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More Resorts In Maldives Opens its Doors From 01st of August

aerial view of Maldives resorts with over-water villas
Following the Maldives border reopening on 15th July 2020 a total of 22 properties have opened its doors on 1st August 2020.

Following the Maldives border reopening on 15th July 2020 additional properties have reopened its doors this August. A total of 21 properties have opened its doors on 1st August 2020. meanwhile, big names in the industry are also set to reopen their doors in the following weeks and months.

Properties opened on 1st August:

Dusit Thani Maldives

Dusit Thani Maldives is located just 35 minutes by seaplane from capital city Malé, and 10 minutes by speedboat from Dharavandhoo Domestic Airport in Baa Atoll. The resort boasts 94 villas and residences, along with three restaurants, two bars, the extensive OCEAN DIVE center, and Dusit’s signature Devarana Spa.

Sea Grill at Dusit Thani Maldives
Image: Dusit Thani Maldives

Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa Maldives

Surrounded by a coral reef and white-sand beaches, Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa offers a unique selection of accommodations ranging from private beach retreats and over-water villas to unique tropical tree house villas perched on the tree top canopy.

Hotel Jen by Shangri-La, Malé, Maldives

Boasting a rooftop infinity pool overlooking the Indian Ocean, JEN Maldives Malé by Shangri-La, provides free speedboat transfers from Velana International Airport, a 7-minute ride away. The hotel features high-end rooms and offers a spa and 24-hour café.

Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa

Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa is a 5-star deluxe all-inclusive Resort located on the Raa Atoll, in the northern part of the Maldives. Surrounded by 1.5 km of soft white sand, on a lush private 20 hectares island, the resort features 120 villas, 60 of which are located on the island and 60 directly on the sea.


Set among palm trees along a beach, the all-inclusive upscale resort, ROBINSON Club Noonu is accessible by a 45-minute seaplane journey from the main Velana International Airport.

Coco Bodu Hithi

Coco Bodu Hithi is an island paradise in an enchanting setting, where contemporary creature comforts blend stylishly with Maldivian themes. Surrounded by turquoise waters and ringed by white sandy beaches and coconut palms, guests are spoilt for choice with 100 stylish villas. All villas come with private pools, a diverse selection of premium dining options, a Coco Spa, extensive land and water-sport activities, as well as a portfolio of memorable ‘Uniquely Coco’ experiences.

Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu

Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu is located in Baa Atoll, 124km from Velana international airport, and easily reached by a 30-minute seaplane flight or a domestic flight followed by a short speedboat ride. The resort captures tropical magic in abundance, beautifully balancing the island’s bountiful vegetation with the resort’s architectural charisma.

Six Senses Laamu

Six Senses Laamu is the first and one of the only two resorts to open in Laamu Atoll. The resort offers over-water villas or you can hide among the lush vegetation of a beachfront villa. Endless dining options awaits you at the resort with cuisines from all around the world. There are 3 restaurants (2 over water), plus a bar and an ice cream parlor at the resort.

One&Only Reethi Rah

One&Only Reethi Rah offers the ultimate holiday experience to those seeking the pinnacle of tropical luxury. Surrounded by the crystal blue waters, the ultra-luxury all-villa resort in the Maldives offers an unrivaled level of style, choice and personalized exploration.

Mercure Maldives Kooddoo Resort

Mercure Maldives Kooddoo Resort is located at a 55-minute domestic plane flight away from Velana International Airport. The resort boasts 43 Over-Water and 25 Beachfront villas with most villas offering breathtaking sunset views, and 20 villas with their own private pool.

Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Maldives

The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Maldives is a 52-acre resort set in the heart of Noonu Atoll. The resort offers a range of stunning accommodation including breathtaking water villas, beach villas, and exclusive retreats.

Image: Sun Siyam Irufushi Maldives

Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa

Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa Maldives is an adults-only retreat in North Male Atoll. All 140 villas (42-45 square metres) at the resort provide sensational ocean views and blend in with the island’s green interior. The resort offers Half Board, Full Board, and All-Inclusive meal plans in addition to a variety of dining options that include Thai, Italian, and Arabian restaurants.

Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa

With the Ultimate All-Inclusive concept, guests’ stay at Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa is absolutely carefree. All meals, spa treatments, activities and water sports, daily excursions, and even diving are included in the package.

Bandos Maldives

Bandos Resort is ideally situated on North Male’ Atoll, just a 10-minute speed boat ride from Velana International Airport, which is 7 Km away. Bandos’ rooms and villas are surrounded by nature’s beauty, some featuring high thatched roofs or wooden décor.

Vakkaru Maldives

Vakkaru Maldives is a lush tropical habitat located within the crystal clear waters of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in Baa Atoll. Keeping with the rustic charms of Maldivian culture, all 113 beach and over water villas and suites at the resort have an earthy yet elegant aesthetic, offering an incredible sense of space and stunning ocean views.

Fun Island Resort

Fun Island Resort is in South Male Atoll, a 45-minute speedboat ride from the main Velana International Airport. The resort features 2 dining options and affordable rooms with private balconies nestled within white sandy beaches.

Nika Island Resort

The beautiful 5-star Nika Island Resort & Spa, Maldives offers stand-alone beach or water villas surrounded by coral reefs. Nika represents “the Maldives that used to be”, the Idyll in the middle of the Indian Ocean. The resort is a perfect example of a boutique hotel that breaks the dynamics of big international brands that are reshaping the Maldivian hospitality industry.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi

The luxury Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi offers a sophisticated and serene retreat just 30 minutes from Velana International Airport via the resort’s private yacht. Boasting 119 luxuriously appointed villas, each Villa is equipped with a pool and uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean in its own private enclave.

Image: Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi

JOALI Maldives

Located on Muravandhoo island on the Raa Atoll in the northern Maldives, JOALI boasts 73 private beach and water villas and residences. Each villa is inspired by individual stories and designed to evoke this sensibility throughout.

Royal Island Resort

Situated in Baa Atoll, Royal Island Resort and Spa is a luxurious retreat and a haven of peace. Surrounded by tropical flora, the polished villas feature ocean-view decks, and wood-paneled walls and ceilings, plus flat-screens, minibars, and tea and coffeemaking facilities.

Sun Island Resort

Set on the private Nalaguraidhoo island Sun Island Resort accessible only by boat. the bright resort is surrounded by tropical gardens and tranquil white-sand beaches. Amenities at the resort include 5 restaurants, 6 bars and a spa. There’s also an outdoor pool with a kids’ area, as well as water sports, tennis and a gym.

Resorts have taken extensive measures and raised cleanliness standards accordingly with the regulations imposed. Likewise, the Maldives government has taken various precautionary steps to ensure travel safety for holidaymakers coming to the Maldives.

The naturally self-isolated Maldives is renowned to have some of the best resorts in the world. Tourists should have a confirmed booking at a registered tourist facility before arrival to the Maldives. Likewise, this is also required for processing visas. Similarly, guests traveling to the Maldives are provided a 30-day tourist visa for all nationalities. Hence, guests will not be subject to quarantine measures on arrival.

However, guests are required to submit any medical test results. Travelers presenting symptoms of COVID-19 will be subjected to a PCR test at the traveler’s cost as well. A health declaration card will also be required as part of the procedure.

According to the Ministry of tourism, 23 resorts are set to reopen from September onward. In addition to that, 31 properties will open its doors from October onward. The Maldives’ one island, one resort concept, makes it a safe destination for travelers.

Feature image by LUX South Ari
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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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