St Regis Maldives to Open in November

Starwood Hotels & Resorts also had a series of exciting updates and announcements at this year’s ILTM in Shanghai, not least of which was the St Regis Maldives, set to open in November. Just 40 minutes from Male by seaplane, guests bound for the St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resortwill be transported into a newfound paradise on a private isle in the Dhaalu Atoll. With designs by WOW Architects and Warner Wong Design, the 77 all-villa resort’s architecture and interiors evoke a sense of tropical island village living, which earned it a nomination for the prestigious World Architecture Festival Awards 2015 under the Future Leisure Led Development category. 


Rather than repeating the secluded Robinson Crusoe theme or the concept of an exotic luxury escape, the design of The St. Regis Maldives draws inspiration from nature itself, including the local ecologies. Such aesthetics include manta ray shaped lagoon villas, a signature bar in the shape of a whale shark, a lobster-inspired spa, and a spiral shell shaped library. Besides organic sea forms, some buildings are based on local cultural symbols; coastal villas along the southern shoreline, for example, are akin to Maldivian Dhoni boats.


Each individual villa embodies the perfect combination between privacy and luxury. For example, Lagoon Villas, inspired by the majestic manta ray, feature a main roof that covers the living room and bedroom, with a graceful wing that folds down and extends to form a private pool deck space. The villa sports an all-timber interior, augmented by a blown glass chandelier and glass bubbles art work in natural hues.

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