 2014, 12:31:34 PM
200+40(from the card)+30(he already had) no extra 40k bonus mentioned anywhere.

If he got the two free nights, he got the Citi Hilton Reserve.

If he got the Citi Hilton Reserve, he gets 3x on regular spend (https://www.citi.com/credit-cards/credit-card-details/detail.do?ID=hilton-hhonors-reserve-card).

If he got 3x on regular spend, he earned 120K after 40k spend.

If he earned 120K HH, he would end up with more than 270K.

Therefore... we're missing something.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on October 27, 2014, 12:32:46 PM
If he got the two free nights, he got the Citi Hilton Reserve.

If he got the Citi Hilton Reserve, he gets 3x on regular spend (https://www.citi.com/credit-cards/credit-card-details/detail.do?ID=hilton-hhonors-reserve-card).

If he got 3x on regular spend, he earned 120K after 40k spend.

If he earned 120K HH, he would end up with more than 270K.

Therefore... we're missing something.
touche. Does the reserve card also have diamond status for 40k spend.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on October 27, 2014, 12:36:53 PM
touche. Does the reserve card also have diamond status for 40k spend.

Yes.

Even more confusing is that if he spent $40K on Reserve, he earned a 3rd weekend night at $10k...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on October 27, 2014, 12:43:24 PM
Yes.

Even more confusing is that if he spent $40K on Reserve, he earned a 3rd weekend night at $10k...
very strange.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Florida4321 on October 27, 2014, 01:25:43 PM
hey sorry guys

let me clarify... I spent 40k on my hilton card got 40k points which got me diamond status for hilton (have never really stayed or used hilton points) i basically just got this card for my trip

Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Florida4321 on October 27, 2014, 01:26:44 PM
sorry again

got me more than 40k points - 3-1 with hilton but needed the 40k spend to get diamond
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on October 27, 2014, 01:27:58 PM
sorry again

got me more than 40k points - 3-1 with hilton but needed the 40k spend to get diamond
if it got u more then why did u transfer all that amex which is worth much more. I am confused.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Florida4321 on October 27, 2014, 01:29:07 PM
i know if i spend 40k a yr i get extra night but i think i have to wait for my anniversary to get it no ?

I just received my 2 free nights for opening card

I wanted to reserve room early was afraid  - didn't spend the 40k right away took me a few months so now i have extra hilton points
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on October 27, 2014, 01:37:16 PM
Got it.  Thanks for clarifying.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Florida4321 on October 27, 2014, 02:07:36 PM
AJK - you had no problems going into Dubai or Maldives ? I have american passport with some Ben Gurian stamps in it - also nervous about them asking about teffilin ?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on October 27, 2014, 02:10:44 PM
AJK - you had no problems going into Dubai or Maldives ? I have american passport with some Ben Gurian stamps in it - also nervous about them asking about teffilin ?

How many times are you going to ask the same question?

going to maldives in a few months - jfk - dxb-mle - not leaving dubai airport - does mle care if you have israeli stamps in your passport ?

another q - says online maldives very strict on customs and other religions articles - any problems with teffilin ?

It's pretty simple, y'all. No pork, no porn, and no alcohol. Those are the rules.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Florida4321 on October 27, 2014, 02:11:14 PM
sorry one thing very nervous about
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: rots5 on October 27, 2014, 02:51:54 PM
sorry one thing very nervous about
I know someone who had issues with their bris... :P :D
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on October 27, 2014, 02:57:57 PM
sorry one thing very nervous about
Why not just get a fresh passport
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on October 27, 2014, 02:58:58 PM
Not bad... but you could of sell 120k amex for $1800 and book direct a OWB for 2 nights...

How much did you pay for the upgrade? Can you apply HH cert from the CC to any day, or just weekends? Also, do you need availability?
Florida4321, BUMP.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on October 27, 2014, 03:09:31 PM
I know someone who had issues with their bris... :P :D

Whoa, that's first I'm hearing bout them screening for that ;)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Achas Veachas on October 27, 2014, 03:45:45 PM
I know someone who had issues with their bris... :P :D
You do realize that most men in MLE have one... :P
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: henche on October 27, 2014, 04:01:17 PM
You do realize that most men in MLE have one... :P

Maybe they have more chumros.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: avadah on October 27, 2014, 05:42:01 PM
How many times are you going to ask the same question?
How do you manage to keep tabs on everyone's posts?
(That does not mean you have to start going through my posting history.)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on October 27, 2014, 05:46:34 PM
How do you manage to keep tabs on everyone's posts?
(That does not mean you have to start going through my posting history.)

Not very hard when you remember the answer the very exact question, lots of times to the same person who asked it again. Had it yesterday in another thread.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on October 29, 2014, 12:08:57 AM
If I arrive to MLE 8:45 PM, can I still catch a seaplane to the resort?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on October 29, 2014, 02:22:41 AM
If I arrive to MLE 8:45 PM, can I still catch a seaplane to the resort?

Probably not, they operate only from sunrise to sunset. On their website they write to arrive in MLE no later than 3:30 if you want to fly same day.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: moish on October 29, 2014, 09:23:21 AM
has anybody thats been to MLE found out about which soft drinks (coke, diet, sprite etc) are assumed kosher?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on October 29, 2014, 09:49:44 AM
has anybody thats been to MLE found out about which soft drinks (coke, diet, sprite etc) are assumed kosher?

