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The InterContinental Maldives hotel resort is opening soon!

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The first luxury IHG property in the Maldives (if you exclude the Holiday Inn!) is about to open.

InterContinental Maldives Maamunagau Resort is now taking bookings for arrivals from 1st September.

The bad news is that there are no reward nights currently loaded into the system.  This is a shame, given that the cheapest room – Beach Pool Villa – is around $1,000 per night plus taxes.

Intercontinental Maldives opening

Hopefully this will change.  If reward nights do open up, I would expect the supply for the next year to disappear quickly so you need to be prepared with your plans.  Note that the Beach Pool Villa – the only room category likely to be available as a reward – only sleeps two people so redemptions are not an option for families unless you can ‘buy up’ for cash to the two-floor Lagoon Pool Villa which sleeps four.

Access from Male is via seaplane, so you will be on the hook for $580 return per adult and $290 return per child, plus taxes, for the transfer.  Even as a redemption this isn’t going to be cheap!

The hotel website is here.

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Comments (95)

  • Dillo says:

    OT but Virgin-related:

    If 2-4-1 or upgrade vouchers are dependent on Flying Club Status, does anyone know how they handle changes in status between triggering the voucher, booking a flight and the flight itself? I am Silver currently and have just triggered the voucher, but I will be Gold after my next flight in July. I plan to use the voucher for a flight in December, so can I use it to book an UC companion seat now or will I have to wait until I hit Gold status? Hoping that it’s not linked to status at time of trigger, as I’d be very disappointed!

    Secondly, will the call centre staff know the rules yet, or am I in for arguements and T&C quoiting (that’s my previous experience)? Thanks!

    • Michael says:

      Logically, I can’t see it being linked to status at time of trigger if i’m honest. Wait until you hit gold and then redeem it.

  • Tracy says:

    2 questions.
    1. I am travelling Iberia business class from Madrid to nyc return with my 19 year old. Will the 19 year old be allowed alcohol in Madrid lounge, on flight to nyc, jfk lounge and return flight to Madrid? I am assuming yes to first two, no to second two?
    2. Can I use two 241’s online on same booking if 4 reward flights are available? Thanks

    • Dillo says:

      Not sure about 1, You might need to make separate bookings for each of the vouchers, but it shouldn’t matter (just ensure you sit together).

    • Anna says:

      I think you can use 2 vouchers on the same booking if they belong to the same person (i.e. they are both in one BA account). Though if they were issued to you and another person, you might be able to use them via a phone booking if you were authorised to access the other person’s account, depending on how awkward BA customer services were feeling that day!

      Technically your son needs to be 21 to be served alcohol in the USA BUT – we were in that lounge on Saturday night and no-one was asking for ID! There is also a self serve section so your son could get his own drink or you could get it for him. I can only see a problem if he looks a lot younger than he is. There shouldn’t be any issue with Madrid/Iberia, he is classed as an adult.

      • Harpo says:

        Most states do have 21 as the legal age, but there are about half a dozen that permit under 21s to drink on licensed premises with adult/parental company. New York isn’t one which doesn’t really help. I know Connecticut is if you’re ever in Newhaven.

    • marcw says:

      In the lounge in Spain and on the plane, no problem. In the lounge at JFK, probably yes (even though legal drinking age is 21).

    • Kai says:

      I have friends who get turned away at the JFK lounge and handed food vouchers instead for being under 21, but maybe having a companion makes a difference?

      • Anna says:

        Turned away for what reason? Is there a rule that you have to be traveling with someone over the age of 21 to get in?

    • Michael says:

      I’ve been to the US solo before I turned 21 and had no problem getting served booze in a lounge or on a flight. Bars on the other hand…

      Flights shouldn’t be a problem if it’s a Spanish reg’d aircraft in International airspace. Not sure about the JFK lounge but you can always just say nothing.

    • Tracy says:

      Thanks everyone, she will be 20 when we fly and just wants a few glasses of champagne 🙂 will just wait and see if she is id challenged in jfk lounge……

  • Shoestring says:

    Heard this on the radio this morning & here’s the story: Extinction Rebellion, the climate-change protest group, says it intends to shut down operations at Europe’s busiest airport, Heathrow, for 11 days this summer
    https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/extinction-rebellion-heathrow-protest-drones-flight-cancelled-delay-airport-a8941351.html

    • Anna says:

      This summer, when there will be far fewer business travellers who are the ones flying week in and week out, and more families on their (possibly) single, precious annual holiday? They won’t get a lot of sympathy. Hopefully the police will act swiftly as they seemed to start doing after the first disruption.

  • David says:

    I won the cricket! Thanks Rob

    • Babyg says:

      Tix had a face value of 550 per tix, so 144k hilton points wasnt bad value, but they would have gone for 60k if it wasn’t mentioned here me thinks.

      Enjoy the game!

      • Rob says:

        But David only found about it on here, so for him the choice was a) not going because he never knew about it or b) paying 144k points for £1100 of tickets, so he’s a happy bunny.

        • Babyg says:

          True, but lots more people missed out on potentially amazing value tix because hfp zombies were pointed at the auction and had bucket loads of points to pay basically face value for the cricket tix, therefore defeating the purpose of points in the first place, yes I know for some the points were free or cheap… But if you had to buy points not in a sale 144k points isn’t amazing value for 1100 pounds.. 60k would have been

          • Rob says:

            144k Hilton points are worth around £450 max. This also ignores the fact that, for people who spend 3-4 nights per week in hotels, the last thing they want to do with their points is book yet more hotels!

          • babyg says:

            all very true Rob, I’m just disappointed i didn’t bag a bargain box seat (or a steal i guess)… then again wouldn’t have gotten a Hilton Visa before they disappeared had it not been for this site… and therefore wouldnt have had the much larger stash of points in the first place – so nothing really to complain about. For all my whinging your site is great… now if people only stopped talking about creative ways to generate points in public forums we would all be better off.