The Reading / Listening - Maldives Resort - Level 6

We all love and have enjoyed an all-you-can-eat buffet, but how many of us have had an "all-you-can-stay" holiday? It sounds too good to be true, but a hotel company in the Maldives is offering guests a once-in-a-lifetime vacation. The luxury Anantara Veli resort has a special package that includes unlimited use of its property for the whole of 2021. Customers will get the use of a two-person bungalow that is perched above the crystal-clear blue waters of the Indian Ocean. The resort is also throwing in airport transfers, 365 breakfasts, discounts on spa treatments, cooking lessons on Maldivian cuisine, and scuba diving. However, all this comes at a hefty cost of $30,000.



The Maldives is a tiny archipelago nation in the Indian Ocean, about 700km from the southern tip of India. It has developed into a luxurious, high-end destination. It is famed for its pristine beaches, palm trees and five-star hospitality. The quality of its marine life has put it on the bucket list of adventure-seeking scuba divers. Many of its resorts are on private islands and atolls, making it a perfect choice for holidaymakers who seek seclusion and privacy in paradise. The Maldives is highly dependent on international tourism and has struggled during the coronavirus pandemic. A tourism spokesperson said the $30,000 package is good value and cheaper than staying in an average hotel for a year.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Maldives Resort - Level 4  or  Maldives Resort - Level 5

Sources
  • https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/anantara-maldives-annual-pass-intl-hnk/index.html
  • https://www.ladbible.com/news/interesting-maldives-resort-offers-30000-all-you-can-stay-deal-for-2021-20201113
  • https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/maldives-resort-unlimited-stays-holiday-package-b1722306.html


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Warm-ups

1. RESORTS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about resorts. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       love / buffet / all-you-can-eat / hotel / vacation / package / property / ocean / cuisine
       archipelago / tip / luxurious / pristine / bucket list / atoll / tourism / pandemic / year
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. RESORT: Students A strongly believe resorts are better than hotels; Students B strongly believe hotels are better. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. HOLIDAY ACCOMMODATION: ```what are the pros and cons of these? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Pros

Cons

Luxury resort

 

 

Capsule hotel

 

 

Tent

 

 

Caravan (Camper van)

 

 

Igloo

 

 

Cruise ship

 

 

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5. TRUE: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "true". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. ALL-YOU-CAN: Rank these with your partner. Put the best things at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • all-you-can-eat buffet
  • all-you-can-drink bar
  • all-you-can-stay hotel
  • all-you-can-watch cinema
  • all-you-can-study English
  • all-you-can-play games
  • all-you-can-use gym
  • all-you-can-hire taxi

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. buffet a. Including something, typically at no extra cost, with something that is being sold or offered.
      2. package b. A building or buildings and the land belonging to it or them.
      3. property c. A set of proposals or terms offered or agreed as a whole (e.g. a holiday, an employment deal).
      4. perched d. Of a number or amount that is impressively large.
      5. throwing in e. A meal consisting of several dishes from which guests serve themselves.
      6. cuisine f. Of a building that is situated above or on the edge of something.
      7. hefty g. A style or method of cooking, especially as characteristic of a particular country, region, or restaurant.

    Paragraph 2

      8. archipelago h. In its original condition; unspoiled.
      9. tip i. The state of being private and away from other people.
      10. high-end j. A chain of islands made of coral.
      11. pristine k. The top, bottom or extreme edge of a country, island or piece of land.
      12. atoll l. Requiring someone or something for financial, emotional, or other support.
      13. seclusion m. A group of islands.
      14. dependent n. About the most expensive of a range of products.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. The article said a hotel in the Maldives had an all-you-can-eat buffet.     T / F
  2. The article said guests can only stay at the hotel once in a lifetime.     T / F
  3. The hotel offer includes a free breakfast every day.     T / F
  4. People who stay at the hotel can get a discount on cooking lessons.     T / F
  5. The Maldives is about 450km from India.     T / F
  6. Scuba divers in the Maldives must take a bucket with them.     T / F
  7. The article said the Maldives could get by without tourism.     T / F
  8. A tourism spokesperson said the $30,000 price was good value.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. love
  2. sounds
  3. luxury
  4. perched
  5. hefty
  6. archipelago
  7. tip
  8. pristine
  9. seclusion
  10. package
  1. situated
  2. deal
  3. massive
  4. appears
  5. extremity
  6. immaculate
  7. adore
  8. isolation
  9. opulent
  10. island chain

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. We all love and have enjoyed an all-
  2. offering guests a once-in-a-
  3. a special package that includes unlimited
  4. The resort is also throwing
  5. However, all this comes at a hefty
  6. The Maldives is a tiny archipelago
  7. It has developed into a luxurious,
  8. private islands and
  9. The Maldives is highly dependent
  10. during the coronavirus
  1. atolls
  2. in airport transfers
  3. cost of $30,000
  4. pandemic
  5. you-can-eat buffet
  6. high-end destination
  7. on international tourism
  8. lifetime vacation
  9. nation
  10. use of its property

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
sounds
perched
hefty
enjoyed
property
cuisine
lifetime
discounts

We all love and have (1) _____________________ an all-you-can-eat buffet, but how many of us have had an "all-you-can-stay" holiday? It (2) _____________________ too good to be true, but a hotel company in the Maldives is offering guests a once-in-a- (3) _____________________ vacation. The luxury Anantara Veli resort has a special package that includes unlimited use of its (4) _____________________ for the whole of 2021. Customers will get the use of a two-person bungalow that is (5) _____________________ above the crystal-clear blue waters of the Indian Ocean. The resort is also throwing in airport transfers, 365 breakfasts, (6) _____________________ on spa treatments, cooking lessons on Maldivian (7) _____________________, and scuba diving. However, all this comes at a (8) _____________________ cost of $30,000.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
seclusion
struggled
destination
dependent
marine
archipelago
package
atolls

The Maldives is a tiny (9) _____________________ nation in the Indian Ocean, about 700km from the southern tip of India. It has developed into a luxurious, high-end (10) _____________________. It is famed for its pristine beaches, palm trees and five-star hospitality. The quality of its (11) _____________________ life has put it on the bucket list of adventure-seeking scuba divers. Many of its resorts are on private islands and (12) _____________________, making it a perfect choice for holidaymakers who seek (13) _____________________ and privacy in paradise. The Maldives is highly (14) _____________________ on international tourism and has (15) _____________________ during the coronavirus pandemic. A tourism spokesperson said the $30,000 (16) _____________________ is good value and cheaper than staying in an average hotel for a year.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  We all love and have enjoyed an all-you-______
     a.  can-eat buff eat
     b.  can-eat buffeted
     c.  can-eat buff eh?
     d.  can-eat buffet
2)  but a hotel company in the Maldives is offering guests a once-in-a-______
     a.  live time vacation
     b.  lifetime vacation
     c.  lively time vacation
     d.  lifer time vacation
3)  Customers will get the use of a two-person bungalow that ______
     a.  is parched above
     b.  is perched above
     c.  is pitched above
     d.  is poached above
4) 365 breakfasts, discounts on spa treatments, cooking lessons ______
     a.  on Moldavian cuisine
     b.  on Maldivian quiz scene
     c.  on Maldivian cuisine
     d.  on Maldivian quiz scene
5)  and scuba diving. However, all this comes at ______
     a.  a heft tea cost
     b.  a heft tee cost
     c.  a heft teak cost
     d.  a hefty cost

6)  a tiny archipelago nation in the Indian Ocean, about 700km from ______
     a.  the southern tap
     b.  the southern top
     c.  the southern atop
     d.  the southern tip
7)  developed into a luxurious, high-end destination. It is famed for ______
     a.  its pristine beach is
     b.  its pristine peaches
     c.  its pristine beach seas
     d.  its pristine beaches
8)  five-star hospitality. The quality of its marine life has put it on ______
     a.  the buck it list
     b.  the pucker list
     c.  the packet list
     d.  the bucket list
9)  on private islands and atolls, making it a perfect choice for holidaymakers ______
     a.  who eek seclusion
     b.  whose seek seclusion
     c.  who seek seclusion
     d.  who's eke seclusion
10)  said the $30,000 package is good value and cheaper than staying in ______
     a.  on average hotel
     b.  an average hotel
     c.  an averaged hotel
     d.  on averaged hotel

