October to March is the busy season in the Maldives. The normal Discounts and Offers are difficult to find, especially over the critical Christmas and New Year dates
Certain hotels have special rates ONLY for the Indian market, which are distributed through travel agents. These include Paradise island, Kurumba, Holiday Inn Kandooma, Kuramathi, Taj Group Hotels, Club Med, Four Seasons Hotels, Jumeirah Hotels. These special rates are often 25-40% cheaper than “general” online rates.
Different hotels have a different definition for Super peak dates. For some, it starts from 15th of December going up to 31st January, while others have a very short or no super peak dates ( 24th December to 2nd January or only special meal supplements on Christmas and New year)
Sea Plane transfers are 300-600 USD more expensive per person as compared to hotels with Speed boat transfers (which are in turn closer to the airport)
In case you have to go for a resort which requires seaplane transfers opt instead for a domestic flight plus speed boat combo. This will be USD 200-400 per person cheaper.
Some resorts have Early bird offers for 30/60/90 days pre-booking. These include Club Med, Sheraton, Constance, Kurumba, etc.
Usually, very few hotels give free nights in the winter. The Taj group ( Coral Reef and Exotica) are one of few hotel chains which gives free nights in the winter season (along with other freebies). Tierra has access to the special Offers!
Meal plans offer poor value as compared to ordering food a-la-carte, in most properties. In almost all cases, you will end up saving money by ordering on the spot. The other option is the all-inclusive resorts ( Club Med, Lily resort, Aadaran Hudhurunfushi), which bundle alcohol and activities along with meals.
Nearly all hotels give extra for honeymooners and anniversaries. Don’t miss out on them!