From an atoll resort to gourmet dining, new-age fashion and heritage museum tours, this season cannot get any better
Just when you thought that the Maldives had no space left for yet another hotel, Raffles announced the opening of its 38-villa resort on the Gaafu Alifu Atoll, which is far removed from the gaggle of resorts located all over the island state. Although the parent company, AccorHotels, has three properties in the Maldives, this is the first under the Raffles brand, known for its collection of uber-luxe establishments. One can choose from a wide range of beach villas and beach residences or stay at the Raffles Royal Residence, to be opened later this year. The property lies next to one of the vibrant house reefs that can be reached by a traditional dhoni boat. Guests can watch marine life through glass flooring panels. The over-water villas also look magical. It will be interesting to see how the resort fares in a region that is stunningly scenic, no matter where you stay.