Next time you think about visiting the Maldives for your dream holiday, rethink about booking through OTWs
As we live in the digital age we choose the most feasible way in everything, but is the most feasible way the most beneficial? Think over!
Online travel websites (OTWs) are arguably the most famous method through which most of the travelers around the world book their holiday stays. Since its launch back in 1990’s the online booking websites now has almost 140 thousand properties across the globe. But again, are OTWs the most reliable source to visit Maldives?
Maldives has been in the top list of travel destinations across the world since the launch of its tourism industry in 1972. Often described as The Sunny Side of Life, The Maldives has found its way into the bucket list of almost every holiday maker across the globe. After more than 40 years since the first resort was opened in the Maldives, the heavenly archipelago now has over 100 luxury resorts and many more guest houses. All these properties are listed in the famous OTWs and can be booked through it.
Frustrated guests are increasing as their holidays went way out of plan. This is where you need to re-think about booking your holiday stay through online platforms. Complains of changed rates and even room categories are heard for a bit now, resulting me to look a bit into the issue.
The Maldives as we all know is an island nation consisting over 1000 separate island scattered across the deep blues of Indian Ocean. The resorts we all dream of are located in these islands, isolated from the rest with nothing but ocean around them. This becomes an issue when you book through OTWs, when you visit other destinations you can take a taxi to your hotel from the airport. While it is very much different in the Maldives, the domestic transfer to the resorts are to be pre-booked and these charges are not included in the rates of OTWs even though they show it in the bottom of the pricing. Resulting chaos when you arrive in the Maldives as you run through the airport trying to get to the hotel you booked to stay with little or no connection with the booking source.
Another concern raised by the holiday maker is that the little explanations about the room categories in the OTWs. Some has experienced changes in the room category. Let’s say that you are booking a Jacuzzi Beach Villa at some luxurious hotel in the Maldives. As you arrive at the property you are informed that you actually have booked a normal Beach Villa and the list goes on.
The extra charges such as taxes are also excluded from the payment you make to OTWs resulting you to pay them at the time of arrival at the property causing your mood to go off at the start of your vacation. This is a trading trick used to show you attractive and a lower rate making you book on the spot.
A better way? Local DMCs in the Maldives offer better rates then OTWs in general, with a better and far more close services to the guests visiting to the Maldives. Far better as the local DMCs would be abler to customize your holiday package as your like with your own requirements with a personal touch.
Next time you think about visiting the Maldives for your dream holiday, rethink about booking through OTWs and choose a local DMC for a far better and far more beneficial vacation in the Paradise.