The new Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa promises the perfect post-pandemic Indian Ocean escape.
So you’ve come to terms with your cabin fever but you’re still eyeing the news and thinking of where you can escape to when travel recommences. Well, you might not know this by the Maldives has been open since July last year and if that’s not enough to have you packing your sunscreen and he-thong, the Indian Ocean playground also has a brand spanking new retreat with the opening of Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa.
Located on Thilamaafushi, an island in the southern pocket of Lhaviyani Atoll that’s a 35-minute seaplane flight from the international airport, the 141-villa resort brings some serious European chic to a corner of the archipelago famed for its marine life, which includes manta rays and turtles.
With a design persona inspired by the brand’s roots in the glamorous halcyon days of travel, the interiors and exteriors of Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa also pay homage to the Maldives’ distinct culture and vibrant landscapes, with one, two and three-bedroom villas tucked amongst the tropical landscapes of the island or perched above the turquoise lagoon.
If you need a little self-pampering to restore your soul after the year that’s been, make a beeline for the Explore Spa by Le Méridien, or take a dip in one of two infinity pools before selecting from the resort’s six restaurants and bars.
These range from signature restaurant Tabemasu, which is inspired by Japanese fishing villages and features a lively teppanyaki counter and omakase menu; and Waves Café, a mindful eating space that fosters a healthy and nourishing approach with a focus on organic farm-to-table ingredients; through to adults only bar Riviera, a beachside playground framed by an oceanfront infinity pool and a private beach where the events of Le Méridien’s signature brand programme Au Soleil will be hosted.
The active can also blow out the cobwebs of urbane living at the Waves Lifestyle Hub, a wellbeing collective that features an ocean-facing fitness studio and yoga pavilion positioned high in the jungle; make for the Marine Hub to explore the atoll’s 50 dive sites; or book a romantic interlude at private island Bodu Finolhu.
Think of it as social distancing in paradise.
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