Luxury at St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort
June 12, 2017
I had the pleasure of staying in The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort for a couple of nights recently, an amazing hideaway in the middle of the Indian ocean just a four hour flight from Dubai, plus a short but exciting flight in a seaplane. I am lucky to have visited many of the world’s most luxurious hotels and resorts, sometimes thinking that I have seen it all, but the experience at The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort has surpassed all my expectations in many ways.
From the minute we landed in Male, we realised this wasn’t going to be the usual resort experience. We were greeted and taken care of in every way you can imagine at Male International airport and were soon boarding the seaplane that was to take us to our rather exotic destination. Travelling on a seaplane was a first for me, so must say this was what I was looking forward most. After a forty-minute flight over the magical scenery of the Maldives, well known white sand islands, we arrived at The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort.
As I arrived, there were more than ten hotel staff to greet me with a previously chosen refreshing cocktail perfect for the occasion, so I immediately knew I would be well looked after.
After an introduction to the staff, my friendly butler took me to an overwater villa and showed me around. In the villa, all the lights, curtains, music and TV are controlled by a tablet, after a quick lesson I was an expert. While I had a little nosy around, our butler, Riyaz, took care of unpacking and storing my luggage, ensuring I was happy and comfortable. After relaxing for a few hours in my private swimming pool I had a tour around the luxurious resort. The resort was designed by WOW Architects and Warner Wong Design, who deliver designs with great respect to the environment. The St. Regis Maldives Mommuli boasts 22 acres of well manicured land, featuring 77 on-land and overwater villas, which blend into the surroundings perfectly, all with breathtaking views over the ocean.
Riyaz showed us around and explained to us the exceptional experiences you can have in the resort. The Vommuli Dive and Water Sports Centre offer unforgettable adventures on the azure waves of the Indian Ocean. The pool and beachfront library opens 24 hours and includes a carefully curated collection of books that you can borrow to read during you stay.
There is also St. Regis Boutique, which features the latest fashion, exquisite jewelry and sophisticated accessories, perfect for gifts.
Once you are fully relaxed and ready to investigate more you will find ‘Socialite’ which is a 24-hour indoor area offering a variety of entertainment options including table tennis, football, pool and air hockey, as well as videos and board games. There are engaging activities for younger guests in the Children’s Club, which are always monitored by professional childcare attendants. To keep in shape and compensate for all the delicious food on offer, the resort’s state-of-the-art fitness center offers a variety of equipment from TechnoGym. There is also a tennis court at Vommuli House for you to practice your ball skills.
Following the most informative tour of the resort, I decided to begin my stay at the finest address in the Maldives with The St. Regis Maldives signature evening ritual at The Whale Bar. The Whale Bar is a marine inspired destination, built with wood, softly lit and adorned with a signature St, Regis ceiling mural of sea life, designed by renowned artist Maya Burman. The sunset was simply magnificent from The Whale Bar and while sipping The Island Mary, a signature interpretation of the St Regis Bloody Mary tradition, I decided this is what life should be about.
After the journey, the tour and the Island Mary I was a little peckish so I went for dinner at Alba, the signature restaurant at the Vommuli resort. I was welcomed with an exceptional fine dining experience made up of fresh and sustainable ingredients and unrivalled service. The generous and exquisite menu draws upon the spices, sweetness and fragrance of Italian gastronomy with locally-sourced seafood and organic herbs and vegetables, whilst introducing a wide variety of authentic global dishes. When you visit this fabulous resort make sure that after dinner you ask for Rojin, the best Mixologist in Asia and allow him to prepare a bespoke cocktail just for you!
My second day was even more exquisite than the first one. To wake up surrounded by the azure crystal clear blue sea and complete peace is the way one should wake up every day, although not possible in today’s world. I headed back to Alba, this time for a delicious breakfast buffet à la cart. Breakfast specialties include homemade jams, poached eggs with orange hollandaise and black truffles, inspired appetizers and entrees such as foie gras terrine, white asparagus with fried polenta, and a variety of risottos and handmade pastas are followed by tempting desserts, including gelato and spice cake. Add a chilled glass of fine champagne and life seems absolutely perfect. To sum it up, my kind of a start to the day, although it was now getting a little late.
