The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort
What We Love
- Fresh coconut water and eucalyptus-scented towels presented upon arrival
- Relaxation nets that hang off the sea deck outside your villa
- A jaw-dropping breakfast buffet, spread across several interconnecting rooms
- The limousine pick-up from Male International Airport
What To Know
- The lights and television in your villa are all iPad controlled
- Be sure to reserve scuba diving sessions in advance—tours typically fill up
- The resort’s most coveted accommodation, the John Jacob Astor Estate, is the largest overwater villa in the Maldives
- Zero gravity yoga and bootcamp classes are part of the menu at the onsite gym
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
With their coral chandeliers and recycled glass headboards, each of the 77 villas—choose from categories including garden, beach, or overwater—at this swish tropical resort are slices of a Maldivian lagoon. Each is decked with its own private pool, though you’ll likely spend much your time in the far more enticing waters of the neighboring Indian Ocean, where a snorkeling excursion or glass-bottomed kayak ride (the hotel also offers paragliding) can result in tête-à-têtes with spinner dolphins and turtles. The ocean-accented interiors don’t end there: the library is lobster-shaped, the boutique is designed to mirror a conch, and the overwater cocktail lounge takes visual cues from a whale shark. Days here, which begin with sunrise yoga, followed by lobster omelettes and bottomless mimosas, are delightfully languid. At the Iridium Spa, full-body massages and Ayurvedic consultations come with a view of the sea, courtesy of the portholes that stud its soothing white oak interiors. Devote one evening to a five-course degustation menu at Decanter, in the hotel’s generously stocked wine cellar—there’s even a bottle that dates back to the late 18th century—before retiring to your villa for a lazy midnight soak.
In the Area
A 40-minute seaplane flight from Male International Airport will bring you to this remote resort. Large swaths of the Dhaalu Atoll still remain undeveloped, so marine enthusiasts won’t get enough of its unvarnished cobalt waters. Explore them via sunset cruises (your butler can arrange one), on a fishing adventure aboard a dhoni, a traditional Maldivian boat, or through dives to the surrounding sea caves and cliffs—note that guests must be older than 8 for lessons, offered at the resort’s PADI-certified diving center. The staff can also arrange more family-focused activities, including a postcard-perfect photo shoot or a sandbank barbecue.
How to Get There
This was my second visit to the St. Regis Maldives Vommuli, our first visit was wonderful and perhaps one of the best hotel experiences I have ever had. Upon returning this July, It was even better than the first time.
Upon arrival at Male, we were greeted by the friendly airport butler who took care of all of our baggage and checked us into our seaplane flight to the Island. After that, we were whisked away to the "Great Room", this is essentially the arrivals/departures lounge exclusively for St. Regis guests. Once in the lounge we were given delicious snacks and bites and coffee and juices. While in the lounge I realized that I had inadvertently left my laptop computer charger at home.
This is where the St Regis Maldives magic began. I approached Shiyan, who is the manager of the great room. I explained to him the situation and asked if they might have a spare ASUS charger, A few minutes later he appeared with a few chargers for ASUS, but alas none were the correct size for my computer. Shiyan took a few pictures of the model number and type of computer and promised to venture into Male and to see if he could find the charger at a local store. The very next day, the charger he was able to get for me was put on a seaplane and sent to the island and delivered to me (before noon). This kind of service, attention to detail and dedication to making sure every guest's needs are met, is something you hear about but rarely experience. I must say that I was shocked and awed and extremely grateful that Shiyan took such care to get me a power cord and acquired it so rapidly. Shiyan also informed me that eventually the lounge "Great room" would be moving to a new space being built for them that would be double the space they currently have, and offer spa services (massages and other). As we got onto the seaplane, we were able to take in the awesome views of the Maldives. As we arrived to the resort, all of the butlers and management were eagerly awaiting our arrival and waving at us as the plane landed. We were greeted by the General Manager, Vincent, as well as the resort manager, Dominic. And of course our wonderful Butler, Yoojan, who was waiting for us with chilled coconut water and moist lemongrass towels to refresh ourselves. We cant say thank you enough to Yoojin as she made our stay spectacular in every way! After our arrival we were driven by golf cart to our villa, we stayed in 537, which was a sunset overwater villa, which was an upgrade from a normal overwater villa, my guess is this was related to my Titaniam status with Marriott.