Do you research that everywhere you go? I thought it was just assumed that Coke is OK everywhere
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on October 29, 2014, 09:54:45 AM
Do you research that everywhere you go? I thought it was just assumed that Coke is OK everywhere
http://www.bhol.co.il/article_en.aspx?id=55206
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: moish on October 29, 2014, 10:25:04 AM
Do you research that everywhere you go? I thought it was just assumed that Coke is OK everywhere
i try to. most places have chabad so i just ask them. mle, to my knowledge, doesnt
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: rots5 on October 29, 2014, 10:25:13 AM
http://www.bhol.co.il/article_en.aspx?id=55206
June 2013... I would email OU

Webbe Rebbe <kosherq@ou.org>
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on October 29, 2014, 10:33:45 AM
If I arrive to MLE 8:45 PM, can I still catch a seaplane to the resort?


No.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on October 29, 2014, 10:35:33 AM
has anybody thats been to MLE found out about which soft drinks (coke, diet, sprite etc) are assumed kosher?

I would recommend bringing some small bottles of your own anyway, unless you enjoy paying $6.50 for a 300ml bottle. :o

Many makolets are now selling little 3-packs of 250ml coke bottles for roughly 3 NIS per bottle.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on October 29, 2014, 10:36:55 AM
I would recommend bringing some small bottles of your own anyway, unless you enjoy paying $6.50 for a 300ml bottle. :o

Many makolets are now selling little 3-packs of 250ml coke bottles for roughly 3 NIS per bottle.
Liquids on a plane?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on October 29, 2014, 10:38:19 AM
Liquids on a plane?

Ever hear of checked luggage?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: moish on October 29, 2014, 10:46:04 AM
interesting idea. probably worth paying $5.60 in overweight per kilo...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: rots5 on October 29, 2014, 10:50:32 AM
interesting idea. probably worth paying $5.60 in overweight per kilo...
If your taking a sea plane they are anal about overweight and more than one bag..
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: moish on October 29, 2014, 11:14:25 AM
If your taking a sea plane they are anal about overweight and more than one bag..
the price i wrote is for the seaplane
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on October 29, 2014, 04:07:56 PM
$5.60 in overweight per kilo...
If your taking a sea plane they are anal about overweight and more than one bag..

-1, -1

Trans Maldivian Airways charges $4 per kilo overweight, and they don't give a starch how many separate bags you have, as long as the total works out to 25 kg per person (20 kg + 5 kg "hand baggage"). Anything more than that, and they'll charge you.

Unless they have different prices for different resorts, which would be rather strange. Or if they don't use TMA, which seems unlikely.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Drago on October 29, 2014, 04:14:05 PM
has anybody thats been to MLE found out about which soft drinks (coke, diet, sprite etc) are assumed kosher?
I pigged out on fresh squeezed fruit and veggy dishes each morning. Nothing like it...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: ual902 on October 29, 2014, 04:19:10 PM
I pigged out on fresh squeezed fruit and veggy dishes each morning. Nothing like it...

+1 Never been to MLE but  I do this all the time, I stopped requesting KSML for my F flights and request Veggies instead.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: rots5 on October 29, 2014, 04:22:43 PM
-1, -1

Trans Maldivian Airways charges $4 per kilo overweight, and they don't give a starch how many separate bags you have, as long as the total works out to 25 kg per person (20 kg + 5 kg "hand baggage"). Anything more than that, and they'll charge you.

Unless they have different prices for different resorts, which would be rather strange. Or if they don't use TMA, which seems unlikely.
Interesting... how many times have you been there ;)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: moish on October 29, 2014, 04:48:35 PM
I pigged out on fresh squeezed fruit and veggy dishes each morning. Nothing like it...
cooked vegetable dishes?

also, oddly enough, ive been known to want to take a drink or two after breakfast
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: moish on October 29, 2014, 04:53:29 PM
-1, -1

Trans Maldivian Airways charges $4 per kilo overweight, and they don't give a starch how many separate bags you have, as long as the total works out to 25 kg per person (20 kg + 5 kg "hand baggage"). Anything more than that, and they'll charge you.

Unless they have different prices for different resorts, which would be rather strange. Or if they don't use TMA, which seems unlikely.
you say it with such conviction!

anyways, from the hotel email "The luggage allowance is 25 kg per person plus 5 kg of hand luggage and the maximum weight is 32 kg per piece of luggage. Any excess goods will need to be removed and placed in another baggage. Any excess baggage is chargeable and will have to be paid directly to Trans Maldivian at US$ 5.00 plus 12% TGST per 1 kg per way."
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on October 29, 2014, 04:56:40 PM
Per the trans maldivian airways website
The standard permissible weight is 25 kg, which includes 20 kg of checked-in luggage and 5 kg of hand luggage per person. The weight for any bag should not exceed 32 kg. The per kg charge for baggage above the permissible limit is USD 4.00/- plus applicable taxes.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: rots5 on October 29, 2014, 04:58:06 PM
i got charged an extra 100$ for overweight. I dont remember how much but it wasnt a lot over (i had two bags and a carry on)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: mochada on October 29, 2014, 05:00:38 PM
has anybody thats been to MLE found out about which soft drinks (coke, diet, sprite etc) are assumed kosher?

All Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite and Diet Sprites are kosher world wide, according to sources in the OU. Acc to R'Landau from Bnai Brak, Coke and Diet Coke are good around the world.  Once you get into specific flavors, those are country/area specific.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on October 29, 2014, 05:01:53 PM
All Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite and Diet Sprites are kosher world wide, according to sources in the OU. Acc to R'Landau from Bnai Brak, Coke and Diet Coke are good around the world.  Once you get into specific flavors, those are country/area specific.
Are you sure about that?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on October 29, 2014, 05:02:28 PM
All Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite and Diet Sprites are kosher world wide, according to sources in the OU. Acc to R'Landau from Bnai Brak, Coke and Diet Coke are good around the world.  Once you get into specific flavors, those are country/area specific.
link? proof?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on October 29, 2014, 05:02:40 PM
If I arrive to MLE 8:45 PM, can I still catch a seaplane to the resort?

Likely not, but some resorts do not require sea plane.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on October 29, 2014, 05:03:14 PM
link? proof?

He's got reliable connections ;)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: mochada on October 29, 2014, 05:03:51 PM
http://www.bhol.co.il/article_en.aspx?id=55206

I will ask my source in the OU, who is the lead mashgiach for Coke
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: mochada on October 29, 2014, 05:05:11 PM
He's got reliable connections ;)

AJK can vouch for the authenticity of my sources  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on October 29, 2014, 05:10:14 PM
I thought Coke from South America isn't kosher and in fact, the only place in the USA where they serve non kosher coke is in the coke factory in Atlanta which serves SA coke
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: mochada on October 29, 2014, 05:14:55 PM
I thought Coke from South America isn't kosher and in fact, the only place in the USA where they serve non kosher coke is in the coke factory in Atlanta which serves SA coke

Do you mean Coke Museum? 
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on October 29, 2014, 05:26:42 PM
Likely not, but some resorts do not require sea plane.
But it seems that the nice resort requires seaplane. Either way I wanna do seaplane...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on October 29, 2014, 05:32:36 PM
Do you mean Coke Museum?
Yes
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: moish on October 29, 2014, 05:39:19 PM
But it seems that the nice resort requires seaplane. Either way I wanna do seaplane...
not necessarily, it has to do with distance
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: rots5 on October 29, 2014, 05:50:13 PM
But it seems that the nice resort requires seaplane. Either way I wanna do seaplane...
Theres an extremly nice place very close bt - TAJ but dont forget (as chuchum has said so wisely to me) you dont want to be near the airport, as it was i heard planes coming and going three times a day (and i was an hr away) imagine if your close to the airport, youlll hear all the commercial p;lanes, and see tons of boats as well...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on October 29, 2014, 05:52:01 PM
Looking for a good deal for a OWB in May, I want a private pool. I would love not to spend more then $550 per night. Ill be there for 4the nights.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on October 29, 2014, 05:56:00 PM
Theres an extremly nice place very close bt - TAJ but dont forget (as chuchum has said so wisely to me) you dont want to be near the airport, as it was i heard planes coming and going three times a day (and i was an hr away) imagine if your close to the airport, youlll hear all the commercial p;lanes, and see tons of boats as well...
Im craving Halaveli....
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on October 29, 2014, 06:10:59 PM
Lol, halaveli. Its funny to see how many Ddf people have stayed there since I found the place.
Unfortunatly it seems it got more popular by non Ddf people as well and it's hard to get it less then 1000 a night. I paid 600 a night :-(
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on October 29, 2014, 06:14:15 PM
I paid $450 :)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on October 29, 2014, 06:19:17 PM
you say it with such conviction!

Do I really need to dig up a receipt from TMA? :P

anyways, from the hotel email "The luggage allowance is 25 kg per person plus 5 kg of hand luggage and the maximum weight is 32 kg per piece of luggage. Any excess goods will need to be removed and placed in another baggage. Any excess baggage is chargeable and will have to be paid directly to Trans Maldivian at US$ 5.00 plus 12% TGST per 1 kg per way."

Weird, because...

Per the trans maldivian airways website
The standard permissible weight is 25 kg, which includes 20 kg of checked-in luggage and 5 kg of hand luggage per person. The weight for any bag should not exceed 32 kg. The per kg charge for baggage above the permissible limit is USD 4.00/- plus applicable taxes.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on October 29, 2014, 06:22:28 PM
But it seems that the nice resort requires seaplane. Either way I wanna do seaplane...

Don't arrive in MLE at 8:30 PM either way. Even if you could get a speedboat to your resort, you won't be in your villa until almost midnight - what a hell of a way to waste your first day of vacation, and paying a ton of money for an OWB that night, to boot. Better to stay at a cheap hotel near the airport for the night, like Cbs did, and go to your resort in the morning.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on October 29, 2014, 06:27:14 PM
not necessarily, it has to do with distance

Correct. Though speedboat may still be offered anyway. For example, Halaveli is 25 minutes by seaplane, or 90 minutes by speedboat. It is technically an option for people who want to arrive/depart after sunset, but can actually cost MORE than the seaplane.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on October 29, 2014, 06:49:13 PM
Don't arrive in MLE at 8:30 PM either way. Even if you could get a speedboat to your resort, you won't be in your villa until almost midnight - what a hell of a way to waste your first day of vacation, and paying a ton of money for an OWB that night, to boot. Better to stay at a cheap hotel near the airport for the night, like Cbs did, and go to your resort in the morning.
Correct, but then again my vacation starts Monday mid day. I wanna have a full Monday morning in the Maldives. I wanna wake up Monday morning in a OWB ready to go Toyvel in the ocean :)

Lately when my kids wake me up in middle the night, or for that matter decide to get up 5in o'clock in the morning, I am imagining my self the few day that Ill ayh have in the Maldives. It will be sleeping relaxing time. Can't wait.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: reed on October 29, 2014, 07:40:57 PM
Correct, but then again my vacation starts Monday mid day. I wanna have a full Monday morning in the Maldives. I wanna wake up Monday morning in a OWB ready to go Toyvel in the ocean :)

Lately when my kids wake me up in middle the night, or for that matter decide to get up 5in o'clock in the morning, I am imagining my self the few day that Ill ayh have in the Maldives. It will be sleeping relaxing time. Can't wait.

