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Title: maldives and dubai
Post by: chuchem on June 27, 2011, 02:12:12 PM
I have been 5 days in the maldives already and leaving on wednesday for dubai. Its stunning and i wish we could stay another week. We will spend 2 days in dubai and go home friday.
No I am not staying in the new park hyatt in the maldives!

I will write a tripreport when back, please feel free to post questions you have on dubai or the maldives, i will try to answer them in my trip report

Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: moish on June 27, 2011, 05:32:51 PM
did they make any mention of the israeli stamps in your passport?
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: aussiebochur on June 27, 2011, 05:58:06 PM
did they make any mention of the israeli stamps in your passport?
When going to such countries, it is preferable to have a second passport without any Israeli stamps.
While they don't outright refuse entry to anyone with an Israeli stamp, officially you must go through an additional screening to get clearance.
Obviously, that's only if they see the stamp...
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: moish on June 27, 2011, 06:13:19 PM
lets talk specifically about dubai
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: aussiebochur on June 27, 2011, 06:22:00 PM
lets talk specifically about dubai
In general,
When going to such countries, it is preferable to have a second passport without any Israeli stamps.
In Dubai,
While they don't outright refuse entry to anyone with an Israeli stamp, officially you must go through an additional screening to get clearance.
Obviously, that's only if they see the stamp...
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: damaxer91 on June 28, 2011, 03:34:12 AM
When going to such countries, it is preferable to have a second passport without any Israeli stamps.
While they don't outright refuse entry to anyone with an Israeli stamp, officially you must go through an additional screening to get clearance.
Obviously, that's only if they see the stamp...

Don't believe everything you hear. In DXB You can have 100+ Israeli stamps on your passport and they don't care
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: aussiebochur on June 28, 2011, 04:05:17 AM
Don't believe everything you hear. In DXB You can have 100+ Israeli stamps on your passport and they don't care
Hence I wrote "officially"...
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: damaxer91 on June 28, 2011, 04:20:57 AM
Hence I wrote "officially"...


Where did you see that? When i called the UAE Embassy last year they didn't say anything about that
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: aussiebochur on June 28, 2011, 06:22:48 AM
Where did you see that? When i called the UAE Embassy last year they didn't say anything about that
Timatic,  (http://www.timaticweb.com/cgi-bin/tim_website_client.cgi?SpecData=1&VISA=&page=visa&NA=US&AR=IL&PASSTYPES=PASS&DE=AE&user=DL&subuser=DELTAB2C)official passport control rules.

- Holders of passports containing an Israeli visa or stamp
  must obtain clearance through the C.I.D. (Crime
  Investigation Dept.) upon arrival.
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: damaxer91 on June 28, 2011, 07:35:59 AM
Timatic,  (http://www.timaticweb.com/cgi-bin/tim_website_client.cgi?SpecData=1&VISA=&page=visa&NA=US&AR=IL&PASSTYPES=PASS&DE=AE&user=DL&subuser=DELTAB2C)official passport control rules.

- Holders of passports containing an Israeli visa or stamp
  must obtain clearance through the C.I.D. (Crime
  Investigation Dept.) upon arrival.

Must be new procedure since the events of last year. Still wouldn't worry me
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: chuchem on June 28, 2011, 01:35:29 PM
i called the uae embassy and they said its no problem at all. I know people that went without issues a few weeks ago. I got new passports as we anyway had to renew soon.

Last night on the island, dubai tomorrow, good night guys
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: Fan of Dan on July 06, 2011, 12:55:45 AM
Is teffilin hard to bring in?
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: andrew on July 06, 2011, 08:03:40 AM
I will write a tripreport when back, please feel free to post questions you have on dubai or the maldives, i will try to answer them in my trip report
when can we expect a trip report?
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: chuchem on July 06, 2011, 09:56:00 AM
I just got back, i have alot of work to catch up. I am in middle of it. As soon, as I am done I will post it. Patience!!
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: damaxer91 on September 16, 2011, 04:36:34 AM
I just got back, i have alot of work to catch up. I am in middle of it. As soon, as I am done I will post it. Patience!!

What happened to your trip report and photos?
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: chuchem on September 16, 2011, 04:45:45 AM
working on it... hopefully soon
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: moish on September 16, 2011, 05:19:49 AM
What happened to your trip report and photos?
of dubai or maldives?
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: chuchem on September 16, 2011, 07:15:44 AM
both
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: chuchem on September 16, 2011, 09:25:59 AM
As promised my tripreport

it was my dream to once visit the maldives. Our last trip to china was very nice, but not relaxing. There was always another market, a must do attraction. We got up early....
This time i wanted a vacation that will be: doing nothing!

My sister just came back from sem and was willing to watch the kids for 9 days, so this was our chance.

Some info on the maldives: its a country, that has 100's of little islands. Every hotel is build on its own island. Most hotelrooms in the maldives are private villas on the beach or over the water. The maldives is a expensive place, as well as hard to get to, as not to many airlines fly there. June is the wet season, so you could get alot of rain. I took this chance, as during the dry season, the nice resorts are way to expensive...b'h we got lucky and had 6 days sun with 3 quick showers, that lasted 20 minutes

Flight:
BA- was not a option for me, as they fly from gatwick and i can not fly from zuerich to gatwick, only lhr or lcy and i didnt want to transfer to a diffrent airport

Sq- shlep, as its not a direct route and good luck scoring 2 business seats sin-mle

So i decided to book a star alliance mix with emirates airlines. Continental was perfect for that, as they were partners with emirates. From dubai to the maldives i only had economy, but as i paid the business amount co promised to allow me to upgrade to business, as soon as it becomes available. At the end of march continental finished its partnership with emirates and was not able to upgrade me to business, as they had no way with communicating with emirates, so i cancelled the dxb-mle part and booked it with emirates miles. My ticket was the following:

Wed. Zrh-fra lh c.    10-11 am
Wed. Fra-dxb lh f.    3-11 pm
Thu.  Dxb-mle ek f.  3-9 am
Wed. Mle-dxb ek c.  10am-1pm
Fri.    Dxb-vie  os c.  2am-6am
Fri.    Vie-zrh.  os c.  7am-8am

i used 67500 co miles and 70000 ek miles a person. With these flights, i had a chance to try the first class terminal in Frankfurt and the new emirates first class lounge in dubai. I was actually planning on upgrading the return flight from dubai to f class as well, but lx and lh didnt release any seats, so i was stuck flying with austrian in business.

