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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 20, 22, 8:14 pm
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Join Date: Mar 2016
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Originally Posted by churning View Post
FYI this is me doing my homework planning for October 2023 .

Iím just not willing to gamble on a potential future cash upgrade. I wanted it to be secured with my payment. Iím not a gambler on things that matter.
they arenít offering cash upgrades at the moment for October 2022 either although there looks to be availability for more premium sunset and st Regis suite rooms with a full cash rate.
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Old Sep 20, 22, 8:17 pm
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Originally Posted by churning View Post
FYI this is me doing my homework planning for October 2023 .

Iím just not willing to gamble on a potential future cash upgrade. I wanted it to be secured with my payment. Iím not a gambler on things that matter.
Iím not a big gambler with these things after flying as long as it takes to get to the Maldives either. But the Ritz also seems to not want to play the cash upgrade game for peak season now so not sure what the other options are.
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Old Sep 20, 22, 8:18 pm
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Originally Posted by Dn10 View Post
they aren’t offering cash upgrades at the moment for October 2022 either although there looks to be availability for more premium sunset and st Regis suite rooms with a full cash rate.
I see. So basically the option is

1. Book generic overwater villa on points (which frankly isn't the worst thing in the world.... haha). And pray that I can do the cash upgrade to the room I really want in the future, which is not guaranteed.
2. Book sunset overwater villa for cash (yeah right.........)
3. Book something at Ritz Carlton or Conrad.

Tough decisions.

Originally Posted by Dn10 View Post
I’m not a big gambler with these things after flying as long as it takes to get to the Maldives either. But the Ritz also seems to not want to play the cash upgrade game for peak season now so not sure what the other options are.
I wonder if the base room with the Ritz is better than the base room at the St. Regis if I am not going to get an upgrade at either place.

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Old Sep 20, 22, 10:24 pm
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Originally Posted by churning View Post

I wonder if the base room with the Ritz is better than the base room at the St. Regis if I am not going to get an upgrade at either place.
The base room at the Ritz is the sunrise facing OWV which from reading that thread seems to be liked by guests more than the sunset facing ones.

STR base room is the GV which I would never book so I'm guessing that you mean the regular OWV at STR which is also sunrise facing. At STR as you've probably already read and can see on the resort map, due to the orientation of the OWVs, the ones on the sunset side are much more private than the regular sunrise villas. That is why the sunset villas here are much more coveted.

But after deciding on type and location you also need to compare villa sizes which according to everyone who has been to both, the STR wins for that. So if size matters to your, that's something to take into consideration as well.
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Old Sep 20, 22, 10:48 pm
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Originally Posted by friedablass View Post
The base room at the Ritz is the sunrise facing OWV which from reading that thread seems to be liked by guests more than the sunset facing ones.

STR base room is the GV which I would never book so I'm guessing that you mean the regular OWV at STR which is also sunrise facing. At STR as you've probably already read and can see on the resort map, due to the orientation of the OWVs, the ones on the sunset side are much more private than the regular sunrise villas. That is why the sunset villas here are much more coveted.

But after deciding on type and location you also need to compare villa sizes which according to everyone who has been to both, the STR wins for that. So if size matters to your, that's something to take into consideration as well.
Yeah I think you basically summarized a lot of my findings. The Ritz OWV is by no means small, so I doubt P2 and I will feel crammed there. I think the privacy angle may be what tips the scales towards the Ritz for us. Even if we have to pay for breakfast.

And yeah I also read that at the Ritz due to the winds people like the sunrise side better, which is even better.
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Old Sep 21, 22, 8:24 am
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We are staying at the St Regis from Oct 8-14, they just sent us a link to the menus if anyone is interested! Message me if you want me to send (I cant post because I havent made 5 posts)
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Old Sep 21, 22, 10:20 am
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Originally Posted by churning View Post
Yeah I think you basically summarized a lot of my findings. The Ritz OWV is by no means small, so I doubt P2 and I will feel crammed there. I think the privacy angle may be what tips the scales towards the Ritz for us. Even if we have to pay for breakfast.

