Cheval Blanc Randheli — Noonu Atoll, Maldives
Following the success of its 36-room property in the alpine ski resort of Courchevel, LVMH Hotel Management has now launched its second maison, this time located off the sun-drenched shores of the Maldives. Accessible via the resort’s private sea plane, Cheval Blanc Randheli can be found just 40 minutes north of the capital Malé on the unspoiled Noonu Atoll. Designed by go-to hospitality architect Jean-Michel Gathy (most noted for his work on various Aman resorts), the 45 villas each come with their own infinity pools and are a contemporary take on traditional island-style accommodation, featuring high cathedral-like ceilings and lots of teak, rattan, bamboo, thatch and coconut shell. Warming mushroom tones are interspersed with splashes of lime green, while artwork by Parisian artist Vincent Beaurin are displayed in each guestroom. Helmed by French chef, Laurent Chancelle, food options are plentiful, from poolside offerings to bespoke experiences and the fine-dining restaurant Le 1947. The spa, meanwhile offers tailored treatments by age-old perfume house Guerlain, such as ’Sun Ritual’, which prepares the skin for a day in the sun.