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Travelling On a Budget To the Maldives

February 14, 2021

Budget travel is often misunderstood with travelling on a shoestring. Each and everyone’s travel budgets and perception of value for money differ.  Estimate your expenses for accommodation, meals, transport, lifestyle experiences and you will find an ocean of opportunities to experience the Maldives.

For most of us, the Maldives is on our travel bucket list, and with good reason. The beautiful weather, pristine beaches, crystal clear waters and vast marine life appeal to everyone. It is equal parts a romantic and an adventure destination, with much to do on both land and sea. Better yet, Maldives is a WTTC recognized safe destination and here are some tips to help you get to the Maldives without having to spend all your life’s savings.

While spontaneous travel can be fun, it can also be an expensive endeavour. Planning well in advance allows you to figure out what your budget is, and what options are available to you within that budget. In terms of accommodation, the Maldives has a lot to offer ranging from luxury resorts and private islands to more humble and far more affordable resorts.

[Related: Flights to the Maldives – Travelling to paradise »]

 

Planning Accommodation:

Innahura Maldives Resort is one such budget-friendly resort that allows you to enjoy the quintessential Maldives experience without the hefty price tag. While the price might be affordable starting at USD 250 per night on half board, the quality of service and facilities is not compromised. At this 4-Star, all beach bungalow resort, you can enjoy spacious, accommodation with sea views, a stunning restaurant, two bars, a spa, gym and so much more.

On the upper end of value for money spectrum is the epitome of fine living with the Anything. Anytime. Anywhere experience at Kudadoo Private Island By Hurawalhi starting at USD 3000+  per night offering a fully inclusive indulgence with residences and your own private butler.

Your favourite resort may also offer a choice of rooms and villas or great rates for long stays. To max out your planned budget and for a choice of experience, guest can also opt to stay in a combination of beach villa and overwater accommodation to experience the best of both worlds.

[Related: Child-friendly resorts &  Adults-Only options »]

 

Opt for an All-Inclusive package for a peace of mind

A majority of the guest to the Maldives select All-Inclusive dining packages to enjoy themselves within a budget. Knowing your full package cost will ensure the freedom for you to experience a la carte dining and to splurge on activities, excursions and spa to pamper within your speculated budget.

The Crown & Champa Resorts collection offer great value for money on its All-Inclusive and All-inclusive-Plus packages which bundles a great range of dining options, minibar and savings on activities.
Most properties also offer Half Board and Full Board.

[Related: Browse rates and packages online »]

 

Planning Experiences:

Visit the resort’s website and social media pages, and sign up for their newsletters. This gives you a chance to learn about the various things you can do at the resort and how much they cost. Additionally, it helps you know about upcoming events that might be happening during your stay. Plus, by following their social media pages, you can start figuring out where you want to take those no filter Instagram photos once you are on the island or which excursion you can take to swim with turtles.

The Maldives also serves as a great solution for small group travel such as friends, extended family travel and is trending as a cost-effective location for intimate destination weddings.

A lessor considers unique experience is the domestic transfer or the arrival to the island.  Guest can select resorts based on a scenic seaplane transfer or speedboat transfer. The distance to the resort from the International Airport to one’s island will determine the cost of transfers.

Opt for flexibility in reservations

Booking your resort in advance allows you to save more and take advantage of any special offers that are usually designed for Early Birds. These offers are typically listed on the special offers page of a resort website and promoted on the resort’s social media pages.

To mitigate travel uncertainties thrown at the 2021 and 2022 travel planner, properties of Crown & Champa Resorts offer a choice of special offers, flexible cancellation up to 3 days to arrival and ability to rebook and postpone travel.

The collection offers* up to 30% for stays between Feb – Apr 5, 2021, and up to 25% for stays during Apr 6 – Sep 30, 2021. Kagi Maldives Spa Island also has a limited time 40% inauguration offer.

Explore the Crown & Champa Resorts collection and find the perfect fit for you!


* Special offers as at Feb, 2021

See the latest special offers. Book direct »

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Holiday Island Destinations For 2021 In The Maldives

January 3, 2021
Hammock on the beach atKudadoo Maldives

To many, Maldives is a single country and a single destination. Holidaymakers recognize the Maldives as an archipelago or a cluster of islands dotted in the warm waters near the equator in the Indian Ocean, designed for off-grid leisure time – mostly for romance, sun and sand.

