Anantara Kihavah entices with Award-Winning Gourmet Dining 6 Metres Below at the World’s Best Underwater Hotel Restaurant

With 79 grandiose one bedroom pool villas and expansive residences unravelling over two, three and four bedrooms, the best underwater restaurant on earth and a 3:1 staff-guest ratio, Anantara Kihavah Villas in the Baa Atoll UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve is one of the Maldives most resplendent resorts. For the ultimate adventures above and below the water, guests staying here go from their luxurious Overwater Pool Villa with glass-bottomed bathtubs to an underwater restaurant, aptly named SEA, for award-winning gourmet dining and degustation dinners.

Anantara Kihavah Villas Wins World Travel Award 2015 for Best Underwater Hotel Restaurant WorldwideThe mirrored interior reflects the surrounding Indian Ocean marine life as you dine on European cuisine and indulge in paired wine suggestions from the resident Wine Guru. Voted by World Travel Awards 2015 as the World’s Best Underwater Hotel Restaurant, SEA doubles as a restaurant and the world’s only underwater wine cellar, with coveted 360 labels in its collection.

Anantara Kihavah Villas_ Sea restaurant table for two“This incredible restaurant offers the unreal experience of dining under water—no diving gear necessary,” explains General Manager Jean-Marc Ma-Poon. “We’re very honoured and proud to have been acknowledged by World Travel Awards as the World’s Best Underwater Hotel Restaurant. Our underwater dining adventure is right in the heart of Baa Atoll and the only one in the world on the edge of a natural reef. With more than 100 species of marine life swimming around, no matter what the time of day it is, guests can be sure of great views, with delicious cuisine and an enviable wine selection as well!”

an underwater restaurant, aptly named SEASEA serves lunch and dinner, as well as breakfast on request, while taking in the 360-degree view of the Indian Ocean’s mesmerizing marine life around you. Four-course degustation menus are served under the winning combination of Senior Wine Guru Nilesh Bootun’s expertise of varietals and vines, and the culinary ‘Haute & Nouvelle Cuisine’ experience of the resort’s new Executive Chef, Lamberto Valdez.

Imbibing with the Finest

Where else can you tour the vineyards of the world six metres underwater? For the second consecutive year, Anantara Kihavah Villa’s acclaimed underwater restaurant SEA received the prestigious three star accolade from World of Fine Wines Magazine. In the publication’s World’s Best Wine Lists, over 4,000 restaurants from around the globe were considered for the awards, with just 896 restaurants bestowed a one, two, or three-star accolade, and only 300 wine lists making it into the top three-star category.

an underwater restaurant, aptly named SEAThe wine awards have quickly become some of the most prestigious awards within the restaurant community. According to World Sommelier Champion Gerard Basset, the awards are the pinnacle for a restaurant wine list: “These exciting new global awards are rapidly becoming as coveted as Michelin Stars.” The esteemed panel of senior judges this year included some of the world’s greatest experts, including Alder Yarrow, Elin McCoy, Ch’ng Poh Tiong, Andrew Jefford, Andreas Larsson, Francis Percival, Tom Stevenson and The World of Fine Wine Editor Neil Beckett.

The World of Fine Wines publication comments, “Few restaurants in the world can claim to offer its guests a view as distractingly gorgeous as that offered by Sea Underwater Wine Cellar and Restaurant. In such a setting, the food and wine needs to be special if it’s to be anything more than a supporting player. But a glance at the fine international cuisine and extensive collection of bottles suggests a remarkable gastronomic as well as visual spectacle—a spectacle where Michel Picard Puligny-Montrachet 2010 is matched with Atlantic salmon mi-cuit, crisp potatoes galette, snow peas tendrils, and an orange and miso reduction.”

Anantara Kihavah’s Senior Wine Guru, Nilesh Bootun, takes great pride and pleasure sharing his passion for wines says, “Our Wine List enables oenophiles to embark in a journey with amazing adventures from Old World to New World by discovering some prestigious selection among 360 labels, handpicked from 20 renowned wine producing countries including the new horizons such as India, China, Thailand and Turkey. Personal taste always varies from each individual but the preference of enjoying young wines (ready to drink) to vintage treasures (at their peak) would be definitely possible with the 90 year of wine history (from 1924 to 2014) having a selection from each decade.”

