Mandarin Oriental has announced plans for a new resort property situated on a cluster of private islands in the Maldives.

The resort will stretch across three islands on Bolidhuffaru Reef in South Male Atoll, accessed by a 20-minute speedboat ride from Male’s Velana airport

There will be 56 overwater villas and a further 64 beachfront villas, ranging from 200 to 1,000 sqm and each featuring private pools.

Facilities will include three specialty restaurants and a sunset bar, as well as indoor and outdoor event space, tropical gardens, a swimming pool, 12 spa treatment rooms, vitality pools, sauna and steam rooms, a beauty salon, tennis courts and a watersports and dive centre.

The resort is scheduled to open in 2025, with James Riley, CEO of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group stating that the group “is focused on developing its resort portfolio and has been looking to enter The Maldives for some time”.

Mandarin Hotel Group currently operates 36 hotels and seven residences in 24 countries and territories, with recent additions including the Mandarin Oriental, Shenzhen, and Mandarin Oriental Bosphorus, Istanbul.

Earlier this month the group announced plans for its first Greek property, situated in Costa Navarino on the southwest coast of the Peloponnese.

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