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Raffles Maldives Meradhoo - Introducing Chef Joseph William Talbot our Executive Sous Chef

Introducing Chef Joseph William Talbot our Executive Sous Chef

 

Raffles Maldives Meradhoo proudly presents Chef Joseph William Talbot, an internationally acclaimed Chef who leads the legendary gastronomical adventures here at Raffles Maldives Meradhoo as the Executive Sous Chef. Having trained by some of the finest chefs in the world including Michelin Star Chefs, he brings with him over 16 years of culinary experience to the Raffles Maldives Meradhoo family. He currently leads all three restaurants at the resorts namely, Thari, Yuzu and The Firepit, each one offering unique flavors to our legendary experiences.

Hailing from the beautiful islands of Mauritius, where Chef Joseph began discovering his culinary skills at a very young age, has revolutionized every kitchen he stepped into. He is famed for his French cuisines with a notable tropical touch that lavishly stands out in his work. An artist by nature, a talent reflected in him through his mother, takes center stage when he presents his beautiful dishes. He, according to his staff is the star of the kitchen, as he plays by his rule of teamwork, loyalty and ability to adopt. Which he states is the way forward to discovering modern day gastronomical wonders and individual success, while having fun at the same time.

If you don’t see him in the kitchen, then he is definitely out at the beach playing volleyball or snorkeling. Sometimes if you are lucky you can catch him exploring his new found skill, Photography. A man of many talents and a soul who enjoys living the best of both worlds. We at Raffles are delighted to have Chef Joseph as part of the Raffles Maldives Meradhoo family, a true Heartist by nature. We wish you the very best in all your adventures with the Raffles Maldives Meradhoo family in the years to come.

For some, the idea of the perfect tropical island vacation is doing little more than relaxing on a pristine beach in complete seclusion where you can soak up the sun and enjoy the sounds of nothing more than the waves lapping at the shore. For those who prefer to incorporate a little more adventure into their island getaway, we offer a sensational series of activities to participate in to entertain guests of all ages. At Raffles Maldives, our intention is to aid you in creating the perfect getaway at our secluded island resort where you can do as much or as little as you desire.

Have some fun in the sun

One of the finest selling points at Raffles Maldives is our stunningly private beachfront location. Based on the northern shores of the Gaafu Atoll, our property affords some of the most stunning beaches that the Maldives has to offer and the surrounding waters are nothing short of spectacular. Whether you choose to relax on the pristine sands for a healthy dose of Vitamin D or prefer to be more active in your days with us, we have the perfect selection of activities centered around the ocean and our natural surroundings to captivate you completely.

Explore the magnificent waters of the Gaafu Alifu Atoll

How you choose to experience the wonders of our underwater world is completely up to you. Our range of water-based activities includes everything you could possibly need from world-class diving to snorkeling on our house reef, to fishing the surrounding waters for a catch that is nothing short of legendary. Whether you choose to spend your time underwater or floating nearer to the surface, you are sure to be impressed with our vast collection of watersports and activities.

At Raffles Maldives Meradhoo, we are proud to offer some of the most unique water-based experiences available anywhere. Throughout the year we offer guided activities where you can meet and learn about our resident population of Hawksbill Turtles, as well as our conservation plan to protect these incredible creatures and their natural habitat. For the more adventurous guests, we offer a once-in-a-lifetime Whale Shark Encounter where you will have the opportunity to experience these majestic marine creatures which are known to grow up to 12m in length. No matter what your passion is, our highly qualified team of experts at Raffles are here to guide you in enjoying some of the most incredible water-based experiences the world has to offer.

A collection of activities for the whole family

If you are seeking a vacation that affords your family the time you need to reconnect or you would simply enjoy spending treasured moments together, Raffles Maldives Meradhoo has all you could ever ask for. From activities to entertain and inspire younger children including treasure hunts and sand art to local hikes and educational activities centered around marine biology for the older kids, you can be sure that your children are going to thoroughly enjoy every moment with us. Our team of dedicated kid’s butlers are fantastic at arranging the kind of family-centric experiences that will be memorable and enjoyable for all involved.

Relax and wind down with Raffles wellness

There is no better place to recharge than a secluded island paradise that offers the finest in modern wellness concepts. Practicing escapism is never more simple than jetting off to a remote island where you can connect with nature and become inspired by the true beauty of your surroundings. At Raffles Maldives Meradhoo, we have taken the concepts of wellness to an entirely new level with a range of activities that will see you slowing down a gear or two for complete and total rejuvenation.

