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.
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.
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.
Cheval Blanc has sumptuous villas on stilts, elegant cathedral-style lofts, and a dreamy spa on its own private island.
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.
Four Seasons Maldives offers a variety of incredible proposals: There is Four Seasons Resort Maldives Kuda Huraa - a garden island where traditional charm meets marine-inspired marvels,
Four Seasons Resort Landaa Giraavaru – an unspoiled wilderness or an island-hopping experience between the two on board the Four Seasons Explorer.
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.
(images courtesy of Cheval Blanc, Four Seasons, and St Regis)