St. Regis Mal­dives Vom­muli Re­sort

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The lat­est ad­di­tion to St. Regis’s port­fo­lio of beach re­sorts cel­e­brates the marine life that sur­rounds it: over­wa­ter vil­las echo the form of manta rays; the Ayurveda-fo­cused spa is shaped like a lob­ster; the li­brary, a spi­ral seashell; and the main bar, a whale shark. The con­cept might sound camp, but rig­or­ous min­i­mal­ism ren­ders it im­pres­sively mod­ern. Sin­ga­pore’s WOW Ar­chi­tects spent four years re­al­iz­ing the prop­erty, in part be­cause of pre­cau­tions taken to pro­tect tiny Vom­muli Is­land’s dense jungle of palms and pan­dani. That orig­i­nal veg­e­ta­tion now casts its wild shade over a yoga stu­dio, Mid­dle Eastern and pan-Asian restau­rants, and the re­sort’s cathe­dral-ceilinged gar­den and beach vil­las. Un­der­pinned by a team of per­sonal but­lers, ser­vice is ex­cel­lent, while niceties ex­tend to the rooftop of Alba— the op­u­lent Mediter­ranean res­tau­rant—where a tele­scope is on hand for stargaz­ing. One of the best day­time views, how­ever, awaits at the spa’s al­fresco hy­drother­apy pool, from which guests can soak up an un­ob­structed In­dian Ocean vista. —960/676-6333; stregis mal­; dou­bles from US$2,470

The over­wa­ter Whale Bar at St. Regis Mal­dives Vom­muli Re­sort. Op­po­site, from top: A “se­cret gar­den” at Capella Shang­hai; an airy, dou­ble­height lobby space an­chors The Sand­hya in south­ern Sri Lanka.

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