Hotel:
I was looking to stay in a overwater villa and wanted my own private pool on the porch. I  found the perfect hotel called halaveli. Big overwater villas, plunge pool, new resort and very small. Exactly what we wanted.

The outdoor porch on our villa:



Check out www.halaveli.com



The resort normally charges close to 1000 Dollars a night, they had a special buy 4 stay 6 promotion, a sale on the room and a 10% prepaid early booking promotion, so i got it down to 500 a night. I know you will think its expensive, but for that type of room a bargain in the maldives

Dubai has alot of nice hotels. the famous 7 star hotel burj al arab was 1000 dollars a night, so not within my budget. I booked the grand hyatt. I used a suite certificate to upgrade to a suite and as a diamond staying in a suite you get: free minibar, free pickup and drop to airport, free internet... I paid about 135 Dollars, that was a steal for a suite incl. all benefits.

Food:

You cant get any kosher food in the maldives, so i was planning on taking frozen bread, longlife milk and hermolis meals along and ask the hotel to warm them up for me. With a suitcase of nosh and other goodies we should be able to survive. I send the hotel a email, explaining to them what kosher is and asked them if they would help me out in storing food in the freezer and heating it up for me on a daily basis. They agreed... I spoke to a frum guy, that stayed at the conrad and he told me that they supplied him with kosher meals through kleins catering from australia. I contacted halaveli food and beverage manager and he said, they never did it, but anyway get once a week a shipment from australia. He was fine with me sending stuff along and gave me the number of their shipping agent. After a few phone calls around the world, the shipping company agreed to place a order bei kleins catering and also pick up kosher food items at a local grocery. The hotel told me, that they would add 80% to the cost price, so all expenses (shipping,customs...) are covered.
Kleins had a big selection of meals for 17 dollars, so i ended up paying 30 dollars for a good meal and didnt have to worry, that was worth it. I ordered challa,bread,milk,yoghurts,danishes,smoked salmon, ice cream and other food items and all was shipped to the resort.

I know i wrote alot about the planing, but for such a trip, especially to a such a place, its necessary, if you want to have a perfect trip.

Finally the big day arrives:


To be continued, a fellow dd member is planing a trip to the maldives, so I wanted to help by posting this already
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: Dan on September 16, 2011, 10:55:23 AM
Awesome start!

Please post numbers about who you spoke to about ordering the meals, etc.
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: damaxer91 on September 16, 2011, 11:17:24 AM
Great Report! Makes me want to go back again!

Maybe I will ;)
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: AJK on September 16, 2011, 11:27:51 AM
That porch is stunning. Any reason you didnt stay at the new Hyatt?

$$?

Also, if you've been to tahiti/bora bora - how do the maldives compare?
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: Dan on September 16, 2011, 11:36:01 AM
That porch is stunning. Any reason you didnt stay at the new Hyatt?
Here we go again :D

Also, if you've been to tahiti/bora bora - how do the maldives compare?
No DDf'er has been to Bora Bora as far as I know.

Definitely easier for americans to get to a BOB resort than an MLE resort.
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: AJK on September 16, 2011, 11:40:19 AM
Here we go again :D

What did I do?

No DDf'er has been to Bora Bora as far as I know.

Definitely easier for americans to get to a BOB resort than an MLE resort.

Yea, that's why I asked. Trying to determine if its worth the hassle of flying to MLE vs. BOB.
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: aussiebochur on September 16, 2011, 11:44:51 AM
Here we go again :D
No DDf'er has been to Bora Bora as far as I know.

Definitely easier for americans to get to a BOB resort than an MLE resort.
Lav Dafkeh with miles.
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: Dan on September 16, 2011, 11:56:56 AM
What did I do?
Chuchem and I debated that point extensively in the thread on the PH MLE.

Lav Dafkeh with miles.
Depends.

To get from the US to PPT isn't hard.  With AA there's TN from LAX or LA via South America and Easter Island if you're adventurous..  With DL there's AF and TN via LAX.  There's also HA via HNL which partners with multiple airlines.  With *A it's tougher, probably requiring going via AKL.

Then of course you need to buy a $500 flight from PPT to BOB.

But MLE is no picnic with miles as Chuchem said, especially now that CO and EK are no longer partners.  SPG to EK is probably the easiest routing from the US, but that will cost a ton of Starpoints.  EK A380 F is incredible through (showers onboard!) and readily bookable via YYZ and JFK.
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: chuchem on September 16, 2011, 12:02:55 PM
That porch is stunning. Any reason you didnt stay at the new Hyatt?




Look at the porch of a watervilla at the hyatt. half size, no pool and the villa is not even nice. The hyatt will not give a watervilla to diamonds...so whats the point?
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: Dan on September 16, 2011, 12:04:35 PM
The hyatt will not give a watervilla to diamonds...so whats the point?

That's not true.  There are upgrades available for purchase or for points even when on a free stay.  Also it seems if you tell the GM you'll give a good TA review you can probably get confirmed into something nicer for free...

I don't think the Hyatt villa looks all that bad.  And there's something to be said to being on a private island with probably about just 50 other guests.

I'm more curious to see if they would buy you kosher breakfast...
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: aussiebochur on September 16, 2011, 12:09:59 PM
Chuchem and I debated that point extensively in the thread on the PH MLE.
Depends.

To get from the US to PPT isn't hard.  With AA there's TN from LAX or LA via South America and Easter Island if you're adventurous..  With DL there's AF and TN via LAX.  There's also HA via HNL which partners with multiple airlines.  With *A it's tougher, probably requiring going via AKL.

Then of course you need to buy a $500 flight from PPT to BOB.

But MLE is no picnic with miles as Chuchem said, especially now that CO and EK are no longer partners.  SPG to EK is probably the easiest routing from the US, but that will cost a ton of Starpoints.  EK A380 F is incredible through (showers onboard!) and readily bookable via YYZ and JFK.

Award availability isn't good from the US to PPT, especially for 2 in business. Still feasible though.
IPC-PPT Is once a week if I recall correctly, chances of getting that with miles, especially for 2 won't be easy.

The transfer fee from MLE seems to be similar.
Is there a hotel transfer fee in BOB
 
Personally, would probably fly CX JFK-HKG-CMB and pay $200 to fly EK J CMB-MLE.
Or JFK-ICN-SIN-MLE or similar which has decent availability. I know SQ SIN-MLE only release one seat at a time (usually, I have seen 2 at a time) but you can get one J and one Y and hope for the other to open.
Or book the other with SQ miles which usually has better availability.

