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Lily Beach Resort Earns Hotel Resilient COVID-Ready Gold Certification

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Hotel Resilient declared the all-inclusive Lily Beach Resort & Spa as a COVID-Ready gold-certified property.

Lily Beach Resort & Spa earned a new accolade from Hotel Resilient, once again proving the resort’s status as one of the safest spots in the world. Hotel Resilient declared the all-inclusive resort as a COVID-Ready gold-certified property and Maldives’ auditing company NSURE verified the award.

The Gold Certification status verifies that Lily Beach is following international guidelines, Maldives’ Health Protection Agency guidelines, industry best practices, and the latest scientific research related to the pandemic. To receive this top-ranking credential, Lily Beach had to meet every global standard by Hotel Resilient which included enhanced cleaning, risk controls, physical distancing, and response plans.

Since 2020, the all-inclusive resort has focused a lot of time, energy, and resources on combatting the pandemic and reducing its negative effects. Several new strategies and policies were put in places, such as the creation of coronavirus-specific Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), the formation of a COVID-19 Taskforce, and the hiring of new staff specifically dedicated to COVID-19.

Hotel Resilient Award Lily
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New changes brought by the Taskforce include the creation of sinks made of wood at certain areas of the resort for handwashing, placing hand sanitiser in strategic locations, using the right high-quality cleaning materials, and putting up signage both in guest-facing and staff facing areas to urge better behaviour to reduce the spread of infection such as social distancing in buffet areas etc.

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Additionally, this dedication to safety by the resort, coupled with the unique geographic disposition of the Maldives, creates the perfect frontline of defence. All resorts are situated on their islands, accessible only by speedboat or seaplane. Hence, they remain separated from each other, the capital city, and the main airport. This “one-island, one-resort” concept has kept the hospitality industry afloat in these challenging times and strengthened the public health response in the Maldives.

Balancing vacation and fun with health and safety is a unique challenge, but one that the Lily Team takes seriously. Hotel Resilient’s Gold Certification is a culmination of all these measures and highlights the fact that Lily Beach Resort & Spa is doing everything it can to be a safe tropical destination for tourists during the pandemic.

All the hard work and effort by staff, as well as our strict following of government rules and regulations, really shines through this COVID-19 Gold Certification. Guests can see first-hand how well we are handling the pandemic and observing global and national guidelines. This is a great success for the resort.

Mr. Lorenzo, the Resident Manager of Lily Beach Resort & Spa.

While externally seeking this recognition, Lily Beach also turned internally and has been vaccinating staff against COVID-19 since March. Through their #strongertogether campaign, and in close cooperation with the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Tourism, and Mahibadhoo Hospital, Lily Beach established a vaccination centre and was able to offer the vaccine to all staff members that wanted to receive it.

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The resort even extended services to several other resorts in the South Ari Atoll. Currently, Lily Beach Resort & Spa reports 92% of their staff have received at least one dose, with the number projected to increase later this month. Once the vaccination campaign is complete, more than 95% of staff will have finished their first and second dose, and thus be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

I am very proud of the Lily Vaccination Team, which has done a phenomenal job coordinating, scheduling, and administering not just one, but two, immunizations. Their efforts have led to a very high coverage rate at Lily.

Dr. Lidiia Kotok, the in-house resort doctor at Lily Beach Resort & Spa.

So, for travellers who are anxious about COVID-19 or vacationing during a pandemic, look no further; the best all-inclusive resort got the health and safety of guests and staff as its main focus, both before and during your stay.

Inquire about Lily Beach or to book a stay at this resort, send an email to reservations@lilybeachmaldives.com

Check out more information regarding Lily Beach’s COVID-19 response, please check out the Safe Lily Programme at https://www.lilybeachmaldives.com/safe-lily-programme/

Feature image by Lily Beach Resort & Spa
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