Is there anything more romantic than glamping in the Maldives? Here’s where to do it
By Chere Di Boscio
It may be well best known as a honeymoon destination, packed with lavish, sustainable hotels, sugar-fine sandy beaches and spectacular diving, but now there’s something new and exciting on offer for adventurous luxury travellers: glamping in the Maldives.
The world’s most luxurious glamping experience comes thanks to the Indian Ocean’s grooviest getaway, Finolhu, which has recently launched what they call their ‘Beach Bubble’ tent. The first of its kind in the archipelago, this transparent inflatable bubble is truly unique, allowing its privileged guests to gaze up at the spectacular, star-lit nights in the Maldives, whilst being lulled to sleep by the sound of the tides.
Created by Eye In The Sky design, creature comforts in this tent abound – there’s a UV-protected exterior for those who want to lay around during the day without rubbing in a layer of sunscreen, wooden floors and plush furniture. To rinse off the salty water after a swim, guests can step into the adjoining bubble bathroom with WC and shower. This unique experience doesn’t stop there; the bubble also comes with a personal butler and security guards (to ensure their safety in the secluded location, of course).
The Beach Bubble is available exclusively for incredibly romantic, one-night-only experiences under the stars. After a lip-smacking lunch at the Fish & Crab Shack, a short sunset stroll leads guests to their very own Bubble Beach hideaway where they can chill out, enjoy a beach BBQ with a Maldivian twist, and then retreat into their private bubble for an unforgettable night under endless stars. On waking from this dreamlike experience, guests can throw on some Beach Bunny swimwear and watch the sun climb into the sky as they linger over breakfast, before diving into bath-warm waters just beyond the shore.
Located in the stunning UNESCO world biosphere of the Baa Atoll, this beach has access to one of the largest groups of coral reefs in the Indian Ocean, and acts as a stepping stone for the transport of planktonic larvae of reef organisms from the western and eastern Indian Ocean. The reserve is home to a globally significant biodiversity among its numerous reefs and demonstrates a long history of human interaction with the environment. This little bubble of paradise is pretty isolated, as all idyllic places should be. However, it can be reached by either seaplane in just 30 minutes from Velana (Malé) International Airport or via a 20 minute flight to Dharavandhoo Domestic Airport in Baa Atoll, followed by a short speedboat ride.
Wish you were here? Finolhu’s exclusive ‘Dream Eclipse’ experience doesn’t come cheap, but it does make a highly memorable engagement or honeymoon experience. Costs start at around $600 per couple, including one night in the Beach Bubble (which lasts from sunset to sunrise, from around 7pm to 9am), a private Beach BBQ with the menu of your choice, and private waterside breakfast at Bubble Beach.
If you’d like to more information about travelling to the Maldives in general, Turquoise Holidays offers a seven-night stay at Finolhu from GB£2,950 per person. This price includes Beach Villa accommodation based on two adults sharing on an all-inclusive basis, return international flights and shared seaplane transfers.