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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 Sep 26, 19, 10:50 am
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Originally Posted by lagunas2k View Post
Doesn't Etihad provide a free night stay in AUH when you transit through there on F? This was some odd years ago, but I do recall getting that benefit then. I too did the reverse. We landed late afternoon in AUH and had an early flight out.

We did one night in AUH and thought it was nice. We visited the gold market at night and had some local cuisine. Next morning we went to the lounge bright and early to enjoy before heading the MLE. That being said, since you arrive so late in AUH, might not be worth it.
I might be mistaken but I believe the free hotel would not be available for those flying on awards booked through partner. Not sure if this is the case for OP though.
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Old Sep 26, 19, 1:15 pm
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Stayed 5 nights early this month.
OWV upgrade is so worth the price!
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Old Sep 26, 19, 1:35 pm
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Originally Posted by friedablass View Post
I might be mistaken but I believe the free hotel would not be available for those flying on awards booked through partner. Not sure if this is the case for OP though.
Yeah i'm on an award booking through partner.
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Old Sep 27, 19, 7:02 pm
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What I am trying to figure out is the departure. We are on the late EK flight out of Male (22:55). I'm hoping we are on the latest flight from St. Regis but how long will they let us stay in the St Regis lounge?
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Old Sep 27, 19, 8:34 pm
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Originally Posted by RHP-997 View Post
What I am trying to figure out is the departure. We are on the late EK flight out of Male (22:55). I'm hoping we are on the latest flight from St. Regis but how long will they let us stay in the St Regis lounge?
We ended up taking a tour of Male instead of staying in the lounge but were told we could stay until heading to the airport around 8:00pm. No guarantees on being on the last flight either. We were put on the second to last flight around 2:00pm even though we had a later departure flight than several people that showed up in the lounge from the 4pm flight. But it was all fine and we enjoyed the lounge and Male tour.
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Old Sep 29, 19, 2:13 am
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Originally Posted by escape4 View Post
Comparison WA vs StR coming up next month, 6 nights at each!
Are you staying on points or cash?
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Old Sep 29, 19, 6:27 am
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Originally Posted by zack14 View Post
Are you staying on points or cash?
Both these hotels have better than average redemption value especially with 5th night free, so points it is!
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Old Oct 3, 19, 5:22 am
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Originally Posted by Astrophsx View Post
Is it typically not to get the breakfast amenity on the day you arrive (if you arrive early enough)?
We took the 8:15 AM flight and arrived an hour later. We were told our room would be ready at 11am and were offered breakfast. While one is not entitled to an extra breakfast it was certainly a nice gesture. We did not enquire about breakfast at the resort as we had a coffee and muffin in the seaplane lounge. Breakfast was fantastic. Hotel is sold out and they still offered champagne as part of the breakfast.
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Old Oct 3, 19, 12:13 pm
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Originally Posted by Astrophsx View Post
Breakfast was fantastic. Hotel is sold out and they still offered champagne as part of the breakfast.
It is very good breakfast, but to clarify, it is prosecco not champagne that is offered.
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Old Oct 4, 19, 9:40 am
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Originally Posted by friedablass View Post
Just to add another data point regarding the price of upgrades from points base room GV.

Last week, I finally found availability for 5 consecutive nights in February 2020 in a GV so I booked it to lock in the 85k points per night (now it's 100k that entire month) and also to be able to ask them what the price was for upgrading (previously they had told me that without availability and a booking they can't quote me).

This was their response to my inquiry - these rates include 23.2% tax:

We are pleased to offer you cash paid upgrades as follows (they also gave links to 3D tours for each room):

