Nestled amidst the sandy white shores, lush vegetation, and crystal-clear waters of Raa Atoll, Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa is an ultra-luxe property boasting of 120 over-the-water villas and beaches, each of which offer a spectacular view and forward-thinking amenities. Out of this inventory of luxurious villas, 60 beach villas sit on the clear white sand that surrounds the resort, and the rest 60 are categorized as overwater villas, with 11 types to choose from. Striking exquisiteness is par for the course when it comes to this part of the world.
The five-star, brand-new, private island Emerald Maldives, which officially opened on December 4th, 2019, shelters the world’s most diverse marine life and envelopes one of the Maldives’ biggest lagoons. An unfamiliar feature of this private island resort is that Emerald covers a wraparound reef, just so that visitors are never further than a few steps from the sea, and probable encounters with exotic turtles, fish, and manta rays. Emerald augments the natural charm with a setup that exists in congruence with the surrounding seascape. Driftwood, bamboo, native langhi langhi leaves have all strategically been incorporated into construction. Plus, in accordance with its commitment towards sustainability and service, the property functions majorly devoid of single-use plastic. It anticipates to rely mainly on renewable energy in the next five years.
Then there is indeed the property’s biggest asset – Aldo Cadau. Emerald offers an array of international cuisines, wisely curated by the Sardinian-born chef, at its four restaurants, each with a distinct theme, ambiance, and style. It’s only obvious that the chef would end up here, at a place owned and managed by native Italians. Fun fact, Italians send more tourists to this area of the world as compared to any other country. Cadau’s focus isn’t limited to the acquainted Mediterranean cuisine; rather, he prioritizes authenticity and creativity. Between two cafes and four restaurants, widely-spread across the island’s 50 acre trail, Cadau plans and plates everything – be it Brazilian beef at Amazonico or Teppanyaki at the pan-Asian Le Asiatique. The resort’s signature Aqua Restaurant facilitates barefoot luxury dining, where chefs make dishes in front of guests at different cooking stations arranged parallel to each other. For those who want to indulge in delicacies like fresh-caught lobster, the Beach Club Grill Restaurant is the place to go to. At Emerald, Maldivian local food, too, is served every Thursday night. Bonus – the menu always varies, with an addition of new flavours and variety each time. Despite all the fancy, fashionable, outdoor setting, a lot of guests, so far, have preferred to have the delicacies at their over-water villas – after all, it’s tough to escape the privacy and seclusion of one’s own gifted space.
Now that there’s a mention of the ambiance and interiors, there’s no way to forget crediting the creators of the property – The Emerald Collection – an Italian brand popular for its management and creation of luxury, all-inclusive hotels and resorts across the Indian Ocean, Caribbean region, and East Africa. Emerald Resort was built with an emphasis on sustainability and thus, every villa has been equipped with solar panels. The island is also outfitted with a recyclable irrigation system and composting facility, and plastic waste is eliminated by using reusable glass bottles and paper straws.
At Emerald, guests can stay on deluxe, all-inclusive basis, in the sense, everything will be covered during the visit in the initial, up-front expense. You can dine at any of the listed restaurants as often as you wish, access the mini-bars, enjoy unlimited spirits, and leverage the facility of non-motorised watersports equipment without any additional cost. Not only that, the property even facilitates additional services such as a fitness centre, water sports centre, diving centre, and a kids club. With a romantic atmosphere and highly jolly ambiance, Emerald Maldives, since launch, has attained the label of being a top-notch property in Maldives from guests and critiques alike; mostly a spot where families and honeymooners can unwind, relax, and take time for themselves!