Island destinations score big with holidaymakers wanting beaches and safe stays.

Dubai: The Seychelles or Maldives? These two island getaways are the most popular destinations for the many UAE travellers heading back to the skies for the first time since the COVID-19 breakout.

And this week’s Eid break is giving them just the chance to do so,” said Vipul Prakash, Chief Operating Officer at MakeMyTrip. “We are noticing consistent month-on-month recovery with bookings returning to pre-COVID-19 levels.”

This is despite key routes such as those to India and the UK as well as other key destinations on the Subcontinent coming under severe restrictions on flights.

Go elsewhere
Travel companies and hotel operators are doing their bit via special rates in the hope that this will convince more people to get back to travelling and booking extended stays at destinations. Airline tickets to Seychelles are available at just over Dh2,500; those to the Maldives from around Dh3,700; while those who are looking for a trip to Cairo can expect to shell out a budget-friendly Dh1,100.

Hotel operators are seeing an uptick in their bookings. “UAE residents are keen to take advantage of the Seychelles as a safe, open and welcoming destination,” said Salwa Razzouk, General Manager of Raffles Seychelles.

Many in the UAE will be taking their first international trip post-pandemic. For Angie Williams, a Dubai resident, it’s about “heading to Seychelles since it’s just a very hassle-free destination.”

Offers and more
Travellers have to present a negative COVID-19 test prior to their journey to enjoy a quarantine-free stay, making Seychelles an ideal option for those eager to escape the pandemic-linked hassles.

Raffles Seychelles is offering a deal with prices from Dh5,999 on a four-night package for two. The luxury package includes a private, one-way 15-minute helicopter transfer to the resort’s private helipad, a floating tray breakfast and a romantic candlelight in-villa dinner.

The aspect of privacy makes the Maldives another popular choice for UAE travellers. “Its unique geographical positioning and one-island-one-resort concept has enabled the destination to offer socially distanced and safe vacations during the pandemic,” said Samrat Datta, General Manager of Taj Exotica Resort & Spa.

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Source URL: Gulf News

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