Fun and sun come together in the Maldives, an island nation on the Indian Ocean south-west of Sri Lanka. Travellers can experience the sunny side of life at a cheap price in its budget beachfront hotels and resorts.
Staying in Kuramathi Village on Kuramathi Island is like getting a glimpse of the Garden of Eden. This horticulturist’s dream is the ideal holiday retreat, offering relaxing views of the ocean from the porches of its bungalows. Ultimate relaxation is guaranteed at the Kuramathi Spa, with a selection of European and Eastern treatments, plus a sauna, steam room, pool, and Jacuzzi. The resort’s diving school offers diving courses certified by PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors).
A three-star hotel resort surrounded by a lush forest and pristine white sand beaches, Helengeli Island Resort features Maldivian open-air bathrooms in the midst of a private garden. Refurbished and reopened in 2004, the resort conducts dive excursions twice a day to prime dive spots such as Helengeli Thila. Its Ocean Pro-run dive schools offer PADI courses.
Biyadhoo Island Resort is another budget accommodation in the heart of the Maldives. Garnering much praise for its colourful “house reef,” which takes guests to a “simple paradise” at an affordable rate, it also offers water sports such as snorkelling and diving, and serves full-board meals: breakfast and lunch buffets and set dinner with a choice of chicken, fish, or meat.
Other low-cost Maldives hotels are Naladhu Hotel, Olhuveli Beach & Spa Resort, and Vilu Reef Beach & Spa Resort.