• Publish date: Friday، 03 November 2023

From ‘The Ritz-Carlton Estate” to GCC stay experiences, here’s how the iconic resort is attracting Middle Eastern residents and guests.

North Malé Atoll, Maldives, September 2023, Nestled amidst azure waters and tropical grandeur, The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands stands as a beacon of distinction. From thoughtfully curated accommodations to immersive culinary journeys, holistic wellness offerings and engaging recreational activities, the resort is poised to capture the attention of GCC travellers seeking an upscale island getaway.

With a new stay experience that includes added benefits specifically for GCC residents, The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands is standing out as the ultimate destination for a sophisticated Middle Eastern traveller base and here’s why:

Its unique celebrity-designed architecture: Kerry Hill

Conceived by the award-winning Kerry Hill Architects and the last of his designs, the island resort draws profound inspiration from its natural surroundings. Symbolizing the flow of island life, the circular design narrative shapes many of its lavish one- to three-bedroom villas, each perched above crystalline waters or nestled within intimate beach coves, fitted with panoramic sliding doors and sun-soaked decks featuring private infinity pools.

Its legendary service: Aris Meeha

Committed to creating bespoke guest experiences, each room is assigned an 'Aris Meeha' - an island butler. Anticipating guests’ every need, the Aris Meeha is part of the highly personalized service of The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands and is inspired by the ancient customs of the Maldivian royal courts.

Its larger accommodation offerings: The Ritz-Carlton Estate

At the core of the resort lies The Ritz-Carlton Estate, an inviting sanctuary perfect for larger Middle Eastern families within its own private cove of the island. Comprising four pavilions, ‘The Estate’ offers up to four bedrooms, spacious indoor and outdoor living and dining areas, a fully equipped kitchen, a rejuvenating spa suite and an expansive sundeck with a private infinity pool. This enclave, that comes with separate facilities for security and nanny offers a unique blend of space, privacy, and dedicated service through a designated Aris Meeha and private chef also.

Its dining experiences: Out of this world Gastronomy and celebrity chefs

The resort presents an array of seven diverse restaurant and bar venues, including private dining experiences all set within captivating and unforgettable settings. Guests can experience global flavours with a Maldivian twist that provide a journey through the senses no matter the occasion. From Japanese to Mediterranean cuisine, the resort even caters to Middle Eastern audiences through its dedicated bedouin tent called Arabesque, which invites diners on a journey from Lebanon to North India. What’s even more unique is the resort's ongoing celebrity chef collaborations, including acclaimed culinary talents like Rachael Khoo, who promises to elevate the culinary journey even further later this year.

Its luxury spa and wellness offering: Bamford

Exclusively partnering with renowned holistic wellness brand, Bamford; guests will experience a total sense of privacy and disconnection at The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands wellness centre with a bespoke menu of treatments. The spa is located in a circular building entirely over the water, where guests can embrace ultimate serenity with tailored experiences that rejuvenate both body and soul, including the Bamford Signature Treatment and the Maldivian Signature Rejuvenation.

Its perfect location: Fari Islands

Located on the pristine Fari Islands, the archipelago on the north-eastern tip of North Malé Atoll is known for its untouched white-sand beaches and cerulean waters teeming with marine life. But what makes it stand out from other luxury Maldivian resorts is that the Fari Islands are part of a vibrant local community, the resort joins the picturesque Fari Marina that encompasses a lively beach club, charming boutiques and quaint eateries, forming the archipelago's communal heart.

Its ease of access: GCC travel

An added advantage is the easy accessibility from GCC countries, The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands are just a brief four-hour journey from most GCC countries. A picturesque ten-minute seaplane flight or a leisurely 45-minute luxury speedboat ride from Velana International Airport effortlessly transports travellers to this captivating destination.

Its curated experiences: Going beyond the ordinary

Going beyond typical offerings, the resort curates immersive experiences that foster a deeper connection to Maldivian culture and lifestyle. The Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment Program encourages guests to engage with ocean life and contribute to conservation. Families can indulge young explorers through the comprehensive Ritz Kids program, while diving and snorkelling enthusiasts can discover underwater marvels through a dedicated dive centre in partnership with Dive Butler International.

Its new stay experience: Ultimate Luxury!

Exclusive to GCC travellers, guests who book four nights or more in one of the resort’s premium villas, can enjoy its ‘Ultimate Luxury’ stay experience, available for stays between now and 17th December 2023.

The offer includes a host of luxury benefits from daily breakfast, lunch and dinner, premium in-villa welcome amenities, 24-hour butler, plus luxury speedboat return airport transfers. Those who avail the package will also get to experience either a Dolphin cruise or Sunset fishing trip, plus a Maldivian cooking class experience per stay. 

For more information on The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands and reservations enquiries, please visit ritzcarlton.com/Maldives.


Notes to editors:

About The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands

The property is ideally located at Fari Islands, in the North Malé Atoll of the Maldives, which is a 45-minute journey by speedboat or a 10-minute seaplane flight from Malé International Airport. The resort features white sandy beaches, turquoise lagoons and coral reefs with marine life. Shaped by the Maldivian sun and shored by the Indian Ocean, guest villas at The Ritz Carlton Maldives, Fari Island range in size from one to three bedrooms, featuring the refined elegance and legendary service that define The Ritz-Carlton brand. The property also offers a choice of outstanding culinary venues serving an array of international and local cuisine, in addition to a full suite of fitness and recreational facilities and a signature Ritz-Carlton Spa.  The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands is part of Fari Islands, an archipelago that features three world-class hospitality brands inclusive of The Ritz-Carlton. Guests will have access to a picturesque Fari Marina – the archipelago’s communal beating heart.  Built around a vibrant Beach Club, Fari Marina features charming boutiques and a handpicked selection of dining options.  Spaces have been designed by the renowned Kerry Hill Architects, to bring about a delicate balance of serene and social.

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC 

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC currently operates more than 110 hotels in 35 countries and territories. For more information or reservations, visit the company web site at www.ritzcarlton.com, for the latest company updates, visit news.marriott.com and to join the live conversation, use #RCMemories and follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR). The Ritz-Carlton is proud to participate in Marriott Bonvoy®, the global travel program from Marriott International. The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, exclusive experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments and unparalleled benefits including complimentary nights and Elite status recognition. To enroll for free or for more information about the program, visit marriottbonvoy.com

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