Travel today

    Updated on 07/07/2022

    As the world reopens, travel is getting a little easier. The secret to a seamless trip is extra planning. Be sure to check your country's regulations. Here's the status of our destinations:



    Great news! Mauritius is fully open! We compiled the most frequently asked questions below. We also invite you to consult the official Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority website for the latest updates and more detailed information: https://mauritiusnow.com

    La Reunion

    Social distancing is recommended but is no longer mandatory. Masks are not required indoors and outdoors, including in transportation (even if it is still recommended). To visit Reunion Island, it is compulsory for unvaccinated people to present a Covid-19 test (PCR test less than 72 hours or Antigen test less than 48 hours). Vaccinated travellers do not need to present any test upon departure. Since 14 May, ‘reasonable excuses’ are not required for unvaccinated travellers (however a negative Covid test is still compulsory).


    Over in China, the doors to our resorts and retreats are open to domestic travellers only, as borders remain closed for now. A health QR code is required upon check-in. Local travellers from high and middle-risk areas should check in with their regional's regulations.


    The Maldives' one island=one resort has made it an alluring destination since day 1.

    You are no longer required to present a PCR negative test result upon arrival to the Maldives. This applies to both vaccinated and non-vaccinated travellers. Wearing a face mask is no longer mandatory, except at health facilities.

    You must fill out an online Traveller Health Declaration (https://imuga.immigration.gov.mv/) within 48h of your departure to and from the Maldives.

    If you are coming from another resort, island or boat, you are no longer required to do a PCR test prior to your arrival at LUX* South Ari Atoll.

    As part of the Collective Care Program, all Team Members maintain protective measures, and public facilities are sanitized frequently to keep you, our Team Members, and our communities safe.

    COVID-19 insurance: The Maldives offers a COVID-19 insurance which travellers can purchase prior to their arrival. It covers medical expenses, isolation and transportation costs.

    Package: https://myallied.mv/type/inbound-allied/new
    FAQs: https://allied.mv/insurance-plan/allied-inbound


  1. What is the protocol to travel to Mauritius?

    From the 1st of July 2022, all travellers (both vaccinated and unvaccinated) can travel freely to Mauritius. There is no need to present a PCR test at embarkation, and no PCR test will be carried out upon arrival.

  2. I want to travel to Mauritius. Which of your resorts can I stay in?

    You can stay at LUX* Grand Baie, LUX* Grand Gaube, LUX* Le Morne, SALT of Palmar, and Tamassa Bel Ombre. Note that SALT of Palmar is adults-only.

  3. Are the hotel staff vaccinated?

    All of our Team Members and their immediate families have been vaccinated. We also take daily temperature checks of all Team Members, as well as all precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

  4. Do I have to wear a mask?

    As from the 1st July 2022, you are no longer required to wear a mask except in certain public areas including airports, public transport, and hospitals.

  5. How do I get from the airport to the hotel?

    After going through baggage claim, you can reach your hotel by organised transfer, taxi, rental car, or any other means of transportation. Just be sure to disinfect your hands, wear a mask and roll down the windows!

  6. My home country requires a PCR test before boarding my return flight.
    Will that be readily available?

    Yes. The test can be conducted at the resort and be collected by the private clinic at your expense. Just get in touch with us at Reception so we can schedule it for you.


    These are the measures we take in our resorts to keep you, our Team Members, and our communities safe.

    • All Team Members maintain protective measures
    • Physical distancing protocol using signage and markings throughout the properties
    • Hand-sanitising stations throughout the properties
    • Increased cleaning and disinfection cycles to ensure optimal hygiene standards
    • Daily temperature checks for everyone accessing the hotels at all entry/exit points
    • A trained Covid-19 Officer responsible for ensuring compliance with each property's new operational regulations and procedures
    • Doctor on call 24/7 and resident nurse available in all properties


    • Minibars will remain empty with a wide selection of items available upon request