Dreaming Over the Ocean

Also voted by World Travel Awards 2015 as the Leaving Villa Resort in the Maldives, poised over a lagoon with sweeping ocean views are 40 Overwater Pool Villas, arranged in a grand circular formation and interlinked by an overwater bicycle pathway. A tall arched doorway reveals vaulted ceilings and dark hardwood floors, leading to the main bedroom where each villas opens up onto a wraparound deck, and it’s there that Anantara Kihavah Villas epitomises Maldivian luxury. Furnished with a queen-size daybed that swings from the ceiling, hammocks that hang over the lagoon and a ladder that drops you straight into the water, this is where your dreams take a holiday.

The piece de resistance, however, is found in the bathroom. Fronted by floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors with step-through access to an oversized plunge pool, it features a glass shower with intricately engraved doors and sweeping Indian Ocean views, an outdoor rainforest shower, his and hers vanities, a cream chaise lounge and a glass-bottomed bathtub that peers down into the sparkling turquoise waters; a quick glance down and you can see tropical fish, a turtle, or even a spotted eagle-rays sweep along the bottom of your tub.

Anantara Kihavah Villas offers exceptional food and wine pairing while staying in the award-winning stylish resort haven of private pool villas, just 35 minutes by seaplane with Maldivian Airways from Male. For more information on Anantara Kihavah Villas and special offers visit http://kihavah-maldives.anantara.com/special-packages.aspx

Maldives participates in OTM 2016

Maldives Marketing & Public Relations Corporation together with the tourism industry is currently taking part in the OneWorld Travel Mart 2016, which takes place in Mumbai, India from 18th – 20th February 2016. The exhibition is the most prominent and leading travel trade show of India, and is conducted in the largest travel market of India, Mumbai, at the Bombay Convention Centre. 26 participants from 15 industry co-exhibitor companies are taking part alongside MMPRC in the fair.

OneWorld Travel Mart 2016Organized and run by TTF, the most trusted market leader in India formed in 1989, OTM has become the best platform to focus on outbound tourism in India. More than 2,500 hotels, resorts, travel agents, tour operators and other travel service providers, state and country pavilions from around 70 different countries will take part in OTM 2016, which is the most alluring travel trade event that is organized and held in India. This year the exhibition will be spread over 25,000 sqm, housing the fairground which is expected to be visited by more than 12,000 travel trade visitors from all over India and abroad.

OneWorld Travel Mart 2016Maldives will be showcased in a stand space of 60 sqm designed to portray the uniqueness of the destination with very bold and alluring photos of holiday resort islands. More advertising such as billboards at the entry, pillar wrapping, lanyard design of exhibition badges and the show carry bags will be displaying and promoting the Visit Maldives Year 2016 campaign.

OneWorld Travel Mart 2016OTM is the most effective platform to market to the Indian travel industry as it caters to over 15 million outbound travellers spending over US$ 10 billion in India. As Mumbai is the biggest outbound tourist market in India, the city contributes over half of all overseas travel from the country.

OneWorld Travel Mart 2016India currently holds the 5th biggest market share of the arrivals. Taking this place in November 2015, India has a recorded figure of 52,368 tourists who visited in the year 2015. This figure is a 14.9% growth compared to the arrival number recorded in the year 2014. The Indian market accounted to 4.2% of the market in 2015, and is a very important market to focus on as it promises a lot of potential.

OneWorld Travel Mart 2016

Six Senses Laamu and the Soundtracks of Sunset

LAAMU, Maldives – February 16, 2016 – The Maldives is one of the world’s best-known settings to experience colorful, incandescent sunsets and Chill Bar, with its over-water hammocks and comfortable seating is the ideal location to relish this sublime Indian Ocean spectacle. Skilled mixologists create a range of refreshing cocktails inspired by the all-time classics along with modern and innovative creations. Rotating resident DJ’s joins the Chill Bar team every evening and, with their own personal music style and influences, help create a unique ambiance for guests to enjoy their sundowners. Six Senses Laamu is happy to present resident DJs for 2016:

Sven van Hees will be on the decks of Chill Bar from March 7 to June 3. His music is described as “a timeless soundtrack to an endless summer”, while the tracks of his album GEMINI have been included in over 300 compilations, which include Café del Mar, Real Ibiza and Hed Kandi. In 2005 he started his own label, YOUR LIPS, which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. Having performed on all five continents, Sven is looking forward to his Chill Bar residency where he will be playing the very best in chill out, lounge at sundown, emotive soul and all things bliss.

