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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 Nov 18, 16, 11:44 pm
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Originally Posted by DaveInLA View Post
My understanding is that it's still possible to book a Garden villa for 5 nights using 130k SPG, then upgrade to OWV for about $500/nt
I'll eat my words if that is true, but I thought all rooms have been "fixed" to the new, exorbitant prices?
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Old Nov 19, 16, 12:10 am
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Thanks for the writeup. Not that it matters (not like I'd cancel my trip over it, despite it being one of the main draws), but I'm curious - is there _anywhere_ you can snorkel to see the typical coral fishes anywhere around the island, or do you literally have to boat out? (kayak?) Since there are no neighbouring islands, I'm curious how that would work - I'm not excited to spend $400 per day hiring a boat to go snorkeling
Fish population is quite good actually. You'll see your typical clown fish, moorish idol, angelfish, eels, rays, turtles, etc., so there will be plenty of fish near the resort. Just the coral itself has been disturbed by the construction and the bleaching that's affected all of the Maldives. There are morning snorkeling expeditions on boat that's ~$80/person.
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Old Nov 19, 16, 3:01 am
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I have stay here booked for 5 nights from 29th Jan that I won't be able to use... such a waste as well since it was on the mistake rate
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Old Nov 19, 16, 5:39 am
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I have stay here booked for 5 nights from 29th Jan that I won't be able to use... such a waste as well since it was on the mistake rate
Is it possible to put another guest's name? I'm sure someone would prefer this to sourcing a flux capacitor.

And for those wondering...

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Old Nov 19, 16, 9:39 am
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Originally Posted by DaveInLA View Post
I currently have 5 nights at Conrad booked, now I'm wondering if I should book here instead. 130k SPG plus upgrade fees (to OWV) similar to Conrad. But I am HH Diamond, the the $110++/day fees will add up. Anybody been to both? I have a Superior WV booked at Conrad.
AFAICR you've already been to Rangali, is that right? If not, and if you are keen on a big and very private resort (SWVs are great OWVs and Rangali Island is very private) with much more choice of eateries and way better snorkelling then keep your CR booking. Oh, and there's the price.....
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Old Nov 19, 16, 9:45 am
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Originally Posted by rooivalk View Post
I have stay here booked for 5 nights from 29th Jan that I won't be able to use... such a waste as well since it was on the mistake rate
Fling me a PM if you're interested in selling it.
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Old Nov 19, 16, 12:18 pm
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Guys,

How many points did you pay for 5 nights here in a lowest category suite/villa?
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Old Nov 19, 16, 1:23 pm
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Originally Posted by 3rdworldresident View Post
Guys,

How many points did you pay for 5 nights here in a lowest category suite/villa?
Garden Villa was for 126K, Overwater Villa was for 130K.
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Old Nov 19, 16, 1:43 pm
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Originally Posted by MaldivesFreak View Post
AFAICR you've already been to Rangali, is that right? If not, and if you are keen on a big and very private resort (SWVs are great OWVs and Rangali Island is very private) with much more choice of eateries and way better snorkelling then keep your CR booking. Oh, and there's the price.....
No, I've never been to CR but I have 5 nights booked in February. I didn't realize Conrad hasn't more food choices and better snorkeling.
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Old Nov 19, 16, 5:44 pm
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Originally Posted by DaveInLA View Post
No, I've never been to CR but I have 5 nights booked in February. I didn't realize Conrad hasn't more food choices and better snorkeling.
Rangali is just the perfect resort if you can afford the cost. Overall best hotel I have ever been to on holiday.
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Old Nov 19, 16, 6:09 pm
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The 130k deal is long gonE. It's 360 for 5 nights iirc
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Old Nov 19, 16, 8:51 pm
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Originally Posted by DaveInLA View Post
No, I've never been to CR but I have 5 nights booked in February. I didn't realize Conrad hasn't more food choices and better snorkeling.
I think you misunderstood me. Rangali does have more food choices and better snorkelling.
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Old Nov 19, 16, 9:01 pm
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Quick question. HHonors is almost the same with 5 nights for 380K. Would I be correct in assuming that Starwood points are not anywhere near as easy to earn as HH points?
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Old Nov 19, 16, 9:07 pm
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Originally Posted by MaldivesFreak View Post
Quick question. HHonors is almost the same with 5 nights for 380K. Would I be correct in assuming that Starwood points are not anywhere near as easy to earn as HH points?
That would be correct. As a really simple example - the Hilton credit cards can earn as much as 12X per point at Hilton properties - SPG is only 2x (excluding elite bonuses etc). Earning the card itself is also at least 2X with Hilton, but 1X with the SPG card. Etc, etc. - so 380K SPG is actually an almost-unattainable amount (excluding manufactured spending and so on, obviously).
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Old Nov 19, 16, 10:16 pm
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Thanks. Unfortunately I don't live in the US so am unable to get a HH CC so have to earn points the hard way.

What about earning SPG points (w/o a SPG CC) at a property such as this? For example I can stay at Rangali in low season in a BV for 7 nights on a paid stay and pretty much spend enough in total to get me a free night at the base rate for any of their top-tier properties (95K). If I was to aim for the 76K/night rate (5th Night Free) then my spend wouldn't even have to go over say $500/day base.
If I stayed at this property in low season in an entry-level room for the same amount of time and spent say $4000-$5000 base for F&B, spas etc, roughly how many nights, or portions of a night, would I get if there were no point promos and I was a new member? TIA.
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