For that you can go to a hotel in Manhatten sleep late go to the movies and a nice kosher dinner after
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on October 29, 2014, 07:45:31 PM
For that you can go to a hotel in Manhatten sleep late go to the movies and a nice kosher dinner after
You have a point..

Though for that I can go a beautiful hotel in downtown Brooklyn, just 15 minutes with the city bus. Not sure why you make is run to Manhattan.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: reed on October 29, 2014, 08:07:12 PM
You have a point..

Though for that I can go a beautiful hotel in downtown Brooklyn, just 15 minutes with the city bus. Not sure why you make is run to Manhattan.

I didn't know you live in Brooklyn, not everyone lives in Brooklyn, I don't. There is nothing like a relaxing stay in Manhatten - Bueatiful hotels, great restaurants, lots of shows, tons of movie theaters great shopping - it's the ultimate. I work there every day but all I experience is my office maybe a resturant for a business lunch. To enjoy it all in a vacation is amazing.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: rots5 on October 30, 2014, 12:22:49 AM
Do I really need to dig up a receipt from TMA?

Quote
Kieloo
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: EMCC on October 30, 2014, 03:44:22 AM
All Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite and Diet Sprites are kosher world wide, according to sources in the OU. Acc to R'Landau from Bnai Brak, Coke and Diet Coke are good around the world.  Once you get into specific flavors, those are country/area specific.
Not true.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 30, 2014, 06:45:26 AM
I thought Coke from South America isn't kosher and in fact, the only place in the USA where they serve non kosher coke is in the coke factory in Atlanta which serves SA coke
Coke is kosher in Brazil and Argentina, so definitely not a blanket SA rule if that is true.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on October 30, 2014, 07:04:31 AM
Not true.
Which part?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on October 30, 2014, 08:29:13 AM
Kieloo

Is that a yes or a no?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: EMCC on October 30, 2014, 08:34:28 AM
Which part?
Many rabbis in Asia do not drink Coke because of kosher problems.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on October 30, 2014, 09:00:09 AM
Correct, but then again my vacation starts Monday mid day. I wanna have a full Monday morning in the Maldives. I wanna wake up Monday morning in a OWB ready to go Toyvel in the ocean :)

Lately when my kids wake me up in middle the night, or for that matter decide to get up 5in o'clock in the morning, I am imagining my self the few day that Ill ayh have in the Maldives. It will be sleeping relaxing time. Can't wait.

I can imagine... :)

But... that's still not the way to do it. Taking a bumpy speedboat in the pitch-black (assuming the hotel will even be willing to arrange that altogether) and arriving at your resort in the dead of night, where the employees will barely whisper to you as they take you to your villa so as not to wake up anyone else, will thoroughly kill the experience for you. Unless you enjoy a roller coaster in the pitch-black, and arriving somewhere where you can barely see what's around you until the morning, it's simply not worth it.

It's not just about "waking up to tovel in the ocean"; everything - even the seaplane ride, with its beautiful views of the ocean and the other resorts along the way - is part of the experience. Likewise, arriving to a full gorgeous view of the resort, and being welcomed by the staff and then driven around a bit on golf car as they show off their property before taking you on a glorious ride up the jetty to your little palace in middle of the ocean is something not to be missed. You don't want your first "real view" of the place to be in the morning, all on your own and starting from your villa, and working your way outward - it's like starting a movie from the exciting part, and then working your way back toward the beginning.

And lest anyone think I have no clue what I'm talking about, and that I'm just making this up... I had a similar experience at the Blue Palace in Crete, Greece (I really should write TRs more often :P). They had given us a beautiful villa with a breathtaking view of Spinalonga Island - but we arrived at night. So instead of building up the excitement as we went along, we were treated to a golf cart ride in the dark, and a quick tour of our suite, where the hotel employee told us "in the morning you will have a nice surprise, we have selected an excellent view for you" (at the time, I had not known about the Spinalonga Island view). And as if that didn't kill it enough, when morning finally came, trying to transition from a dim hotel room to peeking into the bright sunlight to see this "surprise" was significantly less enjoyable, on account of almost losing my eyesight in the process. :o

So take my word for it, avoid arriving in MLE at night at all costs. And if it can't be done, then look into the possibility of staying at the airport overnight (in fact, try for the Hulhule Island Hotel or the Sunny Break Hotel, so that you don't even have to leave the airport island itself) and taking the very first possible seaplane in the morning. You'll not only save money; you'll enjoy the experience of approaching the resort much more as well.

#my2cents
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on October 30, 2014, 10:19:29 AM
Thanks Moshe for the detailed post 😊

You're right, arriving at night is not really what I plan on doing as you explain... But I don't want to check in Monday morning either. I just found a routing that gets me in MLE Sunday 11:30 AM! I'm in middle of deciding which route to take.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on October 30, 2014, 10:46:13 AM
Thanks Moshe for the detailed post 😊

You're right, arriving at night is not really what I plan on doing as you explain... But I don't want to check in Monday morning either. I just found a routing that gets me in MLE Sunday 11:30 AM! I'm in middle of deciding which route to take.

