We try to ensure that the information provided on the website and in promotional material is accurate and up to date. However, resort and supplier information can change and errors can regrettably occur. We reserve the right to amend and/or give notice to any significant changes at the time of booking and recommend that you undertake a level of independent research or speak to us should you wish to clarify any information.
Terms and Conditions
The Terms & Conditions below apply to all bookings made with Budget Maldives. We are registered in Hong Kong:
Budget Maldives Ltd.,
Business Registration no. 68767733,
Certificate of Incorporation no. 2635877.
Office address: Langham Place Shopping Mall, 8 Argyle St, Mong Kok, Hong Kong.
The following terms and conditions (“booking conditions”) form the basis of your contract with Budget Maldives. Please read them carefully as they set out our respective rights and obligations. By asking us to confirm your booking, we are entitled to assume that you have had the opportunity to read and have read these terms and conditions and agree to them.
Except where otherwise stated, these booking conditions only apply to holiday arrangements which you book with us online and which we agree to make, provide or perform (as applicable) as part of our contract with you. All references in these booking conditions to “holiday”, “booking”, “contract”, “package”, “tour” or “arrangements” mean such holiday arrangements unless otherwise stated.
In these booking conditions, “you” and “your” means all persons named on the booking (including anyone who is added or substituted at a later date) or any of them, as the context requires and “lead name” means the person who makes the booking. “We”, “us” and “our” means Budget Maldives.
We hope your Budget Maldives holiday will live up to expectation, so it is very important that you choose the right holiday. We are always happy to advise and give you our professional opinion; however we recommend that you also conduct your own independent research to ensure you are happy with the arrangements made.
How to book
To make a booking you can contact us in several ways: directly over the phone, via our website at http://budgetmaldives.co, through Viber/WhatsUp/Telegram, via online chat or email, or by using our online form. The person making a booking (the ‘lead name’) must be 18 years old or over and possess the legal capacity and authority to make the booking and accepts these booking conditions on behalf of everyone in their party.
Whether you book alone or as a group, we will only deal with the lead name in all subsequent correspondence, including changes, amendments and cancellations. The lead name is responsible for ensuring the accuracy of the personal details or any other information supplied in respect of yourself and any other person travelling on the booking and for passing on any information regarding the booking or any changes made in relation thereto, to all persons travelling on such booking, including but not limited to information on schedule changes or copies of booking confirmations.
You will need to pay a non-refundable deposit (for guest houses, liveaboards, sailing catamaran) or full amount (for island resorts) at the time of booking in the amount notified to you at the time of booking.
Payment terms and conditions
Guest houses. A non-refundable deposit, the amount depends on a confirmed package at the time of booking in the amount notified to you at the time of booking. By bank transfer. The balance has to be provided on arrival to guest house while check-in time.
Island resorts. Full payment must be made at the time of booking by bank transfer (extra charge for bank transfer will be applied by bank).
Sailing Catamaran. A non-refundable 15% deposit of the holiday cost notified to you at the time of booking by bank transfer (extra charge for bank transfer will be applied by bank). The balance has to be provided on the beginning of month of starting the trip.
Liveaboards. A non-refundable 30% of the invoice value which needs to be paid upfront within 07 days of confirmation in order to secure the booking. Remaining 70% or final payment shall be made not less than 45 days prior to the arrival date, if this payment is not made within this time period we have the right to cancel the booking. If the booking is made less than 45 days to the arrival date, 100% of the payment shall be made in order to confirm the booking
Payment can be done by bank transfer (extra charge for bank transfer will be applied by bank).
If we accept your booking, we will issue a Booking Confirmation and Invoice. A contract will exist between us from the date we issue the Booking Confirmation and Invoice When you receive the Booking Confirmation (voucher) and Invoice, please, check the details carefully and inform us immediately if anything is incorrect. Names on travel documents must exactly match those in your passports. Unless we are responsible for the mistake, we will not accept liability if supplier refuses boarding because the name(s) shown in your passport differ from those on your ticket. If there is an obvious error on the Confirmation Invoice, we reserve the right to correct it as soon as we become aware of it, but we will do this within 7 days of issuing the Confirmation Invoice or, if your departure is within 7 days, no later than 24 hours before you go.
