A picture of chic luxury, Cheval Blanc Randheli is one of the Maldives most stunning resorts, a place both insouciant and glamorous where luxury is omnipresent in details grand and minute.

With turquoise seas lapping at shores bursting with verdant vegetation, the LVMH Hotel Management resort is a picture of white and neutrals, with gentle accents of colour throughout. Taupe espadrilles lounges feature in the villa dressing rooms, white bicycles await guests wanting to explore, and many more flourishes weave their magic in this enchanting destination.

Forty minutes removed from Malé, Randheli fuses with its natural surroundings, incorporating materials from the Indian Ocean into the interior design for an aesthetic that straddles traditional and modern, contemporary and indigenous. A dreamy palette of hues complement textures like bamboo, mother-of-pearl, coral and rattan for a graceful, understated craftsmanship that seeks to embody the prestige brands of its owners.

Even the villas not perched over the waves are framed by the ocean or lagoons, maintaining architect Jean-Michel Gathy’s cathedral ceilings found in the main building. Infinity pools overhang panoramic views of the coral reef. Bedrooms open onto breathtaking views, while privacy is afforded whether reading in a hammock among the lush vegetation or enjoying a glass of white wine under the pergola.

Randheli is infused with art, from Gathy’s experiential designs to the culinary options. Down a vermilion hued hallway is Le 1947, a fine dining restaurant named after Château Cheval Blanc’s most prestigious vintage. Opening onto a tropical garden presided over by palm trees, Le 1947 orchestrates a menu of local and regional flavours, interpreting French cuisine within the delicacy of the Maldivian setting. For a more relaxed venue, The White’s menu of classics and Maldivian dishes is book ended by the ocean and a garden. The lively Deelani and its buzzing cocktail bar overlook the lagoon, chefs serving Mediterranean style tapas, with handmade gelati, sorbets, and granita offered all day.

Each experience at Randheli is bespoke. Spend an afternoon at the Guerlain spa, a private island reached by dhoni (a traditional Maldivian sailboat), where a range of treatments and massages have been specially conceived for Cheval Blanc Randheli. For the ultimate foray into relaxation, indulge a traditional hammam bath or a yoga session in the dedicated pavilion as a prelude or interlude to your spa service. A Leonor Greyl hair spa and make-up studio complete the sensory getaway.

Explore all that the islands have to offer with a day planned by one of the resort’s Alchemists. A team intimate with both Randheli and the environment compose personally tailored itineraries centred around wellness, culinary interests or excursions amongst the flora and fauna of neighbouring islands. Teeming with turtles, manta rays and pinecone soldierfish, the area is an ideal playground for snorkelling and diving excursions during the day, night or at sunset. At Randheli, the Alchemists are not just guides, but memory makers.

In distinct harmony with nature, Randheli has invented its own universe within the Noonu Atoll, a portal for guests to encounter the unadulterated beauty of the Indian Ocean and carry it with them, long after the scent of the sea has faded.

 

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