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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 on request
  • Candy/snack display upon arrival
  • Cookies daily with coffee in the room
  • Afternoon tea (cookies and ice tea) on request
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: 695 USD roundtrip per person, tax included. Children from 2-11 years pay $399. 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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Resort Map & Layout:






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 Jul 10, 19, 1:38 pm
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Originally Posted by escape4 View Post
I am late to the party, but as discussed with @brosenberg0 in PM, I can provide another vote for 535. And it sounds like @spgplat21 likes the location of SOWVs around 535 so much that he would prefer a downgrade to 534 or 536 (for example) if given 519.
I stayed in 536 this past March and have to say that, rather than that one incident where a drone was hovering over us, everything else was great.
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Old Jul 10, 19, 1:39 pm
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Are people notified of the butler assigned to you before you arrive? I have a stay coming up in September and I plan to propose to my girlfriend so I wanted to coordinate a couple of things before hand. Any suggestions on the best way to go about doing this or getting in contact with the butler before I arrive? Thanks!
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Old Jul 10, 19, 6:43 pm
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Originally Posted by thrylos View Post
Are people notified of the butler assigned to you before you arrive? I have a stay coming up in September and I plan to propose to my girlfriend so I wanted to coordinate a couple of things before hand. Any suggestions on the best way to go about doing this or getting in contact with the butler before I arrive? Thanks!
You will only get the name of your buttler when you arrive. But email the hotel, the address is in the wiki, and the will help you arrange things.
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Old Jul 11, 19, 12:42 am
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Originally Posted by lagunas2k View Post
Thanks, that helps with some of the sudden heartburn. As I wasn't anticipating an extra $4k in just taxes. Any clue on the charge for a kid?
For anyone who is interested the local fees were indeed the seaplane transfers, and the website was having an error processing the age of my kid. Also the resort confirmed no extra person fee for my kid, age 3.
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Old Jul 11, 19, 7:24 pm
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Just finished our trip last week. Our butler Alina was phenomenal. Canít say enough great things about her. Afternoon tea, snacks, fruit, chocolates, evening baths, etc. on top of the other butler services. Very proactive and if we needed anything she gave us her Whatís app number and it was a quick text to her. It was nice that she met us at breakfast every morning and confirmed our agenda, reservations, tea time, and anything we needed for those (eg rides, timing).

StR lounge at seaplane terminal was great both ways. Fast WiFi and lots of drink (nonalcoholic) and snack options. Staff was super helpful there as well.

We had room 529 on the north OWV. Was worried about water temp of the pool based on some reviews here but it was plenty warm. Great privacy as well (529 is next to the JJA estate and nobody was staying there). Stayed on points (300k for 6 nights) and it was a free upgrade to the OWV. Was confirmed the day before we arrived.

Spent lots of of time in the spa and did lots of water sports. Sea bob was a blast; never done that before.

Free beer and wine at the Tuesday reception. HH at whale bar until 530pm and after 830pm (I think that was the time)...20% off. 20% off at spa at certain times as well.

Breakfast buffet has been well documented on here and lives up to expectation. Even asked for a few items ďoff menuĒ and they made it for us. Decanter I thought was fantastic. Decent value as well, relative to other food/drink prices on the island. There were three other couples that joined us for the dinner and I saw them open 11 bottles of wine/bubbles for us. And we drank it all. Would have been a dicey walk back to the villa if Alina didnít pick us up.

Had a lot of success at the sunset fishing. 8 fish between the two of us; they cooked up half of them for us and we had a late lunch/early dinner the next day. Then spent the rest of the night at the managers reception and then the whale bar after.

Did a complimentary tour of Male organized by StR. on the way back home while we waited for our late evening flight. Not really a ton to see in the city but glad we did it.

Not sure what else to add but it was a hell of a trip.
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Old Jul 12, 19, 4:27 am
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Also, I know itís been asked a few times on here...here is the response I received when asking about points earning:

ďEarnings not eligible are Tax, Service charges, Seaplane transfer, gratuities, retail shop charges, watersports & Diving.Ē
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Old Jul 12, 19, 6:55 am
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Tick Tock....we arrive in 28 days. These posts are really adding to our anticipation.
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Old Jul 12, 19, 11:35 pm
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Can anyone comment on the quality of the snorkel gear? Debating on bringing my own. Snorkel have a dry top? Fin quality?

For anyone who has done the Sea Bob, is it worth it? Any way to attach a GoPro to the Sea bob? Thanks
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Old Jul 13, 19, 1:20 am
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Originally Posted by lagunas2k View Post
Can anyone comment on the quality of the snorkel gear? Debating on bringing my own. Snorkel have a dry top? Fin quality?

For anyone who has done the Sea Bob, is it worth it? Any way to attach a GoPro to the Sea bob? Thanks
Fins they provided are fine, but brought our own snorkels (no dry top as far as I can tell on theirs) and masks and glad we did.
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Old Jul 13, 19, 5:42 am
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Originally Posted by lagunas2k View Post
Can anyone comment on the quality of the snorkel gear? Debating on bringing my own. Snorkel have a dry top? Fin quality?

For anyone who has done the Sea Bob, is it worth it? Any way to attach a GoPro to the Sea bob? Thanks
Sea bob was a lot of fun. I did the shortest session and that was enough to see two sharks, a sea turtle, and tons of fish. Kind of pricey though, it was enough for me to get to experience it.

I didnít see if there was/was not a way to connect a go pro to it. If you have a mount for your snorkel mask, Iíd use that.
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Old Jul 16, 19, 12:47 am
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Sure thing...I'll upload them and send you a link. Focus was slightly off on the astro shot; looks like my peaking wasn't as sharp as I thought
what are the settings on your camera for
something like this? Iíve never been able to get a clear shot without stars tracking on long exposure.
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Old Jul 16, 19, 4:50 am
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Originally Posted by lagunas2k View Post

what are the settings on your camera for
something like this? Iíve never been able to get a clear shot without stars tracking on long exposure.
+1, I really want to know how people take good astro shots. Mine always have stars tracking, even on f/2.8 with as high an ISO as i can do (Sony a7iii).
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Old Jul 16, 19, 7:15 am
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Originally Posted by Pseudo Nim View Post
+1, I really want to know how people take good astro shots. Mine always have stars tracking, even on f/2.8 with as high an ISO as i can do (Sony a7iii).
Can't speak for the OP here, but I shoot on the a7iii, usually either 14 or 24mm (Sigma 14 1.8, Sony 24 1.4), at between f/1.4 and f/2.4. ISO varies but usually not lower than 800 (no point) and not higher than 6400, occasionally 12800. Shutter speed is usually between 10-30s if not using a tracker. There are several calculators and tons of resources you can use online that can help you figure out shutter speed/anything else you're having trouble with.
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Old Jul 16, 19, 8:41 pm
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My wife and I installed What's App tonight to get ready for the trip. Now we can talk even less!
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Old Jul 16, 19, 10:44 pm
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Iíve read some recent reviews that stated the airport lounge by the seaplanes was under renovation. Can anyone confirm this has been completed and the lounge is open? TIA
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