Tourist taxes, resort fees or similar that are charged locally may be implemented or changed without prior warning. We do not accept responsibility for these costs, which must be paid by you and are not included within your holiday price.
Your personal safety is of paramount importance to us and therefore it is imperative that you advise us at the time of booking of any condition, medical or otherwise, that might affect your or other people’s enjoyment of the trip.
When you make a booking, the lead name confirms that you understand and have accepted these booking conditions and our Important Holiday Information which forms our booking conditions. We reserve the right in our absolute discretion to refuse to accept any booking without necessarily specifying a reason.
We rigorously check the information about accommodation, resorts, itineraries etc., to ensure it is correct to the best of our knowledge. Advertised web copy descriptions and facilities may change before and after you book. Please check the up to date position at the time of booking. Please bear in mind that hoteliers, restaurateurs etc., may wish to maintain or improve their facilities, or even take a break themselves. Tour, excursion, catamaran cruise or liveaboard itineraries may change as a result of local conditions. Circumstances such as these, or weather conditions, time of year or other situations beyond our control etc., may cause some of the amenities we have described to be unavailable or different from those advertised. When we are told of any significant or long term changes we will always endeavour to advise you prior to your departure.
Commitment To You
We will arrange to provide you with the various services which form part of the holiday you book with us. Before your booking is confirmed and a contract comes into existence, we reserve the right to increase or decrease, and correct errors in advertised prices and to change any of the information. Changes will be made known to you at the time of booking.
A booking is not accepted until we issue an invoice. The date shown on the invoice, which will be sent to you is the date of booking. It is important to check the details on the invoice when you get it. If any details appear to be incorrect or incomplete, please contact us as it may not be possible to make changes later. We regret we cannot accept any liability if we are not notified of any inaccuracy (for which we are responsible) in any document within 10 days of our sending it out (5 days for tickets). We will do our best to rectify any mistake notified to us outside these time limits but you must meet any costs involved in doing so. Once your booking is confirmed, you will be given a reference number.
We promise to make sure that the holiday arrangements we have agreed to make, perform or provide as applicable as part of our contract with you are made, performed or provided with reasonable skill and care. This means that, subject to these booking conditions, we will accept responsibility if, for example, you suffer death or personal injury or your contracted holiday arrangements are not provided as promised or prove deficient as a result of the failure of ourselves, our employees, agents or suppliers to use reasonable skill and care in making, performing or providing, as applicable, your contracted holiday arrangements. Please note, it is your responsibility to show that reasonable skill and care has not been used if you wish to make a claim against us. We will not be responsible for any injury, illness, death, loss (for example loss of enjoyment), damage, expense, cost or other sum or claim of any description whatsoever which results from any of the following: –
– the act(s) and/or omission(s) of the person(s) affected or any member(s) of their party or
– the act(s) and/or omission(s) of a third party not connected with the provision of your holiday and which were unforeseeable or unavoidable or
– the act(s) and/or omission(s) of a third party not connected with the provision of your holiday and which were unforeseeable or unavoidable or
Please note, we cannot accept responsibility for any services which do not form part of our contract. This includes, for example, any additional services or facilities which your hotel or any other supplier agrees to provide for you where the services or facilities are not advertised by us and we have not agreed to arrange them as part of our contract and any excursion you purchase in resort. In addition, regardless of any wording used by us on our website, in any advertising material or elsewhere, we only promise to use reasonable skill and care as set out above and we do not have any greater or different liability to you.
Our suppliers (such as accommodation or transport providers) have their own booking conditions or conditions of carriage, and these conditions are binding between you and the supplier. Some of these conditions may limit or remove the relevant transport provider’s or other supplier’s liability to you. You can get copies of such conditions from us, or the offices of the relevant supplier.
If we make any payment to you or any member of your party for death, personal injury or illness, you must agree to transfer to us or our insurers any rights you may have to take direct action against the person or organisation responsible for causing the death, personal injury or illness and you must co-operate fully with us in seeking recovery of any payment that we make.
Whilst you are away on holiday you may be offered the opportunity to buy optional excursions and activities. These are provided by independent local companies, which are neither owned nor controlled by Budget Maldives, and for whom Budget Maldives acts only as an agent (if we make a booking for you). If you decide to buy an excursion or activity, your contract will be made with the local company which provides it and it will not form part of your contracted holiday arrangements with us. The contract will be subject to the excursion/activity provider’s terms and conditions, some of which may exclude or limit its liability to you, and will be governed by local law and jurisdiction. Budget Maldives accepts no liability for any breach of contract or act or omission of any excursion/activity provider. Some excursions/activities may contain an element of risk or require a good level of physical fitness, and, if in doubt, you should make direct enquiries with the local provider, before deciding to buy and check that you are covered by your travel insurance policy.
Where a special request eg. diet, room location, twin or double bedded room, a particular facility at a hotel, or particular meals etc. is an important factor in your choice of holiday, you must advise us when the booking is made. We are happy to pass your request on to the hotel or other supplier but cannot guarantee that it will be accommodated. The provision of any special request does not constitute a term of your contract with us. Confirmation that a special request has been noted or passed on to the supplier or the inclusion of the special request on your confirmation invoice. Unless and until specifically confirmed, all special requests are subject to availability. For your own protection, you should obtain confirmation in writing that a special request will be complied (where it is possible to give this) where it is important to you.
- Child costs or reductions of the adult price are shown in each price panel and apply to children under 12 years of age on the date of their return travel to their home country when sharing a room with two adults.
- In some hotels children can share existing beds, in others foldaway beds will be provided.
- Apartment costs should be calculated on the number of adults in the party, adding child costs as detailed.
- For children occupying their own room or where no reduction is shown please ask for details.
- Reductions may not be applicable on meal supplements.
- Infants who reach the age of 2 years while on holiday must be considered as being a child.
- Any charges for cots, meals and local taxes (e.g. in the Maldives) are payable locally.
Free Night & Bonus Nights Offers
- These valuable offers are displayed in the ‘Special Offer’ features on our website. Unless otherwise specified the entire duration of stay (nights) in resort must be wholly completed within the dates shown to qualify.
- For Bonus Nights, you will note that there is a charge for compulsory meals. In some instances, these maybe payable locally direct to the hotel. This is your responsibility.
- When no meals are included in the offer you can pre-purchase meals at the appropriate brochure supplement, if displayed.
All bookings will be confirmed with the supplier, however, on occasions an airline / hotel / cruise boat may subsequently overbook. We do not condone this action but take a realistic view that it can happen through no fault of our own and we will always endeavour to make alternative arrangements. Such arrangements are dependent on local circumstances and in this respect the Company’s liability is limited in accordance with the Core Booking Conditions.
From time to time, building work or local improvements, such as beach dredging or roadwork, and its associated noise is unavoidable in a resort. We have no control over such works arising from a resort’s growth in popularity and we are unable to anticipate the speed or the extent to which such development may occur. If we learn of specific developments at or close to your accommodation, which are likely to significantly affect the enjoyment of your holiday, then we will do our best to contact you before departure. We will discuss the details and any options available to you at that time, but cannot offer compensation if changes are made due to third parties.
Excursion or meal packages which are offered are almost always cheaper than buying the same arrangements locally. The cost of any unused tours within excursion packages may not be refunded.
