We almost forgot to tell you this. The Soneva-funded COVID-19 testing centre was officially inaugurated by the minister of health Abdulla Ameen and CEO of ADK Hospitals, Mr. Ahmed Nashid during an online ceremony on the 13th of this month.

Soneva’s CEO and founder Sonu Shivdasani, and general manager of Velaa Private Island also participated in the event. The testing facility was built in just a month and lets those tested get a COVID-19 test result in less than 24 hours.

The facility uses the Roche Lifecycle 96 machine, and can process up to 700 tests per day. The centre will be operated by ADK Hospitals, and funded by Soneva and Velaa.For increased safety, Soneva plans to test all guests and staff members prior to their arrival at Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani resorts. Guests will be restricted to their awesome villas for a maximum of 24 hours until the test results are received. If the result is negative, they will be free to leave their rooms and enjoy a typical Soneva experience. Soneva’s ‘new normal’ video can be viewed here.