All palm fringe island with powder-soft white sandy beaches is equally beautiful yet not alike as one might assume at first glance.

As the leading resort collection in the Maldives with nine private island resorts and a city hotel in the Maldives, each of the Crown & Champa Resorts has their own island and distinct style providing tourists with a choice of properties and islands to choose for beach holidays suited to one’s tastes and purpose of travel.

With a renewed feeling of new normal safety and freedom to travel, more and more guests are enjoying multi-resort stays to boundless experience, activities and ambiences on the different resort islands.

Travel Inspirations: Which Island Is Your Next Holiday Destination?

Kudadoo Maldives Private Island By Hurawalhi
Obtain Peace In Paradise.
It could be the soothing, airy Japanese design, the impossibly serene setting, the intuitive service or a combination of all of these things. Still, a deeply relaxing atmosphere permeates every element of Kudadoo in the Maldives’ Lhaviyani Atoll.
The mantra of the island – Anything. Anytime. Anywhere – augments this sense of peace, allowing guests to while away the hours however they wish, from sampling a bespoke tasting menu to visiting the spa at sunrise.

Starting From USD 3000. AAA Fully Inclusive/Per Double/Per Night
Island Buyouts POA
www.kudadoo.com

Hurawahi Island Resort
An Adults’ Escape Where Luxury Treads lightly …and the resort comes seasoned with awe.
Above, below and by the water, honeymooners and guests looking for a beach break are in for a 5-star treat that holds a perfect balance between tranquillity and pizzazz: sublime accommodation, generous all-inclusive service, spa indulgences, marvellous coral reefs and lagoons set seal on the notion that Hurawalhi in the Lhaviyani atoll is worth a visit. Add to the mix the jewel in the resort’s crown, the world’s largest undersea restaurant ‘5.8’, and it becomes clear why you are bound to fall in love with Hurawalhi.

Hurawalhi is for guests +15 years and above.
www.hurawalhi.com

Kagi Maldives Spa Island
The wellbeing minded resort offering Kagi Maldives Pure Life Experience. The island destination is situated in the North Malé atoll, surrounded by rich waters for diving and snorkelling – achieving that holiday of a perfect balance of island and sea. The crown jewel of the property is its 1,500 sqm over-water spa complex with yoga and sound room and offers spa experiences of wellness & health through a dynamic process of self-care and recalibration. All beach and over-water villas contain private pools and direct sea view.

Kagi welcomes guests aged 12 and above.
www.kagimaldives.com

[Related: For those who seek the Maldives for Adults-Only, the collection offers a choice just right for you.]

Veligandu Island Resort & Spa
The renowned secluded haven for romance and relaxation. This award-winning romantic hotel in Asia and Maldives is a 20-minute seaplane transfer from the Velana International airport. This charming island boasts a long sandbank with sun loungers, gracious island hosts, a choice of beach and water villas, delightful dining, an overwater spa, two house reefs and over 15 dive sites.
www.veligandu.com

Komandoo Island Resort & Spa
TripAdvisor TRAVELERS’ CHOICE BEST OF THE BEST, 2020 and ranked #9 among the Top 25 Hotels for Romance in Asia, Komandoo is the Maldives only truly adults-only resort (18+ years) offering adults a secluded ambience filled with peaceful and calming experiences in a charming setting. This small island with Maldivian charm is famed for its gracious island hosts known as ‘Komandoo Champions’, fantastic house reef and diving in the Lhaviyani atoll, excellent dining and as the perfect location for intimate escapes.
www.komandoo.com

Meeru Island Resort & Spa
A popular destination for wholesome vacations for families of all ages and group sizes, Meeru Island has conveniently located a 55-minute scenic speed boat transfer for the Malé Velana International Airport.
A large island with wide beaches that circles the island, Meeru has a Kids & Teen Club offering a myriad of activities for kids to enjoy throughout their holiday, a museum and a whale skeleton. For adults, the resort offers separate facilities including villas, restaurants and infinity pools. Meeru is popular for destination wedding and romance, has a 9 hole Pitch & Putt golf course, plenty of land sports, watersports and dive centre, two spas – one over the water and one on land, amidst the gardens. Four restaurants and six bars.
www.meeru.com