For inner harmony, we offer yoga in some of the most spectacularly scenic locations around our resort where you can drink in the fresh sea breezes whilst allowing yourself to reconnect with yourself and those around you. With a complete fitness center as part of our offering, you will never have to miss a workout, even if you are a world away from home. To make the complete connection between body and mind, indulge in our Raffles Spa for a range of international treatments or indulge in our healthy selection of wellness cuisine options to make you feel truly complete.

With such a diverse collection of activities on offer at Raffles Maldives Meradhoo, you can create a vacation plan which is specific to your individual tastes. Be it an adventure in paradise or a week to switch off or quality family time, we have an incredible team of activities staff, complete with our marine butler service, to help you achieve the kind of vacation that most could only dream about.

How to choose where to stay in the Maldives

The perfect vacation deserves the perfect accommodations to ensure that your entire experience is as special as it can be. For many, a visit to a luxury resort in the Maldives is a once in a lifetime experience which can only be made more memorable with the right levels of service and stunning natural surroundings. When planning your idyllic Maldives vacation, it is important to consider the attributes of your accommodation that will only make your stay more unique, leaving you with the kind of memories which will last a lifetime.

Location, location, location

Though most of the marketing and promotions you will see for the Maldives as a destination are filled with pristine tropical beaches and sparking overwater sunsets, not all locations in the Maldives offer the same aesthetic qualities. For the true Maldivian experience that looks like it has jumped right off the pages of your favorite travel magazine, you may have to travel a little further afield than Male itself. As with most tourism destinations, the further you travel from the centralized population, the more pristine your surroundings will become. At Raffles Maldives Meradhoo, the nature surrounding our resort is completely untouched by civilization making it one of the most special places in the world for authentic natural beauty.

The creature comforts you cannot live without

Whether you are choosing a spectacular overwater villa or taking your entire family on vacation to a tropical beach residence, there are certain creature comforts that make your journey so much more enjoyable. In today’s world, one of the most prominent comforts that most cannot live without is connectivity, be it through the use of a stable WIFI connection or having access to a top of the line television within their accommodations.

At Raffles Maldives, Meradhoo we pride ourselves on offering not just your average creature comforts, but those that will take your vacation to an entirely new level of luxury. Whether you choose to stay in a beach villa with a private pool, or accommodations in our Raffles Royal Residence, you can be assured that our focus will always be on providing premium quality comforts that you will never want to leave behind.

A place of inspiration and connection

The reasons that we travel can be varied and unique but, no matter what your motivation, it is important when choosing your place to stay that you find somewhere that truly speaks to you on a personal level. Maybe that personal level is spending a period of time in an overwater residence that makes you feel as though you have entered an exclusive marine paradise, or it might be in finding a place that provides kind and caring service from our expert team of personal butlers. Whatever it is that you are seeking from your journey, choosing the right property to experience your time in any destination is an important aspect of planning an exceptional vacation.

Choosing your experiences

Planning a visit to a new destination can sometimes be just as rewarding in anticipation as the trip itself. Though some may travel for escapism and seclusion, others travel purely for the thrill of adventure and experience. If a pristine environment is what you are seeking, be it in the whitest beaches or the depths of the ocean, the Maldives offers an extraordinary level of unique and specialized experiences.

When choosing where to stay in the Maldives, you must factor in where you will encounter the most unique experiences to be had by all members of your travel party. Though there are areas of this island nation that offer incredible activities, Raffles is the luxury resort in the Maldives that can provide tailored and unique experiences which will be nothing short of unforgettable. From our Whale Shark Experience and resident Hawksbill Turtles to the spectacular house reef of the Gaafu Alifu Atoll, we can guarantee that your stay with us will be one of the most incredible times of your life.

Choose absolute luxury in the Maldives

Whether it is in the form of a deluxe beach villa or an exquisite overwater residence, Raffles Maldives Meradhoo offers some of the most luxurious accommodations in the entire country. How you choose the features of a property that will be most suited to your personal tastes is entirely up to you, but we know that you will find many of the sophisticated qualities on your checklist at our exclusive property. Browse our website or book online today and experience the Raffles brand of elegance for yourself.

