The Emerald Collection has expanded its presence in the Maldives and the Indian Ocean, with the acquisition of a second 5-star luxury property in Raa Atoll, Emerald Faarufushi Resort & Spa.
The resort is expected to re-open on May 1, 2022, for guests. Originally inaugurated in summer 2019, the resort will return to welcome international travelers under the aegis of The Emerald Collection. The resort will undergo restyling to integrate the Italian touch, a part of the brand’s DNA, along with new services.
Surrounded by a 100-hectare private lagoon with natural coral reef, the resort is located on a 7-hectare island in Raa Atoll, a 25-minute journey by boat from the first property of the Group in the destination; Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa.
With 80 independent villas, the resort also features a private dock that leads to 39 Water Villas with Pool and three Superior Water Villas with Pool. There are also 27 Beach Villas, 10 of which are with private pools, along with 10 Family Beach Villas with Pool and one Presidential Beach Villa.
Partner & Managing Director Aldo Scarapicchia said: “We are excited about this acquisition which allows us to consolidate the presence of The Emerald Collection as a luxury hospitality brand in the Indian Ocean with a focus on sustainability. It is significantly different from Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa, both in design and in the concept, which in this case is characterized by what we call ‘Barefoot Elegance’ luxury and modern in style.
“Starting from next Summer, our guests can experience island hopping in a Deluxe All-Inclusive offering on two islands whose landscape and facilities will be complementary, mainly with the combined accommodation packages between the sister properties.”
The property will feature countless water and land sports activities, as well as à la carte gourmet experiences in its four restaurants of international cuisine and two bars.
The Emerald Spa is immersed in a tropical garden with eight treatment rooms, sauna, Turkish bath, outdoor jacuzzi, and relaxation area.