GHM is on track for the opening of its first resort in the Maldives later this year, the 99-villa The Chedi Kudavillingili. Named after the coral island on which it is located, the property will feature 36 overwater villas, 63 island-based villas and a central 150-metre-long pool.
“Our plans for The Chedi Kudavillingili will showcase the enduring beauty of the Maldives and its people, but we will also remain true to GHM’s tenets of intuitive luxury, timeless designs, bespoke experiences and quality service,” said Hans R. Jenni, GHM’s co-founder and president.
Since its founding in 1992, GHM has taken the road less travelled into destinations not so well known at the time, opening resorts such as The Nam Hai in Vietnam, The Chedi Muscat in Oman and The Chedi Andermatt in Switzerland. Each won renown for designs that embraced local archetypes and were then enhanced by an alchemy of Asian aesthetics and contemporary cool.
“I’ve always been impressed with GHM’s work – particularly with The Chedi Muscat,” said Dr. P. Mohamed Ali, chairman of the MFAR Group, the project’s owning company. “I’ve seen the kind of impact a GHM resort can have on a destination, and I am looking forward to how GHM will redefine the luxury resort experience in the Maldives, just as they have done in Muscat.”
GHM expects the majority of the resort’s guests to come for the quiet, placid waters and the pristine sands, for sunset cruises, barbecue dinners and fishing expeditions.
The Chedi Kudavillingili will launch a spa with eight overwater treatment rooms, a beach club and bar, an all-day dining restaurant and Hawkers Stalls featuring four live cooking stations. Recreational opportunities on the island run the gamut from courts for several different sports to surfing and a plethora of on-the-water and underwater pursuits.