The #Experientialist understands that perhaps a desert-island getaway is not the social life you may want after all this physical distancing, but listen to what Soneva Fushi has to say and we’re sure your mind will soon be changed. Our friends at the sublime Maldivian resort has created a special buy-out opportunity in the middle of the Indian Ocean … a blow your mind chance for you to take over a whole island in the middle of the Indian Ocean.

Valid for stays til 1st September, Soneva’s Island Buyout Offer allows you to become the ultimate luxury castaways and have the entire island to yourselves – if you so wish – or as a group of family and friends. So charter a private jet and head to the resort between 15th July and 1st September and throw the ultimate milestone celebration, or you could make it a ‘just because’ trip. After all, it’s the resort’s 25th anniversary, so if you’re looking for a reason, that’s a pretty good one, if you ask us!

And while it all sounds overly decadent (the resort’s entire team will be at your beck and call, should you want to sip cocktails on a sandbank, or head out 1-on-1 dolphin spotting, or go scuba diving with the resident marine biologist), you’ll be thrilled to know that Soneva Fushi is a leader in intelligent luxury, from carbon offsetting to banning single-use plastic, to marine conservation, sustainable surfing and more. They even support neighbouring islands in their work, putting an end to open-air burning via the new Soneva Namoona scheme.

The pricetag? A cool £80,000 or $100,000 per night, exclusive of food, beverage and the resort’s premium experiences.

www.soneva.com

OutThere believes in boundless travel, but in the Maldives, life for LGBT+ citizens can be difficult, with discriminative laws in place. OutThere travellers are unlikely to experience any negativity while staying at international hotels, but public displays of affection should be kept to a minimum, particularly off property. When visiting any country, you should be fully aware of the implications of its laws and be sensitive to and respect local customs and regulations, so as to ensure an enjoyable, safe holiday.

Photography courtesy of Soneva Fushi