“Raffles Hotel stands for all the fables of the exotic East”, Somerset Maugham once wrote. Singapore’s grande dame exemplifies old-world splendour. So how does that colonial-era opulence survive a trip of some 3,450 kilometres to the very south of the Maldives? It turns out that it travels beautifully.
Raffles Maldives Meradhoo stands for all the fables of a perfect paradise. Located in the gorgeous Gaafu Alifu Atoll, this island resort is home to 22 villas, including Raffles Residences, Beach Villas and Deluxe Beach Villas.
In addition to the accommodation, the main island also houses the overwater Raffles Spa, a large freeform pool and a soft white sand beach where guests find restaurants Thari and The Firepit, the island interpretation of the legendary Long Bar (where the famed Singapore Sling was first slung in 1915).
On Overwater Island, there are 16 villas, some facing east to greet the rising sun and others facing west to capture the magnificence of the Maldivian sunset. Peruvian-Japanese fusion restaurant Yuzu, and adjacent bar Yapa, can also be found here. Imagine creative ceviche dishes made from sustainably line-caught ingredients, fished in a way that doesn’t impact the biosphere.
Influenced by Feng Shui, the overwater wellness sanctuary is a serene space. The spa pays tribute to the therapeutic power of nature. There’s also a fitness centre, daily yoga classes and a schedule of kids’ activities.