Recently I’ve been seeing lots of guides on how to visit the Maldives on a budget. I wish I had been able to see some of the local islands, but ultimately my ‘Maldives Dream’ was to stay in a water villa…not just for a night, but for the whole trip. The majority of ‘budget guides’ seem to be local local local…and then shows what it looked like in their all expenses paid night in a 5* hotel that will be well out of a reasonable budget. I set a budget for my honeymoon that I didn’t want to go over and now I’ll be sharing simple tips that can lower the price, no sponsorship, no airline/hotel points, these can be done by anyone. Believe me, there ARE options for cheap overwater bungalows!!
The Maldives. Paradise right? I mean look at it, it’s PERFECT! But is it really? Don’t get me wrong, the view from the plane window when you descend into Male Airport is like nothing else, hundreds of mini islands dotted randomly about, surrounded by bright blue sea. The islands themselves are like mini tropical jungles with spotless beaches. Staying in a Maldivian Water Bungalow with a ladder directly into the ocean, had been on my bucket list for years, it was almost the ultimate travel goal of mine, it didn’t disappoint, although take a look UNDER the sea and it’s a completely different story. It’s far from paradise.
Staying in a Water Bungalow is a once in a life time room upgrade that you can only really warrant spending the money on for a special occasion like a Honeymoon. (I’m talking $300 extra PER NIGHT and that’s for a cheap one). For our Honeymoon we went to a 3 star resort in the Maldives, I’m used to motels, hostels and camping and I didn’t want to feel uncomfortable and out of place in a 5 star resort…plus our budget wouldn’t stretch quite THAT far! Our water bungalow was slightly outdated and basic but it’s ruined my future travels forever…I’ll never be satisfied with a normal hotel room again! Here’s why.