The Ritz-Carlton Maldives is Open for Business
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company announced its debut in the Maldives, with the opening of The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands. The new resort is located on the Fari Islands, an archipelago on the north-eastern tip of North Malé Atoll. The area is famous for its untouched white-sand beaches and brilliant azure waters full of marine life.
The Ritz-Carlton Maldives is a Marriott Category 8 property. That means that it will cost you 70,000 Marriott Bonvoy points off-peak, 85,000 for standard rate, and 100,000 for peak pricing. Cash prices are around $1,500 per night.
The Ritz-Carlton Maldives is accessible via a scenic ten-minute seaplane ride, or a 45-minute luxury boat ride from Velana International Airport. Both transfer options are quite pricey. The boat ride will cost $730 per adult and $365 per child. The shared seaplane ride will cost you $1,100. If you want your own private seaplane you will have to pay $7,900. And it gets even more expensive since there is no free breakfast for award stays.
You can see more details and book your stay here.
Design, Amenities and More
Designed by the multi-award winning Kerry Hill Architects, The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands is inspired by its natural surroundings, including the elements of swirling water and ocean breezes, which are incorporated into a design narrative that is rooted in the shape of a circle that also represents the flow of island life.
The resort features 100 luxurious one- to three-bedroom villas, either set over crystal clear waters, or nestled along pristine beach coves, each offering spacious living spaces that blur the line between indoors and outdoors with panoramic sliding doors, a sun deck with a private infinity pool and breathtaking views. Each room is assigned an ‘Aris Meeha’ or island butler to fulfil a guest’s every wish.
The property features seven distinct culinary venues. Within a beautiful lantern-inspired overwater space, Summer Pavilion takes inspiration from The Ritz-Carlton Millenia, Singapore’s Michelin-starred restaurant, showcasing contemporary Cantonese cuisine. Iwau, or ‘celebrate’ in Japanese, is an open-air restaurant with two teppanyaki grills for a multi-sensory dining experience. La Locanda serves rich espressos in the morning, while aperitifs in the setting sun preludes an evening of delightful southern Italian cuisine. The family-friendly Beach Shack is inspired by the carefree spirit and relaxed cuisines of the Mediterranean, featuring shared plates and grilled seafoods. Eau Bar welcomes guests to a laid-back glamourous setting, where guests can indulge in fresh oysters and caviar while sipping on tableside crafted cocktails, while afternoon tea gets a Maldivian twist and sunset is celebrated each evening with a captivating drums and fire ritual.
Two of the resort’s venues are located at Fari Marina, which requires a eight-minute ride in a traditional wooden fishing boat.
At the resort, guests can enjoy an array of experiences designed to immerse them in the best of Maldivian island life and culture. You can also enjoy fitness retreats, a comprehensive tennis program with coaching, as well as visiting professionals and in-resort tournaments.