Amazing Deal: Book Le Meridien Maldives For 24K Marriott Bonvoy Points Per Night

Amazing Deal: Book Le Meridien Maldives For 24K Marriott Bonvoy Points Per Night

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The new Le Meridien Maldives will be opening in a few months, and there’s an intriguing opportunity to redeem points here. I’m not sure I’d be rushing to take advantage of this, though.

Le Meridien Maldives opens September 2021

The Le Meridien Maldives is accepting reservations for stays as of September 1, 2021. This is the latest hotel in Marriott’s Maldives portfolio, which keeps growing (it otherwise consists of the JW Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, Sheraton, St. Regis, W, and Westin).

The hotel will feature 150 rooms, including both beach bungalows and overwater villas. The hotel is on the island of Thilamaafushi in the Lhaviyani Atoll, which is north of Male, and can be accessed by a 35-minute seaplane journey (which costs $420 per person roundtrip).

The resort will feature six restaurants and bars, a spa and fitness center, a swimming pool, a kids club, a dive center, water sports activities, and more.

This will probably be Marriott’s second most affordable and least luxurious option in the Maldives, after the Sheraton.

Below are some renderings of the new hotel, which look quite nice, but then again, these are just renderings, so adjust your expectations accordingly. 😉

This is a Category 5 Marriott Bonvoy property

What will make the Le Meridien most intriguing for Marriott Bonvoy members is that it’s “just” a Category 5 property. This means that a free night here will cost:

  • 30,000 points per night off-peak season
  • 35,000 points per night standard season
  • 40,000 points per night peak season
  • You get a fifth night free on award redemptions, meaning you could potentially stay here for just 24,000 points per night
  • Also keep in mind that you could use credit card free night certificates here for many dates, which are typically capped at properties costing 35,000 points per night

For context, I value Bonvoy points here at ~0.7 cents each, so to me that’s like paying as little as $168 per night for a stay in the Maldives, which is pretty incredible.

Equally cool is that you can redeem points here either for a villa on land, or for an overwater villa (while many other properties make you pay an upgrade surcharge for an overwater villa).

When paying cash, the overwater villa would cost an extra ~$50 per night. For context, paid rates here seem to start at ~$440 per night pre-tax, and go up from there.

The overwater villa is marketed as offering 1,076 square feet of space, though I’d guess that includes the deck as well, as the interior space doesn’t look that huge, as there doesn’t appear to be a living area. Still, it’s a spacious accommodation.

Is it worth booking a stay here?

If you’re comfortable traveling to the Maldives, should you consider booking a stay at the Le Meridien, given what a spectacular deal it is using points? It depends.

Yes, this is objectively a very good deal on points, both in absolute and relative terms. At the same time, the Maldives is very much a destination that’s about picking the right resort to stay at, given that you’re basically “stuck” there. With that in mind:

  • The hotel isn’t open yet, so we don’t actually know how nice it will be
  • The Maldives is a place where many people like to splurge on where they stay, given how challenging it is to get to, and what a special place it is
  • You’re still going to be paying significant cash, between the $420 per person seaplane transfer, and the money you’ll spend on food, drinks, and activities

If there were a disproportionately good value somewhere on points in a city then I’d totally go for it, since in a city your time won’t necessarily center around your hotel stay. At the same time, for a secluded island getaway, it may be a different story.

If you are considering this, I’d recommend maybe booking far in advance, and then you can wait for the hotel to open and see what people say about the property.

Bottom line

The Le Meridien Maldives is now accepting reservations for stays as of September 2021, and it will be a Category 5 Marriott Bonvoy property. This is an opportunity to book an overwater villa in the Maldives for as little as 24,000 points per night, after factoring in a fifth night free.

While this has the potential to be a great deal, I don’t necessarily think everyone should jump on this. Getting to the Maldives is complicated and expensive, and there are a lot of unknowns about this hotel, given that it’s not yet open. Many may find it worth making a speculative award booking, though.