    Public Areas and Facilities

    • Hand-sanitising stations throughout all public areas
    • Frequent sanitisation of high-touch points areas using fogging equipment, electrostatic sprayers and wipes
    • Regular sanitisation of high-touch areas (changing rooms, door handles, mirrors, hooks etc)

    Public Bathrooms

    • Non-contact single-use tissue dispenser

    Pool and Beach Facilities

    • Re-arrangement of sunbeds to comply with physical distancing requirements
    • Cleaning and sanitisation of sunbeds after each use with a "Cleaned and Sanitised" sign after sanitisation is completed
    • Frequent sanitisation of outdoor showers

    Restaurants & Bars

    • Menus are presented either via iPads which are sanitised after each use and/or QR codes so guests can access our menus on their own devices
    • Buffet area or live cooking stations shielded with glass protection screens
    • Table arrangements adjusted to allow for physical distancing in all restaurants and bars
    • Sanitisation of tables will be carried out after each guest. Outlets are sanitised after each service


    • Treatment rooms sanitised thoroughly between treatments
    • In changing rooms, clean towels are arranged in individual lockers. Lockers and showers are sanitised after every use
    • Seating and loungers are rearranged to enable physical distancing

    Fitness and Wellness

    • Advance booking for selected time slots required
    • Thorough cleaning and sanitisation of all gym equipment in between time blocks
    • Private fitness and wellness sessions indoors will be replaced by outdoor wellness classes(maximum 6 persons per class)


    Our Cancellation and Rebooking Policy for Mauritius and Reunion

    Cancellation Policy

    No penalty until 7 days prior to arrival, with a full refund of prepaid amounts, as from 01.01.2022.

    Exception: No penalty until 14 days prior to arrival for the stay period 23.12.22 – 06.01.23 for Mauritian properties & 23.12.22 – 02.01.23 for Reunion Island properties, with prepaid amounts fully refunded.

    Postponed Stays Policy

    Should a guest not wish to cancel the booking, the guest is welcome to postpone their stay up to 7 days prior to arrival for stay dates until 31 October 2023. Exception: Until 14 days prior to arrival for the stay period 23.12.22 - 06.01.23

    The then applicable pricing and conditions, combinable with any active offers at the time of rebooking, will apply for the new stay dates.

    Our Cancellation and Rebooking Policy for the Maldives

    Cancellation Policy

    All reservations for arrivals until 22 December 2022 will not be subject to any cancellation charges until 14 days prior to arrival and any prepared amounts will be entitled for new travel date changes.

    For all reservations for arrivals from 23 December 2022 to 10 January 2023 cancellations up to 40 days prior to arrival will be free of charge and any prepared amounts will be entitled for new travel date changes.

    Postponed Stays Policy

    For postponed stays with original arrival dates between now and 22 December 2022, no rebooking charges will apply, and the new stay dates will be confirmed at the same originally booked rate for new stay dates up to and inclusive of 22 December 2022.

    For new stay dates from 23 December 2022 onwards, these stays will be confirmed at the rate applicable.

    Our Cancellation and Rebooking Policy for China

    Cancellation Policy

    No penalty until 7 days prior to arrival, with a full refund of prepaid amounts.

    Postponed Stays Policy

    Should a guest not wish to cancel the booking, the guest is welcome to postpone their stay up to 7 days prior to arrival for stay dates until 31 October 2023.

    The then applicable pricing and conditions, combinable with any active offers at the time of rebooking, will apply for the new stay dates.

    All of the above may be subject to change.


After the successful opening of a multi-functional Marine Biology Centre on the island, LUX* Maldives moves a step forward and invites guests to a new type of exploration of the underwater world of South Ari Atoll, by hosting, between 14 - 20 May 2012, the first ‘Underwater Festival’ in the Maldives.
‘This time it’s all about water’ says the General Manager and passionate free-diver Dominik Ruhl ‘we wanted to draw the curtains of the underwater world to our guests by giving them the unique opportunity not only to dive some of the most beautiful dive sites on the planet, but also to meet the experts of the sea and learn how to bring these treasures home’.

