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Hulhule Airport Hotel

Hulhule Airport Hotel is literally 2 minutes' drive from the Male International Airport. It's about US$298 a night when we went in high season. It's a little pricier than the Male hotels, but we decided to go for it because at 35 years old, we just didn't feel like hopping on and off dhonis with our heavy diving and photography equipment to go to a Male hotel. We also booked a day room on our last day because our flight was close to midnight and we've already tried sitting at the airport the whole day on plastic chairs. At this age, it's time to be nicer to your body. Cannot be so gungho and rough it unless there is really no choice.

Was it worth the extra price? Absolutely. The first night there ensured a good night's sleep before boarding the liveaboard. The last day there allowed me to get some last-minute tanning on my balcony, and gave us a very restful day with working air-conditioning, plush bathrobes, a gorgeously comfortable bed, room service, and cable TV.

There's a frequent shuttle between the airport and the hotel, and all you have to do when you arrive at the airport, and look for the Hulhule Hotel minivan opposite Movenpick. When you reach the hotel, you will be required to fill out the standard hotel registration form at the lobby, after which you will be shown to your room for the night.

Porters will carry your bags to your room. Have your tips ready. (US dollars are fine.)

Chivalry meter: Standard

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Rooms are very nice.

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Other notes

Deck chairs on the sand

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2 fluffy pillows and a mini-bolster per person

Flat-screen TV with cable

Coffee/tea making facilities and wardrobe with safe, bathrobe and slippers

Bathrooms - roomy, good towels, and Crabtree & Evelyn toiletries

View from the room