Amilla Private Island Resort Makes Vacation Dreams Come True for Guests with Disabilities
Recognizing that the Maldives is generally off-limits physically to travelers with disabilities, not thanks to its sandy island paths, water jetties and layout of villas and restaurants, a private island resort has made it its mission to make its space welcoming to everyone, including those with additional mobility, sensory and cognitive requirements.
Following advice from Inclucare, a UK-based organization working to break down barriers to travel for disabled people around the world, Amilla Maldives Resort has ordered staff training to ensure its team is able to deliver excellence in inclusion and has had its facilities audited by Inclucare officials. .
The property is now waiting for the certification process to be completed.
General Manager Jason Kruse, who was in Singapore recently to meet the luxury travel news media, said Amilla Maldives Resort is equipped to meet the needs of inclusive travel. It already has many universally accessible villas on the ground floor, all designed with wide doorways and accessible showers. These units are also equipped with a beach wheelchair, a floating wheelchair for swimming and in-villa phones that light up when ringing, for the benefit of hearing impaired guests.
Guests with disabilities can soon expect deaf alert systems, induction hearing loops, magnifying glasses, adaptive yoga, aroma and sound experiences through the jungle for visually impaired vacationers, and more.
Kruse shared that facilities that regulate sensory input for guests on the autism spectrum will soon be available at the resort.
He believes that making the station accessible to all is “a sensible decision”, as eight per cent of people with disabilities are in wheelchairs, and those people should be able to enjoy a good holiday with their families and carers.
Victoria Kruse, Director of Sustainability and Wellbeing, shared that the station’s achievements in universal accessibility have earned it a lot of government attention and interest, and there are currently discussions that possibly hosting an inclusive conference in 2023.