Emerald Maldives Resort & SPA has made its official debut today. A real first in terms of spectacular and unusual design and with an outstanding deluxe all-inclusive offering, the resort offers ‘Natural Elegance’.
The resort had a grand opening event today evening inaugurated by the former president and current speaker of the parliament of Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed.
The 20-hectare Emerald Maldives Resort, which has just opened, is located in the Northern Maldives archipelago in the Raa Atoll and has a 120-hectare lagoon which is home to 1.7km of coral reef, as well as its own private marina which can be accessed by seaplane.
The US$200m property has 120 villas that have been constructed using bamboo, natural stone and “Langhi Langhi” leaves.
Designed by architect Edward David Poole, each villa exudes contemporary and tropical influences to create modern and unique interiors. From the outside, the villas blend harmoniously with the backdrop of the serene, tropical island and on the inside awaits nothing short of a masterpiece. Poole’s striking design includes enormous sparkling, white marble bathrooms with lavish silver mirrors and color-blocked bedrooms with exotic marine life wall art to compliment.
All guests stay on a deluxe all-inclusive basis, which means when they arrive at Emerald Maldives, they don’t have to worry about a thing. Deluxe all-inclusive allows guests to dine at any of the four resort’s restaurants as many times as they like during their stay. They can help themselves to the villa mini bar which is restocked every day, enjoy premium spirits and all non-motorised water sports at no additional cost.
When it comes to dining, Emerald hasn’t missed a trick, covering cuisine from every continent there are four fantastic restaurants to choose from, each with their own menu, style, theme, and ambiance. Boasting the first and only South American restaurant in the Maldives is the popular Amazonico, serving dishes like ceviche with passion fruit dressing and meats and fish from the huge open fire grill which takes center stage in this atmospheric restaurant. Nestled in the center of the island amongst the palm trees, there are red lanterns that are strategically placed to mirror the effect of an open campfire, offering guests an authentic rainforest experience! Carefully curated by head Chef Aldo Cadu, other culinary highlights include Asiatique’s live cooking shows in front of the teppanyaki grill and fresh Maldivian lobster at the Beach Club Grill Restaurant. The signature Aqua Restaurant offers bare-foot luxury at its finest, and with a variety of cooking stations, chefs are able to bring guest’s culinary dreams to life.
Emerald Maldives offers extensive water sports facilities, and some of the best diving in the Maldives at the five-star Diving Centre where guests can even get their PADI license. Spanning 1500 sqm, the resort’s Dolphin Kids Club is one of the largest in the Maldives with its own zip wire that journey’s from one side of the island to the other and welcomes kids from the age of 3-12 on a complimentary basis.
Home to a sumptuous haven of tranquillity, Emerald SPA, can be found a secluded corner of the private island, offering a range of Balinese and Thai treatments across 10 air-conditioned treatment rooms, as well as a Turkish bath, sauna, and jacuzzi. Elemis treatments are also available for guests seeking a sensory wellness experience with a difference. Situated on one of the quietest parts of the island, the Yoga Pavilion is the perfect setting to truly switch off and offers breath-taking sunrise yoga sessions. The resort has also been built with sports and fitness lovers in mind with two large tennis courts, two paddle courts and an air-conditioned Gym & Sports Centre with a state-of-the-art Technogym. Personal trainers are available to all guests too.
The resort has prioritized sustainability by using long-lasting Langhi Langhi leaves to build the canopies, and solar panels on every villa to power the entire resort’s hot water. In a bid to reduce single-use plastic waste, the resort uses paper straws as well as glass bottles and the island is home to a recyclable water irrigation system and composting facility.