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  • Nat Frogley


Updated: Apr 4, 2023

Contemporary lifestyle resort adds another of the industry’s most prized accolades with a five-star debut in the renowned Forbes Travel Guide 2023

And the five stars go to... Patina Maldives, Fari Islands! The discerning critics of US-based travel bible, the Forbes Travel Guide, have once again completed their rigorous, 900-point annual assessment of the world’s leading luxury hotels, and have awarded Patina Maldives in North Malé Atoll their maximum five-star rating.

The Forbes Travel Guide is the only global rating system for luxury hotels, making it arguably the most internationally renowned award in the travel industry. When Forbes Travel Guide inspectors embark on their annual journey through the world's most diverse luxury hotels, they evaluate them on the basis of 900 criteria – so only the best of the best are awarded the coveted five stars. This highest rating is reserved for outstanding hotels, where the focus is above all on exceptional service – and this is embedded in the team culture at Patina Maldives, from guests’ personal Essentialists to the kitchen crew.

Reflecting on the award, general manager Antonio Saponara commented, "We are honoured to receive a five-star rating from the Forbes Travel Guide – the world-renowned authority on excellence in hospitality. This achievement is testament to our team’s unwavering dedication to providing unforgettable guest journeys and service to our guests at Patina Maldives."

Outstanding hotels are distinguished by outstanding experiences, and Patina Maldives invites its guests to embrace island life and the Indian Ocean through a variety of immersive experiences. From getting hands-on with one of the resort’s marine conservation projects; to enjoying the peerless plant-based cuisine of signature restaurant Roots in the lush surrounds of the resort’s Perpetual Garden; to being enveloped in the dreamlike, light-filled space of Californian artist James Turrell’s Amarta installation, Patina Maldives embodies a new expression of island living that harmonises sanctuary and stimulation.

Patina Maldives, Fari Islands is the ideal destination for travellers planning their Easter and Eid holidays. The resort has curated an Easter programme including a football camp led by former Liverpool FC star Luis Garcia; family talent show; pool party; family movie night; and an island egg hunt with the Easter bunny. The Fari Marina Village will also host a vibrant Easter festival featuring live performances by Maldivian artists, artisanal pop-ups, sustainable fashion, local handicrafts. Patina Maldives is also pulling out all the stops to provide memorable Eid Al Fitr getaways; activities include children’s cooking classes, family games on the beach, and a special Patina Maali parade with bodu beru drummers. Helios, the resort’s Aegean kitchen, will host an Eid gala dinner featuring authentic Arabic dishes, while Veli Bar will serve traditional Gahwa and delightful treats.

Abercrombie & Kent (; 03301 734 712) offers a seven night stay over Easter from £9,450pp based on two people sharing a One Bedroom Water Pool Villa King on a Half Board basis including speedboat transfers and an Easter Gala. Includes flights with Qatar Airways.




Patina Maldives, Fari Islands is the inaugural flagship property from sophisticated new lifestyle brand Patina Hotels & Resorts, the latest hospitality concept by Capella Hotel Group. Designed by renowned Brazilian architect Marcio Kogan, Patina Maldives offers 90 contemporary one- to three-bedroom Beach and Water Pool Villas, alongside 20 Fari Studios, all of which embody a harmony of sanctuary and stimulation. Set in the Fari Islands archipelago in North Malé Atoll, guests can immerse themselves in a new expression of island life through thoughtful tailor-made wellness journeys, interactive music programmes, captivating culinary experiences, and bask in the light-filled James Turrell Skyspace pavilion — all while embracing the vibrant social scene that emanates from the destination’s communal heart: the Fari Marina Village and Fari Beach Club.


Patina Hotels & Resorts is the latest hospitality concept from Capella Hotel Group. Born out of guests’ desire to honour individuality, Patina appeals to a new generation of travellers who seek deeper connections with themselves and the world around them. The human-centred design flows with the natural modes people are in, gently and intuitively providing for each guest’s individual needs, ensuring that no two stays are exactly the same. A five-star, sophisticated lifestyle brand, Patina Maldives, Fari Islands will be the first launch, with another property in Ubud, Bali also in development. Patina Hotels & Resorts is a member partner of DISCOVERY, a multi-brand loyalty programme representing a collection of 40 independent hotel brands over 100 countries worldwide.


Fari Islands is an elevated Maldivian resort experience that celebrates nature, craft and connection. A Pontiac Land Group development anchored by three world-class hospitality brands, Fari Islands is located in the North Malé Atoll within the Maldives, a 50-minute luxury boat transfer from Malé International Airport. The archipelago also features the picturesque Fari Marina Village, built around a vibrant Beach Club, charming boutiques and a selection of handpicked, upscale food and beverage options. Spaces have been masterfully designed by renowned architects from Studio MK27 (by Marcio Kogan), Kengo Kuma & Associates, and Kerry Hill Architects, to bring about a delicate balance of serene and social. One of the islands is home to a thoughtful hospitality campus; Fari Campus is a dedicated island for staff with a focus on community, education, and engagement, and is the first of its kind in the Maldives.

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