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Offline LEEMJONES  
#1 Posted : 17 September 2011 17:07:41(UTC)
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A bit random but has anyone been , need a bit of advice with regards hotels , atols etc. Looking to book our honeymoon for next september and its currently at the top of the list , just need to sell a kidney Approve

Offline Mentalpen  
#2 Posted : 17 September 2011 19:27:29(UTC)
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LEEMJONES wrote:

A bit random but has anyone been , need a bit of advice with regards hotels , atols etc. Looking to book our honeymoon for next september and its currently at the top of the list , just need to sell a kidney Approve



been twice and go again in 3 weeks Wink

STUNNING!!!!!!

what do you want to know? what type of holiday are you after? one where you want to see no one? do you mind kids? (not everyones cup of tea but our rip it up Tongue)
Offline LEEMJONES  
#3 Posted : 17 September 2011 19:38:00(UTC)
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It will be our honeymoon so would prefer it to be quiet(ish) and no kiddies if poss. We're getting married at the Bellagio on the Terrazza (vegas) so will be all tired out.

Just want it to be relaxing , thinking about a couple of days in Dubhai on the return leg too.

Cant decide on a beach villa or a water villa either, Gemma like the idea of the beach but then loves the look of the water villas.....so so so many choices of hotel too.

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Offline Mr.B  
#4 Posted : 17 September 2011 19:52:23(UTC)
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do the water villa's still have glass floors?

so your neighbours can have lilo viewing tripShocked

Offline Mentalpen  
#5 Posted : 17 September 2011 21:08:31(UTC)
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ok we've done both water and beach villa and yes some water villas have a glass bottom.

water villa's will have a sun deck so you don't have to move, most islands 99% are kids free zones in the water villa areas with dedicated restaurants but i'd advise a none kid island just to be 100% sure.

I'd also look for island away from male so you get the true desert island feel and i recommend sea plane transfer which really is once in a lifetime experience but its about $335 atm for a 25 min flight with TMA and similar with MAT

september is middle of the rainy season but it's very hit and miss if you get it and we have only ever had one day washed out but we still got in the pool etc with having kids.

If you are going for a bit of diving/snorkelling etc then research where you want to go, some islands have NO fish life, there are also set season for things like whale sharks and manta rays

All inclusive is not very all inclusive with an ice cream typically about £5 and a small pack of cashew nuts £30! you also pay for anything other than the main restaurants + cocktails.

last time we spent £800 despite being AI but that did include some trips

if you are going via dubi then watch your flight times as if you are a sea plane transfer and its a early morning flight sea planes don't fly until 7am so you have to leave a day early and spend it at the airport which is 1 runway and 5 shops.

feel free to ask awt you want only its a bloody long way from vegas LOL

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Offline Annette  
#6 Posted : 21 September 2011 17:32:04(UTC)
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been twice and go again in 3 weeks Wink

STUNNING!!!!!!

what do you want to know? what type of holiday are you after? one where you want to see no one? do you mind kids? (not everyones cup of tea but our rip it up Tongue)

Metalpen Then home to pickup the kitties FAB

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Offline F1team07  
#7 Posted : 21 September 2011 20:34:16(UTC)
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Offline Doddsy  
#8 Posted : 22 September 2011 21:20:07(UTC)
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We went 8 yrs ago to paradise island a 20 min speedboat thrash from Male .. it has seriously spoiled us for going anywhere else .. it was all inclusive just as well as a can of coke was £5 irc ... the island was 3/4 of a mile long and 400 yards wide with only one restaurant.. but fantastic .. we went in mid october and just missed the rainy season the people are just so friendly too.
Offline LEEMJONES  
#9 Posted : 22 September 2011 21:30:52(UTC)
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Were going at the end of sep beginning of October 2012 , will it still be warm . We will be knackered so are so looking forward to it . Within a few weeks we are going from the uk to Spain , Spain to uk , uk to new York , new York to Vegas , Vegas to uk , uk to Maldives , Maldives to dubai , Dubai to uk. 
Any hotels , atols you guys can recommend will really help us , so many . Were just using trip advisor at the min. Also who did you book with ?

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Offline Mentalpen  
#10 Posted : 23 September 2011 17:58:23(UTC)
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Annette wrote:

 
been twice and go again in 3 weeks Wink

STUNNING!!!!!!

what do you want to know? what type of holiday are you after? one where you want to see no one? do you mind kids? (not everyones cup of tea but our rip it up Tongue)

 

 

Metalpen  Then home to pickup the kitties  FAB



yep we can watch them on the web cam till then Wink
Offline Mentalpen  
#11 Posted : 23 September 2011 18:15:31(UTC)
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LEEMJONES wrote:
Were going at the end of sep beginning of October 2012 , will it still be warm . We will be knackered so are so looking forward to it . Within a few weeks we are going from the uk to Spain , Spain to uk , uk to new York , new York to Vegas , Vegas to uk , uk to Maldives , Maldives to dubai , Dubai to uk. 
Any hotels , atols you guys can recommend will really help us , so many . Were just using trip advisor at the min. Also who did you book with ?


Lee its not about atolls but more about the hotel. IF you want to 100% away from anyone you need a small island such as banyan tree or baros but i can't say enough about the sea plane ride, it really is something to experience.

