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Mates' holiday in the Maldives? It's not just for honeymooners

The classic mates' holiday is having a bit of a rebrand, and one destination in particular is taking note.

Not satisfied with a long weekend at the coast or a quick city break, more and more millennials are seeking out adventurous trips of a lifetime to enjoy with friends.

The Maldives, the romantic paradise once the preserve of honeymooning couples, has seen a sharp uptake in groups of men in particular seeking a slice of luxury.

Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa is catering to the growing ‘mancation’ trend by positioning itself as the perfect getaway for millennial males planning a group trip.

“Seeing a global trend of men travelling together, we have put together the best activities that they could enjoy on our island,” said General Manager Allwyn Drego.

“We want to change the perception that the Maldives is only for couples wanting to have romantic moments (which we cater for as well) but also a place where there are plenty of things to do.

“Millennials specially like to travel together as group of friends, after the girls' getaway trips, men are now also wanting to travel together to enjoy some active holidays.

“We offer a lot of active experiences, such as watersports, tennis, cycling, or golf. We are also planning to have some ‘Masters in Residence’ in relation with health and fitness.

“Over the festive period, we have the renowned fitness trainer Faisal Abdalla coming to our property to give unique fitness sessions and masterclasses in our paradise settings.”

 

Kayaking, para-sailing, night fishing and paddle boarding are just some of the exhilarating activities on offer, meaning a trip to the Maldives isn't just for topping up the tan.

Local tours also explore the fascinating heritage of the Maldives, including Gan Island, which served as a British naval base during the Second World War.

 
 

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