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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 May 4, 21, 5:37 pm
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Originally Posted by CPH-Flyer View Post
There are any number of apps that can use WiFi for calls. The important part is that the caller uses the same app. My go to app is WhatsApp, as it is platform independent, reliable, and simple to use.
We used WhatsApp and Google Voice, both worked well. When we made a mistake and didn't use Wifi the Verizon charges were astronomical, so you need to be careful.
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Old May 4, 21, 5:57 pm
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We used WhatsApp and Google Voice, both worked well. When we made a mistake and didn't use Wifi the Verizon charges were astronomical, so you need to be careful.
Which is why as a principle roaming data is always switched off on my phone. Then I don't make mistakes.
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Old May 4, 21, 6:52 pm
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Originally Posted by CPH-Flyer View Post
Which is why as a principle roaming data is always switched off on my phone. Then I don't make mistakes.
Yup that was definitely an expensive lesson we learned as first timers there. Next time around roaming gets switched off.
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Old May 4, 21, 7:15 pm
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Google Fi

Google Fi is a great option for international calls, text and data. You can pause the service at anytime. Cost only $20 a month for call and text and $10 per gig of data. The usage is also prorated, so if you only have the service enabled for 10 days, and just only 500mb... You only pay for that portion of the usage. I use it as my international phone and only resume the service when I travel. Way cheaper, more and faster coverage than verizon's daily international pass. You can also use their "data only" sim card, which is great as mobile hotspot or backup phones for data use only.
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Old May 4, 21, 9:25 pm
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Originally Posted by raylee123 View Post
Google Fi is a great option for international calls, text and data. You can pause the service at anytime. Cost only $20 a month for call and text and $10 per gig of data. The usage is also prorated, so if you only have the service enabled for 10 days, and just only 500mb... You only pay for that portion of the usage. I use it as my international phone and only resume the service when I travel. Way cheaper, more and faster coverage than verizon's daily international pass. You can also use their "data only" sim card, which is great as mobile hotspot or backup phones for data use only.
I actually was going to write in my previous post that I think Google Fi would be a great option, but I'm not so well versed with this service and didn't want to mislead anyone so I just didn't bother writing it.

Do you change the SIM to a Google Fi Sim in your existing Verizon phone or you have a separate phone with a Google Fi Sim or your Verizon Sim works with Google Fi? Thanks in advance for clarifying this.
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Old May 4, 21, 9:47 pm
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Originally Posted by friedablass View Post
I actually was going to write in my previous post that I think Google Fi would be a great option, but I'm not so well versed with this service and didn't want to mislead anyone so I just didn't bother writing it.

Do you change the SIM to a Google Fi Sim in your existing Verizon phone or you have a separate phone with a Google Fi Sim or your Verizon Sim works with Google Fi? Thanks in advance for clarifying this.
I just swap my Verizon sim for my Google Fi sim when on board flight leaving US. I swap back before landing back in the US. I also like to use a google Fi data only sim on an older backup phone.
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Old May 4, 21, 9:48 pm
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Originally Posted by friedablass View Post
I actually was going to write in my previous post that I think Google Fi would be a great option, but I'm not so well versed with this service and didn't want to mislead anyone so I just didn't bother writing it.

Do you change the SIM to a Google Fi Sim in your existing Verizon phone or you have a separate phone with a Google Fi Sim or your Verizon Sim works with Google Fi? Thanks in advance for clarifying this.
I use Google Fi in a second phone. For iPhone users, you need to change your carrier settings for Fi so it can be rather cumbersome. They have an esim option too but I have not tried it.
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Old May 4, 21, 10:12 pm
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Thanks all. I use an Android so SIM swapping it will be.
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Old May 5, 21, 12:18 am
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Originally Posted by Rachael N Karey Kopacz View Post
We will be coming in from Arizona and have Verizon phone service. Any suggestions on how to best receive calls from the US? I do not see the Maldives in the Verizon travel pass and am assuming there has to be a free call app for the iPhone.? Thank you!
Last time I was there , having Verizon service at home, and an iPhone, I disabled all cellular services (voice + data) & enabled Wi-Fi calling & connected to StR’s Wi-Fi and was able to initiate and receive calls as if I was home.
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Old May 5, 21, 12:55 am
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Originally Posted by raylee123 View Post
I just swap my Verizon sim for my Google Fi sim when on board flight leaving US. I swap back before landing back in the US. I also like to use a google Fi data only sim on an older backup phone.
Just get a phone with a dual SIM function, much easier.
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Old May 5, 21, 1:02 am
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Originally Posted by CPH-Flyer View Post
Just get a phone with a dual SIM function, much easier.
Not if you live in the US
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Old May 5, 21, 3:05 am
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Looking at a points booking here, but none of the overwater are avail for redemption. How disappointed will we be w the non-overwater options / is there ever a shot to SNA or get a Tit UG?
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Old May 5, 21, 4:31 am
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Originally Posted by 747-800i View Post
Looking at a points booking here, but none of the overwater are avail for redemption. How disappointed will we be w the non-overwater options / is there ever a shot to SNA or get a Tit UG?
SNA don't apply here as it's an all suite property. Upgrades depend on availability so if the OW are sold out...you are out of luck...e.g., which often happens during the Christmas season.
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Old May 5, 21, 8:07 pm
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Originally Posted by raylee123 View Post
I think those rates are for the peak season. They start to go back down a tad at the end of April... And probably back to current rates for May to early November (non-peak season). I have been monitoring the cash upgrade rates for the past year as we are planning to visit in October during the shoulder season. Our backup dates were in December or February and the cash upgrade for December 2020 and February 2021 were similar to current rates for December 2021 and February 2022 (when they were bookable in early 2020 prior to covid-19 closings.
I just checked the points or cash upgrade rates for 2022 through the last bookable date with is 4/21/22 and I didn't notice any dates where it went down even a little bit. Its consistently showing the rates I had quoted, between +20k and +50k points (as well as +80k for the 2 bedroom villas) and I'm quite disappointed. This is substantially more than in 2020 and 2021.

You can still get the old upgrade rates through mid December 2021. I'll wait and see to see if the rates in May to November 2022 go back down to current rates as you predict.
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Old May 5, 21, 10:05 pm
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Originally Posted by raylee123 View Post
SNA don't apply here as it's an all suite property. Upgrades depend on availability so if the OW are sold out...you are out of luck...e.g., which often happens during the Christmas season.
Would shoot for a week or two after NYE in hopes most people on holiday clear out by then.
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