Now, when It comes to whether a place is overrated or not it gets personal, so I've broken the overrated factor into three key points. Yup I'm serious...
How much people rave about it vs How honest they were.
How much you expected vs What you actually got.
How much you paid vs How much you get in return.
If you meet anyone who has ever been to Maldives, they will tell you it's the most beautiful location on earth. That's because it is. They say it is mindblowingly beautiful an there's no need to exaggerate. Infact and the photos don't even do it justice. They were honest in terms of beauty, it's most certainly not overrated.
I have high expectations, I've always dreamt of the Maldives and I expected a dream holiday. I cannot even attempt to put into words how perfect the entire holiday was. I can only tell you that there was a genuine moment on this trip where I contemplated changing careers. I was willing, for the first time ever - to give up my job to live on this island. I was so convinced I pitched my imaginary swap to the nursery nurse who had left humble Wales to work caring for holiday maker's children in the Maldives. I offered her all the glitter and glamour of Television for a straight swap...She declined.
I tried to make friends with the staff who live amongst the palm trees and find myself a job, any job, I would happily clean toilets to live in the Maldives. When it comes to what I expected vs what I got I certainly got way more than I expected.
Turns out life is somewhat complicated and I can't just trade everything in for cleaning toilets in the Maldives, I have to pay to go there.
It's not cheap, it's not even close.
I think it's worth being brutally honest here - Expect to drop 10k on a five night stay. It's insanely expensive, but by no means overrated.