Something’s bubbling in paradise by The Small Maldives Island Co
The glamping trend is about to blow up in the Maldives, as the Indian Ocean’s grooviest getaway, Finolhu, unveils a stunning new ‘Beach Bubble’ tent - the first of its kind in the archipelago - on a secluded stretch of its famed Fish & Crab Shack sandbank. Conceived and custom designed by the crazy cats at Eye In The Sky, the transparent inflatable bubble is a unique, inspiring environment where guests can enjoy an incredible, closer-to-nature experience - without compromising on high-spec design and luxurious creature comforts.
Dramatically located in a secluded spot along Finolhu’s famous 1.5km sandspit, far from the buzz of the island’s iconic 1 OAK Beach Club, the Beach Bubble is available exclusively for incredibly romantic, one night-only ‘Dream Eclipse’ 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 watch the sun climb into the sky as they linger over breakfast at the water’s edge.
Constructed using super-strong, high tech polyester fabric, Eye In The Sky’s pioneering Bubble Tent provides a UV-protected, fully waterproof, climate-controlled cocoon that offers guests a uniquely immersive nature experience. The Bubble is an exclusive worldwide patented Precontraint Serge Ferrari® technology and acquires distinctive properties in terms of resistance, dimensional stability and light weight, eliminating deformation due to load and offering a longer useful life. The interiors feature custom-fitted wooden floors and bespoke furnishings, and a separate adjoining bubble bathroom with WC and shower.
Finolhu’s exclusive ‘Dream Eclipse’ experience costs US$600++ per couple, including one night in the Beach Bubble (sunset to sunrise, from 7pm to 9am), a private Beach BBQ, and private waterside breakfast at Bubble Beach.
Turquoise Holidays (01494 678400; www.turquoiseholidays.co.uk) offers a seven-night stay at Finolhu from GB£2,950 per person. Price includes Beach Villa accommodation based on two adults sharing on an all-inclusive basis, return international flights and shared seaplane transfers.