World's Greatest Places 2021
July 20, 2021 6:37 AM EDT

The Maldives was the first country to offer quarantine-free stays for anyone who is vaccinated. In an effort to draw even more visitors, it also has plans to offer vaccines to tourists on arrival—once all residents have had the opportunity to receive a jab, of course. And there are plenty of other reasons to keep an eye on these electric blue atolls. The latest man-made Maldivian archipelago, Fari Islands, features restaurants, boutiques and a beach club, accessible to guests from the islands’ newly opened luxury resorts: Patina Maldives and the Ritz-Carlton Maldives. The most extensive coral-regeneration project in the Maldives can be found at the eco-friendly favorite Velaa Private Island. And in 2022, construction begins on a pioneering floating city, created to stave off rising sea levels. —Katie Lockhart

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