After three years of development and construction, the sparkling new InterContinental Maldives Maamunagau resort officially opened on September 1 with butler service at each of their villas.
“We’re not just in the business of selling rooms, we sell experiences,” says Stefan O. Huemer, General Manager of the InterContinental Maldives Maamunagau. The resort is located in the southern tip of the Raa Atoll, not far from the country’s only UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. In addition to being the brand’s first hub in the Maldives, the 81-villa property is also the first anywhere to offer Club InterContinental benefits to all guests, elevating the experience for all who check-in.
The butler service is one of the signatures of the resort, with the dedicated host taking care of everything from personalized mini-bar and making spa appointments to organizing activities like secluded island dinners, stargazing sessions, outdoor movie nights, campfire storytelling, wine tastings, and all manner of water sports and snorkelling/diving/sailing excursions. In addition to this service, complimentary club benefits are offered to all guests that include a daily buffet and a la carte breakfast (served at the all-day dining Café Umi and the adults-only The Retreat), multi-tiered afternoon tea service, and evening cocktails and canapes. Other meals and drinks can be taken at one of the six restaurants and bars, which range from the seafood-focused, Southeast Asian-flavored Fish Market (also home to a boat-shaped Sunset Bar and an impressive wine cellar) to The Lighthouse, a romantic spot for 360-degree views and Mediterranean-influenced fare from an El Bulli-trained Spanish chef.
The resort has also partnered with Manta Trust in support of the Maldivian Manta Ray Project, to nurture a safe habitat for the manta rays within the resort’s lagoon as well as providing guests with information and opportunity to swim alongside these graceful creatures and snorkel in underwater coral gardens.