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
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
A bit delayed in writing this, but we had an incredible honeymoon stay at the Cheval Randheli in June. We had booked a regular villa, but opted to upgrade to the lagoon villa - which was definitely worth it (you avoid the rocks view and have crystal blue ocean view). The room view was spectacular and it was an incredible experience to wake up with the ocean literally at your front door. The breakfast in the morning was a fantastic spread and the restaurants were pretty good as well. It was the quiet season, so the only downside is that after dinner, the bar is quite empty. However, it was a good place to relax and completely unwind. We didnt really have a need for the butler and preferred to walk everywhere, but its nice that there is the option for those that want it. Depending on what you are looking for this is on the quieter side, but for a honeymoon vacation - I would highly recommend it.
We've spent a lot of time searching for the perfect stay in Maldives and Cheval Blanc was absolutely the best choice. we enjoyed every bit of it, the accommodation, the amenities, the water sports, the service, the super-friendly staff, everything was amazingly perfect. we tried both the bungalow as well as the beach villa, and both were just as good.I would totally recommend it when visiting Maldives!
Our way to fight the inevitable depression that arrives every year in November is to fly to the Maldives.
We try to sample a couple of hotels during each trip to introduce some variety. This time our first hotel was Cheval Blanc (part of the Louis Vuitton group). At first, we felt as if something was kind of lacking. Suppose, we were expecting some French luxury, sophistication and glamour but everything looked very...Maldeviean - the sea, palms, villas...That was a bit upsetting...But on the second day, we were approached by the manager (a clone of Depardieu in his later youth!) who started asking us about our experience. So, we hinted that we'd seen better places (The Hermitage in St Petersburg, for example). After that, Cheval Blanc was completely transformed for us. We've never experienced such a high level of service and attention anywhere in the world! Our hearts melted with the amount of care we received and some nices compliments from the hotel. Simply awesome!
I stayed here for 2 nights in November as part of a tour around some other hotels in the Maldives. I am a travel agent here in the UK, so have seen many of this beautiful country’s finest resorts.
I was not quite prepared for what an impression Cheval Blanc Randheli would make upon me.
This resort is absolutely incredible. Sublime. Stunning. ALL of the superlatives that you can imagine and more.
I’d maybe had a perception that the mood would be quite formal, the feel maybe more dressy, and atmosphere more calm than warm. How wrong I was.
This is one of the warmest, most sincere hotels I’ve ever stayed at in my life. As I left, Renato the wonderful, multi lingual General Manager, gave the warmest hugs to the children of a client also leaving. So sincere and so lovely. Each day, the housekeeping teams hand draw messages in the sand going into your villas. How adorable is that! In your villas, more personalised sand messages can be found.
You absolutely feel welcomed and loved here. It really is very special. It is not pretentious or stuffy or overdressed. Guests I saw walked around barefoot, or in casual flip flops or pumps. You may get a little more dressed for dinner, but I also saw many clients dressed casually the whole time in shorts. It all feels so relaxed and welcoming.
A huge part of this is the Majordom or butler system the hotel has. Each villa is allocated one on arrival. Nothing is too much trouble for them. I had wonderful Firshan. Thank you Firshan for your AMAZING service, for that lovely breakfast set up on my last day in my water villa (and the greet almond milk lattes!), and for generally being so kind and helpful. Wishing you all the best Sir!
And the hotel? Well just wow. A masterpiece design by legendary Jean Michel Gathy (of Aman fame). 3 small islands connected by walkways house the villas and restaurants and a bevy of STUNNING coves and beaches. The water is some of the clearest I’ve ever seen. On a separate island is the jaw dropping spa, which does command a premium price point for treatments but trust me, when you see the spectacular location you’ll be there in a heartbeat. It’s own beach and pool, you can go for the day.
Dining is as you’d expect, phenomenal. Breakfast a dream in pastries and healthy choices. Macaron and meringue in your villa on arrival - amazing. Le 1947 for something very special (tasting menu) and then the other restaurants for your daily selections. Breakfast can be in your villa for no charge and was incredible.
Minibar is all complimentary (save for alcohol) and treats like cakes and chocolates are delivered daily.
Snorkelling was great (especially off the spa island beach) and free equipment was excellent. I have a beard and my mask didn’t leak At all.
There are a range of room and villa types and it’s definitely best to contact your travel agent to discuss where and what will suit you best, as they are in all different locations and water depths etc. It’s absolutely key to choose the right and perfect room for you. Some rooms have views onto reef/wave breaks which some clients dislike but trust me they serve a brilliant purpose, keeping the sea outside your villas nice and calm and always swimable.
All villas are broadly the same, save for a few 2 bedroom units. All villas are STUNNING. Amazing beds, linens and custom amenities by the head nose for Dior.
The arrival and departure process is amazing too. So slick. The seaplane lounge is calm and cool, and a lovely taste of the hotel to come. Even delicious hot snacks and drinks! The seaplane is private to Cheval Blanc and you’ll never wait for than 2 hours for one. When you board, it’s full luxury. Leather seats, water, cool towels, amazing. The journey is like 40-45 minutes. The plane lands literally on the jetty to the resort, when you’re met by the team and taken straight to your villa!
I simply cannot wait to return some day. Thank you Renato, Jade and Tatiana for an amazing stay.