Matthieu B takes over the turntables next and will be aboard from June 5 to August 31. Matthieu B has performed in various renowned clubs, such as the Rouge Pigalle and Le Paris Paris, following a residency in the Royal Monceau Hotel. His travels have taken him to countries such as Morocco, Italy, Tunisia and Portugal, constantly driving inspiration for him and influencing his music. Matthieu B says that the Maldives is the perfect place for his musical style and having the opportunity to mix in front of the most beautiful sunsets in the world is a real honor.

Mathieu Modeste known as Matmac closes the Aqua Season DJ residencies for 2016. He will be creating the perfect soundtracks for the perfect Maldivian sunsets from September 1 to November 27. Matmac adapts from the big Parisian clubs, such as the “287” and “Royal Pavilions” to the chill out mood of beaches such as Tunisia and Spain. He has worked alongside renowned DJs such as Rodriguez Jr. and Miguel Campbell, and says that it has always been his dream to perform in the Maldives. He looks forward to sharing his love for music, inspired by Maldivian sunsets.

Cayetano (Giorgos Bratanis) will be creating magical musical journeys at Chill Bar from November 28 to February 23, 2017. Following the success of his first album “Stroggilo Kitrino” in Greece and Italy, he moved to Spain in 1999, composing music mostly for theatre and film and that’s when he gained a reputation as a top keyboard and bass session musician and collaborated with a number of leading Spanish artists. He released “Focused” in 2006, which brought him international recognition. Cayetano says that his decade of global travels culminates with being a resident DJ in one of world’s most beautiful places.

Six Senses Laamu is excited to have all these talented artists in residence this year and the entire team is looking forward to their daily performances at Chill Bar, offering unique sound experiences to the resort’s guests.

About Six Senses Laamu
Six Senses Laamu is the only resort in the Laamu Atoll, deep in the Indian Ocean, surrounded by a beautiful coral house reef.
Most of the villas and facilities are built overwater, however beach villas and on-land dining is an option. All villas offer a sense of privacy and seclusion, with an amazing view to the Ocean and Maldivian nature.

Six Senses Laamu offers a wide range of dining options, with cuisines from around the world,a swimming pool with a sunken bar, an ice cream parlor, an overwater wine cellar and a signature Chill bar.

Many activities, excursions and options are available for everyone to enjoy, both over water and underwater, in addition to the Six Senses Spa.

About Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas
Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas is a hotel and spa management company comprised of 10 resorts and 29 spas under the brand names Six Senses, Evason and Six Senses Spas. Six Senses operates resorts in far-flung locations of incredible natural beauty known for their distinctive and diverse design personalities. Each of the eight properties is supported by a leadership commitment to community, sustainability and wellness.

Six Senses Spas offers a wide range of holistic wellness, rejuvenation and beauty treatments administered under the guidance of expert therapists. Six Senses Spas operates 19 standalone spas in prestigious hotels and resorts as well as located aboard a ship and the premier class lounges of two major airports.

Evason introduces a collection of two unique resorts that follow the Six Senses philosophy of uncompromised responsibility to sustainability and to the community. Family friendly, these properties also provide a strong value focus while offering a vast array of guest services and personal attention.

Maldives celebrates the Chinese New Year 2016 in Maafushi

The Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation together with Ministry of Tourism endures the Visit Maldives Year 2016 campaign proudly by celebrating the Chinese New Year on today, 8th February 2016 in Maafushi. Chinese New Year is an important Chinese festival celebrated at the turn of the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar. It is also known as the Spring Festival, the literal translation of the modern Chinese name.

Since Chinese market is now the largest market to the Maldives in terms of arrivals, it is very important to keep up this continuous growth. Consequently organizing a targeted event to the Chinese market would greatly help to attract a large number of guests from the Chinese market for such events and festivals in the future.

The event is organized jointly with the Guesthouse Association of Maldives (GAM) and MMPRC to bring out the festival organized, Chief Guest of the function is Chinese Ambassador to Maldives Mr. Wang Fukang along with the officials attending the ceremony from MMPRC and Ministry of Tourism, as well as a number of major industry stakeholders.

