Designed to be in total synergy with its environment, the luxurious InterContinental Maldives Maamunagau Resort is at the center of our latest TOPHOTELDESIGN exclusivity.
The architecture of the Singapore-based design firm Eco-ID has created a refined setting that exudes elegant barefoot living in an inspiring natural setting.
Immersion in the environment
This InterContinental resort opened in 2019 welcomes guests on an island at the southern end of Raa Atoll, close to Baa Atoll, which is a Unesco Biosphere Reserve. The program houses 81 villas and residences on the beach, lagoon and on stilts, as well as impressive amenities – including six restaurants and bars – and extensive wellness facilities.
At the time of its launch, Managing Director Stefan O Huemer said the development marked a new era for the brand, further raising the bar for luxury and immersive experiences in Raa Atoll.
Intuitive island-inspired design
The resort is distinguished by an intuitive design that provides a setting for families and couples to disconnect from everyday life. In addition, each space has been created to enhance the natural environment of the island.
Eco-ID conceptualized the architecture and interiors of the resort, with Avalon Collective Interior Design Studio designing the interiors of the private villas. Other notable companies involved in the project include a top-tier kitchen supplier Andy mannhart.
Villas include the first-of-a-kind two-story Lagoon Villas that combine water views with direct beach and lagoon access, plus amenities like private infinity pools and hot tubs. These are joined by overwater villas with expansive outdoor terraces and beach villas with direct access to the island’s sandy shores, as well as four two- and three-bedroom residences.
Here, classic Maldivian thatched roofs are paired with a bright and light contemporary space incorporating natural materials and making the most of the ocean views from the villas.
The resort’s AVI Spa includes six overwater treatment villas plus facilities including a yoga pavilion, while restaurants range from the adults-only enclave The Retreat with an infinity pool and private bar to the Japanese inspired dining experience CafÃ© Umi.
For more information on this diagram and to view a large gallery of high-resolution images, see the InterContinental Maldives Maamunagau Resort project page on the TOPHOTELDESIGN website.