Planning a 2-3 night stay in Maldives with my SO (no kids). Looking for an island and property recommendation. Should I be flying into the Velana international airport?

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Fly into MLE. Depending on the island you stay at, you’re either taking a boat or (more likely) an expensive seaplane ride to the island. You’ll be better off staying more than a couple of days given the high cost of travel to and from the island. Find a package on TravelZoo or similar that includes as many meals as possible. If it includes drinks, even better. Both are prohibitively expensive. I won’t recommend a specific resort island or archipelago as there are over 100 of them. Hop on TripAdvisor and sort by whatever you’re looking for. Then go from there. Good luck and enjoy. Also don’t go during monsoon season. It may be cheaper but your vacation isn’t worth it.

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I am in India right now and it’s a 90 minute flight for me 😊

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2-3 days are way too short for Maldives. If you only can have 2-3 days, look at the islands accessible by speed boats, which are usually cheaper than seaplane transfer.

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I stayed at the W and enjoyed it but this was over 6 years ago and a lot of new properties have popped up since then. Wherever you go, splurge for the over the water bungalow.

Where are you coming from that it could possibly be worth going for 2-3 days? It’s like 30+ hours of travel from almost anywhere in the US

If it’s a short trip, you might consider the Sheraton, particularly if you’re Bonvoy platinum or higher. It’s not far from the airport (you take a boat) and they have some cheap rooms on the island but upgrade platinum and higher from the cheap rooms to overwater bungalows.

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