OFFERS: Maldives hotel offer with free-flow champagne!, Barclaycard Avios sign up bonus and IHG sale

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Maldives hotel offer – Five-Star Private Island Villas with Daily Gourmet Dining, Nightly Free-Flow Drinks, Roundtrip Domestic Flights & Speedboat Transfers

The Maldives is pricey at the best of times and since Covid prices have risen back to normal levels. However, there is a reasonable deal available  at Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa, which gets great reviews so far with 4.5/5 on TripAdvisor.

The deal is available on Luxury Escapes which I have used a couple of times personally. They are a hotel sales website which you have to sign up for an account but it’s free to join. 

The offer has quite a few extras on the basic package which are well worth having as you are a captive audience in the Maldives so it’s best to get meals included. Or there is also an inclusive deal too. I compared some random dates on the hotel’s website which has 35% off. The price was £100 more per night and only included breakfast with none of the other extras, so it’s a good deal. This is obviously date dependent so it’s worth double-checking the saving on the dates you are interested in. Luxury Escapes estimate it at a 40% discount. 

The cheapest option is £2,299 for 5 nights per Sunset Beach villa but longer stays are available. It includes:

  • Roundtrip domestic flights and speedboat transfers between Malé and the resort
  • Daily buffet breakfast at Matheefaru Main Restaurant
  • Nightly buffet dinner at Matheefaru Main Restaurant or US$75 food credit per person to use at the three other speciality restaurants
  • Nightly free-flow house wine, beer and soft drinks between 5pm and 6pm at Meeru Bar
  • Inclusions valid for up to two guests

If you want an all-inclusive option there is one priced at £3,499 per Sunset Beach Villa for 5 nights with longer stays available. It includes:

  • Unlimited daily free-flow drinks: choose from Tattinger champagne, 70 types of wine, unlimited premium alcoholic drinks, cocktails and mocktails, fresh juices, water, soft drinks, tea and coffee in all restaurants and bars
  • Daily buffet breakfast, three-course lunch and three-course dinner across four onsite restaurants
  • Complimentary minibar, replenished daily with wine, beer, snacks and soft drinks
  • Two free excursions per person, per stay
  • Access to the VIP lounge at the airport, plus airport meet-and-greet service
  • Roundtrip domestic flights and speedboat transfers between Malé and the resort
  • Inclusions valid for up to two guests

There are lots of other rooms types available including overwater villas and with private pools. 

The downside is that you can only cancel in the first 7 days after booking, but you can use the book now, choose dates later feature which allows you to travel up to September 2023 without fixing a date when you book. 

You can find out more via Luxury Escapes here. 


Barclaycard Avios sign up bonus up to 50,000 Avios

Barclaycard’s Avios Credit Cards has launched a new offer, probably in response to the improvements to BA’s companion vouchers which allow you to use them for a single person with 50% discount. This makes the BA Amex slightly better than the Barclaycard in terms of the benefits in terms of reducing the number of Avios required. However, if you want a non-Amex personal card that earns Avios, this is a decent option. 

There is a free and paid version with 1 Avios per £1 spent and 1.5 Avios per £1 spent respectively. If you sign up before 18 July you get double the usual bonus meaning 10,000 for the free card when you spend £1000 in the first three months and 50,000 for the paid card for spending £3000 in the first 3 months. An amount not to be sniffed at! But you must be a new Barclaycard customer. 

You can find details of the offer here.


IHG Summer sale

I wrote about the discount available on IHG Points and Cash rewards nights here. Now IHG has launched a summer sale for cash sales as well.

You need to book by 2 August 2022 and stay by 31 January 2023. The offer is for up to 25% off. The downside is that you need a minimum of 3-days advance booking and you have to pay a non-refundable deposit in full at time of booking. Cancellations or changes are also not allowed. The discount is off the Best Flexible Rate so it won’t be 25% off the cheapest rate. It’s worth joining IHG One Rewards as you usually get the full discount of 25%. 

The Promotion is valid at participating InterContinental, Regent, Kimpton, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, voco, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Staybridge Suites  hotels and resorts located in the UK and Europe.

You can find the offer page here. 

1 Comment on "OFFERS: Maldives hotel offer with free-flow champagne!, Barclaycard Avios sign up bonus and IHG sale"

  1. I just received my Barclaycard avios plus a couple of weeks ago. Bad timing

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