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St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort [Master Thread]

St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort [Master Thread]

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Platinum Amenities
  • Breakfast in Alba Restaurant
  • Daily fruit basket
  • 4pm late checkout if available

Tips on Availability
Award availability (and availability in general) seems to now be loaded in a week at a time (1 year minus two weeks on Saturday night around midnight ET) rather than day by day as it seemed to be previously.

Arrival information
  • All arrangements for travel to the island must be arranged through [email protected] at least 72 hours in advance.
  • St. Regis Airport Butler will escort guests to the seaplane terminal StR lounge in the comfort of a luxury car or van. The lounge includes drinks and light snacks, WiFi and kids toys.
  • Seaplane schedules are determined one day before arrival or departure and flights take place only from 6am to 3:30pm. The resort does not control the scheduling or arrangements of seaplane flights. This is completely under the control of Trans Maldivian Airways.
  • Guests arriving after 4pm will have to stay overnight on Hulhumale or Male and travel by seaplane the next morning.
  • The maximum baggage allowance per person is 30kg; excess baggage will be charged an additional fee of $6/kg. You can leave your baggage at the airport for $6/day.
  • Fee: $745 roundtrip per person, tax included. Children from 2-11 years pay $449. Complimentary for children under 2 years of age.
  • Travel Time: 45 minutes (one way)
Villa Categories
Note this is not a complete list and is only for the lowest 5 room categories:
  • Base Room is the GV (Garden Villa)
  • Then OWV (Over Water Villa)
  • Then BV (Beach Villa)
  • Then Panoramic OWV
  • Then Sunset OWV
See resort map below.

Regular OWV are (A) 501-507, 509-517, facing into the island. You get a warmer pool compared to Panoramic OWV but less privacy as the higher number rooms can be seen from the island.
Panoramic OWV are (B) 523-525, 527-529 facing out to sea to the north. You get the privacy BUT you will have a chilly pool.

Sunset OWV are (C) 530-534, 536-544 with the higher numbers facing the Whale Bar. The sunsets are spectacular and your pool will be warmest of the three.


Points Earning
These charges are eligible for points earning: Room Charges, Spa Services, Dining, Norma (Yacht Charter)
These charges arenot eligible for points earning: Taxes, Watersports, Tips, PCR Testing, Seaplane Transfer, Retail

Activities & Excursions Price Lists
Menus
Marriott Bonvoy Member Food & Beverage Discount Program is available at the StR but not at peak dates.

Note: Greyed out menus are currently unavailable.
Contact Information External Links Resort Maps
PDF of resort map with room numbers.



Weather
  • General info on weather in the Maldives: Link 1 Link 2 (Maldivian government website)
  • Recommended Android weather app: eWeather HD. See this post for detailed info on the app, settings, tips and general weather info (Courtesy of MaldivesFreak)
  • Want to get an idea about the weather in the month of August? Click here to read a post from a FT member that spends 2 weeks at a resort not too far from StR during this month
  • There is a weather station on Magoodhoo about 20km north of Vommuli - https://www.accuweather.com/en/mv/ma...-forecast/5583
  • There is another weather station on Kudahuvadhoo, about 27km north.
Time
  • The resort time is Male +1 hour, to maximise daylight (GMT+6, Dhaka Time)
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Old Dec 19, 18, 8:01 am
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Originally Posted by newdaybegin View Post
Can someone confirm about the "local fee" on the reservation? I booked 5 night for 2 people and the local fee show as $1423, which i thought it included the seaplane transfer. I check with the hotel just to be sure, and they confirmed it not included in those local fee??? anyone stay there recently can confirm about this? thank you!
The response from the hotel confirms that the transfers ARE part of the fees. They are NOT included in the room price.
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Old Dec 19, 18, 8:13 am
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The seaplane transfers ARE included within the "Local Fee". Your "Local Fee" should actually be $1,438 which is equal to ($695 x 2) + $6 x 2 x 5. The latter being the seaplane transfer cost pp of $695 and the former being the $6 pp per day in government taxes.
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Old Dec 19, 18, 8:17 am
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Originally Posted by upgrade.me View Post
Just did 5 nights. Had an award res. for a GV, was upgraded to a BV. Bottle of champaign arrival amenity. Stunning property and fabulous friendly service.

