St Regis Maldives Vommuli Island resort which was opened in 2016 is one of the most successful resorts in the Maldives today. This resort is the first-ever property in the Maldives managed by the St. Regis Hotels and Resorts which is a luxury brand of Starwood hotel chains that are a part of Marriot international. It is a luxury first-class private island located near a coral reef in the Daalu Atoll which is a 40-minute seaplane flight away from the Velana International Airport.
The stunning and environment-friendly resort with an architectural theme that expresses the modern and contemporary architecture and interior design as well as the traditional, local culture and the St.Regis brand has different kinds of architectures in each zone of the island that was inspired by the natural and man-made environment.
A dense and large forest that spreads across the whole inner island called the jungle zone consists of a garden villa suite that is naturally lit and complemented by the mahogany floors that displays the richness of the wilderness. In the heart of the jungle lies the largest recreation center in the Maldives which was designed and inspired by the roots of a Banyan tree that used to grow in the place before. It has a unique branching form which is like a root of a tree and in each branch are tranquil and eco-friendly activities.
With the largest range of villas constructed in the Maldives with 33 on-land, and 44 over-water villas which are in the shape of rays while the resorts signature bar and spa are in the structure of a whale shark and a lobster. These unique architectural structures are inspired by the Maldives marine life and designed by a Singapore firm known as the Warner Wong Designs. These areas are also called the lagoon zones that have the most significant and largest on-water three-bedroom villa in the Maldives, the John Jacob Astor Estate, which affords every luxury possible. Spanning 1,540 square-meters with an infinity pool spanning 88 square meters over the ocean, the luxurious sanctuary features three designer terraced king bedrooms, and marble enclosed rain showers, bidets, whirlpool tubs, and double vanities. The estate also includes a home cinema, a private spa room, and two hot tubs, a business center, state of the art fitness center with a yoga room, a gourmet kitchen with a commodious dining room, and separate living areas for a personalized butler and nanny.
The whale bar and grill set over the blue-green waters of the resort that serves cold drinks with an equally wonderful dining experience has gained a reputation as one of the most breathtaking spots on the planet. This elegant retreat is elevated by light oak interiors, a refined bar, and a softly lit neutral palette that opens into the open-air terrace that boasts plush sofas and armchairs with a seductive view of the sea and the islands immaculate corals. With the calm ocean breeze flowing through the sliding glass doors with an ocean view is the 1,850 square-meter overwater sanctuary called the Iridium Spa. Outfitted in palatial furnishing that complements the white oak interiors has a private steam room, en-suite showers, saunas, and cold drench showers as well as the expensive Blue Hole Pool and the largest hydrotherapy pool in the Maldives.
Located on the beach is a library shaped like sea shell home to over 800 book titles from around the world. The interior will make you feel like a child gaping in wonder at the mind-blowing space twisting all the way up to the skylight in the highest point of the ceiling.The villas that are shaped like a fisherman’s hut which are inspired by a hut that was found on the beach before the construction of the island began. The family villas with a two-story structure are covered by roofs that mimic the sail of the local sailing boats that frequents the water of the Maldives called Dhoni that opens to an expensive deck with stunning views of the ocean and the sandy white beaches.
The St Regis Maldives have 6 restaurants and bars that are highly acclaimed who serves cuisine’s from around the world with an exceptional wine cellar that has vintage and rare labels. A spa that provides custom made treatments, massages and facilities that provide diverse leisure activities.From its impeccable white beaches, the palm trees, and the vegetations in the interior to the warm-hearted service and hospitality provided by the traditional St.Regis butlers that offer service day or night are nonpareil to anywhere else in the world and is known to be a breathtaking experience for anyone.
For the first time, Forbes Travel Guide accorded awards to 15 resorts in the Maldives from an elite group of world’s most luxurious hotels, restaurants, and spas. St.Regis, just three years after their grand opening was honored this award and was highlighted by Forbes for their exquisite design which “shines’ across the resort and for the “sleek architecture of its villas and the whale-shark-shaped Whale Bar.
St.Regis has a variety of delightful and exquisite dining venues from all over the world, each with its unique attributes and world-renowned chefs. They have 6 restaurants including the architectural gem called the Whale Bar and Grill.
Crust and Craff: The beachfront family-friendly pizzeria that is open from 11:30 am till 4:00 pm during the day. Crust invites guests to skip lunch for something light by customizing their pizza with the traditional Italian ingredients and inventive toppings of their choice and everyday classics like handmade burgers and scrumptious tacos.
Cargo: Surrounded by the rich tropical gardens Carlo offers the perfect alternative to beachfront dining with a lively atmosphere. Unlike other outlets, they open on specific nights of the week which are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday after the sunset. From 6:30 pm till 11:00 pm the pop-up diner serves gourmet interpretations from the middle east prepared with the garden-fresh and crisp ingredients.
Alba: Overlooking the ravishing beach and pool is the resorts signature restaurant Alba, that brings modern interpretations of Italian cuisine. The restaurant opens at 7:00 in the morning and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They have a bright and airy atmosphere that offers dishes for a romantic alfresco meal.
Orientale: Opening directly onto the white sand beaches that reveals unfettered views of the sea with a relaxing atmosphere with a slow wine and dining concept. This restaurant serves Asian cuisines such as Indian and Pakistani style biriyanis, curries and Naans as well as Japanese and Korean dishes such as prawns, roasted ducks since the Asian cruise is very diverse.