Additionally, going to MLE gives you the option of so many other countries to see if you want to stopover.
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: chuchem on September 16, 2011, 12:15:48 PM
Even, if you pay for a upgrade, the park hyatt does not get close to this resort. Look at the rooms, compare the pictures on tripadvisor. For me and my wife it was the nicest part, just being able to use our own pool whenever we wanted.... a dream
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: aussiebochur on September 16, 2011, 12:22:08 PM
For Chuchem vs Dan: Round 1 see here (http://www.dansdeals.com/forums/index.php?topic=6250.0).
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: Dan on September 16, 2011, 12:28:34 PM
Award availability isn't good from the US to PPT, especially for 2 in business. Still feasible though.
IPC-PPT Is once a week if I recall correctly, chances of getting that with miles, especially for 2 won't be easy.

The transfer fee from MLE seems to be similar.
Is there a hotel transfer fee in BOB
 
Personally, would probably fly CX JFK-HKG-CMB and pay $200 to fly EK J CMB-MLE.
Or JFK-ICN-SIN-MLE or similar which has decent availability. I know SQ SIN-MLE only release one seat at a time (usually, I have seen 2 at a time) but you can get one J and one Y and hope for the other to open.
Or book the other with SQ miles which usually has better availability.

Additionally, going to MLE gives you the option of so many other countries to see if you want to stopover.


Forgot about the hotel transfer fee to MLE.  That tips more towards BOB then.
Plus BOB isn't a muslim country...
CX-EK sounds great on paper, but not when you get down to the nitty-gritty.
Might work if you want to stop somewhere, but if you just want a relaxing vacation you might not survive the flight to/from MLE that way!

LAX-BOB:
Air Tahiti Nui 7    Dep LAX: 11:40PM    Arr PPT: 5:00AM Duration 8h 20m
Layover in PPT    2h 30m    
Air Tahiti 479 7:30 am Depart (PPT) Arrive (BOB) 8:20 am Duration: 0hr 50m
Total travel: 11h 40m

LAX-MLE:
Cathay Pacific 881    Dep LAX: 1:35AM    Arr HKG: 7:15AM    14h 40m
Layover in HKG        12h 50m    
Cathay Pacific 703    Dep HKG: 8:05PM    Arr BKK: 9:45PM    2h 40m    
Stop in BKK       1h 10m    
Cathay Pacific 703    Dep BKK: 10:55PM    Arr CMB: 12:40AM    3h 15m
Stop in CMB             20h 55m    
Emirates 653    Dep: 9:35PM    Arr: 10:35PM    1h 30m
MLE shuttle flight: 4 hours with layover and flight.
Total travel: 61h
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: chuchem on September 16, 2011, 12:30:22 PM
Lets do it a other way:
fellow dd members: Please look at pictures of the  constance halaveli and park hyatt

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g298322-d1627571-Reviews-Constance_Halaveli_Resort-

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g2104649-d1473123-Reviews-Park_Hyatt_Maldives_Hadahaa-Northern_Huvadhu_Atoll.html


Compare the pictures of the island and especially the watervillas. If you would be able to stay at both resorts for the same price, what would you pick?
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: Dan on September 16, 2011, 12:31:17 PM
Even, if you pay for a upgrade, the park hyatt does not get close to this resort. Look at the rooms, compare the pictures on tripadvisor. For me and my wife it was the nicest part, just being able to use our own pool whenever we wanted.... a dream
I really boils down to whether the GM will agree to upgrade you in advance to a OWB for free.
With that it's just a matter of opening a Hyatt and Sapphire card to stay for free.  And free is hard to beat!
Pools are nice, but do you really need one when you're in a OWB over beautiful warm ocean water?
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: Dan on September 16, 2011, 12:32:11 PM
Compare the pictures of the island and especially the watervillas. If you would be able to stay at both resorts for the same price, what would you pick?
Who said anything about the same price??
We're comparing paying $500-$1,000 a night at your hotel versus staying with points or free nights from a credit card or 2.
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: chuchem on September 16, 2011, 12:36:52 PM
points have a value, you have to pay or use even more points to upgrade to the watervilla. You know, people pay 300 dollars for a free night and if you have to use more points or pay for a upgrade to a watervilla its also about 500 dollars. You are right, you can use points or free nights at the hyatt, but you can sell these for cash. So now that you sold it and have the same cash in your hand, make a choice
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: Dan on September 16, 2011, 12:39:49 PM
points have a value, you have to pay or use even more points to upgrade to the watervilla. You know, people pay 300 dollars for a free night and if you have to use more points or pay for a upgrade to a watervilla its also about 500 dollars. You are right, you can use points or free nights at the hyatt, but you can sell these for cash. So now that you sold it and have the same cash in your hand, make a choice

Fair enough.
Let's say the free night is worth $250 you could've sold them for.
But you can use that night even in high season when the other hotels go for $1,000/night...
And even so you would have the hassle of finding a buyer, etc.  And you're going to pay at least $500 for the room instead of just using $250 worth of points yourself.

It really boils down to whether you can negotiate a free upgrade to a OWB. 
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: chuchem on September 16, 2011, 12:47:24 PM
I dont think you will get a free upgrade.

I would like people to compare the hotel... I think, even if the hyatt is 100 dollars cheaper a night, you cant compare. dont forget the transport cost to the park hyatt is about 150 dollars more per person
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: Dan on September 16, 2011, 01:07:49 PM
I dont think you will get a free upgrade.

I would like people to compare the hotel... I think, even if the hyatt is 100 dollars cheaper a night, you cant compare. dont forget the transport cost to the park hyatt is about 150 dollars more per person
And I think I could definitely pull off a free upgrade.  Done it in nearly every other hotel I've stayed at and the GM here seems to be quite accommodating.

I'm not sure how you figure $100/night difference.  If you need to go during the holidays you're talking about $1,000 vs. ~$250 of points.  Or during low season combined with a buy 4 get 2 free promo it's still double the price.
Perhaps its much nicer, but still you must admit there's a big price difference.
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: AJK on September 16, 2011, 01:12:26 PM
Lets do it a other way:
fellow dd members: Please look at pictures of the  constance halaveli and park hyatt

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g298322-d1627571-Reviews-Constance_Halaveli_Resort-

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g2104649-d1473123-Reviews-Park_Hyatt_Maldives_Hadahaa-Northern_Huvadhu_Atoll.html


Compare the pictures of the island and especially the watervillas. If you would be able to stay at both resorts for the same price, what would you pick?

