Why tourists should pay attention to the Indian Ocean islands
Maldives and Seychelles: what can they offer travelers in the summer season? Olga Balandina, Deputy General Director for Operations at Space Travel, reports.
Maldives: maximum attention
The Maldives has always been one of the favorite vacation destinations for wealthy tourists. And today the archipelago is almost entirely focused on the Russian market. Almost every hotel has Russian-speaking staff and Russian-speaking service (menus in restaurants, etc.).
What is remarkable about the Maldives?
Stunning nature, the preservation of the wealth of which is one of the important landmarks for many resorts, comfortable weather all year round without a long rainy season, as well as high-level gastronomy that receives the highest ratings from the most respectable customers.
During the summer, many hotels in the archipelago offer good discounts. So, in Vakkaru Maldives 5 * dlx it reaches 35%, plus a free upgrade to the food category. At One & Only Reethi Rah 5 * from April to December you can get a discount on accommodation up to 30%, as well as dinners and a transfer as a gift. An interesting offer for families with children from the luxury hotel Joali Maldives 5 *: two young guests at once can stay for free at the resort until September 30.
There are also new hotels that are not yet well known on the Russian market, but deserve attention. In particular, the Ritz Carlton Maldives is expected to open.
Seychelles are back
Seychelles resumed receiving tourists only at the beginning of March, and still not all hotels there are fully open. Among the hotels that are already in operation, one can single out the very popular Anantara Maia 5 * hotel on the main island of the archipelago – Mahe. We also recommend Raffles Praslin Seychelles 5 * on the Praslin island, next to the famous Anse Lazio beach, which is one of the ten best beaches in the world. And a few more interesting facts: Kate Middleton and Prince William spent their honeymoon on the North Island, and the famous film “Emmanuel” was filmed on the Praslin Island. The Savoy Resort & Spa 5 hotel * gives a 40% discount on arrivals in June. Discerning tourists should also pay attention to North Island Seychelles 5 * and Fregate Island Private 5 * hotels.
Wedding on Bounty Island
The Maldives is known as the ideal destination for romantic getaways, where symbolic wedding ceremonies are popular. For Space Travel customers, some hotels can host them free of charge, for example, Lily Beach Resort & SPA 5 *. A private cruise and solemn wedding vows in the bright colors of the Maldivian sunset will be a good addition to your vacation and will be remembered forever.
Wedding ceremonies are also popular in the Seychelles. You can conclude a marriage “with exoticism” at the Constance Lemuria Praslin Seychelles 5 * hotel. By the way, Seychelles marriage certificates are recognized as valid in Russia, for which an appropriate procedure must be carried out at the consulate of the Russian Federation.
The destination can offer not only a respectable and lazy beach vacation, diluted with boat trips, diving and fishing, but also a fairly rich excursion program. Helicopter excursions over the islands and yachting between them are very popular. A must-see is the Vallee de Mae National Park, where the symbol of the Seychelles grows – the famous palm tree with coco de mer nuts.
If the bungalow is not enough
If desired, on the Indian Ocean archipelagos, you can book not only a separate villa or hotel room, but the entire island in order to celebrate an important event in a close family-friendly circle – a birthday, anniversary or a wedding. Such an option is in demand in the MICE department for corporate events.
Renting an entire island provides completely different conditions for organizing your vacation. For example, in the Maldives, hotels do not always allow the use of fireworks as it may disturb other guests. And if all the guests are from the same company, they have to “order the music.”
You need to book the whole island at least 2-3 months in advance, and for peak dates (holidays, vacations, and not only Russian ones) – six months or a year in advance. Now a fairly large number of applications are already underway for the New Year.
How to get there
Aeroflot operates direct flights to both archipelagos. Usually they are preferred by tourists, which creates a certain excitement on high dates. In such cases, we are always ready to offer several alternative options.
The first is, of course, a comfortable flight on board a business jet. In Space Travel, you can also book a private jet for any date. This is especially convenient in the case of the Seychelles: there is no need to land at the international airport on Mahe Island. And in some cases, you can fly directly to your resort. For example, to the Four Seasons Seychelles 5 * hotel on Desroches Island.
The second option is to choose one of the foreign airlines that operate connecting flights. The best of them: Qatar Airways, Emirates, Etihad Airways with a connection in Abu Dhabi.
Show your tourists all facets of a respectable vacation on exotic islands. In the current realities, it is important to be flexible and be able to offer more than just a standard package of services. Choosing Space Travel as a partner, you can guarantee your customers the highest level of service, an individual approach and solution of even the most non-standard issues.