World-renowned Raffles hospitality brand may have started out in Singapore but it has since branched out with other properties all around the world, from Warsaw to Dubai. This year, the prestigious hospitality brand brings its DNA to the rare Maldivian oasis of Gaafu Alifu Atoll.
Called Raffles Maldives Meradhoo, the resort will make its debut on 1 February, marking AccorHotel’s fourth property in the Maldives — and Raffles’ first. The new 38-villa property will take over the former Dhevanafushi from Dubai-based hospitality group Jumeirah at the southern end of the Maldives archipelago. It will be accessible by a 55-minute domestic flight from Male International Airport, followed by a 15-minute speedboat ride from Kaadedhdhoo Airport.
“Boasting 1200 islands, Maldives is home to the best beaches in the world and now, with the opening of Raffles Maldives Meradhoo, is also home to the best of luxury hospitality,” said Patrick Basset, AccorHotels’ CEO for Upper Southeast and Northeast Asia and the Maldives. “We look forward to offering guests the most natural beauty set within an incredible resort that offers the finest luxury hotel experience and unrivalled service in the destination.”
Accommodation comes in the form of Beach Villas, Beach Residences, and the Raffles Royal Residence, which will open in the second half of 2019. The latter will feature a private pool, generous living spaces and a lavish marble bathroom with a sunken bathtub and outdoor shower.
Additionally, a secluded collection of Overwater Villas and Residences will be built adjacent to one of the vibrant house reefs, accessible by traditional Maldivian Dhoni boat.
All terraces will offer extraordinary views of the marine life below through the glass flooring panels. The resort will also be home to a range of food and beverage establishments, from the Thari all-day diner Yuzu to Peruvian and Japanese fusion restaurant and The Firepit where guests can enjoy various flame-grilled chef speciality dishes under the stars.
Olivier Larcher, General Manager of Raffles Maldives said in a press statement: “From intimate dining with our private chef service to snorkelling and diving in the world’s most breath-taking coral reefs, we create a place where guests can enjoy the best of both worlds in a destination known for its stunning surroundings.”
Scroll through the gallery for a sneak peek of the property before it opens its doors this February.