Maldives Airport Hotel Transfer Seaplane Ride – Review
The only way to get to the resort (unless you want a multi hour choppy speedboat ride) is to fly. You’ve got to take a Trans Maldivian airplane ride. Here’s what to expect you take your transfer with a seaplane in the Maldives!
Our $46,000 vacation to the Maldives for only $1,818
- Part 1 – Introduction and Planning
- Part 2 – Flights to London and Hamilton
- Part 3 – Refined Luxury London’s St Pancras Renaissance Hotel
- Part 4a – The House Lounge, London Heathrow
- Part 4b – Etihad First Class Apartment LHR-AUH
- Part 4c – Etihad First Class Lounge, Abu Dhabi
- Part 4d – A340 Etihad to Male, Flight Review
- Part 5 – A day in the life of Male, Capital City
- Part 6 – St Regis Airport Lounge
- Part 6b – Maldives Seaplane Ride
- Part 7 – The St Regis Hotel Arrival Experience
- Part 8 – Overwater Villa, $3000/night for FREE
- Part 9 – Things to do at the St Regis Maldives
- Part 10 – Free Breakfast at the St Regis Maldives
- Part 11 – How to not go broke eating in the Maldives
- Part 12 – Snorkeling at the St Regis Maldives
- Part 13 – Male Airport VIP experience
- Part 14 – Emirates First Class Male to Dubai
- Part 15 – Dubai Transit Hotel – Amazing Value
- Part 16 – Emirates First Class Dubai to Los Angeles
- Part 17 – Conclusion and Giveaway
Mention the Maldives and images of pristine turquoise blue waters come to mind. Overwater bungalows with direct jump-in access to the water and romantic sunsets are commonplace in this island paradise.
While it’s on almost everyone’s wish list, getting there can be a challenge. Flights are often ridiculously expensive and once you DO get to the islands, a barrage of expensive hotels with overpriced meals await. Never mind the flight distance involved, those expensive factors are enough to turn some people off and have them looking for cheaper destinations.
Getting to paradise and back doesn’t have to cost a fortune. We booked a ridiculous, normally unattainable luxury vacation valued at almost $46,000 for a grand total of $1,818… for two people!
Considering that’s usually the price of a regular coach class ticket to the Maldives, that’s one heck of a steal.
In the series of posts to follow, we’re going to walk you through all the experiences that we enjoyed on this trip. While most people would consider this once-in-a-lifetime, with just a little legwork and dedication you can have a luxury getaway to make Instagram followers drool with envy.
All the flights are prearranged before you arrive by your hotel, and no amount of airline miles can help you out. You’re going to have to pay the rate that the hotel charges you, end of story. These flights can vary in price between $200 for the close resorts or $700 for the ones that are far away.
The flight to the St Regis costs $695 (including taxes and fees) and it makes me wonder how much they’re really charging the hotel as it seems like a very flat number to charge…
Boarding from the lounge was easy. The main doors opened that overlooked the “parking lot/runway” and we walked down to the dock. No worries about your luggage, someone was there to help you with that.
When we got into the plane I was surprised to see that the pilots were either barefoot or in sandals. I mean I suppose that makes sense, this is an island nation afterall!
Takeoff was a short 15 second experience as the engines roared and before you knew it we were airborne.
We had an amazing view of Male City as we took off. Seeing it from the air, you can get a real idea for just how crowded this island city is.
Cargo ships filled with goods to the island (and I would imagine for all the resorts as well) were floating in and out of the port all day long. Since you never really got to a high altitude, the views of all the small neighboring islands were spectacular. You could almost see into people’s houses!
Leg room was not a thing on this flight, so if you’re looking to have any comfort at all, make sure to get a bulkhead row and stretch yourself into the aisle.
Best… Views… Ever
Check out some of the views from the flight!
Landing at the Hotel
Landing was smooth and uneventful but it was a windy day in the south atoll as you can tell by the waves.
We skirted right up next to the Iridium Spa at the resort and parked at the loading dock. Our island adventure was about to begin.
You don’t really have any choice other than taking these small planes to your resort destination, and the hotels can effectively charge whatever they want to to get you there. The cost for the St Regis flight was $695 per person, one of the highest amounts of any of the resorts in the country. Depending on the distance you’re flying, there may also be other local airports that you can travel to on land (using non seaplanes) to help reduce the cost of your flight. Contact your hotel before you go for all the details.
Don’t let the seaplane ride discourage you though. Sure, it’s $695, but you’re probably only going to do this once or twice in your life, so bite the bullet. It’ll be the start to a vacation that you’ll never forget.