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An oasis in the Indian Ocean, Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa opens

Set in a picturesque corner of Lhaviyani Atoll nestled on Thilamaafushi Island, Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa is a 360-degree canvas inspired by the formation of the Atolls, fringing reefs and marine life. Spanning nine hectares, the island is a true castaway experience abundant with indigenous flora and fauna enveloped by a shimmering lagoon and coral reefs teeming with marine life, including pods of manta rays and turtles. Inspired by the essence of the Maldives, combined with a passion for culture, cuisine and design, the resort is a playful sanctuary for the curious and creative traveller.

A selection of one, two and three bedroom villas are tucked amongst the tropical landscape and dotted over the Indian Ocean, offering unparalleled views across the pristine beaches, the Indian Ocean or turquoise lagoon. The island itself is an eco-conscious haven abundant with indigenous flora and fauna, enveloped by a shimmering lagoon and coral reefs bursting with vibrant marine life, including pods of manta rays and turtles.

Guests can relax and rejuvenate at the Explore Spa by Le Méridien and the two infinity pools at the resort, or indulge at one of six restaurants and bars, showcasing global tastes and locally harvested produce – from its signature restaurant Tabemasu, featuring a lively teppanyaki counter and private open-air pavilion, to the adults only bar Riviera, a beachside playground framed by an oceanfront infinity pool and private beach.

Culinary options are aplenty at the resort with something for everyone. Turquoise is a fresh, interactive marketplace where guests can graze from breakfast to dinner with fresh ocean breezes and endless vistas. Guests enjoy local dishes alongside Asian favourites and modern European tastes.

Tabemasu, defined as “to eat” in Japanese, is a distinct dining experience where art, design and cuisine combine to create a chic dining journey featuring regional tastes that meld modern and traditional techniques with an haute-French mise en place.

Waves Café is where you can enjoy mindfully conscious eating and drinking. Feed and nourish the soul with wholesome ingredients presented in a simply light uncomplicated fashion. Celebrate the power of produce with organic and sustainably sourced ingredients.

Velaa Bar & Grill is the essence of halcyon beachside lounging, morning til night. Bask in the summer sun with light-bodied wines, hand-crafted cocktails and light dishes and once the stars twinkle relish grilled seafood, meats and wood-fired delicacies.

Those who want the freshest seafood should venture to the adults only Riviera. Lazy lunches at Riviera often culminate in views of dusk pastels touching the ocean horizon. Here, guests linger over petite plates, freshly shucked oysters and chilled seafood complemented by sparkling wines, rosé and crisp spritzes.

Rates start from $450 USD per night


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