Indian Ocean destinations top 2021 travel chart says Kuoni, as it adds more resorts

The Maldives, Sri Lanka and Mauritius are emerging as the clear favourite luxury destinations for travelers eager for a holiday vacation in 2021.

According to long haul specialist Kuoni, more than half of its bookings for next year are for Indian Ocean destinations, and it’s added two more resorts to its 2021 Indian Ocean collection.

The lure of secluded, long-haul luxury, all-inclusive Crusoe-style islands and isolated retreats is proving irresistible.

New for next year is Kagi Maldives Spa Island. A dedicated wellness haven, Kagi Maldives Spa Island opens in September this year, with a focus on restorative health, fitness and nourishing menus.  

According to long haul specialist Kuoni, more than half of its bookings for next year are for Indian Ocean destinations…

Inside Kagi Maldives Spa Island

This boutique, five star retreat in North Male Atoll boasts 50 villas all with private pools, 40 of which are water villas.

The recently opened Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa has also been added to the collection. This five star resort, with spacious pool villas and plenty of activities, is being pitched at families looking for a luxury secluded escape. 

Currently on offer is a seven night stay at the Emerald resort, from £3,649 per person all-inclusive. This offer includes a guaranteed room upgrade from a Beach Villa if you get your booking in by July 18.

If you’re looking to travel sooner than 2021, there’s good news. The Maldives will re-open its borders for international tourists on July 15 2020. Resorts, Liveaboards and hotels located at uninhabited islands will be open from  the same date. Guest Houses and hotels located at inhabited islands will be open from August 1 2020.

The Kagi wellness haven

“Bookings for the Maldives are outperforming every other destination we sell around the world, currently accounting for 56 per cent of bookings for 2021, “ says Kuoni’s Sheena Paton. “The Maldives has always been our best seller but it’s soaring even further ahead right now.”

Before the covid-19 crisis, the Maldives was on track to have one of its best years for tourism this year.

“Having visited 60 island resorts in the Maldives over the years, each island is different in terms of style, size, rooms and activities, “ adds Paton. “Our focus now is all about providing customers with expertise and specialist advice to make sure we match them with the right island experience for them.”

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