Maldives on Lonely Planet 2021 travel bucket list

Anantara Veli Maldives Dhoni Bar and Pool. | Photo: Anantara Veli Maldives Resort.

Male’, Maldives — Maldives has managed to reach fourth place in the bucket list of 17 places, attractions and new experiences compiled by an international large travel guide book publisher, Lonely Planet.

Out of the 17 top places Lonely Planet has selected for the year 2021 to enhance the worldwide travel scene, Maldives is on #4 of the bucket list where tourists will be able to unlimited stays in Maldives.

Lonely Planet stated that a five star luxurious hotel in Maldives, Anantara Veli Maldives Resort will be offering unlimited stays for two people in its overwater bungalows throughout 2021.

This new package introduced by the Anantara Veli Maldives Resort is called  ‘Unlimited Stays in Paradise’ and Lonely Planet informed that although the price tag of US$30,000 might seem eye-wateringly steep, it works out to just over $84 a night. 

This includes free breakfasts for the two people every morning along with being able to use the resort’s fitness center and pool area.

Although Maldives has faced several challenges during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Tourism Ministry has been proactively doing various activities and taking measures to promote tourism in the country including promotional events and high safety standards in the tourism sector to prevent spreading of Covid-19 virus in the resorts and other tourist facilities. 

Due to this, the country has welcomed over 500,000 tourists even during th Covid-19 pandemic. For such a remarkable achievement and due to the safety measures and precautions in the country to curb the spread of COVID-19 the country has received multiple highly honored awards from different companies.

Some of these awards include of:

  • Best International Island Holiday Destination – International Travel Awards 2020
  • World’s Leading Destination award – World Travel Awards 2020
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Beach Destination 2020 – World Travel Awards 2020
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Cruise Destination 2020 – World Travel Awards 2020
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Destination 2020 – World Travel Awards 2020

Maldives also got certified as a “Safe Travel” destination which is safe for tourists to travel to in September. This stamp is provided to countries which are the safest with regards to Covid-19.

Only a negative PCR test not exceeding 96 hours is necessary to enter Maldives, and travelers of every nationality are offered a free tourist visa of 30 days on arrival. Split stays among exclusive tourist resorts, guesthouses on local islands and safaris.