Raffles Maldives Meradhoo, an idyllic resort in the Maldives’ remote and pristine Gaafu Alifu Atoll, is delighted to announce its new partnership with private jet company Vertis Aviation. The collaboration, timed with the unveiling of the property’s new Raffles Royal Residence, offers guests the ultimate retreat in a vast six-bedroom villa, located on an unblemished stretch of the resort’s blissful Beach Island.

With a superior portfolio of first-class jets, Vertis Aviation will transport guests direct to Gan or Velana International Airport, where they will be transferred to their 1,700 square metre hideaway. The Raffles Royal Residence, accommodating up to 15 guests, boasts three consecutive reception rooms and is bordered by a vast 40-metre infinity pool, with views towards the property’s private beach.

The residence, designed by Singapore-based design firm BLINK, is the perfect blend of Maldivian tradition and timeless elegance, with a hint of maritime beauty. True to the brand, Raffles’ distinct colonial style is seen in the property’s striped monsoon blinds and louvered doors, as well as in the decadent architectural details of soaring high ceilings and fully retractable windows.

Guests will have tailored opportunities to explore the many wonders of the world surrounding them. Raffles Maldives Meradhoo’s Marine Butlers can lead guided explorations of the resort’s two spectacular house reefs, while the Royal Residence Butler will be available at any time of day or night to facilitate private boat trips, hearty feet-in-the-sand meals under the shimmer of flickering tiki lights at barbecue restaurant The Firepit, or indulgent treatments at the resort’s overwater spa.

With so much space entirely and solely at their disposal, guests might simply while away days without leaving the Raffles Royal Residence at all. Spa treatments can also be arranged on site; Raffles Maldives Meradhoo’s team of Children’s Butlers can be enlisted to entertain younger visitors; and a multitude of special events, from surprise birthday parties to decadent anniversary dinners, can be happily facilitated. Up to 24 guests can gather for a show-stopping meal to remember in the villa’s kitchen and dining room. Overlooking the lagoon and with its private bar stocked with rare spirits and the finest cigars, the expansive roof terrace works just as well as an intimate eyrie for evening sundowners as it does for morning yoga sessions sound-tracked by gently lapping waves.

 The dedicated luxury travel connoisseurs of Raffles Maldives Meradhoo are on hand to tailor the trip of a lifetime for discerning guests. For more information on Raffles Maldives Meradhoo please visit www.rafflesmaldives.com. For reservations, please email reservations.maldives@raffles.com or call +960 6828800.

MALDIVES – At the southernmost reach of the Maldives, in the remote and pristine atoll of Gaafu Alifu, Raffles Maldives Meradhoo has been welcoming travellers in search of true tranquillity and complete escapism since its opening in 2019. Now, as the world slowly emerges from lockdown, this Indian Ocean idyll is ready to reveal a retreat that will provide the ultimate hideaway for those who want to relax in unparalleled style: the Raffles Royal Residence.

Occupying an unblemished stretch of the resort’s blissful Beach Island, the vast six-bedroom villa is perfect for groups of friends gathering for a once-in-a-lifetime celebration, as well as families who want to kick back and take things easy. Stretching comfortably over 1,700 square metres and accommodating up to 15 guests, the Royal Residence’s heart is the three consecutive reception rooms that border its 40-metre pool and look towards the property’s private beach. Whether savouring a fully catered barbecue, enjoying a boisterous pool party or simply admiring unimpeded views of another staggering sunset, everything the property offers can be enjoyed in absolute exclusivity.

With interiors conceived by Singapore-based design firm BLINK, the Royal Residence melds Raffles’ respect for tradition and timeless elegance with the Maldives’ unique maritime beauty and relaxed, restorative approach to luxury.

Raffles’ distinct colonial style is seen in the property’s striped monsoon blinds and louvered doors – the signature grey-blue shade visible throughout was in fact created especially for the Royal Residence and the resort more generally. The spectacular seascapes to be found immediately beyond the resort are affectionately referenced in the coral patterns that are embedded on upholstery; contemporary furniture inspired by sea life; and ecologically friendly decorations that replicate the can’t-be-bettered shapes organically produced by nature, from turtle shells to sea urchins to starfish.