Not sure if this analogy works, but its like arguing which is better, ferrari or lamborghini... they're obviously both ridiculously nice, CAN be around the same price (I think)... and have a lot of the same amenities... ferrari or lamborghini =)

EDIT: ...and now I'm going to shut my mouth and watch the back and forth. This seems to be above my pay grade.
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: Dan on September 16, 2011, 01:20:09 PM
(http://media-cdn.tripadvisor.com/media/photo-s/02/1b/14/f1/water-villa-sunbed.jpg)

Wouldn't mind being there right now!
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: aussiebochur on September 16, 2011, 01:50:33 PM
Make sure you don't get the garden view, http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/17015700-post84.html

Though, check this (http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/16789481-post55.html) out!!!
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: aussiebochur on September 16, 2011, 02:03:20 PM
There seems to be pretty mixed reviews on the Hyatt Maldives.
Which means two things, you could end up in a suite that needs serious renovations or the GM is kinda desperate to change the negative feedback so your chances of pushing for an upgrade are much greater.
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: momo on September 16, 2011, 03:55:48 PM
Chuchem and I debated that point extensively in the thread on the PH MLE.
Depends.

To get from the US to PPT isn't hard.  With AA there's TN from LAX or LA via South America and Easter Island if you're adventurous..  With DL there's AF and TN via LAX.  There's also HA via HNL which partners with multiple airlines.  With *A it's tougher, probably requiring going via AK
can i use ba miles going thru via south america to ppt if so do you know how many miles it would be cuz that would be a killer combo trip stopping in a bunch of countries in south america and then going to ppt on the same mileage ticket
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: Dan on September 16, 2011, 04:32:16 PM
Though, check this (http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/16789481-post55.html) out!!!
So they do honor OWB for the diamond suite nights?
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: aussiebochur on September 16, 2011, 05:17:32 PM
So they do honor OWB for the diamond suite nights?
Thats what he says.
Would definitely get it conformed and in writing though.
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: Dan on September 16, 2011, 05:19:56 PM
Thats what he says.
Would definitely get it conformed and in writing though.
That's awesome!
Find a better way to get from LAX-MLE on CX in less than 61 hours?
And that's not even counting that you'll probably need to fly to SFO to find CX F availability.
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: aussiebochur on September 16, 2011, 06:30:25 PM
I almost ended up going, had booked LAX-HND-SIN-MLE.
It's a tiny island at the end of the world, its going to take time to get there.

From LAX, BOB is disproportionately closer then MLE.
From JFK, its more similar. The reason I said CX is because I would stop off in Asia and you can't get much better then CX. (BTW, from Dec all 4 flights  JFK-HKG will have the new business seats.)
Going direct I would probably take Qatar via DOH.
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: damaxer91 on September 18, 2011, 09:31:43 AM
I am definitely not getting involved in this one, but Arab service vs French Service? Arabs win by the distance between BOB & MLE!
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: Afight4ever on September 18, 2011, 12:35:04 PM
I used BA miles to go from JFK-LIM-SCL-AKL-SYD 80k business pp. I bet you can go with them to PPT for similar
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: damaxer91 on September 18, 2011, 12:59:08 PM
I used BA miles to go from JFK-LIM-SCL-AKL-SYD 80k business pp. I bet you can go with them to PPT for similar

I don't believe that Air Tahiti is a partner with BA
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: Dan on September 18, 2011, 01:21:29 PM
I am definitely not getting involved in this one, but Arab service vs French Service? Arabs win by the distance between BOB & MLE!
Sure, but at least not too many french people don't actively want to kill us.
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: myb821 on September 18, 2011, 01:30:37 PM
what u guys think abt this place http://boardingarea.com/blogs/viewfromthewing/2011/09/17/conrad-koh-samui-available-on-point-stretchers-through-november-30/
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: SuperFlyer on September 18, 2011, 01:40:35 PM
Air Jihadi won't hijack their own planes usually, that's counter productive.
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: momo on September 19, 2011, 12:18:31 AM
I used BA miles to go from JFK-LIM-SCL-AKL-SYD 80k business pp. I bet you can go with them to PPT for similar
80k round trip? do you happen to recall the fuel surcharges
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: Dan on December 20, 2011, 06:33:04 PM
Please post numbers about who you spoke to about ordering the meals, etc.
Bump?
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: chuchem on May 16, 2012, 11:21:58 AM
We checked in at zrh and were able to send our cases directly to mle, as swiss, lh and emirates have a luggage interline agreement. The first class lounge in zuerich is nice, we only had 15 minutes and had a quick drink.
They didnt drive us to the plane as the plane left from a gate. Lufthansa and swiss have a policy, that they only serve kosher meals for flights more then 65 minutes and the flight to Frankfurt is 65 minutes, so we didnt get anything to eat. It was a regular european flight, so nothing to report. We arrived in frankfurt at a gate, so again no car pick up. We walked to the First Class terminal, its about 7 minutes and not a big deal. The FCT is amazing. Its a oasis of peace and calm and you dont realize, that you are in a airport. Alot of people wrote about it already, so i will not waste to much time on it. I took a nice bath to get the lufthansa duck.
We ordered kosher lunch in advance, but for some reason only one arrived. No big deal, the kosher caviar was delicious. I had quite alot of whiskey and time passed very fast. Before i knew it, they came to pick us up for our flight to DXB. They drove us in a nice mercedes to the plane. Have to admit, it was really special. From the car straight into the plane, no line.
As its a 747, we were on the upper deck, so we didnt hear and see boarding, other people...like a private jet almost. Lufthansa is upgrading their F-Class, we still had a old layout. Thats fine, as in the old layout everyone gets 2 seats, one is the chair and the second seat is made into a bed right away. Load was 4/8. We had the front row, before take off, they make the second seat into a bed already.
Meal was very good, only downside, we had salmon in the lounge, now they served us a piece of salmon for starters and another piece as main course. B'h no salmon ice cream for desert.
Flight passed quite fast, slept, watched a movie... Before landing in dubai it was time to put my cap on. I dont think, it would have been a problem transiting with a yarmulke, but still...

