St. Regis Maldives Resort- Hotel Review

St. Regis Lounge
St. Regis Lounge

Everything you can imagine about the Maldives is true. Endless sun, islands of crystal clear water, and expensive hotels. A live 5* picturesque paradise postcard. In this post, I’ll review my stay at The St. Regis Maldives.


Mr. O and I had the pleasure of this luxurious stay on our honeymoon August 2018. We took advantage of a great out of pocket offer while it was still under the Starwood Hotel. We booked a ridiculous, normally unattainable luxury vacation valued at almost $46,000 for a grand total of $2,138. This price included 3 nights in a over-water bungalow and round-trip seaplane transportation for (2).

It’s difficult to get upgraded to their over-water bungalow for free. You can pay an upgrade fee in advance or use more award points.

Saving Tips:

  • If you pay for your stay in points, you'll avoid the massive service fees and taxes. ~$900 savings

  • Also if you use award nights for 4 nights, the 5th night is free.

Private Driver Escorting Us to Our Bentley
Private Driver Escorting Us to Our Bentley


Once you arrive at Male airport, you’ll be greeted by a St. Regis attendant. They collected our luggage and asked for our passports to complete the hotel check-in. A few minutes later, the attendant informed us that our Bentley was waiting to drive us to the St. Regis Lounge. At this moment I realized I made the right decision in picking this hotel. Not to mention, the driver dropped that this was the only Bentley on the island.

The St. Regis lounge was a short drive away and offered light refreshments and drinks. We waited in the lounge for about 30 minutes for our seaplane departure.

Seaplane Ready for Take-off
Seaplane Ready for Take-off


The seaplane was a cool experience. I was extremely nervous because I didn't know what to expect. It also wasn't comforting when I saw the pilot flying barefoot. Just a little too relaxed for my comfort. Once you take off from water, you’ll fly just below the clouds to have a great view of the other hotels on their respective atolls. Whoever was the mastermind of this was a true visionary.