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Cheval Blanc Randheli is situated in the Maldives archipelago, in the unspoiled setting of Noonu Atoll, 40 minutes north of Malé. Amid the isolated splendour of the Indian Ocean, this intimate and contemporary refuge of 46 villas offers stylish and harmonious decor in a relaxed atmosphere. Each villa is an oasis of calm and pleasure, aligned at the juncture where lush tropical vegetation meets the turquoise lagoon. Each is the centre of a welcoming and intimate universe — spectacular spaces that monumental wooden pivoting doors can separate or connect according to guests’ desires.

Cheval Blanc Randheli, an island entirely dedicated to spa rituals and well-being

Designed in the spirit of loft living, the villas combine a sense of detail and tailor-made furniture to offer an exclusive residential experience. In an aesthetic combining local inspirations and contemporary sensibility, island materials such as teak, rattan, bamboo, thatch and coconut are refined with graphic lines and original volumes. A subtle colour palette combines elegant tones of white and taupe with the liveliness of pop-art yellow and tangy green.

A collection of contemporary artworks by Vincent Beaurin complements the design of the resort. The emblem of the resort is “Arch,” a monumental sculpture rising from the lagoon. “Constellation” is a centre piece at the fine-dining restaurant Le 1947, and finally one each of the series “Crowns”, composed of 46 shimmering ocelli, is installed in each of the villas. The artist has covered these circular “eyes” with the glitter of coloured glass, giving a chromatic experience that reverberates with the signature colours of Cheval Blanc Randheli.

Cheval Blanc Randheli, an island entirely dedicated to spa rituals and well-being

Artfully placed between the tropical greenery and the crystal-clear waters of the ocean, each of the 46 villas is a private retreat offering a unique experience and a spectacular sense of space. All are available with one or two bedrooms, and each has a large living room and spacious bedrooms, which guide the eye to the dazzling panorama.

Each has a double dressing room and a bathroom that acts as a window on the lagoon with indoor and outdoor showers. Each has a private 12.5m swimming pool with an infinity edge and an adjacent pergola or pavilion for dining facing the ocean.

Cheval Blanc Randheli, an island entirely dedicated to spa rituals and well-being

The 15 Island Villas (between 240m2 and 355m2), nestled among the exotic plant life and palms, offer one or two bedrooms and are particularly suitable for families. A private white sand beach and a lush garden have an outdoor dining area. Perched on stilts and presiding over stunning views of the Indian Ocean, the 15 over water villas (240m2) present an ideal refuge for romantic escapes.

A large terrace gives access to a 12.5-meter-long private swimming pool, a pergola and a relaxation area with an outdoor shower — a dreamlike setting for renewal and romance. Built on stilts, the 15 villas with garden (between 240m2 and 355m2) boast fresh and verdant garden areas, along with numerous sunny terraces, relaxation areas with an outdoor shower, and 12.5-meter infinity swimming pools.

Cheval Blanc Randheli, an island entirely dedicated to spa rituals and well-being

Accessible by a dedicated jetty, a private island —at the centre of the crystalline Randheli lagoon — is entirely devoted to this villa just a few minutes from the main island. The spectacular dimensions and exclusive features of this villa inspire a sense of unfettered freedom. The specifics: four bedrooms, three large adjoining lounges — including a piano lounge — a projection room, two majestic dining rooms — one indoor and one outdoor — a private spa and fitness room on stilts, a 25-meter infinity pool, and an independent villa for friends. All the services of the resort, and much more, are available.

Cheval Blanc Randheli, an island entirely dedicated to spa rituals and well-being

With a sense of refinement and unsurpassed savoir-faire, Cheval Blanc prides itself on its Art of Hospitality, providing its guests with the most memorable experiences. A team is always at your disposal to prepare excursions and customize activities to ensure that you enjoy unforgettable moments. Fine art is also central to the Private Island experience, through the work of Lang and Baumann, recalling the waves in the colours of Randheli. Cheval Blanc Randheli Private Island makes a perfect private refuge, ideal for a stay with family or friends to enjoy Cheval Blanc Randheli, out of sight and in elegant comfort.

The Spa

Ferried there aboard a traditional dhoni, guests arrive at Spa Cheval Blanc Island, where six treatment villas, there to provide guests with tranquillity and relaxation, overlook the translucent waters of the lagoon. A wide range of treatments offered by Guerlain includes two created especially for Cheval Blanc Randheli — the Sun Ritual and the After Diving Experience.

Cheval Blanc Randheli, an island entirely dedicated to spa rituals and well-being

Four single and two double treatment villas — The Orchid villas — are stages set for discovering Guerlain’s exceptional products, one collection dedicated entirely to well-being, with others for skincare, makeup and perfume. To complete the possibilities for pampering, a Leonor Greyl Hair Spa offers analysis and natural, personalized, and exclusive treatments and styling. The hammams provide a moment of relaxation in the tropics, complemented by a pool of revitalising cold water.

The delicious, balanced options on the Spa Bar menu include detox dishes and healthy delicacies with fruity flavours. The Spa Island, with its large swimming pool and soothing beach, is ideal for those seeking a care-free day of relaxation and pampering. The island’s yoga master invites guests to join individual or group sessions with classes such as Sunrise/Sunset yoga, Aerial, Power or Weight Loss yoga for all levels, as well as Hatha, Ashtanga or Vinyasa yoga for intermediate or advanced yogis. Meditation brings body and mind to a maximum level of tranquillity. A personalised retreat program aimed at developing balance, harmony, boosted immunity or detoxifying the body is developed over three to five days, with personalised follow-up after the stay at Randheli.