The 11:30 AM one. Duh.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on October 30, 2014, 11:45:55 AM
But I don't want to check in Monday morning either. I just found a routing that gets me in MLE Sunday 11:30 AM! I'm in middle of deciding which route to take.

What is your hesitation with landing late morning? Perfect time for check-in.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: rots5 on October 30, 2014, 12:13:32 PM
What is your hesitation with landing late morning? Perfect time for check-in.
I landed at 11 ish and got to my room about 3 ish. (dont forget your seaplane might not take off the minute you land, we waited in the hotel lounge in male for aroun 2 hours until another commercial flight arrived.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on October 30, 2014, 01:24:16 PM
What is your hesitation with landing late morning? Perfect time for check-in.
No hesitation at all. I think I am going for it.... I just wanna make sure I go through all other possibilities as well. Ill post my other routings soon.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: mochada on October 30, 2014, 01:42:08 PM
I will ask my source in the OU, who is the lead mashgiach for Coke

This is the response I recieved:
Quote
If asked for publication purposes, OU will say only America and Europe.  If asked by any of the individuals involved with the process and supervision, we oversee the main ingredients which get shipped around the world.  Therefore, according to those within the OU, Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite and Diet Sprite are good.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: avadah on October 30, 2014, 02:14:36 PM
(I really should write TRs more often :P).
Yes you should.
#my2cents
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on October 30, 2014, 04:02:45 PM
Cross posting so people who wanna take such kind of trip can get an idea...

Buys and girls, I am finishing to write up my routing possibilities to the Maldives via Asia and I hope that you guys will help me decide what my best options are.

It will probably be the longest post in this thread, so I am asking all of you to forgive me.

TIA.

I have all currencies.

Here it goes..

I have 2 priorities

1) Maximize our time in MLE.

2) maximize F cabins.

Now, I have to leave the Maldives Thursday to make it home to NYC for Shabbos. Would I be able to leave NYC the Motze Shabbos before and be in MLE Sunday night so I have a full Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday and some of Thursday in the Maldives that would be fine. But thats not possible... The earliest I can get to the Maldives would be Monday morning, and as much I wanna leave after Shabbos, I am not going to shlep to the Maldives for less then 3 1/2 days.

SO, I have to leave before Shabbos, stay somewhere in Asia for Shabbos so I can be in MLE Sunday afternoon/evening.

Now, if I ANYWAY have to be in Asia, why not explore Asia!

The first thing I have to look for, is a place where I can leave Motze Shabbos and be in the Maldives Sunday afternoon/evening.

I also want a place which is nice, as well as a place with some nice F cabins transiting that hub.

Now for where to stay is Asia? I don't know. You guide me based on all what you read here. But I would love to fly SQ R, MU R, EK F, CX F, EY F, KE F. Top priority now is MU R followed by SQ R and EK F

Here are some of my fantasies...

Option #1

Monday night JFK-ICN KE F, be Wednesday in ICN, Wednesday night ICN-HKG KE F, be in HKG till after Shabbos. Now getting to MLE is where this becomes complicated, CX has a direct flight Sunday which lands in MLE 8:45 PM which is no good because  I am not in MLE until Monday morning, the only 2 other options to get me in MLE Sunday about 3:00 PM are QR via DOH and EK via DXB. Both don't have availability as of now. :( for the return I would do MLE-SIN-PVG on SQ/MU (again no availability here) and catch MU R Friday morning 11:30 and land In JFK 2:30 (the zman is around 7:30)

Cost would be 160k KE miles for the KE and MU F/R flights plus HKG-MLE and MLE-PVG flights which Im not sure now how to book. (No availability yet)

Pros:
1. MU R (I fear that availability will be gone soon).
2. I get to check out ICN and HKG.

Cons:
1. Have to leave the Maldives Thursday morning
2. Im not set yet with the HKG-MLE and MLE-PVG flights
3. No direct flight from HKG-MLE and MLE-PVG.

Option #2

Starting with KE as above, but heading to PVG for Thu-Sun, (instead of HKG) im considering PVG rather than HKG just because QR has availability out of PVG to MLE via DOH and I arrive in MLE Sunday mid day.

Returning is the same as option #1

Pros:
1. MU R
2.  I have flights (availability) from PVG to MLE

Cons:
As option #1 besides for that I a have flights with availability PVG-MLE (also I am not getting to see HKG?)

Option #3

Monday night JFK-ICN KE F, be Wednesday in ICN, Wednesday night ICN-SIN KE J, be in SIN till after Shabbos.

Sunday morning SQ J SIN-MLE, im in MLE 10:45 AM (YEY!)

Return as option # 1/2.

Pros:
1. MU R, KE F
2. Getting to see ICN and SIN
3. Im in MLE Sunday morning with a direct flight from SIN (YAY)

Cons:
1. Have to leave MLE Thursday morning.
2. Not set with MLE-PVG flights.
3. MLE-PVG is not direct.

Option #4

The outbound is the same as option # 3 the inbound will be EY F, leaving MLE Thursday night! (or EK F if availability opens up)

Pros:
1. KE F, SQ J, EY/EK F
2. Getting to see ICN and SIN.
3. I am in MLE Sunday morning.
4. I don't have to leave MLE Thursday morning
5. All flights are set!

Cons:
1. Missing out on MU R

Option # 5

Monday night JFK-ICN KE F, be Wednesday in ICN, Wednesday night ICN-BKK KE F, be in BKK till after Shabbos.