And yeah I also read that at the Ritz due to the winds people like the sunrise side better, which is even better.
My main question about the Ritz is if it seems "too large" given there are more rooms there than the STR and they have the sister resorts nearby. But agreed their base overwater villas look more private than the STR ones.
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Old Sep 21, 22, 1:11 pm
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Originally Posted by flayum View Post
Can confirm that. Staying over holidays (Dec 22-27) and was told there weren't any cash upgrades available when I reached out last February. I do remember someone staying at the same peak time as me was offered an upgrade from the generic OWV to a more defined tier of OWV for a few hundred a night, but they had reached out much earlier than I had.
I've been following this thread but just registered to reply to you as we are also staying 22-27 Dec in a garden villa!
Neighbour!
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Old Sep 21, 22, 10:22 pm
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Just wanted to find out whether anyone had seen any availability for the St. Regis Suite on points with cash upgrade? I am just leaving today after staying in the st regis suite on points with only a 350usd cash upgrade
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Old Sep 21, 22, 11:29 pm
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Originally Posted by salehir View Post
Just wanted to find out whether anyone had seen any availability for the St. Regis Suite on points with cash upgrade? I am just leaving today after staying in the st regis suite on points with only a 350usd cash upgrade
Did you book it initially as points plus cash upgrade or booked on points and then were offered an upgrade by the resort in advance of arrival or at check in?
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Old Sep 22, 22, 12:50 am
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Originally Posted by flayum View Post
Can confirm that. Staying over holidays (Dec 22-27) and was told there weren't any cash upgrades available when I reached out last February. I do remember someone staying at the same peak time as me was offered an upgrade from the generic OWV to a more defined tier of OWV for a few hundred a night, but they had reached out much earlier than I had.
Pretty much similar experience, booked OWV on points in Feb for Dec 21-26 and emailed the resort about cash upgrade and got the following reply:

"Further to your request, as an all villas an suites only exclusive resort, complimentary upgrade or suite night awards do not apply at our property. our Villa rats are entirely dynamic and changes without prior notice hence we are regretfully unable to share a cash supplement in advance however should there be any availability on arrival, we will be happy to offer a preferential cash supplement for your kind consideration."

Seeing half of FT is staying there during the holidays I don't hold my breath scoring any sort of upgrade, paid or not.
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Old Sep 22, 22, 1:07 am
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Originally Posted by friedablass View Post
Did you book it initially as points plus cash upgrade or booked on points and then were offered an upgrade by the resort in advance of arrival or at check in?
I can see that next year is not offered with points. Last year I secured a booking of points plus $75 per night. I guess those days are considered a steal now.
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Old Sep 22, 22, 4:33 pm
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Originally Posted by friedablass View Post
Did you book it initially as points plus cash upgrade or booked on points and then were offered an upgrade by the resort in advance of arrival or at check in?
Originally Posted by LovetoTravel83 View Post
I can see that next year is not offered with points. Last year I secured a booking of points plus $75 per night. I guess those days are considered a steal now.
Yes had booked on points plus cash upgrade. It was definitely a steal tbh and a no brainer. I don't see the St. Regis Suite anymore although the 2 Bedroom villas are available which are generally more expensive on cash rates vs the suite.
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Old Sep 22, 22, 7:44 pm
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Originally Posted by LovetoTravel83 View Post
I can see that next year is not offered with points. Last year I secured a booking of points plus $75 per night. I guess those days are considered a steal now.
Originally Posted by salehir View Post
Yes had booked on points plus cash upgrade. It was definitely a steal tbh and a no brainer. I don't see the St. Regis Suite anymore although the 2 Bedroom villas are available which are generally more expensive on cash rates vs the suite.
Agree it was certainly a steal and we did it as well. I think they got smart and realized they were practically giving a way a freebie so they pulled it. The only 3 villa types besides for GV that I see bookable with points plus cash upgrade is BV, regular OWV, or 2 BR villa. I think the 2 bed aren't so popular because of the smaller pool and the location isn't so great IMO, so unless you need the space it isn't worth paying to upgrade to that.
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Old Sep 22, 22, 9:09 pm
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We are now back and I can summarize our experience as overall brilliant. This is probably the best hotel I stayed at given location and service.

