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FIRST LOOK: The Ritz-Carlton’s opulent all-villa Maldives resort

The new Ritz Carlton Maldives resort is a 10-minute seaplane trip from Male, but a world away from everything.

Opened on June 1, it features 100 luxurious one-to three-bedroom villas set over the water.

Australian architect Kerry Hill designed the villas in a circular form taking inspiration from the lagoon, the ocean breezes and the circle of life on the island.

Each villa offers private living spaces, a sun deck and a private plunge pool and an ‘Aris Meeha’ or island butler to fulfil the guest’s every wish.

Island life

Guests can snorkel and scuba dive, take a leisurely cruise on a dhoni for a chance encounter with dolphins or swim with turtles and manta rays.

The Spa features nine treatment rooms including a spa suite with a private relaxation lounge, a salon and boutique.

The Ritz-Carlton Maldives is the first resort in the Asia Pacific to include Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment Program. This unique experience inspires guests to connect with nature and ocean life, and to safeguard it for future generations.

Children are welcome and The Ritz Kids program offers 30 engaging activities for youngsters.

isine inspired from Lebanon to North India in a traditional Bedouin tent, For something more casual, head to the Tum Tum food truck for light Asian fare.

Ritz Carlton Maldives dining

Guests can choose from seven culinary venues, five onsite and two at the Fari Marina, an eight-minute journey in a dhoni (traditional wooden fishing boat), from the resort island.

The overwater Summer Pavilion serves contemporary Cantonese cuisine, casual La Locanda dishes up Italian and Iwau (Japanese). Head to the Beach Shack for Mediterranean, and the Eau Bar for fresh oysters, caviar and cocktails.

Arabesque at the Marina serves cu

Ritz Carlton Maldives
Ritz Carlton Maldives

Where is it?

The new Ritz Carton is on the Fari Islands, an archipelago on the north-eastern tip of North Malé Atol.

The region is famous for white-sand beaches and crystal-clear water teeming with life.

Flights to the Maldives from Australia take between 15 and 20 hours and include a stop in either Singapore or Colombo Sri Lanka.

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