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Book the new Le Meridien Maldives from 30,000 Marriott Bonvoy points

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If you are looking for a good value hotel redemption in the Maldives, Le Meridien Maldives is now open for booking.

It is due to open on 1st September, although you should always take these dates with a pinch of salt. That said, if you did book for the first week and they were late, you might get moved to the St Regis or JW Marriott properties instead …..

The hotel booking page is here.

Le Meridien Maldives

An overwater villa from 30,000 Bonvoy points

Fancy the look of this?

The Sunrise Overwater Villa is 100 square metres. Maximum occupancy is three people.

30,000 points is the off-peak price. It will be 35,000 points or 40,000 points on some nights.

However, you also receive ‘fifth night free’ when you book for five or more nights.

Here are typical cash rates, basically $1,000 per night including taxes for a November stay:

Based on 35,000 points per night x 4 for a 5-night stay, you are getting 2.5p per Marriott Bonvoy point.

This is ever-so-slightly better than our target Marriott Bonvoy valuation of 0.5p per point.

Of course, this still isn’t a cheap holiday

The idea that you are going to get a ‘cheap’ Maldives holiday here is obviously nonsense.

For a start, you’ve got the (reportedly) $420 per person, return, 35-minute seaplane transfer from Male. You can be sure that food and drink will be reassuringly expensive too.

Avios redemptions are very hard to get if you want British Airways flights to use a British Airways American Express 2-4-1 voucher. Your best bet is to hope that BA adds additional services and then jump in when the automatic ‘two Club World seats’ get added to the schedule.

We usually post on HfP when new Maldives services are launched so regular readers will maximise their chances of getting seats. You can also set alerts via SeatSpy.

A good alternative is via Doha with Qatar Airways, which is an Avios partner. Either fly Qatar Airways all the way, or use a BA Amex 2-4-1 voucher to fly to Doha and then use cash or Avios for a separate booking from Doha to Male.

You could also fly to Dubai on BA on a 2-4-1 and pay cash for an Emirates connection. You obviously need the Middle East to come off the Red or Amber quarantine lists if you do this. Cash connections via a BA flight to India are also possible but clearly riskier to book at the moment.

SriLankan Airlines is in oneworld, and so bookable on Avios, and used to fly from London to the Maldives. I’m not sure if this flight will return post-covid.

Conclusion

The new Le Meridien Maldives is currently an exceptional deal for Marriott Bonvoy points, although the overall cost of getting there means that this will never be a cheap holiday.

You can find out more, and book, on the hotel website here.

PS. Check the cancellation deadlines carefully before booking, especially over Christmas and New Year


How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (June 2022)

There are various ways of earning Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.

The official Marriott Bonvoy American Express card comes with 20,000 points for signing up, 2 points for every £1 you spend and 15 elite night credits per year.

You can apply here.

American Express Marriott Bonvoy credit card

Marriott Bonvoy American Express

20,000 bonus points and 15 elite night credits Read our full review

You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points by converting American Express Membership Rewards points at the rate of 2:3.

Do you know that holders of The Platinum Card from American Express receive FREE Marriott Bonvoy Gold status for as long as they hold the card?  It also comes with Hilton Honors Gold, Radisson Rewards Gold and MeliaRewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points indirectly:

and for small business owners:

The conversion rate from American Express to Marriott Bonvoy points is 2:3.

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which can be used to earn Marriott Bonvoy points

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

Comments (43)

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  • meta says:

    Looks like a good deal. Platinums and above should get free breakfast.

    You probably won’t be able to use SNAs either. I also wonder if they’ll sell meal plans as that might be a good way to reduce overall F&B costs.

    • Benilyn says:

      Gold too?

      • gareth says:

        gold doesnt get breakfast

        • Benilyn says:

          Not doubting you, but how does that work vs Hilton’s Gold benefit of free brek, do places just ignore it?

