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Mandarin Oriental is opening a private island resort in the Maldives: Here's what we know so far

Feb. 16, 2022
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Mandarin Oriental is opening a private island resort in the Maldives: Here's what we know so far
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Life in the Maldives is really, really sweet — and it's going to get even better when Mandarin Oriental opens a new private island resort in 2025.

Set to be spread across three private islands on the Bolidhuffaru Reef in South Male Atoll, the new resort will be the first Mandarin Oriental property in the nation, which is surprising considering the brand's well-established footprint across the Asia-Pacific region.

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While renderings of the resort aren't yet available, the brand announced that the resort will have 56 overwater villas and 64 overwater villas, including villas that will be private residences. Claiming to have some of the largest villas in the Maldives, guests can expect the smallest villas to be over 2,000 square feet and some that are over 10,000 square feet.

Designed with privacy in mind, the villas will be secluded from each other and have private pools with those dreamy ocean views you go to the Maldives for.

While many Maldivian resorts cater more to couples, this new Mandarin Oriental will be a family-friendly affair with kids and teens clubs, watersports, a dive center, tennis courts, a resort swimming pool and inclusive leisure activities that everyone can enjoy.

The exact details haven't yet been revealed, but Mandarin Oriental says the resort will have six restaurants, including three specialty restaurants and a sunset bar. But judging by the luxury brand's other resorts around the world, you can count on high-quality and delicious food in an upscale environment.

There will also be a spa with 12 treatment rooms, a sauna and steam rooms, a beauty salon and various "vitality pools" that guests can use to relax even deeper. The spa will have seasoned wellness practitioners that offer a variety of experiences and Mandarin Oriental's signature spa treatments.

The resort will also offer meeting and event spaces, including facilities for a wedding — and who wouldn't want to get hitched in one of the most beautiful places on Earth?

(Photo by Saowakhon Brown/Getty Images)

To build the resort, Mandarin Oriental is teaming up with DAMAC Properties, a Dubai-based real estate company that has built luxury projects around the world and has a collection of hotels in Dubai. The pair also says it will be working alongside teams of international consultants to ensure sustainable practices are used during construction.

Getting to the Maldives is a dream for many people around the world, albeit an expensive one. While prices for this private island resort aren't yet available, you can count on shelling out a pretty penny, considering that nightly rates at Mandarin Oriental properties in places like New York City are easily over $800 per night.

But that doesn't mean you can't find a way to get to this breathtaking country — especially if you have some points and miles waiting to be burned.

Just this week TPG reported that off-peak points availability at the Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands, is pretty open for the summer. In fact, we found Marriott Bonvoy award nights for 70,000 points each for July of this year. That's a steal considering this new resort is so amazing we named it one of the best hotel openings of 2021 and our reviewer who went there said: "The difference between a great stay and a truly memorable one is in the details — and after a few nights at The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands, I can say with certainty that it delivers."

The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands overwater villas. (Photo by Chris Dong/The Points Guy)

And, luckily, we have a bunch of handy tools to help you figure out the best ways to put your airline miles to work to get there for less.

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    For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening

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The Citi Premier’s 3 points per dollar spent across a wide range of popular categories is one of the more lucrative offerings in the world of points and miles. The Citi Premier comes with a $95 annual fee and is currently offering a solid sign up bonus of 80,000 points after you spend $4,000 on purchases within the first three months. It also has some valuable transfer partners to make the most of your rewards. Add in access to Citi Entertainment plus a $100 hotel credit for any single-stay hotel booking that exceeds $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through the Citi travel website, there are few reasons why the Citi Premier should not be in every traveler’s wallet.

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  • $100 annual hotel savings benefit (on single hotel stay bookings of $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through thankyou.com)
  • Points transfer to 16 airline programs, from JetBlue to Virgin Atlantic.
  • World Elite Mastercard benefits, extended warranty, damage and theft protection.

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  • $95 annual fee
  • Lacks travel protections that other travel rewards cards come with
  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
  • 80,000 Points are redeemable for $800 in gift cards when redeemed at thankyou.com
  • No expiration and no limit to the amount of points you can earn with this card
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases