So my wife and I are going on a babymoon (the eye before the storm) before the kid is born and all hell breaks loose.
I am not the planning type, I just go when the wife says. So we decided to go to Maldives next month in May (last minute, decided yesterday). It's the Monsoon season as of May but it's a transitional month plus apparently it's harder to predict how the weather as of late. Anyway the rain will make it less hot as the month of April is really damn hot. I have not searched up other dates, but I checked up Cathay Pacific from MLE-MEL in June, July and it's still $1044.
Anyway I was trying to find decent flights on business that would make it a less uncomfortable flight for the wife. I spent last night trawling the web for hotels and flights etc (expedia.ie, expedia.com.br, kayak, adioso etc) and I thought it was a good deal so I'd post it. I would assume limited seats because it is business class. With respect to the hotels, we found ones with 3+1 deals so Gili Lankanfushi and just hotel hoppin'.
Melbourne - Singapore $449 (Jestar Business, not real business I know but it's better than economy) - http://www.kayak.com.au/flights/MEL-SIN/2014-05-18/business/
Singapore - Male $639 (Malaysian Airlines Business, yeah I know MH370 etc etc please dont neg me. you can try SriLankan airlines instead. FYI MAS will transit through KUL with a 6hr journey but for $639 how can you complain) - http://www.kayak.com.au/flights/SIN-MLE/2014-05-20/business/
Male - Melbourne $1044 (Cathay Pacific Business Class D via HKG either stop over or 2hr transit - we decided to stay for a day and eat - think Tim Ho Wan 1 star michelin goodness) - http://www.kayak.com.au/flights/MLE-MEL/2014-05-28/business/
If you want be bothered with the first two tiers of the flight itinerary you could just to MEL-MLE one way with Singapore Airlines Economy at 800 - http://www.kayak.com.au/flights/MEL-MLE/2014-05-20/
Considering economy to Maldives is about approx $800-$1068 return (800 being MAS, 1068 being SIA). And rather than $6000 return pp for business, all up it's $2191 and you get a couple of stop overs if you want (singapore and hong kong)
Hope someone finds this useful.
The killer deal really is Cathay Pacific