US$35 million Reconstruction
|6 July 2005, Singapore…Hilton Worldwide Resorts has completed the redevelopment
of its regional flagship property. Hilton Maldives Resort & Spa now
boasts 100 brand new villas on the main island of Rangalifinolhu – all
exquisitely designed for barefoot luxury in the comfort of a stunning 6-star
The US$35 million reconstruction of Rangalifinolhu Island required the
demolition of all existing villas and buildings and took 15 months to complete.
It features facilities that are a first of their kind. The island’s 79
beach villas, most of which have private pools and an exclusive slice of
the beach, are the largest beach villas in Maldives.
Hilton Maldives Resort is built on two islands, Rangali and
Rangalifinolhu, linked by a 500-metre footbridge across
a clear blue lagoon.
Rangalifinolhu also swanks The Spa Retreat by Hilton – the country’s first destination spa. Twenty-one villas have been exclusively designed with full spa facilities, treatment suites and a restaurant. It is a “resort-within-a-resort” set at the tip of the island with separate facilities and personalised services and also offering the total spa experience.
The other superlative facility is “Ithaa” – the first of its kind all-glass undersea restaurant that was launched in April 2005.
The redeveloped island is linked to the Rangali Island, which has 50 water villas, a spa and three restaurants connected by a 500-metre footbridge. Together, the islands entrench the reputation of Hilton Maldives Resort & Spa as a premier resort in the country.
“We can now offer visitors the widest choice of accommodation and dining options”, says Carsten Schieck, General Manager, Hilton Maldives Resort & Spa. “Many of our guests are repeat visitors. We are now able to diversify their experience with three distinct products across two islands each time they come to Hilton Maldives. Guests have an option of staying in water villas, beach villas with a private pool and beach, or having a rejuvenating break at the Spa Retreat”
Schieck highlighted that response among Hilton Maldives’ clientele for the new products has been encouraging. The first week of operations saw 70 per cent occupancy on both islands. The resort has also announced exclusive deals and special offers targeting customers from key markets.
The Spa Retreat
Located at the tip of the island, the Spa Retreat is a brilliant destination spa facility. It is a secluded and peaceful haven set on stilts over the lagoon, offering an escape from the bustle of city living. The self-contained resort-within-a-resort comprises of 21 Spa Water Villas, a luxurious spa with nine therapy suites and a gourmet spa restaurant.
The Spa Retreat presents a holistic spa experience that combines therapies, cuisine, daily consultations and lifestyle activities. The Spa Retreat has been developed based on the Western philosophy of four traditional elements of earth, air, fire and water – each having its own characteristics that promote well-being.
The Mandhoo restaurant within the spa facility serves spa cuisine, which is healthy as well as flavourful. The food is prepared with ingredients sourced from organic or biodynamic producers.
Scattered around the tropical gardens of Rangalifinolhu Island, the 79 stylishly designed villas have a stunning beachfront, located just steps away from the powder white beach. Forty five of them have private pools. Up to 300sqm of the elegant indoor / outdoor living space is arranged around a courtyard with a cascading fountain. Enormous glass doors substitute walls that open up to a lush tropical garden. One of the key highlights is the large outdoor bathroom with a thatched roof bathing pavilion that offers a spectacular view of the ocean. The outdoor shower nestles comfortably under the shade of banana and frangipani trees.
The seven restaurants and three bars set the resort up to be a gourmet’s paradise, offering an outstanding choice in out-of-the-world settings: by the water, over the water and uniquely, under the sea at the world’s first aquarium-styled restaurant. Called “Ithaa” or pearl in the local Dhivehi language, the restaurant is five metres below the ocean waves, with a 180-degree underwater view and surrounded by a vibrant coral reef.
Hilton Worldwide Resorts is an upscale, global resort network with a collection of 47 resorts, located in exotic places, making up the world’s largest global choice. Currently, 34 resorts are operated by Hilton International, 11 by Hilton Hotels Corporation and two by Conrad.
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