Raffles has announced the opening of the 38-villa resort in the rare Maldivian oasis of Gaafu Alifu Atoll on 1 February 2019. 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. This is AccorHotels’ fourth property in the Maldives and is the first under the Raffles brand.
The luxurious property features a private pool, generous living spaces and lavish marble bathroom with a sunken bathtub and outdoor shower. A secluded collection of Overwater Villas and Residences lies adjacent to one of the vibrant house reefs, which can be reached by a traditional Maldivian Dhoni boat.
Guests can relish a range of rich gastronomic delights served at the Thari all-day diner, Yuzu, Peruvian and Japanese fusion restaurant and The Firepit where guest can enjoy various flame-grilled chef specialty dishes. A selection of tapas and freshly prepared sashimi, original cocktail concoctions, inspired by the national drinks of South America and Japan, can be experienced at the overwater Yapa Sunset Bar or simply explore a list of the world’s most prestigious Champagnes and wines at the popular Long Bar. There is also the award-winning Raffles Spa set over the water, offering a private escape opening doors to discovery with authentic treatment expressions.