Licence to stun: *LUX North Male Atoll invokes the spirit of James Bond [Video]

by | Feb 28, 2019 | Design

The *LUX North Male Atoll in the Maldives, designed by Miaja Design Group and inspired by James Bond, was a finalist at the Creative Spark design competition at TOPHOTELWORLDTOUR London.

A spectacular new resort has opened on the six hectare island of Olhahali in the Maldives.

Designed by French designer Isabelle Miaja, this unique collection of 67 private villas is certainly fit for a movie star, with crisp, contemporary design in white setting off the glittering blue of the ocean beyond.

The *LUX North Male Atoll was presented as part the Creative Spark design competition at TOPHOTELWORLDTOUR London at the swanky Nobu Hotel Shoreditch as part of the Creative Spark design competition.

We find out more.

Modernity in the Maldives

When we think of luxury hotels and resorts in the idyllic paradise of the Maldives, images are often conjured of villas with thatched roofs on wooden stilts.

The newly opened *LUX North Male Atoll breaks this mould by offering guests a sophisticated and contemporary getaway, full of clean lines, sweeping curves and modern touches.

Inspired by all things nautical, from yachts and boats to sails and the islands of the Maldives themselves, this collection of 67 villas, suites and guest rooms is the epitome of modernity in the Indian Ocean.

Beach Rouge Arial View at LUX North Male Atoll
Beach Villa Pool Deck at LUX North Male Atoll Maldives
LUX NMA BeachRouge Deck

A haven for 007

French designer Isabelle Miaja is behind the luxurious offering at *LUX.

Guests can step into James Bond’s shoes for a while as they are taken by speedboat from Male to this paradise island, where upon arrival they can marvel at this remote tropical retreat.

Miaja says, “When I was thinking of the design concept for the resort, I asked myself: if James Bond wished to escape to a luxury retreat after his adventures, what would it look like? The result is LUX* North Male Atoll!”

Speaking exclusively to TOPHOTELNEWS on the sidelines of TOPHOTELWORLDTOUR London, Miaja Design Group’s head of marketing and business development Julian Miaja said: “I like the idea of James Bond escaping to a private island by speedboat, surrounded by crystal clear water. That’s the inspiration behind the design.”

007 would also be fond of the Barium private dining room, an exclusive area with its very own underwater fish tank where a cocktail — shaken, not stirred, of course — can be enjoyed.

LUX NMA Beachvilla Bedroom
LUX NMA Two bedroom beach residence Bathroom
LUX NMA BeachVilla Lounge

The sweet yacht life

Few things are more glamorous than a yacht, so it’s no wonder that LUX* North Male Atoll was inspired by these maritime goddesses.

According to the designers, “The architecture and interior design of the over-water villas; ultra-modern oversized penthouse residences, blends super-yacht panache with a South Beach pulse; the constant colour scheme throughout the resort is white with fuchsia”.

This statement colour palette was chosen by Miaja, who said, “I chose fuchsia because of its playfulness. It’s a colour that for me relates to the tropics, summer, heat, sexiness, being daring! It’s a colour I associate with being timelessly stylish, and the art deco areas of South Beach, Miami.”

Julian Miaja, Head of Marketing & Business Development, Miaja Design Group, spoke to TOPHOTELNEWS on the sidelines of TOPHOTELWORLDTOUR London, speaking about his personal highlights of the LUX* North Male Atoll Maldives. He also had some sage advice for fellow architects and designers on entering the Creative Spark design competition.

If you’re a designer keen to enter your hospitality project for the Creative Spark competition, please get in touch with TOPHOTELPROJECTS Head of Global Events & Conferences Kayley van der Velde.

Let’s take a look at a few other projects currently underway in the Maldives:

Baglioni Resort Maldives

Hotel Riu Atoll

Mandarin Oriental Resort Maldives


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