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As our island reopens more travel lanes, we can also take preemptive measures by protecting ourselves. For a start, the COVID-19 vaccine has made it safer for us to travel, making tourism a realistic prospect.
The Singapore-Maldives Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) was launched last 16 December 2021. Under the VTL, fully vaccinated travellers from Maldives travelling on VTL flights may enter Singapore without quarantine and would just need to undergo COVID-19 testing. Short-term visitors and long-term pass holders will also need to apply for a Vaccinated Travel Pass to enter Singapore under the VTL. Given that travel guidelines can change regularly, travellers are advised to refer to https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg for details on the requirements for entry into Singapore.
Actress Julie Tan was among the few who took the opportunity to travel to the Maldives to celebrate her 29th birthday. To plan for your next great Maldives trip, don't forget to do your research and book your next holiday with flexible booking options and travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage.
Here are some of the coveted stays we're bookmarking for your next great trip.
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For the luxe nomad
Dolphins dance all along the shores of Six Senses Laamu, located in the pristine Laamu Atoll. From Male Airport, it is just a forty-minute flight along the beautiful Maldivian coastline followed by a short speed boat trip.
The Six Senses Laamu comes with a total of 97 villas, both overwater and on the beach, and an abundance of dining options, water sports, spa and other great activities. Log off, unwind, total bliss.
Look no further for an authentic Maldivian experience amid the rich and natural marine biodiversity of an untouched pristine island. The Gaafu Alifu Atoll, around 400 kilometres south of Male, is one of the deepest and largest atolls in the world.
The resort’s unique location near the Equator presents an array of natural world adventures, while an eco-friendly ethos and commitment to sustainability initiatives limit the footprint on the environment. One-of-a-kind dive and snorkelling experiences can be found at the wonderfully preserved house reef just 50 metres from the powder-white sand shores.
This five-star accommodation in Raa Atoll has four restaurants, two bars and an indoor museum/gallery as well as an outdoor museum. Among the facilities at this property is a fully equipped Fitness Center, a 5-star PADI certified dive centre, a Wellness centre, outdoor swimming pool, kids' club and a 24-hour front desk along with free WiFi throughout the property.
Revel in luxury in the Maldives at a Beach Pool Villa or an Over Water Pool Villa with lagoon access.
For boutique resort fans
This expansive resort is located just 45 minutes away from the airport, making it a paradise that's not too far away. If you expect to spend your days frolicking on the beach, rest assured the resort is right by the sea. One happy traveller even shared, "We had wonderful vacations here. The room was clean and bright. Meals are so so so delicious and also staff were so kind."
Hondaafushi is located in the Northern Haa Dhaalu Atoll and the island measures about 500 metres at its widest point and has approximately two kilometres of long sandy beach. Besides the house reef, a boat shuttle service can take you to about 25 different dive spots.
There are three types of rooms available: the ocean view, family room and smoking room. The resort comes equipped with amenities such as a gym, pool bar, restaurants and a spa – all you have to do is to turn up and let your hair down.
Kurumba Maldives is located just 10-minutes from the airport with luxury speedboat transfers available 24 hours a day. Explore the vibrant house reef, relax on the white sandy beaches, swim in the protected crystal clear lagoon, or treat yourself to an exquisite Maldivian spa treatment.
Be energised with a variety of activities, watersports, excursions or scuba diving. And for culinary enthusiasts, be inspired by the Maldivian culture, local foods, art and dance, with eight restaurants, three bars, and Maldives' best nightly entertainment scene.
For the budget-conscious
Located in Hulhumale, less than one kilometre from the Ferry Terminal Park, Huvan Beach Hotel at Hulhumale has plenty of rooms with air conditioning. All guest rooms come with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, an electric teapot, a bidet, free toiletries and a desk. Each room includes a private bathroom and a shower, while selected rooms here will provide you with a balcony.
Banyan Villa is a guesthouse located in Dhangethi island, just a couple of minutes away from the famous bikini beach area, that is perfect for a relaxing getaway in the Maldives. There are five beautifully furnished hotel rooms and a restaurant on-site with a dining area where guests can relish their meals during their stay. The hotel also has an open living area outdoors where the guests can just relax and enjoy the sun.
The hotel caters for almost all essentials that a guest may need such as free WiFi, a hot shower, breakfast, a comfy bed, smart HD TV for web and YouTube browsing. The hotel also has a restaurant on the ground floor serving multinational cuisines where you can order food to your room or enjoy it at the beach.
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