There is nothing better after such superb breakfast than to experience a session of 75-minutes Anti-Gravity Yoga, led by Yoga Master Muhammed Faisal. Hailed from India, Faisal learned yoga at very early age and he has professionally taught yoga in India and Maldives for more than ten years. He introduced anti-gravity yoga to Maldives, just let him show you the power of stretching, and discover another level of wellbeing!
Believe it or not, after the exercise I started feeling hungry again, so I went for a leisurely lunch at Alba, where delectable cuisine meets uncompromising service. The kitchen, which is open all day, promises indelible Italian cuisine accompanied by breathtaking views of the resort’s pristine beachfront and shimmering pool from the picturesque terrace and dining room. Each and every dish I tried was amazing.
I decided to have a pleasant bike ride around the island towards the Iridium Spa to help with the digestion. The spa is a 1,850-square-meter overwater sanctuary featuring plush furnishing set against white oak interiors, creating an ambience of elegant tranquility. I met Doctor Sudhi, and through a 20-minute comprehensive consultation while enjoying a selection of teas, he made a complete assessment of my physical, mental and emotional situation in order to recommend how to improve or restore me to my best possible health and wellbeing. Afterwards I indulged in a carefully tailored, signature spa experience, which rejuvenated my senses and took me into a totally blissful state.
After watching the stunning sunset from the villa with a glass of champagne, another superb dining experience was waiting for me. Middle Eastern Arabic-fushion dishes like Shaweerma, Falafel, lamb and many other dishes elevated by homemade dressing and spices were served at Cargo. Excellent cuisine and a rather too energetic bike ride ensured I slept well that night, the uber comfortable beds and the tranquility were definitely a huge help.
The next day was full of activities and I started with Sunrise Yoga at Iridium Spa at 8am. Is there a better way to start the day? After one hour of exercise I went to recover some energy in the best way at Alba Restaurant, where I enjoyed all type of tropical fruits and juices for breakfast. I didn’t want to eat a lot as there is a long day full of activities and I was excited about my next experience on the Coral Garden Trip.
Riyaz was waiting for me to take me to the boat for my next experience. The snorkeling equipment was already onboard and after 30 minutes we jumped eagerly into the beautiful warm ocean waters onto an atoll full of exotic brightly coloured fish. We even saw majestic looking turtles and a small shark! That was awesome!!!
I was exhausted after the adrenaline of the Coral Garden Trip, so a few hours relax action was called for in the villa, but surprise surprise I soon needed more sustenance, so off I went in search of Crust, a cozy beachfront pizzeria, where casual patio-style beach seating is elevated by stunning pool and ocean views. Thin-crust pizzas with inspired toppings such as tandoori chicken or Maldivian tuna are cooked to perfection in the wood-fired pizza oven, and sandwiches and snacks are complemented by cold draft beers and fresh juices.
Such a long and exciting day needed a perfect ending, so I had a sunset meditation at Alba beach.
For my final evening my dining experience was extremely special and featured beautifully cooked and prepared local sea food at Alba which was the recommendation of Deepack our friendly waiter. This sumptuous feast included octopus, fresh oysters, local prawns, fresh tuna and the star of night, local Maldivian lobster and it was all washed down with the finest of wines as recommended by the Sommelier, our other new best friend, Julius.
My experience here was second to none, I was treated like an Emperor, but I know this is how all guests are treated. Staff find the perfect balance between impeccable service and respecting privacy, which is very hard to master, but they manage this, wholly.
There are two more restaurants that I didn’t get a chance to try, hopefully we will soon, Decanter and Orientale.
I woke up early wishing it was my first day again and started coming to terms with leaving, I had my last breakfast in paradise and headed for the seaplane for my flight back to Male, where my normal plane was going to take me back to my normal life, sadly!
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