In an attempt to restart travel, hotels and resorts around the world are coming up with creative insurance policies to reassure guests. Baha Mar, a five-star resort in the Bahamas, has stated that it will fly guests home on a private jet if they test positive for COVID-19 during their stay. If that option is not possible, Baha Mar promises free accommodation in one of its luxury suites for 14 days with $150 worth of dining credit per person per day.
The offer is a part of the resort’s new “Travel with Confidence” initiative. “In this ever-changing travel environment, it is our goal to alleviate travelers’ concerns surrounding COVID-19, in an effort to ensure the health, safety and comfort of our guests,” Graeme Davis, the president of Baha Mar, told Travel + Leisure. “Our Travel with Confidence program is the first of its kind in the industry, providing travelers with added peace of mind and the option to safely return home, or quarantine at no added expense — the choice is theirs.”
The resort is made up of three hotels — the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, SLS Baha Mar, and Rosewood Baha Mar, all of which will require patrons to take a rapid antigen test upon arrival. Guests will also be given a personal care amenity kit that includes hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, gloves, and a face mask, which is mandatory in public areas. And in order to adhere to international safety protocols, on departure the resort will provide free COVID testing for all travelers headed back to the United States.
As of right now, the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar is the only one of the three hotels open at the resort. The other two are expected to reopen on March 4, 2021.