To marry on the pristine white sands or beside the crystal-clear lagoon of Meradhoo island is to celebrate your wedding in a setting immersed in profound natural wonders. We are here to bring the exquisite touches of legendary Raffles service to your big day. The food, drinks, settings, flowers and styling all make a luxurious statement, and you and your guests will not for nothing.
For the wedding party, all that is needed is here. From the beauty treatments, hair styling, grooming and makeup artistry organized by our team to the photography, filming and music that our partners provide, every detail is perfectly Raffles. With your Butler acting as your dedicated wedding planner, the details of the day are crafted to your preferences so that the ceremony is a fully personalized and truly unforgettable celebration of your union.
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There is no luxury greater than having a private island on which to marry and celebrate with your loved ones. Raffles Maldives Meradhoo can be made exclusively yours. It can be your beach, your ocean, your sunset and your starry sky. An enchanting world of your own in which to spend the beginning of your beautiful life together.
My Maldivian flight from Male landed on the airstrip in Kooddoo Island in the pitch dark of the night. I saw none of the much-hyped turquoise blue Indian Ocean waters I had been promised. What I did see, almost as soon as I got off the aircraft, was my Raffles butler who whisked me away to a boat that would ferry me to the hotel. Once on-board, the crew plied me with a snack of sliced fresh coconut and a refreshing juice. A masseuse worked on my upper back and the top of my head to relieve me of any stress my journey had caused me. My butler meanwhile charged my phone and connected it to the boat’s high-speed WiFi router. This must be what they refer to when they talk about the “Raffles treatment”.
Just opened on the tiny, tropical atoll of Meradhoo, marginally north of the equator, is the Raffles Maldives Meradhoo, a 21-villa luxury resort. The thatched-roof, bleach-white villas and residences dot the sandy outer edge of the atoll, so they all have stunning, uninterrupted views of the cerulean expanse that is the Indian Ocean. The beach villas feature sprawling bedrooms with beautiful, aged driftwood furniture – a roomy four-poster bed, and a scattering of couches and loveseats spread around a low coffee table. The electric curtains roll up to reveal an L-shaped glass wall beyond which lies your private plunge pool. And in the corner of the glass wall is a cosy little nook with a writing table and a most inspiring view of the ocean.
The Raffles Spa is an overwater affair. Photo Raj Aditya Chaudhuri
The Raffles Spa is an over-water affair. Photo: Raj Aditya Chaudhuri
Larger families would be very content with the five deluxe beach villas and three beach residences on the property. The former has all the space of the beach villas and a separate cottage with a living room that can be converted into a bedroom for the kids. The residences have a second bedroom. And just off the sandy shores of the island is the cluster of over-water villas that will later this year welcome guests to the Raffles Royal Residences.
Is that a Japanese warship that sunk off the Andamans?
There are two restaurants on the island. Thari, the all-day dining spot is helmed by chef Annibal Torres, a master of Nikkei cuisine – a blend Peruvian and Japanese food traditions. Try the Peruvian ceviche, the delicious grilled mahi mahi and end with the theatrical experience that is the affogato here. The beachside restaurant also caters to different dietary requirements and has a wellness menu with a special emphasis on jet-lag recovery. They can also organise a floating meal in your private plunge pool or an excursion to a nearby sandbank for the signature caviar breakfast experience. You can also dine at The Firepit that serves simple, grilled delicacies that you can enjoy with your toes in the sand and a thousand stars twinkling overhead. For a drink, head to the Long Bar, a mainstay of every Raffles experience. It is the perfect spot to enjoy the gorgeous sundowns here.
The spa is an over-water affair with a gym and four couples’ treatment rooms. When you are face-down enjoying the signature Raffles Spa treatment, a combination of Balinese and Swedish techniques with some Maldivian influences thrown in, you can see turtles, manta ray and baby shark swim through the glass windows on the floor. All the marine life, especially the turtles, have been catalogued by the resort’s marine biologist.
During your stay here you also have access to a dedicated marine butler who will take you snorkelling. Or you can windsurf, kayak in a glass-bottomed boat, jet ski or take a sunset yoga class.
The resort has employed the services of a Feng Shui expert whose remit is to create an intuitive and pleasing guest experience – right from how you check in to the way the furniture is set up in your villa and how the resort staff interact with you. Everything is fine-tuned to give you that experience that Raffles prides itself on. Website . Doubles from MVR15,770 (Rs70,130)
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