With flights to Singapore now back in the sky for vaccinated Australians, travel to the Maldives is now a dream that could be turned in to COVID-safe reality.
Just a short flight from Singapore, the Maldives is one of the most beautiful and naturally socially distanced destinations in the world.
And good news for those who wish to travel overseas… The country is open to tourists who present a negative COVID-19 test result while the archipelago continues to relax restrictions for vaccinated travellers.
With 93% of the country’s resort employees fully vaccinated, and 99% having had their first vaccine dose, the Maldives has also been dubbed one of the world’s safest destinations.
On top of that, the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) has granted the Maldives their ‘Safe Travels Stamp’ in recognition of the efforts to implement enhanced health and safety measures, in line with the WTTC global safe travels protocols.
The major entry point to Maldives, Velana International Airport, has also received the ACI Airport Health Accreditation for consistent measures in line with ACI’s standards in the new normal.
So what’s new in paradise?
In the time since Australians could make their way to the Maldives, five new resorts have opened their doors.
As is expected from Maldives accommodation, each new property is stunning and waiting to welcome Aussie guests as soon as possible.
NEW RESORT: Kagi Maldives Island
A resort best suited to couples, the five-star Kagi Maldives Spa Island takes their guests on a curated wellness journey while indulging in the beauty of the Maldives. It is an intimate all-pool-villa resort, bringing understated luxury and elegant simplicity to the Maldives.
NEW RESORT: The Ritz Carlton Maldives – Fari Islands
The first Ritz Carlton in the Maldives has 100 overwater or beachfront villas where guests can enjoy the round-the-clock services of a dedicated aris meeha, or personal butler, who can organize activities such as Maldivian cooking classes, traditional drum performances timed to sunset, beach cricket matches or kids’ arts and craft sessions.
NEW RESORT: Patina Maldives – Fari Islands
Patina Maldives offers 90 contemporary one- to three-bedroom Beach and Water Pool Villas, alongside 20 Fari Studios. Guests can immerse themselves through thoughtful tailor-made wellness journeys, interactive music programmes, captivating culinary experiences, and bask in the light-filled James Turrell Skyspace pavilion.
NEW RESORT: Le Meridien Maldives Resort & Spa
Le Meridien Maldives Resort & Spa is a playful sanctuary and a true castaway experience where guests can enjoy the tastes of the destination with six restaurants and bars inspired by the passion for culture, cuisine and design. Located on Lhaviyani Atoll, guests can savour the sights and sounds of the natural beauty with indigenous flora and fauna, a shimmering lagoon and coral reefs teaming with wildlife including manta rays and turtles.
NEW RESORT: Kuda Villingili
Kuda Villingili Resort Maldives is a private island where time and space are redefined. The island is home to the biggest pool in the Maldives and offers a wide range of activities including a world-class surfing point, an incredible variety of dive spots, as well as seven dining outlets varying from hawker-style elevated street cuisine to fine dining.
COMING SOON: Jumeirah Maldives
Opening 14 December, Jumeirah Maldives will house 67 beach villas and overwater bungalows, each with a private infinity pool and expansive rooftop. Located on an island in North Male Atoll, the property will be accessible by seaplane and motorboat, and all villas promise panoramic views of the Indian Ocean. The roof terraces all come complete with a dedicated dining area, and three-bedroom villas also contain a private gym as well as a private dock for 90-foot boats.
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