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The Maldives has its fair share of luxurious hotels, but Cheval Blanc Randheli is arguably the most elegant. Designed by world-renowned architect Jean-Michel Gathy, expect spacious white walled villas with towering cathedral roofs and bespoke artistic details.
Located in the pristine Noonu Atoll waters, guests reach Cheval Blanc Randheli by a forty minute luxurious private seaplane ride. The 45 expansive villas, either overwater or beachfront, all feature sleek swimming pools with hammocks and daybeds, unique artwork and, naturally, a majordomo (butler) dedicated to making sure you have everything your heart desires. Bicycles come with the villas as well as complimentary laundry services.
An abundance of dining options cater to every taste. The White serves a banquet-style breakfast as well as brasserie-style cuisine throughout the day; the Diptyque offers Japanese and Southeast Asian cuisine over a live cooking station, whilst overwater restaurant Deelani specialises in delectable Mediterranean fare against lapping water and calm Maldivian breezes. For fine dining, head to the 1947 restaurant for an exquisite nine course tasting menu.
Featuring a dive centre on the island, guests can dive on the encircling reef to spot turtles, manta rays and pinecone soldierfish, to name a few.
Guests can further relax by taking a dhoni to the resort's Spa Island, where Guerlain has created a range of exclusive treatments. Additional facilities include yoga and meditation with Master Puneet, a gym, tennis courts and a boot camp. There's a golf simulator for budding enthusiasts, while Le Carrousel caters for kids and Le Paddock for teenagers. For truly unforgettable experiences, the resort's team of Alchemists can also arrange a wide range of tailor-made activities.
Why we love it
Cool down on The Deelani's deck with a homemade gelato and stay for their cocktail hour whilst watching the sky turn from shades of blue to rose to ember.