Whenever people talk about the best honeymoon/romantic vacation spots, the Maldives is almost always on that list. I mean check out some of these pictures…can you disagree with them???
Izumi and I recently stayed at the FS Maldives at Kuda Huraa and had an absolute blast! But was it really worth the $1500 a night retail price tag for our overwater bungalow?
Check out our youtube video on the Four Seasons Maldives at Kuda Huraa!
No surprise here, but the FS Maldives is INSANELY expensive. Normally if you go to another country, after the conversion rate, buying food and drinks aren’t that bad. As an example, when you go to another country, it might be 1300 for a beer (or local currency equivalent to $13). BUT after you do the conversion, it might actually only equate to $6 USD.
The FS Maldives trades in USD. So a $14 beer was truly a USD $14 beer (more to come later on). So I say that because even though we got a “great bargain on the hotel,” it was still insanely expensive.
I kept checking the Four Seasons website to look for a “4th night free” offer. Eventually I found one for some dates in early September, and Izumi and I booked it. We knew wanted to stay in an over water bungalow, so we got the Sunset Water Villa w/Pool for a whopping $1500 a night (pre discount).
After applying the FS 4th night free coupon, our total rate came to $4500 for 4 nights. In addition to receiving the 4th night free from the Four Seasons, I was able to book the hotel using my Citi Prestige Card. As you guys know, I am a huge fan of this card, as it offers their own 4th night free perk (which can be combined with other hotel offers).
In this case, I received the average nightly rate after the Four Seasons discount applied.
So, my nightly rate after the FS 4th night free was $1125 ($4500/4). Citi gave me a credit back one of the nights after the FS discount, so my new nightly rate was $843 ($3375/4). Still insanely expensive, but a really good deal if you considered the normal room cost is $1500 a night, and we were in an OVER WATER BUNGALOW ON A LITTLE ISLAND IN THE INDIAN OCEAN.
Because we wanted to use AMEx/Chase points to fly in the Singapore Air Suites (which were hilariously awesome…review to come) we flew the long way.
This was our flight path: IAD – JFK. After a 6 hour layover at JFK where we stayed in the Virgin Clubhouse (review to come later), we flew JFK to Frankfurt in the suites. We then had a 3 hour layover in Frankfurt, and then flew Frankfurt to Singapore in the suites. Normally this sounds like a brutal flight schedule, but when your in the suites, life is good 🙂
Singapore Airlines has since created a new Suites class for their Singapore – Sydney route. If you haven’t seen pictures of that, google it right now……literally didn’t know that was possible on an airplane.
Before heading to the Maldives, we spent one night in Singapore (at the FS Singapore) and then took a 4 hour flight on Singapore Airlines affiliate Silk Air to the Maldives (phew, that was a lot!).
Once we got to the Maldives, we were taken into a little room after clearing customs at the Male airport.
After a 20 minute wait, we were taken to the dock to board a FS speed boat to take us to the island.
The boat ride was SUPER choppy and a lady threw up on the boat….but we made it okay!
All in, it took us roughly 28 hours of flight time not including any layovers.
Well you guessed it…AMAZING! At that price point, it better be amazing right?!! Our over water bungalow was flawless.
Just look how they set up the pillows each morning for us.
Check out this view from our window!!!!
Besides the room being amazing, the Four Seasons have literally mastered the whole “move around the resort by golf cart thing.” At many of the properties we visit (Koh Samui, Bali) all you have to do is call the operator and ask for a golf cart. Within minutes, they come, and take you to wherever you want to go.
For being on a little island (and I mean literally you are on an island. If for whatever reason you don’t like the hotel, tough luck, you’re on an island…) the hotel was very clean and well kept.
Just check out the pics…so, so nice.
This is where I was’t expecting much but was completely blown away. Again, each luxury resort in the Maldives has its own island. Meaning, if I wanted to grab food from somewhere outside of the hotel, I would literally have to rent a boat, and go to a different island (not happening). So hotel guests are stuck eating at their own hotel/island.
I initially thought this could be a bad thing, but again, the Four Seasons Maldives nailed it!
Did I mention the breakfast was awesome??? I may or may not have gained some weight…
They have an incredible Indian restaurant called Barabaru. Izumi and I ate there every day it was that good.
They also have an Italian and seafood restaurant. Those were both very good, but the Indian was out of this world good.
Amazing. It’s a big reason for the big price tag right?
I thought it was very interesting that 3 of the managers (including the GM) were Japanese. So imagine Japanese pickiness/cleanliness/standards but for an island in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Pretty special.
Also want to note that we got invited to have a managers dinner with the GM (who is the man). I thought it was going to be some small dinner at one of the restaurants, but when we sat down, we were presented with a HUGE box of FS caviar. Needless to say the dinner was amazing, and I’ll blog about that one in the future.
If you are a beach bum and like doing nothing except eating/drinking/snorkeling/etc. then this will be your favorite hotel in the entire world. Snorkeling and scuba were both fantastic. Beaches were the prettiest I’ve ever been to.
If you get a little stir crazy doing nothing after a few days, I might check out some other places before coming here (given the price point).
One Tip: The overwater bungalow was amazing, and it was a great experience. However, the beach bungalow were literally half the price, and were still amazing.
Each beach bungalow has a little path that leads directly to the beach. There were often times where Izumi and I were the only people on the beach…on a little tiny island in the middle of the ocean. It was amazing. Next time we go, we will be staying in the beach bungalow as it offers a better value.
So what do you guys think? Ready to start planning your big trip to the Maldives?