Lessons for India from the Maldives’ experiment with water villas

This is the sixth edition of Thirty-six, The Morning Context’s weekly newsletter on countless ecosystems in flux across India.

If you’ve honeymooned in the Maldives, chances are you’ve stayed at one of the many water villas that dot its shores. These thatched-roof hideouts, stretching out like a necklace in the sea, packing in everything from a pool table to a personalized jacuzzi, are at the heart of the island nation’s fly-and-flop tourism model. Their decadence draws in the Gwyneth Paltrows and Andy Murrays of the world. And now, India too wants a slice of that action.

On 31 July, the …


Omkar Khandekar

Omkar specializes in long-form narrative features and has reported from India, the UK, Germany and the Maldives. He writes across beats, from politics and crime to cinema and sports. His works have been published in Indian and international outlets including The Caravan, Mint Lounge, the BBC, Al Jazeera and The Huffington Post.

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