Five Maldives properties named amongst The 50 Best Resorts in the World by Condé Nast Traveller
In the 30th annual Readers’ Choice Awards by Condé Nast Traveller, five luxurious properties in the Maldives have been listed under ‘The Best 50 Resorts in the World’. Naladhu Private Island, NIYAMA Private Islands, One&Only Reethi Rah, Soneva Fushi and Cheval Blanc Randheli made it to the exclusive list. More than 300,000 travellers took part in the survey with millions of ratings and more than 100,000 comments.
Naladhu Private Island
It was a proud moment for Naladhu Private Island, which made to the top of the list. Condé Nast Traveller gave a brief introduction to every hotel listed. “With only 19 expansive guest quarters in South Malé Atoll, this intimate resort provides a level of privacy and personal attention impressive even in the Maldives.“Weathered-wood accommodations come with a private garden and an infinity pool, high-ceilinged interiors decorated in cane and tropical hues, and an open-air bathroom with L’Occitane products and a sea-facing tub for two,” explains Condé Nast Traveller.
The luxury and lifestyle travel magazine praised Naladhu for its excellent service provided to the guests by private butlers or VGC’s (very good chaps). The resort is described as “Maldives’ most convenient exclusive destination yet” as it is accessible by speedboat from Velana International airport.
NIYAMA Private Islands
Taking the fourth place was NIYAMA Private Islands: “Booking at NIYAMA Private Islands Maldives is the first step toward doing the Maldives right, as it’s the perfect resort for a honeymoon—but surprisingly great for families, too,” states Condé Nast Traveller.The resort spans to two islands—‘Play’ and ‘Chill’. Whilst ‘Play’ will give guests water-based activities, on ‘Chill’ there are incredible spa treatments and soothing over-water studios. Guests are encouraged to hop from one island to the other. Located in Dhaalu Atoll, NIYAMA Private Islands offers an intimate and private setting.
One&Only Reethi Rah
At the fifteenth place is One&Only Reethi Rah – and Condé Nast Traveller describes the resort as “An instant favourite among honeymooners and celebrity couples”. The five-star luxury resort is an all-villa resort located in North Malé Atoll. The 109-acre island flaunts powdery white beaches and different luxurious and entertaining facilities.The spa at the resort is also ranked among the top twenty ‘World’s Best Spas’ by Condé Nast Traveller. “Daybeds outside the Moroccan restaurant, Fanditha, are the best place to take your meals,” according to Condé Nast Traveller.
Soneva Fushi, located in Baa Atoll is: “this chic island idyll offers nearly every indulgence money can buy—except those that compromise the resort’s eco-friendliness, that is,” praises Condé Nast Traveller. The resort took the twentieth position on the list.The eco-friendly concept adopted by the resort is seen from the design – its 59 rooms are built with sustainable materials. The guests get to be spoiled with their own private butlers, who will attend to every request. And as Condé Nast Traveller puts it: “which means that if you want ice cream at 2:47 a.m., you get it.”
Cheval Blanc Randheli
At the 34th position was Cheval Blanc Randheli – a relatively recent resort of the luxury conglomerate LVMH (owners of luxury brands Louis Vuitton, Dior etc.) Located in Noonu Atoll, the resort is forty minutes from Malé – stylish and elegant architectural design complements the island’s rich environment of pristine beaches and lush vegetation.“Turtles drawn in the sand along the path to the villa, thoughtful little notes from my butler left alongside the pitchers of fresh juice—are what truly give this place its character,” states the magazine.
Condé Nast Traveller is a luxury and lifestyle travel magazine published by Condé Nast. It was first issued in 1997 and their first travel survey was thirty years ago, in 2005 they fully switched to online voting and in 2016 started conducting their own surveys.