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Top Luxury Hotels in Maldives to Stay on Points

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One of the places on my bucket list and possibly yours is the Maldives. So I’ve been researching the top luxury hotels in Maldives to stay on points.

The Maldives has been on our bucket list because it’s absolutely gorgeous and it might not be around forever. In 2013 Jeff read a National Geographic Magazine article about how the Maldives were sinking and ever since then we’ve been hoping to visit.

We had tickets booked for May 2014 but had to cancel our plans. But this time, we’re going.

Actually, I’m going to the Maldives.

Jeff recently got a promotion and his work schedule is changing. So I debated, do I go by myself or cancel…again. I’m going.

Yes, I’m that wife.

The one that goes jetting around the world without her husband. But if you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you already know this. 🙂

Naturally, I want the best value for my buck. Everything is expensive in the Maldives. So it’s definitely a place where using points for your hotel makes financial sense.

Read: What you need to know before you redeem points for hotel stays

Top Luxury Hotels in Maldives to Stay on Points

Currently, there are only six hotels in the Maldives where you can use points to pay for your hotel stay. By next year, there will be seven.

Here are my picks for the best hotels in Maldives to stay on points.

Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa

Park Hyatt Maldives is a good use of points. TravelingWellForLess.com

Park Hyatt Maldives is a good use of points.
Photo courtesy of Park Hyatt Maldives

Because I LOVE Hyatt, I’m leaning towards the Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa.

The Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa can cost $1,900 per night. But you’ll only pay 25,000 Hyatt points.

And if you’re a Hyatt Diamond member, you get:

  • Free breakfast daily
  • Free drinks and hors d’oeuvres from 5 pm to 7 pm on Saturday
  • 15% discount off drinks after 7 pm

You’ll pay $520 per person for round-trip seaplane transfers between the airport and the hotel.

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If you don’t have Hyatt points or Chase Ultimate Rewards points, you can earn Hyatt points with the Chase Hyatt card.

The signup bonus from the Chase Sapphire Reserve covers two nights. The Chase Sapphire Reserve has an annual fee of $550 so it might not be the best card for everyone.

You could get 60,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points from the Chase Sapphire Preferred after spending $4,000 in the first 3 months.

Check rates and reviews: ExpediaTravelocity | TripAdvisor

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

Save your cash and use hotel points at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island. TravelingWellForLess.com

Unless you have a fat wallet, use points to stay at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
Photo courtesy of Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

Although Hyatt is my first love, the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is pretty appealing.

At the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, you could pay $2,800 a night or 95,000 Hilton points. One of the benefits of using points to stay at Hilton hotels is the 5th-night free offer. You only pay for four nights of your five-night point stay.

If you have a Hilton American Express card like the Hilton Aspire, Hilton Surpass, Hilton Honors, or Hilton Honors Business, you can get the 4th-night free. So you only pay for three nights and you get the fourth night free.

If you’re a Hilton Gold or Diamond member you get:

  • Free breakfast daily
  • Free afternoon tea (sandwiches, scones, cookies, biscuits, and tea) from 4 pm to 5 pm
  • Free drinks during Happy Hour (5 pm to 6 pm)
  • Fruit basket refilled daily
  • $25 off a spa treatment

The round-trip seaplane transfers cost $500 per person.

Need Hilton points? You can transfer American Express Membership Rewards points to Hilton at a 1:1.5 ratio.

Pro-tip: If you have the American Express Gold card issued in Israel, you can transfer American Express Membership Rewards points to Hilton at a 1:3.5 ratio. So for every 1,000 Membership Rewards points you transfer, you get 3,500 Hilton points.

If you have the American Express Platinum card (personal or business) issued in Israel, you get 4,500 Hilton points for every 1,000 Membership Rewards.

Check rates and reviews:  ExpediaTravelocity | TripAdvisor

St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort

 Paying with points makes sense at the St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort. TravelingWellForLess.com

You could pay a lot of cash or a lot of points at the St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort
Photo courtesy of St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort

The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort opens on November 1, 2016.

You could pay $2,880 a night or normally 35,000 Starpoints points for a category 7 hotel.

But because every room is a villa or suite, the point structure is out the window. And no free upgrades are offered for Starwood Preferred Guest members.

