Cheval Blanc Randheli, Maldives
Cheval Blanc Randheli opened in The Maldives in November 2013 as LVMH Hotel Management’s second Cheval Blanc Maison.
On the unspoiled Noonu Atoll, 40-minutes north of Malé, the 45-villa Maison complements the group’s alpine property, Cheval Blanc Courchevel, by offering the same stylish design and relaxed, friendly atmosphere, but in the serene setting of the Maldivian archipelago.
Elegant, refined and designed for stylish island barefoot living, Cheval Blanc Randheli is born from a creative collaboration with celebrated architect Jean-Michel Gathy. The Maison was conceived in synergy with the island’s natural surroundings, and striking architecture naturally blends with the island’s landscape, vegetation and lagoon views. Great attention has been given to the privacy of guests and ensuring a feeling of space. This is particularly reflected in the elegant design of each villa; lofty cathedral-style ceilings are framed by seven-metre-high hand-crafted doors that create a strong sense of openness or can be closed to give a warm and cosy atmosphere.
The flow of the resort is very residential, with an abundance of settings designed for guests to use as per their disposition – for relaxation, for contemplation, for invigoration, for conversation or simply to enjoy a stunning view. The villas are furnished with materials from the Indian Ocean – teak, rattan, bamboo, thatch and coconut shell. This is in turn enhanced by a stylish colour palette of white, taupe and oyster grey with splashes of pop yellow and green as well as bespoke design elements and a residential-style medley of artwork throughout. A collection of 46 sculptural colour “spots” by artist Vincent Beaurin also makes each villa truly individual.
There are 14 Garden Water Villas (8 one and 6 two-bedroom villas from 240 to 350 sqm), unique to the Maldives, that combine both overwater stilt architecture with a private tropical garden space. 15 Water Villas (240 sqm one-bedroom villas) are perched over the crystalline sea, whilst the 15 Island Villas (9 one and 5 two-bedroom villas from 240 to 300 sqm), ideal for families, are hidden amidst mature gardens and open onto their own private beach.
All have a large living room, adjoining powder room, spacious bedrooms - which draw the eye out to the stunning scenery - double dressing rooms and light-filled bathrooms with in and outdoor showers. Outdoors, all feature a 12.5m private infinity pool and dining pergola or pavilion, plus a private beach, spacious overwater decks or dedicated gardens.
European “Art de Recevoir” is at the core of Cheval Blanc’s philosophy. Created by Cheval Blanc’s team of Experience Alchemists, a truly personal approach translates into tailor-made activities, unforgettable experiences and bespoke surprises for each guest, creating lasting memories.
A private Majordome is on hand 24/7 offering butler services such as packing and unpacking, the preparation of snorkelling or diving equipment, imaginative daily turndown gifts, twice daily gourmandises, as well as a sense of the unexpected…
Guided by the Maison’s Alchemists, guests may enhance their stay experience by enjoying one-off experiences created just for them. Be it an adventurous desert island family day trip on the Maison’s private yacht, a romantic movie under the stars screening of their favourite film, or a bespoke health and wellbeing program, the possibilities are endless. The Maison’s Chefs too are always on hand to prepare a delicious picnic to accompany any journey or a more elaborate feast… from a fully themed Oriental Night to a deliciously tasty Indian Spices tasting menu in the location of each guests’ preference.
Noonu is the ideal playground for reef snorkelling, diving expeditions (day or night), fishing adventures and sunset cruises, either on one of the Maison’s local dhoni, its private yacht or comfortable big game fishing boat.
PADI Diving Centre
Guests can enjoy underwater discovery at every level - from intrepid beginner to experienced diver - whether that is snorkelling or taking an entire journey to explore the nearby dive sites and experiencing the unforgettable sight of pods of dolphins, friendly sharks, ray mantas, colorful fish, turtles and much more…
The Marina houses a fleet of boats that includes local dhonis, a 360 horse power Mastercraft, a Coast Craft speedboat, an Astinor Big Game Fishing boat, as well as a 101 feet Azimut yacht amongst others… allowing guests to explore the Maldivian sea at leisure.
The watersports centre offers a wide range of equipment from water skiing, wakeboarding and kneeboarding to sliding onboard a catamaran, windsurfing, fun-tube or canoeing… Some of the most recent additions include the Maison’s own Flyboard, Hoverboard and Jet Surf.
For those seeking an active stay, the Maison has plenty of wellbeing and sport activities to offer:
Tennis by Jim Courier Tennis
Set sail for neighbouring Maakurandhoo island to play on its two private tennis courts or take a private lesson with a former ATP pro from Jim Courier Tennis.
On the main island, the fitness centre is equipped with the latest Technogym machines. Programmes and customised coaching sessions can be organised upon request.
Yoga, Pilates and Relaxation
Daily group or individual sessions may be organised at the Spa island’s dedicated pavilions for a unique sunset or sunrise experience, or in the privacy of one’s villa.