Maldives: looks nice, right? Home to one hotel per island, this is where you truly go to get away. But fun? Ever seen anything FUN happening in the Maldives? Apart from a few one-offs, there hasn’t been a whole lot of fiesta in the Maldives, but a couple of spots are changing that.
First up, let’s start with the new one. Launched on the 1st of November, The Standard, Huruvalhi Maldives is The Standard’s first island escape and property in Asia. With disco balls above bathtubs, they’re quick to remind us that at The Standard, you can party anywhere, any time of day. They also highlight that this property is great for singles and groups of friends too, which makes for a refreshing change. Beach dining for one? If anyone can do it with panache, we have faith that The Standard can. Other highlights include an adults-only bar, which is perched over the ocean with a glass floor dancefloor (YAS!), and pool parties at their chic infinity pool (a full moon rave this is not). And with opening rates now from $395, this seems like an almost reasonable Maldives option, too.
At the W Maldives, they have the usual W offerings of detox/retox programs and resident DJs, but they also have chef and bar takeovers. From 12-14 November, Victoria Chow, founder of The Woods Nomadic, will be leading masterclasses at her W Maldives bar takeover. They are also known for their great New Year’s Eve parties, so check their social for timely collaboration and talent announcements.
On less of a party, more of an active tip, Soneva Jani is where you go to learn to surf in style. Forget just lounging in your overwater villa – here, you’ll still have an overwater villa, but you’ll take a speed boat out to surf in some great (varied level) spots. They claim to be the first 100% sustainable surfing program, which is never a bad thing, and as any surfer will tell you, surfing in the Maldives is top tier.
Heading to the Maldives for fun? Sounds good to us.