Baglioni Resort Maldives, Emerald Maldives Resort amongst Leading Hotels’ most anticipated 2019 openings

Upcoming Baglioni Resort Maldives and Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa have been recognised as the most anticipated openings of the year amongst the newest hotels and renovations in the The Leading Hotels of the World collection.

This year, Leading Hotels is slated to introduce more than 20 outstanding new builds located around the globe. Post-renovation reopenings will also be prevalent, with six properties recently opening their doors for curious travellers to enjoy in 2019 and seven scheduled to reopen and welcome guests this year.

“We look forward to an exciting year ahead, following a strong 2018 where Leading Hotels welcomed more than 50 remarkable hotels to our portfolio,” said Deniz Omurgonulsen, Vice President, Membership, The Leading Hotels of the World.

“The 2019 new additions demonstrate notable growth in countries such as Spain, Japan, the United States, and the Maldives. Our more than 20 anticipated openings and numerous renovations will provide travellers with diverse luxury accommodations in popular and emerging destinations, and a fresh perspective on their respective locales. Collectively, the hotels offer innovative design, thoughtfully curated amenities and local experiences, as well as attentive high-touch service, defining contemporary elegance and comfort.”

Set on the island of Maagau in Dhaalu atoll, Baglioni Resort Maldives will become the first Italian luxury five-star resort in the Maldives when it opens on June 1, 2019.

Accessible by a 40-minute seaplane flight from the main Velana International Airport, this exclusive island is surrounded by turquoise water, velvet white sand and tropical nature, allowing guests to experience a bespoke stay – with a distinctly Italian touch – in the heart of the Indian Ocean.

Guests can make the most of their leisure time with a different sporting activity every day, or simply let go and unwind at the Baglioni Spa, offering a deeply relaxing experience with a variety of indulgent treatments in a lush, leafy setting. The entire experience is tastefully enriched by prestigious gastronomic options to satisfy the most discerning international clientele.

Created from sustainable materials and employing eco-sensitive practices to minimise the environmental impact, Baglioni Resort Maldives is the perfect destination for an unforgettable holiday.

Opening in June 2019, Emerald Maldives Resort and Spa is managed by Rome-headquartered hotel chain Emerald Collection. The resort is being developed on the island of Fasmendhoo in the northern Raa atoll, which is accessible by a scenic 40-minute seaplane flight or a 30-minute domestic flight from the main Velana International Airport to Ifuru Domestic Airport followed by a 20-minute speedboat ride.

With a collection of private beach villas and overwater bungalows — many with their own pools and Jacuzzis — Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa combines contemporary comforts with warm tropical flourishes. The resort’s four restaurants, ranging from Mediterranean, to Asian and South American cuisine, as well as wellness offerings like the spa, diving centre, and sports facility invite guests to relax and recharge amid crystalline blue waters and unspoiled nature in the middle of the Indian Ocean.

Comprised of more than 400 hotels in over 80 countries, Leading Hotels is a collection of uncommon luxury hotels.

Established in 1928 by several influential and forward-thinking European hoteliers, Leading Hotels has a nine-decade-long commitment to providing remarkable, authentic travel experiences. The company selects only hotels that meet its high standards for quality and distinctiveness, resulting in a curated portfolio of hotels united not by what makes them the same, but the details that make them different.

Leaders Club is the company’s exclusive tiered guest loyalty programme, consisting of like-minded travellers seeking uncommon travel experiences. The programme provides its members with personalised service and exclusive travel benefits to enhance their stays at any Leading Hotel around the world.

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