Sunday morning PG J BKK-MLE, Im in MLE 11:30 AM (YEY!)

The inbound would be as option # 4 (EY/EK F)

Pros:
1. KE F, PG J, EY/EK F
2. Getting to see ICN and BKK.
3. I am in MLE Sunday morning.
4. I don't have to leave MLE Thursday morning
5. All flights are set!

Cons:
1. Missing out on MU R

I am considering either option 4 or 5

Any help/imput will be greatly appreciated!!!

ilherman
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: moish on October 30, 2014, 06:05:19 PM
This is the response I recieved:
whats the rationale? why keep it a secret for OU employees?

indeed, the response i received was
"The Orthodox Union certifies a wide range of products manufactured by the Coca Cola Company in the United States of America, Canada and the State of Israel.
 The Orthodox Union has no information on products of the Coca Cola Company manufactured in other locations.
 Pepsi is certified under the KOF-K.  They can be contacted via phone 201-837-0500."
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on October 30, 2014, 06:22:51 PM
whats the rationale? why keep it a secret for OU employees?

I was once at a shiur given by R' Simcha Bunim Cohen (who wrote various sefarim on hilchos shabbos, and also was very close with R' Moshe Feinstein, among other gedolim), and he mentioned a certain halacha that R' Moshe told him, with the caveat that "don't write this in any of your sefarim; but if someone asks a shailah, you can be someich on this, and issue a psak accordingly". So it's not the first time I've heard this concept.

My understanding is that circumstantially, they happen to know that the stuff is kosher; but they don't want to publish that information and "throw their professional weight behind it", so to speak, perhaps because it doesn't meet the "official" standards.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: mochada on October 30, 2014, 07:47:35 PM
I was once at a shiur given by R' Simcha Bunim Cohen (who wrote various sefarim on hilchos shabbos, and also was very close with R' Moshe Feinstein, among other gedolim), and he mentioned a certain halacha that R' Moshe told him, with the

 caveat that "don't write this in any of your sefarim; but if someone asks a shailah, you can be someich on this, and issue a psak accordingly". So it's not the first time I've heard this concept.

My understanding is that circumstantially, they happen to know that the stuff is kosher; but they don't want to publish that information and "throw their professional weight behind it", so to speak, perhaps because it doesn't meet the "official" standards.

Exactly. 
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: mochada on October 30, 2014, 07:48:50 PM
whats the rationale? why keep it a secret for OU employees?

indeed, the response i received was
"The Orthodox Union certifies a wide range of products manufactured by the Coca Cola Company in the United States of America, Canada and the State of Israel.
 The Orthodox Union has no information on products of the Coca Cola Company manufactured in other locations.
 Pepsi is certified under the KOF-K.  They can be contacted via phone 201-837-0500."

Its not a secret...they just don't publicize it.  Those who are involved, know (I.e someone in my immediate family who flies around the world for the OU)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: moish on October 30, 2014, 08:08:44 PM
Its not a secret...they just don't publicize it.  Those who are involved, know (I.e someone in my immediate family who flies around the world for the OU)
not quite,

"The Orthodox Union has no information on products of the Coca Cola Company manufactured in other locations"
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on October 30, 2014, 08:19:48 PM
not quite,

"The Orthodox Union has no information on products of the Coca Cola Company manufactured in other locations"

Despite what you're implying, the above statement does not contradict:

Its not a secret...they just don't publicize it.  Those who are involved, know (I.e someone in my immediate family who flies around the world for the OU)

To the OU, your inquiry is "public." The fact that they claim they have no info on your inquiry is proof of nothing as far as this question is concerned.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: moish on October 30, 2014, 08:47:38 PM
claiming they have no info when they do indeed have info is not merely 'not publicizing' imo.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on October 30, 2014, 08:51:27 PM
claiming they have no info when they do indeed have info is not merely 'not publicizing' imo.

...except that's precisely what it is.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: moish on October 30, 2014, 10:07:27 PM
and not a secret...hmmmm....
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on October 30, 2014, 10:11:47 PM
I can't help you if you don't understand that in this context "secret" is not the opposite of "we don't publicize something by trumpeting it on our website or when responding to official inquiries."

The opposite, in this case, is that the OU, in an unofficial capacity will acknowledge it.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: mochada on October 30, 2014, 10:16:41 PM
and not a secret...hmmmm....

If something was not illegal but wasn
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on October 30, 2014, 10:22:59 PM
If something was not illegal but wasn

???
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: moish on October 30, 2014, 10:34:43 PM
the way i see it, if someone withholds information it makes sense to say he doesnt want it to be publicized. however if someone gives false information (saying he doesnt have info when he really does), its more than just not wanting it to be publicized even if thats his intention. its a different level. take it or leave it, you can disagree if you want, its your prerogative, but i think this discussion has more than run its course
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Achas Veachas on October 30, 2014, 10:37:08 PM
...i think this discussion has more than run its course
+1
Shouldn't it just be moved into the Kashrus thread?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on October 30, 2014, 10:37:34 PM
+1
Shouldn't it just be moved into the Kashrus thread?

