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Thursday, March 5, 2009

Maldives next hot spot for Mandarin Oriental


Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is expecting to open a new property in the Maldives within the next year set to include 114 stand-alone villas and feature 20 water villas.

Set to launch before March 2010, the new Maldives property is being constructed on its own private island 185 kilometres away from the capital city of Male, or a 45 minute seaplane journey.

“Mandarin Oriental, Maldives will be a unique and extraordinarily private hideaway retreat that offers our guests tranquillity and seclusion in a stunning, natural setting. We look forward to bringing Mandarin Oriental’s renowned levels of service to this important leisure destination,” said Edouard Ettedgui, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group CEO.

Villas will begin at 300m² and go up to 1,750m² for the four Presidential Villas. Each villa will include its own pool, landscaped garden and ocean views.

Developed by local firm Athama Investments, Ibrahim Abdul Latheef Athama Investments Managing Director promises, “On opening, this luxurious retreat will embody Mandarin Oriental’s legendary service philosophy and the unique sense of place inherent to all its hotels.”

Select villas include spa facilities, extends over coral reef and offers sunset and sunrise views.

Seven restaurants and bars will be made available at the property, and includes an all day poolside cafe and bar, a beachfront restaurant, an underwater wine cellar plus dining room, and a Maldivian grill.

A fitness centre, badminton court, tennis courts, squash courts, a soccer field and outdoor lap pool are also incorporated into the Mandarin Oriental, Maldives’ facilities.

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