The topic of budget 3-star hotels is the most interesting. On one hand, you can make a list of 50-100 interesting options for 3-star hotels in Maldives. On the other hand, there are many 3-star hotels located on local islands. To ensure your affordable vacation stays in your memory for a long time, you need to choose the right hotel.

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General information about 3-star hotels in Maldives

Below are the main points to know:

  • If you want to stay in a villa right on the beach or in a bungalow over the water, these are only private island resorts. There are no 3-star hotels in Maldives on local islands with such accommodations.
  • If your idea of a vacation involves alcohol, then you’ll need to stay at a resort. Alcohol is completely prohibited on local islands.
  • Don’t expect to have your own private pool at a 3-star hotel bungalow. In the best case, there will be one large shared pool.
  • Many 3-star hotels have hotel-type rooms. This means a multi-story building with dozens of classic hotel rooms on each floor.
  • There are also overwater villas and separate secluded bungalows in these hotels, but the price is immediately several times higher. If you are looking for a good budget 3-star hotel, then you will most likely be staying in a classic hotel room.
3-star hotels in maldives
This is what a good 3-star hotel looks like, with all rooms being hotel-type.

Ranking of the best 3-star hotels in Maldives

The ranking below includes only 3-star hotels in Maldives on private island resorts, but not necessarily all of them. I will also mention good 3-star hotels on local islands. All links can be clicked to see photos, read reviews, and check prices for your dates.

Table legend:

  • From Male – this is the distance from Male to the hotel. The closer it is, the cheaper the transfer. The range can be huge. Transfers in the Maldives for $1000 are not uncommon.
  • Hotel without a tour – this is the hotel price per night for two people in US dollars. By clicking on the price, you will open a page with a hotel description, reviews, and photos.
  • You can also purchase a ready-made tour package through one of the most popular resources – Expedia.
cheap 3-star hotels in maldives
Island resorts with 3-star hotels often don’t have overwater bungalows. All villas are located on the beach among palm trees.
Namefrom Male, kmHotel without a tour, $
Fihalhohi Island Resort (actually a 4-star hotel)40from 470
Embudu Village Resort12from 330
Araamu Holidays & Spa (local island Dhiffushi)35from 100 (2-night stay minimum)
Innahura Maldives Resort (actually a 4-star hotel)130from 300
Bliss Dhigurah (local island Dhigurah)100from 130
Summer Island Maldives (actually a 4-star hotel)36from 430

Travel tips

Good to know:

Look for hotels closer to Male. Transfers between islands can be very expensive. For instance, if you fly by a seaplane from Male to your hotel that is only 100 km away, the round trip for two people can cost between $500 and $1000.

When it comes to 3-star hotels, it’s essential to understand whether you want to stay on a resort, which will be more expensive, or on local islands, which are significantly cheaper. Moreover, you should make sure to purchase a tour or book a hotel specifically for the island you desire to visit. This is because it’s not always clear which island a hotel is located on.

However, for those willing to spend more money on their dream vacation, there won’t be any problems with selecting the perfect hotel. Any 4- or 5-star hotel in the Maldives is a resort island. There are no such hotels on local islands. Here are two more useful articles:

In conclusion, 3-star hotels in Maldives on resort islands offer something between a luxurious vacation on a private island and a simple and budget-friendly vacation on a local island. Nevertheless, the white sandy beaches, palm trees, and azure ocean are the same everywhere, and you will remember this heavenly vacation for a long time.

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Resources to help you plan your dream trip to the Maldives

  • Flight tickets and the best deals
  • Tour packages (from budget to luxury): Expedia
  • Hotels and guesthouses on any island:
    • Hotellook compares prices among a dozen other services and platforms and offers to choose the best one.
    • Booking – the most popular service for booking accommodation.
    • Agoda – the main competitor of Booking.
  • 12go is the largest Asian transfer service. It gathers all Maldivian carriers, even the small ones that operate between local islands.
  • Tours and excursions: Viator – a limited selection of excursions, but convenient and reliable.
  • Comprehensive insurance: EKTA
  • eSIM at the same price as in telecom office in Male.