Marriott has announced that the Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa is opening this September 2021. This is awesome news because it means we can now redeem an overwater bungalow experience for a much lower amount of points than you normally need for such an experience!
Typically, an overwater bungalow experience will require you to redeem around 80,000 points for one night. This doesn’t mean it’s impossible to stay at one of these bucket list travel destinations. It simply means you need to rack up a massive amount of points in your life-time to be able to achieve this goal. The Sheraton Maldives overwater bungalow is the easiest one to redeem being category 6. With a category 6 property, you need 40,000-60,000 points to redeem for one night. This isn’t bad, in my opinion, but you certainly don’t get to use your category 5 e-certificate.
VIDEO – Marriott Maldives Overwater Bungalow Category 5 Redemption (NEW!)
Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa Category 5
With the brand new opening of the Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa, you can redeem your Marriott points to stay an overwater bungalow for as little as 30,000 points during the off-season. During the regular season, it’s 35,000 points or 40,000 points during peak season. You can also use your e-certificate which can be used for a category 5 or lower Marriott property.
If you book 4 nights, you get the 5th night free. So essentially, it will cost you:
- 120,000 points for 5 nights during the off-season which is 24,000 points per night
- 140,000 points for 5 nights during the regular season which is 28,000 points per night
- 160,000 points for 5 nights during peak season which is 32,000 points per night
In my opinion, this redemption is freaking good. It’s so good that a lot of peak-season dates for the sunrise bungalow got booked up the moment they released it. The early bird gets the worm. Or in this case, the early points redeemer got the overwater bungalow. If you’re slow, you can still book the beach bungalow. It’s an okay consolation prize if you wait and “think about it”.
Even though redeeming your points qualifies you for a free night stay at an overwater bungalow in the Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa, there are still some fees to keep in mind.
The major one is the $420 USD transport/transfer fee to take a seaplane to the island. That fee is per person so if you go with someone, then it’s $840 USD for two. Most people travel here as a couple since the overwater bungalow is a couples destination. I’d probably feel sad if I went there by myself.
There’s also a government fee of $60 USD.
You can offset these fees by getting using your credit card points from Aventura, Avion, HSBC, AMEX Cobalt, or Scotia Rewards. Just make sure to charge your card onto those credit cards so you can use your points towards this fee.
I personally used the Scotia AMEX Gold to make this booking to offset this additional cost.
One of the sketchy things that Marriott does; though, is they will sometimes put your category 5 e-certificate as the 5th night free when you book 5 nights. Make sure to double-check this as this happened to me. I had to fake book my e-certificate before re-booking my stay at the Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa.
My own booking
I personally redeemed 5 nights (4 + 1 free) for next year May 2021. Unfortunately, May is monsoon season so I hope I don’t get rained in. A lot of people travel to the Maldives in December which is also the rainy season. So, I’m hoping it doesn’t rain the entire time I am there. January to March is the driest month to book a stay in the Maldives. They have the least amount of rain in those months.
If you want to book for an off-season price, do keep in mind that you will probably have to book it during the rainy season when not many people are going to the Maldives.
Are you planning on redeeming your Marriott points to stay at the Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa? Personally, it’s in my bucket list travel destinations that’s why I made the redemption. I’m not a luxury traveller and there are only a few redemptions in that category that I’m interested in. The Maldives and Bora Bora overwater bungalow experience are one of them so I am very happy to make this redemption. This also means I can save my Hilton Points for Bora Bora instead which is an added bonus.