The Ritz-Carlton brand’s new Maldivian resort, a first for the corporation, welcomes guests seeking luxury in paradise. The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands, debuted to much excitement in June.
Guests occasionally opt to spend a few nights in each of the 100 villas in the overwater, beachfront, and hybrid (suspended over the water but with a private beach at the door) categories to get a different experience.
The resort has a circular motif that is based on Kerry Hill’s modern design, which was created by the late Australian architect who designed the property. His theory was that circles, like the round motion of the wind and water, symbolise endless perfection.
The spa, the entrance to the kids’ club, and the main swimming pool are all circular, as are the majority of the villas. The contemporary design of the entire resort stands in sharp contrast to the more traditional resorts located across the Maldives. It will surprise and excite Ritz-Carlton guests who are accustomed to a more conventional appearance when staying at other Marriott hotels.
The style of this resort will appeal to island lovers and a younger audience, but guests of all ages will appreciate the excellent service. The Ritz-“Ladies Carlton’s and Gentlemen” (as the brand refers to its employees) work hard to recall guests’ names and preferences while providing real hospitality.
The Ritz-Carlton motto is to never say no, and employees are educated to discover creative methods to serve guests to the best of their abilities, which is why repeat customers are so devoted to the brand. The crew greets guests by laying their hand over their hearts at every contact.
These are the top five reasons to visit among the hundreds of reasons available.
01. The villas
The 100 villas include overwater villas on stilts connected by a bridge within the lagoon quay and beachfront villas with patios that go straight to the beach. The hybrid villas, which combine the two types, provide a private beach as well as a road to homes hung over the water, similar to those found in the lagoon quay. Just off the curving outside, furnished terrace, each has its own own plunge pool. All of them are massive, with the “smallest” starting at 1,615 square feet.
The glass walls swing open, allowing the al fresco private space to be combined with the lovely interiors. Many guests choose to stay in different categories for a few nights to experience the variety of surroundings.
All villas offer both indoor and outdoor showers, as well as private plunge pools and day beds on the patio.
Butlers, known as “aris meeha,” take care of all of the guests’ requests from the minute they arrive. In the indigenous Dhivehi language, the name means “one who looks after a royal person,” and it personifies the Ritz-“Ladies Carlton’s and Gentlemen” concept of devoted service. The Ritz-Carlton ideal has always been women and gentlemen caring for ladies and gentlemen, and that attitude is alive and well at this magnificent resort.
Each villa features a king-sized bed with Frette linens, bedside power and USB outlets, a day bed with dining table, a swiveling flat-screen TV, and a complementary non-alcoholic minibar. A skylight, plenty of storage and unpacking space, a selection of soft and hard clothing hangers, a water closet, and an abundance of organic Bamford toiletries made from geranium and peppermint can be found in the bathrooms’ double vanities.
Housekeeping provides reusable water bottles, cushioned trays (perfect for working or drinking coffee in bed), and unique presents like an aromatherapy Bamford pillow spray during turndown service.
In addition to the one-bedroom villas, there are two-bedroom overwater and beach villas plus a three-bedroom estate with large living area and private beach. The latter has its own wine cellar with upgraded wines.
02. The scenery
This resort is surrounded by breathtaking landscape from every angle. One side of the different islands, for example, faces the wide ocean and a little island with palm palms behind which the sun sets every day. On the other side, the breaking reef, where waves imitate a beach in the midst of the ocean, can be seen.
It seems as if the main, infinity-edge swimming pool flows right into the ocean from the main, infinity-edge swimming pool. At Eau Bar, many visitors dine on nutritious cuisine including salads, quinoa, and sushi, with lap trays providing comfort and ease. A traditional Maldivian drum ceremonial ignites numerous torches and a blazing circle each evening after sunset.
a traditional Maldivian drum ceremony illuminates various torches and a flaming circle that seems to frame the sunset.
The resort is surrounded by palm trees, and the yoga pavilion is shaded by an old banyan tree. All of the trees were transplanted from other areas where they may have been cut down otherwise, as part of the resort’s sustainability efforts. The resort aims to affix QR codes to each of the villas in the next year, which will indicate where the repurposed wood used to create each house originated from, according to meticulous records collected throughout building.
