The sublime ‘Rania Experience’ Private Residence in the Maldives, featuring barefoot luxury on a private tropical island complete with its own luxury yacht, has been voted one of the world’s most “scene-stealing” new hotels and resorts.
The exclusive castaway retreat which includes unlimited gourmet dining, drinking and spa treatments “raises pampering to a new level”, say the judges for Conde Nast Traveler’s annual ‘Hot List 2007’.
It was recommended as both the “ultimate romantic getaway” for affluent couples and as a peerless Maldivian retreat for groups of up to 15.
“The high price tag buys you all the creature comforts, including unlimited spa treatments, yoga on demand, fishing, and diving (Rania has its own dive instructor), as well as meals prepared by chefs who consult with you prior to arrival and serve up freshly-caught seafood,” says the prestigious travel magazine.
“Nights should be reserved for lychee martinis, which you can drink on a stool dug into the surf or for sailing in a dhoni under the stars. The most memorable care comes from the three butlers, who expertly anticipate every guest’s needs.”
Offered for a minimum of three nights, the ‘Rania Experience’ is a private island in Faafu Atoll, a picture postcard paradise of white sands and turquoise blue waters surrounded by a myriad of desert island atolls, 35-minutes by seaplane from Malé International Airport.
The ‘Rania Experience’ includes private use of ‘The Rania’, a luxury 86ft yacht with indoor and outdoor lounges and dining areas, Jacuzzi, air-conditioning and a full entertainment system including home-theatre.
Designed with barefoot luxury in mind, the island encompasses the lavish air-conditioned three bedroom Rania Suite overlooking a plunge pool and a stones throw away are three individual beach villas with thatched roofs and traditional Maldivian open-air style bathrooms.
Guests can enjoy unlimited pampering at The Rania Spa, offering Ayurvedic and other specialised treatments. Massages and treatments can be taken anywhere, from the beach at sunset to the privacy of their villa or aboard the yacht at the time preferred by the guests.
Gourmet dining is cooked and served anytime and anywhere, either on the island or aboard ‘The Rania’.
Blessed with some of the world’s most spectacular sunsets, a variety of cultural shows can also be arranged on request and at an additional charge, from a lively traditional Bodu Beru (local drums) dance to a laid-back local Maldivian band.
Additional amenities on the island include a small personal gym, state of the art karaoke system, billiards, beach volleyball and badminton, satellite TV, a selection of films and a host of board games.
The ‘Rania Experience’ is limited to just one exclusive booking at any one time, making the guest(s) “king of their own island” instead of just another guest at a resort.