+1,000,000,000
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: HBERG on November 01, 2014, 04:41:37 PM
why is there no mention of the sheraton at all it seems to be an affordable option as a cat. 6
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on November 01, 2014, 09:31:43 PM
Any good deals here? I see Halaveli for $738... Is that for the OWB all you guys are talking here?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: EMCC on November 01, 2014, 09:51:28 PM
Booked 4 nights in the PH Maldives with points. C+P was not avaliable. Mid Feb dates. (Chinese New Years) Any tips?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on November 01, 2014, 09:57:14 PM
Booked 4 nights in the PH Maldives with points. C+P was not avaliable. Mid Feb dates. (Chinese New Years) Any tips?
Upgrade to OWB?  ;)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: EMCC on November 01, 2014, 10:03:03 PM
Upgrade to OWB?  ;)
I will upgrade for the first night.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: EMCC on November 01, 2014, 10:04:47 PM
I will upgrade for the first night.
I know AJK already answered me, but could someone tell me in very layman terms how much CX is from hkg to MLE with points for business and first? Also, can citi points get me there or do I need aa?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on November 01, 2014, 10:08:28 PM
I know AJK already answered me, but could someone tell me in very layman terms how much CX is from hkg to MLE with points for business and first?

45K/60K AA RT.

No first.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on November 01, 2014, 10:09:15 PM
I know AJK already answered me, but could someone tell me in very layman terms how much CX is from hkg to MLE with points for business and first? Also, can citi points get me there or do I need aa?

Citi points have three oneworld partners. Asia Miles, Malaysia and Qatar.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: htg123 on November 01, 2014, 10:48:39 PM
Are there any good international resorts on the same island as mle airport?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on November 01, 2014, 11:12:31 PM
Are there any good international resorts on the same island as mle airport?

Here you go - http://www.overwaterbungalows.net/maldives-water-villa-resorts-near-the-male-airport.html. Not on the same island, though as close as your gonna get.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: an613 on November 02, 2014, 05:08:21 PM
Does anyone know the earliest I can get a seaplane from the PH to MLE? Would I be able to make an 8:45AM flight?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on November 02, 2014, 05:12:01 PM
Does anyone know the earliest I can get a seaplane from the PH to MLE? Would I be able to make an 8:45AM flight?

PH MLE doesn't use sea planes. You'd have to catch a domestic flight AFTER a boat ride. You'd be cutting it tight, but you can confirm directly with PH MLE.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: an613 on November 02, 2014, 05:18:00 PM
PH MLE doesn't use sea planes. You'd have to catch a domestic flight AFTER a boat ride. You'd be cutting it tight, but you can confirm directly with PH MLE.

OK thanks. Found a 10:40 departure which would presumably be totally safe?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on November 02, 2014, 05:22:04 PM
OK thanks. Found a 10:40 departure which would presumably be totally safe?

I'd say safer.

Confirm directly with hotel.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: an613 on November 02, 2014, 05:33:52 PM
I'd say safer.

Confirm directly with hotel.


Got it, thanks.



Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: an613 on November 02, 2014, 05:36:38 PM
is 6 nights too long to be in the PH?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on November 02, 2014, 05:44:44 PM
Don't know about PH specifically. But, I did 6 days in MLE and could have easily stayed longer, personally.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: an613 on November 02, 2014, 05:46:47 PM
Don't know about PH specifically. But, I did 6 days in MLE and could have easily stayed longer, personally.

Excellent. Thank you
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 02, 2014, 06:13:11 PM
is 6 nights too long to be in the PH?
Depends on your personality.
I'd be bored after 4 days or so and would rather spend the time at a nearby city.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: an613 on November 02, 2014, 06:24:12 PM
at a nearby city.

What do you mean by nearby? 
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on November 02, 2014, 06:25:19 PM
What do you mean by nearby?
SIN, HKG etc...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: an613 on November 02, 2014, 06:58:08 PM
SIN, HKG etc...

That's what I thought. I guess when you're that far already, nearby is a relative term :)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on November 02, 2014, 10:06:54 PM
Is it worth calling up the GM at Halaveli to budge for a good price? Promise a nice review on TA... Or I am wasting my time?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 02, 2014, 10:27:04 PM
Did you email chuchem/ajks TA?

Why not just do the PH if everything else is so expensive?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on November 02, 2014, 10:45:26 PM
Did you email chuchem/ajks TA?

Why not just do the PH if everything else is so expensive?
I want a private pool.

chuchem said up thread that its going for $1,000 p/ night these days.  :(

I found cheaper than that here.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: EMCC on November 02, 2014, 10:51:33 PM
Did you email chuchem/ajks TA?

Why not just do the PH if everything else is so expensive?
Is there a tr from the PH Maldives?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on November 02, 2014, 10:52:07 PM
Is there a tr from the PH Maldives?
IIRC Gary has one.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: EMCC on November 02, 2014, 10:53:24 PM
IIRC Gary has one.
Link?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on November 02, 2014, 10:57:06 PM
Link?
http://bit.ly/1s6mF9w  ;)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 02, 2014, 10:57:38 PM
If you need total privacy it's not going to happen in an OWB pool.
Go to LMKL for that...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on November 02, 2014, 11:26:46 PM
If you need total privacy it's not going to happen in an OWB pool.
Go to LMKL for that...
Le meridian Kuala Lumpur?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on November 02, 2014, 11:42:45 PM
Khao lak
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on November 02, 2014, 11:47:47 PM
If you need total privacy it's not going to happen in an OWB pool.
Go to LMKL for that...
I would love privacy but what does that have to do with me wanting a private pool? I just wanna be able to go from the ocean into the cool pool!

