A new concept to pay forward your future holiday has been launched by Swiss-owned Planhotel, operating three properties in Malindi – Diamonds Dream of Africa, Sandies Malindi Dream Garden and Sandies Tropical Village.
The Holidaybonds, available for purchase until 7th July 2020 will be valid for two years one bond covers the value of one night accommodation for two at any of their Kenyan properties, on an all-inclusive basis (all meals and drinks) for 50% of the cost. The Holidaybond is transferrable, can be gifted or sold on. No booking date is required at time of purchase.
There is no restriction on the number of bed nights purchased, and the costs vary according to the property and start from Shs 9,500 to Shs 15,000 per night, for two people sharing. The three resorts are located adjacent to each other with a choice of 4 swimming pools, spa and a variety of bars and restaurants. Perfect for families, Sandies Tropical Village and Sandies Malindi Dream Garden Holidaybond now costs Shs 9,500 and Shs 11,000 respectively. See here for more details. Whilst the Junior suite-only Diamonds Dream of Africa, a Small Luxury Hotel of the World member, is now Shs 15,000. More details
The Covid-19 pandemic and the government measures taken to flatten the curve and rate of infections in the country put a halt to both international and domestic travel, resulting in the temporary closure of tourism properties. And so as Kenyans come out of the current travel restrictions, the Holidaybond is a bonus for those thinking of leisure travel – the Christmas period is not included.
Opening in August 2020, Planhotel Malindi’s general manager, Alexander Zissimatos said: “The beneficiaries of the Malindi hotels Holidaybond is primarily to support the families and staff who have been with the establishment for the past four decades.
“We all look forward to welcoming guests back at our properties and have started training our 150 staff on WHO hotel standards for re-opening and maintaining post-corona protocols.
“We will have a 24-hour vacated room turnaround programme, so after the last guest has stayed no one, including our staff will enter the room for 24 hours. Further, our food and beverage set up will ensure social distancing between tables, with no buffet service.”
The impact on Kenya’s tourism industry has been crippling with over 15 million Kenyans affected by the pandemic and loss of business. Re-opening hotels and lodges therefore has been a priority for the Kenyan government. Commenting on the Planhotels’ Holidaybond initiative, CS for Tourism Najib Balala said “Our industry partners need to look into the future and continue investing in our unmatched beaches and natural resources. I am very happy to see the launch of the Holidaybonds by PlanHotel which is enabling affordable holidays for domestic tourism – valid for up to 24 months.
“This Buy Now Stay Later programme is valuable support for our hotel industry that has faced unprecedent challenges due to the Covid-19 pandemic and is being promoted in other parts of the world. I hope other properties in the country join them”, he concluded.