Four Seasons Maldives Voavah, St. Regis Maldives Vommuli amongst best new hotels

Two newly opened resorts in Maldives have been included by Condé Nast Traveler amongst the best hotel openings of the past year.

Condé Nast Traveler announced on Tuesday the winners of its 2017 Hot List with 75 properties around the world recognised as the best hotel openings of the past year. From the Maldives, the Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah and The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort made it to the list.

Run by Starwood Hotels and Resorts, The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort opened its doors in November with just 77 villas spread across the private island in Dhaalu Atoll. The resort offers six innovative dining experiences and and overwater spa.

Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah opened in December, becoming the world’s first exclusive-use hideaway in a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. This secluded two-hectare haven transcends the private island experience by being “entirely yours” from the moment of booking with seven bedrooms, a Beach House, a dive school and a 62-foot (18.9 metre) yacht offering ultimate privacy for up to 20 guests at a time.

In a statement, Condé Nast Traveler said its team of editors, reporters and photographers flew a collective 529,500 miles, slept in roughly 200 beds and had passports stamped in more than 50 countries to select the winners. The HOT LIST selection process started with 675 contenders and ended with 75 winners, it added.

“Our annual Hot List, a rigorous selection of our favourite new hotel openings of the past year, is a predictor of what properties will stand the test of time, make history, and let you reimagine how you want to live and travel,” says Pilar Guzmán in her editor’s letter.

“Our goal is that these properties spark the heat of early romance in the beginning, and then eventually settle into enduring love.”

Over the past three years, dozens of uninhabited islands in the Maldives have been leased to local and foreign resort developers. Several international brands have entered into the market, increasing the number of resorts to 120. That number is set to increase as the government has announced the opening of some 20 new resorts by the end of this year.

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