Le Meridien Hotels & Resorts, the Paris-born brand brings a touch of nostalgia to the famed Maldives archipelago,with the its signature Le Meridien Maldives Resort and Spa.
Le Meridien Hotels & Resorts, part of Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of 30 extraordinary brands, along with Singaporean developer Chiu Teng Enterprises announced the opening of Le Meridien Maldives Resort & Spa, marking the Paris-born brand’s debut in one of the world’s most captivating destinations.
Located on Thilamaafushi, the southern pocket of Lhaviyani Atoll, the 141-villa resort celebrates the fabric of the Maldives, its people, nature, and art, channeling its energy to uncover the charm of the destination through Le Meridien’s distinctive European-chic lens.
“With a nostalgic nod to the glamour of the French Riviera in the 1960s, Le Méridien inspires travellers to explore the world in style, savour the good life and enjoy experiences that offer something more than meets the eye,” said Jason Nuell, Senior Vice President, Premium Brands, Marriott International.
He continued, “We are delighted to bring Le Meridien to this internationally desired destination, the perfect place for guests to step out of their daily routine and into a glamorous getaway where wandering sans agenda and lingering longer are encouraged.”
Spanning nine hectares, Thilamaafushi is defined as an “island surrounded by vast lagoon” in Dhivehi, the local parlance of the Maldives. The natural island is an eco-conscious haven abundant with indigenous flora and fauna, enveloped by a shimmering lagoon and coral reefs bursting with vibrant marine life, including pods of Manta Rays and turtles. Guests can easily access the resort by a 35-minute seaplane journey north of Velana (MLE) International Airport, Malé.
“We are thrilled to introduce the iconic Le Meridien brand to the Maldives, strengthening our presence in this captivating destination,” Rajeev Menon, President, Asia Pacific (excluding China), Marriott International. “The opening of Le Meridien Maldives Resort & Spa marks the second Marriott International property that opened in the Maldives this summer and the seventh brand entry in the destination. We look forward to expanding our portfolio further in the Maldives in order to offer distinctive and personalized experiences for travelers.”
Timeless Chic Design
The resort presents 141 villas that are tucked amongst the tropical landscape and dotted over the Indian Ocean, featuring unparalleled views across the pristine beaches, the Indian Ocean, or turquoise lagoon. A selection of one, two, and three-bedroom villas unites the concept of art and industrial design with clean lines, a muted color palette, and a contrast of renewable materials that foster simplicity, openness, and functionality. Guests can also relax and rejuvenate at the Explore Spa by Le Meridien and the two infinity pools at the resort.
Global Flavours with Local Flair
Guests will have the opportunity to indulge in six restaurants and bars, showcasing global tastes and locally harvested produce. The signature restaurant Tabemasu features a lively teppanyaki counter and a private open-air pavilion where guests will enjoy an expertly prepared Omakase tasting menu.
The resort’s adults-only bar, Riviera, is a beachside playground framed by an oceanfront infinity pool and private beach where lazy lunches flow into sunset spritzes. Located amongst swaying palms, Waves Café fosters a healthy approach with a focus on organic farm-to-table ingredients. Velaa Bar + Grill, situated poolside, features crafted cocktails and light dishes.
The Le Meridien Hub, serves custom-brewed, barista-crafted coffee beverages. Turquoise is a beachside marketplace where guests can choose from an array of global tastes and local dishes from breakfast to dinner.
“We look forward to welcoming guests to unlock the sights, sounds, and aromas of the destination, showcasing matchless hospitality and enriching experiences that bring to life the Maldives through Le Méridien’s distinct European-lens,” said Nilesh Singh, General Manager, Le Meridien Maldives Resort & Spa. “Along with Le Méridien’s focus on timeless midcentury design and signature brand programmes, guests are invited to savour the moment and delight in the discovery of everything the resort has to offer.”
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