Established in the mid 1970s, when Roberto Polito – working with his wife Lisa – opened his first hospitality establishment in Tuscany, Baglioni is a family-owned business which prides itself on taking guests on a journey through Italian style, culture and tradition in each one of its nine exclusive hotels, which are mainly housed within period buildings located in the historical centres of Europe’s major cities of art.
Opening this summer, Baglioni Resort Maldives will be a departure for the upscale Italian hotel brand, in that it will usher in a less formal and more subtle vision of elegance and hospitality. This fresh new direction is courtesy of the family’s younger generation, namely Guido Polito, the group’s CEO, who is guiding the company towards innovative new international projects which will inject a youthful glow into the Baglioni brand.
Just a 40-minute hop by seaplane from the Maldivian capital of Malé and set on the bone-white sands of secluded, private Maagau island in Dhaalu atoll, Baglioni’s first tropical resort will feature 96 garden, beach and over-water villas, including a two-storey three-bedroom presidential villa. All will be ocean-facing. Some snake out towards the enticing Indian Ocean. All will be decked out in the finest linens and decorated with supreme Italian taste and style thanks to close attention to detail, the careful selection of materials and a skilful balance between tradition and modernity.
Four restaurants – including an al fresco Japanese eatery serving up fresh sushi under the stars – will cater to guests’ every gastronomic need. A dive centre with resident marine biologist will offer child-friendly scuba experiences in addition to the vast range of traditional Maldivian aquatic offerings. Guests will be able to burn off cocktail calories in the yoga pavilion or a beach gym set on the sands. And for those for whom no vacation is complete without a little pampering, a deluxe spa will offer Ayurvedic and Thai therapies utilising indigenous Maldivian ingredients.
Awash with natural beauty, oozing luxury and finished with Italian flair, Baglioni’s new paradise isle looks set to provide the brand’s exclusive international clientele with unforgettable stays seamlessly blending relaxation, sport and gourmet dining.