We landed on time and had about 4 hours until our next flight. Dubai airport is huge, tons of shops, but we could not be bothered and went straight to the first class lounge. Its very big and really nice. Besides for the fct, the nicest one i have been to. I got a free massage and my wife got her nails done...
We then walked to our departure gate (next to the gate boarding for kabul), boarding had started already, so we walked straight into first class without waiting. First impression: It was nice, but i preffered lx,tk and lh. They had a 2-2-2 layout, thats quite crowded in first class. Only cool part was that every passenger had his own mini fridge. The flight attendant confirmed, that our kosher meals were onboard. I was looking forward to a ek amenity kit and pj, but they didnt give anything. Said the flight was to short. Very disappointing for F.
They asked us, when they should wake us and i told them as late as possible. They really did and served us breakfast 25 minutes before landing. Food came from bangkok air catering and was very good. Their video system is amazing, 250 movies, big screen. Its probably the best in the skies.
Landing itself was stunning, one can see the corals when landing and i knew right away that we have landed in paradise. Immigration and customs (they x ray every bag, so dont think about bringing in alcohol) can take quite long, but as f passengers we were the first guys out and were out of the airport in 15 minutes.
Right when we exited a hotel rep waited for us and took our luggage across the hall. The check in desk from the seaplane company is there. Every person is allowed 20kg, so i had to pay some overweight charges, as we packed more then that. It was only 3 dollars a kg, so it wasnt to bad... Once we got our seaplane boarding card we were driven to the other side of the airport. They have a seaplane terminal there.
he nice hotels operate a lounge with drinks in the terminal, ours did, so we were able to wait and relax. There are no fixed times when the plane leaves, as they try to fill it up with people flying to nearby resorts. We got lucky and after 30 minutes our plane left. Taking off on water instead of a runway is quite a experience, but it was quite smooth. The plane is very small (no a/c !)and fits max. 20 people, we had 8 people on board. The view on the flight was stunning, i just looked out of the window and was: wow. The plane dropped the other people at 2 other islands first, so we got to experience a few landings and take offs... Finally i was able to see our island and we circled it once, so we should land in front of the jetty.
Hotel staff was waiting for us with fresh drinks, cold towels right when we got of the plane. The manager himself came to say hi, as well as the food and beverage manager, that i arranged all our food with. They gave us a quick tour of the island with a golf buggy and dropped us at our villa. I requested the last one on the uneven side, as thats were the reef is and the boat traffic to and from the island was in front of the villas at the other side. The villa itself is very large, huge bathroom, walk in closet, apple tv... really had everything we could have asked for. On the porch we had our infinity pool, tables, sunloungers, it was just heaven.
The food and beverage manager asked me for a short meeting with him and the cook, so we can discuss the kosher food. They took me to the freezer, were they showed me all food, that arrived. They were really very nice about it, they told me, i could have the food delivered whenever i want, to whatever restaurant i want. I just have to call them 30 minutes before... The cook also gave me 2 picnic sets of dishes so that i can eat from real plates,fork... I toiveled them in the ocean and took them to our villa after every meal, to wash them... By now it was late afternoon and we took a stroll around the entire island. It took almost 10 minutes to reach the island from our villa, walking down the long bridge, that connects the watervillas, we could have ordered a buggy, but we wanted to see everything.
Every employee we saw, greeted and smiled at us. On the main island, there is a pool, bar and the beachvillas. The pool is very nice and has a stunning view, but why go there, if you have the same on your porch... The beach villas are spread out and have 2 floors. The top floor is the bedroom and the bottom has the sitting area and pool. They were all hidden behind some lush trees... On halaveli the villas on the beach are more expensive, as they are bigger, but i dont know why someone would want to stay there. We completed the walk around within 15 minutes and didnt see a soul. We really had the feeling we had the island to ourself. At the end they have a presidential villa (roger federer was there a few weeks before us) its huge and has a big pool.
We sat down on one of the huge beanbags that are spread around the island and a waiter came running right away offering us a drink. He recommended as fresh coconut and we agreed. In front of our eyes he climbed on a palm tree and got us 2 coconuts, that he prepared. Thats what i call service! They also briefed the entire staff about kosher, as the waiter asked, if we are allowed to drink this. We asked how he knew, we keep kosher and he told us that the entire staff got a briefing about us, before we arrived and was explained, what kosher is. Wow! Dinner time was approaching and i asked the f'b manager to serve us dinner at the overwater restaurant and set what menu i wanted. The restaurant was very nice and they had lights shining at the water, that attracted alot of fish. Quite a nice place to eat. The food was delicious, we had a beef soup, honey mustard chicken, rolls and ices for desert. Being 1000 of miles from the next kosher place, ^the arranged kosher food was really a treat.
The next day they delivered us breakfast to our room, at the exact time, as we ordered the night before. They even added a fruit plate and some fresh orange juice. We had danishes, rolls, croissants, milk, cereal, lox... we ate our australian breakfast on the porch to a stunning view....

I will write the next few days in brief, as there is not so much to write about, as the maldives is more about chilling out and not doing things....

- We had every supper at the beach restaurant, food was delicious and we sat right next to the waters edge. torches, sand and the sound of the waves
- We did one snorkeling trip, they took us by boat to a reef and we swam for about 45 minutes. We saw turtles, sharks and 100s of fish I cant even describe...worth every penny... I dont think diving would have been necessary, as the water is so clear and we could see all from the top. We were allowed to keep our snorkeling gear for our entire stay and used it quite often in the water in front of our villa
- Shabbes was the most relaxing ever, we ate our meals on the porch. friday night the hotel warmed it up for us, we took along Chale,kigel,gefilte fish and Thomy from home and with the catered food were not lacking anything. Shabbes lunch I could not ask the hotel to warm up any food, so we just had chale, gefilte fish and coldcuts with some ice cream for desert... I always wear a white shirt and dress pants on shabbes, no matter were I am, so the people gave us quite a look when we went for a walk after the meal
- We had a massage in the spa. It was not cheap, but quite the experience. It was in a overwater spa villa and you look down through a hole in the floor and see the fish swimming underneath and hear the waves. I slept most of it, it was so calm and relaxing :-)
- We had alot of drinks while there and the staff was great. They made us a new drink every time, made up cocktails, that were not even on the menu and really put so much effort into all. We spoke to them alot, they all had a story to tell, are away from their family for a long time to make a couple of 100 Dollars a month, but the honest smile and effort, wow. We have never seen such good service.

