Jean-Michel Gathy’s latest project to open in the Maldives

Designer Jean-Michel Gathy of Denniston Architects has announced the unveiling of his latest design creation, Cheval Blanc Randheli, at the Maldives. The property is Gathy’s second property in the Maldives; it is also the second Cheval Blanc Maison in the world.  It will open this November.

Having created the One&Only Reethi Rah Maldives in 2005, Gathy has a long history with the Indian Ocean destination. Cheval Blanc Randheli is born from a four-year long creative collaboration between Gathy and Cheval Blanc.

The island of Randheli in the Maldives was chosen for the new property because of its environment, vegetation and secluded lagoon, allowing Gathy to craft a “Maison” inspired by a private residence.  In designing Cheval Blanc Randheli, Gathy made use of natural elements, which were incorporated into the architecture and interior design, seen in the cathedral style ceilings framed by seven meter high doors allowing for natural light and views.


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Cheval Blanc Randheli is a contemporary 45-villa property on the Noonu Atoll, a 40 minute journey north of Malé, which guests will enjoy in the Maison’s own bespoke seaplane. The property offers contemporary design in the serene setting of the Maldivian archipelago. The flow of the resort is said to create a residential feel, with the property featuring some dining options.

For the privacy of guests, the design of each villa boasts large glass doors on both sides, opening fully onto the landscape or can be closed to create a more private atmosphere. The architecture is complemented by interior design furnished with a mix of materials from the Indian Ocean and Europe, but with natural textures being the essence, including teak, rattan, bamboo, leather, bronze, thatch and coconut and shell. This is in turn enhanced by a vivid palette of colors, including white, taupe and oyster grey with splashes of pop yellow and green, bespoke design elements and a residential-style artwork throughout. A collection of 45 sculptural color “spots” by artist Vincent Beaurin are also featured in each villa.

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