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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 is provided in Alba Restaurant
  • Revolving fruit basket
  • Candy/snack display upon arrival
  • Cookies daily with coffee in the room
Note: As of October 2018, this property have been removed from the 20% Members Dine More website.

Tips on Availability:
  • The StR brand was integrated into the Marriott reservation system in early December 2018 and 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.

Welcome Lounge (The Great Room):
  • Located in the seaplane terminal
  • Drinks and light snacks
  • Toys for children
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi is also available

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 in the comfort of a Bentley, luxury SUV, or multi-passenger van.
  • While awaiting departure, guests are invited to our Arrival Lounge, The Great Room.
  • Seaplane schedules are determined one day prior to arrival or departure and that flights take place only during daylight hours.
  • The resort does not in any way control the scheduling or arrangements of seaplane flights. This is completely under the control of TMA(Trans Maldivian Airways). The resort only assists StR guests with the StR lounge at the seaplane terminal at Male.
  • 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 25 kilograms; excess baggage will be charged an additional fee of 5.60 USD per kilogram.
  • Fee: 645 USD roundtrip per person, tax included. Children from 2-11 years pay 60% of the adult price ($387 tax inclusive). Complimentary for children under 2 years of age.
  • Travel Time: 45 minutes (one way)

Villa Category & Upgrade Information:
  • Room category tier is as follows: GV < OWV < BV (Note this is not a complete list and is only for the lowest 3 room categories)
  • Base Room is the GV (Garden Villa)
  • > Next highest room category is OWV (Over Water Villa)
  • >> Next highest room category is the BV (Beach Villa)

Villa Selection: Over Water Villas
Internet Access:
  • Complimentary Internet Access is provided for all guests

Activities & Excursions Price Lists:
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Resort Map & Layout:






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 (Courtesy of Splotly)
  • There is a weather station on Magoodhoo about 20km / 13mi north east of Vommuli - https://www.accuweather.com/en/mv/ma...-forecast/5583
  • There is another weather station on Kudahuvadhoo as well, about 27km north.
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Old Aug 18, 18, 10:40 am
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Originally Posted by porkie View Post

Id rather take garden villa at 16k SPG rather than OVW for 58k. Then you can always negotiate a paid upgrade or maybe talk your way into the OVW.
I'm content to try the garden villa. Stayed a few weeks after opening in OWV, and it was nice, but garden villas are really nice as well. I found with OWV I didn't really use the water access, so I'm not too concerned about missing out on that!
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Old Aug 18, 18, 10:54 am
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Originally Posted by porkie View Post

On dates where garden villas are sold out, award stays show up as sold out as well.
Note that this was working earlier this morning, but now I am no longer able to get it to show that it is unavailable to be booked by points for any date range (including christmas/new years). So I'm not sure what happened here, but maybe their backend systems are not working exactly as planned. Are you still able to see it as unavailable for a specific date range?
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Old Aug 18, 18, 10:58 am
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Originally Posted by cycyc View Post
Note that this was working earlier this morning, but now I am no longer able to get it to show that it is unavailable to be booked by points for any date range (including christmas/new years). So I'm not sure what happened here, but maybe their backend systems are not working exactly as planned. Are you still able to see it as unavailable for a specific date range?
It seems to be working correctly, there are no garden villas available on 14th February so instead of point price it shows "sold out".
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Old Aug 18, 18, 11:00 am
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Originally Posted by porkie View Post
It seems to be working correctly, there are no garden villas available on 14th February so instead of point price it shows "sold out".
That's strange. It shows up as 60000 points/night for me, and when I click through to starwoodhotels.com it shows the Garden Villa as being available. Very odd.
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Old Aug 18, 18, 11:12 am
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Is there any information that supports our ability to convert a paid booking into a points booking? Pretty sure that this was never supported on SPG.com. Was this historically possible on Marriott.com?
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Old Aug 18, 18, 12:14 pm
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Is anyone seeing any garden villas available at all for awards? I called and they didn't see anything
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Old Aug 18, 18, 1:16 pm
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Originally Posted by rp88 View Post
Is anyone seeing any garden villas available at all for awards? I called and they didn't see anything
How are you seeing any award availability right now? I thought all awards were down.
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Old Aug 18, 18, 1:47 pm
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How are you seeing any award availability right now? I thought all awards were down.
I think the rep I was speaking to was confused. She said she checked the whole year and saw no availability and thought it was all sold out. She probably didn't realize nothing was released yet.
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Old Aug 18, 18, 2:03 pm
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All the reps I talked to are saying to call back tomorrow...
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Old Aug 19, 18, 1:07 am
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I saw availability for 60k points a night in June into a Garden Water Suite.

