Gold Standard – Three Maldives hotels named amongst world’s best

Three Maldives hotels have made the highly influential list of best hotels in the world for 2018 by Condé Nast Traveller. Cheval Blanc Randheli in Noonu Atoll, Four Seasons Private Island at Voavoh, Baa Atoll and Soneva Fushi in Kunfunadhoo Island all feature in the travel bible’s 2018 list.

“This is our list of the best hotels in the world, the ones we keep coming back to time and again,” according to the US publication. “It’s our love letter to the hotels that make us feel sexier, smarter, flirtier… that make us walk with a little more swagger and remind us who we want to be and how we want to live.”

Cheval Blanc Randheli features 45 one- and two-bedroom villas, made with travertine and cinnamon wood, of which the smallest is 2,600 sq. feet. The beach villas come with a 40-foot long infinity pool. Condé Nast describes the resorts over-water restaurant as a dream combination of beach shack and high style seafood emporium.

Four Seasons Private Island at Voavah, which in 2017 was named in Robb’s Reports Best of the Best Awards, also features on the Gold List of over 200 global hotels. Four Seasons Private Island at Voavah, is a seven-bedroom private island in the Maldives, with a luxury yacht named Voavah Summer and a marine territory that’s entirely its own.

Meanwhile, the Soneva Fushi is described as a “chic island idyll” which offers every indulgence money can buy – except those that compromise the resorts eco-friendliness. “Your wish? Literally their command: Each villa comes with its own private butler, which means that if you want ice cream at 2:47 a.m., you get it,” describes Condé Nast Traveller.

Other hotels to feature in the list include COMO Shambhala Estate, Bali, Four Seasons Resort Lanai, Hawai, Kamalame Cay, Andros, Bahamas and Laucala Island Resort, Fiji. The annual Gold List is Condé Nast Traveler’s list of the best hotels in the world. This year’s Gold List spans six continents and 54 countries. To see the full list of the winners, please visit cntraveler.com/stories/2014-12-16/view-the-full-gold-list-2015-the-worlds-best-hotels