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.

St Regis Maldives

Spectacular Looking St Regis Maldives

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 πŸ™‚ 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.

St Regis Vommuli Island

Vommuli Island Courtesy of

It looks a good size island with a large lagoon that will no doubt soon be home to a host of overwater villas.

Bottom Line

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 πŸ™‚

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  • rick b

    Well…they have about 5 years to make money on it before the whole thing is underwater.

    • LOL… I think they have closer to 50, but even in this day and age I think 5 years is about as far as investors are looking πŸ™‚

      • rick b

        Considering how insanely overpriced Maldives 5-star hotels are, they can make a killing in year 1 probably. It’s a money pit for clueless rich suckers.

        • Well Rick if they are richer than you or I then maybe we are the clueless ones πŸ˜‰

          • rick b

            not necessarily. I’ve dealt with a lot of very wealthy people as part of selling investment real estate. Many of them got their money by being in the right place at the right time (early in tech industry, etc..). They’re often not smart and make terrible financial decisions, but they had so much easy money they didn’t have to work hard for, that they don’t value it. Then there are trust fund kids, etc.. You won’t be seeing any Warren Buffets at these resorts.

          • That’s a very overly broad sweeping statement