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A $39,000 Bottle of Whiskey Becomes a Simple Souvenir

Where: Maldives
October 23, 2012 at 10:01 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you’re hanging out in the Maldives then you are probably already somewhat of a high roller—or you are just really good at collecting those frequent flyer miles. That’s why it doesn’t really surprise us that travelers heading to and through the country’s main airport are faced with big-ticket items in the duty-free shop.

Just like plenty of other airports across the globe there’s a decent selection of luxury goodies at Malé International Airport. One thing that sets this airport apart is the price tags, and they have a bottle of The Balvenie Fifty—a fancy whisky—that sells for roughly $39,000.

Well, we guess we should say they did have this in stock, as apparently a passenger heading to China threw down some cash to take it home only a few days after the bottle of booze hit the shelves. We don’t know if there’s a world record for most expensive duty-free purchase, but this has got to be in the running. We could probably buy this whole machine—cigarettes included—for less than this single bottle.

[Photo of a different whisky: Ethan Prater]

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A VIP Seaplane Departure Lounge in The Maldives? We Want to Go to There.

Where: Male, Maldives
May 3, 2011 at 12:37 PM | by | Comments (0)

Our love of Airport Lounges around the world knows no bounds, even when it comes to helicopter departure lounges. Thus, it shouldn't be a surprise that when our sister site HotelChatter mentioned that three luxury hotels in the Maldives share a VIP Seaplane lounge at Malé International Airport in the, our ears perked up.

The Waldorf-Astoria's Beach House Resort, Hilton's Iru Fushi Resort and the Conrad Rangali Island Resort allows their guests—many of whom are dropping over four figures for each night at the hotels—to chillax in this special space that includes free WiFi, an open-air terrace, a small plates buffet cooked by a resident chef and complimentary shoulder massages.

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