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TravelZoo is currently offering a very, very good deal – the chance to bag a week (with breakfast, dinner, + other perks) in an overwater villa in the Maldives for just ~£1,550 ($1995). That’s the price for two people – not per person!
“An overwater bungalow in the Maldives commonly tops bucket lists, and for good reason: a private villa all to yourself, endless views over tranquil turquiose water, and access to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches typically come with an outrageous pricetag.
But we’ve negotiated $5000 savings on just that experience at a 5-star resort, and topped it off with extra perks, like lunch at the resort’s signature underwater restaurant. This refundable offer is good for travel through October 2022, so you can snag the savings now, and decide when to update that list later.”
The hotel, ‘You & Me Maldives’ looks genuinely stunning and gets excellent reviews.
Two people stay 7 nights, any time through October 2022:
- Overwater Manta Villa with sunrise views $1,995
- Overwater Dolphin Villa with Pool, a larger villa with private pool and sunset views $2,450
- Beach Suite with Pool, an even larger suite with private beach and sea views: $2,450
- All stays come with Travelzoo member perks:
- Daily breakfast at The Sand
- Nightly dinner at your choice of three restaurants
- One lunch at H20, the resort’s “magical” underwater restaurant (The Telegraph)
- A 60-minute spa treatment per person (valid for stays in 2020 only)
- Extra-night vouchers start from $285 and include breakfast and dinner
- Resort taxes and fees (normally 24% on top of the daily rate) are included
- Price is for two guests (not per person)
- Not available on: Dec. 26, 2020 – Jan. 6, 2021; Dec. 26, 2021 – Jan. 6, 2022
- Surcharges: $150 per room, per night applies on Jan. 7 – Feb. 28, 2022; $300 per person dinner supplement applies on Christmas Eve
- Note: Due to local guidelines, some amenities and services may be limited or closed during your visit.
What’s the catch?
Apart from the ubiquitous ‘transfer fees’ common to many remote hotels in the Maldives, there isn’t one.
The transfer options are as follows:
“Transfers to the Resort: Roundtrip transfers between the international airport and the resort are required, and can be scheduled directly with the resort. Daytime transfers between 6am and 3.30pm will be via seaplane; transfers outside of that time will be by domestic flight and speedboat. Roundtrip seaplane transfers are an additional $320 per adult until Dec. 26, 2020 and $420 in 2021-2022. Roundtrip domestic airport transfers and speedboat transfer are an additional $300 per adult until Dec. 26, 2020 and $370 per adult in 2021-2022.”
Even once you factor in the transfer costs, you’re looking at about £2,000 in total for two people (plus whatever your flights to the Maldives cost), which is possibly the best Maldives deal I’ve ever seen. Not least because it includes breakfast and dinner, which can be ruinously expensive at luxury Maldives hotels.
The fact you can book dates through to October 2022, and get a full refund if you need to cancel, is remarkable.
Anyone else tempted?