Exclusive Maldives Cheval Blanc Randheli Owners Villa
The Maldives private island setting of Cheval Blanc Randheli resorts lavish new Owners Villa caters to those who want to be alone - but with every comfort close to hand
For guests who want not just all the luxuries of a five-star hotel, but total privacy in a tropical paradise, Cheval Blanc Randheli resort in the remote Noonu Atoll last year devised the perfect solution: a four-bedroom villa on its own two-acre island . Accessible only by dhoni , and five minutes’ boat ride from the main resort, the new Owner’s Villa has a first-class pedigree, managed by the luxury-goods giant Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) and designed by one of the world’s leading hotel architects, Jean-Michel Gathy.
Freed from the need to conform to the normal hotel footprint, Gathy has created a spacially extravagant modernist villa that is more palace than beach pad. Framed by a pair of canary-yellow pots, the villa’s simple entrance leads into a cathedral-like interior, with a three-storey-high thatched roof and three capacious living areas linked by glass walls that can be completely removed to bring in the wide open spaces of the surrounding Indian Ocean.
The architect – the king of theatrical swimming pools – has managed to trump even his own achievements with an 82ft pool, complete with a proscenium arch and stage-sized brise-soleil. But then the scale of the villa throughout is impressive – in one reception room a grand piano looks like an ornament in a doll’s house. “Heavenly, heavenly, heavenly,” chants my companion, as she wafts through a palette of greys, taupe and yellows, and out into the greens of the tropical gardens.
Situated on a soccer-pitch-sized island, with beaches front and back, the villa has a personal overwater spa, a detached villa for friends , a private jetty and several outside dining areas. Days drift by as guests are attended to by a dedicated team of valets and butlers who arrive discreetly by boat. The pinnacle of private treats? Having fresh Maldivian lobster and seafood delivered to a moonlit beach by our own chef and enough culinary staff to service a sizeable restaurant, and who magically disappear after coffee and cognac.
Even on the most perfect islands, though, there are downsides. The villa’s vast upper floor is furnished in metropolitan-loft style, which is more Miami than Maldives – and is double the height of most buildings in the country. And while the views from the master suite are sensational, it becomes apparent just how close the island is to the main resort’s spa. Staff assure me that absolute privacy is guaranteed as long as guests use the side of the island facing away from Randheli’s spa. Wild parties restricted to the south beach, then…
It isn’t a place for snorkelling, either – in order to build this artificial island a lot of the local coral has been disturbed. Hopefully, this will be repaired, with time. Judging by the footnote in the manual which states “the shape of the island may fluctuate based on currents”, and the look of the surrounding shifting beaches, Nature is already having its say.
Source from Telegraph.