The Ritz-Carlton has opened its first property in the Maldives.
The resort features a selection of overwater and beachside villas, 10-minute away by seaplane ride from Velana International Airport (or 45 minutes by boat). It is the ultimate exotic getaway, equipped with modern facilities designed by late Australian architect Kerry Hill, who drew inspiration from the lagoon’s circular formation. The state-of-the art resort hosts over 100 private stays.
The beachfront villas provide immediate access to the island’s picture-perfect white sand beaches, while the on-water residencies nod to the flow of island life and circle around a centrally located spa. The oval-shaped, nine-room spa, which floats on the lagoon, utilizes local ingredients, including heated sand, fresh coconuts and herbs, to enhance signature treatments.
The villas themselves boast private pools, indoor-outdoor showers, sizable lounge space and either direct beach access or overwater hammocks, depending on their location.
“Expanding into this destination is something we have had our eye on for a long time, as we continue to evolve our portfolio, [and this] is the perfect moment for us to debut in the Maldives, as luxury travelers continue to seek out opportunities for meaningful exploration and reconnection, as well as destinations that offer access to open spaces and natural beauty,” Donna McNamara, vice president and global brand leader for Ritz-Carlton told Robb Report.