Bulgari to launch first island resort

56-key Bulgari Maldives Ranfushi to welcome guests from 2025

Bulgari Maldives Ranfushi, render

Bulgari Hotels & Resorts has revealed plans to open its 13th global luxury property in the Maldives in 2025.

The Bulgari Resort Ranfushi, meaning Little Gold Island in Maldivian language, will be located in the Raa Atoll of the Maldives archipelago. Surrounded by pristine waters and framed by lush, landscaped gardens, the resort will spread over 20 hectares.

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The resort will comprise 54 keys including a Bulgari Villa on a separate exclusive island, 33 Beach Villas each with an individual swimming pool, 20 Overwater Villas and a full range of luxury hotel facilities.

With design paramount to all other Bulgari Hotels and Resorts by Italian architectural firm ACPV ARCHITECTS (Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel), Bulgari Resort Ranfushi will introduce to the Maldives the uncompromising contemporary style that characterises all the Bulgari Hotels.

Raa Atoll | Credit: Muhammad Saushan/Unsplash

The resort will also incorporate the highest standards of environmental sustainability, including a new island made to host the nesting bird population.

The Bulgari Resort Ranfushi will feature four distinctive gastronomic experiences: the renowned Italian Il Ristorante – Niko Romito, curated by the three Michelin starred Chef Niko Romito, the Chinese fine-dining Bao Li Xuan, twin of the two Michelin stars restaurant at Bulgari Hotel Shanghai, Hōseki, the Japanese concept already present at Bulgari Resort Dubai and the Italian beach food of La Spiaggia.

The resort will also offer a Bulgari Bar, the Bulgari Spa with an adjacent fitness centre, yoga pavilion, and a private library.

Jean-Christophe Babin, CEO Bulgari said: “We are particularly proud to have secured such an extraordinary location for the new Bulgari Resort Ranfushi, as the Maldives are a key dreamy destination for our clients from all over the world.

“We are convinced that this new gem of hospitality addition will ensure once again the highest levels of quality and innovation to our international customers and we look forward to sharing with them the Bulgari values in hospitality at this new, very exclusive location,” Babin added.

Launched in 2001, Bulgari Hotels and Resorts is a joint venture between the luxury Italian brand and hotel juggernaut Marriott International.

Bulgari Hotels & Resorts’ existing portfolio includes properties in Milan, London, Dubai, Bali, Beijing, Shanghai and Paris (opened December 2021), alongside restaurants in Tokyo. Other locations in the pipeline will join the collection in Rome (2023), Tokyo (2023), Miami Beach (2025) and Los Angeles (2026).

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