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Tourism Industry Highlights for May 2021

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We’ve rounded up the Maldives’ tourism industry highlights of May 2021, brining you the not-to-miss updates of the month.

We’ve rounded up the Maldives’ tourism industry highlights for May 2021. Compared to the previous months of this year, the month of May presented some challenges to the tourism industry.

As COVID-19 cases spiked in the capital of the Maldives, several countries issued travel warnings to the island nation. Meanwhile, the Maldives has also placed a temporary suspension on tourist visas for travellers from South Asian countries.

Despite these challenges, the island archipelago welcomed 64,613 Tourists in the month. The tropical holiday destination continued to maintain its status as a leading destination in the world both in terms of safety and value. This was proven when the world’s largest travel platform, TripAdvisor honoured numerous resorts in the country with the Travellers’ Choice Award.

Without further ado, here are the Maldives’ top tourism industry highlights for May 2021.

Patina Maldives, Fari Islands Opens its Doors

It’s another new possibility for the modern traveller to experience the Maldives. The island of wondrous depths, Patina Maldives finally opened its doors on 18th May 2021. This luxury resort will be operated by Patina Hotels and Resorts; the latest hospitality concept of Capella Hotel Group.

This new escape appeals to a new generation of travellers seeking connections with themselves and the world around them.

TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards Honour Resorts in the Maldives

Numerous resorts in the Maldives received the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award. Notably, Kandolhu Maldives and Mirihi Island Resort claimed a spot among the Top 25 Hotels in the World. 4 resorts in the Maldives were also included in the Top 25 All-Inclusive Resorts in the World.

TripAdvisor also declared Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa as the most Picture-Perfect Hotel in the World. Moreover, this year, the capital of the Maldives, Malé was ranked in the 20th place among the ‘Top Emerging Destinations in the World’.

65% of Employees in the Tourism Industry Gets Fully Vaccinated

By the end of May 2021, 65% of employees in the tourism industry received their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. According to the Maldives’ Ministry of Tourism, 95% of employees in the industry have also received the 1st dose of the vaccine.

Maldives Surpasses 450,000 Tourist Arrivals for the Year

In May 2021, the Maldives surpassed 450,000 tourist arrivals. With this, the island nation achieved over 30% of its goal to welcome 1.5 million tourists in 2021. According to the statistics from the Tourism Ministry, a total of 454,383 tourists visited the Maldives from 1st January 2021 to 31st January 2021.

Saudia Starts Flight Operations to the Maldives

Saudia started flight operations to the Maldives on 20th May 2021. According to Velana International Airport, the national flag carrier of Saudi Arabia will operate four weekly flights to the tropical holiday destination.

Citizens of Saudi Arabia who received two shots of the COVID-19 vaccine (or one shot at least two weeks before travel), those who recovered from COVID-19 within the last 6 months and the citizens under 18 are allowed to travel.

The Maldives Participates in Arabian Travel Market

The Maldives was showcased at the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) held from 16th May 2021 to 19th May 2021. Alongside the government body mandated with the promotion of Maldives, 37 tourism establishments were showcased under the Maldives at the leading international travel and tourism event for the Middle Eastern Market.

Plans Announced to Establish a Travel Corridor between UAE and the Maldives

At the Arabian Travel Market, Maldives’ Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Aminath Shabeena revealed the two nations are in the process of creating a travel corridor. This travel corridor will allow travellers who received the two doses of any World Health Organization-approved vaccines to travel between the Maldives and UAE without a PCR test.

More exciting headlines are on the way for June 2021. In fact, another new resort at Fari Islands has already opened its doors on 1st June 2021. Keep up with the latest travel updates by following us on Twitter and join our community on Facebook.

Feature image by Patina Maldives, Fari Islands
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Explore The Family Fun Summer Package with These Marriott Bonvoy portfolios of Resorts!

The Marriott Bonvoy portfolio of luxury resorts invites families to embark on an unforgettable journey. With these exclusive ‘Ultimate Family Summer Getaway’ packages, families can immerse themselves in the harmonious blend of opulence and natural beauty. Guests can explore this package at The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands, The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort, and JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa. Embrace luxury island living in any of the resort’s two or three-bedroom overwater and beach pool villas, providing guests with 24-hour personalized signature ‘Aris Meeha’, St. Regis Butlers, and ‘Thakuru’ butler services that cater to their every need.  

Guests can reserve their extraordinary summer retreat before May 31, 2024. This is applicable for stays until September 30, 2024, when kids under 12 can dine and stay for free. Benefits include daily breakfasts and dinners, a welcome amenity for kids, complimentary access to the kids club, and a host of specially curated experiences to create cherished memories for a lifetime.

Family Fun Getaway at The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands

The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands unveils its exclusive summer program. The resort invites families to embrace the island life against the backdrop of the mesmerizing Indian Ocean. The resort’s thoughtful curation entices guests with transformative travel experiences. Guests can explore epicurean journeys with Michelin-starred guest chefs to wellness retreats guided by leading names. Additionally, guests can also go on adventurous surfing retreats with surf icons.

Exploring Culinary Journeys at The Ritz-Carlton Maldives

Families can embark on a gastronomic journey, enjoying a Michelin-starred dining experience at the resort. From July 31 to August 1, Chef Bruno Verjus will bring a taste of his two-star Michelin Parisian restaurant Table by Bruno Verjus to the Beach Shack. He will also offer an exclusive masterclass for guests. From August 10 to 11, Chef Pam Soontornyanakij, Asia’s Best Female Chef 2024 and chef-patron of the one-Michelin-star Restaurant Potong, will present a bespoke menu. Guests can explore her progressive Thai-Chinese cuisine at the Summer Pavilion.