Making the most of this event, the gala dinner at night is open for all tourists in Maafushi with Chinese cuisines, Chinese performances and Maldivian cultural performance such as Boduberu and cultural dances. Tickets for the Gala Dinner can be purchased from MMPRC, Maafushi, Hotel Jen, and Maldivian Holidays. As part of the event, a raffle draw will take place with exciting prices.

The Visit Maldives Year 2016 will be a yearlong campaign to boost the number of visitors and tourism receipts of the country. Chinese market holds almost 30% of the market share to Maldives helping to achieve the target arrivals for 2016.

Underwater Diaries of Kuramathi

The Maldives has been on every diver’s wish list, and it is obvious why. For instance, where else can you explore the spectacular marine life so freely and safely? Second, the waters here are so temperate and warm, you might feel as if you’ve stepped into a natural jacuzzi (minus the whirlpool effect though). Third, you’re bound to encounter that fish you’ve been waiting to brag about so badly to your friends and family. Fourth, you would need at least a year to uncover the mysterious secrets of the deep in the Maldives that is from the North till South, meaning there’s always a reason to come back for more.

Manta, Kuramathi Island Resort

Rasdhoo Divers provides the perfect opportunity to delve into some serious diving at North Aril Atoll, home to one of the most intricate underwater ecosystems with a wide range of fish species. Taking place twice a week, the Dive Safari takes you on an adventurous journey into the seas. Choose from either a half day or a full day dive, where you meet at the Dive School early morning at half past 5. Assemble your gear, and admire the Maldivian sunrise, a sight to behold with the flurry of colours painted on the teal tinted sky. Embark the boat at sharp 6 and you the sense of a thrilling pursuit begins. You will be served breakfast on board, to muster up all the energy for the unforeseen dive encounters that await you. The Dive Instructor and the Dive master carefully selects where to go depending on the conditions, where famed sites such as Maayaa Thila, Hafza Thila, and Fish Head are picked, each guaranteeing new experiences. At around half past 9 you’ll be diving your way around overhangs clustered with fish, witnessing psychedelic nudibranches, and drifting through warm currents that lead you to pristine coral life teeming with curious turtles, shy sharks and sneak-peeking moray eels. And that’s just a few of the incredible animals you’ll be able to see.

Shark, Kuramathi Island ResortDo not miss the chance to take part in this one of a kind safari, as it will be filled with moments you’re bound to cherish as a diver and as a nature lover. We understand why diving in the Maldives is a dream come true and Kuramathi does its best to extend the possibility of offering the beautiful experience.

“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever” – Jacques Yves Cousteau

Discover the story of a small island — Milaidhoo

+—Milaidhoo Island Maldives reinvents luxury

This understated yet undeniably sophisticated 5 star boutique resort spans 13 acres with its design and concept proudly rooted in Maldivian culture. Set in Baa Atoll’s beautiful UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, this spectacular, secluded 50-villa island retreat is just a 30-minute seaplane flight from Maldives International Airport.

Milaidhoo Island offers reinvented luxury and spacious outdoor living epitomizing the true contemporary Maldives.

50 chapters of laidback island living

Milaidhoo Island tells the story of a destination where architectural details effortlessly mix with natural elements. Nestled in the lush tropical surroundings are twenty serene beach pool villas and thirty spacious overwater pool villas. The 50 villas are expressions of understated luxury created from the finest natural, local materials, seamlessly blending indoor and outdoor living.

Custom made for guests’ personal comfort each villa is a private haven featuring the latest technology, a dedicated host and stunning ocean views from bed to bathtub.

World-class gourmet cuisine

Brimming with the freshest ingredients, Milaidhoo Island’s three restaurants appeal to all tastes and desires. Unique to the Maldives is the groundbreaking gourmet restaurant and lounge bar inspired by three traditional Dhoni sailing boats. Spectacular settings meet heartfelt hospitality, setting the scene for an unforgettable sensory experience.

Tales of tropical beauty, nature and harmony

The island may be small and intimate, but this sanctuary offers many places to meet or simply retreat. Milaidhoo Island has its own dive, marine and watersports centre, library and state-of-the-art gym. Set over the crystal clear water is the stylish island spa and open-air yoga and meditation pavilion.

Discover the story of a small island

Barefoot informality is at the very heart of this new and exclusive small, intimate and chic island. Built around nature, Milaidhoo Island offers a world-class iconic restaurant, a deeply relaxing environment, sustainable and contemporary design and genuine heartfelt hospitality.

For more information: www.milaidhoo.com

Madoogali Resort & Spa

Madoogali Resort and Spa, is located in the North Ari Atoll, 30 – 40 minutes by seaplane and two hours away from Ibrahim Nasir International Airport by speedboat.

Madoogali is an island almost entirely covered with the tropical lush vegetation of swaying coconut palms and other trees such as the majestic banyan tree. The island is surrounded by beach of the fine white sand.

A first class dive centre, organize good dives throughout the day to great dive sites in the vicinity. Snorkelling around the island is excellent as Madoogali boasts of a house reef which is incomparable to any other reef for its colors, life and coral growth. Just in the house reef, a few meters away from the beach – colorful Acropora, massive brain corals and anemone, harbors myriads of life including manta rays, turtles, guitar sharks, seahorses, etc.

Madoogali is still one of the very best Italian resorts in the country.

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin visits Gili Lankanfushi’s Private Reserve

Buzz Aldrin, one of the first two men to walk on the moon in 1969, was the first guest to stay at Gili Lankanfushi’s newly upgraded Private Reserve, the largest overwater villa in the world, when he visited with his family last month. A big fan of space, the sprawling 1,700 square meter villa was the perfect choice for the Aldrin clan, offering a vast all-natural, luxury hideaway, surrounded by the Indian Ocean.

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin at Gili Lankanfushi
Astronaut Buzz Aldrin at Gili Lankanfushi

“Everyone needs space! Having ample space is important to me. And I value my privacy too! The Private Reserve is so big you can probably even see it from space!” said Buzz.

Standing alone in the middle of the sparkling lagoon, 500 metres from the resort and accessible only by boat, the Private Reserve offers total privacy for those seeking respite from the limelight. The nearest villas are 300 metres away, guaranteeing total seclusion, while the incredible master suite offers guests further privacy within the villa itself. Built of wood and glass and sleeping up to 12 people, the three-bedroom Private Reserve is cleverly designed to give families and groups of friends ample indoor and outdoor living space to relax and share quality time together in idyllic surrounds. A new 63-metre freshwater swimming pool overlooks the lagoon, with jacuzzi and sun-decks, while a water slide from the top deck into the lagoon adds to the fun.

“This resort is the perfect family setting. You’re far away from distractions and you get to enjoy this beautiful place. I especially like to bring my family here as it’s a unique place to build long lasting memories. Within the Private Reserve, we still don’t crowd each other out, but we dine together a lot, it’s perfect.”

 

To ensure guests’ every need is met, the Private Reserve has two personal Mr Friday butlers on hand 24/7 (who can live-in if required). Meals are created to specific tastes by a personal chef using the very freshest ingredients and produce from the resort’s organic vegetable and herb gardens and fish caught daily by pole and line in the lagoon and all washed down with the vast selection of organic wines. A private spa with sauna and steam room, gym and state-of-the-art cinema save guests from needing to venture out if desired. For those wanting to explore beyond the villa, some of the best diving in the world is literally lapping at your toes and the resort’s Ocean Paradise Dive Centre offers unforgettable underwater experiences with expert instructors. According to Buzz, scuba diving is the closest thing to being in space.

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin at Gili Lankanfushi“Scuba diving in the ocean has a similar freedom to being in space,” said Buzz. “Particularly when you’re upside down! I tend to spend most of my time underwater upside down. There are many, many more large schools of fish here than I’ve seen in many places. You get to see mantas and sharks and don’t have to go down deep.”

While the facilities of the resort – named the Best Hotel in the World by TripAdvisor in the Traveller’s Choice Awards 2015 – are just a short boat-ride away, the Private Reserve offers the ultimate in privacy and luxury. A truly special place that no guest wants to leave. Buzz was photographed by French photographer Cyril Mason, renowned for taking iconic photos of the world’s greatest sports people and adventurers.

Privacy. Exclusively. Yours.

Private Reserve Rates / night range from $11,000-$23,630. Plus local government taxes. Room-only basis. The Reserve sleeps up to twelve people.

Canopus Retreat Thulusdhoo

Conveniently located, Canopus Retreat Thulusdhoo is a great base from which to explore this vibrant city. The city center is merely 28.2 km away and the airport can be reached within 30 minutes. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city’s must-see destinations.