Overwater Villa with Pool at USD 492.80 per night

Beach Villa with Pool at USD 554.40 per night

Sunset Overwater Villa with Pool at USD 616.00 per night

Overwater St. Regis Suite with Pool at USD 720.72 per night


They said I cannot upgrade only part of the stay, must be the full stay. Also, it would need to be paid in advance and non-refundable.
Thinking of booking directly in to an over water villa with points. Are there any data points on paid upgrades from an over water villa? I want to upgrade up in to a st. regis suite but the $720 per night from a garden villa is a bit steep.
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Old Oct 4, 19, 1:34 pm
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Originally Posted by Peetyrd View Post
Thinking of booking directly in to an over water villa with points. Are there any data points on paid upgrades from an over water villa? I want to upgrade up in to a st. regis suite but the $720 per night from a garden villa is a bit steep.
I was offered the below for an August stay from an OWV on points.
Upgrade To
Sunset Overwater Villa with Pool - USD 308 per Villa per night inclusive of 23.2% service charge & tax
Overwater St. Regis Suite - USD 554.40 per Villa per night inclusive of 23.2% service charge & tax
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Old Oct 4, 19, 1:59 pm
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Originally Posted by Peetyrd View Post
Thinking of booking directly in to an over water villa with points. Are there any data points on paid upgrades from an over water villa? I want to upgrade up in to a st. regis suite but the $720 per night from a garden villa is a bit steep.
I was thinking that the upgrade from OVW to St Regis would be around $228 which is the difference between the 2 upgrade prices I was quoted because you are already paying an exorbitant amount of extra points. However beastieb response seems to indicate otherwise so it would be best to check with the resort.
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Old Oct 6, 19, 3:26 am
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It seems everyone's butler service has been different, but the current GM has been here for nine months and maybe they've slightly enhanced the service so it is more uniform between guests? Our butler has brought coffee and treats each morning, tea and snacks each afternoon, refilled our fruit when needed, and offered a free one hour cooking course (I think available on Fridays and not sure if it is offered to all guests or those with status). They even delivered our afternoon tea on the beach one day. Unfortunately the photographer isn't currently on the island for the $15 photoshoot, but our butler offered to take us around the island if we wanted to get photos together in different locations. The place has been sold out some nights and you'd think it's at 25% capacity.

I will say there has been a lot of helpful advice. Bringing the water to lunch. Bringing pool floats, which was great advice as it is fun to float with a drink. There has been a lot of sea life just over the sea wall outside the Astor Villa (saw a reef shark).

The welcome offer had a great Ikhlaastheri 50 minute ($125++) massage, though if you are traveling with a female you may want to have them opt out of the coconut oil head massage. I think it was posted about, but we were offered the Bonvoy F&B credit where you prepay $250 per night in F&B and are given $300 in daily credit to use.

We weren't the biggest fans of Crust. Lucky stated it was the best pizza outside of Italy. I will say that it was good but nothing to write home about. I'd argue that splitting a pizza between two people would make for an okay lunch, but not very filling. If you are looking to save money and want to drink I'd bring some mixers if you are under your luggage allotment. We brought a ~ 2L bottle of Trader Joe's Pink Lemonade and mixed it with the bottle of vodka ($90) in the room. We used the beach near Oriental and they provided us glasses and ice.

Not sure if anyone has recently had to pay the overweight fee with the seaplane, but it seems that they charge slightly more per kilo than listed. I'll double check when we check out, but they mentioned something about it having to do with it counting for the r/t and not one way.
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Old Oct 6, 19, 4:30 am
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Originally Posted by Astrophsx View Post
If you are looking to save money and want to drink I'd bring some mixers if you are under your luggage allotment. We brought a ~ 2L bottle of Trader Joe's Pink Lemonade and mixed it with the bottle of vodka ($90) in the room. We used
the beach near Oriental and they provided us glasses and ice.
Great advice, thanks. No trouble with customs on arrival with a 2 litre drink in your luggage ? Know non-alcoholic is allowed but worried about long discussions and scrutinising by customs officers.
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Old Oct 6, 19, 5:13 am
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Originally Posted by raunow View Post
Great advice, thanks. No trouble with customs on arrival with a 2 litre drink in your luggage ? Know non-alcoholic is allowed but worried about long discussions and scrutinising by customs officers.
They only scanned our hand luggage. There are two scan points, before and after you pick up your checked luggage. We arrived around 8pm at night and only a few people (off of two flights) were asked to to have their luggage scanned at the second scan point. A 12 oz Pepsi or mixer from the minibar is $10++ / $15++.
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