Cheval Blanc Randheli Maldives
What We Love
- The roomy accommodations—even the smallest is a sprawling 2,600 square feet
- The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stayed here in 2014
- Handwritten notes left alongside pitchers of fresh juice in your villa
- Espadrilles and beach bags in your dressing rooms
What To Know
- The resort offers a full range of kids and teen club activities, including treasure hunts and yoga
- Complimentary laundry is offered as part of the butler service here
- Each villa is furnished with a bicycle
- The hotel’s signature “Island Chic” candles were the creations of Francois Demachy, chief perfumer at Christian Dior
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
LVMH’s Noonu Atoll resort (the luxury leather brand’s second hospitality venture) is a palatial game-changer in the northwestern Maldives, a lush locale that’s home to a clutch of otherworldly escapes. It’s the meticulous details in all 44 villas that up the ante here: sleek oak panels allow guests to create cozier nooks within their expansive rooms; bathtubs are clad with his-and-hers basin areas, and seashell and driftwood accents infuse an island-inspired charm. Guests can spend the entire day at the ethereal spa, reachable by a dhoni, sprawled on its own island, complete with cantilevered yoga pavilions, separate male and female hammams, a freshwater swimming pool and sea-facing treatment beds. Though evenings are best enjoyed back on Randheli Island: namely, sampling decadent bites at 1947 (named for Cheval Blanc’s most prized vintage), where French techniques are paired with local bounty, or grazing on rock shrimp tempura and other Japanese delicacies at Diptyque, the resort’s pan-Asian live-cooking theatre. If it’s ultimate privacy you’re seeking, the “majordomos,” Cheval Blanc-speak for butlers, can arrange for dinner on a floating pontoon.
In the Area
Your snorkeling excursions on this stunning atoll will feature companions including manta rays and pinecone soldier fish. As is wreck diving, a pirate-inspired excursion that lets participants glide in and out of sunken ships—upon request, the hotel provides an underwater photographer to capture your adventures. For land-based fun, take the five-minute boat ride to neighboring Maakhurandhoo Island: the tennis courts here, built in accordance with Australian Open standards, were christened by Roger Federer himself. For bespoke, one-off activities like island picnics and private sails, enlist the help of one of the resort’s expert “alchemists.”
How to Get There
Cheval Blanc is beyond expectations. The hotel and rooms are stylish and luxurious. The service is exceptional without being intrusive, the attention to detail makes for a truly fantastic experience. The food was excellent with very personable waitstaff. A special thank you to Guppe and Chef Kumaaraa at the Spa Bar and Saamy at Le White for breakfast. The Butler service from Nasheed made our stay seem less. The personal touch from Laurent brought the team together.
Beautiful and exceptional hotel, loved it and loved the pampering , the villas are beautiful , the Butler service is superb , very friendly atmosphere , very clean , landscaping is beautiful , the manager and the crew were very helpful and friendly, everything was just perfect except the prices of wines.
The food is particularly fantastic!!! Have been to lots of luxury island resort，for food, CB is the best, you will just feel like in the French Riviera! 1947 and white bar is our favorite!
We stay in island villa # 16, which is amazing, just like other people said, big room, mordern facility and chic design.
Beach is good also but not first class compared to other like gili lankanfushi and one only which are the ones I’ve stayed before. I think it is because the best beaches are already occupied by earlier opening resorts.
Spa is also great with a view.
Then came to the worst part, the butler! Lily is our first butler, she didn’t smile and too “posh” for a island resort! I request a change, then Hussein came, he is also mediocre and even didn’t bother to say goodbye to us on our departure! I tipped them but not with hundreds dollars, I do think they need to
be trained to be really prefossesional and friendly, just like the Four Seasons staff around the world. Yes, this is a French resort and you want to be in style and chic, but it’s not cool to be arrogant.
BTW, I’ve been to courchevel cheval blanc, the service there is the really top one with elegant French style!
Pros: Everything on the CB resort island was perfect.
- Food at all of the restaurants were nicely prepared, from Le White, Deelani, Diptyque, Teppanyaki. Lobster night is not to be missed. Le 1947 is as good as it gets.
- All of the staff are extremely courteous and helpful. A huge shoutout to our Majordome, Sam. He took care of everything during our stay and anticipated our needs at times before we even made our requests. Personnel at Le Carrousel (CB's version of Kid's club) are amazing. My kids would always want to go there and the staff constantly entertain them with new activities.
When you get to the resort, you know you are treated like a VIP from all the staff at the resort. If I was to list out everything that's good, this review will be much much longer that it is. You will experience the CB difference when you are here!
Cons: Lounge staff is subpar and definitely needs to be improved.
Prior to arrival, I had many emails with their reservations and their Alchemist (sort of like concierge service) to make sure my arrival will be seemless as I was traveling with my family with young kids. I was told I would be greeted by CB staff with my name and they will lead me to the staff at Hotel Jen since my arrival was around 9:30pm and seaplane does not fly past sunset. However, after exiting the customs onto the arrival hall, no one was at the area. Some other hotel's staff was kind enough to help us locate the CB staff.
On my departure day, my flight was late in the evening (10:45pm) and after departing the resort, we stayed in their private lounge until my check in time. I had received an email stating my flight was delayed for 35 minutes (11:20pm) from scheduled departure. At 8pm, the staff told us we have to leave the lounge for check in. My wife and I told 2 staff that our flight was delayed for 35 minutes. Both staff insisted that my flight was on time. We told them to call and check. Afterwards, they came back and told us our flight was indeed delayed. Resort of this level should have checked all relevant information before going to the customer and definitely shouldn't insist on information that is not correct. We requested to depart the lounge at 9:15pm because we are traveling business class and there is no line for check in. However, they insisted that we should depart the lounge at 9:00pm because check in counter will close at 9:45pm. We agreed to depart the lounge at 9:00pm. When 9:00pm comes, we are all gathered at the front of the lounge ready to go. After waiting for 5 minutes, I had to into the staff room to find a staff (since no one was in the front desk area) and she told me one of the staff will come and get us when the car is here. Another 5 minutes had gone by, we asked her again and she seemed annoyed and told us that the staff had sent the luggages first and the car is on its way back to pick us up. I asked her why did they suggest a 9pm departure when they clearly had no concept of time management? She seemed to be furthered annoyed by my question. Eventually the car came back to the lounge at 9:15pm and we were escorted to the check in area. I personally believe all of the lounge staff need to be seriously trained to the resort's standards. They are definitely not up to the CB level of service and we definitely did not leave CB on the high note as we should of.
Beautiful hotel with excellent ambience and modern villas.
The service is good and the staff always hsppy to assist.
The restaurants however are overpriced and the tastes not to impress.
The best restaurant for our taste was the tepanyake and the worst the italian (the food was remarkably bad).
The White bar is an excellent choice for all day cafe, food and cocktails. As well as the White pool is incredible.
The Spa treatments are not so bad.
The Spa Beach is the best place to relax in Cheval Blanc. Beautiful water, beach, ambience and excellent service