Offering hotel guests superior services and a broad range of amenities, Canopus Retreat Thulusdhoo is committed to ensuring that your stay is as comfortable as possible. To name a few of the hotel’s facilities, there are 24-hour room service, free Wi-Fi in all rooms, convenience store, daily housekeeping, fax machine.

The hotel features 5 beautifully appointed guest rooms, many of which include television LCD/plasma screen, internet access – wireless (complimentary), non-smoking rooms, air conditioning, wake-up service. The hotel offers wonderful recreational facilities such as canoe, watersports equipment rentals, snorkeling, surfing lessons, private beach to make your stay truly unforgettable. Whatever your reason for visiting the Maldives, the Canopus Retreat Thulusdhoo is the perfect venue for an exhilarating and exciting break away.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Brings The Iconic St. Regis Brand To The Maldives

Slated to open on 1 November 2016, The St. Regis Vommuli Resort Will Introduce a New Level of Bespoke Luxury in the Heart of the Maldives Archipelago

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. today announced the signing of an agreement with Residency Resorts Malé Private Limited, part of the Chennai-based leading property developer, Appaswamy Group, to debut the renowned St. Regis brand in the Maldives. Set to open in 2016, The St. Regis Vommuli Resort, Maldives will bring the brand’s hallmark luxury services to one of the world’s most magnificent destinations, ideally situated on the private Vommuli Island in the Dhaalu Atoll.

Garden Villa with Pool, The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort
Garden Villa with Pool, The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort

“We are pleased to partner with Starwood to bring this hotel to life: marrying the bespoke service of the St. Regis brand with the ‘barefoot luxury’ mentality of the Maldives,” said Ravi Appasamy Managing Director of Residency Resorts Male Private Limited. “The brand’s allure, coupled with Starwood’s powerful loyalty program, is sure to entice affluent travelers to visit this enchanting destination.”

“Celebrated as one of the world’s best addresses, the Maldives is a befitting destination to introduce the St. Regis brand to a discerning set of global guests,” said Jim Petrus, Global Brand Leader, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts. “This incredible addition to the St. Regis portfolio has been conceived in perfect harmony with the island’s lush vegetation and pristine lagoon.”

Overwater Villa with Pool Bedroom, The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort
Overwater Villa with Pool Bedroom, The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort

A 40-minute seaplane ride southwest from the Republic’s capital city Malé, The St. Regis Vommuli Resort will be located on a private atoll spanning more than 20 acres, surrounded by unspoiled beaches and a secluded lagoon with sparkling turquoise waters. The resort will feature 77 luxuriously appointed private villas, all with a distinct contemporary design scheme inspired by the island’s natural materials and color palette. Guests will have access to a tranquil spa with six private treatment rooms; an infinity swimming pool; state of the art fitness center and yoga space; as well as a dive and activity center. With an all-day dining restaurant, three specialty restaurants and a signature bar, The St. Regis Vommuli Resort will also offer guests rich culinary experiences including the legendary Bloody Mary cocktail, which was first created at the flagship St. Regis New York hotel in the 1930s and is served at each of the brand’s 34 hotels and resorts around the world.

Deck of Overwater Villa with Pool, The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort
Overwater Villa with Pool deck, The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort

“This signing further fuels Starwood’s strong growth momentum in South Asia, where we continue to see strong demand for high-end hotel accommodations,” added Sudeep Jain, Vice President Acquisitions and Development, South Asia, Starwood Hotels and Resorts.  “The upcoming arrival of the St. Regis brand in the Maldives underpins our commitment to Starwood’s luxury portfolio in this dynamic market.”

This announcement follows on the heels of the recent signing of The St. Regis Mumbai, which is scheduled to open before the end of the year. The St. Regis Vommuli Resort will further strengthen Starwood’s fast-growing portfolio in South Asia, where the company currently operates 48 hotels with an additional 48 hotels in the pipeline, including W Goa Retreat & Spa and Le Méridien Nagpur in India; Le Méridien Paro, in Bhutan; Le Méridien and Sheraton in Dhaka, Bangladesh and Sheraton in Colombo, Sri Lanka, all due to open in the region within the next two years.

The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort
The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort

The St. Regis Vommuli Resort joins Starwood’s dynamic local portfolio that includes W Retreat & Spa – Maldives and Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa.