Raffles' first resort in the Maldives (which soft-opened in May 2019) will be introducing the Overwater Island Experience on 22 September 2019 which will see the introduction of 16 brand new over-water villas. With a sublime spa, beach-side restaurants as well as a world-class dive centre (with an on-site marine biologist), Raffles Maldives Meradhoo is a haven for beach lovers.
With its vast overwater villas and residences, sophisticated Nikkei restaurant Yuzu and sunset-facing Yapa pool bar, it will provide unparalleled luxury to those who dream of a life spent on the water. Together, these two private islands at the Raffles Maldives Meradhoo offer two distinct experiences, bound together by Raffles’ legendary service. All the facilities of the resort – and the very best of the Maldives – will be at their full disposal. A unique offering, a Marine Butler is available to every guest and will happily lead snorkelling tours of the resort’s two remarkable and endlessly fascinating house reefs. Gaafu Alifu atoll is one of the world’s largest and deepest atolls and the astoundingly clear, blissfully warm waters immediately surrounding the Raffles resort teem with a kaleidoscope of colourful fish. Guests are encouraged to keep an eye out for Apollo, one of the 20 resident hawksbill and green turtles that regularly swim by to say hello.
The overwater island of the Raffles Maldives Meradhoo makes the most of its seascape setting at pool bar, Yapa, where world-class mixologists create signature cocktails inspired by the spirits from South America and Japan. Enjoy a Pisco sour and delicious tacos while you watch the evening sunset over the Indian Ocean. At adjacent fine-dining restaurant Yuzu, Peruvian chef Anibal Torres serves the authentic Nikkei cuisine with a refreshing blend of Japanese and Peruvian influences using sustainable seafood from local sourced market.
Bespoke dining experiences include a sunrise breakfast on a private sandbank or relish in an exclusive Champagne and sashimi by the cruise deck with the company of playful dolphins. Wherever guests spend the night, they will reside in some of the largest villas in the Maldives – each featuring a large marble bathtub, private pool and outdoor shower. Surrounded by lush foliage, the beach villas offer a sunrise or sunset view while the overwater villas overlook the dazzlingly turquoise water.
On both islands, the luxurious two-bedroom residences provide an exclusive retreat for families and friends, while the Raffles Royal Residence offers the perfect setting for a very special celebration. Opening on the beach island next year, this three-bedroom hideaway is the ultimate Indian Ocean luxury that features an infinity pool, endless space and a retractable roof on its upper level so guests can enjoy the beautiful night skies under the stars. Accommodation at Raffles Maldives Meradhoo starts at US$1,800 per night, including taxes and service charge, breakfast and complimentary speedboat transfers from Kaadedhdhoo Airport. An hour’s domestic flight south of Malé International Airport to Kaadhedhdhoo Airport is chargeable at US$500 net per person roundtrip.