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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 is provided in Alba Restaurant
  • Revolving fruit basket
  • Candy/snack display upon arrival
  • Cookies daily with coffee in the room
Note: As of October 2018, this property have been removed from the 20% Members Dine More website.

Tips on Availability:
  • The StR brand was integrated into the Marriott reservation system in early December 2018 and 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.

Welcome Lounge (The Great Room):
  • Located in the seaplane terminal
  • Drinks and light snacks
  • Toys for children
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi is also available

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 in the comfort of a Bentley, luxury SUV, or multi-passenger van.
  • While awaiting departure, guests are invited to our Arrival Lounge, The Great Room.
  • Seaplane schedules are determined one day prior to arrival or departure and that flights take place only during daylight hours.
  • The resort does not in any way control the scheduling or arrangements of seaplane flights. This is completely under the control of TMA(Trans Maldivian Airways). The resort only assists StR guests with the StR lounge at the seaplane terminal at Male.
  • 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 25 kilograms; excess baggage will be charged an additional fee of 5.60 USD per kilogram.
  • Fee: 645 USD roundtrip per person, tax included. Children from 2-11 years pay 60% of the adult price ($387 tax inclusive). Complimentary for children under 2 years of age.
  • Travel Time: 45 minutes (one way)

Villa Category & Upgrade Information:
  • Room category tier is as follows: GV < OWV < BV (Note this is not a complete list and is only for the lowest 3 room categories)
  • Base Room is the GV (Garden Villa)
  • > Next highest room category is OWV (Over Water Villa)
  • >> Next highest room category is the BV (Beach Villa)

Villa Selection: Over Water Villas
Internet Access:
  • Complimentary Internet Access is provided for all guests

Activities & Excursions Price Lists:
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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 (Courtesy of Splotly)
  • There is a weather station on Magoodhoo about 20km / 13mi north east of Vommuli - https://www.accuweather.com/en/mv/ma...-forecast/5583
  • There is another weather station on Kudahuvadhoo as well, about 27km north.
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Old Apr 23, 19, 3:33 pm
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Join Date: Oct 2018
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Originally Posted by Dn10 View Post
Was quoted 890k points for 5 nights in the over water villa in early 2020. Seems like this is the going rate now? Tempted to do the GV and try and pay for the upgrade- are those typically available?
Not 100% sure if you're referring to GV availability or upgrade availability so I'll answer both:
GV availability is hit or miss. The hotel is definitely finicky about releasing award availability and it doesn't help that there are only 4 GVs on the island. Availability is very much YMMV.
Upgrade availability is not an issue unless you wait until your stay and the hotel happens to be sold out. Just email them when you make your reservation. Standard upgrade rates during high season are $369 for OWV and $492 for SOWV. Note that all upgrades must be paid in full up front and are non-refundable.
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Old Apr 23, 19, 3:48 pm
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What are low season upgrade rates from GV to OVW and SOVW?
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Old Apr 23, 19, 6:14 pm
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Originally Posted by Dn10 View Post
Was quoted 890k points for 5 nights in the over water villa in early 2020. Seems like this is the going rate now? Tempted to do the GV and try and pay for the upgrade- are those typically available?
I think that's too much. I paid 540 with 5th night free recently.
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Old Apr 23, 19, 7:50 pm
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Originally Posted by rp88 View Post
I think that's too much. I paid 540 with 5th night free recently.
Before the recent price increase? For the peak season (March 2020)? Agree that that is a lot of points and almost ridiculous, but it was what my ambassador quoted last week. Will it go down or am I stuck booking it?

She also quoted the W which was 840k or something just marginally cheaper.
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Old Apr 23, 19, 8:36 pm
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Originally Posted by Dn10 View Post
Before the recent price increase? For the peak season (March 2020)? Agree that that is a lot of points and almost ridiculous, but it was what my ambassador quoted last week. Will it go down or am I stuck booking it?

She also quoted the W which was 840k or something just marginally cheaper.
It was 540k for me this May. I booked after the price increase. Maybe it's different in peak season 2020? No idea
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Old Apr 23, 19, 9:02 pm
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Originally Posted by rp88 View Post
I think that's too much. I paid 540 with 5th night free recently.
Originally Posted by rp88 View Post
It was 540k for me this May. I booked after the price increase. Maybe it's different in peak season 2020? No idea
That's crazy? For an overwater villa?
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Old Apr 23, 19, 9:07 pm
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Originally Posted by rp88 View Post
It was 540k for me this May. I booked after the price increase. Maybe it's different in peak season 2020? No idea
In my experience, OWV points rates are highly variable. Since the price increase I've seen rates as low as 120k/nt and as high as 190k/nt. It's important to note that the 5th night free generally only applies to the base pts (85k/nt) and not to the GV->OWV upgrade pts cost.

