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InterContinental Maldives Maamunagau Resort

  • Prize
    Winner in Architectural Design Beach Destination
  • Company/Firm
    Eco-Id Architects Pte Ltd
  • Lead Designer
    Mr Calvin Sim
  • Lead Designer(Other)
    Ms Carol Chng
  • Location
    Maamunagau Island Raa Atoll, 05060, Maldives
  • Project Date
    March 2019
  • Architect
    Eco-Id Architects Pte Ltd
  • Hospitality
    InterContinental Hotels and Resorts
  • Developer
    Leisure Horizons Pvt Ltd

Situated on the southernmost tip of the Raa Atoll, this is InterContinental Hotels & Resorts’ first property in the Maldives. Unlike typical Maldivian resort layouts, the master plan puts the back-of-house off centre on the island to return valuable real estate back to the Beach Villas, giving expansive private gardens that lead to the beach. To achieve the one-of-its-kind two-storey Lagoon Villas that combine overwater views with direct beach and lagoon access, 3 islets were reclaimed to create this unique site condition. Boardwalks then lead from the lagoon to the Overwater Villas. Guests are offered different experiences in the resort with highlights such as the jetty doubling up as a seafood destination and creating an “isolated” lighthouse that serves Mediterranean cuisine. Throughout the resort architecture, pared-down, localised elements are the essence. Off-form and subtly textured concrete finishes paired with timber log columns. Modern Nako louvres introduced as a response for natural light and ventilation control. For this resort we sought to not let luxury be defined by opulence and glitter but with honesty and authenticity for a timeless resort property.