11 June 2020

Hotels reopening while introducing ways to lower COVID risk

Hotels around the world are beginning to reopen while making sure guests feel safe, including:

Teardrop Hotels, Sri Lanka
Reopened 1 June 2020

Teardrop Hotels’ collection of nine boutique hotels champion Sri Lanka’s history, diversity and open-hearted people, while the collection’s fusion menus celebrate the country’s variety of fresh local produce.

The chain has contemporised centuries-old heritage buildings and vintage tea bungalows-with-views in distinct regions across the island. Each of the tea bungalows are former houses of under 10 rooms each, and offer secluded escapes accessible via car, train or private seaplane.

For the 2020 season, guests can visit Lunuganga Estate, which is new to the Teardrop Hotels portfolio, and enjoy tropical drinks at Fort Bazaar’s restaurant in Galle.

At all of the hotels, each guest will have their temperature checked on arrival, social distancing protocols will be enforced, and all contact surfaces will be sanitised with high-touch points removed. There will be a local doctor on call and frequent deep cleaning of all rooms and swimming pools.

The Legian Seminyak, Bali
Reopening 20 June 2020

Source: Legian Seminyak, Bali website. View of the infinity pool.
Source: Legian Seminyak, Bali website. View of the three-tiered infinity pool.

The Legian Seminyak, Bali has an unparalleled elevated location on one of Bali’s best beaches, with uninterrupted views across Seminyak beach. Its 14 private pool villas and 67 sea-facing suites offer guests the chance to enjoy spectacular sunsets. A three-tiered beach-facing infinity pool leads down onto its private section of beach.

Upon reopening, all guests, employees and vendors will have their temperature checked when entering the property. Anyone who records a higher-than-normal temperature will not be permitted to enter, and will be checked by a medical professional. In addition to thorough cleaning and disinfection protocols in place throughout, the hotel is also home to an in-house clinic open daily from 8am to 8pm.


Rates start from US$498 per night, including breakfast, excluding taxes. Till 31 March 2021, suites or villas reserved at least 45 days ahead are eligible for 25% savings if guests stay a minimum of five consecutive nights.

Milaidhoo Island Maldives
Reopening 1 August 2020

Maldivian-owned Milaidhoo Island Maldives is set over 13 acres atop the Baa Atoll’s UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. All villas are a stroll away from watersports, fitness, spa, yoga, diving and three restaurants, one of which – Ba’theli – is the only Maldivian restaurant in the country.

Milaidhoo aims to introduce guests to local island traditions by curating a bespoke selection of experiences and its Maldivian-designed accommodation.

Thorough cleaning protocols have been implemented ahead of the reopening, including Milaidhoo staff handling seaplane check-in and sanitising luggage trolleys for guests at the airport. Guests’ luggage (handles and zippers) will also be sanitised on arrival.


Milaidhoo can be reached via a 30-minute seaplane from the international airport in Male or a 15-minute domestic flight to Dharavandhoo domestic airport in Baa Atoll, followed by a 15-minute speedboat to Milaidhoo Island. Rates start from US$1,625 per night in a Water Pool Villa on a half-board (breakfast and dinner included) basis.

Baros Maldives
Reopening 1 August 2020

Formerly a coconut plantation, Baros Maldives is surrounded by tropical greenery and a house reef 15 m from the shore. It is situated in the central southern part of North Male’ Atoll, just 25 minutes by speedboat from Maldives International Airport.

Guests will be offered hand sanitisers on arrival to any public area at the hotel, and fixtures and furniture in the villas will be disinfected daily.


Rates start from US$675 per night in a Deluxe Villa, including breakfast, excluding taxes.