Travel study finds Maldives “most expensive” island destination

The Maldives has been identified as one of the world’s “most expensive” island hotel destinations, with an average room rate of US$539 per night.

The study by Hawaii-based tourism consultancy Hospitality Advisors compared resort islands in its home territory to those all over the world, covering 38,000 properties and nearly five million rooms.

The highest-ranking Hawaiian destination, Maui – averaging US$331 for a double room – was only topped in terms traveller experience polls (and prices) by the Maldives, which despite an average occupancy of 62.6 percent still managed to register the highest revenue per room.

The study noted the rising popularity of the Maldives as a travel destination for Asian tourists.