It lies in an exceptional setting in the unspoilt Noonu Atoll, some forty minutes by private seaplane from Malé airport, with crystal clear waters and lush tropical vegetation. Its mix of contemporary and indigenous architecture is complemented by a stylish interior design using natural materials from the Indian Ocean – rattan, bamboo, mother-of-pearl, coral or shagreen – and a vivid colour palette with splashes of yellow and green.
The 45 luxurious villas – split between overwater villas, island villas and beach garden villas – with thatched, cathedral-style rooves are vast, yet detail driven. All come with a sleek swimming pool, hammock, loungers and a huge daybed. Interiors feature artistic driftwood and shells, ceramic pieces by Gaia and petrified wood, a walk-in dressing room and beds clad in the finest crisp linen. Bathrooms boast three rain showers, including two alfresco, an oval bathtub and a ‘his and hers’ washbasin, with amenities from Leonor Greyl. The only niggle is the sound system/television, which requires technical skills above and beyond the norm.
Each villa comes with a majordomo (butler), who looks after your every need, from unpacking your suitcase and ironing and booking restaurants or diving expeditions to running a bath filled with frangipani flowers. Complimentary laundry is part of the service.
For the ultimate luxury, book the sprawling Owner’s Villa on its own private island, with a dedicated team of staff, and secluded beaches and gardens. This four bedroom pampering palace has a bar with a grand piano, a private spa and an oversized 25-metre outdoor pool.
Cheval Blanc Randheli is a haven for families with a sense of adventure, with both a Kid’s and a teens club featuring indoor and outdoor activities. Each villa comes with bicycles for exploring and the fantastic sports and fitness facilities include tennis (plus coaching), a golf simulator, underwater hikes, yoga and meditation and a Technogym.
The resort’s eight dining options range from ‘The Diptyque’ live cooking theatre and ‘Le 1947’ fine dining restaurant. Cheval Blanc Randheli has the only Guerlain Spa in the Maldives, across the water on its own island, with treatment villas among the palm trees, an infinity pool and a Leonor Greyl hair spa. It also has a Concept store which overflows with designer brands.
Cheval Blanc Randheli offers the most incredible range of ways to experience the Indian Ocean, and the dive team at the PADI-certified dive centre teach a yoga ritual inspired by legendary free divers to prepare your body for undersea adventures. A speedboat whisks you to excellent snorkelling and diving spots, frequented by spinner dolphins, turtles, manta rays and pinecone soldierfish. At the marina are a fleet of dhonis at your disposal to sail in the lagoon, and speedboats and yachts available for charter.