Now that 2017 was coming to an end & 2018 is about to start off really well I want to share my absolute highlight of last year with you <3
As some of you might know, I was invited to spend four days at the St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort in August, together with Daniela. The entire stay was one of the most incredible experiences I’ve ever had and more than I ever could have dreamed of. The Maldives in general are one of the most idyllic and beautiful places I’ve ever been to and I'm more than thankful to already have spent so many vacations there. South of Malé is the St. Regis Vommuli Resort, which definitely belongs among the top hotels of the world - in terms of luxury, service, architecture, food and everything else. Naturally, this level of luxury comes at a price - and I’m still so very grateful for the opportunity to have experienced a few days in this incredible place and I’m so happy I get to share my experience with you :) aaaand I also saw my very first shooting star lying on the terrace of this villa you can see above!! Still can't get over how beautiful this was!
In 2017 a big focus for me has been relaxing both your body and mind. Especially within our fast-paced, permanently stressed-out society we need places that help us escape our daily hassles. We all need to recharge our batteries every once in a while - and to do just that, what could be better than escaping to a private island in the middle of the Indian Ocean, surrounded by nothing but water. For sure there are thousands of places on this beautiful world to click your "reset" button but let me tell you: this is one of the best spots I have ever seen so far!! It’s not only the way the St. Regis pampers their guests (even though that definitely helps). For me personally, days like the ones I spent on Vommuli Island give me a lot of time to just think, and time to spend with myself. Being surrounded by the ocean, waves, wind and palm trees - you can’t help but feeling incredibly grateful for life and the beauty of nature that’s all around us!!
Even though the prices might seem a little off-putting at first - what the St. Regis offers is more than just luxury. I promise haha. Imagine everything you could ever want from a hotel stay - and I guarantee you’ll find it here. Located on the private Vommuli Island you can reach the resort via seaplane from the international airport Malé. Daniela and I arrived on Vommuli Island on August 10th after staying on another island that was located on the northern side of the Maldives. We were picked up in Malé by the seaplane which then took us to Vommuli Island. Unfortunately we had picked a day with really bad weather, which is why we were completely soaked and a little seasick. So you could probably say that our stay on Vommuli island didn’t start out 100% great haha. However, as soon as we actually stepped off the seaplane and on to the resort all of that was forgotten. Before the trip I hadn’t really looked at the resort’s website in toooo much detail to be honest - which is why when I actually got there, I was completely overwhelmed and amazed by the beauty we found ourselves surrounded by!!
Guests at the St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort can chose between different accommodations: you can either stay at villas on the beach or on the water. There are of course also different categories, like villas with pools, villas towards the sunset or sunrise side, 2 bedroom family villas etc.. I haven't seen those ones in person but there are also Caroline Astor and John Jacob Astor Estates where there’s space for up to six people!! By the way - there are 360- degree videos available on the St. Regis website, so you can look at all of the rooms in detail! How cool is that?!
We spent our four nights in one of their beautiful Overwater-Villas with Pool. The place offered so much space for the both of us and on top of that even had a private outside area that gave us an amazing view of the Indian ocean. The room was full of light, with a lot of open space and an incredibly tasteful and elegant interior design. I might go even further and say that it was probably one of the most beautiful spaces I’ve ever stayed at. There were lots of small details and features that really showed the level of luxury that the St. Regis offers its guests. One of them was the fact that we were able to control almost everything in our room via iPad - such as the air conditioning, the blinds and the TV. The already pretty amazing bathroom was perfected by the fact that it had a separate TV right above the beautiful bathtub (as if you need another reason for spending hours in the bathtub lol).
On top of that Daniela and I had our personal butler who assisted us with everything! I know this might be standard for some people on this world but it's absolutely crazy once you experience it yourself! I was trying not to get used to that haha.. On the way to the resort they even handed us an iPad with a video message from our butler, introducing himself and greeting us. He looked after everything we could possibly need during our stay, even the things we didn’t even know we needed. When we got back to our villa after our first dinner at the resort, we were surprised to find all our stuff perfectly organized - our cards, make-up and even all of my make-up brushes had been assorted next to each other. They even offered to unpack our suitcases for us.. obviously I was too ashamed to let them because my suitcase was A MESS haha.
