What to Look for When Booking a guesthouse

16th June 2022

Guesthouses and homestays have become increasingly popular in the Maldives, as affordable options for tourists on a budget who still wish to experience all that the nation has to offer. These days, visitors are spoiled for choice when it comes to guesthouses options. The question becomes which establishment to opt for. 

What do you look for when choosing a guesthouse for your holiday in the Maldives?

Location, Location, Location

If you’ve decided to holiday in the Maldives, odds are that you have more than a passing interest in the nation’s abundant natural beauty. Sun, sea, and sand, we’ve got it all. That is where the guesthouse is situated and which locations it has access to is another important area to consider when making your choice.

Beach view guesthouses are quite common but not the only option available. Many of the guesthouses offer beach access regardless. Spend a little time looking into what the general area around the guesthouse you’re considering is like. Easy beach access is also a big plus, especially if the beach is a bikini beach.

What the People Say

Checking reviews before you make bookings is an obvious piece of advice. So instead, let’s take a look at what the best reviews tend to have in common.

Reviews for the highest-rated guesthouses often focus on a few key areas. 

One of the most recurring areas is that of service. Look for reviews that describe how the service is. Most of the highest-rated reviews for guesthouses mention the service as one of the key points of satisfaction.

Another area these reviews focus on is the environment and general vibe. The most favoured seem to be quiet and peaceful settings with a relaxing vibe. Some guesthouses are too close to population centres to be able to offer this.

The All-Important Connection

One of the most important things to consider when making any holiday plan is connectivity to the Internet. All islands in the Maldives have access to the internet but not all guesthouses have free wifi available at their establishments. Some of the higher-rated venues offer it for free or as part of a special offer when booking. 

If you are unsure about the wifi connection, just get a Maldivian tourist SIM card for your phone at the airport with some pre-loaded GBs and you should be good to go for the rest of your trip. 

These are just a few tips to keep in mind when booking a guesthouse for your next trip to the Maldives.

There are many great options so make sure you find one that’s just right for you!