The Maldives is Open to Tourists – Here’s Where You Can Stay

Lindsay Judge   |   16-07-2020

As of 15th July 2020 The Maldives has reopened to tourists. The island nation in the Indian Ocean is inviting tourists back to its shores and it is possibly one of the safest places to visit in the world right now.


As of 16th July both Etihad and Emirates are flying to The Maldives from the UAE making it easy for you to travel directly to this paradise.


Visitors will not have to enter quarantine upon arrival at the Velana International Airport in the capital, Male or when travelling to remote islands. Nor will they need to produce proof they have tested negative for coronavirus.


The best way to visit the Maldives is by checking into a private resort – this will make your trip stress-free and will also be the safest way to set foot on the island. Some islands are accessible by boat and others by seaplane – both of which are usually organised by the resort, especially with the top-end hotels.


Here we discover some of the destinations that are open for business, offering you that much-needed vacation you’ve been dreaming of.


One&Only Reethi Rah



This resort offers the ultimate in luxury and seclusion. Nestled within lush tropical gardens the resort is set on one of the largest private islands in North Malé Atoll meaning there are plenty of open spaces for you to embrace nature and feel completely isolated. There are twelve beaches and six kilometres of shoreline to discover, included secluded spots.



Your private villa will offer everything you need including dining available in the comfort of your room. The island’s signature, three-bedroom Grand Sunset Residence boasts 2,487 square meters of spectacular space and sleeps 10. It’s perfect for a large family gathering. The villa even has an in-room cinema experience, private butler and private dining spaces.


Spa facilities have also opened on the island as well as recreational experiences including snorkelling.



The Residence, Maldives



The Residence Maldives Dhigurah and The Residence Maldives Falhumaafushi have introduced special  ‘buy now, indulge more’ packages to welcome back guests. The vouchers will allow you to get more for your money and the more you spend the more you get.



These two relaxing resorts are designed in harmony with the natural environment, blending traditional Maldivian architecture with contemporary elegance and modern comforts. Relax in the privacy of the resort’s beachfront and over-water villas that offer an oasis just steps from the sand, or the pleasure of slipping straight from your deck into the cool, clear waters to reach your own private lagoon.


The resorts also have a number of special deals for guests visiting over the Eid break, with up to 50 per cent of the best Available Rates.



Naladhu Private Island Maldives



Find secluded paradise at Naladhu Private Island Maldives, home to 20 elegant and spacious private houses fronting the blue waters of the Indian Ocean. This incredible destination can be completely hired out for groups of up to 50 guests, giving you your own little piece of paradise in the Indian Ocean.


Every space is yours and yours alone, from The Living Room’s beachfront dining scene to the pristine shores overlooking the blue lagoon. Customise an Intimate Dining Affair exclusively for your group or enjoy a variety of dining options on our neighbouring resort islands – the choice is yours.



The island stay package includes 20 luxurious houses, all with private pools, a personalised butler service for each villa to cater to your every whim, 24 hours a day, daily gourmet breakfast available at any time of the day and an in-residence spa. The stay comes with a host of activities to discover including a day cruise experience, watersports, and snorkelling.



Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu and Coco Bodu Hithi



These two picturesque resorts will reopen on 1st August 2020. The islands have enhanced their rigorous cleaning and disinfecting protocols for the reopening to ensure the health and safety of all guests. These two boutique resorts are quite unique on the island thanks to their fresh unique style.


As part of the reopening Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu is offering 7 nights for the price of 7 as well as 40 per cent off bed and breakfast rate. Guests can also benefit from Complimentary Early Check-in and Late Check-out and 20% discount on extra F&B and select spa treatments



While over at Coco Bodu Hithi guests can benefit from 4 nights for the price of 3 as well as 40 per cent off bed and breakfast rate. Guests can also benefit from Complimentary Early Check-in and Late Check-out and 20% discount on extra F&B and select spa treatments


These and a number of other offers will run from now until 30th November.


Crossroads Maldives



Recently launched Crossroads Maldives, Indian Ocean’s first and only multi-island, integrated leisure destination, and its award-winning resorts- SAii Lagoon Maldives, Curio Collection by Hilton and Hard Rock Hotel Maldives has reopened its doors.


Nestled within the exquisite Emboodhoo Lagoon, just 15 minutes by boat from Male’ International Airport, the game-changing new retreats offers a myriad of immersive experiences. Whether it is a family seeking bonding time, a small group of friends in search of an upbeat get-together, a cool couple who wants to rock out in style, or a company that wish to bond with staff in a refreshing way, CROSSROADS customises memorable island experiences while ensuring space, privacy and safety.



The resorts are offering a “Stay 3 Pay 2” package, allowing guests to purchase vouchers that can be redeemed any time before 31st October 2021 with an attractive free night for each consecutive 2 nights stayed.  Perfect for those who want to travel but not sure when, this offer also comes with maximum flexibility on reservation changes and cancellations up to 24 hours before arrival time. Complimentary activities such as Sunrise Yoga, Coral Propagation Programme, Aqua gym and cocktail class are offered at SAii Lagoon Maldives.


For ultimate privacy, the entire island is now available for rent inclusive of 50 rooms. Perfect for family gatherings or weddings.


Velaa Private Island



For the ultimate in luxury and safety visit Velaa Private Island. You can now and at Maafaru International Airport in your private jet and be whisked away on the resort’s exclusive yacht to one of the most ultra-luxurious remote islands in the world. This secluded island features 47 villas houses and residences and you can takeover the entire property.


Large families looking to celebrate the Eid holidays in privacy can choose one of the four Velaa Private Residences.  With four bedrooms accommodating up to ten guests, a rarity in the Maldives, the Velaa Private Residences offer stylish contemporary design with 1,350 square metres of private interior and exterior space, inclusive of two terraces, large pool, private beach, outdoor lounge and cinema,  private spa and plenty of space for each member of the family to relax. Secluded on a pristine private beach, the carefully curated interiors deliver comfort and plenty of space for all members of the party.



Couples looking for a quiet escape can stay at the Romantic Pool Residence which is accessible only by boat and comprises of a one-bedroom villa suspended over the lagoon with surrounding views of the ocean. The villa opens onto terraces complete with jacuzzi, pool, sundeck and a sunken bath. Guests can enjoy first-class dining by their personal chef inside the villa or over the water in a private dining gazebo. The Romantic Pool Residence also features a personal gym and spa treatment rooms featuring curated treatments to pamper and rejuvenate.


Choose from a programme of activities including jet-skiing, windsurfing and pedal-boating, as well as hydro flight toys and scuba-diving in the resort’s own dive centre. Explore the marine environment in a mini submarine or an underwater drone that allows you to make short films. For golfers, the island offers one of the few golf courses in the Maldives.  Velaa Private Island also boasts an extraordinary culinary experience with venues that are unrivalled throughout the Maldives. With three restaurants, two bars and a cellar, Velaa Private Island offers an unforgettable culinary journey to its guests.



Velaa Spa is a wellness sanctuary that curates personalized beauty and wellness experiences. The luxury island prides itself in pioneering some of the most innovative beauty and wellness treatments in the world such as the Cloud 9 relaxation facility.