Riu Hotels & Resorts has re-opened one of its Maldives properties, marking the re-start of its operations in the islands.
The Maldives is showing strong forward sales for UK operators, with consumers apparently reassured by the isolated nature of its island resorts.
The re-opening of the Riu Palace Maldivas follows that of the Riu Sri Lanka in July and the Riu Creole in Mauritius in mid-August. Riu has another Maldives hotel, the Riu Atoll, which has yet to re-open.
Riu closed its 99 hotels in 19 countries when the pandemic began, but the return of the Palace Maldivas means Riu now has 61 properties open again.
All Riu hotels operate safety protocols developed with consultancy Preverisk. Riu said its Indian Ocean region staff had been trained in the proper application of measures.
All bookings are covered by Riu Protect, which offers healthcare cover to any guest contracting Covid-19 during their stay.