 
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: momo on May 16, 2012, 11:50:46 AM
Sounds amazing! Great report. Thanks
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: chuchem on May 16, 2012, 11:54:33 AM
time passed very fast and the day before departure arrived. The hotel told us, that the seaplane would leave at 07:30, as our plane left male by 10:00. At least we would get to see a sunrise, as we never got up for one, way to early. We packed all the extra food for Dubai and tipped the staff...Our left over ice cream is probably still there- AJK go look for it! The hotel served us breakfast at 06:30, eating it on our porch with the most amazing sunrise, I could cry, that we had to leave. Our favorite waiter got up early after a late night, just to say goodbye to us, even through his shift only started at 11:00... They drove us with a boat out to a jetty in middle of the ocean, as they didnt want the seaplane to wake up the guests early in the morning. The ride was very smooth and we picked up some other people at 2 resorts. Check in in Male was very easy. emirates uses a contract lounge in male airport... The lounge was disgusting, toilets were worse them in Yeshive, really not a fun place to spend time.
We were only 10 people in business class and the kosher breakfast was very good. The seat was not much worse then first and good enough for a 4 hour flight to Dubai. On the plane they gave out a fast pass for immigration and we cleared it within a few minutes of landing... Emirates offers all business and first class passengers a limo ride, but as a Hyatt diamond staying in a suite the Hyatt did as well. I used the Hyatt driver, as he would know the way 100% There are 3 hyatts and we stayed at the grand hyatt. rate was about 130 dollars a night and I used a suite certificate to upgrade. A nice mercedes S Class took us to our hotel and check in was very easy and no hassle. Room was very nice, but after coming from the maldives i wasnt that easy impressed. nice size living and bedroom. I booked a desert safari for that night, as I read its a must do. Since my wife was pregnant at the time we had to skip the jeeping. The tour was quite costly and nothing special, we stopped at a desert camp for a hour, but as I didnt enjoy the belly dancing and could not have supper, it was quite boring... all in all a waste of time and money
The next day we got up early, checked out, gave our luggage for safe keeping and went to the mall of the emirates,.Its a big shopping center with a indoor skiing center. outside its about 100 and inside I went skiing by 25 degrees. The skiing incl gear (gloves, ski, boots, snowsuit) was 30 Dollars for 2 hours. They have 3 lifts, a mountain restaurant and did the place very nicely. As you can imagine the skiing wasnt amazing, but once I was there I had to try it. My wife went shopping during this time, so its perfect for sholem bayis, husband skiing, wife shopping. My wife found some shmonzes, they had a very big selection, but prices were not very cheap. We then took a cab to the Dubai Atlantis hotel at the end of the palm. They build the exact same one, as in the Bahams with a huge aquarium. They dont let any outside guests in the hotel, unless you are staying there, so we only took a quick tour of the aquarium, nice, but nothing special. After a hour, we took a cab to the Dubai mall. This mall is huge and has every brand name shop one can ask for, it also has a huge aquarium, a indoor ice skating ring and close to 1000 shops. I never walked so much in my life. Outside of the mall they have a water fountain show right next to the burj khalifa. We sat on a porch of a restaurant and had a drink while watching the show. it was nice, but not that impressive.... There is a pass in the mall, that takes you to the elevator for the viewing platform of the Burj
I booked online tickets to go up to the top of the Burj Khalifa, at a certain time. Thats really necessary, as when we went they didnt sell any tickets for that day anymore. Only special tickets for 100 dollars. The wait was about 15 minutes and we got there exactly for sundown, so we saw Dubai by day and night. The view was stunning, unreal what they build from all that oil money... By now it was quite late and we still had one major attraction left. The Burj al arab. This is the only 7 star hotel in the world and is supposed to be stunning. I didnt stay there, as the cheapest room was 1200 dollars. They dont let any outside guests into the hotel and a roadblock checks every car before entering. I reserved, weeks in advance, a table at the bar in 37 floor, like this we were able to get in (thats the only way). They just had a minimum spending of 35 dollars a person, not that bad. We walked around the hotel, before taking the elevator up and it was really nice. alot of gold, marble, very flashy. The bar was full of people and I had to wear a dress shirt to get in. We had some nice drinks and spent the next hour relaxing and observing the guests of the hotel. You could clearly see, this place was not for the "simple" people. We took a taxi back to the hyatt and picked up our luggage. The hyatt drove us to the airport and unfortunately we had to fly austrian airways back. Even 3 hours before departure Swiss or Lufthansa did not open any seats.
The flight with austrians Business was ok, nothing special. Beds did not go flat....

We had a amazing time, it was not cheap, but worth every penny. please feel free to ask, if you have any questions.

Sorry for the delay in posting this, but with AJK there right now, I knew I had to post before he does ;-)

I will try to post some pictures asap
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Post by: Ergel on May 16, 2012, 12:42:07 PM
Awesome report. Nothing like a little kick in the butt to get it out
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Post by: ChAiM'l on May 16, 2012, 01:04:19 PM
Awesome report.

+1. I know where my next big trip is going to be...
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: Yossi. on May 16, 2012, 01:10:51 PM
He recommended as fresh coconut and we agreed. In front of our eyes he climbed on a palm tree and got us 2 coconuts, that he prepared. Thats what i call service!

Best part of the report!!  ;D Amazing!
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: chuchem on May 16, 2012, 02:35:47 PM
Yep, the service and effort of these guys was unreal. They didnt have to do it, but they just wanted to give a great experience... Our favourite waiter even came once to the bar during his break to mix me a drink, that only he could do.

Whenever you go on vacation, you can complain about something small. Here i found the perfect place, not one complain, even if i looked really hard. if i would go again, i would do the same thing over again...
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: Yossi. on May 16, 2012, 02:40:22 PM
Yep, the service and effort of these guys was unreal. They didnt have to do it, but they just wanted to give a great experience... Our favourite waiter even came once to the bar during his break to mix me a drink, that only he could do.

