Get moving, cringey travel influencers: ravers are coming to the Maldives.
This fall will see the very first electronic dance music festival in the Maldives, a remote archipelago of coral islands in the Indian Ocean, typically frequented by honeymooners with deep pockets and digital nomads.
Organizers of the event, dubbed Cult Excap, are promoting a “luxury music festival” at Crossroads Maldives, a lavish tourist strip nestled in the idyllic Emboodhoo lagoon. The area includes two upscale resorts, the Hard Rock Hotel Maldives and the Saii Lagoon Maldives, which are set in an expanse of white sand beaches and towering palm trees.
According to a press release shared with EDM.com, the new boutique fest will bring together a multitude of world-class DJs for a “utopian” festival experience, which is scheduled from October 29 to November 1, 2021. Party-goers will be able to enjoy yoga classes, games on the beach, parties at sunset, and special ceremonies in the pagodas, among other island comforts.
An experience like this doesn’t come cheap, of course. All-inclusive tickets start at AED 4,995, or around $ 1,300. This price includes food, drinks, and local transfers, but ticket holders will need to purchase their own flights to and from the Maldives.
In the spring of 2021, coronavirus cases in the Maldives rose from nearly 100 to over 1,500 in the space of a month, prompting a short-term travel ban from South Asia on May 13, according to CNN Travel. The region reported a record 2,194 cases on May 20, but the total has since declined significantly, with just 128 recorded yesterday, September 13. To date, more than 700,000 people in the Maldives have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
You can find out more about Cult Excap on the festival website.