The monsoon's don't change till late october but yes its constant 32C give or take 1 degree regardless of the time of day/night or month as you are directly on the equator.

i'd also be careful who you book with as even dream ticket went under this year and they are very well respected especially when going to the maldives, look at Hayes and Jarvis, marks travel are also selling some cheap stuff at the mo and Kuoni have come down a lot in recent times.

you can always do it your self as well, just booking flights and hotel directly and they will help you book the transfers as well.

here is where we are going but shows a bit of the seaplane and some of the views you get Wink


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Offline Oldtimer49er  
#12 Posted : 25 September 2011 16:09:29(UTC)
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Hi all,

Just back from Kuredu, paradise on earth,

http://www.kuredu.com/index.aspx

Offline PAOLO3  
#13 Posted : 25 September 2011 16:19:55(UTC)
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Seems quite a few on here go....Fred@BTM seems to pop over often and I know is it Will86 on here thats been a few times? Think its him, with the white 200 who was at the first National meet.

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Offline Oldtimer49er  
#14 Posted : 25 September 2011 18:32:21(UTC)
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Paolo3 wrote:

Seems quite a few on here go....Fred@BTM seems to pop over often and I know is it Will86 on here thats been a few times? Think its him, with the white 200 who was at the first National meet.

Lol

I wish it was just a case of popping over, 10.5hrs- 11hrs flight + seaplane transfers + hideous amounts of money LOLWink

Offline LEEMJONES  
#15 Posted : 26 September 2011 10:02:06(UTC)
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Due to the 'limited' options when it comes to grabbing a bite to eat , what do you guys usually do with regards B&B, HB , FB , All inc etc.?
Offline LEEMJONES  
#16 Posted : 26 September 2011 10:13:21(UTC)
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Thanks for all the links guys.

We are hoping to fly from Manchester to the Maldives , have a week relaxing and then maybe a few nights in Dubai on the way home. What time do you need to be at the resorts in the Maldives? Some of the flight times from Dubai to Male are really varied , some land early morning whilst others land at about 2 or 3pm.

Thanks for all the help.
Offline Mentalpen  
#17 Posted : 26 September 2011 10:56:21(UTC)
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sea planes run during day light only, they tell you when they get there as to your transfer time, we have waited upto 4 hours before.

you will be pushed if you land at 2pm and sun goes down very quickly 30-40 mins around 6pm.

you need to go AI mate, food and drink is VERY expensive otherwise, islands all have restarunts other than that included but that will cost you £40ish per person per meal.

island websites should have menus to give you an idea.

don't forget if you flight home is early hours you will loose 1 night on the island unless its a speed boat transfer

Offline LEEMJONES  
#18 Posted : 26 September 2011 10:57:02(UTC)
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Also , Water Villa or beach ?? She wants the water villa but I fancied walking with the sand between the toes.
Offline Mentalpen  
#19 Posted : 27 September 2011 22:58:08(UTC)
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hummmm, you don't wear shoes as soon as you get there till you go home so you will get sand between your toes.

personally if you just want to chill by your villa then a water one is worth it, if you up and down to the pool then a beach villa knocks a lot off the price.


a lot of it is snobbery imo

why not do a week in a beach villa then upgrade whilst your their if you can or contact the resort and pre book the upgrade.

have you chosen an island yet?

15 sleeps to go for us.
Offline Mentalpen  
#20 Posted : 28 October 2011 19:10:11(UTC)
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Lee if your still looking then south Ari Atoll is well worth it Wink

Just a quick couple of pics from 2 unforgetable moments

Whale Shark about 5.5m in lenth.

Manta Ray shot just as you want it

oh how its great to be back Disapprove

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Offline Oldtimer49er  
#21 Posted : 28 October 2011 20:36:59(UTC)
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Hi Mate

welcome home , needless to say , did you have a good oneQuestion

Offline Annette  
#22 Posted : 28 October 2011 20:40:46(UTC)
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Fab pics, Looks like you had a great time
Offline Mentalpen  
#23 Posted : 28 October 2011 21:47:50(UTC)
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The whale sharks was something else! swimming with something the size of a bus was just wow!!!!!

we found and swam with 4 all between 4.5 and 6.5 m, we had one week of cracking weather with some rain and cloud second week to bring in the manta's and whale sharks which is why we chose there and this time of year, to think they will swim round the world in its life and to find 4 in a day was sooooo lucky.

also have some fantastic manta action espically as on the second to last day the wind changed causing an algae bloom on the house reef bring in 10 or so which i managed to swim with despite the extream current it brought with it and little visibility and some big black tipped reef sharks 6-10 foot, so it was a bit daunting off the shelf with a 40+m drop and trying to work out if it was a shark or manta coming at you LOL

Offline Annette  
#24 Posted : 29 October 2011 21:06:00(UTC)
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The word Gulp comes to mind. Sounds just fab. Are you a qualified scuba diver then to see this type of action? Sorry if being thick.
Offline Mentalpen  
#25 Posted : 29 October 2011 21:37:56(UTC)
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no you can just snorkel and you will see 95% of it but yes scuba diving is a bonus.

i did my qualification on line and practical out there to save time but both those shots were taken snorkeling as they are surface feeders.

the reef is usually 1m+ bellow the surface but drops to various depths depending on the island, it is usually a sheer drop you swim over where you can't see the bottom though.

and its better if you go at night in pairs or groups with tourches as you see far more.

only real dangerous shark to look out for it the hammerhead and the odd tiger shark, iirc there has never been a shark attack out there and i've never seen either although a large tiger was spotted a few weeks before a previous trip to the island we went too but they are used to bigger sharks there and the sea planes circle the island to look for them to report them.

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