Raffles’ Private Maldives Island

Heightened exclusivity as the famed hotel brand prepares to unveil something special.

By Terry Christodoulou 28/09/2020

Privacy is to be even more prized post-pandemic – and it doesn’t get more secluded than Raffles Maldives Meradhoo’s new Royal Residence.

Informing the wider resort’s reopening on October 1, the new Indian Ocean hideaway is found on a secluded stretch of the property’s private island – the six-bedroom villa covering 1700sqm and able to accommodate up to 15 guests.

The heart of the exclusive, luxury outpost sees three consecutive reception rooms bordering the residence’s private 40-metre pool which in turn overlooks a private beach.

Inside, lofty ceilings combine with retractable windows and a spacious roof terrace, maximising the airy, indoor-outdoor lifestyle the climate affords.

Singapore based design firm BLINK was tapped for the interiors and bring quintessential Raffles elegance to the idyllic surrounds of the Maldives. Expect interiors of striped monsoon blinds, louvered doors, and the resort’s signature grey-blue shade, alongside tempered nods to the island’s turquoise surrounds.

Naturally, a raft of amenities are available, with spa treatments arranged on site and a team of butlers available to entertain all guests including the youngsters. Dinner parties overlooking the lagoon can be arranged for up to 24 with a private bar (stocked with the best) at your disposable.

Elsewhere, the roof terrace is the spot for a sundown session and morning yoga while the 24-hour Royal Residence butler will also facilitate boat trips, feet in sand meals and more.

With the residence located in the northern part of the Husvadhoo atoll, one of the largest coral atolls in the world, there’s plenty of world-class snorkelling as well as paddle boarding, kayaking and dolphin watching to be done.

From approx. $23,390 per night; Raffles.com

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