NEXT time you check into a hotel, double check you have the right time on your watch.

That’s because a number of island hotel resorts around the world have their own time zones for guests.

 Hotels and resorts are creating their own time zones


Hotels and resorts are creating their own time zonesCredit: The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort

According to The Points Guy, some hotels in the world set their time one hour ahead of the country’s time zone.

For example, the 22-room Turneffe Island Resort in Belize is an hour ahead, despite being just 90 minutes from the capital.

Song Saa in Cambodia, an island resort off the coast of Sihanoukville, is an hour ahead of the time on the mainland.

A number of hotels in the Maldives have also adopted their own “island time” as many of them are located on private islands around the capital Male.

 The Shangri-La Hotel in the Maldives is one to add an extra hour to the time


The Shangri-La Hotel in the Maldives is one to add an extra hour to the timeCredit: Shangri-La Villingili Resort & Spa

The Shangri-La Villingili Resort & Spa boasts about having that extra hour on the website: “To enhance your experience on the island, we have moved our clocks on Villingili Island one hour ahead. You can enjoy an additional hour of daylight.”

Many Maldives hotels and resorts have opted for this technique.

The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort, Olhuveli Beach & Spa and St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort also do the same, despite being just a few hours from the main island.

Two Four Seasons properties in the Maldives, Kuda Huraa and Landaa Giraavaru are also an hour ahead.

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Credit: Turneffe Island Resort

The Turneffe Island Resort in Belize is one hour ahead from the mainlandDespite concerns about missing flights, thankfully most of the hotels are aware of the timings to make sure you don’t lose track.

The St. Regis resort states: “For all transfers to and from Velana International Airport (MLE) to our resort, our dedicated St. Regis Butlers and professional hosts are well informed of the time conversion and will coordinate all details of your transfers accordingly.”

Resorts in the Maldives are popular with celebrities looking for luxury.

Emily Ratajkoswi and Love Island’s Molly Mae have been spotted in the Maldives this year.

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We’ve rounded up the best private islands in the world, although you will need deep pockets to stay the night.

A private island in Belize costs just £200 per person per night, which your own suite and boat.

After something more budget-friendly? Some private islands start from just £9 per person.



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