Reda Amalou of AW2 tapped for GHM property in the Maldives

GHM inked a deal to operate its first resort in the Maldives, scheduled to open in 2016. The agreement with the developers was signed six weeks after GHM announced it would launch three hotels in Taiwan, and less than five months after the company expanded its hospitality interests in the United Arab Emirates.

Located on a 135-acre crescent-shaped atoll - the largest habitable island in the Maldives - and 20 minutes by speedboat from Hanimadhoo International Airport, The Chedi Dhapparu will include 90 hotel-managed residential villas and 40 hotel suites, half of which will hover over crystal-clear waters the republic is known for.  Every unit will offer unrestricted views of either a coral-reef lagoon or the open ocean and will have tropical landscaping.

To ensure the area’s ecosystem remains balanced, GHM plans to institute a program for maintaining the ideal levels of coral in the lagoon, which is popular among dolphins and other marine species.

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To ensure the resort possesses characteristics consistent with all GHM properties, the group will work with Reda Amalou of AW2, the Paris-based architecture firm responsible for the design of the Nam Hai in Hoi An, Vietnam.

Twenty of the hotel suites – the 969-square-foot Chedi Club Suites – will have private pools. All 130 units will offer direct access to the beach. The concept will be contemporary living with an Asian touch. Instead of thatched, Maldivian roofs, the property will have flat roofs, and interiors with clean lines and high ceilings.

GHM property, The Legian Bali, Indonesia


 

The Chedi Dhapparu is the first project in the Maldives with a license to sell real estate titles to villa buyers. The villas will have from one to four bedrooms, with the largest covering 6,082 square feet. Sales will begin early next year.

Other aspects of the master plan include a sea-facing, new-age spa with 10 double treatment rooms; a health club with a tai chi terrace; a club lounge catering to guests lodged in the over-water suites; and a beach club with a dive center and chic bar. Blueprints also call for a library, cigar lounge and four food-and-beverage outlets, including a dinner-only venue serving specialties from the Maldives, India and Sri Lanka and a Japanese restaurant that takes advantage of the resort’s access to fresh seafood.

Established in 1992, GHM (General Hotel Management) is known for conceptualizing, developing and operating an exclusive group of hotels and resorts. GHM’s portfolio includes: The Legian Bali, Indonesia; The Club at The Legian Bali, Indonesia; The Nam Hai Hoi An, Vietnam; The Ananti Kumgang Mountains, North Korea; The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia; The Chedi Muscat, Oman; and The Chedi Chiang Mai, Thailand.

GHM properties are currently under development in Switzerland, Indonesia, India, Japan, Morocco, UAE, India, Taiwan and the Maldives.

GHM property, The Legian Bali, Indonesia


 

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