Decanter: An underground restaurant surrounded by white oak wine cabinets that showcases the selection of exclusive wines since 1755. This outlet only opens on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm.
From the moment guests arrives at the airport to the minute they leave St.Regis provides service unlike any other. They provide resort limousines or if they’re lucky the one and only Bentley in the Maldives that takes them to the magnificent resort’s new lounge which is one of the best in the airport near the seaplane terminal. The lounge has the same overall design as the resort with soothing pastel tones with windows from floor to ceiling with a view of the seaplane docks. A reception desk with several comfortable seating places, a toilet with a shower where guests can refresh themselves after a long flight. Upon arrival at the resort where guests leave the seaplane, approximately 10 staff members including the top management line up and takes turns to introduce themselves shake their hands. Along with a cocktail and a cold towel, they are accompanied to the open meeting pavilion from where the guests are then transported to the villa with their butler.
St.Regis butler service is a treasured hallmark of the St.Regis family and has been for over a century. They are personal butlers for each guest that is dedicated to understanding and fulfilling every detail regardless of the day or night or how small it is such as taking care of the unpacking and storage of the luggage while the guests can relax. The butlers arrive after the guest’s morning call drawing the shades and delivering tea and the day’s newspapers. They recommend customized recreation activities on the island from beach yoga, deep-sea fishing, and other activities to night time reading. The eButler service that is accessible at any hour from a tablet that is next to the bedside assists the guests with their requests.
The tranquil and soul-satisfying yoga classes are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the vast range of activities provided by the St.Regis island resort. From outdoor recreation such as snorkeling, jet-skiing, parasailing, water skiing wakeboarding, sailing, windsurfing, scuba-diving in St.Regis private house reef, deep-sea fishing and kayaking excursions, and also dhoni rides to see whale sharks that are accompanied by their most experienced instructors and a resident marine biologist. Off the water, the resort also boasts excellent tennis courts and a football field. In addition to this, a custom made high-end beach cruiser style Priority bicycles are provided by the resort that perfectly complements the recreational activities helps the guests to travel from one place to another within the resort with ease.
The St.Regis Vommuli Resort also organizes and offers any style of romantic settings for weddings and other celebrations with the option of requesting Bodu-Beru drums..(Maldivian traditional music). This private island resort is also home to an Azimut flybridge 66 yachts called the Norma Luxury Yacht. It is one of the most technologically advanced luxury yachts in its class that is perfect for driving expeditions, family adventures during the day exploring the Daalu Atoll, romantic getaways during the sunset with a bottle of champagne or Krug Grande Cuvée, and overnight trips star gazing over the open sea.
Adjacent to the Alba beach is an infinity pool, It’s a 45 square–meter outdoor infinity pool with a white beachfront spectacular view of the Indian Ocean. The Kids Club located in the housing area of the resort is open to children from 4-12 years and offers several activities for all ages. They offer high-quality kids products for the play and workshop area. The outdoor area is an addition along with the very high specification children’s kitchen.
A three-story tower called the St.Regis Boutique and Observatory Center with a spiral staircase showcases a collection of elegant jewelry, fashionable clothing, and timeless accessories to choose from as a souvenir on the first and second floor. Ascend the staircase to the third floor which is the Observatory Tower that offers a dramatic view of the Indian Ocean the swaying palms surrounding the Islands shore. In the Vommuli house, located on the island is a beauty salon that provides bespoke hair, makeup, manicure, pedicure, and podiatry services and the salons signature treatment that ensures overindulges.
The Norma Luxury Yacht can also be charted for guests as an exclusive chartered option from the island resort to the Velana International Airport or across other resorts in the Maldives.
To make the experience even more memorable, the resort introduced an exclusive experience that presents the key to Vommuli Island Resort for a quarter-million dollars per night. This private Island experience gives you complete VIP access to the resorts world-class amenities and impeccable service and not to mention a genuinely rare level of privacy. You’ll have the pick of the resorts 77 villas including the Jacob Astor Estate which is the largest overwater villa in the Maldives. There’ll be no need to join a line when it comes to dining and the guest will be treated with complimentary breakfast at the resort signature restaurant. In addition to this, food and beverages will be given at the six unique restaurants and bars across the island with world-renowned bottles from the vine cellar.
St.Regis is one of the best resots in the Maldives.However, there are some things that you need to know when choosing the placing option. The prices starting from $1,040 to a quater million per night island is small and every corner of the beach was used to build the villas, restaurants, and other facilities. Due to this, the resort lacks the sensation of a deserted paradise that is given by some of the other elite resorts in the Maldives. The beach is white clean and beautiful but some of the beaches are artificial that don’t give a soft feeling underfoot. Due to the seaplanes early take-off and landing pretty close to the island, it creates a lot of noise, thus waking up the guests several times even if the villa is located on the opposite side of the island.
Nature, however, has time to rebuild itself and overtimes the beaches will improve and compete with the best beaches in the Maldives, once the vegetation is fully mature most of the beach villas and beach facilities will be hidden in the lush foliage and by taking into consideration of taking off and landing the seaplane away from the island after which the guests can be transported to the island by boat.
Regardless of this St.Regis is one of the most breathtaking and exclusive resorts in the world. The phenomenal architectural designs, world-class restaurants, the suites, stunning and award-winning spa, and fruitless service makes this resort a luxurious holiday destination.