Starwood have just announced that they are going to be opening a St Regis in the Maldives – St Regis Vommuli Resort – some time in 2016.
Currently Starwood has two properties in the Maldives – the very mediocre looking Sheraton Full Moon Resort, and the higher end W Retreat and Spa Maldives. The latter is considered a “suite only” property by Starwood Preferred Guest, the SPG loyalty program for Starwood hotels, and requires a whopping 90,000 points per night, although there was a promo run where it brought this number down into the 50k range. I fully expect this new St Regis to be at a similar level from a redemption perspective, although it would be great to see if priced similar to other Category 7 St Regis hotels. One can hope 🙂 And if redemptions are prohibitive but you are lucky enough to be able to afford a paid stay, at least you should be able to get points for the stay and any elite status benefits you may be entitled to.
Vommuli Island is located in the Dhaalu Atoll which is accessible by sea plane (so easier transfers than the Park Hyatt, more similar to the Conrad Maldives) from the airport in Male. Dhaalu is a little further south of the South Ari Atoll that houses the Conrad, and is both a lot less developed than Ari and also, by all accounts, a spectacular location for diving. I know a lot of liveaboard trips make the journey into these waters.
It looks a good size island with a large lagoon that will no doubt soon be home to a host of overwater villas.
St Regis Vommuli Resort will be a welcome addition to the Starwood lineup in the Maldives. While I expect redemption rates will be very high, it may be a great reason for me to step up the MS level on my Amex SPG card 🙂
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