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Make the most of the Maldives with Agoda.com and Bangkok Airways

SINGAPORE (December 15, 2010)

Agoda.com, Asia’s global hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed priceline.com Inc., makes the Maldives more accessible through a partnership with boutique airline, Bangkok Airways.

Committed to providing convenient, easy-to-book travel to the Maldives, Agoda.com has launched a campaign with top Thai air carrier, Bangkok Airways. With discounted rates at more than 60 luxury properties in the Maldivian archipelago, Agoda.com offers the convenience and security of instant confirmation at each resort, plus great-value stays, with all Agoda.com customers earning Rewards points for every booking.

December to April marks the high season in the Maldives and many hotels book out well in advance. From now until January 31, 2011, travelers booking through Agoda.com can still lock in a discounted rate at a Maldives resort, and for added convenience can fly direct from Bangkok to Malé with Bangkok Airways – the only airline to make the flight three times per week.

The Maldives is often perceived as expensive and exclusive, but through Agoda.com, travelers can enjoy very affordable room rates, even in the high season. Rooms at the Filitheyo Island Resort on Faafu Atoll are priced from USD 150 per night, breakfast included, while some properties such as Cocoa Island Resort are offering free nights for Agoda.com members who book at least four nights.

Travelers who want to indulge on an extra special New Year's break can also enjoy great savings. Luxury boutique properties such as Shangri-La's Villingili Resort & Spa are offering a 49% discount on last-minute bookings made through Agoda.com (valid until January 15, 2011), while Constance Moofushi Resort is offering a 30% discount on their Senior Water Villa for customers who book four or more nights, all-inclusive.

Weekend getaways to the Maldives are similarly made easier through the Agoda.com/Bangkok Airways campaign. Agoda.com lists a range of properties within 10 kilometers of Malé International Airport, reducing transit times and costs.

The four-star Bandos Island Resort is only six kilometers from the airport and is now offering last-minute rates for Agoda.com bookings made before December 19, 2010. Bandos is well positioned for divers, with quick access to scores of dives sites. Another great resort for divers is Diva Maldives Resort, located within the South Ari Atoll in a place frequented year-round by whale sharks. Last- minute promotions here offer travelers up to 20% off the normal room rate, with a full range of water sports equipment onsite.

For a romantic weekend break, the award-winning Soneva Gili by Six Senses is less than eight kilometers from the airport. This environmentally-friendly resort provides all sports and diving equipment onsite, so weekend travelers can pack light.   The Anantara Veli Resort & Spa is also perfect for couples – customers who stay here can enjoy free access to sister property Anantara Dhigu – book three nights and get the fourth night free.

Agoda.com is currently offering special limited-time offers at 25 resorts in the Maldives – all with instant conformation. To see them all, click Agoda Special Offers. Bangkok Airways flights can be booked through Bangkokair.com.



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