Maldives Here I come!
Yes, I realize we are still 7 months away from our epic honeymoon in Mauritius and Europe, but I can’t help myself: I am already planning my next trip in 2013 to the Maldives.
This one all comes down to overwater bungalows. Ever since I learned what an overwater bungalow actually was, I have been obsessed with staying in one. This isn’t as easy as you might think, because there are literally only a handful of places in the world where you can stay in an overwater bungalow due to hurricanes, monsoons, etc.
Obsessive compulsive tendencies lead me to learn that Bora Bora may be a great place to visit for an overwater bungalow. In fact, Bora Bora probably has the biggest selection of bungalows in the world. Plus, there are many Hilton properties in Bora Bora and it’s a breeze to get there with Delta Skymiles. For our honeymoon, it was between Mauritius and Bora Bora.
Bora Bora is gorgeous, but it was too easy, too commercial and too well known… to the point that when I described an overwater bungalow to a friend, they said “oh, you mean like what they had in Twilight?” CHANGE OF PLANS. No Twilight and hopefully no Bachelor destination for me. Just unadulterated overwater bliss. You all know how we arrived at Mauritius, so let’s get on with the story.
All it takes is a picture of the Maldives to realize how awesome it would be to visit. The question for me was: can I visit the Maldives using Delta Skymiles? After digging around, I learned that this is absolutely possible, via one of two routes:
- Through Skyteam partner Aeroflot through Moscow
- Through Malaysia Airlines (codeshare through Skyteam partners) through Kuala Lumpur
Either of these routes would be a treat, and the thought of going through Moscow for a stopover is particularly intriguing. It appears on Expertflyer.com that it’s pretty easy to get there via business class as well.
Now if we go to the Maldives, we need to find a place to stay. It turns out that the 250k Hilton Honors points I currently possess would work quite well at the Conrad Maldives resort.
Two private islands with several overwater bungalows available. I should have enough points in order to bring the cost of the trip close to $0. But in order to be sure, I am going to sign up for the Hilton Surpass American Express card in order to get enough points to be comfortable. That card also gives Hilton Diamond status, which all but guarantees an upgrade to the best room available.
Will I really be able to use Skymiles and Hhonors points to visit the Maldives? Absolutely. Will I actually be able to break away from work long enough to do this? To be continued…