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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 (SQ) -- East Coast: (Including 15% off booking online) 46,750/91,375/116,875; West Coast: 89,250/144,500/229,500
JFK-DXB-MLE (EK) -- 42.5/82.5/150 AS
JFK-IST-MLE (TK) -- 42.5/70/90 UA (United routing allows a stopover in TLV)
JFK-VIE-MLE (OS) -- 42.5/80 UA
JFK-LGW-MLE (BA) -- 45/90/135 BA
JFK-ICN-CMB-MLE (KE) -- 60/107.5/137.5 KE
JFK-HKG-MLE (CX) -- 57.5/85/112.5 AA
JFK-HKG-MLE (CX) -- 50/70 AS
TLV-IST-MLE (TK)-- 20/35 UA
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Conrad Upgrades:

Upgrade from King Beach Villa to King Water Villa US$ 200 + 10% service charge + 12% T GST per night.
Upgrade from King Beach Villa to King Deluxe Beach Villa US$ 210+ 10% service charge + 12% T GST per night.
Upgrade from King Beach Villa to King Superior Water  Villa US$ 250 + 10% service charge + 12% T GST per night.
Upgrade from King Beach Villa to King Retreat Water Villa US$ 400 + 10% service charge + 12% T GST per night.
Upgrade from King Beach Villa to King Deluxe Water Villa US$ 480 + 10% service charge + 12% T GST per night.
Upgrade from King Beach Villa to Family Water Villa US$ 720 + 10% service charge + 12% T GST per night. ( 2 bedrooms)

Airport transfer fee: $560 including tax

PH Upgrades:

Upgrade from Park Villa to Park Pool Villa $USD 252.56++ per villa per night
Upgrade from Park Villa to Park Water Villa $USD 405++ per villa per night ( Villa Number 38-44)
Upgrade from Park Villa to Park Water Sunset Villa $USD 610++ per villa per night ( Villa number 45-51)

Airport transfer fee: $520 RT per person

SR:
Airport transfer fee: $665 RT per person
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Author Topic: Maldives Master Thread  (Read 555129 times)

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Re: Maldives Master Thread
« Reply #4140 on: July 25, 2018, 03:58:55 PM »
Correct
Doesn't sound very appealing...makes the ME3 and TK more appealing options, at least for the outbound from the US.

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Re: Maldives Master Thread
« Reply #4141 on: July 25, 2018, 04:12:05 PM »
Doesn't sound very appealing...makes the ME3 and TK more appealing options, at least for the outbound from the US.
All TK itineraries I found had connections that were ~12 hours and overnight
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Re: Maldives Master Thread
« Reply #4142 on: July 25, 2018, 04:26:41 PM »
All TK itineraries I found had connections that were ~12 hours and overnight

We did a stopover in Europe for a few days, then continued on to MLE vie IST.  Shorter stopover, flight worked out really well and the lounge in IST is impressive...

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Re: Maldives Master Thread
« Reply #4143 on: July 25, 2018, 07:35:11 PM »
We did a stopover in Europe for a few days, then continued on to MLE vie IST.  Shorter stopover, flight worked out really well and the lounge in IST is impressive...
All TK itineraries I found had connections that were ~12 hours and overnight

I would rather have a long-ish layover in IST (or DXB or DOH) than an overnight in MLE.

The TK itineraries look pretty good to me. Coming from Boston:
BOS-IST-MLE
Depart BOS 11:30pm.
Arrive IST 4:30pm.
Layover IST 10 hours (Enjoy the TK Lounge...maybe long enough for a tour of IST?)
Depart IST 1:55am
Arrive MLE 11:30am.

Seems that arriving MLE in the morning would be ideal.
The ME3 have similar arrival times; QR and EK have Boston departures (not a huge deal but a nice perk).

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Re: Maldives Master Thread
« Reply #4144 on: July 29, 2018, 02:26:20 PM »
So thanks to Dan's post last week - I have the following itinerary on hold for April 2019 (all legs are in I):

EWR to SIN Sunday Morning 10:45 Arriving 5:30 Monday.
SIN to MLE Tuesday Morning 11:00 Arriving 12:35.

I have a Water Villa at the Conrad for 95,000 points each night for 2 nights.

MLE to SIN 11:25 Thursday night arriving Friday morning at 7:10.
SIN to EWR Monday night 11:35 and arriving back at EWR 6:00 on Tuesday morning.

A few questions -
1. Is April a good time to go?
2. Is the Conrad a good place to stay - considering that the snorkeling is on the other island? Any other pros or cons?
3. Is there a major difference between the standard water villa and the premium ones (i think denverite and barry lincoln mentioned they were in premium villas). Is size different? Sunset views? If yes, what can i do to get an upgrade?
4. Are there any activities in the Maldives other than swimming / snorkeling / relaxing? (asking just to understand if there is any difference between the various hotel options in regards to this).
5. How much are the RT seaplanes to the hilton? (It seems that boats are not an option to the hilton)
6. Seems like I will have to layover in MLE from around 6:00 till 11:25. Any way around this?
7. Is MLE safe (both in the airport and to take a tour during my layover)?

