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Centara Ras Fushi or Kandima?? Other AI resort recs?

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Centara Ras Fushi or Kandima?? Other AI resort recs?

Hi there!

Fiance and I are in the process of booking our honeymoon for August of this year (we know its a bit last minute)! It will be our first time in the Maldives and we are super excited!!

We have a bit of a tight budget so we are looking into booking an all inclusive resort to cut costs down but also to be able to go on our honeymoon worry free of any bills at the end.

I love snorkeling and adventure sports and the fiancé is a bit of a foodie. Are there any particular resorts you would recommend?

Centara Ras Fushi and Kandima Resort are top on our list of possible resorts for our budget. Buuuuut reviews aren't looking too great.

If you have stayed at either one of these resorts I would love to hear about your experience!

Thanks in advance :)

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1. Re: Centara Ras Fushi or Kandima?? Other AI resort recs?

I've not stayed at these but have a colleague who is considering Centara Ras Fushi for her honeymoon on the same budget orientated basis.

We have found that Reethi Faru is a similar price. You might want to consider them also? Reviews are not amazing but at least there is no rubbish island, the villas are much bigger and it is not in view of Male.

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2. Re: Centara Ras Fushi or Kandima?? Other AI resort recs?

Centara Ras Fushi accept too many day trippers, I don't recommend it.

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3. Re: Centara Ras Fushi or Kandima?? Other AI resort recs?

Eeek I forgot about that. Yes day trippers to an island would be a deal breaker for me too!

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4. Re: Centara Ras Fushi or Kandima?? Other AI resort recs?

Thank you for your feedback! Unfortunately Reethi is sold out for our dates :(

Are there any similar resorts you would recommend with the same budget range?

Has anyone stayed at Bandos? Would that be a better option than centara ras Fushi?

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5. Re: Centara Ras Fushi or Kandima?? Other AI resort recs?

I love the look of Kandima (in fact we had booked for 10 nights later this year) but I know when I asked for some advice on this forum it was not highly recommended.....

We have now booked Fushifaru......but I haven't cancelled Kandima yet!!

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6. Re: Centara Ras Fushi or Kandima?? Other AI resort recs?

Did you check Reethi Beach too? A fabulous island with one of the highest rates of returning guests; we’ve been three times and loved it.

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7. Re: Centara Ras Fushi or Kandima?? Other AI resort recs?

Without knowing the exact budget you are working with you might be able to get some quotes from Vakarufahli. We got a good low season rate with them of about USD $520 per night on FB plus (i.e. drinks included at meals). That said there is only one restaurant which might rule it out for you. I know they offer AI but I prefer to buy the drinks I like as I've found AI drinks have not been to my taste in the past.

Also (guessing at your budget and thinking of resorts with house reefs) you might be able to get Komandoo, OBLU at Helengeli, Vilamendhoo or Velassaru within your budget.

Make sure you contact a Maldives specialist agent. They tend to have better prices and deals than booking through booking sites. I personally prefer Magic of Maldives.

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8. Re: Centara Ras Fushi or Kandima?? Other AI resort recs?

I hope you find a fabulous resort for your honeymoon. A comment about AI: this doesn't necessarily save you money. The difference with AI is that you've already paid for your food and drink before you travel, rather than at the end of your holiday. But in both cases you pay; it's just a question of when.

If you're not a big drinker and don't eat that much, then you may find that going B&B works out more affordably for you. In some resorts AI can limit which restaurants you eat in or what you can eat/drink so you need to check that first and be sure the plan suits you.

No one can decide for you whether you'd save money or not; there are those on the forum who know it does, and those who know they're better off not on AI. It all depends on how much you think you'll eat and drink.

Finally, there may be some good deals for August so definitely check with a Maldives specialist who may be able to get you free half-board or similar which would definitely be a money-saver!

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9. Re: Centara Ras Fushi or Kandima?? Other AI resort recs?

Centara RF is very close to a rubbish processing island and some guests have complained of smells from there.

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10. Re: Centara Ras Fushi or Kandima?? Other AI resort recs?

Parkers, we have Kandima booked for 5 nights and love the look of the place as well and are debating if we should cancel our booking because of all the negative things we are hearing on this forum.

Placitasgirl578 - wow 3 times! Anything in particular you love about the place?

PugHugger - Thank you for all this great information! Our budget is about $5k not including the flights. I will look into the resorts you have listed. Also, we have never used an agent for travel so I will look into that as well. Thanks again for your suggestions!

NautilusKat - Thank you! What I meant with saving money with AI is that we don't want to overspend by paying as we go. We like to have the peace of mind that we have paid everything in advance and there wont be a surprise bill at the end of our trip. My fiancé likes to eat and I like to drink so I don't think B&B would be the best option for us unfortunately.

Maldivirus - Hmmm yeah I am reading this a lot, thank you.

We are going to keep searching for a better resort than Centara RF and also contact an agent to see what they can offer us. I will keep you all posted :)

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