I like to stay up to date on all the coolest luxury points hotels that are in the pipeline, but somehow I missed this one (I guess because of everything going on).
Ritz-Carlton Maldives Fari Islands
Marriott has signed an agreement to bring the Ritz-Carlton brand to the Maldives. The property is being developed by CPRC, a member of Singapore’s Pontiac Land Group.
The property will be known as the Ritz-Carlton Maldives Fari Islands, and is slated to open in late 2020 (I imagine this has the potential to be pushed back in light of everything going on).
The 100 villa property (including both land and overwater villas) will be located in the North Male Atoll, either a 50 minute speedboat ride or a 10 minute seaplane flight from Male International Airport.
The Fari Islands consists of an archipelago with three resorts, including the Ritz-Carlton, Capella, and Patina, in addition to a marina.
As a Marriott Bonvoy member I’m excited about the prospect of redeeming points here, though keep in mind that Ritz-Carlton doesn’t offer complimentary breakfast for elite members. It’s possible that the hotel may include breakfast for all guests, but I wouldn’t count on it.
Rendering of the Ritz-Carlton Maldives
The Ritz-Carlton’s location
On the plus side, it’s nice that the resort can be reached by speedboat, rather than requiring an additional flight, which can often require overnighting in Male. There’s something to be said about the convenience of that.
However, otherwise the location doesn’t sound that spectacular, at least as a relative matter:
- This is part of an archipelago that includes three resorts, so it likely won’t feel quite as private as some of the resorts that have nothing else within miles
- Don’t expect the reefs and general scenery to be as beautiful in the North Male Atoll as in other parts of the Maldives
The Park Hyatt Maldives, in the South of the Maldives
The Maldives has many amazing new points hotels
It really is incredible how many new luxury points hotels there are in the Maldives. I remember when the Park Hyatt Maldives was one of the few luxury points redemption options in the Maldives and now we have so many more options, like the St. Regis and Waldorf Astoria. Then there are all kinds of great upper mid range properties like the JW Marriott, the Westin, and more.
The St. Regis Maldives
The 100 villa Ritz-Carlton Maldives is expected to open in late 2020, though I wouldn’t be surprised to see the timeline slip in light of everything going on. It’ll be great to have yet another points option in the Maldives.
On the plus side, the hotel will be near Male, which is convenient for transfers. I’d also expect the scenery to not be quite as picturesque as some other islands, especially since this will be part of a multi-hotel archipelago.