When LVMH Moët Hennessy • Louis Vuitton S.A., the world’s most famous luxury goods conglomerate, announced it would open a hotel in the Maldives, the anticipation and the expectations were high. In January this year, when LMVH opened the Cheval Blanc (in English, “White Horse”) Randheli in the Maldives, the reviews were impeccable.
The resort, spanning five islands in the middle of an azure lagoon, is situated about 40 minutes north of Malé by seaplane, on the Noonu atoll. It comprises of 45 villas, designed by architect Jean-Michel Gathy, which are decorated in three different styles. Water Villas have beautiful terraces above the sea level, Island Villas have an outdoor dining pergola, while Garden Villas have private tropical gardens. Owners Villas is the most spacious of all villas (spans incredible 1,180 square metres) and is accessible through its own private berth and jetty.
The hospitality critics claim that Cheval Blanc is set to become “the next A-lister” in the Indian Ocean because of its second-to-none service (butlers available 24/7), and the utmost exclusivity and luxury it exudes.
Cheval Blanc has its own spa which provides Guerlain treatments, a hair spa, a beauty parlour, a barber shop and a swimming pool which stretches across 525 square metres. The resort is also child friendly, and families can have fun at the Carrousel Kids and Le Paddock Teens Clubs.
You will be spoiled for choice when it comes to dining at Cheval Blanc. The resort has five incredible Michelin-quality restaurants (a brasserie, a fish and sea food restaurant, and a signature Japanese restaurant to name just three), as well as three bars.
If you are a scuba diving fan, the Padi diving centre organizes great diving trips.
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