“Receiving three stars off the bat in its first appearance in the World’s Best Wine Lists (2017) is no mean feat, and should be highly regarded as a top fine wine destination for the Indian Ocean,” an announcement by The World of Fine Wine, which gives the recognition, read.

Now in its fourth year, the World’s Best Wine Lists awards celebrate the importance of a good selection of wine from around the world, and has become as coveted as Michelin Stars.

The wine collection at The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli’s Decanter restaurant is overseen by expert wine director Mokshanand ‘Nilesh’ Bootun, and features more than 2,000 bottles, including over 615 labels from 23 countries. Comprising a prestigious selection from each decade of the 20th century, Decanter also houses the oldest wine in the Indian Ocean; the 1755 Sercial Campanario from Madeira Portugal.

Amid 77 luxury villas and suites, and rubbing shoulders with five other dining options, Decanter restaurant at The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli offers a romantic fine dining experience in its underground wine cellar. A five-course menu pairs with the establishment’s self-titled wine directory for enophiles, in which it addresses wine enthusiasts and provides an introduction to its notable wine collection.

The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort, named in the Condé Nast Traveler 2017 Hot List, 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. The all-villa resort’s unique design, inspired by the marine setting, has been created to evoke a sense of tropical island village living. Each of the 77 villas embody the perfect combination between privacy and luxury.