Thank you to all the friends who have emailed me noting that I got out of the Maldives just in time due to the 15 day State of Emergency… The reality of the situation may be unclear to someone who has not visited the islands and atolls… it reminds me of the political unrest that has plagued Nairobi and people asking if they are safe on safari in the bush hundreds and hundreds of miles away…the response is Yes you will be safe in these areas.
This note is from the Four Seasons to their guests: Political situation in Male
On February 5, 2018, the Government of Maldives declared a 15-day state of emergency. Political events in the Maldives are typically confined to the capital island of Malé and do not affect the resort islands.
The situation in the capital is calm. Malé International Airport which is located on another island (Hulhule), separate from the capital, is operating as usual. We do not expect any disruption to air services.
Four Seasons Resorts Maldives continue to operate as usual – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa, Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru, Four Seasons Private Island at Voavah and Four Seasons Explorer look forward to welcoming our guests.
Rest assured that you will have a fantastic holiday, if you choose to continue your holiday as planned. Should you prefer, I would be more than happy to have my manager call you and explain the situation.
We still endorse the Maldives as a divine location to visit and we will be sharing our stories in upcoming posts!