IN THE PIPELINE
BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR THESE OTHER PLUSH RESORTS DEBUTING NEAR AND FAR IN 2019.
WALDORF ASTORIA MALDIVES ITHAAFUSHI
The luxe icon is sauntering back into the Maldives on three islands a mere 20-minute speedboat from Male. Expect all the brand's haute service and stylings in its beach and overwater villas, plus treehouse dining and an organic eatery. The star looks to be the spa, which will feature an outdoor bathing circuit and a hammam suite. hilton.com; expected Q2, 2019.
Everything at this Italian-owned resort has a hint of its brand's native land—a big plus in the dining arena. Presidential Water villa guests are eligible for the Assoluto Programme, a tailor-made en-suite journey of the best of Italy, including fashion, food and wine. From its April 1 opening date until the end of next June, rates resort-wide (including villas from
US$1,068) represent a discount of 40 percent. baglionihotels.com; expected April 1, 2019.
For those whose definition of paradise means the maximal farflung and a minimum of finger-lifting, the new Raffles is ready for your bucket list. Way down at the south end of the Maldives are two private islands, a natural one for the beach villas and a man-made one stocked with overwater villas; all of the just 38 total residences and bungalows come with 24-hour butler service. Nearly alone in the remote Gaafy Alifu Atoll, the feeling of exclusivity is palpable. The coddling starts with VIP transfers from Male international airport to your seaplane and extends through to the overwater spa where treatments are inspired by ancient rituals and use native ingredients. raffles.com; expected Q1, 2019.
SAII LAGOON MALDIVES
Absurdly prolific starchitect Bill Bensley designed the playful, tropical rooms and villas at this Curio Collection by Hilton hotel that's a quick boat ride from Male. Create your own toiletries in the Aroma Lab, enjoy exclusive access to Café del Mar beach club, and pop over to The Marina @ Crossroads Maldives—the country's first integrated tourist destination, with restaurants, shops, and a marine protection center. saii resorts.com; expected January 2019.
HARD ROCK HOTEL
In the same integrated resort lagoon as SAii, this hotel stands out for its musical roots, with its Roxity Kids' Club and Teen Spirit Club catering to the family. The Sound of Stay program offers use of Fender guitars and Crosley record players. Dining options include a Mexican spot and the iconic Hard Rock Café. hardrock hotels.com; expected Q1, 2019.
In a Raffles Maldives Ocean villa. Hard Rock Hotel's Rock Star suite.
An Ocean villa bedroom, SAii Lagoon Maldives. The pool bar at Baglioni Resort.