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

We all love and (1) ____________________ all-you-can-eat buffet, but how many of us have had an "all-you-can-stay" holiday? It sounds too good to be true, but a hotel company in the Maldives (2) ____________________ a once-in-a-lifetime vacation. The luxury Anantara Veli resort has a (3) ____________________ includes unlimited use of its property for the whole of 2021. Customers will get the use of a two-person bungalow that (4) ____________________ the crystal-clear blue waters of the Indian Ocean. The resort is also throwing (5) ____________________, 365 breakfasts, discounts on spa treatments, cooking lessons on Maldivian cuisine, and scuba diving. However, all this comes at a (6) ____________________ $30,000.

The Maldives is a (7) ____________________ in the Indian Ocean, about 700km from the southern tip of India. It has developed into a luxurious, high-end destination. It is famed for (8) ____________________, palm trees and five-star hospitality. The quality of its marine life has put it on the bucket list of adventure-seeking scuba divers. Many of its resorts are on private (9) ____________________, making it a perfect choice for holidaymakers who seek (10) ____________________ in paradise. The Maldives is (11) ____________________ international tourism and has struggled during the coronavirus pandemic. A tourism spokesperson said the $30,000 package is good value and cheaper than staying (12) ____________________ hotel for a year.

Comprehension questions

  1. How did the article say the all-you-can-stay deal sounds?
  2. When can guests use the offer?
  3. What kind of free transfers are included in the deal?
  4. How many free breakfasts are included in price of $30,000?
  5. What adjective did the article use to describe the $30,000 price tag?
  6. How far from is India the Maldives?
  7. What did the article say was pristine about the Maldives?
  8. What are many resorts on besides private islands?
  9. What did the article say the Maldives is highly dependent on?
  10. Who said the $30,000 price was good value?




Multiple choice quiz

1)  How did the article say the all-you-can-stay deal sounds?
a) seriously expensive
b) too good to be true
c) great
d) worth paying for
2)  When can guests use the offer?
a) from this time next year
b) any time from today
c) weekdays only
d) the whole of 2021
3) What kind of free transfers are included in the deal?
a) airport transfers
b) money transfers
c) children's transfers
d) island transfers
4) How many free breakfasts are included in price of $30,000?
a) 52
b) 200
c) 365
d) 12
5) What adjective did the article use to describe the $30,000 price tag?
a) cheap
b) hefty
c) worthwhile
d) reasonable

6) How far from India is the Maldives?
a) about 700km
b) just over 1,700km
c) about 500km
d) exactly 1,000km
7) What did the article say was pristine about the Maldives?
a) the sea
b) the coral
c) the beaches
d) the atolls
8) What are many resorts on besides private islands?
a) atolls
b) reefs
c) bats
d) rocks
9) What did the article say the Maldives is highly dependent on?
a) international tourism
b) fish
c) good weather
d) global banking
10) Who said the $30,000 price was good value?
a) a hotel guest
b) a tourist
c) the hotel manager
d) a tourism spokesperson

Role play

Role  A – All-You-Can-Eat Buffet
You think an all-you-can-eat buffet is best. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least desirable of these (and why): an all-you-can-stay hotel, all-you-can-study English or an all-you-can-use gym.

Role  B – All-You-Can-Stay Hotel
You think an all-you-can-stay hotel is best. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least desirable of these (and why): an all-you-can-eat buffet, all-you-can-study English or an all-you-can-use gym.

Role  C – All-You-Can-Study English
You think all-you-can-study English is best. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least desirable of these (and why): an all-you-can-stay hotel, all-you-can-eat buffet or an all-you-can-use gym.

Role  D – All-You-Can-Use Gym
You think an all-you-can-use gym is best. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least desirable of these (and why): an all-you-can-stay hotel, all-you-can-study English or all-you-can-eat buffet.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'island'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'resort'.

