If you've ever wanted to visit the white-sand and crystal-blue waters of the Maldives on a budget, this is your ticket. And you can use this deal to score an incredible deal to go to the Maldives all the way through 2023.
Travelzoo is out with an outstanding travel package, selling a five-night stay for two at the Fushifaru Maldives starting at just $1,499 for a private beach villa … or splurge for a coveted overwater villa starting at $2,099 for five nights. No matter which route you go, you're saving $1,000 to $1,500 or more compared to booking direct. And yes, the Maldives are open to U.S. travelers – in fact, they've dropped pre-travel testing requirements for all visitors.
But the best part about these vouchers is that they're available to book all the way until Christmas 2023 – and it's fully refundable for at least 14 days. Buy your voucher now, then scope out flights and reserve your stay later … or get your money back within 14 days. You can also pay a $99 fee to extend your refund window and cancel at any time for a full refund. We typically urge travelers to book direct with hotels, but the savings and flexibility of this Travelzoo deal flips that on its head – this is too good to pass up.
We haven't personally stayed at the Fushifaru Maldives, but it's a five-star property and the reviews are almost uniformly excellent. It's a relatively small resort with just 61 villas total, which will make a Maldivian escape feel even more secluded – especially if you head out to the private sand bar. And while we haven't stayed at this property, we've had great luck with other refundable packages through Travelzoo.
Plus, these packages add up to at least $1,500 in savings … if not substantially more, as your package will cover the otherwise hefty taxes and fees. The one big expense that's not included is the unavoidable seaplane transfer fee to get from Male (MLE) to the resort: $470 per adult and $282 for children 2-11 years old. You can extend your stay beyond the five-night voucher starting at another $299 per night.
The one catch is that you'll get hit with a $200 nightly surcharge for stays during some of the peak periods: Oct. 1 through Dec. 23, 2022; Jan. 10 through March 31, 2023; and from Oct. 1 through Dec. 23, 2023. Even with that additional surcharge (paid at the resort) you can still come out ahead, but you'll get the biggest savings but traveling over another period.
Booking through Travelzoo also comes with a lot of extra goodies, including a free daily breakfast and use of water gear. If you splurge for an overwater villa, you'll even get a $100 dining or spa credit.
Here's a look at what each Fushifaru Maldives package includes:
- Five nights for two people:
- $1,499 in a sunset beach villa with direct beach access
- $2,099 in a overwater jacuzzi villa
- $2,999 in an overwater pool villa
- Daily breakfast at Korakali Restaurant
- One free overwater lunch or dinner per stay, excluding drinks
- Overwater villa packages also get a $100
- Free use of snorkeling and non-motorized sports equipment like paddle boats and paddle boards
- All taxes and fees included (except a $6 daily green tax per person)
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Great Flexibility Through 2023
One of the best parts of these Travelzoo deals is that it's a voucher, so you don't have to lock in your dates right away.
Aside from a few blackout dates from Dec. 24 through Jan. 9, 2023, you can book any date using this voucher. Can't make it work? You can cancel for free within 14 days and get your money back – or get an even longer refund window by paying an additional $99 fee. Just keep in mind you'll pay an additional $200 nightly surcharge over select peak travel dates.
To reserve your stay, Travelzoo states:
The number of rooms available at this discounted rate is limited, and dates may sell out; we highly recommend booking early to get your desired dates.
This gives you ultimate flexibility. If you can't find dates that work for you or you can't travel, this voucher is fully refundable for 14 days from purchase (or even longer by paying an additional $99 fee). We've used Travelzoo in the past and canceling a voucher for a full cash refund was quick and easy.
Once the room is reserved with the hotel, changes must be made at least 14 days prior to arrival or the voucher will not be refundable.
There are a few other details to know:
- Book with Travelzoo for the biggest savings
- All taxes and fees are included in the price except for a $6 per person per night green tax
- Multiple vouchers can be combined to stay for longer, or add nights starting at $299 each.
- You can add third adult for $126 more per night
- Children under 12 stay free
- Maximum occupancy is 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children (under 12)
- Fully refundable up for 14 days from purchase (or through December 2023 if you pay an additional $99 fee)
- Travel through Dec. 23, 2023
- Roundtrip seaplane transfers are $470 per adult, $282 per child 2-11 years old
If you want to do the Maldives for cheap, this is the way to do it. Combine these huge savings with the ultimate flexibility to reserve a stay as far out as December 2023 or cancel and get your money back, and it's tough to beat.
All photos courtesy of Fushifaru Maldives