[Related: Travelling with a young family? See which resorts is best for you]

Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa
Famed for diving, whale shark spotting and it’s house-reef, Vilamendhoo is a family-friendly resort renowned for diving and has nearly 50 dive sites all situated within one hour by boat. For adults and romancing, the resort has separate adult-only areas and facilities including restaurants, infinity pool and villas. The resort offers land sports, water sports and a dive centre, over-water spa, four restaurants including two a la carte and three bars and two freshwater pool.
www.vilamendhoo.com

Kuredu Island Resort & Spa
This large resort island the in Lhaviyani atoll has something to meet every traveller’s desire. With 11 room categories to select from garden bungalows to water villas and private pool villas amidst gardens, the property offers separate adults-only and family-friendly areas.
Kuredu boast a vibrant lifestyle with 14 restaurants and bars, two spas – one over the water and the other amidst a garden, multiple freshwater pools, the first golf course plus the longest driving range in the Maldives, a two-story Fitness Center on the beach, a long sandbank and the largest dive centre in the Maldives! The island is also a turtle hot spot, has a stunning lagoon, own house reef and more than 60 dive sites within boat reach.
www.kuredu.com

Innahura Maldives Island
The beautiful beach resort where life is easy. Situated in the south-east Lhaviyani Atoll, the all beach bungalow resort was created for sun-seekers, young and young at heart. Find wide beaches, a lagoon and shallow waters for sea swims, water sports, a dive centre, a Duniye spa, an expansive freshwater pool, has activities such as sustainable hand reel fishing and its own desert island.
To divers delight, Innahura is situated closer to the biggest coral reef in the Maldives and offers unexplored diving and snorkelling areas, and the abundant fish life of Muda Thila.
www.innahura.com


The resort collection currently provides a choice of Special Offers and flexible cancellation to help plan travel 2021 plus to allow you to the opportunity to linger longer in the Maldives.
Book direct or through your travel agent or OTA.

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‘Tis the season to be jolly in Maldives

December 4, 2020

The merriest time of the year is almost here, and we are more excited than ever. December 2020 is likely to be a little different for many people this year, so it’s a great year to ring the changes and make it the Christmas festivities or the new year’s eve you always dreamed of with a tropical twist.

Across all Crown & Champa Resorts, December promises to be a wonderful time. The teams have curated amazing activities to ensure that everyone has a fantastic time, offering guests the freedom they desire and with safety in mind. From family challenges to adult-only parties, there is something for everyone at our resorts.

Ideas for An Exciting Festive Season In The Maldives With Crown & Champa Resorts this 2020

You can have it your way at Kudadoo Maldives Private Island by Hurawalhi.
No matter which holidays you observe, Kudadoo is a private island where your private butler can help you curate your ideal itinerary. From big game fishing and parasailing to picnics on a desolate sandbank and dining amidst the island’s lush vegetation, your days on this tropical piece of paradise can be completely suited to your preferences. Or, you can let your private butler bestow upon you a collection of experiences that will make the festivities of 2020 memorable for all the right reasons. Read more on how you can celebrate the most wonderful time of the year amidst luxury and tranquillity, where elegance meets decadence – Kudadoo.

At Hurawalhi Island Resort, you can expect mouth-watering gala dinners, destination dining under the sea or starry skies, private island escapes, refined entertainment, and much more. See what else is on Hurawalhi’s festive season line-up ».

Kagi Maldives Spa Island, the collections newly open resort for wellbeing will have its guest experience a curated festive program that allows indulging and detoxing while enjoying December celebrations. Guest can look forward to gala dinners on Christmas eve and NYE, taste special set menus designed under the Kagi Maldives Pure Life concept, bid farewell to 2020 in style with NYE Cocktail Reception and Kagi Pure Life activities. Kagi’s BAANI SPA will offer a selection of packages to invigorate guests to pamper to body and mind for the new year. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Street markets, year-end yoga, Gingerbread House making, live music, parties, lucky draws, and coral planting. The secluded and romantic island Veligandu Island Resort & Spa has crafted and curated a potpourri of fun, activities, and programs, including gala dinners, planned this festive season for you. Have a look at the full program of Veligandu »

