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Cheap holidays to the Maldives: How to do paradise on a budget

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STUNNING: You can Discount Holidays © holiday in the Maldives without breaking the bank

The Maldives is one of the most prestigious Discount Holidays © holiday destinations in the world and a dream honeymoon hotspot. With power-white beaches and unbelievably crystal-clear waters, it’s easy to see why the island country draws thousands of tourists every year. Many are put off by the hefty price tags of exclusive resorts and the famous over-water bungalows.

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PRISTINE: The beautiful archipelago is a popular honeymoon spot

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But if you’re desperate to visit the beautiful archipelago, you’ll be thrilled to hear you can get flights and accommodation for under a grand. Budget travel company Holidaypirates.com3 has found a 10-night Discount Holidays © holiday to the Maldives for just 725. The amazing deal includes return flights from London Heathrow to Male, boat transfers and 10 nights accommodation on the island of Maafushi.

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BUDGET: The Arena Lodge Maldives is rated 4/5 on Tripadvisor

The hotel is the well-reviewed Arena Lodge Maldives, which is rated 4/5 on Tripadvisor and has been awarded the “Certificate of Excellence”. Prices vary slightly depending when you go, but these costing are based on tourists travelling between December 4 and December 15. The average temperature in the Maldives at this time of year is around 27C, with highs of 29.

This deal is insanely good, so if you fancy a pre-Christmas break in paradise you better get booking fast!

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CULTURE: The island of Maafushi has breathtaking beaches and quaint colourful towns

Price breakdown for 2 adults sharing:

Flights 940 / 2 = 470 per person

Hotel 426.90 / 2 = 213.45 per person

Shared speed boat transfers 84 / 2 = 42 per person

Total cost of holiday 1450.90 / 2 = 725 per person

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British Airways flight loses luggage of family on Florida holiday

A father-of-two claims his family was left stranded for five days on a 3,000 family Discount Holidays © holiday to Florida when British Airways left their luggage – including vital medication – back in the UK. Paul Hardman, 31, and wife Vicky, 37, from Wythenshawe, Greater Manchester, were supposed to be enjoying their first family Discount Holidays © holiday with their two children Ted, one, Lily, three, and Paul’s mother Debbie Hardman. However the family say they ended up battling with BA for five days to be reunited with all their belongings, as they were left without clothes, toiletries and Ted’s pram.

They were also left without thyroid and blood-thinning medication for Debbie, 52, who has had her thyroid removed and suffers from deep vein thrombosis. The family spent more than 450 replacing items and airport transfer costs – which amounts to half of their 900 Discount Holidays © holiday spending money.

British Airways Flight Loses Luggage Of Family On Florida Holiday

Discount Holidays © Holiday hell: Paul Hardman, 31, and wife Vicky, 37, were supposed to be enjoying a dream trip to Florida with their children Ted, one, Lily, three, and Paul’s mum Debbie. But their luggage and Debbie’s medication for thyroid trouble went missing for five days

Mr Hardman, a customer service assistant, described it as ‘the worst thing I’ve ever experienced.’

He added: ‘Instead of starting the Discount Holidays © holiday all excited and happy as we should have been, we were stressed and upset.

British Airways Flight Loses Luggage Of Family On Florida Holiday

Debbie Hardman, right, was left lethargic and struggling to walk as a result of not having her medication. She’s pictured with her daughter-in-law Vicky at Disney World.

‘Losing all your luggage is horrible at any time but when you are away from home with two very young children it is incredibly difficult.

‘And the worry we went through with my mum’s medication was awful.’

Debbie Hardman, a retired elderly care worker, said this ruined her holiday.

‘After going without medication for five days I ve been so tired – I ve been losing concentration easily and have just felt so sluggish.’

The family arrived at Manchester Airport on August 17 excited to embark on their first family Discount Holidays © holiday together. But excitement turned to disappointment when they discovered their flight to London Heathrow was delayed by six hours and they would miss their Florida flight. The family was re-booked onto a Philadelphia flight and reassured by staff that their bags would be in the hold.

