Where to stay in Maldives? — 8 best budget & best affordable Maldives resorts you should stay
You may see a list of Maldives resorts here(or here). The listed prices of resorts typically do not include taxes or fees (11 percent tax and 12 percent service charge, $6/day environmental fee) for the peak tourist season; however, during the low season (April to September), you will find more good deals and much lower prices, including speedboat transfer service (atoll transfer service). Room rates may fluctuate from time to time and are subject to the resort’s policies. So, how do you select a Maldives resort, where to stay in the Maldives, and which resort to stay at? To find out the answer, have a look at our recommended best places to stay in the Maldives on a budget, including top budget resorts in the Maldives and the most inexpensive Maldives resorts.
A typical accommodation at a Maldives resort will have available products and amenities such as: digital electronic safe box, two bottled water, tea and coffee, kettle; bathroom supplies: soap and shampoo, dryer, towel; umbrellas, and two sets of life jackets. If you wish to utilize the diving suits, you must contact the receptionist to rent them because the room furnishings is quite limited.
How to choose Maldives resort? Some criteria to find and choose a beautiful and affordable resort
- The resort must have a beautiful and unique design floating villa system (also called water villa). Seen from above the resort like an island with a villa system jutting out into the middle of the sea creates a very majestic and stunning image.
- The resort must have long, fine sandy beaches, blue clear water beaches, especially the beauty of the resort not only created by the Water Villa system, but also envisioned as a giant sandbank as a characteristic of Maldives paradise.
- Resort must have good service quality, with good, very good, excellent, superd or exceptional reviews and ratings, affordable transfer service fee from the airport, rich flora and fauna systems and have various tours and activities.
However, the top priority factor is still the beauty of the resort, and as for the quality of service, you can rest certain that when you go to the Maldives, whether you stay in a modest hotel or a five-star hotel, they will treat you just as well. I’ll categorize resorts by distance from Malé’s capital, because the distance affects the cost of going to the resort, and a section for extremely high-end resorts because once you’ve decided on a premium resort for your holiday, the transportation service charge is no longer an issue for you.
Best budget resorts in Maldives: The resorts near Male capital city
This is an excellent choice since the pricing is reasonable ($150-200/night), and the cost of transportation from the airport to the resort is reasonable ($100-150/person). The disadvantage of these resorts is that they are not particularly attractive. There are also several magnificent resorts in Male city, although the prices are exorbitant (about $500/night or more).
Here are some of the most cheap Maldives resorts and travel expenses (the price listed here is not at the peak time, in the peak season from December onwards, the price is very high).
Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa
The Sheraton Resort in the Maldives adheres to the style of this 5-star hotel chain globally, which is created with a blend of history and contemporary. From above, the resort seems like a huge guitar, like beautiful sounds that travel deep into the soul through natural landscapes and lush gardens, on this private island named Furanafushi. The Sheraton is finer than other resorts like Bandos or Kurumba, but it appears to be weaker in terms of the richness of coral reefs around the island.
The island also has a range of restaurants with a diversity of culinary tastes, as well as various playing spaces for those who enjoy sports. In addition, there are 7 eating options, a swimming pool, and an outdoor yoga session with complimentary beverages at the fitness facility. There are also water sports activities and a diving center. Island services and excursions charge exorbitant entry prices in exchange for equipment like as snorkeling gear, paddles, and kayaks, which are all provided for free.
Cheapest room rates: $366/night; speedboat transfer price: $ 136/person/round trip.
Room type: 5; total rooms: 176; distance to Male: 7 km
Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi
If I am not enticed by the Olhuveli resort, this is the resort I intend to book for my first Maldives trip because it meets the requirements for hotel rates, travel costs, and a lovely Water Villa range. This is a resort located 30 minutes by speedboat north of Male’s city.
Adaaran has everything you need for a wonderful holiday, including an Ocean Villa accommodation, an outdoor pool, a private beach, and a tennis court. The resort consists of a huge main island and two tiny islands that resemble two magnificent sandbanks with exquisite white sandy beaches and a long stretch of houses extending out straight into the sea. The flora is also quite diversified, with beautiful green palm trees coexisting with a variety of tropical plants and animals, as well as a rich flora. But the most notable feature of Adaaran is surfing, which is highly popular with visitors and has a good rating on booking services.
I strongly advise you to put this resort #1 among the finest value resorts in the Maldives (best place to stay in maldives on a budget, where to stay in maldives which island is best). It is a resort featuring landscape as well as sea villas that are as well-built as other luxury resorts. These houses stretch all the way to the sea, with interiors built of wood and leaf roofs on the exterior, providing a sense of richness and coolness. One downside of this resort is the lack of excellent coral reefs nearby for people who enjoy snorkeling and observing coral.
Note: Some reviewers say that the room’s interior is rather outdated, so if you want anything, don’t be afraid to ask the resort to give it. Because the coral here is extremely sharp, you should wear beach shoes (water shoes) to avoid getting wounded when treading on it. Also, keep in mind that you will have to pay to use the internet in this location.
The cheapest room rate (garden room): $172/night; speedboat transfer price: $135/person/round trip.
Room type: 3; number of rooms: 178; distance to Male: 19km
Bandos Island Resort & Spa
Bandos is a well-known resort that has been picked by many visitors and backpackers since it has the greatest inexpensive accommodation prices as well as being simple to access (low speedboat charge), and the service style is also highly regarded. When I wanted to reserve a room here, the resort virtually didn’t have any open rooms, and it was quite hot.
Bandos does not have a Water Villa area like other resorts, but it does have an excellent lush vegetation eco system that is suitable for snorkeling, pearl white sand beaches blend with the turquoise of the sea water makes us feel like we are at the intersection of heaven and earth, peace and tranquillity. The vast coral reefs that surround the resort will provide you with a memorable experience when you participate in scuba diving activities here.
A minor note for those who reserved a Beach Villa: the windows must constantly be covered with shades because the room is constructed without privacy, thus the activities in the room are easily visible in the pictures of other visitors moving on the adjacent jetty.