The Maldives is high on many vacationers must visit list. The real question is where to stay in the Maldives? There are so many options and each and every one of them have different positives and negatives. As hotel reviewers, we want to show you what to expect at each property we visit so you can know what is the best for you based on your preferences and budget. We have been to Dusit Thani Maldives and here is all you need to know about it!
Great Things About the Dusit Thani Maldives
First of all, it is located in the UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve on the Mudhdhoo Island. You are now amongst the white sand and crystal clear water. You will be hosted with great Thai hospitality and very professional staff. The place is surrounded by a living house reef so it is a paradise for snorkelers and divers. You can also do some kayaking, kite surfing, sailing and jet-skiing.
The place is perfect for couples and families that are looking for active activities, incredible food and great spa experiences. Do spend some time investing in your wellness at the Devarana Spa. If you have kids, the place has great facilities for them including amazing activities like sea safari, etc. Make sure you check their website for offers for families as they include extras from activities and excursions.
The food is exceptional at the Dusit Thani Maldives. Benjarong is an incredible Thai restaurant, so if you are into Thai food you will absolutely love it. There are a few food outlets like The Market where you get the buffet and Sea Grill for steaks and seafood. If you fancy a casual drink, there is of course a bar where you can spend the night away! The team will organize for you customized experiences based on your preferences and special requests.
Things to improve
This is not necessary to a major thing to improve but getting to the Dusit Thani Maldives is quite a hike if you don’t want to spend time on the seaplane! So if you want to get there as a family you will want to crunch some numbers and take a seaplane to avoid having the hassle of having kids around while waiting for the domestic flight, etc. On a positive note, you always have access to the lounge before departure of the local flight which is much better than waiting in the airport.
The resort is obviously beautiful and the design has some aspect of the Maldivian architecture but certainly not enough if you are looking for a traditional Maldivian look and feel type of place. In terms of the rooms, the pool edge can be rough, I scratched myself and it wasn’t very pleasant. But the rooms were exceptional and this is a very minor thing
How to get to Dusit Thani Maldives
How much is the seaplane to Dusit Thani Maldives
You’ve guessed it, one of the best way to get to a resort in the Maldives is by seaplane. Then comes the existential question of how much it costs. Travelling by seaplane will not only save you hassle of travelling around, it is an incredible experience. It is smaller than a regular plane and you get to be lower to enjoy sightseeing from the window and take beautiful photos. You will depart the seaplane port next to Malé International Airport. The flight duration is 35 minutes. So here you go, how much is the seaplane to the resort round trip? 514$US per adult (12 yo+), 257$US per child and children under 2 years old fly for free. (Tax included)
Alternatives to get to Dusit Thani Maldives
The Dusit Thani is a bit further than some other resorts, hence you can’t only take a boat transfer from the Malé International Airport.
So step 1: You will have to take a domestic flight with Trans Maldivian Airways to Dharavandhoo Domestic Airport in Baa Atoll. Where a Dusit Thani representative will be waiting for you at the domestic airport and escort you to the speedboat transfer jetty for a 10-minute speedboat journey towards the resort. The flight will take you 20 minutes, but the total time it will get you to get there will depend on when the local flight is scheduled for. Flight cost roundtrip is 295 $US for all age and it’s free for under 2 years old kids. (Tax included)
How to book the transfers
Dusit Thani Maldives will reserve the Seaplane/Domestic Flight transfers for you and you will have to pay at the time of check out. Arrange your flight transfer preferences at the time of making a reservation on the hotels’ website or through their reservations team at [email protected] You can get more information here.
Dusit Thani Maldives Rates
The rooms are so big, luxurious and wonderful. Quality of all the amenities are top and the bed is obviously very comfortable. Would expect nothing less from Dusit Thani. For your comfort, you have a pillow card and can call to get the ones you prefer.
Our Final Thoughts
If you are living in Dubai and want a vacation, the Maldives should be on top of your list. Try to arrange island hopping and visit a few resorts instead of staying only at one. This way you get to have different experiences. We absolutely loved the experience at Dusit Thani Maldives, mostly being with the excursion team and learning how to free dive. Not only the activities were great for us, the food was a memorable experience. Just breakfast by itself is incredible and we sure like our Asian flavours in the mornings like dim sums. Do use the most of the fresh fruit bar but also to make some delicious juices out of it.
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