Whenever you go on vacation, you can complain about something small. Here i found the perfect place, not one complain, even if i looked really hard. if i would go again, i would do the same thing over again...
So besides the 3 grands for the hotel, did u spend a lot over there? was everything so expensive?
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: chuchem on May 16, 2012, 02:45:07 PM
food, drinks, spa, seaplane.... it all adds up very fast.
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: Yossi. on May 16, 2012, 02:51:24 PM
food, drinks, spa, seaplane.... it all adds up very fast.

did they propose u any activities? I know u said that u were there to chill on the beach and at the pool but just wondering what there is to do if I am the adventurous type... besides scuba diving...
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Post by: chuchem on May 16, 2012, 02:56:43 PM
(http://img403.imageshack.us/img403/2666/dscn0751aw.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/403/dscn0751aw.jpg/)


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Sunrise morning of departure and seaplane landing to pick us up
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: chuchem on May 16, 2012, 03:01:01 PM
will try to upload some more later....
they had some activities, like fishing, sunset cruise, visiting a local island.... some watersports, but once we got there we just wanted to chill. The place is so relaxing... My wife complained in advance, that she will be board there and took her laptop along to keep herself busy, the laptop stayed in the suitcase the entire trip. she didnt want to use it once... one cant even explain it, since you are stuck on a island and there is nothing to do, no shops or attractions to see, you dont feel like you are missing something and your brain goes on vacation mode. Its the first time we came back and didnt need a vacation from the vacation
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: brytch on May 17, 2012, 04:03:25 AM
Thanks a lot... I'm going in a few weeks (staying at waldorf) and am considering asking them about arranging kosher meals from Australia.. any info you can share? who to speak to in Australia, catering company who delivered to shipping agent.. they ship things in freezers?
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: chuchem on May 17, 2012, 05:08:35 AM
Waldorf is part of the hilton chain and I heard from someone else that he had kosher food as a option at the hilton. my resort got a weekly shipping from australia anyway, so it was easy to arrange...They ship via air in a frozen container. If I had to do my own shipping it would have been much to expensive and clearing customs would have been very hard. Like this my food was just part of the regular delivery. speak to the food and beverage manager of your resort.
the catering that i ordered the food from was kleins in mebourne http://kleinsgourmetfoods.com.au/
The shipping agent of the hotel was also very nice and offered to personally pick up groceries for me from the kosher store, she went out of her way for me, so it really depends who your hotel deals with
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: AJK on May 19, 2012, 09:47:51 PM

Sorry for the delay in posting this, but with AJK there right now, I knew I had to post before he does ;-)


 ;D

The place is simply amazing.
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Post by: sky121 on May 20, 2012, 12:53:35 AM
;D

The place is simply amazing.

Hope you're enjoying!! Post pics!!
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Post by: AJK on May 20, 2012, 08:17:12 AM
Thanks!

I shall, I shall :)
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: Fan of Dan on May 20, 2012, 09:40:27 AM
Thanks!

I shall, I shall :)
please post a report that rivals the one from Chuchem so we can get good perspective!
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: chuchem on May 20, 2012, 11:16:56 AM
How should He do that? Place is heaven...
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: Fan of Dan on May 20, 2012, 01:37:50 PM
How should He do that? Place is heaven...
I did not mean better than yours cause your report is just awesome I was hoping that he can also put out a great report so we can get a good feel for the place.
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: moish on May 20, 2012, 01:47:03 PM
staying at same hotel?
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Post by: ChAiM'l on May 20, 2012, 04:07:49 PM
staying at same hotel?

If I choose the Halaveli, I can stay for 6 nights for essentially the same price as 5.

So, that's what we're going to do.
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: moish on May 21, 2012, 04:53:38 AM
where was that second quote from?
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Post by: aussiebochur on May 21, 2012, 05:28:55 AM
where was that second quote from?
Click on the "Quote from:" and itll take you to the original thread.
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: daganster on July 08, 2012, 01:51:10 PM
Waldorf is part of the hilton chain and I heard from someone else that he had kosher food as a option at the hilton. my resort got a weekly shipping from australia anyway, so it was easy to arrange...They ship via air in a frozen container. If I had to do my own shipping it would have been much to expensive and clearing customs would have been very hard. Like this my food was just part of the regular delivery. speak to the food and beverage manager of your resort.
the catering that i ordered the food from was kleins in mebourne http://kleinsgourmetfoods.com.au/
The shipping agent of the hotel was also very nice and offered to personally pick up groceries for me from the kosher store, she went out of her way for me, so it really depends who your hotel deals with
How much in advance did you order the Kosher food?
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: chuchem on July 08, 2012, 02:23:14 PM
I arranged everything 8 weeks in advance, but made sure the hotel got it only 10 days before. So its not to old and if it wouldnt arrive i would have had time to shlep my own
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: daganster on July 08, 2012, 06:53:41 PM
I arranged everything 8 weeks in advance, but made sure the hotel got it only 10 days before. So its not to old and if it wouldnt arrive i would have had time to shlep my own
Wow! I'm leaving in 2 days...... I hope W+A has kosher food. Any tips? Please let me know anything that's useful I have no time to do any research.
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: Dan on July 08, 2012, 06:54:47 PM
Just bring your own food.
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Post by: damaxer91 on July 08, 2012, 07:00:49 PM
Just bring your own food.

+1. I did it and "survived".

Other idea is to ask them if they have a new grill for you that you can use.

Obviously they can take away the meat if they find it at customs
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: Dan on July 08, 2012, 07:03:47 PM
Obviously they can take away the meat if they find it at customs
Source?

Nothing of the sort written here:
http://www.customs.gov.mv/en/?p=1111
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: damaxer91 on July 08, 2012, 07:07:43 PM
Source?

Nothing of the sort written here:
http://www.customs.gov.mv/en/?p=1111

Our hotel warned us that it could happen, though it was not listed on the customs form
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: Dan on July 08, 2012, 07:09:05 PM
Our hotel warned us that it could happen, though it was not listed on the customs form
Have you ever read/heard of it actually happening though?
Since they x-ray everything you'd think we'd hear of meat confiscations if they were happening.
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: aussiebochur on July 08, 2012, 07:11:13 PM
IIRC, pork is the issue. So perhaps have it labeled.
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: damaxer91 on July 08, 2012, 07:11:31 PM
Have you ever read/heard of it actually happening though?
Since they x-ray everything you'd think we'd hear of meat confiscations if they were happening.

They told me that I should make sure that everything is marked clearly because they tend to think that things like cold cuts can be pork.

But I have not heard of anyone getting meat confiscated. Only grape juice :)
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: AJK on July 08, 2012, 07:11:44 PM
They happen. Oftentimes they'll just confiscate meat because they can't (or dont want to) tell it's NOT pork.

EDIT: Yeah, like said above.
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: daganster on July 08, 2012, 07:16:20 PM
Any suggestions as far as food i.e. what would you guys take? I guess their outlets are 220, so if I bring a sandwich make  or a George Foreman Grill I would need an adapter. Anyone with experience?
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: brytch on July 08, 2012, 07:17:35 PM
Wow! I'm leaving in 2 days...... I hope W+A has kosher food. Any tips? Please let me know anything that's useful I have no time to do any research.

Are you taking seaplane both ways or one?

