With the opening of The St Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort, the exclusive and chic hotel brand makes an impressive arrival in the dreamy archipelago.
Since this last november 01st, at just 40 minutes from Male by seaplane, guests are transported into a newfound paradise on a private island in Dhaalu Atoll : The St Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort
The 77 all-villa St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort is designed by WOW Architects | Warner Wong Design, the resort’s architecture and interiors evoke a sense of tropical island village living, which has earned it a nomination for the prestigious World Architecture Festival Awards 2015 under the Future Leisure Led Development category.
Rather than repeating the secluded Robinson Crusoe theme or the concept of an exotic luxury escape abode, the design of The St. Regis Maldives draws inspiration from nature itself, including the local ecologies. Such aesthetics include manta ray shaped lagoon villas, a signature bar in the shape of a whale shark, a lobster-inspired spa and a spiral shell shaped library. Besides organic sea forms, some buildings are based on local cultural symbols; coastal villas along the southern shoreline, for example, are akin to Maldivian Dhoni boats.
Setting a new paradigm for luxury leisure, every guest who sets foot on the island is taken through a journey of reflection or reconnection with nature, their self, or loved ones. A large ‘House Reef’ surrounds the island, which is defined by several distinct ecological zones: lagoon, beach, coastal, and jungle. The 77 villas are divided according to these zones, which form the basis of experiential programs that guide guests through their journey of discovery.
Each zone offers unique anchoring activities. The Lagoon zone boasts a water amphitheater and a signature spa; the Beach zone spotlights two signature beachfront restaurants; the jungle zone houses a nature discovery center and a pop-up café; and the coastal zone provides a dive center and a signature bar. An art trail threads through these activities; the seasonal work of artists in residence showcases pop-up installations using found objects and locally sourced materials.
Each individual villa embodies the perfect combination between privacy and luxury. For example, the Lagoon Villa, inspired by the majestic manta ray, features a main roof that covers the living room and bedroom, with a graceful wing that folds down and extends to form a private pool deck space. The villa sports an all-timber interior, augmented by a blown glass chandelier and glass bubbles art work in natural hues.
Catering to an extended generational family that traverses the globe, the John Jacob Astor Estate is among the largest villas in the Maldives, with a total size of 1,540 square meters. It spans across three different areas – a two-story main villa encompasses a 92 meter private pool, over 600 square meters of pool deck, a living room, a master bedroom, a show kitchen, a spa room, a mini theater, and a fitness area; and two connecting lagoon villas, each featuring their own private pool, pool deck, bedroom, and living area. Further enhancing family travel, the resort provides two distinct child-friendly facilities: the well-equipped Children’s Club and a Socialite Club for youth aged 16 onwards.
The St. Regis Maldives offers six distinct dining venues, including an Asian specialty restaurant, a modern Italian restaurant that features a grand staircase, an underground wine cellar restaurant, a shack style restaurant, a signature overwater bar that rolls out stunning views of dramatic sunset, and a pop-up restaurant in the middle of the resort. The latter prepares visiting and in-residence chefs to cook up their specialty dishes.
Taking a holistic approach to relaxation and rejuvenation, Iridium Spa presents six overwater treatment rooms, including two treatment rooms that are dedicated to healing Ayurvedic treatments. Spa guests can also enjoy a Blue Hole pool, which contains heated seawater with different water jets – a system with proven benefits to the body.
Signature to The St. Regis properties worldwide, all hotels offer the signature St. Regis Butler Service for all guests. Trained in refined English traditions, St. Regis Butlers provide 24-hour anticipatory service, customizing each guest’s stay to their specific needs, tastes and preferences.
About St. Regis Hotels & Resorts
Combining classic sophistication with a modern sensibility, St. Regis is committed to delivering exceptional experiences at over 35 luxury hotels and resorts in the best addresses around the world. Since the opening of the first St. Regis hotel in New York City over a century ago by John Jacob Astor IV, the brand has remained committed to an uncompromising level of bespoke and anticipatory service for all of its guests, delivered flawlessly by signature St. Regis Butler Service. Starwood’s ultra-luxury brand is set to expand its legacy to 50 hotels by 2020.
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