Today (November 13, 2015): Travel Tip: get a FREE upgrade at the best luxury resort in the Maldives!
By now, I think it is clear to most of you that I consider the Maldives to be the ultimate beach destination in the world for the discerning traveler. Located on the equator towards the south of India and stretching over 800 km (500 mi), the Maldives are the visible coral tips of an oceanic volcanic mountain range whose outer edge at some points plunge to depths of over 3 km (1,8 mi). The stunningly beautiful islands are blessed with some of the most spectacular beaches in the world, crystal clear blue lagoons, incredible underwater wildlife, and unrivalled luxury resorts, each one taking up its own private island.
The Maldives is home to so many ultra-luxurious, hyper-exclusive, six-star resorts, that it can be hard to choose one. That’s why I have previously published a top 10 of my preferred resorts in the Maldives, to help you make the right decision.
Although I have explained before how to get a hotel room upgrade (using some tricks and a mix of skill, emotional intelligence and a considerable amount of luck), the Maldives is probably the most difficult destination on the globe to actually score an upgrade to a premium room, since most resorts only have a limited amount of villas available and are often fully booked months in advance. Today, I explain you how you can get a FREE upgrade (subject to availability) at the Maldives’s most exclusive resort (and it won’t cost you any effort nor depend from luck)!
Soneva Fushi is the Maldives’ original desert island hideaway, offering barefoot ‘intelligent luxury’ at its finest (you can read my review of Soneva Fushi here). The worldfamous resort is located in the stunnnig Baa Atoll island archipelago, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, which can be reached by a 30 minute waterplane transfer from Male. It is managed by Soneva, my absolute favorite hotel brand in the world (you can read here why). Massive, Robinson Crusoe-style, multi-bedroom luxury villas and private residences are hidden among dense tropical foliage. In keeping with the castaway theme, many are built to resemble tree houses. All villas open to their own private stretch of sugar white sands, and most boast their own private seawater swimming pools. Intuitive service is provided by Mr./Ms. Friday butlers who know what you want before you want it. Wether it is watching movies under the stars at Cinema Paradise, counting Saturn’s rings in the Observatory, deciding between sixty flavours of ice cream, enjoying one of the five hundred different wines at one of the nine dining options, or cycling round the island, never knowing when you might have to swerve to avoid bunny rabbits or lizard: every visit to Soneva Fushi makes you feel young again. Soneva Fushi features in my following top 10 travel lists:
If I did not convince you yet to book a holiday-of-a-lifetime at Soneva Fushi, then the following will sure do: I can get you a room upgrade (e.g. from a Crusoe Villa to a Crusoe Villa with a private pool). This is how it’s done (it could not be easier):
- Step 1: contact me before making a booking, so I can arrange a free upgrade for you (via my Soneva contacts). If an upgrade is not available for your requested travel dates, a Soneva experience will be offered instead.
- Step 2: after I reply to you (to confirm the upgrade), you make the booking yourself on the official Soneva website or via your preferred travel agent.
Enjoy the weekend and stay tuned for Monday when I reveal a new top 10 travel list.