Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy to Open Maldives Resort

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LVMH may be best known for couture, champagne, and cognac, but the French luxury giant has designs on bringing its savoir-faire to another one of the finer things in life—hotels.

Set on Noonu Atoll in the Maldives, Cheval Blanc Randheli (Noonu Atoll; 960/301-6000) will offer 45 villas within touching distance of the Indian Ocean. Designed by Jean-Michel Gathy, an Aman architectural stalwart and the creative mind behind other properties including St. Regis Lhasa, Randheli marries traditional Maldivian craftsmanship with modern architecture. Neutral tones complement the villas’ open, airy interiors—the entryways are seven meters high—while a 12.5-meter-long private swimming pool and lagoon-side pontoons punctuate the gardens.

Guests will be whisked to the resort from Male using the resort’s private sea plane before checking in. If this doesn’t sound sufficiently mouthwatering so far, the cuisine here seems certain to impress. Created in collaboration with three-Michelin-star chef Yannick Alléno guests will have five restaurants from which to choose.

The 1947, named after Château Cheval Blanc’s better-known Grand Cru, will blend Alléno’s classical French technique with island inspiration. Anyone looking for private dining will be welcomed to The Table de Partage, while other tables can be found waiting at the more relaxed The White restaurant,  at The Diptyque for Japanese or Iberian live cooking, and at the alfresco fish restaurant The Diilanii.

The Alchemist team—the hotel’s personal concierge service—is on hand to meet any unmet need, from private dinners aboard a dhoni to deep sea diving, while the Cheval Blanc Spa has partnered with French cosmetician Guerlain to create treatments exclusive to Cheval Blanc Randheli, including a session designed for divers and the curiously named Sun Ritual.

When it opens next year, Cheval Blanc Randheli will be LVMH’s second property—hot on the hooves of the Cheval Blanc Courchevel, which opened last week in the well-to-do French alpine village.

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