Set to debut in September 2021, Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa will come paired with shimmering lagoons, pristine beaches and a distinctly European spirit of savouring the good life. By Bayar Jain
Fusing glamour and nostalgia in equal amounts, Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa will unlock the charm of the Maldives in style. Think shimmering lagoons, fringing reefs, thriving marine life, pristine white beaches and bespoke hospitality bow-tied by luxury par excellence.
Designed to aid creative-minded travellers step away from the rigours of daily routine, this nine-hectares-big paradisiacal island will weave the magic of global influences into its core. While the outdoors will boast of azure blue waters accentuated by swaying reefs abound with marine life, indoors signature Le Méridien flavours will thrive. Every aspect of the resort will take cues from the Paris-born brand’s mid-century aesthetics and European heritage inspired by the era of glamorous travel, presented through the Maldivian lens. Each of the 11 accommodation types here—ranging from bungalows and villas (beachside and overwater, both)—will cater to the needs of all kinds of travellers. While the Sunrise Overwater Villa will boast of a private deck with overwater hammock to soak in the technicolour tones of the Indian Ocean, the Beach Garden Pool Villa will allow one to enjoy the tropical life from a private pool nestled in the courtyard garden.
Food, too, will take hints from the global map. Travellers will have the opportunity to indulge in six restaurants and bars, each showcasing global tastes and locally harvested produce. Inspired by Japanese fishing villages and water lanterns, the signature restaurant Tabemasu will feature a lively teppanyaki counter and a private open-air pavilion where guests will enjoy an expertly prepared Omakase tasting menu. The resort’s adult’s only bar, Riviera, will be a beachside playground framed by an oceanfront infinity pool and private beach where lazy lunches will flow into sunset as vivid hues splash across the ocean. Located amongst the banyan trees and swaying palms, Waves Café will be a mindful eating space that will foster a healthy and nourishing approach with a focus on organic, farm-to-table ingredients. Velaa Bar + Grill, situated poolside, will feature crafted cocktails and light dishes to savour in the summer sun; and once the sun sets, it will serve grilled seafoods, meats and wood-fired delicacies. The Le Méridien Hub will serve custom-brewed, barista-crafted coffee beverages as part of the brand’s collaboration with Illy coffee. Rounding out the culinary mix will be Turquoise, a beachside marketplace where guests will be able to graze on an array of global tastes and local dishes—from breakfast to dinner.
While the environs themselves will help rejuvenate the mind, the Explore Spa by Le Méridien will elevate the tranquillity quotient further. Pulsating with a life full of magnetic energy and artistic expression, this mindful space will blend simplicity and relaxation. Here, one can discover moments that showcase the paradigm of lifestyle Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa will bring to the destination. Taking cues from modern lifestyles, Waves Lifestyle Hub will be designed as a wellbeing collective set against the tropical landscape with unparalleled views of the ocean. Waves will be a boutique lifestyle space—that will feature an ocean-facing fitness studio, and a yoga pavilion positioned high in the jungle—as well as Waves Café, an interactive creative arts studio that will focus on local contemporary art and a retail emporium which will feature hand-crafted and contemporary lifestyle pieces. The space will also feature a retail emporium showcasing hand-crafted and contemporary lifestyle pieces.
Although Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa is scheduled to open in September this year, one can still book a glamorous getaway today! Head here to book a stay at the Sunrise Overwater Villa, inclusive of breakfast and dinner at rates starting from USD 600 per night.
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