Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands
Fortunately, an island remains open to us. And no, we're not referring to Coney. Actual white sand beaches and vivid azure waters. If we wanted anywhere to still be able to travel to, Maldives is certainly not a bad choice. Now if we wanted somewhere to stay at in Maldives, the Ritz-Carlton looks even more desirable. Opened just last week, the new resort is located on the Fari Islands, an archipelago on the north-eastern tip of North Malé Atoll.
Picture a scenic ten-minute seaplane ride (or 45 minute luxury boat ride) from Velana International Airport into the welcoming circle on pristine waters and beach coves. A minimalist design respectful to the visual impact on the environment, the hotel's latest property is designed by award-winning Singapore-based Kerry Hill Architect. You see this in the bedroom villas, each offering spacious living spaces that seamlessly connect indoors with outdoors through panoramic sliding doors and the wide sun deck.
Oh and the private infinity pool to soak up both the sun and the envy of your Instagram followers. Speaking of envy, The Ritz-Carlton's highly personalised service also gets a touch of the ancient Maldivian royal courts customs. Each room is assigned an 'Aris Meeha' or island butler to fulfil a guest's every wish. You'll likely want to settle in and waste away in paradise, which is completely understandable, but don't miss out on the packed-out program options i.e. tennis tournaments, traditional boduberu drumming classes and more.
The Langham, Jakarta
Designed by the Singapore-based Smallwood Reynolds Stewart Stewart, the new 65-storey hotel has just opened this month. All 223 guest rooms feature ample floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking city view, even from the marble bathrooms with the focal free standing soaking bathtubs.
A 336-square meter Presidential Suite, 688-square meter ballroom, and a beautiful outdoor garden are just some of the impressive spaces. The Langham Club lounge at the hotel’s 59th floor is designed as a sanctuary of comfort and unobstructed views, divided into a writer's corner, a reading library, and private facilities with dedicated butlers for personalized service.
Celebrity restaurant partnership Tom's by culinary maestro Tom Aikens joins the many accoladed points to satiate your appetite. World-renowned Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto from New York City presents haute Japanese cuisine at Morimoto and World's Best Bar Artesian from the London outpost will extend its appearance to the dazzling rooftop here as well. Finally, the afternoon tea legacy of The Langham hotels is preserved at Alice, where guests are seated amidst the grand dining emporium.
To make a reservation, visit The Langham, Jakarta.
Samãja Selo Private Residences
Okay, this marks the pinnacle of a private vacation. For those who prioritise tranquility and an escape from people who dare be on a getaway in the same resort at the same time (the audacity), that's no longer a pipe dream. With a limited collection of beach front and hilltop, these residential villas combine the best of both worlds; vacation home ownership with boutique hotel amenities.
Meaning; an expansive pool, equipped spa and fitness facilities, a clubhouse and a yoga pavilion. Plus, in light of #WFH, a library and co-working spaces. You won't go hungry with the multiple dining venues that include alfresco terrace dining at The Ocean Grill and The Sunset Bar positioned on the jetty. Oh, and did we mention an outdoor movie theatre?
Still, it's the fact that the architectural team will conceptualise and custom villa designs to your preferences, down to the size and layout. If that's too high a commitment, fractional villa ownership is also available to access the same perks like private air transfers and 24-hour concierge at a proportional cost. Even more unique is the chance to exchange (you read that right) your space through the property's partnership with ThirdHome, which offers 10,000 luxury homes in 94 countries worldwide.
For ownership inquiries and more information, visit Samãja Selo Private Residences.