As talks of extending the Trans-Tasman travel bubble to the Pacific Islands begins to ramp up, roughly 12,000 kilometres away, the Ritz-Carlton Maldives has just opened in the Fari Islands archipelago.
Located 45 minutes away from Velana International Airport by boat – or 10 minutes via seaplane – upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by the striking designs of late Aussie architect, Kerry Hill. Having drawn inspiration from the “circular forms of lagoons, swirling ocean breezes, and cyclical nature of island life”, Hill’s architectural fingerprint and aesthetic ambitions are evident all throughout the resort facilities (which currently hosts over 100 beachfront and overwater stays).
Ocean frontage and direct access to picturesque white sands aside, the Ritz-Carlton Maldives offers private indoor pools, outdoor showers, overwater hammocks, a lounge area which seamlessly blend the villa interiors with the immediate environment, 24/7 service from an aris meeha – or personal butler – as well as a private chef depending on what level of accommodation you choose to spring for. Your usual run of restaurants + bars, tropical island activities, and spa treatments can also be enjoyed here.
“Expanding into this destination is something we have had our eye on for a long time, as we continue to evolve our portfolio, [and this] is the perfect moment for us to debut in the Maldives,” Donna McNamara, Ritz-Carlton Vice President & Global Brand Leader, tells Robb Report.
“Especially as luxury travellers continue to seek out opportunities for meaningful exploration and reconnection, as well as destinations that offer access to open spaces and natural beauty.”
One-bedroom villas start at US$1,500 (AU$1,9340) per night, while two-bedroom villas and the Ritz-Carlton Estate will set you back around US$4,400 (AU$5,688) and US$22,500 (AU$29,000) per night, respectively.
Hit the link below for more details on the newly-opened Ritz-Carlton Maldives.