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
We spent 6 days at this hotel from November 10th to the November 15, 2018. The room was beautiful and the view too. We had the villa 536 on stilts with sunset view, also very nice at night. We had our own butler, Ismael.
However, having already stayed in other St. Regis, I must say this stay is not perfect, unlike the St. Regis we did in Bali. Considering the price of the stay, we were disappointed with the level of service at the restaurant. Many times we did not get what we asked for, or we got things we didn’t ask for. One time, the Benedictine eggs came without hollandaise sauce, quite a shame. The waiters seem to be lost sometimes and not all have a very good English level. Breakfast a la carte is overall delicious, but the buffet was quite lacking compared to other St. Regis properties. Almost half the buffet is bread in different forms (croissants, buns, bland doughnuts... bread).
There isn’t much to say about the room: It’s beautiful and the view is breathtaking. However, one problem we had was that we noticed that the other villas had light outside at night, and not ours. It was changed the next day, but we had to have people in our room for 45 minutes our first day... a shame that it was not seen before our arrival by the hotel. The iPad controlling the entire room was also excruciatingly slow when turned on, as we had to wait almost a minute after turning it on to be able to lower the sound of the TV or change the temperature of the room.
The restaurants offer very good food, thankfully for the price, but the prices on the menu were sometimes different on the bill, and our butler told us that there were occasional mistakes... so beware and ask a copy of the menus in your room to compare afterwards. It is also very difficult to get a reservation at the restaurant the Orientale, as we wanted to book for this restaurant and we had been told there was no availability for 3 days in a row. On one night, we decided to go there and see for ourselves, and half the tables were empty. It’s like they don’t want to serve you. We also asked our butler the menus of the restaurants, and he brought us some but we had to wait until the next day to get the Orientale menu because he had forgotten.
A big disappointment was the beaches. The water is dreamy, but unfortunately pollution is also present at St. Regis Maldives. It's very sad, as we could see labels of water bottles, plastic, packs of cigarettes and one time a shower gel tube floating beneath the villas. Does the hotel even clean the beaches?
In terms of snorkeling, we could see the remains of the construction of the hotel beneath the water, including wooden boards, pikes, buckets, metal pieces, trash and concrete blocks. For the biodiversity, this is clearly not the place to snorkel, as the coral has whitened and you’ll not see that many different fish.
Overall, a nice hotel but I would not recommend it for the price, as our stay in other St. Regis venues were perfect and dreamy for way cheaper!
The positives first… We stayed for one week at the St. Regis Maldives and we were truly amazed about the Island, the Watervillas, the extraordinary service and the quality of food. The villas are extreme spacious with all extras you can think of. There is not one single bit to complain about. The villa pool has a decent size and you can go (or jump !) straight into the water – though there is not too much fish around the villas and you have to be mindful of the currents. The amazing butler helps you to make your stay even better through serving fresh food and some other savouries during the day. The snorkelling around the house reef was ok, not too great, but quite similar to other comparable islands. Again, the current can be strong and you have to keep an eye on it. Each villa has own bikes which is quite nice to move around the island and the other facilities such as the Whale Bar, a playhouse for the kids and Gym are good.
Now the negatives…
I thought for a long time about the rating and under normal circumstances this island is a clear 5 Star, but finally I decided for 4 Stars ‘only’. What we disliked most was the fact that the restaurant concept is not balanced. The breakfast at the main restaurant is outstanding (never had a better one !), but the rest of the day dining is quite a disappointment. The main restaurant Alba serves a mix of complicated (more middle east) food where a concept is missing. The other 2 options are again middle east and Arabic. Occasionally you find Asian food, but all is very complicated and no true concept (or basic dishes) visible. My kids are too old for the kids menu and like good food too, but they struggled a lot with the food offered. My wife and me are fine diner and we also were not too happy about the choice. The most annoying bit however, are the prices. A normal dinner with a bottle of vine easily 500 USD plus, not even dessert included. One evening was buffet evening and the bill for 4 went towards 1000 USD – there the fun stops !!! 21 USD for a Tomato Soup from the kids menu, 12 US$ for a bowl of plain rice, 50 USD for a room service Pizza. I am aware that we talk about Maldives and there are certain logistic costs involved, but the prices were outrages ! Having been to a number of Maldives Island we are used to higher prices, but this was too much. There is one nice Pizza beach restaurant which we really liked, but is closes at 4pm – can you believe this ?
Another negative was the world SPA event which brought a certain clientele to the island and subsequent a lot of noise as the people came to party, very annoying. Also the big Marquee they put on the beach and destroyed the nice atmosphere.
