Inspired by the local environment, Blink Design Group, UK, created the Rafﬂes Maldives Meradhoo. Enveloped in the sanctuary of the Gaafu Alifu Atoll, the 38-villa resort, marked Rafﬂes’ debut in the Maldives.
Design elements throughout the property depict nuanced takes on marine life and sea creatures, with selected colours associated with Rafﬂes and motifs inﬂuenced by the island.
As materials on the island are scarce, Blink sourced and designed a mix of imported and custom-built furniture suitable for indoor and outdoor use. Sea coral lamps mingle with ﬁgures of starﬁsh, sea urchins, and turtle shells made from ecologically friendly resin material. Coral patterns and classic stripes alternately appear on linens and upholstery.
Rafﬂes Maldives Meradhoo’s villas and residences are designed to be discreet and lavish, with a prudent composition of raw and polished furnishings in teak and dark oak complemented by rattan and straw accents. Seven-meter-high ceilings with exposed beams painted in grey blue allow natural light to ﬂood into the rooms, adjusted with fully retractable blinds that lend the feel of a colonial home.
Super-king-size four-poster beds are crowned with white canopies and elevated atop solid dark wood platforms. Bathrooms were ﬁnished with marble, replete with a walk-in outdoor shower and double vanities. In addition to the residences and villas, Blink also designed the spa, the three restaurants and the bar.
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