From September 2017, the European hotel group, AccorHotels will start functioning on private island of Meradhoo within Gaafu Alifu Atoll in Maldives. The resort, which has been taken over from Dhevanafhusi Maldives Luxury Resort, will be gradually upgraded before being rebranded as Raffles by 2018.
Vincent Yeo, CEO of CDL Hospitality Trusts, the property owner said that the appointment of AccorHotels for the resort will progress to optimise its asset potential and redefine this resort at the very top end of the luxury resort sector in the Maldives, following the re-positioning exercise in 2018.
The property currently features 21 island villas and 16 ocean villas with private pools, along with three restaurants, a bar, spa, an over-water fitness centre, water sports facilities and a PADI-certified dive centre. Facilities like private dining and private chef along with 24-hour butler service will also be provided henceforth.
Speaking to the Accor Hotel’s Chief operating officer, Upper Southeast and Northeast Asia, Patrick Basset said, “We are thrilled to announce our very first luxury resort in the Maldives at a time when the region is enjoying excellent growth, especially with travelers from Asia Pacific. AccorHotels is bringing to the resort our expertise in delivering unparalleled luxury experiences renowned in our Raffles, Fairmont and Sofitel brands.”
The Dhevanafushi Maldives Luxury Resort is a 55-minute flight from Male International Airport, followed by a 15-minute speedboat transfer.