Set amid the islands of Shaviyani Atoll in the undeveloped northern fringes of the Maldives, the Viceroy Maldives (Vagaru Island; 960/654-5000; doubles from US$1,080) marks the Asian debut of the California-based brand. Launched on April 2, it’s the sole occupant of a seven-hectare isle, and affords access to rarely visited reefs. Sixty-one mod white villas—some on the beach, others perched above the lagoon—are topped by thatched roofs shaped to resemble the overturned hull of a dhoni, the islands’ traditional fishing boat. The nautical theme continues inside, with elements like rope and canvas sharing space with plush furnishings. Come mealtime, guests have their choice of five restaurants; among them are Treehouse, offering a blend of Middle Eastern and African flavors, and Vai, the organic café at the resort’s Ayurvedic-leaning spa.—Anita Surewicz
Share this Article
Finding Balance at Joali Being
The first dedicated wellness retreat in the Maldives may put decadence ahead of denial, but the expe...
What’s New at Four Seasons Hotels in Southeast Asia
Properties in Bangkok and Bali have introduced new dining experiences, while a revamped spa awaits a...
Waldorf Astoria Plans Outpost in Sydney
Set to open in early 2025, the hotel will occupy a 28-story tower right on Circular Quay.
Hyatt Debuts Two Hotels in North India
The group now has an outpost in the state of Uttarakhand, along with Delhi’s first Hyatt Centric.
Kempinski Announces Upcoming Lombok Resort
The brand’s third Indonesian outpost will be a 200-room beachfront property in a previously undeve...
Introducing InterContinental’s Newest Resort in the UAE
Island living meets Arabian style and hospitality at this oceanfront hotel in an up-and-coming emira...