90% privacy is fine  ;)

And IIRC I read up thread that the the pools is the OWB at Halaveli are really private.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on November 03, 2014, 12:09:09 AM
Khao lak
Is that Maldives?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: AJK on November 03, 2014, 12:20:17 AM
Not even close.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on November 03, 2014, 12:37:27 AM
Not even close.

My bad, just googled it.... thailand
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on November 03, 2014, 03:11:50 AM
Is it worth calling up the GM at Halaveli to budge for a good price? Promise a nice review on TA... Or I am wasting my time?

Don't. Not only won't it help, but the last thing we need is to ruin yet another fine establishment on this earth, by giving them the impression that the Jews are the penny-pinchers who are always haggling for every little thing. Especially if you're bringing kosher food, 1) you will need some non-standard favors from them anyway, and 2) they'll for sure know you're Jewish. The Halaveli still likes Jews as of now; please don't screw that up for the rest of us just to save a few bucks. :P

Did you contact PurelyMaldives?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on November 03, 2014, 03:31:02 AM
Yes, please don't screw it up... I found this place and want to go back one day and not get greeted with....

Small advice with the maldives, if you gotta ask how much it costs or try getting a discount, you can't afford it
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: rots5 on November 03, 2014, 08:11:09 AM
IIRC Gary has one.
like 5.

I want a private pool.

chuchem said up thread that its going for $1,000 p/ night these days.  :(

I found cheaper than that here.
I am not sure if you read my mle tr but I took chuchums advice and as much as I will continue to listen to him I felt a pool was useless why sit in the pool when ur over looking the most gorgeous water you'll ever see. Esp with the creatures you can watch too. That's my personal opinion on the matter.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on November 03, 2014, 09:31:09 AM
What's the temp in the ocean?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on November 03, 2014, 09:32:42 AM


Small advice with the maldives, if you gotta ask how much it costs or try getting a discount, you can't afford it
i respect your opinion.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on November 03, 2014, 09:33:07 AM
I am not sure if you read my mle tr but I took chuchums advice and as much as I will continue to listen to him I felt a pool was useless why sit in the pool when ur over looking the most gorgeous water you'll ever see. Esp with the creatures you can watch too. That's my personal opinion on the matter.

Ten reasons why you should still have a private plunge pool, even in an OWB:

1) The pool is fresh water, not salty, and is a great for when you feel like getting wet without getting salt in your mouth/nose/eyes every time a wave catches you off guard.
2) The pool is usable even when the ocean has big enough waves to be uncomfortable, and is perfectly fine even during high tide or low tide.
3) The pool feels safe even at night when the ocean is dark and foreboding, and you never know what kind of sea creature may sneak up on you.
4) The pool is private, the ocean is not.
5) The pool is always clean (well, clean enough :P).
6) The pool is great place to rest between snorkeling runs - you can still be in water (so you don't dry up, and have to get used to the water again), yet aren't getting marinated in the salt water like a piece of karpas.
7) The pool often has a bench or ledge built-in that you can sit and chill on for as long as you like - unlike the ocean, where it's either hang on to your staircase, or tread water.
8 ) As lovely as it is to have an amazing diversity of sea creatures swimming around your villa, sometimes (like right after seeing a shark go by) you may feel less-than-inclined to share the water with said diversity of sea creatures.
9) The pool temperature can be managed, even when the ocean cannot.
10) One word: CANNONBALL!!!! >:D

Any questions? :)
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on November 03, 2014, 09:35:03 AM
Agree 100%
Always listen to chuchems advice, at the end of the day he is a chuchem
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: EMCC on November 03, 2014, 09:44:49 AM
Small advice with the maldives, if you gotta ask how much it costs or try getting a discount, you can't afford it
http://getaways.groupon.hk/en/deals/719122472 That is HKD BTW...
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 03, 2014, 09:46:09 AM
What's the temp in the ocean?
Warm.

I would love privacy but what does that have to do with me wanting a private pool? I just wanna be able to go from the ocean into the cool pool!

90% privacy is fine  ;)

And IIRC I read up thread that the the pools is the OWB at Halaveli are really private.
Anyone swimming/snorkeling in the ocean by your room can see your pool, not sure how they can be "really private" like a walled in pool villa.

I agree the pool is really nice, perhaps it's worth an extra $150 per night, but more than that seems hard to justify to me.  Especially because the pools are very small, not something you can swim in like the one at LMKL.  If the PH is more than $150/night cheaper than other options then it's worth considering IMHO.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on November 03, 2014, 10:15:11 AM
If you are in the pool and someone swims in the water, he cant really see much, maybe your head if you are at the edge

http://media-cdn.tripadvisor.com/media/photo-s/04/31/fc/db/constance-halaveli.jpg
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on November 03, 2014, 11:49:45 AM
Warm.
Anyone swimming/snorkeling in the ocean by your room can see your pool, not sure how they can be "really private" like a walled in pool villa.

I agree the pool is really nice, perhaps it's worth an extra $150 per night, but more than that seems hard to justify to me.  Especially because the pools are very small, not something you can swim in like the one at LMKL.  If the PH is more than $150/night cheaper than other options then it's worth considering IMHO.
12.5k + $150 + $350 +1 taxes and fees will be about $780. Just $100 cheaper than Halaveli.
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 03, 2014, 11:52:07 AM
12.5k + $150 + $350 +1 taxes and fees will be about $780. Just $100 cheaper than Halaveli.
How much is the total with all taxes for both?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: moish on November 03, 2014, 11:57:24 AM
what about the conrad?
Title: Re: Maldives Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 03, 2014, 11:58:14 AM <