Gift yourself a luxurious Maldivian holiday at The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands where iconic circular-shaped villas, idyllic dining venues and rare blue waters await. By Bayar Jain
There are only a few places that excel at minimalist luxury, and at The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands it comes naturally. Set within an integrated space across three islands, this sprawling resort comes complete with waterfront villas and private pools, skilled chefs and mixologists, and natural wonders galore.
Perched on an archipelago on the north-eastern tip of North Malé Atoll, a glimpse of the island life here begins right fr0m the get-go. Easily accessible via a scenic 10-minute seaplane ride, or a 45-minute luxury speedboat ride from Velana International Airport, this surreal resort features minimalist architecture designed to help one embrace beru or the circle of the island life. Take the well-thought design and architecture, for instance. Designed by multi-award-winning Kerry Hill Architects, The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands takes inspiration from its natural surroundings, such as elements of swirling water or ocean breeze that find a spot into the circular design narrative.
To cement this love for tropical living and oneness with nature, the 100 one- to three-bedroom villas here, too, bring the outdoors, indoors. Set over crystal clear waters or along beach coves, the spacious accommodations come equipped with panoramic sliding doors to watch the azure blue water from bed; a sun deck with a private infinity pool, perfect to laze around in; and a highly personalised service inspired by ancient Maldivian royal courts, courtesy Aris Meeha or dedicated island butlers.
Beyond the rooms, too, pampering thrives. Each of the seven onsite restaurants and bars offers distinctly lavish tastes and unique settings, ideal to suit palates of all kinds. While the lantern-inspired overwater space, Summer Pavilion, takes cues from Singapore’s Michelin-starred restaurant The Ritz-Carlton Millenia to celebrate Cantonese cuisine, the open-air Iwau—complete with two teppanyaki grills—brings Japanese flavours to the fore. La Locanda serves rich espressos in the morning, followed by delightful southern Italian cuisine later in the evening; the family-friendly Beach Shack crafts Mediterranean flavours to feature shared plates and grilled seafood, and Eau Bar welcomes guests to a laid-back glamorous setting while bingeing on fresh oysters and caviar paired with table-side crafted cocktails. The afternoons here, however, are reserved for tea; and sunsets—a captivating drums and fire ritual.
Two of the resort’s dining spaces are located at Fari Marina Village, a pleasant eight-minute journey in a dhoni, a traditional wooden fishing boat: Arabesque, a traditional Bedouin tent, serves everything from Lebanon to Northern Indian flavours; and Tum Tum, a food truck, serves light Asian delights.
Once done gorging on international flavours, you can immerse in an array of Maldivian experiences, including exciting adventures with Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment Programme. A first in the Asia Pacific, this unique initiative connects one with ocean life through immersive experiences (like cooking classes, bike safaris around the resort, and the Wonders of Water ocean mystery programme helmed by resident naturalists) while also safeguarding it for the future.
Catering to younger guests, the Ritz Kids programme offers 30 activities aimed at inspiring wonder and discovery, including a signature Ritz Kids treasure hunt, as well as a fun programme for teens that includes lessons with expert drone cinematographers. Older guests can head to the dedicated dive centre in partnership with Dive Butler International, which caters to all levels of scuba enthusiasts and snorkelers, conducts leisurely cruises on traditional dhonis to encounter dolphins, and offers a chance to swim with turtles and manta rays.
Guests looking to find their rhythm can take part in a Bodu Beru drumming class, the heart of traditional Maldivian music; or enjoy a campfire at the Beach Shack while listening to Moodhu Edhuru, or fireside folklores. In addition to curated fitness retreats, the resort also features a comprehensive tennis programme with coaching, as well as visiting professionals and in-resort tournaments.
Accentuating the property’s inherent tranquillity quotient further is The Ritz-Carlton Spa at The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands. The overwater sanctuary has nine spa treatment rooms, including a spa suite with its own relaxation lounge, a salon and a boutique. Each treatment room exudes powerful energy, which is complemented by healing massages and organic body and skincare collection by Bamford.
Embrace The Island Life
Celebrating this tropical lifestyle is the resort’s Embrace Island Life offer. Valid from June 1 to October 31, this offer allows you to stay at a villa of your choice for four nights. Plus, you will also be entitled to welcome amenities; daily breakfast; a three-course dinner at La Locanda; a 24-hour Aris Meeha, island butler service; and a return transfer in a luxury shared speedboat.
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