The Ritz- Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands invites guests to embrace island life from the moment they arrive on its white sand shores, for their opening on 1 June.
Whether guests lounge by the pool, in their luxury water villa, or watch the sunset from the sandy shores, the luxury resort aims to display the true traditions and beauty of the Maldives culture through their services to ensure the most pleasant experience for guests.
The cyclical structure of the resort was a vital decision in the architecture, as it represents the resort’s Beru (the Maldivian name for drums and round shape), centralised through the holistic philosophy of wholeness that the Maldivian culture and environment supports. The cyclical nature of island life allows guests to embrace the notion of totality and the true spirit of the Maldives.
Upon arrival, guests are warmly welcomed by the traditional Sangu horn, also more commonly known as Triton’s Trumpet. The shell signifies an important piece of the ancient Maldivian culture, ceremoniously blown to announce a special arrival or news in the island communities. Each villa includes an artfully crafted Beru, or drum, which coincides with the evening Bodu Beru, an indigenous form of dance and music with drums — made locally from coconut wood on the island — and one of the oldest surviving traditions dating back to the 11th century. The sunset ritual at the resort’s Eau Bar is unique to the property and allows guests to reflect on a day full of discoveries while transitioning into an evening of relaxation, indulgence, and reflection.
An Aris Meeha, or island butler, a concept inspired by the royal courts of the ancient Maldives, will be appointed for each guest at the resort, to provide any assistance they may require. In Dhivehi, the local language, Aris Meeha refers to a person who is assigned to a royal member, 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 and considered to be the closest confidant much like a Gentleman’s gentleman or Lady in waiting or Gentlemen or Lady of the Chamber.
The immersion in local cultures also extends through the resort’s dining concepts. The culinary team works closely with local fishermen to ensure the fish is caught sustainably, providing an array of the finest local lobsters and fresh seafood. Fresh vegetables and herbs are cultivated in the resort’s organic garden, and guests may learn to cook Maldivian dishes such as Mashuni, a breakfast staple made with tuna and fresh coconut, as well as sample the local bites, Hedhika, for afternoon tea. The resort’s signature cocktail selection is inspired by the maritime spice routes that shaped the Maldivian story and include five spices: cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, cumin, and turmeric.
The property is ideally located at Fari Islands, a 45-minute journey by speedboat or a 10- minute seaplane flight from Velana International Airport. The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands is part of Fari Islands, an archipelago that features three world-class hospitality brands inclusive of The Ritz-Carlton. Guests are expected to have access to a picturesque Fari Marina – the archipelago’s communal beating heart. Built around a vibrant Beach Club, Fari Marina will be home to charming boutiques and a handpicked selection of dining options.
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