We rented a boat for the afternoon with quite unfriendly staff and believe it or not even for a (expensive) boat rental they charged ++ which is not typical for these activities.
So, all in all I am not sure if we would come again or choose another island next time.
I spent 3 glorious days at St. Regis Vommuli Resort to attend the prestigious World Spa Awards Gala Ceremony.
The moment we arrived at Male Airport, there was already a warm welcome from their staffand took us to their relaxing lounge whilst waiting for our seaplane.
Upon arrival at this lovely resort, we were greeted by their team including their GM, welcoming us and makin sure that our trip is flawless.
We are then escorted by our personal butler Ahmed to bring us around and to our villa. He is so warm and helpful and arranged everything for us. From activities, food order and even the spa treatments are well organized. He is truly a gem for this amazing team.
The room is a haven and fully equipped. Nothing that i can ask for more.
I met a lovely lady from the spa, her name is Rachel. Indeed a superstar who made me stunning and gorgeous at the gala night.
Not to mention, restaurants are beautifully designed and the food is sumptuous. A very dedicated team who made it extra special. A big thanks to Julius for the warmest welcome and making us feel at home.
I will definitely recommend this resort and wishful to come back for another visit with my family.
Thank you St. Regis for taking care of me and my husband. We had a remarkable stay and it was one of the best day of our lives.
I don’t usually write review but our experience in St Regis was nothing but waste of time and money. We’ve been to maldives two times and stayed in O&O, Cheval blanc.
Always busy and they don’t even try to remember your names and Villa number like the other 5 star resorts. It’s obvious that they are less experienced and some of them were extremely rude and unprofessional.
The bar staff took our drink orders but after 5 mins the staff came back to us and said, “what was your order again?”, 20mins later another bar staff approached us and said “are you ready to order?” I told him the order was taken and also asked him to check how long it would take....well we waited like 15 more mins but he never came back.
I didn’t find anything about the butler service here. What our butler did was just arranging a buggy and restaurant&excursion bookings. No proactive attitude nor communications to understand our needs like the butlers in O&O and Cheval
beautifully decorated but water leaks from the shower to the toilet. Most of the villas are designed facing each other which disfigures the view and privacy
We expressed our disappointment on our departure but nobody seemed to care. No proper greetings from the management during our stay and i think that explains well about St. Regis maldives.
My wife and I have stayed at some awesome hotels and resorts and this resort must be rated as one of the best we have stayed at. The service form the staff is exceptional. The butlers are so well trained and do so much to make your stay a special one. You want your bags unpacked they will do it for you. The food and wine at the resort is amazing. Local cuisine, fresh fish straight from the ocean or the best Wagyu Beef are all available. If you are a foodie you will not be disappointed.
While the Island is not large, plenty of options exist to keep you busy including water-sports, bikes to get you around and the most amazing spa complex I have ever seen.
The massages and spas are worth every cent and if traveling as a couple you have a choice of programs that you can arrange. In fact the massage we had was one of the best we have ever had at an hotel spa in the last 34 years.
Rooms - accommodation
My wife and I stayed in a beautiful over water Villa. The facilities and technology in the Villa was unbelievable. Huge rooms, massive bathroom all with direct access to the outside pool. You have a lounge area, a very very comfortable bed and smart technology controlling lights, TVs, blinds and AC. Larger 2 and 3 bedroom villas are also available.
How can you go wrong when you have a personal butler for your stay. We had Shimu and he was awesome. Courteous, and always obliging and happy to assist at all times. From the moment we arrived via Seaplane and the fast St Regis boat, we were well looked after.
Staff in all areas from the restaurants to house keeping all do their very best to assist and service your needs.
Each meal and every dining experience was on a different level.
The tastes and freshness of the produce was amazing. Seafood straight from the ocean and the highest quality beef combined to make the quality a true 5 star experience.
A highlight is eating dinner in the restaurant called Decanter that offers a degustation menu hosted by the Chef and Somalier for no more than 14 guests.
We used the pool in our villa and the main pool. We enjoyed walking around the island, swimming in the water, shopping at the small boutique and most of all eating at Alba where the food
St Regis Maldives caters to the client who has the best of everything and wants to be looked after as if they are back at their own home. This is a luxury resort and caters to clients who expect a certain level of high end service. The point here is they deliver !
Honestly, the resort is just spectacular and should be added to your list of considerations when traveling to the Maldives.
Thank you St Regis ... we had a romantic and special experience and the hospitality from senior management to the chefs and butlers were all amazing ... We will one day come back.
Jeff and Estelle D