Travel and tourism has been one of the biggest losers in the COVID-19 lockdowns that have taken place around the world, so it’s really encouraging to read that the Maldives are planning to reopen almost all their resorts this October, following the reopening of Maldivian borders to international visitors on 15th July 2020.
The Maldives Marketing and PR Corporation (MMPRC) has just announced that 146 of its 156 resorts will reopen to guests by the end of October 2020 following health and safety measures set out by the Ministry of Tourism.
As things stand at the moment, 43 resorts have already opened, including Kudafushi Resort & Spa, Lily Beach Maldives, LUX* North Male Atoll, OBLU by Atmosphere, Soneva Fushi, Angsana Resort & Spa, VARU by Atmosphere, Jumeirah Vittaveli, Velaa Private Island and both properties owned by Four Seasons.
This month it’s expected that a further 28 resorts will reopen their doors to guests again, including Joali Maldives, all four properties in Coco Collection and Centara’s Maldivian portfolio of resorts, as well as the recently launched Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa.
Budget-friendly guesthouses situated on local inhabited islands in the Maldives have also been allowed to open to guests as of the beginning of this month, and next month 29 Maldivian resorts will welcome back tourists, including Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa, four of Aitken Spence Hotels’ Maldivian properties and The Nautilus.
In October an additional 46 resorts will open, including Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort, Reethi Faru Resort and Niyama Private Islands Maldives. This means that 94% of the resorts in the Maldives will be open in time for the key ‘winter sun’ travel months, popular with so many UK holidaymakers who will no doubt be keen to escape talk of further lockdowns and enjoy some warmer weather.
Mr. Thoyyib Mohamed, Managing Director of Maldives Marketing & PR Corporation (MMPRC), said about the reopening of the resorts: “Following the issue of detailed COVID-19 safe tourism guidelines and the reopening of our international borders on 15th July, the Maldives is now fully prepared to welcome back tourists to our island nation, with safety being the destinations’ top priority. Over 40 resorts in the Maldives are already open to guests and a further 103 will reopen before the month of November, so we look forward to welcoming back UK holidaymakers to our beautiful islands.”
All of the 156 resorts situated in the island nation will be required to take protective measures, ensuring the safety of tourists as well as staff working in the industry that follow the comprehensive COVID-19 safe tourism guidelines and hygiene certification programme issued by the Maldivian Ministry of Tourism back in June.
For more information on visiting any of these island resorts, please visit: https://visitmaldives.com
Simon Burrell is Editor of Our Man On The Ground, a member of The British Guild of Travel Writers and professional photographer.