Affordable Island Accommodation In The Maldives

Accommodation in the Maldives

Resorts dominate the mainstream here so finding budget-friendly accommodation in the Maldives is not easy. Yet, you’ve done it!  Affordable dream vacations are now an option in the Maldives thanks to guest houses popping up on local, inhabited islands.

Guest houses like ours provide quality amenities and keep guest satisfaction in mind.  We offer access to the same beautiful lagoons and offer all the modern comforts, like air conditioning, at a fraction of the cost of a resort holiday.  Check out the unique and exclusive locations below:

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Asia Inn Villa Retreat – South Ari Atoll

Catering to luxury on a budget, Asia Inn offers just 4 spacious rooms with ensuite bathrooms.  The guesthouse offers a private and quiet atmosphere, like a home away from home.


Kuri Inn – Omadhoo

Kuri Inn guest house is situated in the picturesque fishing village of Omadhoo in the heart of Ari Atoll, a clean and friendly local island. The island’s southwest beach side extends out into the water with an extraordinarily beautiful sand narrow.



Aveyla Manta Village – Baa Atoll

Where affordable luxury meets village charm.  Located on the tropical island of Dharavandhoo, at the heart of the Maldives’ only UNESCO marine biosphere reserve in Baa Atoll, this beachfront hotel is ideally situated to experience the very best of what this country has to offer.


Villa Stella – Ribudhoo

Located on the lovely Ribudhoo Island in the remote Dhaalu Atoll, a stay at Villa Stella is the perfect way to get away from it all.  Accessible by seaplane, this small private guesthouse on a locally inhabited island lets you relax your way while taking in a genuine Maldivian environment.




Arena Lodge – Maafushi

Located on the fun-time island of Maafushi, there are activities to keep you entertained both on and off the island, which shares it’s lagoon with Cocoa Beach resort.  Arena Lodge is affordable and comfortable with all the modern conveniences.

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Arena Beach Hotel – Maafushi

Arena Beach Hotel is a 4-star hotel, right on the beach front, with staff that will give you a warm welcome to Maafushi Island, Maldives. They offer 19 elegant rooms with stunning views of either the turquoise, lagoon-stretch into the azure-blue ocean, or the green garden of coconut trees.


Happy Life Maldives Lodge

Island living at its best in North Male on Dhiffushi Island.  Four modern suites, an intimate atmosphere and a selection of activities will create tropical memories to last a lifetime.

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Azoush Tourist Guest House

Azoush Guest House is located in Fulhadhoo Island near the famous Hanifaru “Manta” Bay in Baa Atoll.  Experience local Maldivian culture while taking in the island atmosphere around this quaint, quiet island getaway.


Rip Tide Vacation Inn – Guraidhoo – Male Atoll

Rip Tide is a great base for surfers, divers and island excursions, catering to individuals and groups.  The twin and triple rooms are comfortable and fit the needs of budget travelers with a local ferry transfer available from Male.  Friendly staff are always on hand to help.


Plumeria Boutique Guesthouse – Vaavu Atoll

Plumeria caters to tourists looking to experience the “Real Maldives”– a side of country unseen due to the previous of the lucrative ‘one island, one resort model’. We firmly believe that the customs, cultures and traditions of the island are indispensable assets to the Maldives experience.



Tropic Tree Guesthouse – Gulhi Island – South Male Atoll

There is a tradition on Gulhi Island for warmly welcoming visitors and guests.  A stay at Tropic Tree will surely fascinate visitors and provide a truly cultural Maldivian holiday experience.


Yonder Retreat – Folhudhoo

Yonder Retreat is designed to provide you with a local, authentic and luxurious feel. We offer a sense of privacy and comfort in the rooms and guesthouse, as well as a private beach for all guests.



Tips for Choosing Accommodation in the Maldives

If you are planning to go to the Maldives for your holiday, the hotel selection will be one of the important considerations. You’re already in the right place for great guest houses but here are a few tips to make sure you end up in the most suitable accommodation for you:

Location, location, location.

You have probably heard this before, particularly when buying a home. Location is still the very first thing you have remember when selecting a hotel. Choose a place that is conveniently located to your itineraries. Check it out and you’ll see that many local islands are just a local ferry journey away from Male – where your flight will land in the Maldives. On local islands you can avoid being surrounded by heaps of tourists and you are still surrounded by spectacular scenery, all while saving a bundle.

Set your budget.

A Maldives holiday can become very expensive if you have not carefully considered your budget. Once you set your price, you can substantially narrow down the list of your prospective accommodation options. Consider activities, accommodation and meals.

Decide: luxurious OR interesting experience.

Once you look at all these costs you can decide whether a luxury hotel is important to you – or if it’s the surroundings and experience that will make for a memorable vacation. Local islands offer island living among locals with access to the activities, beaches and scenery that expensive resorts offer. Guest house prices are minimal and still offer meals and comfy facilities.


Look for an island that offers activities that you are planning to do while in the Maldives. Are you going for some diving or snorkelling? Do you want do some water sports like jet skiing and parasailing? Check to see if the location you’re considering offers what you want. Note: booking activities in advance as part of a package might get you some discounts.


Determine which package is most suitable and fits your needs. Book ‘room only’ if you wish to spend most of your time outside the hotel or guest house. Room only is the cheapest rate that resorts offer but room and board might end up getting you better value. ‘Room and breakfast’ is often the more preferred choice since no one really wants to worry about where to eat at the start of the day. Room and breakfast is best to those who want to spend the rest of the day in other places. ‘Full board’ includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. On the local islands check what local restaurants are available as your guest house might actually be one of the best places to eat! Note: full board does not include drinks. In fact, on local islands alcohol is not available. ‘All-inclusive’ packages offered by some resorts include all meals, alcohol and all/some activities. This suits people who have a big budget and do not want to worry about anything except making their way from the room to beach, then restaurant and back to the room each day.


Local islands and guest houses generally offer basic amenities that allow you to focus your attention on the beauty of the nature surrounding you. Since you’re not staying among tons of other tourists you’ll have a one of a kind vacation experience. Many Maldives resort have spa centers and health related services that will definitely make you feel pampered. These, of course, come with a price but if you are willing to spend on such luxury there are no end to the resort options – take your pick.


The best months to visit Maldives are from December to April. These months offer the most hours of sunshine with the least chances of rain. Remember, Maldives is in the Indian Ocean so if you want to escape the chilly or rainy winters, this is the place to go.


If you are traveling with children, you might think about choosing a resort with a kid’s club. This is not a budget option but you keep your kids entertained while you relax or enjoy the activities you plan for your vacation. For a more unique experience though your kids may benefit from seeing how the people of the Maldives live on a local island and spending more time with their parents enjoying the exciting activities the Maldives has to offer.


If you are planning to spend your honeymoon in Maldives, there are several resorts that have packages for a romantic getaway. Resorts offer luxury and smaller islands offer a unique experience. Make your honeymoon memorable based on your tastes.

Party mood

As opposed to a romantic getaway, you can definitely feel the party mood on larger islands, especially at night when there may be organized entertainment. Alcohol is prohibited on local islands, so if you stay there you could make a day trip to a resort for an island cocktail. The fresh juice is delicious though on the local islands!

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