THE ST. REGIS MALDIVES VOMMULI RESORT
Imagine turquoise waters and swaying palm trees. Pearl white beaches and inviting lagoons. Imagine the calming sound of the ocean, its gentle waves curling at your feet. Sounds a lot like heaven, doesn’t it? The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort is as close as it gets.
This was Maria and I’s first time ever in the majestic nation of the Maldives. Two sisters looking for a fun, summer tropical escape. For the record, we were there in part to help kill the stereotype that the Maldives is strictly for couples and honeymooners. It’s not! We were thrilled to see that besides us, there were plenty of families and friends who were also staying on the island. :) We just wanted a moment of solitude away from our hectic schedules in Jakarta. For four days we stayed at this resort and were engulfed in blissful moments of relaxation and solitude. Guys, let me tell you…it was truly one of the most unforgettable trips we’ve ever had. We expected to be wowed, but what we experienced was beyond both of our imaginations.
Located smack dab in the middle of the Indian ocean, on the private island of Vommuli, Dhaalu Atoll, the 5-star resort has only been opened since 2016, but has already won a multitude of awards. Set on nine hectares of lush tropical gardens and glistening beaches, The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort is nothing short of exquisite and is a place and experience you won’t find anywhere else in the world.
Here at St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort, we experienced some of the best, top-notch, world-class, quality service. The staff go a few extra miles to ensure each guest is provided with the bespoke experience, synonymous with the St. Regis brand. This process starts long before we even stepped foot in the country. Case in point, each guest will personally receive an email from the Chief Butler a few days prior upon arrival, with questions concerning their hobbies, dietary requirements, beverage preferences, diving/water sports interests, and even likes/dislikes. All this information to tailer the St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort experience for each person to a tee. For me, this was an incredibly thoughtful touch, proof that the comfort of guests is the resort’s top priority. I knew right away that we were going to be well taken care of.
When you reach Malé International airport, expect to be greeted by one chauffeur, one member of the resort staff, and one beautiful Bentley. Yes, you read that correctly. We couldn’t quite believe it either. Are you blown away yet?
After a 45-minute seaplane ride, we landed in what has got to be one of the most beautiful properties we have ever laid eyes on. The resort contains a whopping 77 overwater and beach villas, complete with six restaurants and bars, a sports facility, tennis courts, cinema jungle, library, diving center, beauty salon, and recreational center. Furthermore, it is widely considered to be an architectural marvel. WOW Architects, the Singapore-based collective which designed the resort, was largely inspired by local traditions, marine life, and culture. For example, the Whale Bar resembles the shape of a whale, the library is modelled after a towering seashell, and the Iridium Spa is in the shape of a giant lobster.
One of the highlights of our stay was of course our STUNNING over-water villa. There are several categories of overwater villas at the St. Regis Vommuli Resort:
- the base overwater villas which face the beach
- overwater villas which face the ocean (the one we stayed in)
- and the top sunset villas which are angled out to the sunset
Impeccably designed, the villas are vast, each one containing its own deck, netted hammocks, plunge pool, and a large walk-in closet. Tech savvy guests will be delighted to know that everything (from the lights, to the blinds, and temperature) is controlled from an iPad. In terms of design, I especially liked how, a soon as you walk in, you definitely feel a sense of opulence and luxury, yet it’s not overdone. And oh yeah, each villa comes with your very own personal butler–there for your every beck and call. Our butler Nasheed was the best. He was the one that took us to the most Instagrammable corners around the island, recommended us the best food to order, organised our schedules, and even became our personal photographer on several occasions. :’) My favorite part was waking up each morning to the sound of the waves crashing beneath us and looking out to the room’s panoramic Indian Ocean views. #UNREAL
The master of all villas is the John Jacob Astor Suite (the largest 3-bedroom over-water villa in the Maldives), which features three bedrooms, a private cinema, its own gym, and even custom Bentley golf carts.
In addition to the over-water villas, there are Beach villas, Garden villas, and more. Room rates change depending on time of the year. To check prices, click here.
Maria and I adapted the resort’s way of life of swim, eat, sleep, repeat, pretty quickly. We spent our mornings having breakfast on our deck, then biked our way to the beach (the most beautiful beach I have ever been to in my life) and lay underneath the palm trees for hours until it was time for lunch. We ate lobster burgers at Craft and margherita pizzas at Alba…then we’d stop by the recreational center for a session of anti-gravity yoga. Our afternoons were spent at The Whale bar, the perfect spot to catch the sunset and a cocktail or two. The most memorable meal we had was our dinner at Orientale, the resort’s a la carte-style Asian restaurant–a mix of Japanese, Indian, and Chinese cuisine. We also reccomend dropping by Decanter, a place where thousands of bottles line the walls, including a vintage dating from 1755 with a price tag of US$33,333 (£26,675). We ended our nights with either a stroll on the beach, or a movie at the resort’s jungle cinema.
If pampering is your thing, not to be missed is the resort’s award-winning Iridium Spa. It’s a stand-alone spa that “floats” above the Indian Ocean and is home to the most expansive hydro pool in the Maldives.
Swim, eat, sleep, repeat. Lazy days never felt so good.
HOW TO GET THERE
The resort is only reachable by seaplane via Malé International Airport (US$665, round trip). A one way trip takes approximately 45 minutes.
Malé is the capital of the Maldives. The Maldives is located southwest of Sri Lanka and India.
WHAT WE LOVE
- the Bentley pick-up from Malé International Airport
- personal butler service
- all suite resort with private pool in every villa
- the lights, AC, TV, blinds, etc., in your villa are all iPad controlled
- So family-friendly! The resort has playgrounds and playrooms for kids, plus there are plenty of activities the whole family can enjoy together (snorkelling, paragliding, glass-bottomed kayaks, etc.)
- anti-gravity yoga classes are available
- The Blue Whole at Iridium Spa
- home to the largest 3-berdroom villa in the Maldives
- home to the oldest bottle of wine in the Indian Ocean
- utmost exclusivity
Before this trip, just like everyone else I’m sure, the Maldives had been at the top of our bucket lists for years. To be able to stay at The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort for our first introduction to this country was truly a dream. It’s difficult to imagine setting the bar any higher.
We hope one day you too will find yourself living your best island life at the St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort.