The Maldives is often considered to be the pinnacle of romance. Idyllic powdery white beaches, stilted bungalows perched over the glistening turquoise ocean and an abundance of lush tropical greenery — it is very easy to see why it’s a popular honeymoon destination. However, this network of low-lying islands fringed by extraordinary coral reefs is an excellent destination for a solo getaway. Here are 5 reasons why you must visit the Maldives for your solo retreat.
If you are looking for a place to get away from the qualms of everyday life, the Maldives is the perfect place for you. This network of paradise isles encompasses Elizabeth Gilbert’s philosophy Eat, Pray, Love. Disconnect from the outside world and reconnect with yourself. Enjoy lazing on the blindingly white beach under the shade of a coconut tree or participate in some of the many wellness activities available at your resort. Many hotels follow the policy of ‘No News, No Shoes’, and this barefoot luxury is what dreams are made of.
Dive into the Deep Blue
When underwater, you’re alone anyway so it doesn’t really matter whether you are travelling by yourself, with your partner or in a group — with that said you can never be truly ‘alone’ underwater. Just beneath its luminous surface is an underwater world of unimaginable colour. Coral reefs teeming with marine life are a hallmark of the country. Hard coral pillars tower over the soft spongy coral which billows in the current and sea turtles, manta rays and reef sharks are frequently sighted here.
Experience Maldivian Culture
Apart from the Maldives’ idyllic beaches, luxury resorts and amazing aquatic life, few experience the country’s cultural side. The Maldives is made up of over a 1,000 low lying islands, each home to a luxury resort, however, there are also a few ‘local’ islands where the country’s natives reside. The capital city/island is Male, a city which looks like it is bursting at the seams with buildings. Brightly coloured buildings rise high, and from the sky, it closely resembles a toy town. If you’re staying a hotel close to the city like Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives, you should definitely take a day to explore some of its heritage sites like the Old Friday Mosque.
If you’re looking to indulge, you’ve come to the right place. Each resort in the Maldives houses a world-class spa and what better way to pass the time away on your solo holiday than treating yourself! Enjoy a deeply relaxing massage while listening to the waves gently crashing in the distance. If spa treatments are not your preference, opt for other wellness activities like yoga, Zumba or even stand up paddleboard yoga.
Get a Taste of the Local Cuisine
Another underrated part of Maldives is its local cuisine. A cuisine that mainly consists of curry, roti, and a lot of fresh fish, the local food is healthy, delicious, and very budget-friendly! Another perk of going on holiday to the Maldives is the excellent variety of food. Experience the tastes from the rest of the world all from a small island in the middle of the Indian Ocean! If this is your first solo trip and you’re uncomfortable with eating by yourself- even though you shouldn’t be- you can always take your meal on the deck of your overwater villa!
For years, the Maldives has been branded a ‘couple’s only’ destination, but now it is time to change the narrative. These islands are perfect for solo travellers who are looking for luxury and adventure. Whether the Maldives has been on your bucket list for ages or if you’ve only recently come across it, one thing is for certain — you are guaranteed to love it.
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