The Maldives is one of the most desirable travel destinations in the world, and a new initiative launched this month is expected to help bring tourists back to the region. The Maldivian government announced the plan to offer travelers vaccinations under the initiative dubbed 3V: “visit, vaccinate and vacation.” In addition to this initiative, travelers to the Maldives won’t be required to produce a negative COVID-19 PCR-test certificate nor undergo mandatory quarantine, if two weeks have passed since their full vaccination and with proof of a certified completed vaccination certificate.
Three properties actively participating in the Maldivian 3V program and eager to bring back visitors are Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island and The Nautilus Maldives. Each hotel entices with luxury accomdations, white sand beaches and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Even if you haven’t visited, it’s likely you’ve seen images of these stunning locations. After COVID-19 stopped travel in its tracks many are planning a “big trip” soon especially with the 3V initiative promoting both safe travel for tourists and residents. “The 3V initiative by the Maldivian government is an extremely smart and strategic step forward,” says Dino Michael, senior vice president and global category head for luxury brands at Hilton. “It will not only instill heightened confidence for travelers to the region, but will also provide more protection for visitors and locals while still prioritizing vaccinations for local Maldivians.”
If you’re in the market for a Maldives trip, here are three Maldivian properties to consider and more information on how the 3V program is being implemented there.
This Maldivian property is ultra-luxury and a food lover’s dream. Here you can enjoy cuisine from a variety of countries while staying on one small island. Highlights include treetop dining (Terra), an authentic Arabian dinner in a village setting (Yasmeen) and tableside Peking duck (Li Long). Waldorf Astoria Maldives recently opened Ithaafushi – The Private Island (pictured top), for those seeking true privacy and ultimate exclusivity. When you book the island, you will have 350,000 square-feet (for you and 23 of your closest friends) of white sand beach luxury to yourself.
Whether you stay on the main or private island, health and safety is tantamount and an on-site clinic has ensured that travelers and hotel staff are protected. “Our island clinic and doctor received specific vaccination training,” says Etienne Dalancon, General Manager. “We created a temporary vaccination center following the Maldives Health Protection Agency – Ministry of Health and WHO recommendations. It took us four days to administer each jab dose, giving maximum comfort to the team, looking at their working shift, adapting schedules, and offering off days following the injection day.”
The Nautilus is the only Relais & Chateaux property in the Maldives, and is famous for its highly personalized experience. Choose from one of their 26 ultra-private beach and ocean houses all of which come with dedicated butler service and private pools. Once you leave your villa an array of activities awaits; from cruising on the water aboard their luxury yacht to manta ray ‘dancing’ (diving with rays), to watching movies on a private sand bank during a starry evening.
At The Nautilus staff safety is a priority and vaccinations are well underway. “We have already completed the first dose of vaccinations for all team members on the island and the administration of the second dose is already in progress,” says Mohamed Ashraf, General Manager. “We are confident that this important step will increase confidence and safety to our guests and team members alike.”
That underwater suite you’ve seen on Instagram? You can find it here, at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island in their overwater residence, The MURAKA, which is the ultimate indulgent travel experience. MURAKA features three bedrooms, an infinity pool, open plan living spaces, private seaplane jetty and onsite butler and chef. Other luxurious room options include beach villas and overwater villas, where you can enjoy marine life right off of your deck. The area is famous for its sightings of turtles, manta rays, reef sharks, dolphins and whale sharks. You can even enjoy a unique dining experience in the water here, their Lagoon Lunch, a bespoke ‘floating’ dining experience set in the Island’s lagoon. 2021 marks a year of change for Conrad Maldives as it unveils resort renovations, refreshed culinary venues, renewed guest experiences this upcoming November.
The 3V program marks a new era in Maldivian travel in a COVID-19 world where both travelers and residents are vaccinated and protected. Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island and The Nautilus Maldives are luxurious options to visit as tourism returns to the Maldives.