Guests inspired by those flourishes will have ample tailored opportunities to explore the many wonders of the world surrounding them. Raffles Maldives Meradhoo’s Marine Butlers can lead guided explorations of the resort’s two spectacular house reefs, while the Royal Residence Butler will be available at any time of day or night to facilitate private boat trips, hearty feet-in-the-sand meals under the shimmer of flickering tiki lights at barbecue restaurant The Firepit, or indulgent treatments at the resort’s overwater spa.

Of course, with so much space entirely and solely at their disposal, guests might simply while away days without leaving the Royal Residence at all. Spa treatments can also be arranged on site; Raffles Maldives Meradhoo’s team of Children’s Butlers can be enlisted to entertain younger visitors; and a multitude of special events, from surprise birthday parties to decadent anniversary dinners, can be happily facilitated. Up to 24 guests can gather for a show-stopping meal to remember in the villa’s kitchen and dining room. Overlooking the lagoon and with its private bar stocked with rare spirits and the finest cigars, the expansive roof terrace works just as well as an intimate eyrie for evening sundowners as it does for morning yoga sessions sound-tracked by gently lapping waves.

Shaded by palm trees and flanked by silken sands, it makes an incomparable retreat for groups who, for just a while, want to leave the real world behind entirely.

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The dedicated luxury travel connoisseurs of Raffles Maldives Meradhoo are on hand to tailor the trip of a lifetime for discerning guests. For more information on Raffles Maldives Meradhoo please visit www.rafflesmaldives.com. For reservations, please email reservations.maldives@raffles.com or call +960 6828800.

We have introduced enhanced hygiene and prevention measures to ensure the safety of all of our guests and colleagues.
The ALLSAFE label, developed with and vetted by Bureau Veritas, indicates where cleanliness protocols and standards have
been elevated, providing assurance that these standards are being met – and surpassed – in our hotel.

  • Guests provided with individual sanitiser, wipes and mask
  • Contactless check-in, check-out and payments carried out whenever possible
  • Physical distancing practised in all common areas
  • Sanitiser provided in key public areas (front desk, elevators, restaurants, etc.)
  • Enhanced cleaning of guest rooms with extra disinfection of high-touch areas
  • Enhanced cleaning of public areas with extra disinfection of high-touch areas
  • Comprehensive safety and hygiene training for all employees
  • Guest access to medical professionals and tele-medical support
  • Enhanced food safety standards and new buffet protocols
  • Room service provided at no extra charge in case of restaurant closures
  • Dedicated guest hotline to answer your questions and to help you prepare for your stay
  • Dedicated ALLSAFE officers responsible for your health and wellbeing at all Raffles hotels

 

Raffles Maldives Meradhoo offers an idyllic beach retreat with a wonderful overwater world

 MALDIVES, September 11, 2019 – It seems the adage that good things come to those who wait is true. Following an exhaustive search for a suitably spectacular site, Raffles’ first resort in the Maldives, which soft-opened in May, now introduces 16 new overwater villas, set on the southern tip of the Maldives in the remote and pristine Gaafu Alifu Atoll. A palm tree-peppered private island comprising of only 21 villas and residences, a sublime spa, beachside restaurants and world-class dive centre with an on-site marine biologist, Raffles Maldives Meradhoo is a haven for beach lovers.

Just a moment away by boat and opening on 22 September, Raffles Maldives Meradhoo’s Overwater Island Experience completes the resort. With its vast overwater villas and residences, sophisticated Nikkei restaurant Yuzu and sunset-facing Yapa pool bar, it will provide unparalleled luxury to those who dream of a life spent on the water. Together these two private islands offer two distinct experiences, bound together by Raffles’ legendary service.

All the facilities of the resort – and the very best of the Maldives – will be at their full disposal. A unique offering, a Marine Butler is available to every guest and will happily lead snorkelling tours of the resort’s two remarkable and endlessly fascinating house reefs. Gaafu Alifu atoll is one of the world’s largest and deepest atolls and the astoundingly clear, blissfully warm waters immediately surrounding the Raffles resort teem with a kaleidoscope of colourful fish.  Guests are encouraged to keep an eye out for Apollo, one of the 20 resident hawksbill and green turtles that regularly swim by to say hello.

“For couples looking for an unforgettable romantic hideaway, our exceptionally spacious villas and the discreet expertise of the Raffles butler service redefines the resort experience. From intimate dining with our private chef service to snorkelling and diving in the world’s most breathtaking coral reefs, we create a place where guests can enjoy the best of both worlds in a destination known for its stunning surroundings,” said Oliver Larcher, General Manager of Raffles Maldives Meradhoo.

