Marriott International’s luxury brand Ritz-Carlton planted its first flag in the Maldives.

Part of the new multi-resort Fari Islands destination, the recently opened Ritz-Carlton Maldives Fari Island sits at the northeastern end of the North Male Atoll, reachable in 10 minutes by seaplane or 45 minutes by seaplane. boat from Velana airport.

The property has 100 one, two and three bedroom villas, each located on the water or along the beach. All have a sun terrace with a private infinity pool.

Guests have access to seven dining venues, including the overwater restaurant Summer Pavilion, which is inspired by a Michelin-starred Cantonese concept of the same name at the Ritz-Carlton Millenia in Singapore, as well as the Japanese restaurant Iwau, Italian throughout the year. daytime. La Locanda restaurant, the Mediterranean-inspired Beach Shack and the Eau Bar tea and cocktail concept.

The interior of a one bedroom Ocean Pool Villa at the Ritz-Carlton Maldives Fari Island. Photo credit: Ritz-Carlton

The other two food and drink offerings are located on an island separate from the Marina village of Fari, accessible via an eight-minute ride on a traditional wooden fishing boat. They include Arabesque, which serves Lebanese and North Indian cuisine, and the Tum Tum food truck, which offers a menu of Asian dishes inspired by street food.

Other amenities at the Ritz-Carlton Maldives Fari Island include a Ritz-Carlton spa, fitness classes and retreats, and a Ritz Kids program, which includes 30 different activities aimed at teens as well as younger ones.

The Fari Islands archipelago is also home to the Fari Patina Maldives Islands, which opened in mid-May as the inaugural outpost of the Patina Hotels & Resorts lifestyle brand of the Capella Hotel Group.

Likewise, a new Capella resort, the Fari Capella Maldives Islands, is set to debut in 2023.