Before the novel coronavirus hit the globe hard early this year, a tantalizing holiday plan in Kenya’s idyllic coast was a sound plan that many had but, COVID-19 pandemic which has been with us for months drew our minds away from this beautiful dream.
But as they say, no situation is that bad; everything that has a start has an end. Amazingly, PlanHotel, a Swiss-owned establishment operating three properties in Malindi – Diamonds Dream of Africa, Sandies Malindi Dream Garden and Sandies Tropical Village – brings the depressing times to an end.
For any wanderlust with an affinity for fine and exclusive accommodation in Kenya’s magical coast, PlanHotel could fulfil your expectations with a new package, Holidaybonds.
Holidaybonds is a new concept to pay upfront for your future holiday with PlanHotel; pay now, stay later kind of thing and the purchases are valid for two years at a discounted cost of 50 percent.
The Holidaybonds are available for purchase until July 7, 2020. Each bond covers the value of one-night accommodation for two across PlanHotel’s three properties in Malindi. The bond also covers all meals and drinks.
The good news is not over yet; it is possible to transfer the Holidaybond to someone else as a gift or even sell it on because it does not require a booking date at the time of purchase.
Further, there will be no restriction on the number of bed nights purchased. The costs will vary depending on the property of choice one choses with prices ranging from Sh9,500 to Sh15,000 per night for a luxurious room holding for two people.
Sandies Tropical Village and Sandies Malindi Dream Garden Holidaybond costs Sh9,500 and Sh11,000 respectively while a Junior suite-only Diamonds Dream of Africa – a member of the Small Luxury Hotel of the World – has its Holidaybond going for Sh15,000.
The establishments are set to open in August this year according to general manager, Alexander Zissimatos.
Zissimatos explains that they mooted the idea of Holidaybond with the intent to support the livelihoods of their families and staff who have been forced to stay at home due to COVID-19 pandemic.
“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,” he adds.
Kenya’s Tourism Cabinet Secretary who has been working tirelessly to revive the tourism sector post-COVID-19 lauded PlanHotel’s Holidaybond saying that it is a great step towards supporting domestic tourism.
“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 unprecedented 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.
The Holidaybonds can be purchased via M-Pesa, credit card or direct bank transfer. Alternatively, visit [email protected] to make your reservation