The Ritz-Carlton Maldives is a pretty good redemption deal, even though Marriott Bonvoy doesn’t offer breakfast at Ritz-Carltons to Marriott elites which is a real omission. There’s even availability at the ‘standard’ 85,000 points price as you enter peak November 2021. Naturally 100,000 points a night is more common.
Compared to a $1715 room rate, you’re getting 2 cents a point in value before taxes at the hotel which is really good – I generally value Marriott points around 7/10ths of a cent apiece, perhaps now down to $0.0065 each.
Some – not enough – Marriott properties let you redeem additional points for upgraded rooms. It’s often not a great value, but still a nice option. The Ritz-Carlton Maldives lets you redeem all the way up to its 3 bedroom Presidential Suite for a mere 4.3 million points per night.
Frequently you’ll see crazy prices from online booking engines, such as millions of dollars for flights. About a week ago the American Airlines Vacations site was mispricing package itineraries in the billions of dollars. This though isn’t a mistake.
This room runs 22,295++ per night (member rate). You’re only getting half a cent per point against the room rate, which isn’t very good, but it’s also non-crazy for Marriott redemptions.
Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Credit: Marriott
I love the Maldives. I’ve been meaning for some time to redeem at the St. Regis there. I’ve booked it 3 times and had to cancel. I’ve stayed at the Park Hyatt 5 times.
The distance and travel time for me is a feature, not a bug, because by the time I get there I’m exhausted and ready to fall into relaxation. The time change is also a benefit. All day long there is the evening and overnight in the States. As a result I can relax without pressing work catching up with me.
However I think in terms of value I’d just book North Island at 365,000 points per night.