Few companies know luxury like LVMH Moët Hennessy, the conglomerate behind many of the world’s most well-known high-end brands including Louis Vuitton, Moët & Chandon and of course Hennessy cognac. Recently, the French luxury giant has been extending their white gloves out into the world of hospitality. Cheval Blanc Randheli (Noonu Atoll, Republic of Maldives;+960 301 6000; www.chevalblanc.com/randheli/en), which opened in November, is the second Cheval Blanc Maison by LVMH Hotel Management.
The property is located in the Maldives, on the unspoiled Noonu Atoll. After arriving in the archipelago nation’s capital of Malé, guests at Randheli will fly 40-minutes to the resort in the Maison’s own bespoke seaplane.
Great attention has been given to the privacy of guests and ensuring a feeling of space. This is reflected in the sleek design of each of the resort’s 45 villas; with lofty cathedral style ceilings framed by seven-metre high handcrafted doors and a strong sense of openness created by the continuation of the interiors into the outdoors. The architecture is complemented by stylish interior design furnished with materials from the Indian Ocean and natural textures – teak, rattan, bamboo, thatch and coconut shell. A collection of 45 sculptural colour “spots” by artist Vincent Beaurin also makes each villa truly individual. Outdoors, all villas feature a 12.5m private infinity pool and dining pergola or pavilion plus a private beach, spacious overwater decks or dedicated gardens.
Cheval Blanc does not have mere concierges. Instead, they have “Experience Alchemists” who are dedicated to planning tailor-made activities and bespoke surprises for each guest. The numerous dining options are also at the level you would expect for an LVMH property. The highlight is Le 1947, a restaurant set amongst lush tropical vegetation and named after Château Cheval Blanc’s most sought-after Grand Cru. It serves up impeccable French cuisine with a touch of local inspiration, with a wine cellar stocked with rare vintages to complete the experience.