          • meta says:

            Marriott Gold never get breakfast at any property in the world. Only Platinums and above and not at certain brands such as Ritz Carlton.

          • Benilyn says:

            @meta – brain fart moment for me, I thought this was Hitlon for some reason!

    • Ikaz says:

      I have a reservation there (booked on Monday), and it won’t let me apply SNA (yet?). Trip planned for September

      • meta says:

        Probably property doesn’t participate in the SNA system. Some Kyoto properties for example are excluded such as Mitsui, Westin, etc.

  • Memesweeper says:

    Half, full board, and all-incl. packages available for those who want to stop worrying about costs when they’re there.

    • Memesweeper says:

      (Reply was for meta)

    • Clive says:

      Yes would also be interested

      • Magic Mike says:

        If it’s like the differential on the cash rates, then HB will be ~$120/day, FB ~$200/day, and AI ~$250/day.

        Alternatively, pack Pot Noodles…

        • BuildBackBetter says:

          Is that including taxes? Read that Westin charges $150 per day for FB.

        • Anuj says:

          Is that per person or (naively) could it be per room

          • meta says:

            Per room and taxes are included. Though this all a speculation at this stage…

  • Sam G says:

    Thanks Rob

    I didn’t realise that the “points advance” didn’t lock the rate in & I’m hoping to go to Thailand but I’ve booked this as a potential back up for November

    • meta says:

      Yes, but it reserves the room. It will probably not rise in category until March 2022, but it might go up to 40k points for all dates until then, still a very good deal for that price. Much cheaper than Radisson Maldives and probably better staff.

      • Sam G says:

        Yes that was my thinking and no harm if not I’ll just cancel !

  • Russ says:

    I’ve booked over Christmas @40,000 a night as it’s close’ish to Muscat. Bit concerned about the picture they’ve sent in the confirmation email with catering staff holding a paper bag and cup. Anyway it’s booked with points so I can always cancel 🙂

    Thanks for the heads up Rob.

    • meta says:

      My confirmation email shows the reception area. Are you sure you booked the correct hotel?😂

      • Russ says:

        Lol!!!! Yes I did book the right hotel – thank you (cheeky *%$+!)

        It’s further down, cunningly hidden behind a link in your email:

        ‘Important Information About Your Stay
        In response to current travel advisories, this hotel may have modified hours or limitations on certain services and amenities. Learn More”

        • meta says:

          Ah, that’s just the standard Marriott blurb for all hotels and not part of the email.

          • Russ says:

            Don’t you believe it. Marriott are going to milk this Covid cost cutting exercise for as long as possible. We’ll be paying the equivalent of £1000 a night for a plastic cup of OJ, croissant and a triangle of Dairy Lea.

          • meta says:

            I’ve stayed at luxury Marriott hotels during covid (last summer) and nothing has changed much apart from no more buffet breakfasts, but rather table a la carte service. I actually prefer that and I found those hotels going out of their way to make it as good as buffet.

          • Russ says:

            Thanks meta. See you there then!

  • meta says:

    Regarding cancellation. It’s 7 days before for points bookings.

  • Babyg says:

    This gives some perspective to the Langley now charging 70k points per night and highlights what a poor use of points that would be.

    • Rob says:

      Except, given the cash price of that hotel, it isn’t a poor use of points given our 0.5 per point valuation.

      It isn’t even comparatively expensive. Four Seasons Hampshire, for a random Saturday in July, starts at £725 per night for their worst rooms (pre-covid you’d pay £400). Most weekends don’t even have any rooms left.

      • NC says:

        Is it possible for an average sized human to stand up on the upper floor of the Four Seasons? Not the case for those cheaping out and visiting the Langley!

  • Super Secret Stuff says:

    Ooooo, could be an interesting use of my MR points. Although I am saving them for Australia and not confident on travel in the near future

  • Bobri says:

    On a related note, Iberia launching flights from Madrid to Male in July

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