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
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Swanky resort in the northwestern Maldives, with a de Havilland seaplane, Jean-Michel Gathy-designed interiors, and the islands’ only Guerlain Spa
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.”