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Mandarin Oriental announces a private island resort in Maldives

Luxury hospitality brand Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced a new private island resort in the Maldives, one of the most dreamy places on Earth.

The resort, which is presently under development on a pristine Indian Ocean site, will stretch across three private islands on Bolidhuffaru Reef in South Male Atoll. The resort will be accessible by a 20-minute speedboat ride from Male’s Velana International Airport.

The Mandarin Oriental resort, scheduled to open in 2025, will feature 120 stand-alone villas, of which 56 will be overwater villas and 64 will be beachfront villas. The resort will also feature 10 branded Residences at Mandarin Oriental. Ranging in size from 200 to 1,000 square metres, the villas will be some of the largest in the market, each providing exclusivity and seclusion, with private pools and sweeping ocean views. The hotel group says that it is working with a number of international consultants to ensure sustainability best practises are followed in all stages of the development.

There will be 6 dining outlets, including 3 speciality restaurants and a sunset bar. In addition, creative indoor and outdoor event space will provide unique locations for meetings, social gatherings and weddings.

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James Riley, Chief Executive of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, said:

Mandarin Oriental is focused on developing its resort portfolio and has been looking to enter The Maldives for some time. This project represents the right opportunity for the Group.

Spacious wellness facilities will be located in the resort’s tropical gardens, and will include 12 treatment suites, vitality pools, sauna and steam rooms as well as a beauty salon. Mandarin Oriental’s team of wellness practitioners will offer tailored experiences and the Group’s signature treatments.

Surrounded by white sand beaches and the vibrant coral reefs for which The Maldives is renowned, the resort will provide a picturesque backdrop from which to enjoy a variety of activities including wellness experiences and watersports. Additional leisure activities will include a watersports and dive centre, tennis courts, a kids and teens club, a swimming pool and numerous private coves and beaches to explore.

The 34-hectare site is being developed by DAMAC Properties, part of Dubai-based DAMAC Group, one of the world’s foremost luxury real estate developers.

Hussain Sajwani, Chairman of DAMAC Group, said:

The DAMAC brand is synonymous with luxury products and service, and so we felt The Maldives was a perfect fit for us. DAMAC has extended its global footprint outside of the Middle East, from the UK to Canada, and we are thrilled to have reached The Maldives as well. We look forward to working with Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group to manage our new resort on this beautiful island.

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