A resort in the Indian ocean that offers the ultimate in exclusivity with a private island all to yourself.
When you imagine a luxury destination, there are certain expectations.
The décor has to be exceptional, the service beyond attentive, the food must be Michelin-star level, but above all you want to have the feeling of exclusivity.
Cheval Blanc Randheli, situated in the unspoilt Noonu Atoll, which is a 40-minute private seaplane ride from Maldives capital Malé, offers the kind of luxury that we haven’t seen anywhere else in the Indian Ocean.
You might think that that’s a pretty bold statement but the LVMH owned property, who also look after leading names like Louis Vuitton and Dior, have pretty solid credentials when it comes to knowing what the world of VVIP’s want.
The cherry on top of the white sand paradise is the Private island which is only accessible via it’s own jetty, three minutes from the main island.
If you ever wondered what your own home looks like in the Maldives, this is it. The hideaway surrounded by turquoise water offers four bedrooms fitted out in the same modern and minimalist finish as other villa’s (the entire resort was designed by Jean-Michel Gathy) along with large indoor and outdoor living areas, including an outdoor pergola and a cinema for private screenings under the stars.
Unwind in your very own spa, dive into the 25-metre-long swimming pool and relax on the pristine beach or exotic gardens, while your private boat is on hand to transport you to the main island.
Once you step onto the hotels ‘mainland’, the foodie experiences range from fine dining to relaxed alfresco in five restaurants, and three bars. Our top pick is The Diptyque, which is inspired by the concept of live cooking and interaction between guests and chef. Split into two areas – East Asian and Japanese – you can experience different culinary journeys under one roof. Take a seat at the counter and watch the masters at work, or you can also choose to sit outdoors on the beachfront, overlooking the ocean while digging into fresh Nigiri, Makimono and Sashimi as well as specialties like Gyoza, Tempura, Dim Sum and Miso Black Cod.
Once you’ve had your fill, you can hop back to your own little piece of heaven where you’re a dedicated team is available 24/7. They can enhance your stay by setting up bespoke experiences; be it a family day trip spotting dolphins on their stylish private yacht, or a bespoke dinner on the beach, they strive to create an unforgettable stay.
Privacy that is equally grand as it is blissful, now that’s the new currency in luxury escapes.