Jude Vargas

Patina Maldives, Fari Islands

  • Where:
  • Why:Needed an island escape
  • When:April 2022
  • Who:Me and my diving partner in crime aka water

"An island escape perfect for clear water diving"

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Patina Maldives, Fari Islands Overwater bungalows. You immediately think of the Maldives, right?

Overwater bungalows. You immediately think of the Maldives, right?

Patina Maldives, Fari Islands From the terrace to the ocean

From the terrace to the ocean

Patina Maldives, Fari Islands Space to chill even within the bedroom

Space to chill even within the bedroom

Patina Maldives, Fari Islands Minimalist design throughout

Minimalist design throughout

Patina Maldives, Fari Islands The pool at the multi-bedroom villa

The pool at the multi-bedroom villa

Patina Maldives, Fari Islands Still cannot get over how white the sand is, the contrast to the surrounding colors is mesmerizing

Still cannot get over how white the sand is, the contrast to the surrounding colors is mesmerizing

Patina Maldives, Fari Islands Never got tired of this view

Never got tired of this view

Patina Maldives, Fari Islands Just hanging around

Just hanging around

Patina Maldives, Fari Islands Veggies with a view

Veggies with a view

Patina Maldives, Fari Islands “Synthesis Monoliths” (2020) by Hongjie Yang — discover different sides of you

“Synthesis Monoliths” (2020) by Hongjie Yang — discover different sides of you

Patina Maldives, Fari Islands Let there be light

Let there be light

Patina Maldives, Fari Islands The path to blissfulness

The path to blissfulness

Patina Maldives, Fari Islands A little zen time at the spa

A little zen time at the spa

Patina Maldives, Fari Islands How I got around

How I got around

Patina Maldives, Fari Islands This is where I could be found most days

This is where I could be found most days

Patina Maldives, Fari Islands Design everywhere; it's all about the details

Design everywhere; it's all about the details

Patina Maldives, Fari Islands Sunset cocktails, anyone?

Sunset cocktails, anyone?

Patina Maldives, Fari Islands Heading out for sunset

Heading out for sunset

Patina Maldives, Fari Islands The island at night

The island at night

Patina Maldives, Fari Islands Skyspace Amarta by James Turrell — creating a sense of calmness while playing with light and space

Skyspace Amarta by James Turrell — creating a sense of calmness while playing with light and space

Patina Maldives, Fari Islands Bathed in blue

Bathed in blue

Patina Maldives, Fari Islands Patina Maldives got options, so your palate doesn't get bored

Patina Maldives got options, so your palate doesn't get bored

Patina Maldives, Fari Islands Breakfast was worth getting out of bed for every morning!

Breakfast was worth getting out of bed for every morning!

Patina Maldives, Fari Islands What I really came for, to spend time under the surface and take in another world

What I really came for, to spend time under the surface and take in another world

Patina Maldives, Fari Islands The kid's center makes you want to be a kid there, this is only a small portion of it too

The kid's center makes you want to be a kid there, this is only a small portion of it too

Patina Maldives, Fari Islands Did someone say 'coconut'?

Did someone say 'coconut'?

Highs & Lows

  • The design at Patina Maldives Fari Islands is beautiful

  • The sunset cruise was one of the highlights during the stay

  • The spa! I went three times

  • Breakfasts were worth waking up for!

  • Turtle snorkeling, you should definitely sign up for this excursion

  • Kids Center... I wish I was a kid

  • Designed my own hat at the shop, best memorabilia

  • The shop for men and women were both nicely curated, didn't think I would shop in the Maldives

  • How high the overwater bungalows are above the water, but in a few years this might be a very good thing

  • The television in the room blocks the view. Did make suggestions to move it somewhere more discrete, let's hope it happens

  • Food in the restaurants has room for improvement

Patina Maldives, Fari Islands The pool at the multi-bedroom villa

The Barometer

  • Design
  • Location
  • Future Forward
  • Night's Sleep
  • Service
  • Amenities
  • Takeable Treats
  • Refer a Friend
  • Overall Value
  • Life Changing
Total: 47/50
Patina Maldives, Fari Islands Sunset cocktails, anyone?

Important Bits

  • Type

    Luxury Beach Resort

  • Vibe

    Contemporary design hotel with art sprinkled throughout it

  • Location

    Northern Atoll of the Maldives

  • Rooms

    110

  • Pre-Arrival & Arrival Experience

    Booking was easy, although I booked directly through the hotel via email. We received a pre-arrival email letting us know all the details for the pick-up and what to except. They checked in with me about my bed preferences

  • Future Forward

    The property sources and bottles their own water. They have slippers made from recycled materials, which I love. They have also made commitments towards relying on renewable energy

  • Music

    The music throughout the property is overall good, a nice mixture in different areas of the property. Live music on Friday nights at the main dining area. Also really enjoyed the music at the smaller infinity pool

  • Year Opened

    2021

  • Designed By

    Designed by renowned Brazilian architect Marcio Kogan

  • Health & Wellness

    Multiple pools, the ocean of course, gym on property and an amazing spa, which is a must visit

  • Food

    The breakfast was outstanding! Everyday was slightly different. ROOTS a vegetarian restaurant was so delicious, I could have eaten there twice. But overall, I was not very impressed with the food. This area could be improved. Apparently their burger food cart is worth noting, but I didn't try it myself

  • Bar, Events & Nightlife

    Heilo's for sundowners is the spot. Gorgeous views overlooking the ocean. Make sure to ask Kai, the bartender, to make you a drink. Definitely opt to take the sunset cruise there as well! That was one of the highlights of the trip

  • Minibar & Retail

    Great minibar! I loved the snack options, especially the healthy ones. Although the price was a bit of a surprise, it does take a lot to get everything out to an island from another island

  • Accessibility

    There are golf carts to move around for those who need assistance

  • Pet Friendly

    Pets not allowed

  • Children

    Most kid-friendly hotel I've seen in the Maldives. I wanted to spend time and play in the kid center, if I wasn't going to be looked at oddly for doing so

  • Price

    Great value for being in the Maldives, minus the cost of snacks from the minibar

  • Tel.

    +960 400-0555

  • Website

    Visit website

Patina Maldives, Fari Islands

Patina Maldives, Fari Islands

Patina Maldives, Fari Islands, Maldives

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