The Maldives is an amazing bucket list location and is perfect for those looking for a honeymoon or a baby moon! Along with places like Bora Bora and other French Polynesian islands, it is one of those once in a life time destinations! We however didn’t manage to go to the Maldives until we have our little in tow! This completely changed what we wanted when looking for our paradise Maldives resort and the one thing on our list that the resort must have – a speed boat transfer! In this post we look at why you might want to stay at a resort with a speedboat transfer, the pros and cons of these resorts and then round up the best Maldives resorts with speed boat transfers!
Why stay at Maldives resorts with speed boat transfers
Everyone traveling to the Maldives arrive at Male International Airport! As tourism is the main industry of the Maldives the airport, despite being small is quite well organized. There are two options for transfer to your island paradise – seaplane or boat.
Transferring by speedboat has its benefits:
- The Transfers are quicker as instead of having to get a bus to the local airport and then a seaplane you have a simple walk to the speedboat transfer jetty!
- For those, like me, who hate small planes, the boat can take the stress of transferring.
- If you are short on time for your Maldives retreat then a speedboat transfer can be quicker and means you can make the most of your time on island and
- If you arrive at night it maximizes your time in paradise as seaplanes can not leave during darkness.
Cons of staying in a Maldives resorts with speedboat transfers
For me the pros by far outweigh the cons of staying in a Maldives resorts with a speedboat transfer. As the resorts with speed boat transfers are closer to Male, you may be concerned about airplane noise and traffic.When we stayed in the Maldives we were at the resort closest to the airport and have to say because of how the island was appointed we heard no noise from the planes or indeed notice any flying overhead really but it is worth checking recent reviews for noise levels if you are concerned! However for me there really aren’t any cons to staying in a Maldives resort with a speed boat transfer!
Best Maldives resorts by Speedboat Transfer
So now we have convinced you that staying in a resort with a speedboat transfer is a good idea, why not check out the ten best resorts in the Maldives with a speedboat transfer
Note: we stayed at Bandos Maldives – the other suggestions are based on Research! It is worth checking with the resorts transfer times, prices and availability before booking to ensure speed bot transfer are still available and all related details!
What I would call a mid range resort by Maldives standard. Bandos is perhaps one of the best value resorts for the budget conscious traveller in the Maldives. Not quite as luxurious as some resorts, Bandos is brilliant for families and has a lovely pool, kids club and offers a good all inclusive option!
There is also an extensive dive centre at Bandos Maldives which makes it appealing for those there to dive.
On top of that the hotel has a medical centre which is always useful when traveling with little people in tow!
Please note however that Bandos does not have any over water villas if this is an essential part of your Maldives experience!
Speedboat transfer Details: $93 USD per adult, round trip and 15 minutes
This beautiful resort is but a ten minute speedboat ride from Male.The beautiful resort offers some stunning beach front bungalows with bathrooms to die for! These accommodations are perfect as you get to step right from your bed straight onto the beach without having to pay the price of an overwater bungalow. The resort also has a range of seven restaurants on the island which offer great choice especially for an island of its size!
Speedboat transfer Details: $45USD per adult one way, $22.50 per child (shared transfer)
What I love about the Sheraton is there are options to have rooms with a private pool! There are also options to have beautiful over-water bungalow!
There are plenty of dining options with 7 restaurants on site and a beautiful spa!
For families traveling the resort has families rooms and kids club on site!
Speedboat transfer Details: $136 – children under 12 are free
Holiday Inn as a brand is to one that you may associate with Maldives paradise but it is a good option, especially for families as it frequently has offers such as kids eat free! The resort boasts six dining options as well as an amazing infinity pool!
Speedboat transfer Details: $229 return
A beautiful garden style resort based on a Maldivian village! It takes 25 minutes from Male to arrive in paradise. Four Seasons are one of the best respected luxury hotel brands on the world and this resort lives up to the traditional Four Seasons reputation!
A unique offer at the Four Seasons is their Shark Safari!
Speedboat transfer Details: 300USD return trip, 25 minutes, from Male!
With 24 hour speedboat transfer options, this hotel appeals to those traveling from further afield. This hotel proudly boasts that it was the first hotel in the Maldives to offer the overwater bungalow concept!
The resort also offers a personal butler service! This is truly one for the luxury lover!
Speedboat transfer Details: 50USD, 15 minutes from Male
This hotel has some of the more unusual accommodation with the Dhoni Suites being modeled after traditional Maldivian boats!
Speedboat transfer Details: 300USD Return transfer, 40 minutes from Male
I know that you go to the Maldives for the beach but I also always love a pool! What I love about the Meeru Island Resort is that it has not one but two fresh water pools on the island!
Speedboat transfer Details:
I know this is a family travel blog so I rarely recommend adults only places, but Anantara is a brand I love and if you are able to sneak away from the kids for a weekend or don’t have any yet, then Anantara may be the resort for you with guaranteed tranquility!
Another adults only resort! Perfect for honeymooners! This beautiful resort is only 20 minutes away from the airport but you arrive in complete serenity!
Which of these paradise Maldives Resorts with speed boat transfers would you most like to visit?