Luxury conglomerate LVMH has quite an extensive number of prestigious fashion brands in its portfolio, but has also started to dip its toe in the hospitality pool. After opening a plush property in the French Alps it has opened the Cheval Blanc Randheli, a five-star resort in the Maldives on an island of its own. Its location is remote, but with the resort’s private airplane it’s only a 40-minute flight from Malé International Airport. And the pampering starts right after you’ve stepped onboard and a stylish Cheval Blanc amenity case and cooling kit is given to you as a first token of welcome. It comprises of handy maison espadrilles, towels, and last but not least, bottles of scented water to ease your introduction to the tropical climate.
Cheval Blanc Randheli has an idyllic location amidst the pristine blue waters of the Indian Ocean and has luxury lodgings and facilities to match. It features only 45 villas in three different categories, and although each has a different setting and size, all feature meticulously designed interiors that beautifully combine western luxury standards with the islands’ arts and crafts. To make your stay more than memorable, each villa has its personal butler who helps you unpack and smoothly settle in. Cheval Blanc Randheli is about ultimate relaxation, even if you decide to bring your kids. They’re well taken care of with specially conceived facilities and programs to keep them busy while you take time out for some serious self-pampering.
Gastronomy plays an important role at Cheval Blanc Randheli, and there are four exquisite restaurants to choose from. From fine dining to casual bites and even an in-villa cooking service, it can all be arranged in an instant. Should the comfort of your villa become monotonous, call upon one of the resort’s so-called alchemists, specially trained staff who know the property and its surroundings and who are able to arrange special outings of any kind. Whether it’s an expedition to a neighbouring island, a moonlight dinner or exploring local flora and fauna, practically anything can be arranged. The cherry on the cake in terms of facilities arguably is the Cheval Blanc Spa. Accommodated in six villas overlooking the lagoon, it not only offers various private beauty treatments, but is also equipped with a hammam, a special hair spa, a make-up studio and a barbershop for the gents.