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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 25, 16, 9:06 am
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.....the terms and conditions of SPG program, 2.1.a.ii or Section 2.1.a.iii. Eligible Charges do not include any complimentary services,
That's redundant.....but funny at the same time.


Originally Posted by Starwood Lurker III View Post
According to the terms and conditions of SPG program, 2.1.a.ii or Section 2.1.a.iii. Eligible Charges do not include.....(B)..... spa products and services
One less reason to join SPG I suppose, considering I spend anywhere from $300 to 1K on treatments for my girlfriend each time we visit the Maldives.

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Old Nov 25, 16, 3:18 pm
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Originally Posted by MaldivesFreak View Post
One less reason to join SPG I suppose, considering I spend anywhere from $300 to 1K on treatments for my girlfriend each time we visit the Maldives. 你们干吗那么小汽?!
In your case, as a big spa spender, if you were to join SPG and earn gold status before your stay, this hotel would be screwing you out of 900 to 3000 Starpoints from your spa spend alone. With 900 points you could order a free cocktail at many Westins. With 3k points you could have a free night in the Four Points by Sheraton at the Detroit, Tucson, or Kansas City airports. I think that opportunity cost alone is enough reason to ignore SPG and head back to the Conrad.

FWIW, I stayed at the W 5 years ago, and received points for hotel room, restaurants, and minibar only. No points for diving, plane, spa, or excursions.

On the other hand, I have 3 separate trips booked to Vommuli, and I'm really hoping to use at least one.

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Old Nov 30, 16, 2:37 pm
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FYI for anyone using a card that is NOT in USD, the hotel will pre-auth in your native currency using DCC, which adds a @#%! load to the transaction. I'll be asking them to reverse the charge and re-charge in USD this morning...
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Old Nov 30, 16, 3:38 pm
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Originally Posted by tylerc View Post
FYI for anyone using a card that is NOT in USD, the hotel will pre-auth in your native currency using DCC, which adds a @#%! load to the transaction. I'll be asking them to reverse the charge and re-charge in USD this morning...
I wonder if you can give a USD card to preauth, and a different card to pay? I suspect that should be doable.
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Old Nov 30, 16, 3:43 pm
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Originally Posted by tylerc View Post
FYI for anyone using a card that is NOT in USD, the hotel will pre-auth in your native currency using DCC, which adds a @#%! load to the transaction. I'll be asking them to reverse the charge and re-charge in USD this morning...
What difference does it make? The pre-auth is not real spend, provided it never actually crystallises as a charge the amount of it is fairly irrelevant unless you are eking out a marginal credit limit.
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Old Nov 30, 16, 3:45 pm
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Originally Posted by Land-of-Miles View Post
What difference does it make? The pre-auth is not real spend, provided it never actually crystallises as a charge the amount of it is fairly irrelevant unless you are eking out a marginal credit limit.
The preauth is not the problem, the eventual payment is, since you might not realise it until you've left the hotel or whatnot. At least now with the preauth you can remember to flag this as a problem.
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Old Nov 30, 16, 10:33 pm
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Originally Posted by Pseudo Nim View Post
The preauth is not the problem, the eventual payment is, since you might not realise it until you've left the hotel or whatnot. At least now with the preauth you can remember to flag this as a problem.
DCC conversion requires active cardholder consent, any slip you sign has to have the consent field in it to apply DCC, you also will notice a final bill being presented in another currency. If you didn't consent then you can dispute the DCC element of the transaction.

Difficult not to remember to pick up a bill presented in a third currency.
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Old Dec 1, 16, 2:59 pm
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I get into Male at 9:30 PM on the 4th, so I will not be able to take a seaplane to the StR at that point. Any of you have a recommendation for a convenient and quality stopover hotel for that night? Also, what are the StR airport lounge hours?
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Old Dec 1, 16, 4:25 pm
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We always stay at Hotel Octave. Reasonably priced. Clean and good service. Here are the links to their website and TripAdvisor review.

Website: http://www.hotel-octave-maldives.com/
TripAdvisor: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Rev...tave-Male.html

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Old Dec 1, 16, 4:33 pm
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Originally Posted by MaldivesFreak View Post
We always stay at Hotel Octave. Reasonably priced. Clean and good service. Here are the links to their website and TripAdvisor review.