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • enjoyed
    • true
    • special
    • use
    • throwing
    • hefty
    • tiny
    • tip
    • famed
    • bucket
    • highly
    • value




    Student survey

    Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

    (Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

    Discussion - Maldives Resort

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'island'?
    3. What do you know about the Maldives?
    4. What's the difference between a hotel and a resort
    5. What do you think of buffets?
    6. What do you think of all-you-can-stay vacations?
    7. What experience have you had of something being too good to be true?
    8. What is your perfect holiday?
    9. Would you like to stay on a tiny island for a year?
    10. What once-in-a-lifetime experience would you like?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'resort'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Where is paradise for you?
    5. What kind of resort would you like to stay at?
    6. Do you prefer pristine beaches or virgin forests?
    7. What is on your travel bucket list?
    8. Where do you go for seclusion and privacy?
    9. Do you think the Maldives holiday package is good value?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the resort owners?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    We all love and have enjoyed an all-you-can-eat buffet, but how many of (1) ____ have had an "all-you-can-stay" holiday? It sounds too (2) ____ to be true, but a hotel company in the Maldives is offering guests a once-in-a-(3) ____ vacation. The luxury Anantara Veli resort has a special package that includes unlimited use of its property for the whole of 2021. Customers will get the use of a two-person bungalow that is (4) ____ above the crystal-clear blue waters of the Indian Ocean. The resort is also (5) ____ in airport transfers, 365 breakfasts, discounts on spa treatments, cooking lessons on Maldivian cuisine, and scuba diving. However, all this comes at a (6) ____ cost of $30,000.

    The Maldives is a tiny (7) ____ nation in the Indian Ocean, about 700km from the southern tip of India. It has developed into a luxurious, high-(8) ____ destination. It is famed for its pristine beaches, palm trees and five-star hospitality. The quality of its (9) ____ life has put it on the bucket list of adventure-seeking scuba divers. Many of its resorts are on private islands and atolls, making it a perfect choice for holidaymakers who seek (10) ____ and privacy in paradise. The Maldives is highly dependent (11) ____ international tourism and has struggled during the coronavirus pandemic. A tourism spokesperson said the $30,000 package is good (12) ____ and cheaper than staying in an average hotel for a year.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     us     (b)     them     (c)     people     (d)     travellers    
    2. (a)     vacated     (b)     staycation     (c)     good     (d)     use    
    3. (a)     infinity     (b)     eternity     (c)     all-time     (d)     lifetime    
    4. (a)     parched     (b)     perched     (c)     poached     (d)     patched    
    5. (a)     propelling     (b)     bowling     (c)     hurling     (d)     throwing    
    6. (a)     cleft     (b)     deft     (c)     hefty     (d)     nifty    
    7. (a)     archangel     (b)     archipelago     (c)     archived     (d)     archetype    
    8. (a)     end     (b)     top     (c)     hat     (d)     start    
    9. (a)     marine     (b)     desert     (c)     wilderness     (d)     savannah    
    10. (a)     prosecution     (b)     justification     (c)     seclusion     (d)     induction    
    11. (a)     as     (b)     at     (c)     in     (d)     on    
    12. (a)     worth     (b)     value     (c)     ethics     (d)     merit

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

    1. The yuxulr Anantara Veli resort
    2. uidietlnm use of its property
    3. a two-person lnbaguwo
    4. trsycla-clear blue waters
    5. cooking lessons on Maldivian nsciuie
    6. a htyef cost of $30,000

    Paragraph 2

    1. The Maldives is a tiny agoicealphr nation
    2. high-end dieitotnsan
    3. famed for its inisterp beaches
    4. The quality of its maienr life
    5. holidaymakers who seek csoulnesi
    6. highly dpentneed on international tourism

    Put the text back together

    (...)  of a two-person bungalow that is perched above the crystal-clear blue
    (...)  treatments, cooking lessons on Maldivian cuisine, and scuba diving. However, all this comes at a hefty cost of $30,000.
    (...)  said the $30,000 package is good value and cheaper than staying in an average hotel for a year.
    (...) We all love and have enjoyed an all-you-can-eat buffet, but how many of us have
    (...)  package that includes unlimited use of its property for the whole of 2021. Customers will get the use
    (...)  trees and five-star hospitality. The quality of its marine life has put it on the bucket list of adventure-
    (...)  seeking scuba divers. Many of its resorts are on private islands and atolls, making it a perfect choice
    (...)  The Maldives is a tiny archipelago nation in the Indian Ocean, about 700km from the southern
    (...)  tip of India. It has developed into a luxurious, high-end destination. It is famed for its pristine beaches, palm
    (...)  had an "all-you-can-stay" holiday? It sounds too good to be true, but a hotel company in the Maldives is offering
    (...)  on international tourism and has struggled during the coronavirus pandemic. A tourism spokesperson
    (...)  waters of the Indian Ocean. The resort is also throwing in airport transfers, 365 breakfasts, discounts on spa
    (...)  guests a once-in-a-lifetime vacation. The luxury Anantara Veli resort has a special
    (...)  for holidaymakers who seek seclusion and privacy in paradise. The Maldives is highly dependent

