Raffles Makes its Maldives Debut with 38-Villa Resort

Located on the pristine Gaafu Alifu Atoll, the resort offers overwater villas and residences, 24-hour butlers, and private chef service.

Gaafu Alifu Atoll.

The jetsetter paradise of Maldives is now home to Raffles Maldives Meradhoo, a 38-villa resort located on the remote Gaafu Alifu Atoll. This new opening not only marks AccorHotels’ fourth property in the Maldives, but also its first under the renowned Raffles brand following a top-to-toe renovation of what was previously known as Jumeirah Dhevanafush. Here, guests can also expect 24-hour butlers on call and private chef service befitting of Raffles’ unparalleled service.

Designed to make guests feel like they’re on a private getaway, the resort features a secluded collection of overwater villas and residences that can only be reached by a traditional Maldivian Dhoni boat. Other accommodation options include beach villas, beach residences, as well as the Raffles Royal Residence, which will be unveiled in the second half of the year.

Inside an overwater villa.

Guests can come up close and personal with the rich marine life, thanks to glass flooring panels in each of the terraces. The magnificent reefs in Gaafu Alifu Atoll provide a thriving habitat for creatures like baby sharks, turtles, and tropical fish. To learn more about the marine life, simply consult the hotel’s resident marine biologist and team of marine butlers.

The dining experiences are as sumptuous as they come, with all-day dining at Thari, Peruvian and Japanese fusion restaurant Yuzu, as well as flame-grilled dishes at The Firepit. At dusk, head to the overwater Yapa Sunset Bar for cocktail concoctions inspired by the national drinks of South America and Japan. Meanwhile, bubbly lovers can nurse a flute or two at the Long Bar.

Long Bar at sunset.

On the wellness front, there’s the award-winning Raffles Spa, which offers luxurious facials by Biologique Recherche, body treatments by Aromatherapy Associates, and manicures by Magaret Dabbs London.

Alternatively, recharge with an invigorating work out at the over water fitness center, join a soothing seaside yoga session or indulge in various water sport activities.

The arrival pavilion.

Raffles Maldives Meradhoo is located at the southern end of the Maldives archipelago, near the equator on the Gaafu Alifu Atoll. The resort is accessible by domestic flight, 55 minutes from Male International Airport followed by 15-minute speedboat ride from Kaadedhdhoo Airport.

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