Owner’s Villa at Cheval Blanc Randheli, Maldives
The Top Line Highly manicured new villa on its own tropical outpost, from the owners of Louis Vuitton and Moët Hennessy.
Who Rents? Kate and Wills stayed here in 2014. But don’t be intimidated; the atmosphere is blissfully relaxed.
Tell Me More... The hotel villas are spectacular, but the four-bedroom Owner’s Villa – set on its own palm-tree dotted island (below) – is truly special. There are his’n’her dressing rooms, enough contemporary art to fill a gallery and, should you need it, five-star amenities only a 10-minute boat ride away. Colour-wise it’s calm and chic, with neutral honey-sand tones.
The Luxe Factor All guests are whisked to a VIP airport lounge at Malé, where iced tea awaits, before a 45-minute seaplane transfer. Expect subtle luxury: lofty ceilings, sliding walls that open up three living spaces into one huge room, and a panoramic terrace.
Staying In Make like an A-lister with a grand piano to play on and butlers at your disposal 24/7. Rise with morning yoga at one of the four private beaches, or take a dip in the 25-metre slate pool. No need to visit the ‘spa’ island – you have your own personal Guerlain spa. We recommend a Dive Massage, which uses fluid movements to mimic waves. Fancy a quiet night in? Arrange for a film screening under the stars with popcorn in your hands and sand in your toes.
On The Doorstep Try snorkelling in the Indian Ocean at night above the magical glow of marine phosphorescence, or dive with giant manta rays – spot a new one and you get to name it! Fishing trips are followed by a candlelit beach barbecue. Many guests return solely for the cuisine, so make sure you visit fine dining Le 1947, and The Diptyque, where Japanese specials include reef fish sashimi.
What To Pack Lots of designer bikinis: the pristine waters call for plenty of Ursula Andress Bond-girl moments.
Honeymoon Highlight A pre-arrival questionnaire asks whether you prefer taupe or white bedsheets, and sliced or whole fruit, so expect this and a chilled bottle of Moët – and cheeky chocolate body paint – waiting for you in your room.
Go For more information, visit chevalblanc.com. Flight time: 10 hours, 40 minutes.
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