We kicked off our month-long honeymoon in December ’17 with a blissful week at the St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort! It was the perfect way to unwind after all the planning and pressure of putting together our wedding. We could vividly remember how bummed we were checking out of our room at the end of this ‘once in a lifetime’ trip – but little did we know that, in less than two years, we would be heading back to celebrate Jackie’s big 3-0 birthday!!! With that being said, we figured now would be a great time to blog about our first experience at the St. Regis Maldives to get us ready for our upcoming trip in April! We also plan on blogging about our second visit so stay tuned for that!
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Money… I Mean Points, Baby!
With such a remote destination, a hefty price tag is sure to follow – nightly rates for overwater villas at the St. Regis start at around $1,795 (without taxes and fees) so you can quickly rack up a $10,000 bill for a five-night stay here (on accommodations alone) – a serious splurge! Thanks to Andres’ frequent travel with his job, we were able to save up enough hotel points (and airline miles) to allow us to visit the St. Regis Maldives (twice) and also subsidize several other trips to other destinations at a fraction (and sometimes $0) of the cost! If you would like us to write a blog post on how we did just that, let us know in the comment section below!
Arrival to ‘The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort’
Upon arrival at Male’s airport, we made our way to the international terminal pickup area for St. Regis. We were quickly greeted by the St. Regis’s airport butler who assisted us to a nearby private car (with complimentary wifi) to transport us to the St. Regis Lounge (also known as The Great Room) to await the seaplane. The lounge offered complimentary snacks and non-alcoholic beverages along with complimentary wifi – which was nice to have after being disconnected during the almost 17-hour journey to the Maldives. At the lounge, we went through the check-in process so that once we arrived at the resort we would be able to head straight to our villa. We actually never saw the front desk of the resort as even during check-out our butler came to the room to assist us with that!
We did not have to wait a long time for the seaplane to arrive. As the seaplane is shared with other resorts, there were several other individuals on board. The total flight time was approximately 45 minutes which included two stops. The seaplane did not have any air conditioning – just a small fan near the pilots – so definitely make sure to dress accordingly. On our flight we saw a couple of atolls through the window but the majority of the time all you really see is miles and miles of the bluest water! Upon arrival to The St. Regis, we were greeted by several friendly hotel personnel who were waving from the dock! Once we disembarked from the seaplane, we met our butler who offered us some fresh coconut water and escorted us to our villa on a golf cart.
Important Things to Note:
- The cost of the seaplane transfer is now $695 roundtrip (it used to be $645 when back in December 2017 so check their website for any pricing updates).
- The seaplane operates from 6:00AM to 3:30PM so if you have a later departure flight you will have to spend a couple of hours in The Great Room. Complimentary food and non-alcoholic drinks are still provided.
- Seaplane timings can only confirmed one night in advance.
- Private seaplane charters are available.
- Maximum baggage allowance is 66 pounds (30 kilograms) per person – including hand luggage. Excess baggage will be charged an additional fee.
Accommodation: Sea Facing Overwater Villa
The St. Regis Maldives has beach and overwater villas – but since we were making it all the way out there and we were celebrating our honeymoon we automatically knew we wanted to stay in an overwater villa (it’s what the Maldives are known for after all). When it comes to the overwater accommodations, location is key – there are three views for these overwater villas: beach-facing, sea-facing, or sunset-facing. We were assigned a sea-facing room for our stay which gave us the ultimate privacy and some of the best morning views. Our bed faced the ocean so we would wake up every morning to the beautiful Indian Ocean.
The villa also comes with an iPad which enabled us to control everything in our room from it. It was linked to the lights, curtains, fan, and even room service and housekeeping!
The bathroom in the villa was very spacious – two vanity sinks, a separate area for the toilet, an extremely large shower, and (the best part) a stand-alone tub that faced the deck of our villa.
Additionally, we had a walk-in closet and living room space.
One of our favorite amenities in our villa (besides the private plunge pool, the amazing view, the huge shower and closet…) was that the fridge was stocked daily with fruits, wine, champagne AND a bar cart filled with a variety of liquors (vodka, whiskey, etc.). We got use out of the bar cart after realizing it was slightly “cheaper” to open up a bottle in our room than order individual drinks at the restaurants. Not to mention with the view and all the amenities in our villa, it was hard to leave!
One thing we did take note of was that the ocean-facing villas have limited sun exposure – for us this meant that our pool did not get direct sunlight and made our plunge pool a little cooler than we would’ve liked.
