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The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands—What we Know so Far

Aerial view of the suites at The Ritz-Carlton Maldives
Marriott’s flagship luxury brand, The Ritz-Carlton will debut in the Maldives in May 2021—Here's what we know so far about the property.

Marriott’s flagship luxury brand, The Ritz-Carlton will debut in the Maldives in May 2021. The 100-villa ultra-luxury resort is one of the most anticipated upcoming properties in the Maldives. Thus, travelers are itching to find out what the world-class hospitality brand is bringing to the Maldives. Here’s what we know so far about The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands.

Located in Fari Islands – An elevated Maldives Resort Experience

Fari Islands presents three world-class hospitality brands to the Maldives. The three luxury hotels will be operated by Capella Hotels & Resorts, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, and Patina Hotels & Resorts. In addition to that, Fari Islands also offers a picturesque Fari Marina, a vibrant Fari Beach Club, charming boutiques, and a selection of handpicked, upscale food and beverage options.

Image: The Ritz-Carlton Maldives

According to Pontiac Land, the developer of the Fari Islands, spaces at the integrated destination are masterfully designed by renowned architects from Studio Mk27 (by Marcio Kogan), Kengo Kuma & Associates, and Kerry Hill Architects. Hence, these spaces bring a delicate balance of serene and social.

Meanwhile, the thoughtfully crafted Fari Village presents a dedicated island for staff as well. This island focuses on community, education, and engagement. Likewise, the Fari Village will be a first-of-its-kind in the Maldives.

A unique Butler Concept ‘Aris Meeha’

Ritz-Carlton presented Aris Meeha, a butler concept inspired by the royal courts of the ancient Maldives. In Dhivehi language (the official language of the Maldives), Aris Meeha refers to a person who remains assigned to a royal member. So, they are one of the most important positions among the many titles and rankings in a Maldivian Royal household.

Similar to a modern-day butler, Aris Meeha fulfills every detail of the life of a royal. The person is considered to be the closest confidant much like a Gentleman’s gentleman or Lady in waiting or Gentlemen or Lady of the Chamber. Furthermore, The concept relates to the brand’s motto of ‘We are Ladies & Gentlemen serving Ladies & Gentlemen’.

Image: The Ritz-Carlton Maldives

The people remain the most valuable asset of the Ritz-Carlton brand. And the close connection of Aris Meeha to the local history and culture opens an exciting career path for passionate butlers to be part of a team that truly delivers a legendary service.

Environmental Ambassadors – Naturalists

The naturalists are a part of the distinguished team of Ladies & Gentlemen at Ritz-Carlton Maldives. Their Role is to ‘connect guests to nature’. Hence, the naturalists will lead a host of well-designed experiences tailored around special interests of the island including; discovery, sports & wellness, culture, and sustainability.

Additionally, the Naturalist who is the environmental ambassador is responsible for curating entertaining adventures for young travellers. Ritz-Carlton aims to create meaningful experiences for guests that leave long-lasting global footprints. After all, the brand genuinely believes that guest engagement plays a vital role to protect nature for a sustainable future.

Sangu Magazine and Sangu Stories

The ‘Sangu Magazine’ brings news about the island every month. The magazine is named after the Dhivehi word for conch shell (or triton). Traditionally in the Maldives, the sound of Sangu denoted a meeting or news. Thus, alerting and gathering people in islands. So, the magazine derives its name from the tradition to share the news.

Meanwhile, ‘Sangu Stories’ is a podcast designed to share the latest stories from the island to guests and followers worldwide. Mark Hehir, the general manager of The Ritz-Carlton Maldives; a seasoned Maldives expert with over 30 years of experience hosts the podcast.

Now Accepting Reservations for May 2021

Yes, you can actually reserve your stay at The Ritz-Carlton Maldives now. According to Ritz-Carlton’s website, the resort is a Category 8 Marriott Bonvoy property. Which also means, The Ritz-Carlton Maldives is on the highest awards tier. Go to for reservations.

Could The Ritz-Carlton Maldives be the pinnacle of luxury resorts in the Maldives? We know for sure the resort brings to life the best spirit of the Maldives. Besides that, the resort nestles within close proximity to Velana International Airport. This ensures accessibility to Fari Islands quick with either a 50-minute speedboat ride or a 10-minute seaplane journey.

Feature image by The Ritz-Carlton Maldives
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Experience the Thrill of Summer with the Family Fun Summer Package at Sheraton Maldives!

Summer is almost here and Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa is inviting families to experience the breathtaking paradise of the Maldives. Travellers can now explore the thrill of summer and more at Sheraton Maldives with the ‘Family Fun Summer’ Package. If you were thinking about booking a family trip this one is perfect for you. With this amazing package children under 12 dine and stay for free! Families can also immerse themselves in a host of specially curated experiences. This includes educational kids club programs, coral propagation activities, as well as culinary and wellness journeys, all-embracing sustainable travel and catering to eco-conscious travellers.

Families planning a tropical getaway this summer can look forward to exciting adventures at Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa. The five-star resort welcomes families to explore the natural splendour of North Male Atoll on the private island of Furanafushi. Guests can choose from a range of premium villas and overwater bungalows that feature breathtaking views of the lush gardens, pristine white-sand beaches, shimmering blue lagoon, or the Indian Ocean.

Explore the Signature Side by Side Family Program this Summer

Guests can delve into the resort’s signature ‘Side by Side’ Family Program, designed to create memorable moments that bring families together. From cooking classes, mom and daughter face mask making, and Maldivian palm weaving to engaging fun games, ‘Side By Side’ promises cherished memories for families. The resort boasts seven restaurants and bars, each offering a variety of delectable menus sourced with fresh organic produce from Chef Garden and Furana Organic Garden, perfect for families.

A Touch of Sustainability with the Adopt a Coral Activity!

Guests are also invited to participate in the ‘Adopt A Coral’ – coral planting activity led by the resident Marine Biologist and learn about coral propagation to help grow new colonies in the resort’s lagoon. This program, part of Good Travel with Marriott Bonvoy, allows guests to create meaningful travel experiences. Families can enjoy a guided snorkelling tour or join a dolphin cruise on a traditional Maldivian Cruise Dhoni.

Enjoy More with the Family Fun Summer Package

With the ‘Family Fun Summer’ package, guests can savour daily breakfasts and buffet dinners. This includes Feast Restaurant or you can enjoy three-course à la carte meals at select restaurants. Kids will receive a special welcome amenity, and children under 12 can stay and dine for free. Additionally, complimentary access to the Kid’s Club is provided for children ages 4 to 12. The resort is conveniently accessible by a complimentary 15-minute speedboat ride, ensuring a stress-free journey for families.

Guests can reserve their extraordinary summer retreat before May 31, 2024. This is valid for stays until September 30, 2024. With this, guests can enjoy other benefits such as daily breakfasts and dinners, and complimentary access to the gym and kids’ club. Moreover, guests can also enjoy non-motorized water sports activities. For more information, visit the website at or book the Family Fun Summer package here. Marriott Bonvoy members can seamlessly earn and redeem their points on stays and experiences at the resorts. 

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