    Put the words in the right order

    1. be   true   .   too   to   good   It   sounds
    2. is   crystal-clear   blue   above   waters   .   It   the   perched
    3. a   of   bungalow   .   get   use   Customers   the   will
    4. The   in   resort   airport   throwing   is   transfers   .   also
    5. this   cost   .   However,   all   hefty   comes   a   at
    6. tiny   archipelago   is   a   nation   .   The   Maldives
    7. from   700km   of   About   the   tip   India   .   southern
    8. the   scuba   list   bucket   adventure-seeking   On   of   divers   .
    9. Maldives   highly   international   tourism   .   on   is   dependent   The
    10. average   in   an   staying   hotel   .   It's   than   cheaper

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    We all love and have enjoyable / enjoyed an all-you-can-eat buffet, but how many of us have had an "all-you-can-stay" holiday? It sounds / sounded too good to be true / truth, but a hotel company in the Maldives is offering guests a once-in-a-lifetime vacation. The luxury Anantara Veli resort has a special packaging / package that includes unlimited / limiting use of its property for the whole of 2021. Customers will get the used / use of a two-person bungalow that is perched / parched above the crystal-clear blue waters of the Indian Ocean. The resort is also throwing out / in airport transfers, 365 breakfasts, discounts on spar / spa treatments, cooking lessons on Maldivian cuisine, and scuba diving. However, all this comes at a hefty / heave cost of $30,000.

    The Maldives is a tiny / tinny archipelago nation in the Indian Ocean, about 700km from the southern top / tip of India. It has developed into a luxurious, high-end destiny / destination. It is famed / famously for its pristine beaches, palm trees and five-star hospitality / hospital. The quality of its marine life has put it on the pail / bucket list of adventure-seeking scuba divers. Many of its resorts are on private islands and tolls / atolls, making it a perfect choice for holidaymakers who seek seclusion / seclude and privacy in paradise. The Maldives is height / highly dependent on international tourism and has struggled while / during the coronavirus pandemic. A tourism spokesperson said the $30,000 package is good value and cheaper than staying in an average hotel for a year.

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

    W_ _ll l_v_ _nd h_v_ _nj_y_d _n _ll-y__-c_n-__t b_ff_t, b_t h_w m_ny _f _s h_v_ h_d _n "_ll-y__-c_n-st_y" h_l_d_y? _t s__nds t__ g__d t_ b_ tr__, b_t _ h_t_l c_mp_ny _n th_ M_ld_v_s _s _ff_r_ng g__sts _ _nc_-_n-_-l_f_t_m_ v_c_t__n. Th_ l_x_ry _n_nt_r_ V_l_ r_s_rt h_s _ sp_c__l p_ck_g_ th_t _ncl_d_s _nl_m_t_d _s_ _f _ts pr_p_rty f_r th_ wh_l_ _f 2021. C_st_m_rs w_ll g_t th_ _s_ _f _ tw_-p_rs_n b_ng_l_w th_t _s p_rch_d _b_v_ th_ cryst_l-cl__r bl__ w_t_rs _f th_ _nd__n _c__n. Th_ r_s_rt _s _ls_ thr_w_ng _n __rp_rt tr_nsf_rs, 365 br__kf_sts, d_sc__nts _n sp_ tr__tm_nts, c__k_ng l_ss_ns _n M_ld_v__n c__s_n_, _nd sc_b_ d_v_ng. H_w_v_r, _ll th_s c_m_s _t _ h_fty c_st _f $30,000.

