Meanwhile, Anantara Resorts gave this statement to the Mail:
At Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas, the well-being of our guests is always our primary concern and we consistently seek to address and allay any queries or concerns that are brought to our attention. Whilst we are not at liberty to discuss individual reservations or visits, we would like to share that on the rare occasion that a change occurs in the status of a booking, we try our utmost to ensure the guest's satisfaction throughout the process."
Which is the sort of statement we would expect from Anantara Resorts (we contacted one of their PR agencies but have not heard back yet.) However, what's interesting here is that the Maldives Finest site later pulled their story, citing privacy concerns for the guest. Also, the TripAdvisor review from user Buford33 is gone.
Now, the user could have removed the review on his own or at Anantara's request, but TripAdvisor could have pulled it as well due to the privacy concerns (or also at Anantara's request.) Either way, there's no longer any trace on TripAdvisor about what happened here.
But it probably doesn't even matter. This story has gone global and everyone now knows who is staying at the Anantara resorts in the Maldives for the next few weeks and how other guests were displaced. Indeed, Maldives Finest has posted another story on the situation here. Also staying at the resort is reportedly 100 bodyguards so we don't think the resort has to way too much about security.
The old saying is "Any publicity is good publicity" and that's probably what will work for Anantara in this case. Who doesn't want to stay at the resort that's good enough for a Saudi prince?
Stay tuned tomorrow for a Maldives hotel review that doesn't require being Saudi royalty to stay at!!
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