I love the Maldives for its seclusion. The fact that I have to travel to the other side of the world, it takes a day to get to the capital Male, and by the time I’m there I’m still not at the resort is a feature, not a bug. I’m exhausted and ready to immediately relax and the time difference means people in the U.S. aren’t bothering me during the day there. I respond to email early in the morning and have the full day uninterrupted.
That’s why I went to the Maldives 5 years in a row, staying at the Park Hyatt each time and it’s why I plan to try out the St. Regis.
The Conrad though is one of the other really accessible places on points. Despite how expensive rooms are the most any Hilton costs for a standard room is 95,000 points per night. You can get a redemption value relative to the cash price of a room in high season that’s three times normal for the Honors program.
Historically standard rooms have been beach villas, with Emily McNutt noting that water villas have cost up to 322,000 points per night based on the cash price of a room.
Right now though Emily flags that they’re offering water villas at 70% off of that points price. Water villas are pricing out as the standard room for 95,000 points.
And it’s pricing that way in high and low season across nights, any time water villas are available for purchase.
If you’ve had your eye on the Maldives and have Honors points it would be a great idea to book now. They may have just changed the room type for a standard award (and I’ll applaud Hilton greatly for it if they’ve done so!) or perhaps they’re offering these on a temporary sale.
Regardless if you do book I’d wait a few days just to make sure they don’t have hotelier’s remorse offering these rooms at a good rate. Hilton no longer has an award chart of course, there’s no reference point for what the room really ‘should’ cost and no way to know if it’s a policy change, a sale, or something else. But I wouldn’t book non-refundable air yet, just give it a bit to be sure.