The dates I'm looking for in November have a Garden Water Suite available ... but not points available. Checked on website, called-in, same deal

So seems like it's not based just on room type...
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Old Aug 19, 18, 1:21 am
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Originally Posted by shuuy View Post
I saw availability for 60k points a night in June into a Garden Water Suite.

The dates I'm looking for in November have a Garden Water Suite available ... but not points available. Checked on website, called-in, same deal

So seems like it's not based just on room type...
Right now its same issue everywhere, Marriott shows award availability but once you get redirected to SPG to see the actual rate, points are not available to search at all for this property. Time will tell if its a bug on Marriotts or SPGs end.
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Old Aug 19, 18, 3:37 am
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Originally Posted by shuuy View Post
I saw availability for 60k points a night in June into a Garden Water Suite.
Do you mean that you had a link on the SPG page where you could have actually booked it for 60k pts?

My experience is rather like @porkie. Even though I see on the first page 60k pts per night next to Sheraton and next to St.Regis, once I click on "show rates" next to St.Regis, on the next page (old style SPG) the only options are cash. No points.

I checked a few dates in June, no points.
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Old Aug 19, 18, 4:40 am
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Originally Posted by escape4 View Post
Do you mean that you had a link on the SPG page where you could have actually booked it for 60k pts?

My experience is rather like @porkie. Even though I see on the first page 60k pts per night next to Sheraton and next to St.Regis, once I click on "show rates" next to St.Regis, on the next page (old style SPG) the only options are cash. No points.

I checked a few dates in June, no points.
I see exactly as above! Feel as it also mentions it has limited participating the system blocks it and the opening screen simply says yes at its a Cat 7.
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Old Aug 19, 18, 6:18 am
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Originally Posted by porkie View Post
So seems like the leaked T&C were right and the StR is bookable on points but the W is not. Additionally only garden villa is bookable on points and there are just 4 of those in the resort.

I'd recommend booking those with cash as guest right now and then adding SPG number & converting booking to points once systems are live. Better act fast as I can see the availability quickly vanishing for any 5-nights period.
It seems that all W properties are not bookable with points :-(

Originally Posted by tylerc View Post
How do you know only one garden villa will be available on points?
I talked with SPG Hotline, for the 60.000 points you will get only a garden villa.

Originally Posted by shuuy View Post
I saw availability for 60k points a night in June into a Garden Water Suite.

The dates I'm looking for in November have a Garden Water Suite available ... but not points available. Checked on website, called-in, same deal

So seems like it's not based just on room type...
Hmm, the St. Regis doesn't have a Garden Water Suite. What do you mean, the garden villa?

Originally Posted by escape4 View Post
Do you mean that you had a link on the SPG page where you could have actually booked it for 60k pts?

My experience is rather like @porkie. Even though I see on the first page 60k pts per night next to Sheraton and next to St.Regis, once I click on "show rates" next to St.Regis, on the next page (old style SPG) the only options are cash. No points.

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Same same me, find availability but can not book, no option at SPG site to book/search for points, and hotline cannot book until now.
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Old Aug 19, 18, 6:29 am
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The Garden Villa is honestly not that bad. If you've never had an OWV experience, ok, you need to get that checked off your list. But having stayed in the OWVs, they're (comparatively) more inconvenient, and especially if you're with kids or something, the OWVs are just pure novelty. The Garden Villas, at least at the StR (note, that IC Thalasso / Bora Bora is different: the garden villas there are so bad that they couldn't justify handing them out anymore), are actually rather nice, so I would not hesitate to book them.
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