2021’s Most Anticipated Hotel Openings In The Maldives
If a single place on earth deserves to be called a “picture-perfect postcard destination”, it has to be the Maldives. Its stunning coral islands surrounded by crystal-clear waters and sandy beaches make the island nation the perfect place to enjoy an unforgettable holiday. There are over 150 resorts in the Maldives, brimming with architectural beauty, impeccable service and unforgettable experiences. However, even 150 resorts may not be enough. Over a dozen new resorts are due to open throughout 2021. With news of prospective travel bubbles opening between Australia and low-risk countries in the coming months, below are the top five most anticipated resort openings in the Maldives this year.
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Opened January 2021
Nestled among white sands and crystal blue waters, the elegant Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi resort is a 40-minute yacht journey from Velana International Airport. Set in a tropical paradise, the resort is positioned across three islands with a wealth of luxuries and experiences including 119 beach, reef, and overwater villas; 11 dining venues and bars including Terra, an elevated treetop restaurant, and The Ledge by e Pyn; a world-class lifestyle spa and wellness sanctuary; a myriad of adventure and watersports activities; the Waldorf Astoria Young Discovery Park – a water recreation area and enriching activities for kids; and a romantic wedding pavilion for that very special occasion.
For those seeking the ultimate exclusivity, Stella Maris Private Ocean Villas are an intimate getaway with direct ocean access, accessible only by boat. Situated on Ithaafushi Private Island, the 32,000 sq. m. sanctuary encompasses the private villas and exclusive amenities for the ultimate in luxury.
Ritz-Carlton Fari Islands, Maldives – Opening June 2021
Set within an integrated four-island development, The Ritz-Carlton Maldives Fari Islands takes a minimalist approach to luxury and is one of the most anticipated hotel openings in The Maldives. Modern design highlights sea views and pristine beaches; simple ingredients are transformed by skilled chefs and mixologists; healing is guided by directional energy, and nature is explored with respect and wonder.
The resort’s three islands and overwater quay serve as a base for discovering all the archipelago has to offer. Highlights of the new resort include seven restaurants and bars showcasing global cuisines and breathtaking views; beachfront and overwater villas with private infinity pools and butler service; overwater spa offering treatments inspired by directional energy; indoor-outdoor Ritz Kids Club with daily activities, playgrounds, and a pool, beach, garden and villa wedding venues; and access to Fari Marina with luxury shopping, dining, and entertainment.
Patina Maldives Fari Islands – Opening Q2 2021
Another resort joining the four-island Fari Islands archipelago is Patina Maldives, the debut property in Capella Hotels’ new Patina brand, which is self-described as catering to ‘progressive travellers of a new generation’ and one of the hottest hotel openings in The Maldives. Here, guests will be able to check-in to one of 90 well-appointed villas each with a private pool, or 20 beach suites, designed for those wishing to be closer to the social scene due to their proximity to the Fari Marina Village.
At its beating heart, a chic Fari Beach Club will be the island’s premier oceanfront destination, and a Nordic-Japanese fusion restaurant and plant-based concept will further complement the culinary prowess. There’s a major focus on sustainability, with single-use plastic banned and eco-friendly amenities available across the resort. In 2022, Capella will debut the third and final resort in the Fari Islands, to complete the luxe resort line-up.
Le Meridien Maldives Resort & Spa – Opening September 2021
Set in a picturesque corner of Lhaviyani Atoll nestled on Thilamaafushi Island, Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa is a canvas inspired by the formation of the atolls, fringing reefs, and marine life. Spanning nine hectares, the island is an eco-conscious haven abundant with indigenous flora and fauna and is enveloped by a shimmering lagoon and coral reefs bursting with vibrant marine life including pods of manta rays and turtles. Savour the sights, sounds, aromas, and tastes of the destination with six restaurants & bars and Explore Spa by Le Méridien. Celebrate the art of travel with a curation of immersive discoveries that showcases the unique environment, above and below the waves.
Inspired by the essence of the Maldives, combined with a passion for culture, cuisine, and design, the resort is a playful sanctuary for the curious and creative traveller to discover the European spirit of savouring the good life.
The Chedi Kudavillingili, Maldives – Opening 2021
For its debut property in the Maldives, GHM will open The Chedi Kudavillingili on a 1km private island in 2021. Just a short 25-minute speedboat ride from Velana International Airport, the 99-villa resort will be split between 36 overwater villas and 63 island-based villas. It will feature a central pool stretching 150 meters, an overwater spa with eight treatment rooms, a beach club and bar, an all-day dining restaurant, and hawker stalls featuring live cooking stations.
Recreational opportunities on the island range from courts for several different sports to surfing and a plethora of on-the-water and underwater pursuits. Along with exciting food and beverage concepts, comprehensive amenities, and a professional service team, The Chedi Kudavillingili’s craftsmanship and design inspiration will deliver the ultimate place to reconnect with nature, a paradise you can truly call home.
After 110 days of closing the borders, on 15th July 2020, the Maldives reopened its borders to international tourists. As the world recovers, the government made the decision to reopen the borders, fully confident in the safety measures and preparations to ensure the protection of all visitors and people working in the tourism sector. The health and safety of visitors have always been paramount, and the resumption of the tourism industry followed extensive protocols after important consultations with highly reputable professionals and relevant stakeholders.