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    B.C. couple gambles on $30,000 ‘unlimited stays’ package in the Maldives during pandemic

    A B.C. couple has no regrets about their decision to spend the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in paradise, far from home. Neal Van Beers and his girlfriend, Charmaine Sanchez, left for the Maldives in December, after paying for an “unlimited stays” package at Anantara’s Veli Maldives Resort. The price? $30,000 USD for two persons. Or, as Van Beers tells Vancouver Is Awesome by way of email, “almost the same as a 1 bedroom apartment monthly in Vancouver.” Included in the package are unlimited stays until December 23, 2021. They left B.C. just before Christmas of 2020, and have rented out their house in Canada while they’re away. The couple is currently staying in an “over water bungalow,” which…