How to find cheap holidays in the Maldives from all-inclusive deals to budget breaks

The Maldives are ultimate dream holiday fodder.

Think white sand beaches, crystalline waters where you snorkel surrounded by tropical fish, heaps of sunshine, and breathtaking landscapes.

Then there are the luxurious resorts with glamorous spas, fine dining restaurants and beautiful bedrooms. Oh, and those iconic over-the-water villas.

Now, the Maldives have been added back to the UK’s travel corridors and the FCDO has changed its advice to allow for non-essential travel which means Brits can go on holiday to the hotspots, without needing to quarantine.

Of course if you want to go, it won’t be the most budget-friendly of getaways, but that doesn’t mean you’ll need to break the bank.

We take a look at how to find deals for holidays in the Maldives, and get the most bang for your buck…

  • Before booking a holiday make sure to always check the latest FCDO Maldives travel advice as restrictions are subject to change. The advice also includes full details on entry requirements you’ll need to meet, for example bringing proof of a negative Covid-19 test. 

Best time to go to the Maldives


The Maldives’ peak season falls from December through to March. Usually, there are deals to be found for travel in late November or early April.

However, although the Maldives does boast year-round sunshine don’t get caught out by cheap prices that are found from May to October; this is monsoon season which is why rates are so low.

Look for an all-inclusive offer

The waters are ideal for snorkeling

An all-inclusive package can be a great way to get the most bang for your buck, especially as your travel, accommodation, food and transfers will be included.

Which, considering how far you’re travelling and the fact you’ll need to organise transfers from Male to the islands, could be the way to go.

If you’re after a late deal then you may want to look at the likes of British Airways and TUI have all-inclusive deals in 2020. Meanwhile, Virgin Holidays currently has packages for 2021.

The deck to water villas at Moofushi Resort

TravelSupermarket can be a handy source for comparing all-inclusive packages and finding the one that’s best suited to the holiday you’re after.

Make sure to look for ATOL protected holidays as this will cover you in the case that a travel firm goes bust. (We have a fuller guide on this here).

How to find cheap flights to the Maldives

Upper North Province, Haa Dhaalu Atoll, The Maldives

British Airways is the only airline to offer direct flights from the UK to the Maldives, departing from London Gatwick.

It’s also worth checking out websites like Skyscanner where there are great deals to be had.

Before the pandemic, However, it was also possible to get flights including a stopover, for example on Emirates via Dubai, or Qatar Airways via Doha.

Best resorts in the Maldives


With almost 2,000 islands, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to picking where to stay in the Maldives. (Although not all are inhabited which helps narrow it down a little bit!).

For inspiration, it’s worth checking out TripAdvisor’s top 10 best cheap Maldives resorts. (If a resort catches your attention, make sure to check its official website too in case of any changes or closures as a result of the pandemic).

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