A Unique Experience
*UT = Unique Touch – something they did that I found interesting and unique!
It’s safe to say the Maldives are blessed with a plethora of diverse resorts, but only a handful are luxurious 5-star properties - Each uniquely special in its own way and each providing a level of comfort and attention to detail unique to them.
On this particular trip, I had the honor of spending seven days at the newly established ultra-luxurious St. Regis Maldives Vommuli. Although only being a year young, this beautiful property has won many awards and accolades.
Amongst the many things that set this property apart from the rest, the famous butler service that the St. Regis provides to every guest is incomparable.
One week before arrival, I received an email from the chief butler addressing my preferences, concerns, and/or expectations I might have. The email contained questions asking for things like my shoe size for sandals, food allergies and preferences, designated coffee type and time in the morning, and even my favorite kind of cocktails! We went through a comprehensive and informative session to connect me with my butler and property prior to arrival (*UT)
Upon arrival at Male International Airport, I was greeted by a team member from St. Regis who escorted me to a cooled Bentley waiting to transport me to the St. Regis private airport lounge (*UT). I said to myself: “if this is a reflection of things to come, I'm in heaven!”
Once arriving at the lounge, I receive an iPad which displays a live video from my butler introducing himself and welcoming me to the Maldives (*UT). After a short 45-minute seaplane flight, I arrive at the resort only to be personally greeted by the whole management team (*UT), including the Executive Chef Ayyoub. I forgot to mention the General Manager, Mr. Alexander Blair, who was on the seaplane with me to resort and had already introduced himself in the lounge. In my opinion, as a seasoned traveler, Alec is one of the most engaging general managers I have ever met! (*UT)
You have to imagine yourself walking around the resort barefoot genuinely enjoying your surroundings and feeling one with nature. The beauty of the surrounding ocean is uniquely noticeable from every angle, and enjoyable from every corner of this atoll (*UT). The St. Regis architecture is remarkable, and although remotely away from civilization, each villa is equipped with the latest gadgets and devices that we are all accustomed to in helping make our lives less hectic and our stay more enjoyable. (*UT)
Every villa is located just steps away from the beach and has a plunge pool. What I did notice and genuinely liked was the glass box in the villa that displayed sweet treats inside, which were created by the pastry team (*UT). From what I understand, the pastry team is a team of 30 professionals! Everything is created in-house and is made with optimal freshness. You can taste it in your palate! (*UT)
As the days passed by, and in a state of nirvana, I decide to experience the famous Iridium Spa. This spa is an architectures dream-design without boundaries or taboos! (*UT)
Each privately located treatment room is equipped with a tub which overlooks the Indian Ocean, and a therapist whom is trained beyond words. The Blue Hole, which is exclusive in ALL the Maldives is something to be experienced at least once in your lifetime and a must for every spa-goer and wanderlust alike (*UT). I had the pleasure of experiencing before and after all my treatments, which, along with the staff, made for a memorable and relaxing atmosphere.
One aspect and one very unique and a must to experience is having an in-room massage from the privacy of your oceanfront patio area. The Zen environment which is created by candlelight and the sound of the waves breaking on the shoreline is something to be experienced at least once during your stay. (*UT)
The property has many watersport activities, including diving, which should be explored at some point during your stay. If you're feeling adventurous and want a cultural experience, a quick boat ride to a nearby Maldivian Village is a must! This way you appreciate the Maldives not only for its breathtaking ocean but also for the culture and heartwarming locals. (*UT)
The evenings are quaint with a light ocean breeze that reminds of days’ past. If you feel like having a breathtaking view of the sunset while enjoying a cocktail or two, then the Whale Bar is the place to be! (*UT) My personal favorite cocktail is the PINEAPPLE MARTINI infused with lemongrass and ginger.
A must experience for any foody is DECANTER (*UT). Decanter is an underground wine cellar with an Italian marble table and seating for 12. That evening I had the pleasure of accompanying six guests, the Executive Chef, the very knowledgeable and charismatic sommelier, and another six staff members. The staff presented a five-course dinner paired with wines and Champagne. Decanter is a very intimate environment, and before the evening is over, you are amongst newly acquired friends.
Now on to my butler, Saddam (*UT). Saddam is from Maldives, and although young, he has a personality and character of an old wise soul. We had fascinating conversations, and I was quickly made to feel at home and comfortable. No task was too hard, and everything was accomplished quickly with a genuine smile.
One particular instance that stuck with me: On a beautiful hot sunny day enjoying my pool, Saddam visits my villa and presents me with a fresh coconut drink (*UT). Upon sipping the coconut, I say to Saddam: "I never really liked coconut juice/water, but surprisingly, I love this!" Within an instant, he quickly responds “the coconut knows your preference and tastes, and has adapted accordingly." That, my friends, is my butler in a nutshell. I will return to St. Regis Maldives and would love to experience the services of the talented and unique butler Saddam. (Thank you, Saddam!)
Visiting the St. Regis Maldives was a lovely experience that will never be forgotten. It's sad to say goodbye to all the people that created this journey and ultimately made this trip an adventure.
Goodbyes are never easy unless you reply with: "see you soon."
I will provide photos and videos of this journey and a link to property for anyone wishing to experience the adventure.
As you will notice I'm using (*UT) throughout my writing as to express my personal feelings with my experience during a given journey. Because I consider myself a global citizen and a seasoned traveler who has an eye for fine details in life, I have created this check and balance to give recognition and credit where deserved.
Uniquely the St.Regis Maldives Vommuli touched me wholeheartedly numerous times and received 17 UNIQUE TOUCH stars * from Rome H Geragonis - LOVE IT!
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