Jumeirah Vittaveli
Credit: Courtesy of Jumeirah Vittaveli

Just because you’re in a tropical paradise doesn’t mean you can’t get into the holiday spirit with some ice skating.

The Jumeirah Vittaveli resort in the Maldives will open the country’s first “ice rink” the week of Christmas — and despite average December temperatures of 81 degrees Fahrenheit, this rink won’t melt away.

Unlike most artificial ice rinks, the Jumeirah’s version is made using all synthetic materials, allowing the hotel to forgo the expenses of maintaining a sheet of ice in tropical weather.

The artificial rink was developed by Swiss company Glice. The company says its artificial ice plates feel just like skating on ice, although the hotel will be able to operate the rink without using water or electricity.

Guests will be able to quickly go from swimming on the beaches of the Indian Ocean to lacing up and ice skating around the hotel’s rink.

“The ice rink is a perfect expression of our goal to always wow guests,” the hotel’s general manager, Amit Majumder, said in a statement. “We have many guests who keep coming back to us and I often hear that one of the reasons for their returns is that they love to be surprised by our updates and developments each time they come.”

Guests at the hotel will also be able to celebrate the holidays with a visit from Santa Claus on Christmas day, a winter carnival and festive gala dinners on the beach.