The best all-inclusive resort in the Maldives continues to impress, this time with a new health-related accolade.
Lily Beach Resort & Spa is now a COVID-Ready Gold certified property, administered by Hotel Resilient and verified by the Maldives’ own auditing company, NSURE. Gold Certification status verifies that Lily Beach is following international guidelines, Maldives’ Health Protection Agency guidelines, industry best practices, and the latest scientific research related to the pandemic. To receive this top-ranking credential, Lily Beach had to meet each and every global standard by Hotel Resilient which included enhanced cleaning, risk controls, physical distancing, and response plans.
Since last year, the resort has focused a lot of time, energy, and resources into combatting the pandemic and reducing its negative effects. Several new strategies and policies were put in place, such as the creation of coronavirus-specific Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), the formation of a COVID-19 Taskforce, and the hiring of new staff specifically dedicated to COVID-19. New changes brought by the Taskforce include creation of sinks made of wood at certain areas of the resort for handwashing, placing hand sanitiser in strategic locations, using the right high quality cleaning materials, and putting up signage both in guest facing and staff facing areas to urge better behaviour to reduce spread of infection such as social distancing in buffet areas etc.
This dedication to safety, coupled with the unique geographic disposition of the Maldives, is the perfect frontline of defence. All resorts are situated on their own islands, accessible only by speedboat or seaplane. They are thus separated from each other, the capital city, and the main airport. This “one-island, one-resort” concept has kept the hospitality industry afloat in these challenging times and strengthened the public health response in the Maldives.
Balancing vacation and fun with health and safety is a unique challenge, but one that the Lily Team takes seriously. Hotel Resilient’s Gold Certification is a culmination of all these measures, and highlights the fact that Lily Beach Resort & Spa is doing everything it can to be a safe tropical destination for tourists during the pandemic. Mr. Lorenzo, the Resident Manager of Lily Beach Resort & Spa, summarized this well. “All the hard work and effort by staff, as well as our strict following of government rules and regulations, really shines through this COVID-19 Gold Certification. Guests can see first-hand how well we are handling the pandemic and observing global and national guidelines. This is a great success for the resort.”
While externally seeking this recognition, Lily Beach also turned internally and has been vaccinating staff against COVID-19 since March. Through their #strongertogether campaign, and in close cooperation with the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Tourism, and Mahibadhoo Hospital, Lily Beach established a vaccination centre and was able to offer the vaccine to all staff members that wanted to receive it. They even extended services to several other resorts in the South Ari Atoll as well. At this time, the resort is excited to report 92% of their staff have received at least one dose, with that number projected to increase later this month. Once the vaccination campaign is complete, more than 95% of staff will have finished their first and second dose, and thus be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
“I am very proud of the Lily Vaccination Team, which has done a phenomenal job coordinating, scheduling, and administering not just one, but two, immunizations. Their efforts have led to a very high coverage rate at Lily,” remarked Dr. Lidiia Kotok, the in-house resort doctor. She continued, “When approached by local authorities to expand our services because of the precision and quality in which we are able to operate, we even took on the extra responsibility to vaccinate other resorts as well.”
For travellers who are anxious about COVID-19 or vacationing during a pandemic, look no further: the best all-inclusive resort has the health and safety of guests and staff as its main focus, both before and during your stay. Tourists traveling during the pandemic can rest easy knowing their favourite hotel has made mitigating COVID-19 a top priority, and now has the gold badge and vaccine card to prove it.
For inquire about Lily Beach or book a stay at this resort, please send an email to [email protected]
To check out more information regarding Lily Beach’s COVID-19 response, please check out the Safe Lily Programme at lilybeachmaldives.com
This article was written by Thomas Nantz, the Public Health Consultant for Lily Hotels.
Photograph by Monique De Beer