Anyone plan to redeem points at the Le Meridien Maldives?

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  1. mbh

    No more overwaters for 2021 that I can find. Just on the beach, which I'll wait for, thanks. I have to use a 7 night vacay package and was trying to use it here, but no luck. While I'm sure the water is lovely, etc. etc., there are a million ocean front rooms I can get on points in the world. To most of us, the whole point of getting all the way to the Maldives is the OWB. I was waiting to be sure my vacay certs were extended beyond 8/1. Too late. : (

  2. Robert D

    Something weird going on with your site the past couple of days. I can no longer use my “back” button to return to your home page after reading an article. I have to tap on the OMAAT banner at the top of the page. My “back” button works fine on all other websites. Weird.

  3. MM

    I booked yesterday (May 5th) for November. Just wondering, having never been to the Maldives, does one spend the night before their return flight back home in Male? Or have folks gone straight from the resort to the airport? Also, any word if the resort will be offering Covid tests? Won't that be needed to get back home/or to take an international flight these days?

  4. Kevin

    I just booked 6 nights consecutively plus using a cert for 6th night
    Overwater villa
    130k points
    Late Sept

  5. iamhere

    I don't think this is a good deal. I usually base it on where I usually redeem my Marriott points. That gives me an approximate dollar to point value. Anything at much worse value I don't redeem there.

  6. David

    @chuck - thanks! will take a look

  7. Chuck

    @David Pan, the hotel calendar is still showing lots of availability between September and early January, with nights at 30k, 35k, or 40k. You may not be able to string together five consecutive nights at this moment, but presently there are still eight 3-night slots going for 110-120k total. That's still a great bargain (at a good property?) in my book.

  8. embpilot

    The hotel is no longer bookable for any dates

  9. David Pan

    Looks like the deal is gone now... Checked for all of Sept and there is no availability.

  10. Tom

    I booked it speculatively. Now I gotta figure out how to get there.

  11. Chuck

    @Bgriff, I have done this several times. It works as it should with no loss to the consumer. It requires only separate reservations, which the hotel can manage well enough.

  12. Bgriff

    @Chuck -- I wasn't sure actually how 6 nights would work but it looks like you're correct. So basically just don't use the free night certificate for a 5-night stay.

  13. Kevin

    Lucky, you tagged the post "Malaysia". Mistake? :)

    1. Ben

      @ Kevin -- Indeed, my mistake. Fixed, thanks for the heads up!

  14. Chuck

    @Bgriff, why do you oppose a 6-night stay with two free nights, one from the "fifth night free" and one from a certificate?

  15. Nick

    Regarding hotel deals: with the Amex FHR deal of spend $800 on pre paid reservations, do the taxes count toward $800 spend? Thanks.

  16. Bgriff

    Plus don't forget that you should be careful not to use your free night certificates if you are booking for 5 nights (or more, I believe) since Marriott obnoxiously applies the certificate against the 5th night that you already get for free!

    (And since it's arguably not worth going all the way to the Maldives for less than 5 nights, that might mean it's never a very good idea to use credit card certificates here.)

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mbh

No more overwaters for 2021 that I can find. Just on the beach, which I'll wait for, thanks. I have to use a 7 night vacay package and was trying to use it here, but no luck. While I'm sure the water is lovely, etc. etc., there are a million ocean front rooms I can get on points in the world. To most of us, the whole point of getting all the way to the Maldives is the OWB. I was waiting to be sure my vacay certs were extended beyond 8/1. Too late. : (

Robert D

Something weird going on with your site the past couple of days. I can no longer use my “back” button to return to your home page after reading an article. I have to tap on the OMAAT banner at the top of the page. My “back” button works fine on all other websites. Weird.

MM

I booked yesterday (May 5th) for November. Just wondering, having never been to the Maldives, does one spend the night before their return flight back home in Male? Or have folks gone straight from the resort to the airport? Also, any word if the resort will be offering Covid tests? Won't that be needed to get back home/or to take an international flight these days?

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