I called and was told that Garden Villas are no longer offered on points. Granted I only had time to call once you might get a different answer.

An overwater villa costs 90,000 points per night and a beach villa is 120,000 points.

You’ll pay $645 per person for round-trip seaplane transportation. At 90,000 points a night that’s more than I’d like to pay per night.

Check rates and reviews:  Expedia | Hotels.com | Travelocity | TripAdvisor

W Maldives

 W Maldives WOW Ocean Haven Living Room. TravelingWellForLess.com

Yowza, the W Maldives costs 90,000 points per night!
Photo courtesy of W Maldives

The W Maldives costs $1,300 a night and is also a Category 7 hotel which normally would cost 35,000 points per night.

But because all rooms are villas or suites, you’ll pay 90,000 points per night. And there are no free upgrades if you’re a Starwood Preferred Guest member.

Round-trip seaplane transfers cost $505 per person. Or you can pay $350 per person for round-trip speedboat transfers.

Check rates and reviews: Expedia | Hotels.com | Travelocity | TripAdvisor

Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa

You'll save 1/4 the points by staying at the Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa than the St. Regis or the W

You’ll save 1/4 the points by staying at the Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa than the St. Regis or the W
Photo courtesy of Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa

The Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa is a more economical option if you want to stay at a Starwood hotel in the Maldives on points.

You could pay $430 a night or 20,000 to 25,000 Starpoints. The Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa often have Cash & Points rates available for 10,000 Starwood points + $180.

Round-trip speedboat transfers are $136 per person.

Check rates and reviews:  Expedia | Hotels.com | Travelocity | TripAdvisor

Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives

The Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives is the best value overwater villa in the Maldives. TravelingWellForLess.com

The Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives is the best value overwater villa in the Maldives
Photo courtesy of Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives

The Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives can cost $540 a night or 40,000 IHG points per night.

I could only find standard rooms being offered for points. Unlike Bora Bora where you can get overwater bungalows using points.

You’ll pay $229 per person for round-trip speedboat transfers.

Check rates and reviews: Expedia | Hotels.comTravelocity | TripAdvisor

Conclusion

The Maldives can be an expensive destination. But you can save money by using hotel points. There are currently six hotels in the Maldives to stay on points.

The Radisson Blu Hotel Maldives Hulhumale is expected to open in January 2017. So there will be another point option for free hotel stays in the Maldives.

The best value in terms of the least amount of points you’ll pay is the Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa. At only 25,000 points per night, you’ll pay fewer points to stay at the Park Hyatt than at the Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives or the Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa.

You’ll pay the most points, 95,000 per night at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island. Followed by the St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort and the W Maldives, both charge 90,000 points per night.

Using hotel points to stay in the Maldives will save you a lot of money. Which is a good thing because you’ll need all that money you’re saving on your accommodations to pay for food.

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Hotels are expensive in the Maldives. But you can stay for free using hotel points. Here are the top luxury hotels in Maldives to stay on points. TravelingWellForLess.com

Hotels are expensive in the Maldives. But you can stay for free using hotel points. Here are the top luxury hotels in Maldives to stay on points. TravelingWellForLess.com

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Christopher

Monday 14th of November 2016

I have not doubt that Maldives is beautiful and it's definately on my to go to list but all the points stuff is too much for me to stay on top of.

Anita Hendrieka

Monday 14th of November 2016

I am definitely bookmarking this as heading to the Maldives early next year. It just looks too beautiful to miss! I like the look of W Maldives the best.

melody pittman

Sunday 13th of November 2016

Oh Deb, you have piqued my curiosity with this list. So many of my favorite hotel chains. I love the looks of most of them, but the W and St. Regis take my top spots. Wow. Great post. ;)

Erika Bisbocci

Sunday 13th of November 2016

Hotel points definitely seem like the best way to enjoy the Maldives in luxury. I visited French Polynesia last year and stayed in a tiny Airbnb. While it was amazing and allowed me to travel to paradise on a budget, I can't deny that a part of me didn't wonder what it would be like to stay in an overwater bungalow! These hotels look incredible. I hope you enjoy your visit!

Jimmy and Tina

Sunday 13th of November 2016

These are great points on using points for a luxury Maldives holiday. This is a great way to use points if you have accumlated them, however there are some really really good deals if you book hotel and flight together!

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