Westin Hotels & Resorts has announced the opening of the brand’s first hotel in the Republic of Maldives with the opening of The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort. Developed by Belluna Co. Ltd, Japan and Asia Capital PLC, Sri Lanka, The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort heralds the Westin brand’s wellness positioning in the Maldivian oasis.
Nestled on a coral island in the Baa Atoll, a designated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve site, The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort affords turquoise lagoon views. Miriandhoo is a turtle sanctuary, and guests can see turtles nesting along the white beaches. Reef sharks, lionfish, manta rays and often whale sharks all reside in the Baa Atoll. The underwater world can be explored while snorkelling, diving, fishing and parasailing, with a PADI dive centre on-site.
From the atoll, guests are close to landmarks such as the Hanifaru Bay, which is known for the largest gathering of manta rays globally.
“Strengthening our presence in Asia Pacific”
“We are thrilled to introduce the Westin brand to the Maldives, strengthening our presence in Asia Pacific,” said Mike Fulkerson, VP, brand and marketing, Marriott International Asia Pacific. “The opening of The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort is a significant addition to our portfolio underscoring a transformative and meaningful wellness proposition for travellers, who are increasingly prioritizing well-being even while on the road.”
Led by Milan-based architects PEIA Associati, the resort’s design takes inspiration from the ocean and environment with the use of natural materials, such as shells and marine life including sea turtles and whale sharks. An aerial view of The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort reveals an outline in the shape of a fish, while the arrival jetty is structured to resemble clamshells and the oceans’ waves.
“Every guest will feel exceptionally relaxed, refreshed and rejuvenated”
“We look forward to welcoming our guests to discover the charm of the Maldives while at the same time enjoy the unparalleled level of service,” said Brendan Corcoran, general manager at The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort. “Along with the Westin brand’s focus on wellness, we trust that every guest will feel exceptionally relaxed, refreshed and rejuvenated during and after their stays.”
The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort features 70 villas and suites, 41 on island and 29 overwater. Each villa is shaped with an eco-friendly double roofing and has outdoor rainforest showers.
The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort presents three dining experiences: The Pearl is the resort’s specialty Japanese restaurant; all-day dining at Island Kitchen stays true to the Westin brand’s Eat Well brand pillar with Chinese, Indian and Maldivian fare; and Hawker offers Asian street food with a live kitchen. In addition, Sunset Bar serves tapas and cocktails.
The resort also features Westin’s signature branded spa concept, the Heavenly Spa by Westin, with a treatment suite for two with a Jacuzzi and ocean views. The 24-hour WestinWORKOUT Fitness Studio sprawls across two levels and there’s an outdoor pool and recreation ground with tennis, volleyball, basketball options.