Meals, if included, are based on table d’hôte menus or a meal voucher system, unless specified otherwise in the text. Holidays which include main meals generally commence with dinner on the day of arrival at your hotel and terminate with breakfast (on half board) or lunch (on full board) on the day of departure. All Inclusive packages generally finish at check-out time on your day of departure between 10am and noon. After this time, payment for any additional meals must be made direct to the hotel. No refunds on meals not taken can be given.
Special diets of any kind (including vegetarian) can seldom be catered for adequately within the constraints of a table d’hôte menu and cannot be guaranteed. We would therefore strongly recommend that anyone with special requirements takes a holiday where no meals (or only breakfast) are included and simply buys the most acceptable dishes from the à la carte menu available locally.
Where breakfast is included this will more commonly be continental breakfast. Please ask at the time of booking if this is important to you.
Supplements for optional meal plans offer you the opportunity of being able to budget for extra costs before you go.
Hotels often place restrictions on restaurants and meal arrangements. All Inclusive does not necessarily mean that unlimited food and beverages are available 24-hours a day and it is uncommon for minibars to be included in such packages. Individual hotels will operate different policies and full details will be provided locally.
If you book half board, this is defined as breakfast and dinner. Meals are as specified in individual hotel descriptions and must usually be pre-booked. If included, they are generally based on a set menu, buffet, or meal voucher system unless specified to the contrary. Such meals are usually available in the main restaurant and not speciality restaurants. The number and choice of restaurant may change without notice.
Holidays that include main meals generally commence with dinner (on half board) on the day of arrival at your hotel and terminate with breakfast (on half board) or lunch (on full board) on the day of your departure. It is not usual for hotels to allow you to substitute lunch for dinner when booking half board.
Depending on the flight timings to your resort or tour, those who have booked meals may lose one due to the time of arrival at, or check-out from, their hotel. In these cases, we have calculated the basic holiday price to allow for this.
We cannot accept responsibility for any items you may purchase locally ie: jewellery/closes etc and the quality and value of such cannot be guaranteed. We recommend that you check whether or not any extra charges will be payable for import duty or freight and we are unable to assist with any costs you may incur in this respect.
World weather is becoming more erratic and unpredictable and we cannot be held responsible for disruption to your holiday due to bad or unusual weather conditions.
Changes Or Additions
If you want to change any part of your holiday arrangements after the invoice has been issued, we will do our best to make the change, but it may not be possible. Any request for changes must be made in writing by the person who made the original booking. If we agree that you may change your booking to a holiday of lower value, and then you cancel that holiday, we reserve the right to levy cancellation charges on the value of the original booking.
Changes Due To Circumstances Beyond Our Control
Except where otherwise expressly stated in these booking conditions, we regret we cannot accept liability or pay any compensation where the performance or prompt performance of our obligations under our contract with you is prevented or affected by or you otherwise suffer any damage, loss or expense of any nature as a result of “force majeure”. In these booking conditions, “force majeure” means any event or circumstances which we or the supplier of the service(s) in question could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid. Such events may include, whether actual or threatened, war, riot, civil strife, terrorist activity, industrial dispute, natural disaster, adverse weather conditions, epidemics, fire and other situations which are outside our control.
Transferring Your Bookings
If any person named on a booking is prevented from travelling as a result of illness, the death of a close relative, jury service or other significant reason, we will agree to that person’s booking being transferred to another person (introduced by you) who satisfies all the conditions applicable to the package, subject to both persons accepting liability for full payment of the holiday cost and all costs and charges incurred by us and/or incurred or imposed by any of our suppliers in order to make the transfer. We must be given at least 14 days notice of the transfer request.
If you or anyone on your holiday booking decides to cancel the holiday, the lead name must notify us of the decision as soon as possible. Any notification must confirmed by e-mail within 24-hours by the lead name. Cancellation will take effect from the day we are notified provided that written confirmation is received by us within 24-hours of the original notification.
A cancellation invoice will be sent to you within 7 days, if you do not receive this please contact us immediately in order to prevent an increase in charges.
Guest houses. Only non-refundable deposits will be charged.
