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Indian Luxury Travellers' Survey Tops Maldives In their Wish List to Travel in 2020

kandima madives drone image of the island. White sandy beached and crystal clear water. Maldives is the top destination where Indian to travel post COVID19.
We have come across many surveys from destinations experts and researchers looking into ways in understanding the individual traveler

We have come across many surveys from destinations experts and researchers looking into ways in understanding the individual traveller and their reactions post covid. But most importantly it is how tourists will travel and when can they travel again. The answer is not yet 100% clear to most parts of the world and the travel industry cautiously implementing new procedures and a new normal way to explore the destinations.

In a survey completed in May 2020 by The Indian Luxury Traveller Report: Covid Edition tops Maldives as a destination Indian luxury travellers want to travel in 2020. The survey report was conducted online by 3500 Indian luxury travellers. 

In this survey more than 70% of the respondents polled were from the big metros of India, 73% were in the 25 – 55 age bracket, 45% were salaried employees, 24% were self-employed/consultants while 14% were entrepreneurs and 3% were retired. Here are more survey indications by the travellers. 

  • Domestic Travel will see a huge surge in the number of affluent travellers, as Indians will drive or Fly to any Civid-free destination. Goa Remains Top. 
  • Is International Travel Dead for 2020? A whopping 70% remain open to travelling abroad on vacation this year and Maldives emerges as the destination they are most likely to choose, presumably for its natural beauty and luxurious resorts with a wide range of in-house activities for families to enjoy. Followed by Central Europe. 
  • The Indian Luxury Traveller assumes that airlines, hotels and restaurants will have systems for hygiene and safety in place, but they want to see them been followed by themselves. Trust will be the key. 
  • The survey also indicated that luxury travellers are willing to pay extra to certain services such as a daily deep clean of the room, or even a one-night-empty buffer (see graphic). And fully aware of the impact of travel on the environment, 65% said they are willing to pay extra if the hotel or resort is following sustainable and eco-friendly practices. 
  • The affluent Indian traveller is also anxious to return to restaurants, with 81% stating that being able to check what sanitisation measures a restaurant is taking would be the most important factor in their decision; followed by covid test for the staff, and contactless menu and payment systems and temperature checks for all guests at the entrance. 

India has resumed domestic flight movements after complete halt for almost 02 months. According the sources there is no cap on how many routes airlines can operate but have a strict upper limit on a daily arrivals and departures. 

India’s aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in a press said the suspension of scheduled international commercial passenger flights would continue until midnight on June 30. 

Infographic: Siddhi Mehta

Feature image by Kandima 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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