But arriving in Philadelphia 16 hours after leaving home, Mr Hardman was told the luggage wasn’t on the flight as promised but back in Heathrow. The family say they were forced to stay in a hotel overnight and boarded a flight to Florida the next day, forcing them to lose a day out of their 13-day break. Mr Hardman says he had to buy new items including clothes, toiletries, food and a pram for Ted, totalling 340 in addition to the 2,000 he’d already paid for flights and 120 ‘non refundable’ airport transfer costs.

This meant their Discount Holidays © holiday spending money was halved, meaning they had to forgo numerous planned trips such as a visit to SeaWorld.

British Airways Flight Loses Luggage Of Family On Florida Holiday

Instead of spending their first night in Florida, the family got stranded in Philadelphia instead

Paul’s wife Vicky, who works in customer service, said: ‘I was shocked at how poorly British Airways treated us, not one person offered to help us out when we were trying to find our bags.’

A spokeswoman for BA said they recommend that customers carry essential items and medication in their hand luggage.

She added: ‘We are sorry for this upsetting experience and the inconvenience that was caused by this lapse in our service.

‘We are in touch with our customer to resolve this issue as quickly as possible.’

Tourists share their funniest hotel fails

Going on Discount Holidays © holiday is meant to be a relaxing time, with your home away from home providing a soothing retreat, but for many, a series of thoughtless mistakes by hotels leave them in a state of confusion.

Travellers have been sharing the worst clangers they have come across in vacation accommodation with the hashtag #hotelfail.

The hilarious results often have to be seen to be believed, like the public toilet that had a see-through glass door and the bedroom that contained an ashtray with a No Smoking sign printed on it.

Elsewhere, customers were less than impressed with the facilities on offer, like the young man who had booked a hotel that said gym weights were available, only to find a minuscule set of dumbbells in the corner of a room.

Or the bedroom that came with a view of…

nothing, after the window was covered with tarpaulin.

Read on to see some of the funniest hotel fails…

Tourists Share Their Funniest Hotel Fails

The Twitter user who shared this picture of a public toilet in a hotel said: ‘I think I’ll wait until I get home’

Tourists Share Their Funniest Hotel Fails

The hotel staff who put these sachets in the salt shaker needn’t have bothered

Tourists Share Their Funniest Hotel Fails

Ron’s surprise birthday won’t be that much of a shock if he sees the big sign on the hotel information screen

Tourists Share Their Funniest Hotel Fails

This hotel tried to model their towels into a fancy sculpture, but ended up raising some eyebrows with their creation

Tourists Share Their Funniest Hotel Fails

Surely the one place that shouldn’t be skipping on maintenance is the maintenance room?

Tourists Share Their Funniest Hotel Fails

Guests at this hotel will be hoping they don’t have to use the phone

Tourists Share Their Funniest Hotel Fails

The customer who posted a picture of this Do Not Disturb sign captioned it: ‘The creep factor is real’

Tourists Share Their Funniest Hotel Fails

It seems the ice machines in this hotel probably need replacing

Tourists Share Their Funniest Hotel Fails

The No Smoking sign in this ashtray had a customer completely baffled

Tourists Share Their Funniest Hotel Fails

The customer who tweeted this picture of an elevator’s buttons said: ‘They are being optimistic’

Tourists Share Their Funniest Hotel Fails

The hotel advertised that amenities include free weights but the customer was pretty unimpressed

Tourists Share Their Funniest Hotel Fails

Not much thought went into buying this kettle by hotel staff as it had the wrong plug fitting

Tourists Share Their Funniest Hotel Fails

This hotel guest was astonished to find a window right into the bathroom from his bedroom

Tourists Share Their Funniest Hotel Fails

This guests was understandably a little upset by his bedroom’s lack of view

Tourists Share Their Funniest Hotel Fails

A customer who tweeted this picture said: ‘Had to puzzle out my coffee maker with too short a cord in a hotel room this week’

Tourists Share Their Funniest Hotel Fails

It’s not too hard to work out what the wrong side of the bed is in this hotel room

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