The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands is set to open June 1. Upon arrival at The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands, guests are greeted by a Maldivian gentleman who will blow the traditional sangu horn, more commonly known as Triton’s Trumpet. This 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. Additionally, guests of The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands will each have an Aris Meeha, or island butler, a concept inspired by the royal courts of the ancient Maldives. In Dhivehi, the local language, Aris Meeha refers to a person who is assigned to a royal member.
The immersion in local cultures also extends through the resort’s dining concepts. Ensuring all fish is caught sustainably, the culinary team will work with local fisherman to provide fresh seafood and local lobsters. Guests will also enjoy fresh vegetables and herbs from the resort’s organic garden and have the option of learning 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 and includes five spices: cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, cumin and turmeric.
In addition to the culinary offerings on property, there are a variety of locally immersive experiences available for all guests to enjoy, including fireside folklores told by the resort’s Moodhu Edhuru, or sea expert.
Other resort amenities include The Marina at Fari Islands, which is built around the Fari Beach Club, high-end boutiques, a selection of upscale restaurants, an art studio and Fari Lagoon Coral Adoption & Marine Biology Center.