For guests staying at the truly +18 years, adults-only Komandoo Island Resort & Spa, this December festivities will be experienced with an “Indian Ocean” cultural theme. The music festivals, cocktail parties, and spectacular dinners to be enjoyed all with Komandoo’s signature laid-back island style while the island champions will showcase the cultures of different countries in the region, including Sri Lanka, Seychelles, Mauritius, Madagascar, India, Comoros, and of course the Maldives. See the festive season program »

💡 Travel Tip: Bring your cameras, gimbals, and selfie stick for Christmas Eve. From decorations to the arrival of Santa Clause, you’ll have many reasons to capture splendid moments. Will he arrive this year in a Dhoni? on jet skis? snorkel to the island or by seaplane? This man in red will always astound you with his appearances.

The festive season in Meeru Island Resort & Spa guarantees lots of fun for the whole family, and the festivities spread across the month from December 6, 2020, to January 7, 2021. From Christmas markets, sand art shows, wine tasting and culinary experiences, parties and gala dinners, there’s something for everyone to enjoy themselves in Meeru. See the Festive Season Program »

As an island with separate family-friendly areas and facilities, Meeru has a separate festive program for the younger guests. Kids can enjoy handcraft sessions, treasure hunts, movies, bubble shows, and DJ parties. The Meeru team invites you to embrace the magic of the island and the season as you create enduring memories. See Meerus’ Festive Programs for Kids »

Guest Dive into Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa, you can look forward to an abundance of festive cheer for guests of all ages. Discover magical celebrations mixed with the best of the Maldives ambience. Beach dinners, cocktail parties, kayak races and excursions to say goodbye to whale sharks for 2020 until you revisit them in 2021.
For the younger guests, Vilamendhoo had ranged sandcastle building competitions, Gingerbread house making, a family mini-Olympic and a variety of family-friendly experiences that the whole family is sure to love. See the Vilamendhoo’s Festive Program »

💡 Travel Tip: Traveling with kids and teens? Our properties have family-friendly villas and facilities for families with young children separated from the adult-only areas of the islands. Babysitting services are available as an add-on. For the festive season, the resorts plan additional wholesome family activities for guests of all ages. We’d recommend Meeru Island Resort & Spa, Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa and Kuredu Island Resort & Spa for young families to have a top time.

Kuredu Island Resort & Spa has put together a programme of outstanding holiday events where traditional meets tropical for your merriest festive season. The spirit of the season will carry on with an exciting programme throughout the holidays: Santa’s island-style arrival, beach barbecues, repeaters’ cocktails, gastronomic treats with Stefan Marquard, street market, live music performances by Atlantis and Mezzo, Gladiator contest and pool parties, all culminating in a superhero-themed New Year’s Eve glow party. See more of what’s in store on the Kuredu Festive season plan.


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Music Lovers Guide To The Maldives

November 14, 2020
Music in Maldives

Music is one of the best ways to experience the Maldivian culture and tradition. The most common and famous form of music in the Maldives is boduberu drumming and singing, which has become part of the Maldivian identity. Boduberu means a big drum. This traditional music is performed by 15 people and starts with a slow beat and with a soft tempo and increments until it becomes very fast-paced drumming. The boduberu performers wear a traditional sarong and a white short-sleeved shirt. Both men and women sing and dance to the drumming.

 

Maldives Music Through Out The Years

Even though boduberu is the most popular type of music in the Maldives there is a lot more to Maldivian music to than the only boduberu. Maldives traditional poetic styles lhen (poems), fairihi (Rhyme), raivaru (toddy tapper songs), bandhi are also part of the Maldivian culture. In the 1980s the Maldivian music was heavily influenced by Indias Hindi songs. The 80s and 90s generation watched Indian movies, Hindi songs and the majority of the people understand Hindi. But many famous singers and musicians tried to create original music.

Arguably the most influential band ever in the Maldives is Zero Degree. Formed in 1988, the band created its album by travelling across archipelago islands recording natural rhythm beats to capture the island lifestyle and culture. These cultural rhythms ranged from, early morning birdcalls, the swishing of winnowing rice ashore, and many more. With these unique styles, Zero Degree released two albums, “Dhoni” and “Island Pulse”. Zero Degree also gained fame internationally is well known for its locally influenced music and tunes invoking the Maldivian culture and heritage.

