EMERALD MALDIVES RESORT & SPA
Amongst the 1,200 islands of the Maldivian Archipelago, Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa extends over a luxurious private island of 20 hectares, surrounded by 100 hectares of a splendid crystal blue lagoon. Boasting 120 villas, half of which are built directly on the water, the resort was designed with its surrounding environment in mind, both to make the most of the fantastic scenery but also with a focus on safeguarding the surrounding nature and territory.
Developed by the Emerald Collection – an Italian company renowned for its construction and management of luxury all-inclusive resorts across East Africa, the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean – Emerald Maldives Resort & SPA, a new luxury five-star retreat, officially opened its doors just before the new year. Located in the Raa Atoll, the resort is surrounded by 1.5km of soft white sand and boasts 120 luxurious villas, both contemporary and tropical in design, divided into 60 beach villas and 60 overwater villas.
All villas have been built to harmoniously blend with the local environment, with carefully studied landscaping and perfectly crafted materials such as bamboo, natural stone and Langhi Langhi leaves.
Designed by architect Edward David Poole, each villa exudes contemporary and tropical influences to create modern and unique interiors. From the outside, the villas blend harmoniously with the backdrop of the serene, tropical island and on the inside awaits nothing short of a masterpiece. Poole’s striking design includes enormous sparkling, white marble bathrooms with lavish silver mirrors and colour blocked bedrooms with exotic marine life wall art to complement.
All villas enjoy an elegant, cosy and relaxed ambiance, a modern and comfortable style. Each one features two flat satellite TVs, a king size bed or an interconnecting room, walk-in and outdoor ‘under the stars’ showers and a spacious bathtub able to accommodate two, a spacious dressing room and walk-in closet, room-controlled air conditioning and overhead fans.
With 11 categories of villa to choose from, each has easy access to the stunning white sand beach and deep azure waters with some located in front of the resort’s private marina and seaplane arrival on-land and others stilted on the water. Depending on villa category, guests can enjoy their own private pool, private garden, covered, open, or waterside patio, spacious bedroom and living areas, walk-in wardrobe areas, jacuzzi, with the presidential villa including a bar and kitchen as well as a jetti area just below the generous patio deck and swimming pool. The Royal Beach Villa sits across two floors and even has its own private massage lounge.
The resort offers guests a choice of four restaurants, in addition to a Sunset Pool Café and Sunrise Café. The Emerald SPA offers Balinese and Thai treatments in ten air-conditioned bungalows, and comprises a jacuzzi, sauna and Turkish baths. The resort also features a Kid’s Club, Technogym, two tennis courts, two paddle courts, plus a water sports centre and five-star diving centre.
Unusual to any private island, Emerald Maldives houses a wraparound reef which means guests are never more than a few footsteps away from an encounter with exotic fish, turtles or manta rays. The 120-villa resort is located on the Raa Atoll, renowned for having some of the most diverse marine life in the world and boasts one of the largest lagoons in the Maldives.
“With Emerald Maldives Resort & SPA, we wanted to create a sanctuary for guests who wish to escape the pressures and stress of modern-day life. For couples, the new resort offers intimacy and an oasis of calm and connection, while for families, the island is a fun-filled haven and the perfect recipe for long lasting memories,” says Simone Scarapicchia, Partner and Director of Sales & Marketing for Emerald Maldives Resort & SPA.
Guests stay on deluxe all-inclusive basis, which means when they arrive at Emerald Maldives, they don’t have to worry about a thing. Deluxe all-inclusive allows guests to dine at any of the four resort’s restaurants as many times as they like during their stay. They can help themselves to the villa mini bar which is restocked every day, enjoy premium spirits and all non-motorised water sports at no additional cost.
When it comes to dining, Emerald hasn’t missed a trick, covering cuisine from every continent there are four fantastic restaurants to choose from, each with their own menu, style, theme and ambience. Boasting the first and only South American restaurant in the Maldives is the popular Amazonico, serving dishes like ceviche with passion fruit dressing and meats and fish from the huge open fire grill which takes centre stage in this atmospheric restaurant. Nestled in the centre of the island amongst the palm trees, there are red lanterns which are strategically placed to mirror the effect of an open campfire, offering guests an authentic rainforest experience. Carefully curated by head Chef Aldo Cadu, other culinary highlights include Asiatique’s live cooking shows in front of the teppanyaki grill and fresh Maldivian lobster at the Beach Club Grill Restaurant. The signature Aqua Restaurant offers bare-foot luxury at its finest, and with a variety of cooking stations chefs are able to bring guest’s culinary requests to life.
Emerald Maldives offers extensive water sports facilities, and some of the best diving in the Maldives at the five-star Diving Centre where guests can even get their PADI licence. Spanning 1500 sqm, the resort’s Dolphin Kids Club is one of the largest in the Maldives with its own zip wire that journeys from one side of the island to the other and welcomes kids from the age of 3-12 on a complimentary basis.
Home to a sumptuous haven of tranquillity, Emerald SPA, can be found a secluded corner of the private island, offering a range of Bailnese and Thai treatments across 10 air-conditioned treatment rooms, as well as a Turkish bath, sauna and jacuzzi. Elemis treatments are also available for guests seeking a sensory wellness experience with a difference. Situated on one of the quietest parts of the island, the Yoga Pavilion is the perfect setting to truly switch off and offers breath-taking sunrise yoga sessions. The resort has also been built with sports and fitness lovers in mind with two large tennis courts, two paddle courts and an air-conditioned Gym & Sports Centre with a state-of-the-art Technogym.
The resort has prioritised sustainability by using long-lasting Langhi Langhi leaves to build the canopies, and solar panels on every villa to power the entire resort’s hot water. In a bid to reduce single-use plastic waste, the resort uses paper straws as well as glass bottles and the island is home to a recyclable water irrigation system and composting facility.
A real first in terms of spectacular and unusual design and with an outstanding deluxe all-inclusive offering, guests will be wowed by this exceptional new resort.
DEVELOPER: Emerald Collection
DESIGN: Edward David Poole