In pictures: Raffles opens luxury Maldives Meradhoo

New Raffles resort in the Maldives contains 21 villas on one of the world's largest and most remote islands.

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Raffles has announced the opening of the 21-villa island resort in Gaafu Alifu Atoll.

Raffles Maldives Meradhoo is set at the southern end of the Maldives archipelago, near the equator.

The resort is accessible by domestic flight, 55 minutes from Male International Airport followed by 15-minute speedboat ride from Kaadedhdhoo Airport. 

It includes one Raffles Royal Villa, 16 over-water villas and 21 beachfront villas. 

The main island is home to Beach Villas and Beach Residences, now open, with private pools, marble bathrooms with a sunken bathtub and outdoor shower.

Patrick Basset, Accor’s chief operating officer for upper Southeast and Northeast Asia and the Maldives said: "Boasting 1,200 islands, Maldives is home to the best beaches in the world and now, with the opening of Raffles Maldives Meradhoo, is also home to the best of luxury hospitality."

The Raffles Royal Residence and a secluded collection of over-water villas and residences can be reached by a traditional Maldivian Dhoni boat, and is set to open in the last quarter of 2019. 

Guests can enjoy the Thari all-day diner, Yuzu, Peruvian and Japanese fusion restaurant and The Firepit, where various flame-grilled chef speciality dishes are served.

Set over the water, the award-winning Raffles Spa offers a private escape with luxury facials, body treatment and manicures.

It is Accor’s fourth property in the Maldives and is the first under the Raffles brand.

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