IN THE PIPE­LINE

BE ON THE LOOK­OUT FOR TH­ESE OTHER PLUSH RE­SORTS DE­BUT­ING NEAR AND FAR IN 2019.

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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.

BAGLIONI RE­SORT

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.

RAF­FLES MAL­DIVES

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.

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