Mövenpick makes it debut in the Maldives
Swiss hotel company, Mӧvenpick Hotels & Resorts, has announced the opening of its inaugural property in the Maldives — Mӧvenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives.
The new resort, which is scheduled to open in November 2018, will be located in the northern part of the island republic and showcase a series of architectural features and design that complement its natural surroundings.
Designed by the Poland-based company, MOTIV, the resort takes inspiration from the natural scenery, and brings Mӧvenpick’s upscale brand to travellers in the popular paradise destination for the first time.
Pawel Podwojewski, founder of MOTIV, said: “We wanted to make sure we did not damage the island or the marine environment, so we followed nature. Also, we did not want to build anything too contemporary; so you will find in the final design influences from the Maldives and Indonesia.
“Organic shapes used for the roofs in the villas and restaurants allow the structures to blend with the environment. Sustainability was always our priority and therefore I was looking for solutions that could enhance my design.”
Mӧvenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives will offer 30 Beach Pool Suites and three Beach Spa Pool Residences, surrounded by native trees and mature plants, providing privacy and shade. Each room will feature an elevated deck that ‘floats’ three metres above the private pool, offering ocean views.
In addition, the 72 Overwater Pool Villas include a glass floor in the hallway, which displays marine life underfoot. Each villa also features a private pool and a large outdoor deck with a hammock and direct access to the sea below. The roofs, inspired by central Asian culture, provide canopies that reflect ambient light into the rooms at night.
“Conservation is a key element of the project. Every coconut palm on the island has been preserved, with a limited number being replanted. The island is also home to some traditional coral brick structures with historical and cultural significance, and these have also been preserved for guests to visit,” added Podwojewski.
Mӧvenpick Hotels & Resorts manages more than 82 hotels, resorts and Nile cruisers across Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East and is on track to meet its target of operating 125 properties by 2020.