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Guesthouses in Maldives Reopens – First Guests Arrive in Maafushi

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Guesthouses in the Maldives has oficially reopened, local tourism now returning in the as the first guests arrive in Maafushi Island.

Guesthouses in the Maldives has officially reopened as the first guests arrive in Maafushi Island. The first guests received a welcome from Maldives Tourism Minister, Dr. Abdulla Mausoom. Furthermore, the biggest guesthouse in the Maldives, Kaani Palm Beach is now open as well.

The government announced to reopen guesthouses originally in August 2020. However, plans were changed as an extra precaution due to COVID-19. Currently, only guesthouses outside the Greater Male’ Region received permission to reopen. Here is a full list of guesthouses set to reopen today, according to the Ministry of Tourism:

  • Sabba Beach Suite
  • Maakoalhi Lodge
  • Huvan Inn
  • Plumeria
  • Plumeria Sea View
  • Sands Inn Mathiveri
  • Aqua Lodge
  • Kanborani
  • Nala Veshi Inn
  • Ocean Vibes Guesthouse
  • The Sunrise Huraa
  • Maldives Seashine Guest House
  • Arena Fushi Seaview
  • Kaani Palm Beach

According to the ministry, the issuing of the permit for guesthouses will be based on consent from Island Council. For tourists visiting the Maldives, they must present a negative PCR test before arrival in the Maldives. All guesthouses in the Maldives need to follow the guidelines by the Health Protection Agency (HPA). And also the guidelines from Health Emergency Operations Center (HEOC).

In addition to that, all islands with guesthouses operational should have a COVID-19 quarantine facility on the island. Likewise, the island should also have a chosen vehicle to transport guests to facilities (just in case a traveler tests positive for COVID-19). The hospital on the island also must have the capabilities to deal with COVID-19 cases as well.

Also read: New Record Number of Tourist Arrivals on a Single-Day Since Border Reopening

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an immense impact on everyone associated with the tourism industry. But, since the border reopening, tourist arrivals to the Maldives have been growing at a steady pace.

Feature image by Arena Beach Maldives
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An Invite to the Front Row: SO/ Maldives Grand Opening Party!

SO/Maldives proudly announces the grand opening party of its exquisite runway.

SO/ Maldives is set to host its grand opening on March 23, 2024. This much-anticipated event of the season is titled ‘An Invite to the Front Row’. The event promises a soirée of collaborative elegance for an unforgettable glamorous experience for its guests.

The Grand Opening Party – An Invite to the Front Row

The grand opening party is set to be a feast for your senses. The resort is bringing culinary delights, fashion-forward statements, avant-garde designs and artistic flair. With this, SO/ Maldives invites guests to take a seat in the front row and witness the convergence of global talent and Maldivian charm.

An invite to the Front Row encapsulates the essence of SO/Maldives- a convergence of global excellence set against the unparalleled beauty of our island. We extend an exclusive invitation to our guests to us on this extraordinary journey with incredible collaborations providing them a truly glamorous stay while embracing our DNA, says Jesper Soerensen – General Manager of SO/Maldives.

Experience one of the First-International Fashion Shows in the Maldives with Milin!

SO/ Maldives will unveil its inaugural fashion show, considered to be one of the first international fashion shows in the Maldives. As the island turns into an oceanfront runway, guests can witness the harmonious blend of haute couture and paradisical setting. The fashion show will showcase the swimwear collection debuted by the esteemed Thai fashion house, Milin.

Partnership with Riffath

SO/ Maldives is partnering with local talent Riffath. Riffath is a distinguished Maldivian High Fashion Brand, launching its exclusive SO/Maldives’ Flying Dress Edits. The resort is also teaming up with Timeless Maldives Photo Studio. The resort’s guests are empowered to unleash their inner models for a bespoke once-in-a-lifetime photo and drone shoot, adorned in a gown with an extended hem that gratefully dances in the wind.

Beach Takeover with Veuve Clicquot Champagne House

Veuve Cliquot Champagne House is taking over the beach at SO/ Maldives to bring an exquisite evening. The beach glam-up is done with the Lazuli Beach Club Bar for a memorable night that redefined elegance and indulgence!

Culinary Delights with Chef Dharshan Munidasa

Chef Dharshan Munidasa, a dual Sri Lankan – Japanese heritage chef hailed for his accolades commands the spotlight at SO/ Maldives. Chef Dharshan’s menu is set to redefine conventional boundaries. Guests are invited to enjoy the exquisite flavours at the Ministry of Crab, Nihonashi Blue, and Carne Diem Grill.

To add to this, Jenna Hemsworth, Australia’s most influential and award-winning female bartender also showcases her creativity. Jenna will be taking over the bar to craft expertly curated cocktails.

Musical Bliss with world-class DJs

Guests are welcome to enjoy a series of live performances from world-class musicians and DJs. Groove to the innovative beats of one of the leading Maldivin bands, YJ Hameed Music. The vibes are set to create a rhythm that resonates with the spirit of the island’s spirit. Lydia Sarunrat Deane, a Thai sensation will also be filling the air with enchanting melodies. End the night as DJ Karrouhat from Dubai takes everyone on an electrifying-after party journey.

The Grand Opening Party will be hosted by Matthew Deane, a well-known Thai-Australian singer, model, actor and television presenter.

Exclusive Wellness & Fitness Retreats

Embark on a transformative fitness journey with the introduction of a week-long detox and fun session by Jumping Fitness, an innovative fitness regimen that originated in the Czech Republic. In collaboration with London-based wellness partner salon C. Steller, renowned for its modern approach to wellness, the resort is set to launch new spa experiences that promise ultimate rejuvenation.

Earth Hour

SO/ Maldives invites guests to experience an eco-conscious revelry. Guests are welcome to enjoy the beauty of nature intertwines with the joy of celebration. Witness as the island runway dims, unveiling a beach bonfire beneath the starlit sky. Immense in the rhythmic beats of Maldivian Boduberu and the serene glow.

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