Healing Journey this Summer

In a ‘Summer of Renewal,’ celebrity healer Susy Markoe Schieffelin will lead her signature sound baths. Guests can explore this experience under the Maldivian skies from July 19 to 23. Renowned practitioner Abi Adams will also guide guests through emotional and hormonal balance journeys. Abi will be using breath, meridian dancing and yoga from August 15 to 19. Last but not least, Surf enthusiasts can learn to master the four most popular waves in the North Malé Atoll. The resort is bringing championship surf heroes Nic von Rupp from June 8 to 11 and Victor Bernardo from July 3 to 6. 

Something Exciting for the Young Explorers

Young explorers from ages 4 to 12 can ignite their imaginations at Ritz Kids and learn about marine life, nature and sustainability. Young guests can go on an adventure with Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment program. Children can dive into the action at Ritz Kids, a futuristic indoor-outdoor haven filled with interactive playgrounds, napping pods, cinematic movie experiences, and an adrenaline-pumping pool complete with slides and jets.  

With the ‘Family Fun Summer’ Package, guests can savour daily breakfasts at La Locanda, dinners at Summer Pavilion, Arabesque, Beach Shack, or EAU Bar, and a special welcome amenity for kids. Families can choose from elegantly designed villas including Two Bedroom Water or Beach Pool Villas, or elevate their stay at The Ritz-Carlton Estate, a private beach residence with its own exclusive cove and sunset views.

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Ultimate Summer Escape at The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort 

The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort, situated on a private natural island in one of the destination’s most exclusive atolls, welcomes families for a luxurious summer getaway in the Maldives. Guests can explore the breathtaking surroundings, complemented by the resort’s distinctive design inspired by nearby marine life, including the atoll’s house reef. Along with The St. Regis Butler Service – a hallmark of the brand’s commitment to excellence – a dedicated St. Regis Butler is available to curate tailored experiences and meet every need of the guests. 

Exploring the Local Culture

Families can delve into local culture with thrilling expeditions on a traditional Maldivian Dhoni, from dolphin sightings to sunset fishing. The resort also offers marine conservation experiences through unique interactive classes and activities for both children and adults with the resident Marine Biologist. Adults can revel in luxurious amenities and exquisite dining experiences, while young travellers will find an abundance of excitement on the island. At the resort’s dedicated Children’s Club, children aged 4 to 12 can partake in yoga classes, painting, origami, and other creative crafts. Kid-friendly snacks and refreshing juices are available from the private dining menu. For teens ages 16 and older, the Socialite Club boasts an open-door recreation area with a variety of entertainment, including table tennis, foosball, billiards, and air hockey, as well as video and board games.

Families booking the ‘Ultimate Family Summer Escape’ package will enjoy a range of exclusive benefits, including a special welcome amenity for kids, daily breakfasts at ALBA, dinners at select restaurants, kid-sized luxuries like robes and treats, and complimentary access to the resort’s dedicated Children’s Club. Guests can choose from a variety of elegantly designed villas set amidst lush forest surroundings or with breathtaking ocean views, including the award-winning John Jacob Astor Estate, Caroline Astor Estate, Knickerbocker Villa, or Cesar Balsa Villa each featuring family-friendly amenities such as private plunge pools and state-of-the-art entertainment systems.

For more information, visit the website at or book your stay here.

Tropical Summer Fun at JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa 

Nestled on Vagaru Island overlooking the azure waters of Shaviyani Atoll in the Maldives, JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa invites guests to its multi-generational luxury resort for an immersive and eco-friendly holiday experience. Families can bask in the unspoiled beauty of the island’s pristine white beach, savour diverse dining experiences, and embark on daily excursions for diving, snorkelling, dolphin watching, and sunset fishing to explore the vibrant marine life. 

FAMiLY by JW™ Little Griffins Kids Club

Travelling with children is now even easier with FAMiLY by JW™ Little Griffins Kids Club. The club provides a captivating and educational environment for young adventurers on Vagaru Island. The club runs over 100 activities. This ranges from arts and crafts to cooking classes. Some of these activities are specially designed for the whole family to enjoy.

Fine Dining Experiences

Fine dining experiences can be elevated through bespoke destination dining services. This ranges from in-villa barbecue dinners and traditional Maldivian Malafaaiy dinners on the beach to a sublime eight-course interactive Indian fusion dinner in the hidden oasis of RIHA. The resort’s sustainability efforts are centred on the vibrant JW Garden, which sources fresh produce for creative cuisine. The JW Garden to Table concept celebrates locally sourced ingredients, ensuring a farm-to-table experience for eco-conscious travellers. This summer, guests can delight in a new vegan menu with innovative plant-based dishes. Explore dishes crafted from homegrown JW Garden ingredients, emphasizing sustainability and wellness.

With the ‘Family Fun Summer’ package, guests can immerse themselves in luxurious island living. Guests can explore the modern and spacious Duplex Overwater or Beach Pool Villa. Each of these villas features private pools and personalized Thakuru butler service. The package includes daily breakfasts at Aailaa and a choice between daily lunches or dinners at select restaurants. Additionally, guests will receive a welcome amenity for kids, a one-time 30-minute complimentary photography session. You can also get one printed photo and complimentary usage of non-motorized watersports throughout their stay.

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