On the Unspoiled Maldives Lies LVMH’s Stunning Cheval Blanc Randheli
Elegant, refined and designed for stylish island barefoot living, Cheval Blanc Randheli is born from a creative collaboration with celebrated architect Jean-Michel Gathy. The Maison was conceived in synergy with the island’s natural surroundings, and striking architecture naturally blends with the island’s landscape, vegetation and lagoon views.
Great attention has been given to the privacy of guests and ensuring a feeling of space. The flow of the resort is very residential, with an abundance of settings designed for guests to use at their disposition – for relaxation, contemplation, invigoration, conversation or simply to enjoy a stunning view.
The forty-five villas are elegant in design, with loft cathedral-style ceilings framed by seven-meter-high hand crafted doors that can create a strong sense of openness, or can be closed to give a warm and cozy atmosphere. The villas are furnished with materials from the Indian Ocean – teak, rattan, bamboo, thatch and coconut shell – and are enhanced by a stylish color palette of white, taupe and oyster grey with splashes of pop yellow and green as well as bespoke design elements and a residential-style medley of artwork throughout. A collection of 46 sculptural color “spots” by artist Vincent Beaurin also makes each villa truly individual.
There are fourteen Garden Water Villas unique to the Maldives, that combine both overwater stilt architecture with a private tropical garden space. Fifteen Water Villas are perched over the crystalline sea, whilst the Fifteen Island Villas ideal for families, are hidden amidst mature gardens and open onto their own private beach. All feature a 12.5m private infinity pool and dining pergola or pavilion, plus a private beach, spacious overwater decks or dedicated gardens.
The Owner’s Villa is the epitome of lush modern island living. The hideaway sprawls across its own dedicated island, which is only accessible from a private jetty, just minutes away from the main island. The one-of-a-kind, four-bedroom villa gives guests the freedom of an utterly private home, with all the services of the Maison, and features exceptional private spaces and exclusive facilities including its own spa, a stunning 25-meter-long swimming pool, pristine beaches, exotic gardens and private fleet of dhonis. Overseen by a dedicated team – available 24/7 and housed on the premises – guests will be surprised and delighted by tailor-made activities and unforgettable experiences that are made to measure to meet every individuals’ wish.
RESORT AMENITIES AND ACTIVITIES
Guided by the Maison’s Alchemists, guests may enhance their stay experience by enjoying one-off experiences created just for them. Be it an adventurous family day trip on the Maison’s private yacht to a deserted island, a romantic movie under the stars screening of their favorite film, or a bespoke health and wellbeing program, the possibilities are endless.
Set sail aboard a traditional dhoni to the Maison’s dedicated spa island, where six thatched treatment villas overlook the crystal-clear waters of the lagoon, offering guests peace and relaxation. With a menu of Guerlain treatments created exclusively for the Maison, the spa is the perfect complement for guests spending time in the sun and sea.
Noonu is the ideal playground for reef snorkeling, diving expeditions (day or night), fishing adventures and sunset cruises, either on one of the Maison’s local dhoni, its private yacht or comfortable big game fishing boat. The Marina houses a fleet of boats allowing guests to explore the Maldivian sea at leisure.
Guests can enjoy underwater discovery at every level – from intrepid beginner to experienced diver – whether that is snorkeling or taking an entire journey to explore the nearby dive sites and experiencing the unforgettable sight of pods of dolphins, friendly sharks, manta rays, colorful fish, turtles and many other undersea creatures.
Food is an art at Cheval Blanc Randheli, with exciting culinary experiences that are entertaining, surprising and deliciously varied. The island’s experiences range from fine dining to relaxed alfresco in five restaurants, and three bars which complete the Carte Blanche menu and tailored offers.
Le 1947 is named after Château Cheval Blanc’s most sought-after Grand Cru, and Executive Chef Sébastien Le Gall revisits French culinary knowhow with local inspiration in a 9-course tasting menu that evolves on a weekly basis and is a truly unexpected gastronomic revelation for the Maldives.
The adjoining 1947 Evening Bar with its live piano entertainment has views over the glass enclosed wine cellar stocked with rare vintages that can be discovered in the tastings organized in the cellar’s comfortable setting; and the nearby cigar lounge with its cozy atmosphere completes this fine dining experience for connoisseurs.
The Maison’s Chefs are always on hand to prepare a delicious picnic to accompany any journey or a more elaborate feast, from a themed Oriental Night to a delicious Indian Spices tasting menu in the location of each guest’s preference. The Chefs can also cook in the dedicated outdoor dining pergolas of each villa, create a starlit beach BBQ, or cater to every whim by conjuring up one-of-a-kind dining experiences in remote locations across the Maison’s islands.
Cheval Blanc Randheli opened on the unspoiled Noonu Atoll in The Maldives in November 2013 as LVMH Hotel Management’s second Cheval Blanc Maison. Contemporary yet indigenous, graceful and understated, it is the perfect balance of modern architecture and traditional inspirations, fitting for a destination vacation you will never forget.
Cheval Blanc Randheli is located in the Republic of Maldives. To learn more, visit www.chevalblanc.com. Photos courtesy of Cheval Blanc Randehli.