Jean-Michel Gathy opens Cheval Blanc Randheli in Maldives

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    Jean Michel-Gathy of Denniston Architects has unveiled his latest design creation, Cheval Blanc Randheli, one of the most anticipated new hotel openings in the Maldives. Cheval Blanc Randheli is an intimate and contemporary 45-villa haven on the unspoiled Noonu Atoll, a 40 minute journey north of Malé, which guests will enjoy in the Maison’s own bespoke seaplane for an exceptional holiday start.

    The property offers stylish design and a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, in the serene setting of the Maldivian archipelago. Cheval Blanc Randheli provides a setting that caters to guests’ every desire; a sanctuary in which to relax and enjoy a rare and inspired variety of services and facilities. This will be combined with an exceptionally personal service approach, expertly delivered to carefully craft memorable experiences for guests – from couples and honeymooners to families and groups of friends.

    The Maison has been conceived in synergy with the island’s natural surroundings, lush vegetation and lagoon views. Contemporary yet indigenous, graceful and understated, it is the perfect balance of modern architecture and traditional inspirations. The flow of the resort creates a residential feel that is full of surprises and variety. An abundance of settings have been designed for guests to use as per their disposition – for relaxation, for contemplation, for invigoration, for conversation or simply to enjoy a stunning view. The property will feature some spectacular dining options, which Jean-Michel admits was a challenge, with the need to create both high-spec and casual restaurants and bars on an island.

    Great attention has been given to the privacy of guests and ensuring a feeling of space. This is reflected in the sleek design of each villa. Large glass doors, on both sides of the villa, open fully onto the idyllic landscape or can be closed to create a warm and cosy atmosphere. The sheer volume of space in the buildings and the doors in the villa bedrooms are the aspects the designer believes really have the wow-factor.

    The graphic architecture is complemented by stylish interior design furnished with a mix of materials from the Indian Ocean and Europe but with natural textures being the essence – teak, rattan, bamboo, leather, bronze, thatch and coconut and shell. This is in turn enhanced by a vivid palette of colours; white, taupe and oyster grey with splashes of pop yellow and green, bespoke design elements and a residential-style medley of artwork throughout. A collection of 45 sculptural colour “spots” by artist Vincent Beaurin also makes each villa truly individual.

    Daniel Fountain / 28.11.2013

    Editor, Hotel Designs


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