The Maldives welcomed a brand new member to the incredible variety of luxury hotels a week ago with the grand opening of Raffles Maldives Meradhoo.
Set around the southern tip of the Maldives within the remote and pristine Gaafu Alifu Atoll, the palm tree-lined private island which the hotel’s main facilities can be found was soft-opened in May. A week ago, the ultimate phase – the Overwater Island Experience – was officially completed and welcomed its first guests.
These extraordinary overwater villas and residences – some of the largest in the Maldives – are made to provide an experience of unparalleled luxury to people who imagine living life on the water. Set away from the main private island resort, the overwater island has its own restaurant and pool bar but all the resort’s facilities are accessible using a brief water taxi.
The residences include two bedrooms and then year will see the opening of an exclusive three-bedroom hideaway that features an infinity pool and a retractable roof on its upper level so guests can enjoy the beautiful night sky under the stars.
The hotel is setting a new standard of luxury in the Maldives by providing a ‘Marine Butler’ to each guest. The butlers is going to do everything including lead snorkeling around the resort's two remarkable and endlessly fascinating house reefs.
Raffles Maldives Meradhoo’s location may be the consequence of an extensive look for a suitably spectacular site. Gaafu Alifu atoll is among the world's largest and deepest atolls and the clear, blissfully warm waters immediately surrounding the Raffles resort teem with tropical fish. The hotel can also be home to 20 resident hawksbill and green turtles that regularly swim by.
“For couples looking for the best unforgettable romantic hideaway, our exceptionally spacious villas and also the discreet expertise from the Raffles butler service redefines the accommodation experience. From intimate dining with this private chef service to snorkeling and getting started the earth's most incredible coral reefs, we produce a place where guests can savor the better of both worlds inside a destination known for its stunning surroundings,” said Oliver Larcher, Gm of Raffles Maldives Meradhoo.
The Raffles Spa is located on the beach island and offers a long list of treatments that combine Eastern practices with age-old local influences. Addititionally there is an expansive gym for those wishing to retain in shape during their vacation while yoga, tai chi and mindfulness sessions are held on an ocean-facing deck. The area also offers a jogging route that winds its way along its gardens.
The overwater island makes best utilization of its seascape setting at Yapa, a swimming pool bar where mixologists make world-class cocktails inspired by the spirits of South America and Japan. The nearby Yuzu restaurant operates by Peruvian chef Anibal Torres, who serves authentic Nikkei cuisine with influences from her homelands.
The beach island’s main restaurant may be the Firepit, an outdoor barbecue restaurant where hearty seafood and meat specialties for example spicy lobster with green papaya and tender beef tenderloin are flame-grilled within the charcoal fire. The chairs and tables carved in the sand are positioned on the shore for uninterrupted views of the starlit skyline.
Accommodation at Raffles Maldives Meradhoo starts at US$1800 every night, including taxes and repair charge, breakfast and complimentary speedboat transfers from Kaadedhdhoo Airport. www.raffles.com/maldives