Fari Islands, Maldives – Ritz-Carlton Maldives, a level 8 tier resort of the Marriott Bonvoy property is set to open for visitors in May 2021, and has now started accepting bookings.
Located in the northern Male’ atoll, just 50 minutes by speed boat or 10 minutes by seaplane, the resort was originally due to open later this year. However, the date has now been pushed back to May of next year, with bookings open for now.
“The Ritz Carlton Maldives, Fari Island are expected to range in size from one to three bedrooms, featuring the refined elegance and legendary service that define The Ritz-Carlton brand. The property is also expected to offer a choice of outstanding culinary venues serving an array of international and local cuisines, in addition to a full suite of fitness and recreational facilities, including a signature Ritz-Carlton Spa,” reports the Economic Times.
Equipped with various different villas to choose from, including ocean, beach and lagoon pool villas as well as the Ritz-Carlton Estate, which comes with an outdoor pool and a private beach, the facility “blurs the line between indoors and out” reads the resort’s official website: https://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/maldives-fari-islands
The resort is being developed by Marriott International in association with CPRC Maldives, which is part of the Pontiac Land Group based in Singapore. The collaboration is also working on the development of two more resorts, the Capella Maldives, which is expected to open in 2021, as well as the Patina Maldives – all three located in the North Male’ atoll.
As the risk of Covid-19 is still very real, the regulations to enter Maldives in terms of safety precautions are still strict. According to the guidelines of tourist arrivals, all visitors would be subjected to symptom checks including fever and any symptomatic individual must undergo testing, of which the cost must be borne by the tourist. Any symptomatic individual traveling with a group, will result in the entire group being tested. While some tourists may also be subject to random testing, this cost will be borne by the state. All treatment for Covid-19 will also be done at the cost of Maldives. Currently there are 9 tourists and 16 resort employees, as active cases of Covid-19 in the Maldives, which accounts for 20 different resorts.
Although there are several cases of Covid-19 in the country within the tourist resort, Maldives has been working hard to to become a tourist-safe zone, having have earned the title by World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) on the 15th of September. Multiple resorts have since opened up with safety measures in place, to provide the ultimate vacation experience in the paradise on Earth they call home.