The Chedi Kudavillingili will house 36 overwater villas and 63 island-based villas. Credit: GHM
MALDIVES - Located on a 1-km coral island called Kudavillingili, The Chedi Kudavillingili will open later this year. It is run by GHM which has opened resorts such as The Nam Hai in Vietnam, The Chedi Muscat in Oman and The Chedi Andermatt in Switzerland. Maldivian architecture anchors the resort's overarching aesthetic appeal.
The resort will house 36 overwater villas, 63 island-based villas, a spa with eight overwater treatment rooms, a beach club and bar, an all-day dining restaurant and hawkers stalls featuring four live cooking stations. Recreational opportunities on the island range from courts for several different sports to on-the-water and underwater pursuits. Besides enjoying the placid waters and pristine sands, the resort will offer sunset cruises, barbecue dinners and fishing expeditions.
"Our plans for The Chedi Kudavillingili will showcase the enduring beauty of the Maldives and its people, but we will also remain true to GHM's tenets of intuitive luxury, timeless designs, bespoke experiences and quality service," said Mr Hans R Jenni, GHM's co-founder and president.
"I've always been impressed with GHM's work - particularly with The Chedi Muscat," said Dr P Mohamed Ali, chairman of the MFAR Group, the project's owning company. "I've seen the kind of impact a GHM resort can have on a destination, and I am looking forward to how GHM will redefine the luxury resort experience in the Maldives, just as they have done in Muscat."