Legendary Raffles service comes to the Maldives

It arrived in the form of a 21-villa beach island experience known as Raffles Maldives Meradhoo.

The resort opens on the Gaafu Alifu atoll in The Maldives (All photos: Raffles Maldives Meradhoo)

The Maldivian oasis of Gaafu Alifu Atoll welcomes Accor’s fourth property in the Maldives, and the first under the Raffles brand, in the form of a 21-villa beach island experience known as Raffles Maldives Meradhoo.

The Raffles Royal Residence and a secluded collection of overwater villas and residences are set to launch during the last quarter of this year, joining the beach villas and beach residences — which feature private pools, generous living spaces and lavish marble bathrooms with a sunken bathtub and outdoor shower — that opened earlier this month. The new properties will be adjacent to one of the vibrant house reefs and can be reached by a traditional Maldivian dhoni boat.

The Beach Villa Bedroom

Apart from rich gastronomic delights served at the Thari all-day diner, Yuzu, a Peruvian and Japanese fusion restaurant, and flame-grilled dishes at The Firepit, food connoisseurs who seek a unique experience can opt for private destination dining options such as a caviar breakfast on a sandbank (most thrillingly reached by jet ski) to sunset cruises where the champagne flows freely.

Offering two distinct experiences — a private getaway or simply to enjoy the pristine, natural surroundings — this hidden gem with unparalleled views of the Indian Ocean is the perfect escape.

Yuzu, the Peruvian and Japanese fusion restaurant

Adding to the extraordinary display of natural beauty with white, powdery sand that frames sparkling clear waters, two magnificent reefs provide a thriving habitat for marine life, and guests who wish to learn more about the underwater realm can benefit from a personalised experience curated by the hotel’s resident marine biologist and a team of marine butlers.

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