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Old 27th August 2014, 10:26   #16
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$160+tax is per head per night? If its is per room per night then you managed to get an extremely good deal. After almost a month of research, followup, calls to resorts etc. the best deal I got was the one I posted in #12.

Flights from Trivandrum (Air India) & Kochi(Spicejet) are a lot cheaper than direct from Bangalore. For me the issue was getting to TVM/Kochi from Bangalore with luggage + kid
160+ tax was per night. Yes, I remember searching for almost a month to finalize on Fihalhohi and getting this deal.

I'd recommend Fihalhohi to any one visiting Maldives on a budget. Looks like Bandos island is beautiful as well
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During Season (November to March) , Air India has a non stop daily Bangalore to Male" flight. This is the quickest alternative as it takes around two hours.

Other times there is only one Air India flight which atually operates on the Chennai-Bangalore-Trivandrum-Male route. You can clear customs/immigration at Chennai/Bangalore and remain in the aircraft during transit halts.

Spice Jet operates to /from Kochi

And finally Maldivian (National airline of Maldives) operates non stop thrice weekly to Chennai and daily to Trivandrum. However the late evening arrival of these flights in Male" means they are only useful for nearby resorts (like Bandos). Fares are from Indian Rupees 14500 return from Chennai and 13000 return from Trivandrum.

Spice Jet and Srilankan offers the most connectivity to India (via Kochi and Colombo).

And finally comparing Male' with Shivaji Nagar is a little unfair Yes the capital city is hard pressed for space, but I dont think the OP visited Male' before posting his comparison with Shivaji Nagar. There are also two suburbs (neighbouring islands) where many people who work in Male' stay and commute and they are far cleaner than most Indian cities and the commuting options (by Ferry/Speed Boat) is of a far better standard compared to the daily commute on a Mumbai Local with all its charms,
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And finally comparing Male' with Shivaji Nagar is a little unfair Yes the capital city is hard pressed for space, but I dont think the OP visited Male' before posting his comparison with Shivaji Nagar...
You just have to take that quote only in the spirit. For the lack of a better illustration, OP may have picked up Shivajinagar, and he is not off the mark from an analogy perspective. Every city has its charms, and I believe he just provided a very rough comparison for those who know Shivajinagar!
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Hi did you take any pictures of the interior of the room? The resort looks very interesting! Spectacular pictures too!
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And finally comparing Male' with Shivaji Nagar is a little unfair Yes the capital city is hard pressed for space, but I dont think the OP visited Male' before posting his comparison with Shivaji Nagar
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For the lack of a better illustration, OP may have picked up Shivajinagar
@TKMCE - I used shivajinagar as a comparison because that is what a friend of mine had used to describe male. But I do agree that I could have refrained from commenting about it as I had not visited it

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Hi did you take any pictures of the interior of the room? The resort looks very interesting! Spectacular pictures too!
Thanks Mole. I think I do have a few pics of the interior of the room. Shall post them over the weekend
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