Drinks at Whale Bar every evening for sunset. They just opened Whale Bar for full dinner, a steak and seafood based menu. Being at a higher occupancy than "usual" made reservation requests at the various outlets a challenge. Oriental was my favorite food menu (Chinese, Indian, Japanese). The dining experience at Cargo was superb ($250++ per couple). Dinner at Alba was my least favorite. I passed on the Maldivian buffet evening after that, but the breakfast every morning there was top notch; bottomless mimosas and bloody marys, definitely try items off the a la carte - duck leg confit w/ waffle, ribeye w/ eggs were a few of my favs, and sushi/ sashimi.

Spa service was par for course. Also did the 2hr shared blue hole treatment for $60 ea., ended up having it to ourselves anyways which beat paying twice as much for half the time to have it private.

I could babble all day about the very little details, but I'll be checking in if anyone has any specific questions
As a couple of people have noted, I would also be interested in any extra activities you did (boats, scuba, etc) and what a reasonable budget would be per day on food / drinks (~$1,000) ?

Thanks!
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Old Dec 19, 18, 8:33 am
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If you are ppe 1k will be plenty with the free breakfast
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Old Dec 19, 18, 11:04 am
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Originally Posted by SantiC View Post
As a couple of people have noted, I would also be interested in any extra activities you did (boats, scuba, etc) and what a reasonable budget would be per day on food / drinks (~$1,000) ?

Thanks!
It really depends on what you do and how you eat. Everyone's definition of frugal and splurge is different. $1K per day per couple might be on a high end for someone that just want to chill by the pool/beach, do a group snorkel trip, skip lunch and only have a light dinner with no/cheapest wine. $1k a day can also just be entry level if you want to dive 2 tanks a day, have a 3 or 4 course dinner with medium priced wine and throw in a spa day here and there.

Prices of all the restaurant, activities and spa are listed in wiki or a simple google search. You can almost map out your meals and activities for the entire trip. Don't forget to add 23% service fee/tax to the menu prices.
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Old Dec 19, 18, 11:31 am
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The budget per day will depend heavily on whether you intend to do any special dinners or not. If you eat at Alba every night (or order room service) then you can get by quite cheap, but why go all the way to St.Regis Maldives and not enjoy dinner at Decanter and/or the private beach dinner which will be about $1k per couple.
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Old Dec 19, 18, 12:14 pm
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Yeah you can look up Spa, Restaurant and Activity menus with prices before getting there. If you want fully up to date ones then email the resort and they will send them to you.

I personally did not go way out of my way to get roundtrip first class airfare and the OWB on points to get all frugal once I'm there. I'm looking at it as what I do and what I eat/drink are *all* I have to pay for and I do not care what they cost. I have spa treatments, a diving excursion and 5 dinners booked already including the wine dinner at decanter. It might run me $1k a day or even more and I just don't care for this one, it's a dream trip for me and I'm going nuts.

I do realize everyone is different with different budgets but I guess I'm viewing it as if there was ever a time to completely cut loose this is it... I also realize a lot of people aren't doing points reservations but I imagine more are than typical with the recent merger pricing.

PS: dunno if this has been posted but my wife was very excitedly showing me this article the other day:

http://maldives.net.mv/28110/st-regi...ld-spa-awards/
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Old Dec 19, 18, 12:16 pm
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With all this talk of how the seaplane transfer fee is being displayed to everyone differently now, what is the status of how this fee codes as far as earning Marriott points? I'm guessing it won't earn, but will count as travel for credit card spend?
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Old Dec 19, 18, 2:05 pm
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Originally Posted by SantiC View Post
As a couple of people have noted, I would also be interested in any extra activities you did (boats, scuba, etc) and what a reasonable budget would be per day on food / drinks (~$1,000) ?

Thanks!
I did 1 tennis session with for an hour, that was about $140, my GF did an advance dive for about $170, we had a 60min. bamboo massage at approx $320 for both of us, then the shared blue hole treatment at $65 per person. That was the extent of our extra activities. Otherwise we were on par for about $150-$200 for drinks and shisha at Whale Bar for sunset, and $250 after for dinner. The tab was $3k outside of the seaplane for both of us very comfortably for everything mentioned above for 5 days. The free Plat breakfast spared us about $800 for the trip.

I skipped the Maldivian buffet dinner ($165++ per person) at Alba after the first dinner was meh; and they scheduled me for the dinner/ wine tasting at Decanter, but I canceled once I learned it was $395++ per person and not being that big of a fan of wine tastings
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Old Dec 19, 18, 3:30 pm
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Yeah with the seaplane factored in, our Cost-Per-Day over 6 days was just north of $800 and that was with the Decanter dinner, spa session for 2, 2 scuba trips, seabob, drinks at whale bar a few times, Cargo dinner, 2-3 runs to Crust, coral gardens snorkling trip, etc. I don't think we ever felt like we were depriving ourselves on anything at that number, but certainly didn't go overboard with wine and food at every turn.

