Hot on the heels of Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands' opening this summer, another brand under Marriott has now landed in the archipelago nation.
Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa has opened its doors on Thilamaafushi, the southern pocket of Lhaviyani Atoll, a 35-minute seaplane journey north of Velana (MLE) International Airport, Malé.
Spanning nine hectares, the 141-villa resort offers a selection of one, two and three-bedroom villas overlooking pristine beaches, the Indian Ocean or turquoise lagoon.
The new resort has six restaurants and bars, including signature restaurant Tabemasu; adults-only bar Riviera; Waves Café offering farm-to-table dining; Velaa Bar + Grill by the pool; The Le Méridien Hub, which serves custom-brewed, barista-crafted coffee beverages; and all-day dining Turquoise.
For relaxation, guests can head to the Explore Spa by Le Méridien or two infinity pools. There's also the Waves Lifestyle Hub, a boutique lifestyle space outfitted with a fitness studio and yoga pavilion positioned high in the jungle, as well as Waves Café, a contemporary arts studio slash retail shop.
Unique to Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa is Thilamaafushi Marine Master's, a specially designed programme led by the resort's marine biologist to engage young minds on topics such as atoll topography, coral identification and health monitoring, turtle identification and for young adult's ray and shark protection.
The Marine Hub offers a range of conservation programmes including snorkelling with the marine biologist to learn about marine life at the resort's house reef and marine expeditions to some the atoll's 50 dive sites.