I think i left enough questions for now:) Thanks in advance for all your help.

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Re: Maldives Master Thread
« Reply #4145 on: July 29, 2018, 02:42:29 PM »
So thanks to Dan's post last week - I have the following itinerary on hold for April 2019 (all legs are in I):

EWR to SIN Sunday Morning 10:45 Arriving 5:30 Monday.
SIN to MLE Tuesday Morning 11:00 Arriving 12:35.

I have a Water Villa at the Conrad for 95,000 points each night for 2 nights.

MLE to SIN 11:25 Thursday night arriving Friday morning at 7:10.
SIN to EWR Monday night 11:35 and arriving back at EWR 6:00 on Tuesday morning.

A few questions -
1. Is April a good time to go?
2. Is the Conrad a good place to stay - considering that the snorkeling is on the other island? Any other pros or cons?
3. Is there a major difference between the standard water villa and the premium ones (i think denverite and barry lincoln mentioned they were in premium villas). Is size different? Sunset views? If yes, what can i do to get an upgrade?
4. Are there any activities in the Maldives other than swimming / snorkeling / relaxing? (asking just to understand if there is any difference between the various hotel options in regards to this).
5. How much are the RT seaplanes to the hilton? (It seems that boats are not an option to the hilton)
6. Seems like I will have to layover in MLE from around 6:00 till 11:25. Any way around this?
7. Is MLE safe (both in the airport and to take a tour during my layover)?

I think i left enough questions for now:) Thanks in advance for all your help.

before answering your questions, am I reading this correctly, all that travel and only staying two nights?

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Re: Maldives Master Thread
« Reply #4146 on: July 29, 2018, 03:52:57 PM »
Will be in Singapore for shabbos - so that's part of the trip. following Dan's first trip to the Maldives. As per advice of friend's - 3 days and 2 nights is more than enough.

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Re: Maldives Master Thread
« Reply #4147 on: July 29, 2018, 06:35:30 PM »
Hesitant to pull the trigger on the SRM due to the 665 p/p sea plane fee. When only going for 5 nights it is an extra charge of of ~$270 per night. Are the Maldives worth that premium vs other locations with OWV that may be more accessible?

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Re: Maldives Master Thread
« Reply #4148 on: July 29, 2018, 06:49:48 PM »
Hesitant to pull the trigger on the SRM due to the 665 p/p sea plane fee. When only going for 5 nights it is an extra charge of of ~$270 per night. Are the Maldives worth that premium vs other locations with OWV that may be more accessible?

Short answer: YES! Also, what other more accessible locations? BOB requires a $500 plane fee too.

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Re: Maldives Master Thread
« Reply #4149 on: July 29, 2018, 09:35:34 PM »
Also, what other more accessible locations? BOB requires a $500 plane fee too.
Jamaica..  not cheap though

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Re: Maldives Master Thread
« Reply #4150 on: July 29, 2018, 09:58:38 PM »
Sheraton MLE.
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Re: Maldives Master Thread
« Reply #4151 on: July 30, 2018, 07:39:16 PM »
Sheraton MLE.

I don't think Sheraton MLE is as all comparable to the St. Regis or Conrad.  May as well go to Hawaii.

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Re: Maldives Master Thread
« Reply #4152 on: July 30, 2018, 07:45:06 PM »
Or you have the Holiday Inn MLE.

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Re: Maldives Master Thread
« Reply #4153 on: July 30, 2018, 08:11:25 PM »
Hesitant to pull the trigger on the SRM due to the 665 p/p sea plane fee. When only going for 5 nights it is an extra charge of of ~$270 per night. Are the Maldives worth that premium vs other locations with OWV that may be more accessible?
You will kick yourself a lot more for going to the Maldives and staying at the Sheraton or not going at all.
I can emphasize with you since I hate to waste money and pay out of pocket but this is the one time you should close your eyes, bite the bullet, pay and then forget about it completely, open your eyes and revel in your vacation on an earth-side paradise.

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Re: Maldives Master Thread
« Reply #4154 on: July 31, 2018, 09:44:51 PM »
You will kick yourself a lot more for going to the Maldives and staying at the Sheraton or not going at all.
I can emphasize with you since I hate to waste money and pay out of pocket but this is the one time you should close your eyes, bite the bullet, pay and then forget about it completely, open your eyes and revel in your vacation on an earth-side paradise.

+1 Worth every penny and a totally unique experience.