Anantara Veli
Anantara Veli

Maldives resort launches all-you-can-stay holiday package – for more than £20,000

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Helen Coffey
Friday 13 November 2020 10:17
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A luxury resort in the Maldives is launching an all-you-can-stay package offering unlimited holidays for guests.

Anantara Veli, an adults-only resort, is charging $30,000 (£22,870) a year for the privilege of being able to stop by whenever you want.

The high price tag guarantees unlimited use of one of the private island’s 67 two-person overwater bungalow for 2021, as well as unlimited airport transfers to and from Male, plus breakfasts.

Extra activities, such as diving, surfing and snorkelling, are not included, but a 25 per cent discount will be available on spa treatments and dining.

The special package is only available for a limited time; guests have until 30 November to book.

The Maldives, an archipelago in the Indian Ocean that relies heavily on tourism, is currently on the UK Department for Transport’s list of travel corridors, meaning those returning from there are not subject to the mandatory two-week quarantine.

It was also on the Foreign Office’s list of “low-risk” countries that were exempt from its blanket advice against all non-essential international travel.

However, during the month-long lockdown in England, running until 2 December, all leisure travel is banned – those caught flouting the rules and travelling on holiday risk being fined from £200 to £6,400.

Once restrictions lift and holidaymakers can return, they could also benefit from the Maldives’ soon-to-be-launched loyalty programme.

Dubbed Maldives Border Miles, the scheme, launched by the Maldives’ Minister of Tourism during a virtual ceremony, will reward frequent holidaymakers to the island nation.

Starting from 1 December, travellers can earn points depending on the frequency and duration of their visits, and earn extra credit if it’s a special occasion.

There will be three tiers on the reward system: Aida (bronze), Antara (silver) and Abaarana (gold).

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“Once the tourist reaches to a tally of a specific amount of points, privileges are rewarded with amazing benefits,” reads the website. “As they move up the tiers, privileges are enhanced, and benefits are made exclusive.”

All tourists must present a negative Covid PCR test result issued no more than 96 hours prior to departure in order to enter the Maldives.

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