Boasting a gathering of marine experts on a global scale, the Festival highlights intense sessions of underwater photography led by award-winning photographers, ground-breaking introductory courses of free-diving and the innovative technique of fluo night-diving. An intense ensemble of water activities stretched over one week of lighter learning for keen divers, photography fanatics and water enthusiastic or just simply curious guests in search of a holiday with a difference.

With a strong focus on underwater photography, the festival’s attendees have the opportunity to join training sessions with the experts throughout the week. From his hectic Parisian life, the multi-award winning underwater photographer Pascal Kobeh joins the festival as member of the jury and coach. ‘I started shooting underwater pictures while I was a diving instructor here in the Maldives; I haven’t stopped since then, and it became by profession’ says Kobeh; ‘it brought me here today with the same passion I had ten years ago and I am very excited to join the festival’.

Adding dimension to the event, LUX* Maldives hosts the founder of world renowned free-diving Team Mayol, Jean-Jacques Mayol, son of the free-diving legend and subject of Luc Besson’s cult film “The Big Blue” (Le Grand Bleu) Jacques Mayol. Offering introductory free-diving sessions to the attendees, Mayol enables a personalized rediscovery of apnoea techniques, without any spirit of competition, including meditation and breathing exercises. Attendees can leave the snorkel aside and join his sessions throughout the week. 

Set amidst an impressive variety of dive sites, pristine waters and frolicking marine life, LUX* Maldives partners with Eurodivers during the festival to launch a night-diving technique operated for the first time in the Maldives: The fluo dive. By using a set of special filters on masks and torches, fluo-dives enhance the diving experience of the festival’s most daring attendees through experiencing the complex phenomenon of colour conversion. 

Even the most determined divers must surface now and then, and for those moments on land, LUX* Maldives hosts stimulating and interesting workshops and forums during the festival with the resident marine biologist Chiara Fumagalli. Having monitored the marine life within the South Ari Marine Protected Area, Chiara presents an array of insightful facts with tailored projections and discussions under the stars.

Documentaries about the biodiversity of marine life, engaging underwater films and news regarding the ongoing research on the friendly whale sharks are just some of the topics of conversations in a toes-inthe-sand setting. As there is no competition without a generous reward, the Underwater Festival’s attendees have the opportunity to win several prizes. The best pictures taken during the week and submitted to the professional judging of the Festival’s jury, can bring much more than fabulous memories to the photographers-including substantial prizes such as a 5 nights complimentary stay in one of the LUX* Resorts & Hotels.

Special packages are available for those interested to participate, for more information please contact
us at stay@luxmaldivesresort.com 

In partnership with:
EUROD IVE RS (www.euro-divers.com) was founded over 40 years ago and operates diving centers in some of the world’s best diving destinations such as Egypt, Thailand, Mauritius and Maldives to name but a few. Eurodivers at LUX* Maldives counts on a team of international diving instructors and is instrumental to the execution of the ‘Underwater Festival’.

Pascal Kobeh (www.pascalkobeh.com) a master in underwater photography, Pascal Kobeh has published several books and directed the underwater photography of the movie ‘Oceans’ (Disney Production/2010). He was awarded as best underwater photographer (silver/1997 – gold/1998) at the Underwater Festival of Antibes and named ‘Photographer of the Year’ in the 2010 Veolia Environment Wildlife Competition.

Jean-Jacques Mayol (www.teammayol.com ) son of Jacques Mayol, legendary free-diver and subject of the movie “The Big Blue”. Founder of Team Mayol, Jean-Jacques runs free-diving courses on a global scale by combining yoga with breathing techniques and starred in the soon to be released major movie production “ONE DEEP BREATH”. 

Junji Takasago (www. junjitakasago.com) is a nature and underwater photographer. Author of several nature photography publications, Junji was assigned to photograph “The Days with Jacques” – from the subject of the cult movie ‘The Deep Blue’ and developed a focus on dolphins’ photography. A celebrity photographer in Japan, Junji exhibits throughout the country and travels frequently to the Maldives.