I would imagine you're much more likely to see the higher rates during peak season and the lower rates during low season although I wouldn't take that as a hard and fast rule. In the past, I've seen the exact same nights pricing out at different rates when checked over the course of a couple weeks so it's always possible the rate for the nights you're looking at could change.
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Old Apr 23, 19, 9:46 pm
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Originally Posted by Dn10 View Post
That's crazy? For an overwater villa?
Yup!!! 540k!
It's pricing out as 125k/night for an OWV.
125 x 4 nights = 500
5th night is free but you have to pay 40k for the upgrade from GV to OWV which is 40k
Thus the total is 540k


BTW if you look right now for lots of dates this May, you'll see the 125k/night price for an OWV.
I think the problem is you're going in peak season. If you could change your dates you may save lots of points!
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Old Apr 23, 19, 10:10 pm
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Originally Posted by rp88 View Post
Yup!!! 540k!
It's pricing out as 125k/night for an OWV.
125 x 4 nights = 500
5th night is free but you have to pay 40k for the upgrade from GV to OWV which is 40k
Thus the total is 540k


BTW if you look right now for lots of dates this May, you'll see the 125k/night price for an OWV.
I think the problem is you're going in peak season. If you could change your dates you may save lots of points!
Thank you! Guess it comes down to saving almost half of the points to have a slightly higher chance of rain. Might not be a bad tradeoff.

Also wondering if new JW will be better priced perhaps.
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Old Apr 24, 19, 5:21 am
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Originally Posted by rp88 View Post
Yup!!! 540k!
It's pricing out as 125k/night for an OWV.
125 x 4 nights = 500
5th night is free but you have to pay 40k for the upgrade from GV to OWV which is 40k
Thus the total is 540k
I am confused, if 125k per night is the cost for an OWV not a GV, why do you need to add on another 40k to upgrade from GV to OWV?

Or did you mean 125k is for GV (not OWV), times 4 is 500k, then add 40k for upgrade GV to OWV?
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Old Apr 24, 19, 5:37 am
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Originally Posted by escape4 View Post
I am confused, if 125k per night is the cost for an OWV not a GV, why do you need to add on another 40k to upgrade from GV to OWV?

Or did you mean 125k is for GV (not OWV), times 4 is 500k, then add 40k for upgrade GV to OWV?
GV is 85k, upgrade to OWV is an additional 40k (in this case, can vary). However, the 5th night free policy only applies to the base rate so you still have to pay for the upgrade on the 5th night.
Effectively you're paying (85k*4)+(40k*5)=540k
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Old Apr 24, 19, 5:44 am
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Originally Posted by sydneyflyer12 View Post
GV is 85k, upgrade to OWV is an additional 40k (in this case, can vary). However, the 5th night free policy only applies to the base rate so you still have to pay for the upgrade on the 5th night.
Effectively you're paying (85k*4)+(40k*5)=540k
Oh I see! Now I follow the math, thanks
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Old Apr 24, 19, 5:50 am
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Oh I see! Now I follow the math, thanks
Yeah it's not immediately obvious and isn't helped by the fact that the OWV points rate varies quite a lot.
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Old Apr 24, 19, 8:54 am
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Originally Posted by calvinoeh View Post
I emailed them to provide seaplane information and asking nicely for an upgrade knowing they won't confirm anything. Now they are telling me that the GV is double occupancy and we need to upgrade to Beachvilla for $369 per night to fit 4 of us. I told them no thank you and waiting to hear back from them..
From the hotel:

Dear Mr. XXX,



Sunny Greetings from The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort!



Thank you very much for your email.



We regret to inform you that the resort policies have now changed and the maximum occupancy for a Garden Villa with Pool is fixed at 2 persons. We are unable to accommodate your family of 4 in a Garden Villa with Pool. The only option is to upgrade to a higher category that can accommodate your family.



Furthermore, please be advised that we do provide complimentary upgrades in appreciation for the loyalty from time to time. However, these upgrades cannot be guaranteed in advance and is only confirmed at the time of check-in. Therefore, the only way to guarantee an upgrade is with a paid upgrade as offered in our previous email.



Trust the above information proves helpful and we remain at your disposal for any further assistance that you may require.
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Old Apr 24, 19, 6:31 pm
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Originally Posted by calvinoeh View Post
From the hotel:

....We regret to inform you that the resort policies have now changed and the maximum occupancy for a Garden Villa with Pool is fixed at 2 persons. We are unable to accommodate your family of 4 in a Garden Villa with Pool. The only option is to upgrade to a higher category that can accommodate your family....
Emphasis my own - shouldn't they be honoring the terms under which you booked (assuming you booked under terms that stated max occupancy was higher)?
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