From tree-top dining to underwater villas, the Maldives offers imaginative ways to help travelers stay socially aloof while enjoying a vacation.
The island nation reopened to visitors on July 15 and more than 57,000 tourists have visited it since. Other airlines are expected to resume flights this month and next year. Earlier in November, the country’s tourism board launched a marketing campaign with the slogan: “Isolation has never looked better.
Visitors are required to present a negative Covid-19 test and complete an online health declaration form. Resorts have increased cleaning and added contactless check-ins, but it’s the privacy and seclusion that is likely to draw travelers.
Dinner in the trees
At Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi, you can eat in a bamboo pod shaped like a nest at a restaurant called Terra. Six “naturally distant” nests can accommodate two people, while a seventh can accommodate four, and the menu includes ingredients such as white Alba truffles and Wagyu beef.
Terra Restaurant at the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi.
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi
Ithaafushi, which includes three interconnected islands, has seen increased demand for Terra, as well as for in-room dining, and guests can also benefit from spa treatments and yoga classes in their villas.
Travelers can book an entire island at the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi.
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi
One of the islands can be rented in its entirety. It includes three villas, five swimming pools and a clubhouse, as well as a chef and concierge.
Life in the ocean
The Muraka Residence at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island has a master bedroom submerged 16 feet underwater. With a 180 degree curved ceiling, it is effectively the private aquarium for guests. Upstairs there are indoor and outdoor living rooms, a private swimming pool and a bedroom with a sunset view.
An underwater chamber at MURAKA, which is part of the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island.
Conrad Maldives Rangali Island | Justin nicolas
A personal butler, chef, and private seaplane transfers are available as part of a VIP package, which starts at $ 46,500 per night for stays in November and December.
A bubble on the beach
Singer Rita Ora and model Cara Delevingne have been partying in Finolhu in recent years. Its two-bedroom “rockstar villas” with wine cellar and bar are the most popular rooms.
Guests of Maldivian Finolhu Island can stay in a private “bubble tent” on the beach.
But for a more socially remote vacation, Finolhu has a “beach bubble tent” – a transparent, enclosed room on a sandbar surrounded by ocean views. It comes with its own “bubble butler” and reservations include a private barbecue on the beach.
Your own private cinema
For those looking for a quieter vacation, little Kandolhu has just 30 rooms. It is surrounded by a coral “garden” accessible from the island.
Kandholhu in the Maldives has only 30 rooms.
Kandolhu | Universal
Socially remote evening entertainment includes a moonlit cinema where guests can watch a movie in seclusion on a private jetty, along with cocktails and snacks.
A day of social distancing
Kurumba is the first private island in the Maldives. Opened in 1972, it is a 10-minute speedboat ride from Velana International Airport, the main airport in the Maldives.
Kurumba in the Maldives offers a day of socially distanced activities through its app.
Kurumba | Universal
Its recently launched resort app allows guests to book “Just You and Me Time,” a day of socially remote activities including private breakfast, snorkeling, delivered lunch, spa treatment, private dinner and movie night.
Work from paradise
Those who want to work out of isolation can book a one-month “Work from Paradise” package on the Pullman Maldives Maamutaa.
The Pullman Maldives Maamutaa has launched a “Work from Paradise” package.
Pullman Maldives Maamutaa
The stay includes one personal trainer, one dive or spa treatment per week, a day trip to partner Mercure Maldives Kooddoo and one night in an underwater aquatic villa – a 200 square meter mansion with a underwater chamber.
Those staying at the Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu Resort in the southern Baa Atoll in the Maldives can escape for a “Cast Away” break in a rustic room on the deserted island of Embudhoo, a short drive away. -edge.
The private island of Embudhoo is part of the Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu resort in the Maldives.
Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu
Described as “the ultimate private – and secluded – getaway,” travelers enjoy the secluded island to themselves for two nights, having breakfast and picnic with them and enjoying a barbecue dinner on the evening. evening.