The room was impeccably clean and stunning, with breathtaking views of the ocean and islands that were a ways away, Our housekeeper Sinaan did an amazing job cleaning and refreshing our room twice a day, he was incredible!!
The hotel provides you with Snorkel and fins so you can jump into the ocean and see the wonderful marine life, which was beautiful. So each day I went snorkeling, and eventually got swimmers ear, but again, at the St. Regis, they have you covered, a medical doctor was dispatched to our villa to examine my ears and prescribed drops to help. Again, a service and level of care and concern that is unrivaled.
I cannot emphasize how beautiful this resort is. Both the natural beauty, marine life, and opulent luxury of the rooms and public areas.
We had breakfast every day at Alba, and cannot say thank you enough to Pop, the hostess. Her warm and inviting personality helped to start each day magically! The waiters, Thaaib, Hakeem, Shaffiz, Jenif, Ashif, and everyone there made breakfast spectacular. A special thanks to Thaaib who went out of his way to get to know us and to help make our vacation perfect.
Even during vacation we made it a point to try to exercise and the gym and facilities were exceptional! In particular, Sachin, who was the instructor for the stretching class was excellent, we really appreciated his kindness and help and cant thank him enough.
The food in the restaurants are some of the best we have had. We also had a wonderful experience at Orientale where the hostess Taylor always made us feel welcome and Erni was very attentive and kind. All of our dining experiences were impeccable.
Some new and noteworthy things that have changed at the resort is the daily champagne sabering, where everyone is offered a glass of champagne as part of this tradition.
The resort also added an arts and crafts and cultural component, even having dancing and singing of traditional Maldivian style which was fantastic. They also introduced a cooking class.
Upon leaving, everyone showed up to bid us farewell, and we took the seaplane back to Male and were whisked away in a Bentley to the great room, had a light lunch, and then the Bentley took us to the international airport where Ismail took care of everything, and as we were going into immigration, there he was waving goodbye to us, these little touches really made the trip special and are beyond words!
This is a resort that you must put on your list to visit, it is without a doubt, the best resort in the Maldives if not in the entire world.
We cant say thank you enough times to all of the staff who made this stay so special, and we look forward to returning as soon as we can!
Amazing stay. It was our fifth visit to Maldives. And definitely the best one. The hotel is new, food is great and of course amazing butler service. Our butler Alex exceeded our expectations. Thank to him we are planning to come back again next year. And of course we will miss his big genuine smile.
When stepping onto the seaplane you may be fooled into thinking that you have to be impossibly glamorous and youthful to step foot on this magical island but I would like to tell you that it is not so! Living in frenetic Mumbai, I wanted to take my husband somewhere relaxing and luxurious for his 60th birthday and 'the best address' in the Maldives looked like it would foot the bill. Wow it really did I don't want to spoil any surprises but everyone in the resort (and especially our great Butler Alex with the lovely smile) made the big birthday very special. So here are some reasons why you should go here even if you are not so young and beautiful: 1) Even if you wobble on the bicycle all the staff in buggies and on bikes will slow down and stop when you approach which is really appreciated when you are wobbling along the jetty. 2) Even though it must have been very frustrating for our lovely and unflappable Butler Alex that I didn't instantly respond to his messages as I wasn't chained to my phone (like the young and beautiful are) or even had the ring tone on most of the time, Alex still organised everything perfectly and in a timely way 3) Because I wasn't chained to my phone so didn't know what the time was Alex didn't bat an eyelid when I asked if he could find a clock for our villa and found one for me 4) The snorkel boat will pick you up if you've had too much snorkellng 5) There will always be a buggy if you've had too much cycling or spent too long in the Whale bar which believe me you will not want to leave 5) The staff won't mind if you are too old to remember their names (being old) even though they should all have a mention here as they are all so good. 6) There are lots of air conditioned spaces with comfy chairs to relax in 7) Lovely Alex will bring you a sun umbrella as being old you know not to sunbathe. 8) There is a great food and wine experience (Decanter) to enjoy. So thank you again to everyone. We had a wonderful week.