Best of the Best 2018 - 144
CHEVAL BLANC RANDHELI
N OON U A TOLL, MA LDIVES
N E I G H B O R H O O D Noonu Atoll
Cheval Blanc Randheli's signature Art de Recevoir welcomes guests with a certain elegance. A
seaplane with designer interiors carries you to this paradise north of Malé, where 46 villas take
palm-roofed cabana living to a new level. Villas face the horizon for the utmost privacy; admire
the views by your infinity pool while your butler sees to your every wish and an Alchemist customizes experiences for your stay. Guerlain-designed treatments are found on the Cheval
Blanc Spa island, while fine dining at Le 1947 rivals international gastronomic restaurants. For
a most exceptional stay, the Owner's Villa is an ultra-exclusive retreat.
$150 food and beverage credit per stay.
Expect transformative experiences from
your Alchemist - barbecues on private
sandbanks, sunset diving, deep-sea fishing
and even island drop-offs from a luxury yacht
for a treasure hunt.
Distance from Malé Airport (MLE): 40 minutes
Size: 46 rooms Room Style: Contemporary Vibe: Casual
VELAA PRIVATE ISLAND
N OON U A TOLL, MA LDIVES
N E I G H B O R H O O D Overlooking a Cerulean Ocean
Velaa Private Island is so fantastical, snow falls here. At least it does in the Maldives' only snow
room, just one of the ultimate indulgences of this ultra-luxe resort. Privileged guests can relax
in luxury at My Blend by Clarins Spa, hone their short game at the golf academy by Ryder Cup
Captain José María Olazábal or explore the undersea world with a Seabob, or "Bond-style,"
submarine. Polite luxury is the motto here, where all 47 private villas - 18 suspended over
water - feature private pools and butler service.
$100 value resort credit per stay.
The My Blends by Clarins Spa - built over
the water, on a jetty - also offers cloudshaped treatment pods that rock you into
Distance from Malé Airport (MLE): 121 miles/194 km
Size: 47 rooms Room Style: Contemporary Vibe: Zen
GILI LANKANFUSHI MALDIVES
N OR TH MA LÉ A TOLL, MA LDIVES
N E I G H B O R H O O D Islands
As if in a dream, the tiny coral island of Gili Lankanfushi appears along one of the loveliest lagoons in the Maldives. The 45 stilted villas float surreally above the luminous waters; for total
seclusion, seven Crusoe Residences are accessible only by boat or pontoon. There's a full
PADI diving school and plentiful watersports; at the oversea Meera Spa, the lapping waves are
as healing as its ages-old therapies. Among the many dining options is an underground wine
cellar, accessible by glass staircase, and their signature restaurant By the Sea has a new teppanyaki grill.
A DV I S O R T I P
30-minute spa treatment for two; tapas
with glass of champagne per person; and,
when staying five nights or more, roundtrip
speedboat airport transfers.
Perfect for couples, the seven Crusoe
Residences provide the ultimate in privacy
and understated luxury. Your downstairs
bathtub is actually in the ocean!
Distance from Maldives Airport (MLE): 7 miles/11 km
Size: 45 rooms Room Style: Indigenous Vibe: Casual