Would you ever pay $500 for a flight that has no set time for departure, lasts only 45 minutes, and is piloted by a barefoot captain? What if I added that the plane only holds 16 people and takes off and lands in water?
Male is one of the most densely populated cities in the world with a population of over 100,000. That means next to nothing until you step foot onto Male which most people fail to do. This is a mistake for a few reasons: First, getting to the Maldives is an exhausting experience.
Before you take your $500 sea plane ride to your Conrad Maldives bungalow, the luxury (or misery) begins at the Conrad Maldives Airport Lounge. Perhaps it is called the Seaport Lounge. My experience at the lounge was far different than my companion's.