Jumeirah Vittaveli in the Maldives has announced the resort’s long-anticipated Royal Residence will open in January 2017. The five-bedroom, six-bathroom retreat will cover 3500 square metres and include a private beach, two pools and a private arrival jetty.Amit Majumder, General Manager, Jumeirah Vittaveli, said: “The Royal Residence adds another dimension of luxury to Jumeirah Vittaveli. This completely self-sufficient hideaway includes its own arrival jetty with overwater bar, an open-air kitchen, restaurant, private beach, two pools, spa and gym, separate living and dining pavilion as well as separate service quarters. Guests can enjoy unrivalled privacy while still having all the activities and facilities of an award-winning resort at their fingertips. We have put much thought into planning out each little detail of the Royal Residence and I am confident that guests will be amazed by the level of service as well as privacy that they will experience when staying at this new ultimate tropical retreat.”The Royal Residence experience will begin as soon as guests arrive in the Maldives. They will receive priority customs service and a personal welcome at the airport, followed by a 20-minute yacht transfer to the island. A traditional Maldivian Bodu Beru reception awaits, comprising a group of drummers and dancers who greet guests at the private jetty. The Royal Residence Manager will take everyone on a brief tour of the residence.The journey will lead guests past a sunken lounge surrounded by a lily pond, to a swimming pool looking out across the private beach. A dining room seating 10 with adjacent living room including Bang & Olufsen home theatre system is connected to the pool deck, with an open-air Teppanyaki-style live kitchen on the far end overlooking the infinite ocean. An indoor kitchen and wine cellar by nolte is the domain of the personal chef, while separate service quarters house up to four additional personnel.‘The Sanctuary’ (530 square metres) includes the Master Bedroom, as well as a separate indoor living area, private spa treatment room and private gym outfitted with state-of-the-art Life Fitness equipment. An indoor bathroom with his and hers vanities and oversized stone bathtub by Kelly Hoppen is complemented by an outdoor bathing area featuring a Jacuzzi with built-in TV. ‘The Villas’ (240 square metres and 195 square metres), one with king-sized bed and one with twin bed, flank The Sanctuary and pool to the North and South – both including their own private open air deck as well as walk-in wardrobe and stone bathtub. ‘The Suite’ connects through a portico to the Royal Residence, and includes one king-sized and one twin-bedded room, as well as separate living room and a 49-square-metre private pool.Guests of the Royal Residence will enjoy access to all facilities of Jumeirah Vittaveli via dedicated buggy and chauffeur, including a PADI Dive base, water sports centre, four restaurants and two bars, Kuda Koli Kids’ Club with family pool, and a Talise Spa with overwater and garden treatment rooms.