Le Cheval Blanc Randheli belongs to the LVMH Group of luxury brands where you can find an oasis of privacy, elegance, contemporary architecture and hospitality as an art form. The Villas are designed to give you the impression you are alone in paradise, while the staff makes every effort to look after your well being on the highest level I have ever experienced. You can reach the island by water plane heading north just 40 min off of Malé , the capital city of the Maldives.
The first air views of the island strike you with color and allow you to get a birds-eye view of the setting you can call home for as long as you stay. The top photo is the spa island with its 25m pool above the ocean where we received a complimentary jet lag neck massage! That really won my heart ! But the nicest and friendliest welcome was given by the Resident Manager and his staff shaded by yellow umbrellas while they were waving their hands high up in the air. Can it become any better?
The doors are 7m high and the pool of each villa is 12,5m long. There is luxury skillfully blended with Maldivian inspiration and a villa for the little ones to play in is like a private kindergarten which ensures fun and joy for parents and their children. Water sport activities, tennis and a gym help you work off the extra calories.
The Spa has breathtaking views for sunset and the pool is one of its kind.
Breakfast is served either at the villa or at the White Bar and as you can see the bread is just as good as it would be in Paris at the boulangerie around the corner.
Dining is called culinary art and this is an understatement. The most sophisticated is Le 1947 where a set menu of 13 courses is offered after a short visit to the Wine Museum where two bottles of the famous Cheval Blanc 1947 are on display.
Then you can have lunch at the White Bar or the Deelani, the Italian restaurant, our favorite ! The chef is Ellis from Puglia and his food tastes just like anywhere in Italy on a piazza.
The Dyptique is on one side a Japanese restaurant and on the other side a Spanish Tapas restaurant. We all loved the Japanese!
What impressed me most:
With a natural warmth and kind manner each ambassador of the hotel meets you throughout the day with a smile and excellently trained manners. Christian Dior Perfumes designed a unique fragrance for soaps and candles and from the crew on the ferry to the gardener. They are all perfumed and well dressed. You might be thinking this is nothing special, but for me, having a very sensitive nose, this was one of the first things I noticed.
The detail on everything, the thoughtfulness of the concept and the cleanliness at dive centre! was impeccable – nothing is left unattended, not a single wish !
Getting around? Either by foot, buggy service or ferry. But each guest has their own bike!
If you have not been able to come and stay, I hope you enjoyed the peak view by me.