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Transport : Airport Lounges

The recently opened St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort brings the iconic St Regis brand to the Maldives. The amazing resort is located on a small, remote island in the Dhaalu Atoll, which is a 40-minute seaplane ride from Malé airport.

This trip report covers the excellent lounge of the St Regis hotel at Velana International Airport, also known as Malé International Airport.

After passing immigration, guests are met by a St Regis airport staff member, who provides assistance with luggage carry and check-in and with securing seaplane boarding passes at the Trans Maldivian Airways counter. Once checked in for the seaplane transfer, the St Regis staff member will transfer you to the seaplane terminal, which is located on the other side of the airport’s sole runway. The drive to the seaplane terminal takes only 5 minutes and the transfer is done in one of the hotel’s limousine cars, with cold drinks and cold towels being provided during the short journey. If you’re lucky, you will be driven to the seaplane terminal in the hotel’s Bentley limousine, the only Bentley in the country. If not, you will be transferred in a luxury van or Land Rover.

At the seaplane terminal, most of the Maldives’ most exclusive resorts have their own lounges, where guests can wait in all comforts for their seaplane departure. The St Regis Vommuli resort private lounge, designated ‘The Great Room’, is without any doubt the best lounge at the airport. The decor, with its soft pastel colours, reflects the sensational design of the resorts itself. The decently sized space features a reception desk and a few cozy, partly separated seating corners for around 20 guests (which is more than sufficient when you take in to consideration that seaplanes can transfer a maximum of 14 passengers at a time). There are also two bathrooms, one of them coming with shower facilities, which is great when you want to refresh after a long haul flight. The members at the lounge offer guests an array of fresh juices, coffee, tea, and light snacks in addition to a small self-service station, with soft drinks and sandwiches. There are also toys for small children to keep them entertained while waiting for the seaplane departure. The ground-floor lounge also features floor-to-ceiling windows and a small patio with lovely views of the seaplane activities.

Waiting time at the lounge will depend on the seaplane schedule, and may vary from one to two hours. Check-in for the resort – with credit card and passports – is done at the lounge itself, so that once you arrive at the resort, you will be immediately whisked away by your butler on a gulf cart to your villa to start enjoying your holiday.

I have reviewed the seaplane transfer separately. St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort also features in my 10 best new luxury hotels in the Maldives and my top 5 best ultra luxury new hotels in the Maldives.

This review was written by our friends at The Luxury Travel Expert.