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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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An Invite to the Front Row: SO/ Maldives Grand Opening Party!

SO/Maldives proudly announces the grand opening party of its exquisite runway.

SO/ Maldives is set to host its grand opening on March 23, 2024. This much-anticipated event of the season is titled ‘An Invite to the Front Row’. The event promises a soirée of collaborative elegance for an unforgettable glamorous experience for its guests.

The Grand Opening Party – An Invite to the Front Row

The grand opening party is set to be a feast for your senses. The resort is bringing culinary delights, fashion-forward statements, avant-garde designs and artistic flair. With this, SO/ Maldives invites guests to take a seat in the front row and witness the convergence of global talent and Maldivian charm.

An invite to the Front Row encapsulates the essence of SO/Maldives- a convergence of global excellence set against the unparalleled beauty of our island. We extend an exclusive invitation to our guests to us on this extraordinary journey with incredible collaborations providing them a truly glamorous stay while embracing our DNA, says Jesper Soerensen – General Manager of SO/Maldives.

Experience one of the First-International Fashion Shows in the Maldives with Milin!

SO/ Maldives will unveil its inaugural fashion show, considered to be one of the first international fashion shows in the Maldives. As the island turns into an oceanfront runway, guests can witness the harmonious blend of haute couture and paradisical setting. The fashion show will showcase the swimwear collection debuted by the esteemed Thai fashion house, Milin.

Partnership with Riffath

SO/ Maldives is partnering with local talent Riffath. Riffath is a distinguished Maldivian High Fashion Brand, launching its exclusive SO/Maldives’ Flying Dress Edits. The resort is also teaming up with Timeless Maldives Photo Studio. The resort’s guests are empowered to unleash their inner models for a bespoke once-in-a-lifetime photo and drone shoot, adorned in a gown with an extended hem that gratefully dances in the wind.

Beach Takeover with Veuve Clicquot Champagne House

Veuve Cliquot Champagne House is taking over the beach at SO/ Maldives to bring an exquisite evening. The beach glam-up is done with the Lazuli Beach Club Bar for a memorable night that redefined elegance and indulgence!

Culinary Delights with Chef Dharshan Munidasa

Chef Dharshan Munidasa, a dual Sri Lankan – Japanese heritage chef hailed for his accolades commands the spotlight at SO/ Maldives. Chef Dharshan’s menu is set to redefine conventional boundaries. Guests are invited to enjoy the exquisite flavours at the Ministry of Crab, Nihonashi Blue, and Carne Diem Grill.

To add to this, Jenna Hemsworth, Australia’s most influential and award-winning female bartender also showcases her creativity. Jenna will be taking over the bar to craft expertly curated cocktails.

Musical Bliss with world-class DJs

Guests are welcome to enjoy a series of live performances from world-class musicians and DJs. Groove to the innovative beats of one of the leading Maldivin bands, YJ Hameed Music. The vibes are set to create a rhythm that resonates with the spirit of the island’s spirit. Lydia Sarunrat Deane, a Thai sensation will also be filling the air with enchanting melodies. End the night as DJ Karrouhat from Dubai takes everyone on an electrifying-after party journey.

The Grand Opening Party will be hosted by Matthew Deane, a well-known Thai-Australian singer, model, actor and television presenter.

Exclusive Wellness & Fitness Retreats

Embark on a transformative fitness journey with the introduction of a week-long detox and fun session by Jumping Fitness, an innovative fitness regimen that originated in the Czech Republic. In collaboration with London-based wellness partner salon C. Steller, renowned for its modern approach to wellness, the resort is set to launch new spa experiences that promise ultimate rejuvenation.

Earth Hour

SO/ Maldives invites guests to experience an eco-conscious revelry. Guests are welcome to enjoy the beauty of nature intertwines with the joy of celebration. Witness as the island runway dims, unveiling a beach bonfire beneath the starlit sky. Immense in the rhythmic beats of Maldivian Boduberu and the serene glow.

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