Riu Hotels has reopened one of its two properties in the Maldives as it resumes operations in the Indian Ocean region.

The return of the 150-room Riu Palace Maldivas means that the Spanish chain has 61 hotels open after shutting all 99 across 19 countries in March due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The all-inclusive Riu Palace Maldivas first opened in May 2019 and, together with Riu Atoll, they were the first Riu hotels in the island nation.

Riu Sri Lanka was the first to restart in the region in July, followed by Riu Creole in Mauritius, which reopened on August 12.

The three hotels are applying the safety protocols developed by the company in partnership with the consultancy Preverisk.

All workers in the Indian Ocean region have been trained on application of the measures to ensure both their own safety and that of the customers who visit these three destinations.

The measures cover all the hotel spaces and services, including reception, shared areas such as swimming pools and dining rooms, entertainment, cleaning and technical services.

The protocols have been in action for almost three months, since the first reopening on May 25.

Riu also offers ‘Riu Protect’ healthcare services to guests, including any who contract Covid-19 during their stays.