The new Raffles Royal Residence at the Raffles Maldives just might be your perfect post-lock down location.
So, if you’re normally a regular traveller, you’re probably biting at the bit to get out into the world about now. Never, in the history of the planet, have so many people gone from travelling the world over to staying close to home, huddled, humbled, hiding. When travel does kick off again, you’ll want to consider where you go very carefully; you’ll want privacy and comfort, sans crowds. You’ll want sunshine and serene surrounds. An army of attendants catering to your every whim wouldn’t hurt either. After all, it’s been a tough year.
Enter the Raffles Royal Residence, the newest addition to the Raffles Maldives Meradhoo resort, an idyllic retreat at the heart of the Indian Ocean. The very epitome of escapism with creature comforts, the new Royal Residence accommodates up to 15 guests, so you can do it solo, like a Saudi prince, or you can bring along a few favoured souls for a sempiternal sojourn.
Located in the remote and pristine Gaafu Alifu atoll, the Raffles is one of the newest openings in the Maldives, and its even-newer Residence features six spacious guest rooms spanning over 1,700sqm. Created by Singapore design firm BLINK, at the villa’s heart is a 40-meter swimming pool, the perfect spot for evening barbeques. Beyond is a private beach, should you like to commune with nature in utter privacy.
Now that you’re a social distancing pro, you might want to seclude yourself in your new confines, and that’s ok, because the spa therapists will come to you, as well your private butler, personal chef, and even a mixologist, who work their magic in the villa’s well-stocked bar.
Of course, if you’re ready to face the world once more, there’s plenty to keep you occupied. You could join the resort’s Marine Butler on guided explorations on the property’s two house reefs, take to the depths with the PADI-certified dive team, try your luck at traditional line fishing; or assemble those luck free and take a champagne cruise to celebrate life in all its glory.
Because there’s nothing like a global pandemic to make you grateful for what you have.
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