    Th_ M_ld_v_s _s _ t_ny _rch_p_l_g_ n_t__n _n th_ _nd__n _c__n, _b__t 700km fr_m th_ s__th_rn t_p _f _nd__. _t h_s d_v_l_p_d _nt_ _ l_x_r___s, h_gh-_nd d_st_n_t__n. _t _s f_m_d f_r _ts pr_st_n_ b__ch_s, p_lm tr__s _nd f_v_-st_r h_sp_t_l_ty. Th_ q__l_ty _f _ts m_r_n_ l_f_ h_s p_t _t _n th_ b_ck_t l_st _f _dv_nt_r_-s__k_ng sc_b_ d_v_rs. M_ny _f _ts r_s_rts _r_ _n pr_v_t_ _sl_nds _nd _t_lls, m_k_ng _t _ p_rf_ct ch__c_ f_r h_l_d_ym_k_rs wh_ s__k s_cl_s__n _nd pr_v_cy _n p_r_d_s_. Th_ M_ld_v_s _s h_ghly d_p_nd_nt _n _nt_rn_t__n_l t__r_sm _nd h_s str_ggl_d d_r_ng th_ c_r_n_v_r_s p_nd_m_c. _ t__r_sm sp_k_sp_rs_n s__d th_ $30,000 p_ck_g_ _s g__d v_l__ _nd ch__p_r th_n st_y_ng _n _n _v_r_g_ h_t_l f_r _ y__r.

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    we all love and have enjoyed an allyoucaneat buffet but how many of us have had an allyoucanstay holiday it sounds too good to be true but a hotel company in the maldives is offering guests a onceinalifetime vacation the luxury anantara veli resort has a special package that includes unlimited use of its property for the whole of 2021 customers will get the use of a twoperson bungalow that is perched above the crystalclear blue waters of the indian ocean the resort is also throwing in airport transfers 365 breakfasts discounts on spa treatments cooking lessons on maldivian cuisine and scuba diving however all this comes at a hefty cost of 30000

    the maldives is a tiny archipelago nation in the indian ocean about 700km from the southern tip of india it has developed into a luxurious highend destination it is famed for its pristine beaches palm trees and fivestar hospitality the quality of its marine life has put it on the bucket list of adventureseeking scuba divers many of its resorts are on private islands and atolls making it a perfect choice for holidaymakers who seek seclusion and privacy in paradise the maldives is highly dependent on international tourism and has struggled during the coronavirus pandemic a tourism spokesperson said the 30000 package is good value and cheaper than staying in an average hotel for a year.

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    Weallloveandhaveenjoyedanall-you-can-eatbuffet,buthowmany
    ofushavehadan"all-you-can-stay"holiday?Itsoundstoogoodtobet
    rue,butahotelcompanyintheMaldivesisofferingguestsaonce-in-a-
    lifetimevacation.TheluxuryAnantaraVeliresorthasaspecialpackaget
    hatincludesunlimiteduseofitspropertyforthewholeof2021.Customer
    swillgettheuseofatwo-personbungalowthatisperchedabovethecryst
    al-clearbluewatersoftheIndianOcean.Theresortisalsothrowinginai
    rporttransfers,365breakfasts,discountsonspatreatments,cookingle
    ssonsonMaldiviancuisine,andscubadiving.However,allthiscomesata
    heftycostof$30,000.TheMaldivesisatinyarchipelagonationintheIndi
    anOcean,about700kmfromthesoutherntipofIndia.Ithasdevelopedin
    toaluxurious,high-enddestination.Itisfamedforitspristinebeache
    s,palmtreesandfive-starhospitality.Thequalityofitsmarinelifehaspu
    titonthebucketlistofadventure-seekingscubadivers.Manyofitsresort
    sareonprivateislandsandatolls,makingitaperfectchoiceforholidayma
    kerswhoseekseclusionandprivacyinparadise.TheMaldivesishighlyde
    pendentoninternationaltourismandhasstruggledduringthecoronavir
    uspandemic.Atourismspokespersonsaidthe$30,000packageisgood
    valueandcheaperthanstayinginanaveragehotelforayear.

    Free writing

    Write about Maldives resort for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    The world's paradise islands should not be owned by people or companies. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. RESORTS: Make a poster about resorts. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. TOURISM: Write a magazine article about scaling back on tourism to help protect the environment. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on resorts. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to make the perfect resort. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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