Those in search for the next unparalleled destination need look no further than The St Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort.
Recognised at the Prix Versailles awards for stores, hotels and restaurants last year, the St Regis Maldives Vommuli is a sight to behold.
Nestled on a private island in a secluded Maldivian atoll, the resort is just 40 minutes away from the main Velana International Airport by seaplane, where guests will find themselves transported to another world in the Dhaalu Atoll. Surrounded by lush rainforests, the whitest of sands and azure blue waters, this is the ultimate tropical getaway for couples, families and even solo travellers where the ultimate luxury is time. Time to connect with loved ones, to relax and recharge and to appreciate the beautiful but fragile ecology that is the Maldives.
This is the ultimate tropical getaway for couples, families and solo travellers where the ultimate luxury is time
Designed by WOW Architects’ Warner Wong, the resort features 77 island and overwater villa accommodations, each with a private pool. The overwater villas resemble manta rays with their graceful form and cephalic lobes – their various parts extending out onto the waters so that guests feel literally as if they are at sea. Meanwhile, the beach villas have been designed as modern interpretations of fishing huts. Both villas boast an interior design reflecting the patterns and textures that can be found on the island, with elements such as coral chandeliers, porcelain lights, headboards made of recycled glass beads, artwork created from salvaged wood as well as soft fabric mirroring the ripples of the lapping waters to create an ambience that creates an organic synthesis between contemporary living and island life.
All accommodations boast state-of-the-art facilities such seamless WiFi, iPad room controls and Bang & Olufsen BeoVision televisions, alongside thoughtful touches such as romantic gazebos with bench swings and overwater hammocks complemented by soft daybeds and loungers. To ensure your every need is met, the signature St. Regis Butlers are always on hand to provide discreet, bespoke service.
The ambience of the interiors reflect an organic synthesis between contemporary living and island life
Fitness buffs can rest assured as the resort is home to an expansive fitness centre, anti- gravity yoga studio and tennis courts. In addition, the Vommuli Dive and Water Sports Centre offers tuition and equipment for exploring the wonders of the deep on the private house reef. Those looking for some pampering will be in heaven at the Iridium Spa, famous for its Blue Hole Pool that replicates the deep sink holes often found in the reefs. This is the largest saltwater hydrotherapy pool in the Maldives, where heated seawater and whirlpool jets will soothe your mind and body.
The island’s other notable design concepts include the Whale Bar – the best place to chill and relax during sunset – that reflects the shape of a whale shark. Inside is a mural etched into the wooden ceiling incorporating the techniques of a traditional Maldivian art form known as pyrography. It effectively tells the story of the island’s owner and his son who built the resort on Vommuli to celebrate its natural beauty.
Design aside, the St Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort boasts an array of spectacular dining outlets to delight every foodie. From Italian cuisine at signature restaurant Alba and pizzas at family-friendly Crust, to Asian delights at Orientale, gourmet street food at pop-up diner Cargo, or the five-course degustation menu at Decanter matched with wine, one is truly spoilt for choice.
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Photos: Courtesy of Ralf Tooten