The Ritz-Carlton announced its debut in the Maldives, with the opening of The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands. The Fari Islands is an archipelago on the north-eastern tip of North Malé Atoll famous for its pristine white-sand beaches and azure waters. Easily accessible via a scenic ten-minute seaplane ride, or a 45-minute luxury boat ride from Velana International Airport, the resort is part of the picturesque Fari Marina.
The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands was designed by the multi-award-winning Kerry Hill Architects. Its design is inspired by its natural surroundings. 100 luxurious one- to three-bedroom villas are set either over water or positioned along beach coves. Each home away from home features spacious living spaces, panoramic sliding doors, and a sun deck with a private infinity pool. Every room is assigned an ‘Aris Meeha’ or island butler.
The resort is home to seven distinct culinary venues. Summer Pavilion takes inspiration from The Ritz-Carlton Millenia, Singapore’s Michelin-starred restaurant, showcasing contemporary Cantonese cuisine. Iwau, or ‘celebrate’ in Japanese, is an open-air restaurant with two teppanyaki grills. La Locanda serves delightful southern Italian cuisine. The family-friendly Beach Shack is the place to enjoy shared plates and grilled seafoods. Eau Bar invites guests to indulge in fresh oysters and caviar while sipping on tableside crafted cocktails. Two of the resort’s venues are located at Fari Marina, only an eight-minute journey away in a dhoni, a traditional wooden fishing boat. Arabesque serves cuisine from Lebanon to North India. Tum Tum is a food truck serving light Asian food.
At the resort, guests can enjoy exciting adventures with Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment Program. This unique brand program allows guests to connect with nature and ocean life. The resort’s Ritz Kids program includes a signature Ritz Kids treasure hunt, and a fun program for teens. The resort also features a dedicated dive center.
The Ritz-Carlton Spa, in partnership with renowned sustainable and holistic wellness brand Bamford, offers nine treatment rooms including a spa suite with its own relaxation lounge, a salon, and a boutique.