Double win for St. Regis Maldives at AHED Asia awards

The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort has won two recognitions at the prestigious Awards for Hospitality, Experience and Design (AHED) Asia 2018.

At a ceremony held in Singapore’s luxury Andaz hotel on March 15, the Vommuli House Nature Discovery Centre in The St. Regis Maldives was praised in the Event Spaces category. Hosting a culinary school, yoga studio, acupuncture clinic and more, the venue was recognised for its whitewashed, chapel-like interiors that boast views of the surrounding jungle.

The St. Regis Maldives also came at the top in the Suite category for its contemporary John Jacob Astor Estate, which had earlier made it to the prestigious list of the Top 100 Suites in the world by global luxury lifestyle guide Elite Traveler.

The three-bedroom, two-story overwater John Jacob Astor Estate is a boutique hotel unto itself. The 990 sq ft infinity pool is surrounded by daybeds, sofas and sun loungers, offering a private and comprehensive outdoor experience. Stairs lead from the pool straight into the ocean for underwater exploring. Inside, modern furnishings and custom artwork create a soothing environment, with a gym, cinema and spa all encompassed within the space. Classic St. Regis butler service tops off the luxurious experience.

The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort is nestled on a private island in the secluded Dhaalu atoll, amidst thriving marine life. Just 40 minutes from the main Velana International Airport by seaplane, guests are transported to a newfound paradise.

Designed with great respect to its natural surroundings, the resort is surrounded by a large house reef and the island is defined by several distinct ecological areas: lagoon, beach coastal and jungle. At The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort, guests have the luxury of staying in one of the 77 island and overwater villas, shrouded in lush tropical flora, each with a private pool.

There are six distinct dining venues, including an Asian specialty restaurant, a modern Italian restaurant that features a grand staircase, an underground wine cellar restaurant, a shack style restaurant, a signature overwater bar that rolls out stunning views of dramatic sunset, and a pop-up restaurant in the middle of the resort.

Additionally, guests can also enjoy the Iridium Spa, which presents six overwater treatment rooms, including two that are dedicated to healing Ayurvedic treatments. Spa guests can also enjoy a Blue Hole pool, which contains heated seawater with different water jets – a system with proven benefits to the body.

The AHEAD Awards celebrate the best hotel projects across Asia, which have been finished between October 2016 and September 2017.

All submissions were assessed by a panel of hoteliers, architects and interior designers, based on experience offered to guests, aesthetic and commercial viability.

Asia is one of the four continents covered by AHEAD, which also celebrates exceptional hospitality projects from the Americas, Europe, and Middle East and Africas. The awards will culminate in a global biennale in 2019, where winners from each region will contend for worldwide titles.

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