Since 2012, tourism in the Maldives has risen by more than seven per cent a year, and 2018 is rife with opportunity for further growth. Many local resorts are experimenting with the latest design trends, altering and updating their properties to attract new guests. Discover some of the hottest innovations in Maldivian Resort Design below.
1. Nice and natural
High-end hotels and resorts have long favoured opulent décor, but Trivago predicts 2018 is likely to see a move toward an unassuming, eco-inspired vibe. The use of biophilic design, which blends elements of the natural world into the look and feel of a place, will increase as well. Keep your eyes open for indoor waterfalls and environmentally friendly furnishings made from sustainable materials, like bamboo.
2. Come together
Common areas in hotels have traditionally been limited to lobbies and pools. However, the tastes of millennial globetrotters are making shared spaces fashionable and infinitely more welcoming. Places like the Sunset Lounge at the Four Seasons Maldives invites guests to mingle on an open-air pavilion with ocean views. These spaces will become an important aspect of many resorts, making stylish yet comfortable furniture all the more necessary.
3. There’s no place like home
Lookalike rooms and suites are disappearing as guests seek out one-of-a-kind spaces that make them feel at home. Architecture and interior design firm Alvarez-Diaz & Villalon predicts hotels will feed this desire in 2018 by adding touches exclusive to each room and area, including furniture that appeals to contemporary tastes. Expect to see laidback woven chairs and pieces made from white-washed wood that create a bohemian feel that’s miles away from the forgettable resorts of the past.
4. Go local
Throughout the year, properties will adopt design elements inspired by Maldivian art and culture. This builds on an appreciation for traditional food and music cultivated by various resorts. These designs hold particular appeal for young travellers. Many say they crave an authentic experience that lets them enjoy a taste of local life. At Milaidhoo Island, for instance, this passion takes shape. Picture stunning private residences featuring thatched roofs that seamlessly combine tradition, luxury and rustic charm.
Many of the hotel design trends for 2018 are rooted in appreciating the world around us. For properties in the Maldives, this provides an amazing opportunity to make the most of the country’s stunning natural beauty. At the same time, it also offers hotels a chance to make sustainability initiatives an integral part of their unique appeal.Back to News and Events