Website: http://www.hotel-octave-maldives.com/]Hotel Octave
TripAdvisor: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Rev...tave-Male.html
And i'm doing the Crystal Beach Inn. seems like an okay property.
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Old Dec 1, 16, 6:37 pm
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Originally Posted by Pseudo Nim View Post
And i'm doing the Crystal Beach Inn. seems like an okay property.
Crystal Beach Inn was ok - clean room, bed not so great, but only for 1 night. Edible breakfast in the morning, and free airport shuttle.

StR butler will still meet you at the airport to ensure you get to your stopover hotel, and they will work with the hotel directly to arrange your transfer times.

Unfortunately the Bentley isn't ready yet

I'm told the Bentley is in Male, but awaiting paperwork before being put in use, which they expect will occur around December 15th.

The seaplane terminal lounge is quite basic - they're building a new lounge, but it is also not ready.

Cargo is not yet open either...not sure when that will be open, but I was looking forward to that as a dining option.
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Old Dec 1, 16, 6:39 pm
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Originally Posted by VCURamFan View Post
I get into Male at 9:30 PM on the 4th, so I will not be able to take a seaplane to the StR at that point. Any of you have a recommendation for a convenient and quality stopover hotel for that night? Also, what are the StR airport lounge hours?
I'll likely see you on the 5th - we will be departing on the latest possible seaplane that day. Hopefully it is towards the end of the day, as our flight isn't until 23:55!
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Old Dec 1, 16, 6:40 pm
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Originally Posted by Pseudo Nim View Post
The preauth is not the problem, the eventual payment is, since you might not realise it until you've left the hotel or whatnot. At least now with the preauth you can remember to flag this as a problem.
They've assured me they will release the pre-auth at checkout and bill me in whichever currency I would like...
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Old Dec 2, 16, 7:04 am
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Originally Posted by MaldivesFreak View Post
We always stay at Hotel Octave. Reasonably priced. Clean and good service. Here are the links to their website and TripAdvisor review.

Website: http://www.hotel-octave-maldives.com/
TripAdvisor: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Rev...tave-Male.html
I stayed at the Hotel Octave last time I was in the Maldives 2 years ago, but I am opting for the Crystal Beach Inn this time.

Octave was definitely reasonable for one night -- clean, decent breakfast, reliable transport to/from the airport -- but I am still opting for the Crystal Beach Inn this time for one main reason, Octave is in Male, and Crystal Beach Inn is on Hulhumale, the same island as the airport.

Compare:
Airport -> Walk -> Ferry -> Car -> Octave -> Car -> Public Ferry -> Walk -> Bentley/Car/SUV -> Seaplane Terminal
Total time: One hour each way
Transfers: 9

Airport -> Bentley/Car/SUV -> Crystal Beach Inn -> Bentley/Car/SUV -> Seaplane Terminal
Total time: 15 minutes each way
Tranfers: 4

Yes, the 'Airport Butler' and the overnight's hotel staff will help, but it's still an extra hassle dealing with going to the main island.

If you'd like to actually spend time walking around Male, I suppose there might be a reason to deal with all of that hassle, but if it's just "I'd like to sleep and then be on my way", I don't see the point.

I'll be landing at Male in the late evening, and I'd certainly rather not add an extra hour of travel time, just so I can head to the Sealplane terminal first thing in the morning.
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Old Dec 2, 16, 10:50 am
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Originally Posted by Pseudo Nim View Post
And i'm doing the Crystal Beach Inn. seems like an okay property.
Okay is a perfect way to describe it. I tried to take a shower after arrival and one in the morning but both times there was no hot water. Also the sheets were very poor quality (I know, true first world problem). Place was clean and everyone working there was very nice. Shuttle service was excellent considering our luggage didn't arrive and we left the terminal probably 30 minutes after the last passenger from our flight. The breakfast included sausage, egg, toast and some sliced oranges. I only spent 7 hours at the property but this time around I'm going to try the Rivethi Beach hotel which is located in the same area. Staying on the same island as the airport I prefer for these quick stops before hitting paradise.
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