Surrounded by the turquoise waters of the Noonu Atoll in the Maldives, Cheval Blanc Randheli is an exclusive property from the luxury fashion group Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy. Cheval Blanc Randheli was recently awarded the Indian Ocean’s Leading Luxury Resort by the World Travel Awards 2015.
The Randheli is only the second Cheval Blanc in the world, after its sister hotel, the original Cheval Blanc Courchevel—Europe’s swankiest ski resort and a favourite hangout among Hollywood superstars and luxury tycoons.
This sets the bar high and brings promise of the utmost exclusivity and no shortage of luxury amenities.
The resort is located 40 minutes north from Malé by seaplane, and the guest experience starts at the airport, where guests are escorted by a chauffeur to the Cheval Blanc bespoke seaplane, with luxurious designer interiors.
The resort has 45 villas designed by Jean-Michel Gathy, the creative mind behind some of the world’s most stunning resorts—including Aman resorts and the Chedi Muscat—Randheli marries contemporary aesthetic with the traditional Maldivian craftsmanship.
It’s difficult to strike the right balance when merging traditional and contemporary design elements, but Gathy succeeded in creating architecture that fits the context of palm cabana stylistics of the islands—while providing relaxed and serene spaces.
Interior design underscores this approach. The furnishings continue the emphasis on relaxed comfort, and the color palette and materials are at home in the Maldivian setting.
A 12.5-meter-long private swimming pool seems like a natural extension of the villas’ open, airy interiors: the entryways are seven meters high.
Guests of the Randheli hotel will be treated to a seafood-fare with Japanese, Iberian and other dishes from around the world at its four dining places. The 1947 restaurant focuses on fine French cuisine, courtesy of chef Yannick Alléno.