Ritz-Carlton Resort Now Open in the Maldives

The villa resort offers everything you’d want in a tropical getaway; white sand beaches, crystal-blue lagoons, overwater and beachfront accommodations—and everything you would expect from the luxury brand. As seen in the exclusive photos, it’s all wrapped up in a stunning, modern design by the late Australian architect Kerry Hill, who took inspiration for the spherical buildings from the circular forms of the lagoon, the swirling ocean breezes and the heavenly nature of island life.  It’s just a 45-minute speedboat trip from Malé’s Velana International Airport up to the Fari Islands archipelago in the North Malé Atoll, where the first Ritz-Carlton property in the Maldives opened June 1

The ring-shaped, nine-room spa which floats over the lagoon performs signature treatments using local ingredients like heated sand, fresh coconut and native herbs. All guests will also be able to engage with the underwater world around the resort that is home to a resident pod of dolphins via activities led by experts from Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment program.

The resort’s 4 sections include a dedicated “culinary island,” which is home to seven restaurants featuring dishes from Japan, Italy, India, Lebanon and China; the Cantonese-focused Summer Pavilion is an outpost of the Michelin-starred Singapore eatery by the same name. A large kids’ club, tennis courts, a photography studio and areas for water sports round out the facilities, while the villas themselves feature private pools, indoor-outdoor showers, al fresco lounging space, direct beach access and overwater hammocks.

Rates start at $1,500 a night for one-bedroom villas, $4,400 a night for 2-bedroom villas and $22,500 per night for the Ritz-Carlton Estate.

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