May 2019 saw the opening of Raffles’ first Maldivian resort – Raffles Maldives Meradhoo – on a palm tree-peppered private island setting with 21 villas and residences, a sublime spa, beachside restaurants and world-class dive centre complete with an on-site marine biologist. On the back of this spectacular success, Raffles has announced the addition of 16 new overwater villas set in the remote and pristine Gaafu Alifu Atoll.
Just a moment away by boat, Raffles Maldives Meradhoo’s Overwater Island Experience boasts vast overwater villas and residences, sophisticated Nikkei cuisine at Yuzu restaurant and the sunset-facing Yapa Pool Bar, providing unparalleled luxury to those who dream of life on the water. Together, the two private islands offer distinct experiences bound by Raffles’ legendary service.
All resort facilities – and the very best of the Maldives – will be at the full disposal of guests staying in the new luxury villas and in a unique offering, a Marine Butler will also be on hand to lead snorkelling tours of the resort’s two spectacular house reefs. Gaafu Alifu Atoll is one of the world’s largest and deepest atolls and the warm, crystal clear waters surrounding the Raffles resort teem with immense, kaleidoscopic schools of fish as well as hawksbill and green turtles.
“For couples looking for an unforgettable romantic hideaway, our exceptionally spacious villas and the discreet expertise of the Raffles butler service redefines the resort experience. From intimate dining with our private chef service to snorkelling and diving in the world’s most breathtaking coral reefs, we create a place where guests can enjoy the best of both worlds in a destination known for its stunning surroundings,” said Oliver Larcher, General Manager of Raffles Maldives Meradhoo.