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It’s hard to imagine there are many undiscovered places in the world, and far fewer that could be the home to a new luxury hotel. But this December Emerald Maldives Resort & SPA will open on a private island in the Maldives surrounded by miles of pristine fine white sand.

Located on the immaculate Raa Atoll, the new five-star ultra-all-Inclusive resort will feature 120 villas across 20 hectares of a lush private island. The island is one of the biggest in the Maldives and boasts a wraparound reef within walking distance of the beach. So, guests don’t need to swim farm to spot diverse marine life.

To protect the pristine natural beauty and enhance the experience for guests, the resort was built around the existing vegetation. The result is a mix of beach and overwater villas with views of the crystal blue ocean. Some of the beach villas even boast outdoor showers surrounded by plant life, giving a bathing-in-the-jungle vibe.

Edward David Poole, an American architect, living in Singapore, designed the entire property using a mix of Singaporean and Italian inspired styles and art. In addition to using traditional and sustainable elements like bamboo framing and Langhi Langhi canopies, Poole also used color blocking and created elaborate white marble bathrooms with glamorous silver mirrors, a modern design unlike anything else you’ll find in the Maldives.

Of course, the service matches the five-star design. Guests have a choice of four restaurants, including the first and only South American restaurant in the Maldives. There’s a state-of-the-art water center, a team to craft customizable experiences, one of the biggest kids clubs in the Maldives, an Elemis branded spa and hidden gems like a yoga hut on the quietest part of the island for sunrise and sunset. And the property goes out of their way to keep honeymooners and families separate, so each feels like they’re getting a curated experience.

No wonder the property’s slogan is “Oasis of Bliss.”


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