Aldemar Resorts and Aman have joined a growing list of groups re-opening hotels as Covid-19 travel restrictions are relaxed.

Aldemar will be reopening properties in Crete on July 1 and Skafidia on mainland Greece on July 3.

Other hotels in the group will follow, with dates to be confirmed.

Measures to be implemented across all hotels include:

  • Digital and extended check-ins
  • Hand sanitiser stations throughout
  • Social distancing, including pool areas and restaurants
  • Digital menus and online booking
  • More dining and large outdoor seating areas, plus buffets with table service
  • Social distancing in pools and limited numbers in pool at any time
  • Frequent disinfecting of tables, chairs, sun beds, equipment, public areas etc.
  • Room cleaning on request to minimise contact between staff and guests
  • Indoor recreational areas (mini clubs, indoor gyms & pools and spa areas) temporarily suspended, until the Greek government advises they can re-open

An information brochure ‘Guest Welcome Protocol post Covid-19’ detailing safety measures has been issued.

Alexandros Angelopoulos, chief executive of Aldemar Resorts. Said: “Covid-19 has been with us for the last three months and if nothing else it has enforced in us, now more than ever, humility, attention to detail and extra sanitary measures.

“These have been communicated throughout our group and we are confident that we can re-open our doors safely this July.

“Building on the exceptional work done by our government in the health crisis and being secure in the knowledge that Greece is the closest to a Covid free country there is, we will maintain our high quality standards, while ensuring that all of our guests, employees and stakeholders remain safe.”

Asian group Aman plans to have European hotels open in Italy and Greece from June 18 and Montenegro from July 1 after a property in Turkey returned on June 6. A hotel in Morocco is also due to open in July.

A phased opening of hotels across Asia and India is ongoing together with those in the US and Caribbean.

The group, with a portfolio of 32 hotels, is taking “all appropriate steps” in line with guidelines from the World Health Organisation and government authorities according to each location.

Meanwhile, Anantara Hotels, Resorts spa and wellness facilities will re-open with enhanced hygiene measures and immune-boosting initiatives.

A new massage oil dedicated to supporting the body’s natural defence system is being introduced.

The specially formulated massage oil comprises key ingredients which feature properties known for their immune-boosting and antibacterial qualities.

“This total body toning massage oil naturally improves the body’s biological defence system and will be used in signature massages at Anantara Spa,” the company said.

All Anantara Spa outlets across Thailand will adhere to stringent safety and sanitation standards to meet the requirements for Tourism Authority Thailand’s safety and health administration certification.