Author: Marilyne Morin, Founder of IMPACT M
The Ritz- Carlton brand embraces the Maldives with the much anticipated opening of its new Fari islands resort in June 2021. Bringing its legendary service to the picture-perfect archipelago, the resort sets a new standard for the Maldives experience by showcasing the beauty of the islands through a modern, minimalist lens. The Ritz-Carlton Maldives is located in the North Malé Atoll of the Maldives, which is a 45-minute journey by speedboat or 10-minute journey by seaplane from Malé International Airport.
WE LOVE: The property is Eco-friendly and mainly operating on solar energy
Its 100 villas beautifully set over the turquoise waters or along the pristine white-sand beaches offer the perfect escape with wall-to-wall glass doors fusing indoor-outdoor living, luxury island amenities and private infinity pools. A dedicated “Aris Meeha”, or personal butler, looks after the guests’ every need, for the ultimate holiday experience. These private retreats range from the 150sqm Ocean / Beach / Lagoon Pool Villas to the expansive 400 sqm Two-bedroom Water/Beach Pool Villas, catering for up to 4 adults. Those looking for a private beach residence can opt for the plush The Ritz-Carlton Estate, located on an exclusive cove with private beach and lounge, two private pools, and which can accommodate up to 6 adults. Spanning 1,500 sqm, this luxury abode also comes with a spa room for in-villa treatments, a full kitchen with indoor and outdoor dining and a private Chef.
MUST SEE: The resorts’ extensive collection of modern art
The resort is a place where the legends of the Maldives come to life, with specially curated culturally-immersive experiences and inspiring journeys, creating lasting memories for guests. Immerse into Maldivian stories as Sangu shells are blown, and Boduberu drums are crafted. Guests can transition from a day full of discoveries into an evening of indulgence, with a refined ¬hookah experience, a daily sunset ritual and a local version of Afternoon Tea.
MUST TASTE: Cantonese cuisine at its best, in collaboration with Singapore’s Michelin-starred Summer Pavilion
The five onsite restaurants offer memorable culinary journeys from Southern Italian flavors to Cantonese delights, and Japanese specialties, to wholesome Mediterranean cuisine. All to be enjoyed in stunning tropical settings, complemented by weekly themed events highlighting art, fashion and food.
When it comes to relaxation, the ring-shaped Ritz-Carlton Spa offers nine spa treatment rooms nestled over the turquoise lagoon, including a spa suite with its own lounge, a salon and a boutique. Cardinal directions of each treatment room exude powerful energy complemented with healing massages and organic body and skincare collection by Bamford, providing a luxurious wellness experience.
For active pursuits, the resort offers a wide range of activities, including kayaking, snorkeling, volleyball and tennis, and young guests have a space of their own at the Ritz Kids Club. Hotel guests also have access to the picturesque Fari Marina, the archipelago’s beating heart, featuring charming boutiques, a selection of upscale food and beverage options and inspiring workshops. Fari Islands push the boundaries of Maldivian hospitality, pursuing creative collaborations with renowned names in art, music, culinary arts, photography, fashion and design. Programs are designed to foster a sense of community, whilst maintaining a deep appreciation for the Maldives’ natural beauty.