Our random thoughts on maximizing your experience without completely blowing the budget, (based on advice found here and our time there)
- Take advantage of the free activities. we thought they were generally well run and were different enough day to day to keep it interesting.
- As others noted, have a long and late breakfast. I don't think I've ever lingered longer over breakfast than here, but it definitely puts you in the right mood for the day.
- If you just want to chill on your OWV for sunset/have an early dinner/drinks, have your butler order some wine from the sommelier (we got to know the somm fairly well after out second night there, when we did the Decanter dinner) and do room service, or better yet, order a pizza-to-go from Crust before they close at 4 pm. That champagne and room temp mushroom pizza sunset dinner out on the deck was oddly one of the nicest meals we had because a) it wasn't as late as the other meals we had there, b) we weren't being doted over by a bunch of ppl (to be fair, though, the service was generally excellent). And it was a fraction of the cost of the other "dinner" restaurants.
- Ask your butler if the weekly manager's happy hr at whale bar is happening when you there. Free wine/food for an hour+, get there right at 5 to ensure you get a seat (it was full by the time the happy hr started at 6)
- I personally found the whale bar cocktails a little too sweet and involved (and not terribly boozy) for my taste, but if you want something simple (i.e. a gin and tonic), the mixers are free and the per-shot cost of booze is generally pretty good. Beefeater and tonic was $10 compared to the $25+ for the specialty cocktails. Woodford was something like $12. We generally enjoyed those more than the speciality cocktails, but that's just personal taste.
- If you do the Decanter dinner (which I can't recommend enough), try to do it on the front end of your trip (it's on Wednesday nights and Saturday nights). Great way to meet other guests, the somm, chefs - all ppl you will undoubtedly run into over the course of your stay. Yeah it's a splurge, but I think you actually get good value out of it, esp if you enjoy food/wine. There were quite a bit of "extra" pours and bottle openings beyond just the usual half-glass pours you get in a traditional "wine pairing".
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Old Dec 20, 18, 1:52 am
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Originally Posted by NYCroots View Post
With all this talk of how the seaplane transfer fee is being displayed to everyone differently now, what is the status of how this fee codes as far as earning Marriott points? I'm guessing it won't earn, but will count as travel for credit card spend?
Just received my points from the stay and yes, I was minus the points for the seaplane cost
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Old Dec 20, 18, 6:36 am
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Originally Posted by wilsonnyc View Post
Yeah with the seaplane factored in, our Cost-Per-Day over 6 days was just north of $800 and that was with the Decanter dinner, spa session for 2, 2 scuba trips, seabob, drinks at whale bar a few times, Cargo dinner, 2-3 runs to Crust, coral gardens snorkling trip, etc. I don't think we ever felt like we were depriving ourselves on anything at that number, but certainly didn't go overboard with wine and food at every turn.

Our random thoughts on maximizing your experience without completely blowing the budget, (based on advice found here and our time there)
- Take advantage of the free activities. we thought they were generally well run and were different enough day to day to keep it interesting.
- As others noted, have a long and late breakfast. I don't think I've ever lingered longer over breakfast than here, but it definitely puts you in the right mood for the day.
- If you just want to chill on your OWV for sunset/have an early dinner/drinks, have your butler order some wine from the sommelier (we got to know the somm fairly well after out second night there, when we did the Decanter dinner) and do room service, or better yet, order a pizza-to-go from Crust before they close at 4 pm. That champagne and room temp mushroom pizza sunset dinner out on the deck was oddly one of the nicest meals we had because a) it wasn't as late as the other meals we had there, b) we weren't being doted over by a bunch of ppl (to be fair, though, the service was generally excellent). And it was a fraction of the cost of the other "dinner" restaurants.
- Ask your butler if the weekly manager's happy hr at whale bar is happening when you there. Free wine/food for an hour+, get there right at 5 to ensure you get a seat (it was full by the time the happy hr started at 6)
- I personally found the whale bar cocktails a little too sweet and involved (and not terribly boozy) for my taste, but if you want something simple (i.e. a gin and tonic), the mixers are free and the per-shot cost of booze is generally pretty good. Beefeater and tonic was $10 compared to the $25+ for the specialty cocktails. Woodford was something like $12. We generally enjoyed those more than the speciality cocktails, but that's just personal taste.
- If you do the Decanter dinner (which I can't recommend enough), try to do it on the front end of your trip (it's on Wednesday nights and Saturday nights). Great way to meet other guests, the somm, chefs - all ppl you will undoubtedly run into over the course of your stay. Yeah it's a splurge, but I think you actually get good value out of it, esp if you enjoy food/wine. There were quite a bit of "extra" pours and bottle openings beyond just the usual half-glass pours you get in a traditional "wine pairing".
Thank you! This is extremely helpful. I am also not a big fan of sugary cocktails so the mixers and shot drinks sound like a great option.

