Whether you’re looking to relax or rekindle, Cheval Blanc Randheli sets the luxury benchmark for the Maldives.
When couples come to an impasse in their relationship; when communication breaks down and resentment sets in, often counsellors will suggest some time away together. A trip is a chance for couples to forget their external cares and to reconnect, to enjoy shared experiences and to rekindle the all-too-important sexual flames that modern life so easily retards. But it can’t be just to anywhere; it needs to be neutral ground, with plenty of discussion pieces to keep conversation flowing and activities for both him and her; somewhere with an abundance of romantic persuasion on tap.
Introducing Cheval Blanc Randheli, an unashamedly indulgent Maldivian retreat by the LVMH group, owners of the likes of Louis Vuitton and Moet Hennessy. Located on the remote Noonu Atoll, this distinctly French, utterly modern hideaway has a little something for everyone: access is via the resort’s own leather-clad seaplane, and accommodation is in one of 45 sumptuous residential-style villas designed by celebrated architect Jean-Michel Gathy – trust us, you’ll feel right at home.
Firstly, rediscover yourself with the state-of-the-art gym, professional-grade golf simulator, comprehensive water sports centre and dedicated cigar divan, while she’s pampered with a Guerlain treatment at a world-class spa located on its own island.
Then come together for vintage champagne in the Le 1947 fine dining restaurant or a wine-laced degustation in the Diptyque show kitchen, just two of the resort’s seven bars and restaurants. Here you’ll have the peace, the time, and the liquid encouragement to rekindle love’s flickering flame (or to suitably rev your mutual engines if matrimonial disharmony is less of a problem than preying eyes) over gourmet cuisine akin to the finest French kitchens.
Once you’re back in the same groove as each other (or finally remember the safe words and leave your villa) you can spend your days diving on coral gardens or have your own Blue Lagoon experience on a nearby uninhabited island, before returning to a candlelit dinner under a canopy of stars, organized by your own ‘experience alchemist’, the island’s rather nifty name for a butler. Frolicking in the azure lagoon, world-class gastronomy, absolute privacy and all the romance you could beat a stick with?
It’s just what the doctor (Dr Ruth) ordered.
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