A little trip which worked for me, pay seaplane going there and boat+domestic transfer for way back. And then if they have a few empty seats on the seaplane that day they'll upgrade you for free (so that they earn at least some of the money...)

When you arrive and go to the seaplane lounge, they'll be free drinks.. fill your tefilin bag with as many cokes as you can.. once you arrive at the resort they'll be costing $6- or so a piece..

Take their complimentary snorkeling trip, and if you love snorkeling consider taking the paying one as well. Both trips can be cancelled on their scheduled day due to rain. be sure to sign up early as they both do fill up.

Give your villa host a nice tip on arrival and ask him to replenish your fruit basket daily and tell him which fruit you like worked like a charm.

If you get desperate for food, ask them to serve you 3-4 left over meals they have frozen for us. They'll be $40 a pop but better than nothing.. I'll try and write a quick trip report now in the other maldives thread... ENJOY!!

KEEP IN MIND: the weather can be cloudy this time of year, just take it easy and you'll have a good time!

I HAD no problems with customs, brought in lots of cold cuts... could be they thought I was muslim because of beard (many ppl told me salaam aleikum)
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: AJK on July 08, 2012, 07:18:24 PM
Any suggestions as far as food i.e. what would you guys take? I guess their outlets are 220, so if I bring a sandwich make  or a George Foreman Grill I would need an adapter. Anyone with experience?

Most hotels have adapters, but I'd bring anyway. Bring a universal one so you don't have problems in lounges either.
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: damaxer91 on July 08, 2012, 07:19:27 PM
When you arrive and go to the seaplane lounge, they'll be free drinks.. fill your tefilin bag with as many cokes as you can.. once you arrive at the resort they'll be costing $6- or so a piece..


Guilty of that as well :)

Also we brought Starbucks Frappuchino's
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: daganster on July 08, 2012, 07:21:38 PM
Are you taking seaplane both ways or one?

A little trip which worked for me, pay seaplane going there and boat+domestic transfer for way back. And then if they have a few empty seats on the seaplane that day they'll upgrade you for free (so that they earn at least some of the money...)

When you arrive and go to the seaplane lounge, they'll be free drinks.. fill your tefilin bag with as many cokes as you can.. once you arrive at the resort they'll be costing $6- or so a piece..

Take their complimentary snorkeling trip, and if you love snorkeling consider taking the paying one as well. Both trips can be cancelled on their scheduled day due to rain. be sure to sign up early as they both do fill up.

Give your villa host a nice tip on arrival and ask him to replenish your fruit basket daily and tell him which fruit you like worked like a charm.

If you get desperate for food, ask them to serve you 3-4 left over meals they have frozen for us. They'll be $40 a pop but better than nothing.. I'll try and write a quick trip report now in the other maldives thread... ENJOY!!

KEEP IN MIND: the weather can be cloudy this time of year, just take it easy and you'll have a good time!

I HAD no problems with customs, brought in lots of cold cuts... could be they thought I was muslim because of beard (many ppl told me salaam aleikum)

They have frozen food thats kosher?
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: daganster on July 08, 2012, 07:22:05 PM
Most hotels have adapters, but I'd bring anyway. Bring a universal one so you don't have problems in lounges either.
Where do I get one of those?
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: AJK on July 08, 2012, 07:22:37 PM
He probably means HIS meals leftover.

Any electronics store, Radioshack?
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: daganster on July 08, 2012, 07:24:05 PM
Are you taking seaplane both ways or one?

A little trip which worked for me, pay seaplane going there and boat+domestic transfer for way back. And then if they have a few empty seats on the seaplane that day they'll upgrade you for free (so that they earn at least some of the money...)

What's the price difference?
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: brytch on July 08, 2012, 07:35:21 PM
What's the price difference?

for two people you can save about $300 if..
Round trip Seaplane 785
round trip Domestic 477

prices include taxes....

I can't guarantee you'll be upgraded as the return might be full, but if you don't mind taking the domestic route, then save the money and hopefully you'll be upgraded..
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: daganster on July 08, 2012, 07:40:27 PM
for two people you can save about $300 if..
Round trip Seaplane 785
round trip Domestic 477

prices include taxes....

I can't guarantee you'll be upgraded as the return might be full, but if you don't mind taking the domestic route, then save the money and hopefully you'll be upgraded..
The Hilton rep told me that the seaplane is $75 ow, guess she doesn't have a clue.I'll take your advise. I'm up for some adventures...
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: moish on July 09, 2012, 01:25:24 AM
Most hotels have adapters, but I'd bring anyway. Bring a universal one so you don't have problems in lounges either.
unless the grill says 110-240, you need a converter i think
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: daganster on July 09, 2012, 01:34:02 AM
I just got word from the hotel. domestic flight combine with speed boat transfer at the rate of USD 477 per person for round trip.  Total for 2 person USD 954.
I need to choose btw 1 of these 2 packages maybe I could get some input from you guys:

VIP Package 1: (for HHonors Diamond VIP Members)
Daily breakfast for member and one guest
One bottle of wine
Complimentary daily access to the Spa Hydrotherapy Facilities
Fruit basket upon arrival (regular replenishment for subsequent days)


VIP Package 2: (for HHonors Diamond VIP Members)
Daily Complimentary Happy Hours (selected choice of beverages)
One bottle of wine
One half-day excursion for member and one guest
Deluxe fruit basket upon arrival (regular replenishment for subsequent days)

If your planning on visiting this resort I suggest that you get married before you come; if it's your honeymoon, and you have a marriage certificate this is what you get:

1.      Fruit Basket & 1 bottle of Champagne in the villa upon arrival

2.      One half-day excursion for the couple on selected excursions

3.      USD $200.00 Spa credit per couple per stay to be used for the Spa treatment of the guests’ choice

4.   Romantic turn down with Champagne and Chocolates on the night prior to departure.

Its actually looking better than I thought.... ( Besides that expensive boat ride)
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: brytch on July 09, 2012, 01:47:05 AM
Choose package two, the daily free cocktails are great.. you can order as many drinks as you want between 6-7 pm... some cost as much as $20 a drink...

Also includes non alcoholic...
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: daganster on July 09, 2012, 07:08:49 AM
Choose package two, the daily free cocktails are great.. you can order as many drinks as you want between 6-7 pm... some cost as much as $20 a drink...

Also includes non alcoholic...
How do you know that they're unlimited?
Title: Re: maldives and dubai
Post by: AJK on July 09, 2012, 12:27:08 PM
How do you know that they're unlimited?

Probably because he just got back ;P