Far beyond its reputation as a honeymooner’s haven, the Maldives is an enchanting destination which also offers much to enjoy for intrepid solo travellers seeking an escape like no other. Here are some things to keep in mind before planning such a trip.
Where to Stay
Many guides will generally say that solo travellers should opt for guesthouses; that said, don’t forget such a holiday is also a great time to indulge in some luxurious comforts and pampering at private island resorts like The Nautilus Maldives located in the Baa Atoll. Getting to such properties on a seaplane adds to the adventure and stays at beachside or overwater living spaces are not to be missed. You also get access to diverse dining venues, spa treatments, water sports and more.
This country is blessed with stunning marine biodiversity making snorkelling and scuba diving ideal activities to engage in. For those at Baa Atoll-based luxury hotels, Maldives provides one with a chance to explore the underwater world of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve; here, you even get the opportunity to snorkel amidst hundreds of manta rays in Hanifaru Bay! Look to stay at a resort which has a PADI dive centre too, so you can get the training and certification for more in-depth exploration beneath the waves.
A solo trip is also the ideal time to embark on a transformative wellness journey to find that all-important balance for mind, body, and soul. Another advantage of staying at a private island resort is that they will have their own onsite spas so you can look to enjoy diverse holistic rituals. Ideally, choose a property which offers overwater treatment pavilions for rejuvenating massages, facials and body wraps as well as beauty treatments and ayurvedic therapies; these can be combined with Hatha yoga or aerial yoga too.
There are various other things to do in Maldives for travellers looking to enjoy a destination by themselves. Water sports like jet-skiing, water-skiing, tubing, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding as well as exploring the ocean by a Seabob, sunset fishing and big-game fishing are worth trying. Depending on the resort you stay at, you can also learn the art of gin tasting, while for some enriching cultural experiences, you can join a Maldivian cuisine cooking class and visit a local island.