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
My villa was amazing is was nice and clean and felt like home. The service was amazing and we even got our own butler and she was amazing and kind she would help us with anything . The food was spectacular even the breakfast , and we got our own bikes with our initials on the back and the activities were to notch .
First the good- the rooms are indeed beautiful and the location is stunning. Breakfast was great, and the island felt very secluded even during peak season. However the service could be described as underwhelming at best. Perhaps my expectations were high (rightly so I would argue, for the St. Regis brand and the price point), but I left feeling disappointed and wish I had stayed elsewhere.
Compared to other properties I've stayed at, the St.Regis Vommuli felt understaffed and earns a middling grade for customer service. There were certainly some nice touches and fairly well organized processes (the check in process is quite smooth), but at no time did I feel that it was exceptional, or that I was anything more than a revenue stream.
While the food was generally of good quality, we always had to flag down the waiter for everything. We enjoyed breakfast, which is a combination of buffet + made to order options, but the made to order dishes never arrived on time, sometimes half an hour apart. There is a good variety of water activities available, but nearly all the group activities were a lot shorter than the advertised times- generally 30-60 minutes shorter.
Most of your interaction on the island is expected to be funneled through your butler, and perhaps there is some luck of the draw involved here but we didn't find out butler to be very sincere. She did generally respond to our requests, but was otherwise rarely proactive other than trying to convince us to make a reservation at one of the more expensive set menu restaurants.
You would have to try pretty hard to have a bad time in the Maldives- if you choose the St. Regis, you will likely find it adequate. But if you are making a special trip, or expecting a level of service that reflects the price, you would do well to pay attention to the negative reviews of this property and look elsewhere.
The highlights for us were:-
We stayed in room 207 which was a family over water villa and loved it. Large space with great deck space and a wonderful bathroom, especially the bath which was a great shape to relax in.
Morning yoga with Faizel who was excellent and pushed us to our limits whilst being very kind.
The bikes. We all loved riding the excellent bikes around the resort
The breakfast. I can only reiterate what people have already said, the breakfast was stunning and was the best service we experienced at all of the other dining options
The snorkelling. Although the reef has been bleached, there were many colourful and wonderful fish to see. My daughter did the night snorkelling trip and really enjoyed it. We preferred the snorkelling outside of the family villas to that off the beach but that being said my daughter and husband saw a stingray and lobsters when snorkelling there.
Whale Shark trip. We saw marlin, dolphin, flying fish, manta ray and spent 45 minutes snorkelling with a whale shark...the highlight of the holiday. The trip is eye wateringly expensive...so without a whale shark sighting would have been gutting.
The resort pool although it is pretty hot by the end of the day it was a great length for a swim.
The villa plunge pool. As it wasn't in the sun it was a bit chilly but we all loved plunging into it after a snorkelling adventure.
Staying in our room until our sea plane arrived and checking out in our room.
The whale bar. Watching the sunsets, listening to some great music and drinking great G&T cocktails. The servers here were exceptional.
What could be improved:-
We extended our stay by 2 days and we couldn't stay in 207 as it was already booked.
so we were moved to villa 204 which was on the beach, originally it was going to be villa 201 but that was a bit too close to the activities and diving centre and didn't have any beach in front of it. The room was very similar to 207 but seemed to need some maintenance as was showing some signs of wear and tear. It was still very nice but not as nice as room 207.
It would have been great if the bathroom blinds could be stopped so they weren't just open or closed to maintain both light and privacy,
I think the St Regis should point out to guests that the coral is fragile and standing on it will damage it further. We saw a number of guests who clearly didn't know this. It would have also been great to know what the St Regis were doing to regenerate the reef and that there was a marine biologist at the resort, which Dominic the resort manager explained to us when we enquired.
To that end, in the room around the resort there were so many plastic water bottles, at a resort we stayed at in Hawaii they gave us a water bottle for our stay and there were water fountains dotted all over the resort where you could fill them up. We loved that...
Also a pet peeve, paying $14 for a bottle of still water at dinner. Ouch!!!
It is a fantastic place to stay and we are really glad that we had the opportunity to visit. A very memorable holiday and overall an amazing resort.
Travelled as a couple at the end of February 2019. Service was top notch the entire time we were there and we loved our butler Ice. She always found us at breakfast to check in and was very available over WhatsApp whenever we had questions or needs. She even got me information after I had left the property a few weeks later when it was no longer her job to do so! Breakfast as others have mentioned is fantastic! I had no problem with food coming out slowly but really you should be taking your time there in the morning anyway so I was in no hurry. Ibrahim was fantastic at breakfast (and also at Cargo restaurant) so seek him out. Our favorite restaurant was Orientale where the chef Padam went out of his way to make us special nut free meals off menu because my husband is allergic.
We spent a lot of time snorkeling which was fantastic. Had a great one on one lesson at the water sports center because I was a little apprehensive at first. This was a great idea because once my instructor got me going I couldn't stop! The coral gardens tour was good but we found the area around the Sunset Overwater Villas and the north side of the of the resort near the wall was the best for finding large sea life. Managed to find a large seat turtle as well as a couple 6 foot white fin reef sharks!
Overall our stay was fantastic. Food and alcohol are very expensive so just know and plan for that going in and you will have an absolutely once in a lifetime experience.
We just got back from this fantastic property. We stayed in one of the sunset over the water villas. Highly recommend the west side of the resort - the sun keeps the pool warm and you get to experience the sunset from your villa. Upon arrival a personal butler is assigned to you for the duration of your stay. Our butler Anastasia was awesome 👏🏾 fluent in 5 languages. The breakfast buffet was incredible the rest of the meals were frankly not memorable but I was already aware of what