Best Place to Watch the Sunset: Whale Bar
The Whale Bar is the perfect location to watch the sunset (even if you are staying in a sunset overwater villa)! Unfortunately, due to jet lag, we only caught the sunset here once (we literally slept through almost every sunset). One of the nights that we finally adjusted to the local time and were able to stay up to experience a sunset in the Maldives we headed straight to the signature Whale Bar (yes – notice it’s actually shaped like a whale in the pictures). We arrived a few minutes before sunset and were able to grab a couch right away towards the back of the dock. If possible, get there about 30 minutes before sunset in order to snag a front row seat! We ordered a couple of drinks (Andres ordered the ‘Island Mary’ which is a bloody mary served in a conch shell) and watched the sun set over the Indian Ocean as we listened to the the bar’s saxophone player in the background. Such a romantic sunset and setting! Tapas can be ordered at the Whale Bar as well. The Whale Bar is open from 5PM to 11:59PM everyday and reservations are recommended.
The Whale Bar is also a great spot to grab drinks after dinner. We passed by one night and they had a DJ playing some beats to unwind after a day of relaxing. We were the only ones there which was actually really nice! When you are ready to head back to your villa, you can request one of the staff members to call your butler to pick you up and take you back to your villa. Or enjoy the walk back to your villa – although it is pretty dark.
Iridium Spa: The Blue Hole Experience
The most iconic part of the Iridium Spa is by far the Blue Hole Pool. Apparently, it is best to take a dip in the Blue Hole Pool at the beginning of your trip because the jets in the pool are suppose to help with one’s jet lag. We learned this tip after we had booked our spa appointment so we didn’t get a chance to test this theory out!
During our visit to the spa, we opted to do the ‘Private Blue Hole Experience’ which allowed us to have the pool all to ourselves. We decided to do this experience at nighttime instead of during the day, as we thought it would be more romantic, so we were unable to get those Instragam-perfect shots at the Blue Hole Pool. In hindsight, we definitely wish we would have done this experience during the day but nonetheless it was nice to get to experience it at nighttime. Although the resort’s website states that the Blue Hole Pool is heated, we do remember the water being a bit chilly. The resort offered us a ‘honeymooners discount’ for this experience – which was extremely nice and greatly appreciated!
Dining at Crust
Crust is the resort’s pizzeria which offers phenomenal views of the resort’s pool and the ocean! Guests can enjoy a delicious thin crust pizza while sinking their toes in the sand. Andres and I usually grabbed lunch there every day in an effort to save some money as we usually tended to splurge during dinner. A pizza from Crust can also be ordered to your villa!
Dining at Alba
As Platinum SPG members (which is now part of Marriott’s loyalty program), we were able to choose complimentary breakfast for two people at Alba (a value of $67 per person per day). Not only did Alba host an amazing spread of breakfast items, from multiple cuisines, but an a la carte menu was also available. As we ate breakfast here everyday, Andres was able to try a different entree each day and he thoroughly enjoyed each one – zero complaints! My personal favorite was the Eggs Benedict – which I ordered every morning! We also enjoyed dinner at Alba one night – once again delicious!
Each morning we rode our bikes – provided to all guests free of charge – from our villa to Alba for breakfast! Good way to burn off some calories before stuffing our faces!
Unlimited Bloody Mary’s and bottomless mimosas were also offered at Alba during breakfast! We definitely took advantage of this each morning – I mean we are on vacation after all!
Dining Experience: Decanter
Our dining experience in Decanter surpassed all our expectations and was definitely worth the splurge! We actually enjoyed it so much that when we return in April we will be enjoying Jackie’s birthday dinner there! Dining at Decanter is an experience on it’s own. The restaurant is open just twice a week (Wednesdays and Saturdays) and only has seating for 12 guests. As the restaurant is located in a wine cellar it is pretty chilly so shawls are provided to the women. A five course meal is served throughout the night and each entree is paired with a wine. The restaurant’s sommelier and chef both do an exceptional job describing each entree and explaining as to why the selected wine pairs wonderfully with each entree. Each entree that was presented to us was superb!
Although the presentation of each dish was beyond remarkable, the real winner that night was the flavor within each dish!
As Decanter only hosts an intimate amount of guests per seating, it enhances the overall experience. We met so many wonderful people that night and thoroughly enjoyed everyone’s company! We were able to interact with each other and enjoy some amazing food, wine, and share some laughters!
Dining Experience: Private Dinner on the Beach
As a surprise for Andres, I worked with the resort to coordinate a private beach dinner for one of our nights there. I arranged dinner to start shortly before sunset and it was pure magic! Honestly, this night felt like we had a date planned for an episode of ‘The Bachelor’. Right in the middle of the resort’s beach, a candlelight path led us to our table in which had lights surrounding our table in the shape of a heart – seriously these guys didn’t spare any details. Our dinner that night was superb – like every meal we had in the resort. We stayed on the beach for a couple of hours taking in the moment and realizing how lucky we were to be able to experience this moment together. This was definitely the most magical night of our stay and I would recommend any couple visiting, budget-permitting, to do this at least once!
St. Regis Maldives’s Infinity Pool / Private Beach
We hope you enjoyed our review of the St. Regis Maldives. This place is beyond surreal and we are extremely excited that we get to visit it once again this April! Stay tuned as we definitely plan to post an update all about our second visit to the resort. In the meantime, happy travels!