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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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Siyam World Hosts Summer Football Camp With Spanish Goalkeeper Star Player José Manuel Pepe Reina Páez

Get ready to kick it up a notch as Siyam World Maldives gears up for an epic summer football camp. This camp is hosted by none other than Spanish football sensation, José Manuel “Pepe” Reina Páez. Guests can join in on the fun from June 23rd to 26th, 2024. Building on its tradition of hosting world-class football camps and following the success of its spring series featuring international legends and star players, this event promises to be a highlight of the summer.

Pepe Reina is set to bring his A-game to Siyam World for an unforgettable football experience. The trill can be experienced at its premier sports complex and full-size soccer pitch – The World Sports Arena. The three-day summer football camp in June runs from 16:30 – 18:00 hrs. This camp also offers participants the chance to receive personalized coaching from the star goalkeeper himself. Along with a series of skill-building drills, friendly matches, and fun football-related activities, this camp is designed to inspire and excite football enthusiasts of all ages. Dressed in their personalized Rascal training kits, young players aged from five to 12 will seize the perfect opportunity to refine all aspects of their game. This includes everything from tactics to technical skills. This unique experience promises to enhance their abilities and provide memories that will last a lifetime.

José Manuel “Pepe” Reina Páez is a Spanish professional footballer renowned for his exceptional skills as a goalkeeper. He is also known for his dedication to nurturing young talent. With a career spanning La Liga and beyond, Pepe Reina brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the game.

Our goal is to inspire our young guests to dream big. Seeing a legend or a star player in person can help these youngsters realize that making their dreams a reality is possible, says Ausy Waseem – Resort Manager at Siyam World.

Legendary Line-Ups at Siyam World

But that’s not all! Siyam World is no stranger to hosting football legends and star players. Earlier this year, the resort scored big with a legendary line-up featuring Wayne Bridge, Adrian San Miguel Castillo, Francesco Totti, and Michael Owen.  These stars led unforgettable spring football camps. Guests had the chance to hone their skills on our impressive sports complex and soccer pitch at The World Sports Arena. With this, guests were able to soak up world-class coaching and immersive experiences as well. 

Furthermore, Siyam World has also had the pleasure of hosting several other football legends and star players recently. This includes players such as EstebanCuchu” Cambiasso, Carlos Puyol, Marco Materazzi, and Robert Pirès. Joining them were players like Harvey Elliott, Kostas Tsimikas, Juan Sebastián Verón, Roberto Pires, Eric Abidal, Nicola Ventola, Bobo Vieri, and Jay Jay Okocha.

Now, it’s time to keep the momentum going with “Pepe Reina” leading the charge. Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to train with one of football’s greatest. And now, you can do that at one of the most beautiful locations in the world!

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