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InterContinental Maldives resort now accepting IHG Rewards Club points bookings ….. at a premium

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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 taking bookings for arrivals from 1st September.

It has been bookable for cash for a while, and reward nights have now been loaded.

That’s the good news.  The bad news is that IHG Rewards Club has thrown away the reward chart and is asking 100,000 points per night with a 2-night minimum.  Historically, if you exclude the Alliance casino hotels, the cap was 70,000 points.

Intercontinental Maldives opening

100,000 points is not a bad deal, of course. 

The cheapest room – Beach Pool Villa – is around $1,000 per night including taxes.  This is what you get on a reward night.  You are getting 1 cent per point which is still excellent value, especially as IHG sells points for 0.5 cents when it runs a 100% bonus.

(Even if have no IHG Rewards Club points, you could still get yourself a half-price stay here by buying all the points you need.  During a promotion, you can often buy up to 200,000 points per person at 0.5 cents, enough for two nights here.  Your partner could do the same to get you to four nights.)

It isn’t clear yet if you can buy-up from a Beach Pool Villa to an overwater one.  This is especially important for families as the Beach Pool Villa only sleeps three.  A family of four needs the two-floor Lagoon Pool Villa which sleeps four.

The good news is that InterContinental Maldives Maamunagau includes a lot of freebies.  All rooms come with:

Breakfast and afternoon tea at Café Umi or The Retreat

Evening cocktails at The Retreat from 8:00pm till 10:00pm

Complimentary house pouring alcoholic beverages from 11:00am till 6:00pm

Intercontinental Maldives using IHG Rewards Club points

Transfers are not free ….

What isn’t free is your transfer.  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!

You should also note that, if you book a specific promo package on the resort home page for cash, transfers are included for free.  This requires, admittedly, a five night minimum cash stay but it does make rewards look a little less attractive.

See what you think.  If you are sitting on a lot of IHG Rewards Club points, this could be a good chance to use them for one memorable holiday.

The hotel website is here.

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

Comments (62)

  • avstar says:

    O/T : Is the tesco ink cartridges recycling scheme still working/worth it? if not any ideas what to do with mine (just 7 cartridges!) thks

  • Lyn says:

    O/T question re IHG or Hilton hotels at Heathrow.

    Any recommendations for one we can access from and to Terminal 5 via the free bus for an overnight stay? IHG Spire or Platinum and Hilton Gold. We’ve only tried the HI Ariel so far. Thanks

    • Rob says:

      The new Holiday Inn and Staybridge Suites on Bath Road are recommended – FAR better than the Ariel! See https://headforpoints.com/2019/03/06/review-holiday-inn-london-heathrow-bath-road/ and https://headforpoints.com/2019/02/15/review-staybridge-suites-london-heathrow-airport-bath-road/

      VERY near to T5, literally 5 minutes on the free bus.

      • Lady London says:

        Not sure Lyn has been a reader but just to clarify the “free bus” at Heathrow is not the Hoppa, which is a ripoff and goes round too many hotels so is a pain if you’re at either end of the route, but any bus running within Heathrow and lots of places very close to it (like most of the Bath Road), i.e. normal London buses, are free if you’re staying within the free bus area and that’s what Rob is mentioning above.

        • Lady London says:

          reader=reader for long… aorry for convoluted above but basically normal London Transport (TFL) buses are free within the Heathrow area.

          • Lyn says:

            Thanks very much Rob and Lady London.

            Yes, I did mean the TfL buses in the free Heathrow zone. I think they are more limited from T5 than from the central bus station but I have taken one to the Ariel from T5 before (which I agree isn’t IHG’s best hotel). I’ve just looked up Rob’s article on the free buses and will download the map.

  • Kenny says:

    OT Air China is doing a return trip to Hanoi from LHR for £1300 in J.. found tix for end of Jan.

  • Jim b says:

    Did anybody find any availability? Can’t find any

  • Rooster says:

    There is no availability and hasn’t been any showing since I checked earlier this week, I know another site at some points managed to find availability but they must have blocked it off since

  • Jon Arnold says:

    Is it really worth the cost? The Maldives is beautiful if the weather plays ball, but on my last trip I had 3 days of rain or grey skies and it looked as exciting as the Bristol Channel. And not a great deal to do and nowhere to go! You’re better off enjoying the same level of luxury in Thailand or Vietnam for half the money or points. Even the Seychelles is better value and more to do and see.