On the beach island, the overwater Raffles Spa combines Eastern practices with age-old local influences and offers highly personalised facials by Biologique Recherche; rejuvenating body treatments from Aromatherapy Associates; and signature manicure and pedicure services by Margaret Dabbs London. An expansive gym caters to all fitness levels; yoga sessions are held on an ocean-facing deck; a jogging route winds its way along gardens abloom with hibiscus and bougainvillea; visiting practitioners will lead practise sessions in tai chi, mindfulness and more.

Relaxed feet-in-the-sand dining is encouraged here, too. The Firepit is an outdoor barbecue restaurant where hearty seafood and meat specialities such as spicy lobster with green papaya and tender beef tenderloin are flame-grilled over the charcoal fire. The tables and chairs carved from the sand are set directly on the shore for uninterrupted views of the starlit skyline. Starting with healthy smoothies and freshly baked pastries, breakfast is a highlight at the all-day international restaurant Thari. Paying homage to its namesake at Raffles Singapore, guests can enjoy the signature Maldives Sling at the Long Bar which features a special concoction of gin, grapefruit, coconut, cinnamon and clove that mirrors the Maldivian evening sunset.

The overwater island makes the most of its seascape setting at pool bar, Yapa, where world-class mixologists create signature cocktails inspired by the spirits from South America and Japan. Enjoy a Pisco sour and delicious tacos while you watch the evening sunset over the Indian Ocean. At adjacent fine-dining restaurant Yuzu, Peruvian chef Anibal Torres serves the authentic Nikkei cuisine with a refreshing blend of Japanese and Peruvian influences using sustainable seafood from local sourced market. Bespoke dining experiences include a sunrise breakfast on a private sandbank or relish in an exclusive Champagne and sashimi by the cruise deck with the company of playful dolphins.

Wherever guests spend the night, they will reside in some of the largest villas in the Maldives – each featuring a large marble bathtub, private pool and outdoor shower. Surrounded by lush foliage, the beach villas offer a sunrise or sunset view while the overwater villas overlook the dazzlingly turquoise water.

“Accor is bringing to the resort our expertise in delivering unparalleled luxury experiences renowned in our Raffles brand. The Raffles collection now includes 14 distinguished properties in leading addresses across 12 countries and we are thrilled to welcome guests at the first Raffles in the Maldives,” said Patrick Basset, Chief Operating Officer of Accor, Upper Southeast & Northeast Asia and the Maldives.

On both islands, the luxurious two-bedroom residences provide an exclusive retreat for families and friends, while the Raffles Royal Residence offers the perfect setting for a very special celebration. Opening on the beach island next year, this three-bedroom hideaway is the ultimate Indian Ocean luxury that features an infinity pool, endless space and a retractable roof on its upper level so guests can enjoy the beautiful  night skies under the stars.

Accommodation at Raffles Maldives Meradhoo starts at US$1800 per night, including taxes and service charge, breakfast and complimentary speedboat transfers from Kaadedhdhoo Airport. An hour’s domestic flight south of Malé International Airport to Kaadhedhdhoo Airport is chargeable at US$500 net per person roundtrip.

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About Raffles

  • Raffles Hotels & Resorts boasts an illustrious history and some of the most prestigious hotel addresses worldwide. In 1887, Raffles Singapore set the standard for luxury hospitality, introducing the world to private butlers, the Singapore Sling and its enduring, legendary service. Today, Raffles continues this tradition in leading cities and lavish resort locales, enchanting travellers with meaningful experiences and service that is both gracious and intuitive. Connoisseurs of life choose Raffles, not merely for its aura of culture, beauty and gentility, but for the extraordinary way they feel when in residence with Raffles. Each Raffles, be it Paris, Istanbul, Warsaw, Jakarta or the Seychelles, serves as a venerated oasis where travellers arrive as guests, leave as friends and return as family. Raffles is part of Accor, a world-leading augmented hospitality group offering unique experiences in 4,900 hotels and residences across 110 countries.

Media Contacts

 

Joyce Ong

Vice President Communications & CSR

Accor, Upper Southeast & Northeast Asia and the Maldives

joyce.ong@accor.com

 

Javier Camón

Marketing & Communications Manager

Raffles Maldives Meradhoo

Javier.Camon@raffles.com