The St. Regis Vommuli resort aims to redefine barefoot luxury. All 33 light-filled and 44 overwater villas feature private terraces and pools, state-of-the-art facilities and crisp linens and pillow-top beds for the perfect night’s sleep. To ensure your every need is met, the signature St. Regis Butlers are on hand to provide discreet, bespoke service, day or night and no request is too small. The resort boasts a fitness centre, anti-gravity yoga studio and tennis courts, so you don’t have to skip your workout. The Vommuli Dive and Water Sports Centre offers tuition and equipment for exploring the private house reef. For a more leisurely pace, the Iridium Spa provides the ideal location to unwind and rejuvenate, sipping Iridium tea while watching the marine life through the glass floors or enjoying a signature treatment. This tranquil overwater facility has six couple’s treatment suites, including two Ayurvedic suites with private steam rooms, their sliding-glass doors revealing uninterrupted ocean views from the spa beds and private terraces with outdoor soaking bathtubs. Guests can experience total relaxation in the scenic Blue Hole Pool, the largest saltwater hydrotherapy pool in the Maldives, where heated seawater and whirlpool jets soothe both mind and body. Tastebuds will be tempted at the six restaurants and bars, from Italian cuisine at signature restaurant Alba, to Asian delights at Orientale, gourmet street-food at pop-up diner Cargo, or the five-course degustation menu with seven vintage grape pairings at Decanter.
This tiny retreat in the Noonu Atoll, has been designed with privacy and comfort at its heart, using local materials with a contemporary flair, its architecture and design inspired by the sea turtles which share the island. There’s a variety of accommodation available, with beach and water villas and residences offering sunset or sunrise views, two-bedroom beachfront houses that are ideal for families, a large ocean pool house, Private Residences for up to 10 guests with private beach access, gyms and spa rooms, and the Romantic Pool Residence, accessible only by boat and featuring a sundeck with sunken bath, a personal gym and a private chef and butler. The focus on food here is exceptional: buffet breakfasts, all day à la carte and wood-fired pizzas at Athiri; creative East Asian flavours at Tavaru; and modern European gourmet cuisine with an emphasis on sustainable and organic produce at Aragu. The grape cellar features more than 500 bins, the largest collection in Maldives, including rare and vintage labels, and grape from boutique wineries as well as grand marques; you can savour some of the world’s finest and rarest bubbles at the elegant CRU Champagne Lounge; or unwind at Avi, pool bar by day and cocktail bar under the stars, with its resident mixologist and live DJ. Thrill-seekers can enjoy diving and water sports while on dry land, yoga, tennis, squash and beach volleyball are available as well as a 6m climbing wall. Little ones can keep busy at the kids’ club with its playground, pool and activity programme, giving you a chance to explore the spa.
Set on one of the largest islands in the North Malé Atoll, the 128-villa One&Only Reethi Rah has such a comprehensive programme of activities that whether you’re looking for a fun family break, an adrenaline-fuelled adventure or a pampering paradise, it feels as though the entire resort has been tailored to your needs. Head to the award-winning One&Only Spa for an indulgent treatment or a signature experience, blending ancient therapies and modern techniques from East and West, to relax and revitalise. The spa also features Barber&Blade, the gentlemen’s grooming studio which opened last year, offering shaving and barber shop treatments and male facials in specially designed private rooms. The KidsOnly and OneTribe programmes provide an exciting variety of activities and experiences – such as cookery and art classes, movie nights and treasure hunts – under the care of dedicated staff. Teens and the young at heart don’t miss out either, as ClubOne features entertainment for all ages including an art studio, a climbing wall and an indoor golf simulator, and the resort’s sports facilities include two floodlit tennis courts and a FIFA approved synthetic football pitch. If you can bring yourself to leave the sanctuary of the island, whale shark spotting and big game fishing adventures await, or you can enjoy excursions by seaplane or dhoni. With so much to do, you’ll be glad that the time at Reethi Rah is set one hour ahead of Malé, providing an extra hour of daylight to fill with creating magical memories.
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