Is Decanter dinner $395 pp? Also what did you think of your 2 scuba trips (given the commentary on here about the coral), the seabob (which seems kinda short), and the coral gardens snorkeling trip?
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Old Dec 20, 18, 8:28 am
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Originally Posted by SantiC View Post
Thank you! This is extremely helpful. I am also not a big fan of sugary cocktails so the mixers and shot drinks sound like a great option.

Is Decanter dinner $395 pp? Also what did you think of your 2 scuba trips (given the commentary on here about the coral), the seabob (which seems kinda short), and the coral gardens snorkeling trip?
Decanter dinner: yes, I believe that was the cost + taxes/service. was just north of 900 for two if I remember correctly. As I noted, however, it's not just "1 food course + 1 pour of wine", then onto the next thing - there was lots of extra pours/extra bottles getting brought out, so I felt that for a "wine dinner in the middle of Indian Ocean" it was a good value-to-quality experience. Those who were left standing (just 4 of us!) even got a nightcap glass of champagne sent out to the Whale Bar. Beyond the wine and food, though, it was just a super fun evening, and i'm generally skeptical of those "forced interaction with strangers" type group dinners. We had a lively group so that may have helped.

Scuba: overall, good stuff - 2-to-1 (or 1-to-1) guest to instructor ratio. Relaxing experience, calm/warm waters. If you are certified, or are interested in diving and want to do a resort certification, you def owe it to yourself to do 1-2 dives. Many of the dive spots are within 5-15 mins of the hotel, which was nice compared to other dive spots i've been to in the world. Full disclosure, it's the only Scuba diving I have done in the Maldives (have done Indonesia, Thailand, Hawaii), so I don't have much to compare it to in the area in terms or coral health where we dove, but it certainly was not as rough as it was in the reef around the property. Same goes for the Coral Garden trip. Basically, my vibe was that if you want to see a healthier/more alive reef while on your trip, the snorkling trip and Scuba dives are your best bet.

SeaBob: I mean. It was fun no doubt. Glad we did 15 mins. Would I do it again? Prob not there. Your basic, "glad I did it, but don't necessarily need to do it again" type activity.
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Old Dec 20, 18, 11:25 am
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Originally Posted by upgrade.me View Post
Just did 5 nights. Had an award res. for a GV, was upgraded to a BV. Bottle of champaign arrival amenity. Stunning property and fabulous friendly service.

Drinks at Whale Bar every evening for sunset. They just opened Whale Bar for full dinner, a steak and seafood based menu. Being at a higher occupancy than "usual" made reservation requests at the various outlets a challenge. Oriental was my favorite food menu (Chinese, Indian, Japanese). The dining experience at Cargo was superb ($250++ per couple). Dinner at Alba was my least favorite. I passed on the Maldivian buffet evening after that, but the breakfast every morning there was top notch; bottomless mimosas and bloody marys, definitely try items off the a la carte - duck leg confit w/ waffle, ribeye w/ eggs were a few of my favs, and sushi/ sashimi.

Spa service was par for course. Also did the 2hr shared blue hole treatment for $60 ea., ended up having it to ourselves anyways which beat paying twice as much for half the time to have it private.

I could babble all day about the very little details, but I'll be checking in if anyone has any specific questions

Hi. I was just wondering what tips you could give for staying at this property. I also reserved 5 nights with points and will be going for my honeymoon. I saw they upgraded us to a BV and I scheduled a massage for one of the days. Im platinum with Marriott so Ill choose the breakfast for two but I was just wondering what other tips you could give to get the best experience out of this property. Thanks!
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Old Dec 20, 18, 1:57 pm
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How soon in advance should we make reservations for dinner? Do we just tell our butler when we arrive or should we call months ahead?
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