The modern Maldivian artists perform electronic dance music, rap music, and modern boduberu groups have revied old tales and sagas and made into new exciting music pieces. Now again, music is more than a form of entertainment, it’s an integral part of the heritage and a way to express themselves. Development of tourism and the hospitality industry paved the career for many musicians and the local talents are widely appreciated throughout the industry. Now live music and DJ have become a livelihood for many local artists. Listening to live music in the Maldives during your beach holiday is sure to be a memory you’ll keep for years to come. Come experience Maldivian music with us.


Meet Musician Mezzo and his Guitar at Kuredu Island Resort & Spa this December 2020.
Mohamed Majid, popularly known as Mezzo, is playing at Kuredu Resort Maldives since Kuredu’s reopening. A well-known musician in the Maldives, Mezzo has also performed at gigs around the world, including South Africa, Europe and Seychelles, and his music has been featured on MTV. Learn more »

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Real Stories From New Normal Maldives Holidaymakers

November 6, 2020

In the eyes of our first guests who completed their Maldives holidays in September and October 2020 at the Crown & Champa Resort collections, the vacations were all “Excellent”, “it was paradise” and

Perfect stay and great anti-covid measures

Al_mj_0, London, United Kingdom (9/28/20) – Meeru Island Resort & Spa – TripAdvisor

Maldives was among the first to re-open its borders to tourist. Also being a destination which received the Safe Travels Stamp from World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), the island nation had been receiving travelers and holidaymakers since July 2020.

The guest to our properties had been having a wonderful time. They felt safe and enjoyed their holidays and never felt restricted by the new normal, the health and safety protocols.  See the stories of our guests as video testimonials 🎬

For the romantic traveler
: Learn the story of Julian & Sonja and their experience at Meeru Island Resort & Spa in September 2020. Meeru supported them through their entire journey to make their dream wedding still come true, despite the current worldwide challenges brought by Covid-19.

For Mr & Mrs. Seidner, it was

“Veligandu ist geöffnet. Ihr entlegenes Paradies” 🎬

Veligandu Island Resort & Spa’s Spanish Guests,

“ Estamos en Veligandu, disfrutando mucho de nuestras vacaciones 🎬”

For the Family traveller:
The Kamissarovs had a 13 days vacation in Meeru Island Resort & Spa with their little daughter in September 2020 and had a fantastic stay despite the new normal. View the video 🎥

Read the guest reviews

SuperMoose_NL from the Netherlands rated Komandoo Island Resort & Spa 5-stars and wrote the island is a “A safe h(e)aven” on TripAdvisor. This seasoned traveler and 7-time repeater to the island wrote a 1800 word review explains the full experience from the arrival to the departure. SuperMoose_NL further wrote

“In short, I can honestly say that Komandoo felt like a safe haven from the pandemic. You definitely do notice that there’s a ‘new normal’, due to the preventive measures that the island have in place to ensure everyones safety, but I always felt much safer than I do at home in Europe and would not hesitate to return.”

See the full review »

Guest Ms Jennifer L. from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA wrote a heartfelt 5-star Tripadvisor review on Sep 16, 2020 left us a Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes emoji.

“My husband and I had an excellent and very unique experience at Veligandu amid COVID-19. We hope to come back to paradise soon! I’d like to first mention that we were impressed with the safety measures put in place throughout the resort – hand sanitizing stations, staff wearing masks and social distancing measures during dining – we felt safe our entire stay. They check your temperature every morning, FYI. I say we had a unique experience because there were only a handful of couples on the resort during our 11 night stay. It felt like we had the entire island to ourselves and the service was impeccable! We will miss Naaem, Akram, Abdulla, Naail, Adam, Rifau, Alex and all the wonderful staff at Veligandu.”

See Ms. Jennifer’s review

Ms. Julie Antju5, Gainsborough, United Kingdom wrote on TripAdvisor after her stay in Hurawalhi Island Maldives

“A truly relaxing, 5 star holiday never to be forgotten. Snorkelling and diving top class. 5.8 underwater restaurant not to be missed. Covid precautions in place far superior to any western countries. Feel safer here than the UK! Thank you for a perfect holiday.”

Read the full review


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