Maldives named among World’s greatest places of 2021 by Time

Patina Hotels and Resorts, Patina Maldives, Fari Islands | Photo: Patina Hotels

Time Magazine names Maldives among the “World’s 100 greatest places of 2021”, featuring countries, regions, cities and towns. In no particular order, Maldives was included in the third annual list of destinations by the magazine, along side Antarctica and Australia (Sydney and the Gold Coast), among other exquisite destinations.

According to Time, the magazine solicited nominations of places via its network of correspondents and contributors, which eventually led to the compilation of the list. On it’s website, Time described Maldives as “an ever changing archipelago” and wrote,

The Maldives was the first country to offer quarantine-free stays for anyone who is vaccinated. In an effort to draw even more visitors, it also has plans to offer vaccines to tourists on arrival—once all residents have had the opportunity to receive a jab, of course. And there are plenty of other reasons to keep an eye on these electric blue atolls. The latest man-made Maldivian archipelago, Fari Islands, features restaurants, boutiques and a beach club, accessible to guests from the islands’ newly opened luxury resorts: Patina Maldives and the Ritz-Carlton Maldives. The most extensive coral-regeneration project in the Maldives can be found at the eco-friendly favorite Velaa Private Island. And in 2022, construction begins on a pioneering floating city, created to stave off rising sea levels.

Time Magazine, 2021

Time recounted the challenges faced by the travel and tourism industry during the past year, and described the list as a tribute to the people and businesses “at the forefront of those industries who, amid extraordinary circumstances, found ways to adapt, build and innovate”.