Due to the lack of light pollution, the sparkling stars above the villas brighten the sky at night.
03. The menus
Food is a highlight here, with up to 23 eateries planned in the future years. The Ritz-Carlton and two other Fari Islands resorts (Patina Maldives and the yet-to-open Cappella) will share restaurants and give reciprocal dining rights to each other’s guests.
Ritz-Carlton guests now have a wide range of options. Each morning, the magnificent breakfast buffet and a la carte menu are offered at La Locanda. The morning meal, which is included at most paid rates, has stunning island vistas, outdoor and indoor seating, and an unlimited supply of Champagne or Bloody Marys.
Fruit is cut to request, and each morning, a different sort of ethnic food, such as Chinese, Indian, and Maldivian breakfast specialities, is served at a separate station.
Later in the day, La Locanda serves Italian delicacies such as al dente pasta, grilled meats and seafood, cheesy pizzas, and substantial salads, including a pick from a typical Italian antipasti buffet with all the meats, olives, vegetables, and cheese you can imagine.
Summer Pavilion, which is exclusively open for dinner, features genuine Chinese cuisine, whereas Iwau is a Japanese “chef’s table” concept. Beach Shack is a casual alternative for lighter Mediterranean food on the sand that is open most of the day.
Don’t miss the island creamery, which serves handmade ice cream, or the Sunday brunch, which includes limitless Champagne and massive meal quantities, perfect for lazing on the beach all day.
By the pool, the lunch menu at Eau Bar has a delectable blend of Japanese and Mediterranean food, with a focus on healthier and lighter ingredients. Later in the day, when the DJ enlivens the area, the hookah experience is a huge appeal.
Two new choices on another island are set to open soon, and customers may get there for free through a short boat trip. Arabesque, which specializes on Lebanese and Indian cuisine, and Tum Tum, a food truck that specializes in noodle dishes, dumplings, and other Asian delicacies, are two of them.
The resort’s sommelier is in charge of a cellar with 600 wine labels, and plans are in the works to enlarge the display space so that guests may view more of them. For those who prefer to drink in the solitude of their own villa, portable wine chillers may be supplied to guest rooms.
04. The activities
There are plenty of things to do here, but most people choose to relax by the beach or take a swim in their private villa plunge pool. Snorkeling, kayaking, diving, dolphin tours, and jet skis are just a few of the motorized and non-powered activities available. Volleyball, tennis, and a panoramic fitness facility with yoga studio, personal trainer, and beach views are all available on land.
The activities, which include Maldivian culinary lessons, beach patanque, cricket, and badminton, palm leaf folding, and marine biology presentations, are included on a weekly calendar for guests. At the Beach Shack, guests may enjoy a movie beneath the stars once a week.
The magnificent spa is hung above the lagoon and encircled by overwater villas, featuring nine treatment rooms. Bamford products are used in the treatments, and visitors may enjoy the experience while looking out over the coral below the spa.
Ritz Kids’ supervised activities, such as aqua Zumba or arts and crafts, as well as the playground, pool, and waterslide, will appeal to families. The kids club is especially entertaining since it includes educational and environmental activities. Scavenger hunts to gather objects that wash ashore and discover how to repurpose them to marine biology teachings are just a few examples.
05. The environment
The eco-friendly program for visitors, known as Ambassadors of the Environment and in cooperation with the Jean-Michael Cousteau Ocean Futures Society, is fantastic. It prioritizes reef conservation while also providing a deeper knowledge of how we may adopt healthier behaviors at home.
Naturalists trained by Jacques Cousteau accompany guests on a range of activities, including a free drone session to explore the reefs from above. The drone program is also part of a research project to better understand how the reef is changing and how the resort can better protect and restore it.
The property was constructed with as much recycled wood as possible, using prefabricated homes to reduce the impact on the reef. The resort’s recycling program and energy-efficient technologies, as well as a no-single-use-plastic policy to the degree feasible, are also laudable. The dedication to a wonderful experience at The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands is evident, and it encompasses both hospitality and the environment.