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Marriott plans luxury Maldives debut

The company is hoping that the 61-villa property will bring tougher competition to the Maldives.

Marriott International is preparing to open its first Indian Ocean resort under the luxury JW Marriott brand.

The new property will be on the island of Vagaru and was originally opened as a Viceroy resort designed by the international company Yabu Pushelberg.

The company is hoping that the 61-villa property will bring tougher competition to the Maldives with highlights including a private pool with every villa, a treetop restaurant and an expansive wine cellar.

The hotel will be a 55-minute seaplane flight from the capital Male. Guests will have a choice of five villa categories ranging from 234 to 638 square metres, all of which come with private pools and wooden decks.

There will be 29 secluded one- and two-bedroom beach villas in the island’s greenery, each with its own private beach area. There will also be a four-bedroom Royal Water Villa with nanny’s quarters.

Dining and diving
Five restaurants are planned in total, including themes such as Japanese teppanyaki, Maldivian curries and Italian bistro, along with a chef’s garden, plus a treetop restaurant serving Thai tapas.

Other features include cigar, shisha, karaoke and games rooms, a Kids’ Club by JW, reading areas, kids’ pools, obstacles and “sleep corners”. The spa will include seven treatment rooms, a gym, yoga pavilion and beauty salon.

A water-sports and dive centre with on-site marine biologist will offer deep-sea fishing, sailing excursions, parasailing, jet skiing, kayaking, line-fishing, kite surfing, diving and more.

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