The Maldives probably isn’t the first destination that springs to mind when you think of a budget holiday, but this celebrity honeymoon hotspot has been named as one of the top ten best value places for “affordable adventures” in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2019 list.
The picturesque archipelago came fourth in the list of value holiday destinations, but it’s not the exclusive resorts where the likes of the Beckhams, Michelle Keegan, and Phillip Schofield stay that make the cut. While rooms at those idyllic island hideaways can set you back thousands of pounds per night, it is possible to holiday in the Maldives on a stringent budget.
The Maldives has long been a go-to honeymoon and holiday destination among celebrities. While Phillip Schofield took his wife and daughters to the Niyama Private Islands resort to celebrate his birthday and silver wedding anniversary in April.
David and Victoria Beckham favor the Soneva Fushi resort, which can cost as much as £13,000 a night for a family-sized six bedroom residence.
According to Lonely Planet, an increasing number of inhabited, non-resort islands have their own locally-run guesthouses that allow visitors to enjoy the stunning beaches, water sports and climate of the Maldives for as little as $90 per night. The best islands to visit include
There is said to be a growing independent travel scene across the Maldives, making it more accessible than ever before.