Art de Recevoir

The French Art of Hospitality is at the heart of the Cheval Blanc philosophy. To this end, specialists known as Alchemists imagine and create personalised experiences for the guests with unparalleled attention to detail, providing indelible memories for all. In each villa, a dedicated Majordome is available around the clock to ensure that guests’ wishes are fulfilled, whether it is unpacking suitcases, preparing snorkel gear, or providing the kind of attentive actions that bring joy and surprise to daily life.

Cheval Blanc Randheli, an island entirely dedicated to spa rituals and well-being

Guided by the Alchemists of Cheval Blanc, guests can enhance their stay by choosing an experience created especially for them. Go fishing Maldivian style for a moment of calm on the ocean, swim with the turtles, share a bootcamp day on an island with family or friends, escape during a romantic getaway, or even get married with your bare feet in white sand. The possibilities are endless…

Culinary Arts

The culinary arts reign at Cheval Blanc Randheli, with lively, surprising and deliciously varied restaurants: ranging from the top-end, fine-dining restaurant to a Teppanyaki overlooking the ocean. In sum, you have at your disposal five restaurants, four bars, and personalised catering to your villa or elsewhere under the label “Carte Blanche.” The signature concept of Cheval Blanc Randheli, the White serves international cuisine with local notes and Maldivian specialties in a casual-chic atmosphere.

Cheval Blanc Randheli, an island entirely dedicated to spa rituals and well-being

The impressive contemporary architecture blends perfectly with the white sand beach and calm turquoise waters. In this extraordinary environment, diners can choose to have lunch with their feet in the sand, overlooking the lagoon or inside with the possibility of privatizing a dining room.

The White Bar — at the pool — serves cocktails, refreshments, pastries and light fare throughout the day. At nightfall, its terrace is transformed into a festive bar. Comfortable cabanas by the pool and the hammock on the beach invite you to relax in the shade of palm trees or to pass a romantic evening under the twinkling stars.

The Cheval Blanc signature gourmet restaurant, Le 1947, owes its name to the most prestigious vintage of Château Cheval Blanc. The chef combines French savoir-faire with local flavours and offers an extensive menu that changes regularly. Adjoining the restaurant, Le 1947 Bar with its grand piano features a wine cellar stocked with the most exceptional vintages.

The list includes established properties and New World discoveries, there to be enjoyed during private tasting sessions. An elegant and comfortable Cigar Museum completes this dining experience. La Table de Partage elevates the art of sharing and conviviality in a private dining room.

Cheval Blanc Randheli, an island entirely dedicated to spa rituals and well-being

As it would be at home, the menu, created in collaboration with the chef according to the wishes of the guests, is accompanied by the best wines and champagne served in magnums. The Carte Blanche menu allows full flexibility for dining on your own. The chefs are always available to orchestrate, on request, an elaborate dinner or a picnic on the beach. As you wish — it can be an Asian repast or a dinner with Indian spices, among other options —and everything will be served just where you want it.

The Diptyque, a space playing on the dualities of East Asia and Japan, is inspired by the concept of “live” cooking and the interaction between guests and chefs. Each evening, the dedicated team demonstrates its culinary skills before the diners seated at the counter, inviting them on a delicious journey of discovery.

Cheval Blanc Randheli, an island entirely dedicated to spa rituals and well-being

Diners have the option of enjoying the Diptyque experience outside with a view of the ocean. Dinner can be recommended by the chefs or chosen à la carte between Nigiri, Makimono, and Sashimi or specialties such as Gyoza, Tempura, and Dim Sum. Surrounded by the tropical garden and facing the ocean, the new Teppanyaki experience will thrill guests looking for culinary showmanship and artistry. Among the menu choices: beef from Japan, yellow-tail, lobsters caught in Maldivian waters, and vegetables from the chef’s own garden.

Open to the ocean, this restaurant’s heart beats with the pulse of the Mediterranean. The Deelani serves inspired dishes drawn from the kitchens of Spain, France and Italy, with notes of Turkey, Greece and Morocco. Throughout the day, homemade ice cream, sorbets and granita are offered in the solarium before the restaurant atmosphere transforms for the cocktail hour. In the evening, enjoy tantalising tapas and fresh seafood prepared Mediterranean style. Mezze, prosciutto, risotto, ossobuco and pizzettas are there to share.

Cheval Blanc Randheli, an island entirely dedicated to spa rituals and well-being

The Spa Bar specializes in fresh and light cuisine that detoxifies and creates nutritional balance. The chef reduces salt in favour of spices and herbs and plays with contrasts between sweetness and acidity to reveal the purity and flavour of the dishes. A host of fruit-rich smoothies are offered, as well as many featuring lesscommon ingredients such as acai, maca, hemp, chia, camu-camu, and spirulina.

The beauty of the Maldives ocean is not only due to the colour and transparency of the water but also to its wealth of marine life: explore the Kuredu reef, known for its large population of turtles, or take a dip in picturesque and UNESCO-protected Hanifaru Bay, a renowned nursery for manta rays and different species of shark. These adventurous possibilities together with numerous other experiences await you at the Cheval Blanc Randheli resort.

For more information, visit chevalblanc.com

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