As its high summer in the Southern Hemisphere, I am staying with holiday posts.
Accessible only by private hydroplane, the second Cheval Blanc hotel has opened its doors in the Maldives in December 2013. Luxury giant Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy (LVMH) operated resort consists of 46 luxury villas, each with an infinity pool. LVMH’s Hotel Division includes the Cheval Blanc luxury resort in Courchevel and the White 1921, a boutique hotel in St Tropez.
The design of the Cheval Blanc Randheli is the work of architect Jean-Michel Gathy’s, Denniston design consultants whom has married a contemporary aesthetic to the traditional cabana architecture of the islands in an exquisitely sophisticated style he is famous for. Denniston is also responsible for seven Aman resorts and many other blog-worthy high-end, brand cred, uber stylish, holiday digs, (St Regis, Armani, The Chedi, Banyan Tree, Mandarin, One and Only ….etc).
Above, the pristine White bar and restaurant. High ceilings and sense of pure space are a signature of the resort.
The resort boasts “Alchemists” – Experience Designers offering unique activities wherever you want. Don’t ask what the concierge does.
One of the five culinary offerings, The Deelani offers Italian cuisine with a relaxed “sitting on the jetty” vibe.
Visitors can also sample Michelin-class dining courtesy of chef Yannick Alléno at elegantly informal 1947 Restaurant offering fine French cuisine.
A careful, if not predictable, mix of contemporary island with modern classic European furniture to suit all refined tastes.
Slatted canopies created patterns on the thatched rooves. I’m thinking ostrich feathers.
Subtle and complex use of natural tones are mixed with very subtle colour. Note the very large pivot “doors”.
And if you desire an audience whilst bathing…….
External links between pavilions are crucial to the resort experience of being aware of every moment, as you transition from one environment to the next.
Oh the verticality! Can you believe, as view all the way into the bath in the distance? Just like Roman days.
Disappearing glass walls allow the landscape to permeate the interiors. The eye will travel upwards and outwards. It looks wonderfully spacious.
Cocktail menu please..
What better way to empty your mind and be pampered, than the Spa with Guerlain products. Samsara!
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Images and info from the Cheval Blanc, Coolist and Caan websites.