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COUNTRY FOCUS: THE MALDIVES


lounging in beach hammocks or by the pool and sampling the cuisine. Leveraging a partnership with another


of LVMH’s brands, Guerlain treatments dominate the spa menu and include rituals exclusive to the property. The US$300++ (€224, £178) Randheli Sun Ritual for exam- ple, comprises a scrub and enveloping oil massage to prepare the skin for tanning. General manager Renato W Chizzola says staff aim to personalise a sequence of events for guests – if they’ve been diving in the morning, staff suggest the After Div- ing Experience in the afternoon because it’s designed to relieve muscle tension and improve circulation. Other ways in which the resort supports spa awareness


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The spa has a Thai massage and yoga pavilion (top), plus six treatment rooms, while there are 45 resort villas (above)


(€157, £124) for a 60-minute massage versus US$190++ (€142, £113) – in return for a hand and foot massage to top and tail the selected therapy. Brand partnerships are at the heart of


is through the offer of a complimentary 20-minute Jet Lag Recovery massage to all guests at the start of their stay. As with most luxury spas in the


Maldives, there’s no policy of discounting but staff, at their own discretion, can look after loyal guests by extending their treat- ment time. The two double Orchidée villas are reserved exclusively for visitors who wish to elevate their experience by paying slightly more for a treatment – US$210++


Cheval Blanc Randheli’s proposition – Pucci and Hublot are two of the names stocked in the island’s concept store – but there is the possibility to work outside the LVMH stable. The spa, for example, is looking to add an organic treatment line in keeping with the naturalness of the destination. “We do have the freedom to leverage brands within the LVMH group but also with other brands that we feel fit our values and our island destination,” Chizzola concludes.


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