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Bulgari will open a complex of luxury villas in the Maldives, with residence on a private island

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Italian luxury brand Bulgari is opening a new resort on a private island in the Maldives.

Scheduled to arrive in 2025, Bulgari Resort Ranfushi will be the latest addition to the Indian Ocean vacation destination and the 13th destination for Bulgari Hotels & Resorts.

The Italian-designed villa complex will be located on Raa Atoll, just a 45-minute seaplane ride from Malé and its international airport.

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Spread over 20 hectares with endless ocean views, the resort will have 33 beach villas with private pools, 20 overwater villas, and an exclusive Bulgari Villa that sits on its own private island with uninterrupted ocean views.

Aerial view of Baa Atoll and Hani Kandu Channel, Maldives, Indian Ocean.

Featuring contemporary design that fuses Italian architecture and hospitality with the heritage and attention to detail of one of the world’s oldest luxury jewelry houses, travelers can look forward to a Bulgari-influenced stay with a strong nod to the destination of the surrounding island.

Bulgari says there will also be a key focus on environmental sustainability and will create a new island designed to give the local bird population a place to nest safely.

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

Castaway Michelin Star Dining

Bulgari Resort Ranfushi will host the brand's second Il Ristorante restaurant: Niko Romito.  The Dubai outpost of the same name has two Michelin stars.  Photo: Bulgari

The Bulgari Resort Ranfushi will have four dining experiences, including Il Ristorante — Niko Romito. Curated by chef Niko Romito, this exclusive Italian twin with the restaurant of the same name at Bulgari Resort Dubai, one of only two restaurants in the emirate to receive two Michelin stars in the recently opened Michelin Guide.

Fine Chinese cuisine will be offered at Bao Li Xuan, sister restaurant to the two-Michelin-starred restaurant at Bulgari Hotel Shanghai. La Spiaggia will serve Italian beach food and Hoseki, the Michelin-starred Japanese concept that originates from Bulgari Resort Dubai, is also slated for the resort.

The indoor pool at the Bulgari Hotel Shanghai.  Bulgari's Maldives resort will be the group's thirteenth destination.  Photo: Bulgari

Relaxed glamor will be on the menu at the resort’s Bulgari bar, and there’s also a spa, fitness center, yoga pavilion, and private library.

Retail therapy can be found at the Bulgari boutique and La Galleria, a concept store where guests can find a selection of curated items from international designers.

Bulgari Hotels & Resorts Collection currently operates seven hotels around the world, with properties in cities including Dubai, Milan, London and Shanghai.

New openings are coming soon in the brand’s hometown of Rome and Tokyo next year, plus Miami Beach in 2025 and Los Angeles in 2026.

Updated: July 01, 2022, 8:31 am

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