Amazing all-inclusive Maldives from £994pp
The Maldives is traditionally one of the most expensive places to visit, but in the current situation, there are some fantastic deals for travel up to 2021. The deals are also changeable, so it’s a great chance to snap up a good deal.
The deal is available on two different hotel sale sites and it depends on what you personal requirements are as to which suits you better. If you are looking for flights to go with it in business class, Qatar Airways normally has ex EU flights from around £1450. Currently, the cheapest option looks like ex Rome for around £1580 from January onwards, but I would not rush to book yet.
The hotel is the 4*Mercure Maldives Kooddoo Resort. The reviews on TripAdvisor are reassuringly good. The hotel is set along a private beach on an island in the Gaafu Alifu Atoll and the resort is less than a kilometer from Kooddoo Airport (a 65-minute flight from Malé International Airport). Villas have minibars, Wi-Fi, and tea and coffeemakers, plus outdoor tubs and showers. Upgraded villas add private pools. There are 2 airy restaurants, including an over-water eatery, as well as an outdoor pool, tennis and a gym. Diving, jet skiing and boating are offered for a fee.
Here are the two offers:
Luxury Escapes is similar to Secret Escapes in that you have to sign up for the emails to be able to buy an offer. They have offers that are for a limited period of time. However, unlike the other similar sites, they tend to be for a longer stay. The offer is for travel until 23 December 2021.
The offer includes:
- Inclusions valid for two adults
- Unlimited all-inclusive dining with daily breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea across three venues
- Free-flow drinks, including spirits, fine and sparkling wine, beer, handcrafted cocktails and all soft drinks from milkshakes and smoothies to barista coffee and specialty teas from 10.30am to 11pm daily.
- In-villa minibar filled with soft drinks, juices, beer and selected snacks
- return domestic flights from Malè Airport, complimentary airport lounge service — including a private escort to the Moonimaa Lounge
- complimentary non-motorised watersport equipment
- one-time upgraded two-course à la carte dinner at Vistas Gastro Bar.
Prices start from £2249 per villa for the Beach villa or £2849 for the overwater Sunset Pool Villa shown above both for 5 nights. If you don’t want to book specific dates, you can just buy a voucher now and use it for stays until 23 December 2021 subject to availability of course.
If you book specific dates you can make one change to the date of your booking provided the change is made no less than three days before the start of your original booking date and provided you choose dates which are of an equal value and are available.
If you book using this link you will get £25 off your first purchase with Luxury Escapes.
Voyage Prive is a little cheaper and has the option of the Beach pool villa for 5 or 7 nights. It does not mention the upgraded dinner at Vistas but this could be a standard part of the package anyway. Domestic transfers are also included. The prices start from £1998 per villa or £994 per person for the Beach Villa for 5 nights. The Beach Pool villa starts from £2366 per villa or £1183 per person for 5 nights.
They also offer
- One 30-minute spa treatment per person per stay (minimum 7-night stay)
- Two 30-minute spa treatments per person per stay (minimum 14-night stay)
- Exclusive Dolphin Cruise Excursion included (minimum 9-night stay for Water Villa only)
The other advantage is that they offer a refund in the form of a voucher.
On all offers without transport (bookings without flights), you can cancel your reservation without specific justification up to 48 hours before your departure. The Flex option by Voyage Privé allows you to obtain reimbursement of the amounts paid in the form of a purchase voucher minus the processing costs. (£35 for a reservation of less than £700 and £65 for a reservation of £700 or more).
A voucher will be immediately credited to your member account and will be valid on all the offers available on the Voyage Privé site for two years from the date of cancellation of your stay. This is not refundable at maturity.
11% off Hotels.com
Hotels.com often do vouchers for up to 8% off but the current deal for 11% on Topcashback is the best that I have seen for a while.
TopCashback is very simple to use. Once you have joined, you simply go to the TopCashback site before you buy anything on the internet. If the website you are planning on buying through is listed, just click through from TopCashback and buy as usual. You will then get an email within a few hours showing that you have earned new cashback. It can take a while before the money can be withdrawn from your account. This is particularly true for hotel bookings, as you generally don’t get the cashback until after your stay. Once you can withdraw, you can either get cash via your bank account, gift vouchers or change them into Avios. At present, there is a 5% bonus on Avios but often there is a 25% bonus offer.
This offer is for only for 2021 bookings but as far as I can see it does not preclude collecting Reward Nights. Cashback will be credited only for completed stays, so you will have to wait a while to get your 11% off!