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Legendary Luxury: 5 Things to Know About Raffles Maldives

November 22, 2022
An aerial view of Raffles Maldives

One of the world’s most iconic hotel brands meets the holiday destination of dreams: welcome to Raffles Maldives.

Exuding the timeless charm of the original Raffles in Singapore, Raffles Maldives opens the door to legendary luxury in arguably the most beautiful destination on Earth. Join the glamorous list of discerning adventurers who have chosen Raffles as their base in some of the world’s most iconic hotspots: including Dubai, Paris, Bali and now, the Maldives.

From an island-themed take on Singapore’s Long Bar (even serving up a Maldivian version of the Singapore Sling) to meeting whale sharks on a bespoke excursion and pampering treatments in the overwater spa – we reveal why Raffles luxury and the Maldives make a perfect pairing.

It’s the first time Raffles luxury has ever hit Maldivian shores

A favoured destination for loved-up honeymooners and well-to-do travellers, the Maldives has long been synonymous with luxury resorts – and now one of the world’s most iconic brands has made its mark on the archipelago. Embodying the Raffles tagline of ‘true luxury is not just about what you do, it’s about how you feel,’ this unique resort is split across two private islands. Expect unparalleled indulgence and superior dive spots from the moment you step onto the Main Island, home to 22 villas, the overwater Raffles Spa, two restaurants and an island interpretation of the legendary Long Bar. Meanwhile, the Overwater Island houses 16 villas and breathtaking views from the Nikkei-inspired Yuzu restaurant and Yapa bar.

Expect classic Raffles cocktails & dining with a twist

Yuzu at Raffles Maldives, one of the places to eat at Raffles Maldives.

You’ve no doubt heard of a Singapore Sling, the cocktail made legendary by Raffles’ original Long Bar – but how about a Maldivian Sling? A tropical twist on the classic, this refreshing drink is made with gin, cinnamon, clove and coconut, and will linger in your memory long after you’ve left the island. After sipping a Sling, it’s time to decide where to eat. Will it be Thari, offering tastes of Southeast Asia and the Mediterranean? Or maybe you’d like to dine by the light of an open fire and tiki torches at The Firepit, where succulent smoked dishes are on the menu. For a taste of Japan there’s overwater restaurant Yuzu, where sustainably line-caught fish is crafted into delicate ceviche and sushi. No matter which one you choose, sparkling lagoon views come standard.

The villas are dreamy & have 24-hour butler service

Sunset Overwater Villa with Pool, one of the places to stay at Raffles Maldives.
Sunset Overwater Villa with Pool.

Tropical island dreams come true in Raffles Maldives’ unbelievable villas – some of the most spacious in the archipelago. The cherry on top of each is the private pool, where laidback moments of bliss await. Beach Villas boast views over the white sands, while the Overwater Villas exude iconic Maldives glamour, offering you the chance to step straight from your private deck into the sparkling lagoon below. For added romance, choose a Sunset Overwater Villa with unbeatable evening views or stay in a spacious Residence. All villas and residences come with 24/7 personal butler service, assisting you with everything from unpacking to dinner reservations and private poolside drinks.

The overwater spa is world-leading

Raffles Spa, one of the things to do at Raffles Maldives.
Raffles Spa.

Pampering takes on a new level of bliss at Raffles Spa, where expert therapists offer personalised treatments in a dreamy overwater setting (or in the comfort of your villa, should you prefer). This is your chance to completely switch off and unwind, with a focus on de-stressing, rehydrating and even beating jet lag. Luxe, sustainable products meet traditional Maldivian techniques in treatments such as hot stone massages, mineral facials and soothing coconut aloe body wraps. Continue your wellness journey in the lagoon-view fitness centre or with sunrise yoga on the spa deck and sunset yoga on the soft white sands.

Encounter whale sharks & turtles

A seabob expedition at Raffles Maldives, one of the things to do at Raffles Maldives.
Seabob at Raffles Maldives.

The Maldives is never short of extraordinary experiences – which is especially true when staying at Raffles. Encounter gentle whale sharks in the reefs of the Gaafu Alifu Atoll during a bespoke journey on a traditional Dhoni boat. Let Raffles’ marine biologist guide you as you spot whale sharks (the largest fish in the world), dolphins, manta rays and more. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet the resort’s 25 resident hawksbill turtles on one of Raffles’ regular turtle-watching expeditions. Learn how the species nest and navigate, and what the resort is doing to protect them. Other unforgettable adventures include house reef snorkelling, sea fishing and diving.

Looking for more inspiration? Check out Which Maldives Resort is Best for You.

About Anna Tabrah
Passionate foodie, avid traveller and lover of coffee and wine. When I'm not busy enjoying these things, you'll find me writing about them instead.

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