With most of the world still tied up in COVID-19 travel restrictions, the Maldives is open. Their government is working with resorts to make travel safe and enjoyable. With direct flights from Johannesburg (O.R. Tambo) to the Maldives in under nine hours, now’s the time to grab a great deal at a top resort from Priority Escapes

“Uncertainty over Mauritius’s borders has put countless travel plans on hold, but the Maldives offers an enticing travel option without the concern of transit,” says Francois Swart, MD of Priority Escapes. “We look forward to establishing direct flights as a permanent new feature of the market.”

Francois Swart
Francois Swart of Priority Escapes

Some resort options 

The Priority Escape team offers something for everyone, whether romance, festive family fun, sumptuous relaxation,  or high-energy activity from a budget-friendly break to the ultimate in 5-star indulgence. All with food, ocean-based sports, sunsets and cocktails.

  • The Hard Rock Hotel is part of the Crossroads development becoming known as the Riviera of the Maldives that links islands and hotels. It is the first integrated resort development of its kind and children under 18 stay free.
  • Four Cinnamon hotels offer a more relaxed Maldives experience. Deals for water villa categories are available from R29,500 per person.
  • The 5-star Radisson Blu offers a water villa with private swimming pool
  • Niyama Private Islands for the family.
The Maldives … Image by Dorsa Masghati, Unsplash

Plane sailing with Air Seychelles

Air Seychelles offers business class and economy class options on a zippy, modern and fuel-efficient aircraft.  There are five departure dates over December. All direct flights depart Johannesburg on a Friday night, arriving at 12:00 the following day. There’s a quick stop to refuel in Seychelles, but you’ll remain on board and won’t have to worry about sprinting to catch a connecting flight.

Priority Escapes will charter five 2021 departure flights in April, May, June, July, and August, as part of a package with accommodation at one of their partner resorts.

COVID-19 precautions

Rooms are regularly disinfected, restaurants have installed screens at buffet stations, social distancing and masks are required in public places such as reception. Every hotel and resort is implementing its own safety plan, specific to its layout and requirements in line with local and international regulations.