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Maldives, ultimate island escape

The ultimate beach destination, this Indian Ocean archipelago has several show-stopping resorts. The only problem is which one to choose.  We have done the not-so-hard work for you, jetting from island to atoll in smart little seaplanes to check out all the latest openings and happenings.

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Cheval Blanc Randheli is located in Noonu Atoll, designed by architect Jean-Michel Gathy, and protected from the ocean by a large coral reef. This here is a perfect balance of modern architecture, understated luxury and respect for the natural surroundings. 

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Style and service here are elevated; Art de Recevoir guarantees that majordomes and alchemists look after guests' every desire in utmost elegance, and suggest customized experiences.  

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Cheval Blanc has sumptuous villas on stilts, elegant cathedral-style lofts, and a dreamy spa on its own private island.

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True to Cheval Blanc offerings, Cheval Blanc Randheli offers the best in culinary art: the refined, signature restaurant Le 1947, The Diptyque, a live-cooking theatre, the very private La Table de Partage, overwater Deelani named after a Maldivian breeze, and the White, all day brasserie.  

 

At the St Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort, the eco-futuristic design certainly has the wow factor. But the fabulous food almost steals the show. At the Whale Bar, Bloody Marys are served in a giant oyster shell.

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Four Seasons Maldives offers a variety of incredible proposals: There is Four Seasons Resort Maldives Kuda Huraaa garden island where traditional charm meets marine-inspired marvels, 

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Four Seasons Resort Landaa Giraavaru – an unspoiled wilderness or an island-hopping experience between the two on board the Four Seasons Explorer. 

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Finally, for absolute privacy, the latest addition to the Four Seasons collection is Four Seasons Private Island at Voavah, the world’s first exclusive-use UNESCO hideaway – a gorgeous seven-bedroom private island, for those who wish to dream with their eyes open. 

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(images courtesy of Cheval Blanc, Four Seasons, and St Regis)