If you know me, you might also know that the thing I can get most excited about is FOOD, without a question. And the St. Regis definitely nailed that part. There are six different restaurants guests can choose from and we were lucky enough to be able to try them all. The main restaurant is called „Alba“: it offers mostly Italian and Maldivian-inspired dishes, as well as an amazing view of the beach and the ocean. It also serves breakfast every morning - and the breakfast here was without a question the most incredible hotel- breakfast I’ve ever had (sorry I hope you're not already tired of me saying this). Every morning you get to pick from a huge buffet that really leaves nothing to be desired. Besides a more „unhealthy“ corner that served the best pastries and sweets they also had a huge selection of natural granolas, superfoods and vegan options. On top of that you could order á la carte and have something prepared for you specifically, such as eggs or veggies. Even though I tend to choose sleep over breakfast sometimes - during our stay at the St. Regis we didn’t miss breakfast once.
I also really enjoyed the food at the Asian restaurant „Orientale“ and the „Cargo- restaurant“ that serves middle-eastern cuisine. The Cargo Restaurant actually turned out to be one of my „happy-places“ during our stay - the combination of delicious middle-eastern food, Arabic music and the tropical surroundings never failed to put me in a good mood. I was just sitting there pretending I know the words of those Arab songs haha. Another great restaurant is the Pizza-place „Crust“ - it’s located directly on the beach and designed to be a little less luxurious. Daniela loved the pizza :D
Another Must-See at the Vommuli Resort is of course the „Whale Bar“, which has recently won the International Design Awards 2017 for its unique architecture. As the name suggests, the bar is designed in a whale-like shape and it gives a perfect view of the sunset. I found that some of the buildings had an almost futuristic feel to them. Seriously noooothing about the design here felt „standard“ or mediocre.
If eating delicious foods all day everyday, tanning on the beach and having drinks while enjoying the Maldivian sunset isn’t what you’re looking for in a vacation (which I would find hard to believe), there are also multiple activities that you can do at the resort. You can either decide between relaxation and athletic challenges, or you can just alternate between both of them (which is what I did). One thing I tried for the first time at Vommuli resort, and really enjoyed, was the so-called „Anti-Gravity Yoga“. Don’t worry, I had never heard of it either, until I got to try it. It’s a new type of yoga that uses special kinds hammocks to combine yoga, pilates and dance. The hammocks can work to support yoga poses that are sometimes difficult to get into on the ground, such as backbends. I got tangled up in my hammock more than once but we definitely had a lot of fun trying it out! I'm also sure you can remember these fun videos on Facebook of those fitness classes on little trampolines. It's called „Jumping Fitness" and they also have it at the resort! The St. Regis is actually the first hotel on the Maldives that offers this. Unfortunately I didn’t manage to try Jumping Fitness during our stay - if I ever get the chance again I’ll try it for suuuure! There is also a fully equipped gym (definitely a priority for me, as you might have guessed lol), and a tennis court.
Naturally, the Vommuli Resort also offers an incredible Spa & Wellness Centre, the „Iridium Spa“. And what could be better after a workout than relaxing at the spa, while enjoying a perfect view of the ocean? Again, they offer everything you could possibly want from a spa: a beautiful ambience, relaxing massages (alone or for couples), steam baths and saunas, all with the most idyllic view ever.
During those four days there was only one thing that wasn’t amazing: the weather. However, you can’t really blame the Maldives for that. Unfortunately we went there during off-season, which was kind of the wrong timing. We only got to enjoy 1 or 1 1/2 really nice, sunny days (which meant taking pictures noooon stop haha) - the rest of the time it was more gloomy and rainy. Luckily the resort offers so many different activities, so it didn’t matter that much. However, if you’re planning on spending your vacation at the beach, tanning and looking up at palm trees, I would recommend going during the main season. If I ever get the chance again I’ll definitely try not to go during the rainy season.
All in all I am still so amazed and incredibly grateful. I’m grateful for the fact that there are such magical places and hotels, like the St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort. And, again, I am so very grateful that I got to experience it myself. From incredibly delicious food, served on golden plates, to a personal butler (and perfectly assorted make-up brushes), and the perfect bathroom-lighting (if you’re into make-up at all you might know the usual hotel-struggle). Every detail was simply perfect. Yes, luxurious hotels like this one definitely come with a price and whoever can afford to stay there is already incredibly lucky. However, if you ever get the chance to spend a few relaxing days at a resort like the St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort, I promise you won't regret it.