The intuitive nature of the service aptitude adopted by the Raffles brand goes as far back as 1887 when it opened its doors in one of the world’s most revered destinations, Singapore. In the Golden Age of Travel, Tigran Sarkies and three of his brothers had a grandiose vision of making the pillars of Raffles brand to be of luxurious accommodation, exquisite food, and polished services around the clock. The undertones comprehended in the symbolic Raffles logo which is a Travellers Palm reflects on the brand’s infinite thoughtfulness and its potentiality to keep on flowering. 

Raffles Singapore became praised as “the savoy of Singapore” with well-known literary personnel in the likes of Rudyard Kipling being its foremost dwellers. W. Somerset Maugham was quoted as saying, “Raffles stands for all the exotic fables of the East.” At present the Raffles brand lives on, each of its properties embodying respect for the past, combining it with the future, creating emotionally luxurious experiences. 

The Raffles storytelling embraces the Maldives with its recent unveiling of Raffles Maldives Meradhoo, an island in Gaafu Alifu Atoll—one of the world’s largest coral atolls. The rich history of the atoll lying in the southern tip with its naturally beautiful vegetativeness makes it the perfect storytelling spot for another prestigious Raffles property. The island itself captures the essence of the atoll, allowing its revellers to escape and feel safe simultaneously. 

A 55-minute domestic aeroplane ride with an additional 15 minutes on a speedboat takes you to your sanctum. Right before you get your first glimpse of the island, you will be pampered with a blissful preview of the Raffles Spa treatments. Your travel fatigue is instantly rejuvenated in just ten minutes, creating a holistic space within you, even before you put your feet on the island. 

The islands’ unmatched, yet complementary architecture with its Feng Shui concept of design encircles a pleasing blue colour in its exteriors. The blue accentuates the topicality of the island whilst entwining positivity. The Beach Island Experience opened in May, with all its categories paving pathways out to the beach, enriches you in a soothing environment with its own private garden and pool. In any corner of the villas, you can sense the thoughtfulness of the structure as it envelops you in warmth. 

The sunken bathtub is a special feature of the villa, where you can create a bubbly invigorating bath to soothe your senses. The Raffles desk, a strong pillar of the accommodation, is one corner in which well-gleaned knowledge or thoughts was put to paper whilst being comforted in à la mode luxury with natures tranquillity. The villas of the Overwater Experience will be opened in September, which is to be an oasis away from the land, a floating euphoria of its kind which can be reachable via a ferry from the island. You can feel completely disconnected in a good way in the seclusion this experience evokes. 

The sensational culinary experiences at Raffles Maldives Meradhoo is sophisticated in their delicacies to their wholesome meals giving off cuisine with character. Thari, the informal space of the island is where you can enjoy crisp pastries and ripe fruits at breakfast, a la carté dishes and nutritious salads at lunch, in addition to themed dinner nights where the theme commingles with the dishes presented. The Firepit offers you unwarranted views of the sunset or the silvery sprinkle of stars on a clear night whilst you sit back and enjoy a refreshing cocktail or a chilled glass of wine from its remarkable sommelier selection. 

You may additionally watch the chefs conjure up a feisty feast using ancient methods of cooking. The Long Bar, where the famous drink named Singapore Sling originated from, reimagines the iconic drink with a local recipe when a new property is opened. Thus, the Maldives Sling is born here on Raffles Maldives Meradhoo without a doubt coconut being one of its ingredients along with a hint of Maldivian Chilli. With a list of vintages to match those of the British Royal Cellars, the Long Bar is a luxurious affront of the island where conversations take place with beautiful drinks and wee bites as a palate booster. 

Yuzu, Nikkei Cuisine, which is part of the Overwater Experience set to be unveiled in September, offers a well-rounded fusion of Peruvian cuisine with Japanese influences. Its menu is served at present in the Private Dining Room in the Beach Island Experience too. This cuisine will captivate your tasting senses in the richness of its rare legacy. Adjacent to Yuzu, Yapa Sunset Bar takes you in an alluring space, where you can indulge in Japanese Sakes or a heavenly cocktail using Pisco, Mezcal or Tequila. The world-leading mixologists will guide you with the varied flavours with or without complimenting sushi, sliders or oysters. Upon request, you can choose to have caviar on a sandbank to where you will be whisked away on a jet ski or on starry nights you can choose to have a “sunken” dinner on the sand. 

Crossing over the sturdy little bridge onto the dome-like welcoming area hoisted above stilts in the ocean, you are immersed in aromas of zen. You get attuned to the subtle hues of blues amidst the sensuality of holistic welfare. The concept of the Raffles Spas that is practised globally is all about the journey to your emotional well-being. The inspiration for the philosophy at the Raffles Spa is centred on the lotus flower, known for its symbolism towards purity, revitalisation and its raw natural strength. The product philosophy is committed towards sourcing products of luxury that gives the desired end results in addition to being environmentally sustainable. 

Biologique Recherche, is a brand recognised for its clinical approach towards beauty with ingredients in its purest form. Aromatherapy Associates is a truly British brand transforming the experience towards aromatherapy to be therapeutic and holistic. Together with Margaret Dabbs London, being in the top tier of offering the best possible manicure and pedicure treatments, it is the brands gracing the treatment rooms at the Raffles Spa. Apart from the treatments, you can practise yoga with the ocean as your view, get your adrenaline pumping at the fitness centre or take a revitalising dip in their outdoor swimming pool as your Raffles Spa is not only about spa treatments but about your wellness too. 

The story continues at Raffles Meradhoo Maldives, creating a sense of tradition and savoir-faire with its admirable consistency in its spirited hospitality. With service like a soft breeze, in luxury that is unrivalled in its simplicity yet efficiency, the Raffles journey in the island of Meradhoo, will leave you feeling zestful yet grounded. A balance is sought in every chapter of your Raffles journey. 

Villa Features 

  • Private pool
  • Private terrace
  • Living area
  • Personal bar
  • Nespresso machine and tea set
  • Walk-in closet
  • Yoga mat
  • Beach Bag
  • Bathroom amenities
  • His and hers vanity
  • Separate walk-in shower with rain shower head
  • Deep soaking bathtub
  • Bathrobes

Technology 

  • Complimentary high-speed internet connection (wireless)
  • 55-inch HD LED television 
  • High quality surround sound audio system

Services 

  • Raffles Butler service
  • Children’s Butler service
  • Marine Butler service
  • Packing and unpacking service 
  • Digital international newspaper 
  • 24-hour in-villa dining
  • Access to the Wellness Centre

Room Categories | Room Sizes | Bed Type | Occupancy 

  • Beach Villa – 220 m2 (2368 Sq. ft) / King / 2 people
  • Deluxe Beach Villa – 260 m2 (2799 Sq. ft) / Super King 300cm x 200cm / 4 people 
  • Beach Residence – 260 m2 (2799 Sq. ft) / Super King 300cm x 200cm / 4 people 
  • Raffles Royal Residence – 1400 m2 (15069 Sq. ft) / Super King 300 cm x 200 cm / 8 people 
  • Overwater Villa – 230 m2 (2476 Sq. ft) / Super King 300cm x 200cm / 2 people
  • Sunset Overwater Villa – 230 m2 (2476 Sq. ft) / Super King 300cm x 200cm / 2 people
  • Overwater Residence – 300 m2 (3229 Sq. ft) / Super King 300cm x 200cm / 4 peopleSunset Overwater Residence – 300 m2 (3229 Sq. ft) / Super King 300cm x 200cm / 4 people