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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

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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)
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Old Nov 18, 16, 12:43 am
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St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort [Master Thread]

Here right now. Service is top notch, property is gorgeous. Some construction still ongoing but nothing that will disturb the guests. Yes the Jacob Astor Suite is one of the ones still under construction so it not bookable yet


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Old Nov 18, 16, 1:05 am
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How's the house reef, compared to some others like PH Hadahaa or Conrad?
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Old Nov 18, 16, 11:16 am
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Originally Posted by eulerphi8 View Post
Here right now. Service is top notch, property is gorgeous. Some construction still ongoing but nothing that will disturb the guests. Yes the Jacob Astor Suite is one of the ones still under construction so it not bookable yet
That's great. Would love some more details when you have time.

Enjoy!
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Old Nov 18, 16, 12:47 pm
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Originally Posted by eulerphi8 View Post
Here right now. Service is top notch, property is gorgeous. Some construction still ongoing but nothing that will disturb the guests. Yes the Jacob Astor Suite is one of the ones still under construction so it not bookable yet
I think many people here would love to read your trip review
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Old Nov 18, 16, 7:06 pm
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Originally Posted by eulerphi8 View Post
Here right now. Service is top notch, property is gorgeous. Some construction still ongoing but nothing that will disturb the guests. Yes the Jacob Astor Suite is one of the ones still under construction so it not bookable yet
Oooooh...ok, I'm there in 2 weeks - any recommendations on which OWB to request? I'm looking for privacy but also great views, and some sand vs. coral to step into.
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Old Nov 18, 16, 7:07 pm
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Oooooh...ok, I'm there in 2 weeks - any recommendations on which OWB to request? I'm looking for privacy but also great views, and some sand vs. coral to step into.
I think you want the St Regis suite.
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Old Nov 18, 16, 7:13 pm
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I think you want the St Regis suite.
That sounds about right! Can you arrange it for me?
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Old Nov 18, 16, 7:19 pm
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Just some quick thoughts (always feel free to ask specific questions I can try to answer and I can post something longer when I get back).

1. Butler service really is meant to take care of all your needs. All of the staff have had previous experience, many from the Four Seasons or W Maldives. They really emphasize that this is the meant to be the best resort at the Maldives.

2. Service starts immediately as you land in MLE. You get picked up by a SUV and taken to your own lounge to wait for your seaplane. They're using a temporary lounge right now but will have their regular one up and running by the end of the month. Once that's up you can wine and dine in the lounge from meals packed from the resort.

3. Most of all rooms are GORGEOUS and large. Everything state of the art, iPad controls the lights, curtains, AC, etc.. It really is as nice if not nicer than the photos that you see. Bang and Olufsen TV, a TV in the mirror of the bathtub, etc.

4. Don't worry about getting enough water. You'll get plenty of it and I can't imagine you can't get more if you want. It's not a place that is going to nickel-and-dime you.

5. Restaurants are pricey but the food is quite good. Food quality and service at Alba I would say are at or near Michelin-quality. Breakfast is $55 + service charge + tax for non-Plat members. All inclusive, a la carte and buffet. Extensive spread including their signature lobster + caviar omelette.

6. Resort is at 30% capacity right, ~70% of the people are American tourists. Expect both numbers to change in the upcoming months but SPG branding is strong.

7. House reef is recovering from construction--very little color and some dead areas . I don't know how it compares to the other resorts in the Maldives but having dove in other places, the house reef is not very healthy right now. Fish population is quite good--you'll see sharks, turtles, tuna, rays, etc. and they say the coral is recovering. You can take a boat out to other places that will be better. The dive and sports center is top notch and since they're not at full capacity right now you'll get very individualized attention.

8. If you love the Maldives and have a trip booked here, don't worry and be very excited. There are always going to be logistical challenges or some thing that will pop up during your stay but know that they'll do everything they can for the guests. I think it'll only get better as time goes on although it's so nice right now being in such a private location with not that many other guests here.
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Old Nov 18, 16, 7:30 pm
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Oooooh...ok, I'm there in 2 weeks - any recommendations on which OWB to request? I'm looking for privacy but also great views, and some sand vs. coral to step into.
The outer facing OWB are all build in a way that you won't be able to see anyone unless there's a boat passing through. Sunset views are gorgeous--haven't checked out the reef underneath to tell you if there's a particularly good spot but most of the snorkeling you'll probably be doing away from your OWB anyway.
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Old Nov 18, 16, 7:32 pm
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Originally Posted by eulerphi8 View Post
The outer facing OWB are all build in a way that you won't be able to see anyone unless there's a boat passing through. Sunset views are gorgeous--haven't checked out the reef underneath to tell you if there's a particularly good spot but most of the snorkeling you'll probably be doing away from your OWB anyway.
Thanks for the writeup. Not that it matters (not like I'd cancel my trip over it, despite it being one of the main draws), but I'm curious - is there _anywhere_ you can snorkel to see the typical coral fishes anywhere around the island, or do you literally have to boat out? (kayak?) Since there are no neighbouring islands, I'm curious how that would work - I'm not excited to spend $400 per day hiring a boat to go snorkeling
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Old Nov 18, 16, 9:08 pm
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I currently have 5 nights at Conrad booked, now I'm wondering if I should book here instead. 130k SPG plus upgrade fees (to OWV) similar to Conrad. But I am HH Diamond, the the $110++/day fees will add up. Anybody been to both? I have a Superior WV booked at Conrad.
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Old Nov 18, 16, 9:41 pm
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I currently have 5 nights at Conrad booked, now I'm wondering if I should book here instead. 130k SPG plus upgrade fees (to OWV) similar to Conrad. But I am HH Diamond, the the $110++/day fees will add up. Anybody been to both? I have a Superior WV booked at Conrad.
You need to consider the cost of a time machine to book this place though, and I couldn't find one in stock at Amazon - so it might end up being far more expensive than the Conrad. I'd keep it.
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Old Nov 18, 16, 9:56 pm
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You need to consider the cost of a time machine to book this place though, and I couldn't find one in stock at Amazon - so it might end up being far more expensive than the Conrad. I'd keep it.
Lol. I'm just excited to hear about there being plenty of water. Now I don't have to bring powder
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Old Nov 18, 16, 10:04 pm
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Lol. I'm just excited to hear about there being plenty of water. Now I don't have to bring powder
At least water powder. You can still bring powdered vodka if you'd like
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Old Nov 18, 16, 10:51 pm
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You need to consider the cost of a time machine to book this place though, and I couldn't find one in stock at Amazon - so it might end up being far more expensive than the Conrad. I'd keep it.
My understanding is that it's still possible to book a Garden villa for 5 nights using 130k SPG, then upgrade to OWV for about $500/nt
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