Sailing catamaran. Non-refundable deposits will be charged. 30 days or less – 100% of total holiday cost.
Liveaboard. More than 70 days prior to the arrival date – No cancellation charge/only non-refundable deposits will be charged. Between 40 and 70 days prior to the arrival date – 50% of the full invoice value will be charged. Less than 40 days prior to the arrival date – 100% of the full invoice value will be charged. No shows and Early Departures – 100% of the full invoice value will be charged.
Accommodation In The Tropics
In beach resorts ‘insects’ in the rooms (e.g. cockroaches etc.) are almost inevitable. It should by no means be taken as a sign of dirtiness, as it is simply a fact of life in these destinations. Views from some hotel rooms may be partly obscured by palm trees and other vegetation that can grow very quickly in tropical climates.
Most people go on holiday for rest and relaxation, so if in our reasonable opinion hotel manager, tour leader or other person in authority, your behaviour is causing or is likely to cause danger, upset or damage to property or is persistently affecting the enjoyment of others, we reserve the right to terminate your holiday. Should this happen no refund or compensation would be paid and we will have no further responsibility for your holiday arrangements including return travel.
Personal Belongings and Lost Items
For security reasons valuables should be kept to a minimum and packed in your hand luggage along with your medicines, camera, film, electrical or battery-operated appliances, as well as basic essentials such as a change of clothing and toiletries. It can be easy to lose items but it is your responsibility to look after your property at all times and you must ensure you are adequately covered by comprehensive insurance. If you lose any personal items whilst on holiday, please obtain a written report from a local representative, or police, to help with any insurance claim upon your return.
If You Have A Complaint While You Are On Holiday
If you have cause for complaint whilst on holiday, you must bring it to the attention of our local representative or agent and the hotel immediately and they will do their best to rectify the situation. If matters remain unresolved, your concerns must be brought to the attention of the Budget Maldives. It is unreasonable to take no action whilst on holiday, but then to write a letter of complaint upon your return. If you do not raise concerns immediately, this may affect our ability to investigate and take remedial action and it may impact on the way your complaint is dealt with.
The changes in season, wind direction and tides in The Maldives can cause the islands’ shape and beach width to change. It is becoming increasingly necessary for some islands to use sandbags and sand pumping procedures on their beaches, in order to minimize the effects of such beach erosion.
Please ensure you refer to your itinerary which will provide the appropriate contact details should you need assistance whilst on holiday.
If you cut short your holiday and return home early in circumstances where you have no reasonable cause for complaint about the standard of accommodation and services provided, we will not offer you any refund for the remainder of your holiday not completed, or assist with any associated costs you may incur. Depending on the circumstances, your travel insurance may offer cover for curtailment and we suggest that any claim is made directly with them.
Your feedback is really important to us. At the end of your holiday, you may be given a questionnaire to fill in as we would like to know if you have had a great time or if you think the hotel or service has not been up to scratch. If you misplace this, or are not provided with a paper version, you can complete the questionnaire sending us an email.
This refers to a combination of information such as your name, contact details, travel preferences and special needs/disabilities/dietary requirements that you supply us or is supplied to us, including your social preferences, interests and activities and any information about other persons you represent (such as those on your booking). Your information is collected when you request information from us, contact us (and vice versa), make a booking, use our website(s)/apps, link to or from our website(s)/apps, connect with us via social media and any other engagement we or our business partners have with you.
We will update your information whenever we can to keep it current, accurate and complete.
Using your information, we may from time to time contact you with or make available to you (directly or indirectly) information on offers of goods and services, brochures, new products, forthcoming events or competitions from our holiday divisions and our group companies. We will tailor the information you receive or see; this will enable us to make available to you more personalised and relevant communications. We may use innovative technologies and work with business partners to achieve this.
We will assume you agree to email when you make an e-booking or provide us with your email in other situations such as in-store, competitions, promotions, prize draws and social media.