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Resort news: InterContinental Moorea closes, whilst Maldives ponders strict entry rules

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News in brief:

InterContinental Moorea closes

InterContinental Moorea in French Polynesia has become a casualty of coronavirus.  The owners have decided that the remoteness of the resort, requiring a transfer from Tahiti, along with a 14-day quarantine requirement means that it would take far too long to return to profitable levels of occupancy.

Sister hotels (same owners) InterContinental Bora Bora and InterContinental Tahiti are not affected.  The full story is explained in a letter on the website here.

Intercontinental Moorea closes

InterContinental Danang becomes a bargain

There is far better news at InterContinental Danang Resort in Vietnam.

Vietnam has had virtually no cases of coronavirus and is now reopening to tourism.  InterContinental Danang Resort – website here – is usually 70,000 IHG Rewards Club points per night but can currently be booked for 40,000 points per night.  Cash rates start at around $400 including taxes so this a decent return at around 0.75p per point.

It isn’t clear if this is a special offer or if it is part of the move to dynamic pricing on reward nights.  Every night appears to be 40,000 points irrespective of the cash rate.

Maldives quarantine requirement

Maldives ponders 14-night minimum stays and coronavirus testing

Switching from Moorea to the Maldives doesn’t look like a viable option either.

According to a report in The Telegraph yesterday, the country is planning to brand itself as a ‘safe tourism’ destination and a ‘COVID-free country’.  Unfortunately, it is planning to do this in ways which mean you won’t want to visit:

a 14-day minimum stay requirement will be implemented

visas will be required for all visitors (UK citizens are currently exempt)

travel insurance will be compulsory

a negative COVID-19 antigen test or a positive antibody test must be submitted one week before your arrival

a further antigen test must be taken on arrival in Male

you will be quarantined in your villa or bungalow until the result of your test is known

To be fair, none of this is a dealbreaker EXCEPT for the 14-day minimum stay requirement.  Five days was enough for us when we went, and I doubt anyone would want to stay beyond seven days.  You also have the not-inconsiderable issue of paying for 14 nights, given the excessively high cost of rooms and food.

Your resort may well be coronavirus-free, but that is most likely to be down to the fact that you may be the only guest …..

Please note that these are only proposals at present and, given the international feedback, they may well be amended before they go live.

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Comments (69)

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  • Mr. AC says:

    Trying to figure out if in makes sense going to Vietnam (Danang) in October-November, which is monsoon season. Is that a deal breaker or what they say about rain coming in short bursts is right?

    • Alex Sm says:

      We were in southern Vietnam in October. There were short heavy rains every evening, but the rest of the day was nice

  • Matty says:

    Nice resort but you’re really paying to sit on a fancy beach, which could be anywhere. The country has so much more to offer and you’re really missing out if you’ve made all that effort to get there just to mince around in a westernised hotel chain.

    • Fred (my comments always get removed!) says:


      But then so many people want to sit around in soulless hotels in the likes of Dubai etc.

    • Lady London says:

      Love your comment @Matty.

      I always feel lucky to have grown up in an island paradise when I see how much people are prepared to pay to holiday on one. It’s “horses for courses” though everyone has different tastes.

      For instance @Rob doesnt like the boredom of these island places. And yet he likes Dubai, which I personally can’t stand. What’s nice to see is posters here mentioning where kids are particularly well looked after and entertained – really useful to know so Mum / Dad gets a holiday too!

      • Cat says:

        Agreed Matty – it’s an incredible country to explore (as are the neighbouring countries). I might be tempted to fly into Danang and have a couple of nights there to decompress before and/or after exploring the rest of Vietnam.

        Lady London – ooh which island paradise?

    • Andrew MS says:

      Well said

  • TripRep says:

    Saw that restriction on the Maldives.

    Before CV19 blew up I was considering a 16 night trip back to Rangali next Spring. (Prev visits were 10 and 12 nights)

    For those familiar, I did wonder about breakfast at the Conrad, rather than buffet it could be cooked to order at Vilu and served to your outdoor table?

    I have BA CW redemption booked for the outbound, but sadly still considering cancelling it.

  • LST says:

    I have been lucky enough to visit The Maldives a fair few times, I can’t imagine going for only 5 days. Personally 10 nights would be the minimum for me, time to unwind, snorkel and enjoy the scenery 😊

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