The PROs:
1. I snagged some sub 300K points rate for 5 nights for OVW
2. Got upgraded to panoramic OVW per my request. Did not want anything higher. Was offered St Regis suite upcharge but there was miscommunication about this - more below.
3. I really like that compared to some other resorts in Maldives you do have a lot of trees/shade in the island itself. It helped with not exercising in full sun.
4. The location is gorgeous and there is a lot of marine life around although most of the coral is still bleached; as in many places in Indian Ocean.
5. Arrival service is very smooth and nice
6. Our butler was awesome and arranged everything at once. Even came to our villa at midnight last night to settle the bill
7. Scuba diving/snorkeling is great. Go with Christina for scuba, she's awesome. I actually think scuba diving gives you the best bang for the buck from the non-free activities
8. Go play tennis/hang out at Vommuli House at the dusk as this is where most of the cute fruit bats live.
9. The wine list is amazing but the sommeliers are not that good - see below. Many interesting bottles and we had wine from India, Thailand, Lebanon, Turkey, and France - I like experimenting.

The OKs:
1. I think food is actually fairly mediocre for resort like this. Breakfast spread is impressive but the only outstanding dishes we had were the local fish soup and local fish curry that are not in the card; just ask chef at Alba to make it for you. Everything else was just proper and we ate at Orientale, Cargo, and Alba. Don't get me wrong, it's good food but I'd expect that they would actually have something special e.g., Mizuki at RC Kyoto, Tin Lung Heen at RC Hong Kong, Blue Duck Tavern at Park Hyatt DC. I think they need to bring in some high end chef to elevate the experience here. I looked at the menu in Decanter and it certainly did not feel worth $950 per person so we passed on this.
2. You have to sign up for every single thing which is annoying to me and an overkill. Except for Orientale none of the restaurants were ever full when we were there but all the planning and reservations just made it annoying for us.

The BADs
1. I think they need to streamline the pre-arrival communications process. It starts like a week/two weeks before but we've been in touch with like 6 or 7 different people which just creates confusion and allows for miscommunication e.g., I was offered a paid upgrade to a room that I have already booked or we never learnt that my wife will need doctors note for her scuba diving (ultimately local doctor examined her for free).
2. The sommeliers are fairly clueless. I had to give a lecture to one at Alba about the production of ice wine. Also, and maybe this is our fault b/c we're pretty low-maintenance and easygoing, the dude came to our table and asked if he can have a taste of the bottle of wine I picked b/c he never drank it before. First, I find it bizarre that a sommelier would not try every single bottle they offer. Second, it felt a bit odd that a dude rocks up to our table during dinner and asks to try the vine we purchased. Again might be our fault for playing it too chill. Ultimately he enjoyed the wine I picked
3. Service in restaurants can be hit and miss - like one night I've been waiting for 40 minutes for a drink at a Whale Bar b/c the servers were making cocktails for themselves and doing tasting. Imo, you should not do this during work hours in front of guests. When I finally walked up to the bar they were very apologetic and comped us two drinks.
4. Which brings me to the last point of too much overcorrection for service recovery - it was always great but almost too great. It could be us or it could be local culture but if you f-up then just recover and say sorry. I don't need to have everyone from the staff bow to us and say sorry. After the drink mess up we've had like 4 or 5 different people from staff come up to us and apologize bowing. It really annoyed me actually and felt very colonial.

Except for these few mess ups everything was great and enjoyable but I will say that I found it a bit annoying that everyone was asking us if everything is great and up to our satisfaction; and literally everyone. After 5th person each day this just gets tiring imo. I think at really the greatest hotels (like RC Kyoto or FS Paris) you know what the standard should be and whether you're meeting it or not. You don't need to incessantly keep asking. I guess it also could be b/c I just love the Japanese service model of low-visibility/high-quality.

Side note: we had good use of the FB Marriott offer and came just $20 under the amount we got and this is b/c I miscalculated and we also got few drinks free. I miscalculated b/c I was not aware that tips you give in restaurant do not count into the pool. So whatever you tip at restaurants cannot be deducted from the $350/day credit.

We will likely be back for my wife to do more scuba training and b/c it was indeed one of the best vacations we've had.

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