Here's how you can rent a private island in the Maldives – for a good cause
For US$1 million (S$1.4 million), the Raffles Maldives Meradhoo lets you have the entire resort to yourself. A part of the cost will also go to charity.
A private island experience brings with it the promise of quiet and seclusion. But while many of us dream of jetting off to an island refuge whenever we want, owning an island seems like an over-the-top indulgence reserved for the wealthiest of billionaires.
But what if you could simply rent an island for a few days, while giving back to charity? For a limited time, Raffles Maldives Meradhoo, located on the pristine Gaafu Alifu Atoll, is offering a rare US$1 million (S$1.4 million) all-inclusive island buyout.
Notably, a part of the cost will go to a good cause – helping to preserve the marine ecosystem. A five per cent charitable donation will be made, split between the Maldives’ Marine Centre and the Olive Ridley Project, an NGO that works to protect sea turtles.
The package, dubbed You Run Raffles Maldives, is available for four-night, five-day stays. You can also bring along up to 70 loved ones, close friends and business associates, who will be put up at either of the resort's two islands. The first island features 21 villas amidst palm trees, while the second features several overwater residences.
You and your guests will also have access to a nearby deserted island, described as a blank canvas that can be designed for any kind of experience. You can choose to transform the island to a tropical playground, fly in a celebrity DJ for a private concert, or use the island for a romantic retreat for two complete with a champagne-and-stargazing session guided by a personal astronomer.
Throughout the stay, guests will be able to witness Maldives' diverse marine life through activities such as snorkelling excursions, dolphin-watching cruises and diving expeditions. Sunset drinks can be enjoyed at Long Bar, where the Maldives Sling, an mix of gin, coconut, cinnamon and clove, come highly recommended.
For meals, the culinary team at Raffles Maldives Meradhoo will create special menus and tailored dining experiences. Exclusive dining experiences include a supper of beef tenderloin with chimichurri at The Firepit, a tiki torch-lit barbecue restaurant where diners sit at sunken tables carved from the sand. Sushi and pisco sours can be savoured at Nikkei restaurant, Yuzu.