With Covid-19 forcing many of us to work from home, some have given extra latitude to the definition of home — both figuratively and literally. Tax issues aside, if your employer allows it and you have the cash to splurge, then you can a rather more luxurious approach on where you work.
As short term hotel bookings have taken a hit through the pandemic, the hospitality industry have been publicising long stay packages in order to stabilise the otherwise sporadic revenues of the current situation.
Step in the One&Only Reethi Rah Resort in The Maldives, whose advertised “Work and Stay” package aims to attract the well-heeled professional. These packages start at a cool $42,600USD for 28-nights for two guests on a half-board basis.
Situated on one of the largest private islands in North Malé Atoll, the 44 hectare, 6 kilometre circumference resort enjoys 12 white sand beaches. Getting to the island is done through a 45 minute luxury yacht transfer from Malé’s Velana International Airport that is included in the package price. For little extra and you can substitute that for a 15 minute seaplane instead.
With 10Mb/s internet speeds it is enough for 1080p video conferencing although you will need to leave your consumption of 4k Netflix videos for another trip.
If you are being accompanied by younger family and need a bit of distraction-free work time, then the busy KidsOnly calendar lets the resort staff care for your children while you carry out your duties.
Need to stand up and stretch? Then head down to yoga on the beach. At One&Only Reethi Rah the whole island uses its own time zone (GMT+6h) that is one hour ahead of Malé time to maximise the daylight hours for its guests.
For those non-working hours — and with the views afforded to its guest you might forget you’re still technically working — all non-motorized watersports are complimentary, allowing you to explore the house reef.
If guests are seeking to work on their fitness levels while staying at the resort, the fully equipped fitness centre offers complimentary classes throughout the week or personal training sessions with fitness professionals ready to help them on their journey.
As of 10th September 2020 The Ministry of Tourism for The Maldives issued a directive requiring all inbound tourists to present a negative PCR Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival.