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2021 Travelers' Choice Best of the Best
Escape to W Maldives, a luxury 5-star private island resort setting the stage to fuel guests’ lust for life. Check into one of the 77 private escapes – each with its own infinity pool, where innovative design magnifies spectacular surroundings. In this paradise, infinite days welcome a wonderland of white-sand beaches, turquoise lagoons and breathtaking reefs. Flirt with adventure over the water with adrenaline filled water sports or go DOWN UNDER with a PADI diving professional and discover the best dive spots in the Maldives. Unwind at the pampering AWAY® Spa. Go gourmet at our six restaurants and bars. Explore the world beneath the waves at DOWN UNDER. W ignites an obsessive desire to soak it in, live it up and hit repeat Whatever/Whenever ®.
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moements wrote a review Jan 15
Smithers, Canada108 contributions21 helpful votes
We chose this resort for New Years as the program looked great - it did not disappoint. There were so many options available and the food was delicious - we loved the pasta station with the sauce made right in a parmasean wheel - so tasty! The fireworks were amazing at the end. The music wasn't to our taste - bit europop dance but hey ho! We had a great time! Overall the food was amazing and we absolutely loved Fire! Amazing value for money and so tasty. We went for an over the water villa with pool - absolute must - lagoon side. Aside from the constant music during the day - which did wear thin after a while - we like the lagoon side because there wasn't a bunch of wind. The water was stunning and the pool & area were fantastic. We spent a lot of time on our private deck. The room was huge and very well appointed. Funky decor and we loved the Bliss products, a well stocked mini bar & the free mixers were a nice touch! Shareef was our room attendant and he was so friendly and took great care of us. Staff were friendly and excellent! Loved the breakfast with a mimosa bar, tables in the water and fabulous selection of food - the dosas were my fave! Cocktails were excellent, great vibe. Cons: Was not expecting so many babies & kids. As a couple we definitely would consider a resort that had an age limit. Music noise from the pool sometimes got a little old at our room . Dive reception wasn't the warmest. Tip: Definitely get a room with a pool! Eat at Fire!
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Date of stay: December 2021
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israshashank wrote a review Jan 11
Mumbai, India58 contributions48 helpful votes
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W Maldives - Review + Tips One of the best vacation we have had! Can say that after visiting over 15 countries and staying in countless luxury hotels, this one will stay close to our heart. - Pre: We landed in Maldives one night prior. Stayed at Hulhumale (10 mins from airport) for one night. Stayed at an airport hotel. W coordinated our travel with this hotel. - A W representative met us at Male airport at 6 am from where we were to board our sea plane(500 USD Per person) . Our bags were taken care of, and so was our check in. We then waited in a very comfortable lounge as the sea plane was getting ready. The representative stayed with us, till we were comfortably settled in the sea plane. We were also checked in to our room, as we were waiting here. - Arrival: 30 mins scenic ride in the seaplane got us to W. We had a warm welcome, with a choice of drink and then a tour of the island. Although it was 7:30 am, they offered us an early check in. This was priceless. - Rooms: Basic category rooms are over water villas. They are simply gorgeous!! If you are booking with points, they have several base level rooms. Which is definitely a plus as compared to other Marriott properties in Maldives - Given our gold status, Chunky (A great guy) offered us an upgrade to the Beach Villas for our last 2 nights. We chose to continue our stay at the water villas as we felt they were more gorgeous. The rooms have a super comfortable bed, with a dining area, a bathtub, a sun bed and also a private pool. Their bathroom amenities are supremely high end - Although the property is over a decade old, the rooms have been maintained amazingly well with all modern luxury amenities and Wi-Fi. They have a great mini bar, and it also includes some on-the-house juices. Would recommend the base category water villas as they are more private then the upgraded water villas. The only difference being the hammock. - Restaurants : They have 5 restaurants and a bar. The staff and the food is amazing!! Chef Dana at the KITCHEN, Arun, Ishara and Sanjeev at the WET restaurant are great guys. We were also welcomed by a lady from Bali, at the SIP bar and she made sure our drink was just perfect every evening! The SIP also has an amazing over the water hammock which has the perfect sunset location . Veggie options are majorly limited to Indian and Italian options. The breakfast is priced at 50$ per person per day. Since it was peak season, they didn’t honour the gold 15% discount on F & B. They have package options for drinks. - Staff - The staff is extremely warm, friendly and courteous. Each of them stop by to greet and have small conversations. They also ensured that we were taken care of by ANYTHING that we needed. They have great communication & coordination internally. So if you ask them for something, consider it done without a reminder. - Beach: The Beach is one of the most amazing parts of this property. They have sun beds, 50 SPF sunscreens available at every corner, and also beach towels. We spent most of our mornings here. Also an amazing swimming pool with cabanas. - Activities - Several water actives - Scuba diving, snorkelling - They say they have the best house reef. We saw the turtles, and several baby sharks. They also arrange tours to their private island. - Departure: this part was the only thing that wasn’t easy! It was like saying a goodbye to family members! By the time our trip was over, we knew most of the staff. Again, we were escorted to the sea plane by a dedicated representative who checked in our bags, made sure we had our boarding pass. This was most helpful. We know we are going to come back to this resort again, to experience the hospitality, the luxury and the scenic views! Thank you W for making our stay memorable.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Dear israshashank, Thank you very much for taking time to share a review of one of your best trips at W Maldives. We are absolutely delighted to read that you enjoyed your stay with us. We live to our Whatever/Whenever service promise, and we are glad that we made your stay memorable. The team and I enjoyed taking care of you as much as you enjoyed staying with us. Your comments give us motivation to keep going and continue to do better. I cannot wait to pass on your amazing feedback to Chunky, Chef Dana, Arun, Ishara, Sanjeev and the rest of the team. It will definitely a pleasure to welcome you back! Thank you!
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Julia Z wrote a review Jan 11
San Jose del Cabo, Mexico1 contribution
I spent the holidays at the W Maldives and was completely blown away by the experience. Before coming here I didn't even know that such a level of hospitality EXISTED. The property is of course in an incredibly beautiful part of the world - unmatched turquoise waters and white sand beaches. It is hard to go wrong in the Maldives. However, it is the staff that made our trip truly one-of-a-kind and memorable. From landing at Male airport my friend and I were greeted by Adam who took us to the seaplane terminal and was a lovely conversationalist. He took notes on us (our dietary restrictions, allergies, purpose of travel) which were seamlessly disseminated throughout the rest of the staff by the time we arrived at the property. While we were only there for 6 days it felt as if everyone knew us by name and greeted us wherever we went, which was super impressive since the property was at 100% capacity at certain points during our stay. Which - I have to say - they really have the "capacity" dialed in because I still felt like I was on a secluded private island. If you want to interact with others you can, but you can ALWAYS find a patch of beach with no one on it. One of the greatest perks in my opinion is a 24/7 front desk that you can message via whatsapp. They always responded promptly to any need - making dinner reservations, ordering room service, asking for a buggy ride, scheduling spa appointments, answering questions. It was so easy. The rooms were perfect and spacious and we loved hanging out on our overwater deck. I snorkeled many times off of the balcony straight into a reef teeming with fish. Other activities enjoyed were paddle boarding, kayaking, and using the gym. We took scuba lessons with Ana, who was an incredible teacher. She made us feel comfortable and is extremely experienced and knowledgable about diving. And funny! I would recommend her in a heartbeat. We loved being greeted at mealtimes by Ayu and Julie. And listening to DJ sets by DJ Jennifer at sunset. The whole team is great. We loved getting to know Idu (general manager) and Chunky (world famous director of guest experience) -- these guys are the Jedi Masters of hospitality. You can tell that they have a real passion for what they do and it shows in the experience they create for their guests. I would highly recommend this property to anyone looking to book a vacation. You will not regret it.
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Date of stay: December 2021
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Martin D wrote a review Jan 8
Toronto, Canada26 contributions9 helpful votes
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I know there have been a number of reviews on this forum but I wanted to add a couple comments: -the most private overwater villas are on the ocean side. The lagoon side villas are facing the beach which is where a number of people are swimming and doing water sports. On the ocean side you only experience the odd seaplane and boat which are not bothersome. As well, with the ocean facing villas the coral is very close. One day I did 3 quick snorkeling trips just off the deck (the coral is literally a 30 second swim from the deck). I might be biased but we stayed in the ocean facing overwater villa closest to the island and would highly recommend it. From this villa the walk to all of the amenities is the shortest and you only have a neighboring villa on one side. -the snorkeling is incredible. I have never seen such a concentration of fish. You can see thousands and thousands of fish. The best place to see the most fish is just left of the spa. In addition to the smaller tropical fish you can see a number of sharks (there has not been any incidents of shark attacks in the Maldives), stingrays and turtles (which unfortunately we weren’t able to see). We were also told there is the occasional octopus. -the food was incredible. Every restaurant has delicious, fresh food. There was lots of variety and over the course of a five night stay we only repeated dinner at one restaurant. -you can chose to buy drinks a la carte but there are also 3 different beverage packages. If you want to have one of these packages you can pick which days you would like to use them. We were strategic and chose which day we wanted to enjoy libations a bit more. -Sunscreen. Both the pool and beach areas have complimentary SPF 50 sunscreen readily available -the staff are amazing. They make every effort to ensure your stay is perfect. They are extremely responsive and customer service focused. They completely live up to W’s ‘Whatever, Whenever’ approach. There is a ratio of 2 staff members for each guest.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Dear MartinD1020, Thank you very much for taking time to share a review of your once in a lifetime trip at W Maldives. We are absolutely delighted to read that you enjoyed your stay with us, specially our house reef which is one of the best in the Maldives. We live to our Whatever/Whenever service promise, and we are glad that we made your stay memorable. The team and I enjoyed taking care of you as much as you enjoyed staying with us. Your comments give us motivation to keep going and continue to do better. I cannot wait to pass on your amazing feedback to the rest of the team. It will definitely a pleasure to welcome you back! Thank you!
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Jascaliner wrote a review Jan 8
Los Angeles, California98 contributions70 helpful votes
Getting here requires a sea plane as the W is located on a Northern Ari Atoll of Fesdu Island. Regardless, it is a scenic and 30 minute ride on a clear day. Right from arrival with champagne or other cold beverage, the staff all introduce themselves and give you a buggy tour of the resort. I must say, the room is spectacular. It has a transparent glass layer on the base so one can view the water. It has a nice tub that can fit two. The bed is quite comfortable, not as good however as Anantara or Milhaidoo in that regard. Still, the view from the room is magnificent especially from the overwater hammock. The sunsets are not visible from all rooms, we had to snorkel out several meters to fully enjoy that aspect. Another downside was that not all restaurants are open at all times. It seemed like there was one breakfast option, one lunch option and two dinner options every night. The food was good, we enjoyed our selection at the Fire restaurant when it was available. There is also a kitchen restaurant open for all meals where there were some nice and varied options. The staff at the restaurant, Nour specifically, was impressive with the manner in which they serve. Very patient and friendly, yet knowledgeable. There were an array of motorized and non motorized water activities. The house reef here was comparable to Baros, beautiful, varied, diverse and spanned a large area so that it was possible to try exploring it on more than one day. A very good option for staying in the Maldives
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Date of stay: March 2021
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Dear Jide J, Thank you very much for taking time to share a review of your exquisite stay at W Maldives. We are absolutely delighted to read that you enjoyed your stay with us, specially our house reef which is one of the best in the Maldives. The team and I enjoyed taking care of you as much as you enjoyed staying with us. Your comments give us motivation to keep going and continue to do better. I cannot wait to pass on your amazing feedback to the rest of the team. It will definitely a pleasure to welcome you back! Thank you!
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PRICE RANGE
$948 - $2,770 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
w retreat & spa maldives hotel north ari atoll, w retreat and spa maldives, w retreat hotel maldives, w retreat resort maldives, w hotel maldives
LOCATION
MaldivesAlifu AtollNorth Ari AtollFesdhoo Island
NUMBER OF ROOMS
77
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Frequently Asked Questions about W Maldives
What are some of the property amenities at W Maldives?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a swimup bar, free wifi, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at W Maldives?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at W Maldives?
Guests can enjoy a swimup bar, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Are there opportunities to exercise at W Maldives?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness center, and a sauna during their stay.
Does W Maldives have airport transportation?
Yes, W Maldives offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is W Maldives located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.03 miles away from the center of Fesdhoo Island.
Are any cleaning services offered at W Maldives?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at W Maldives?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Chinese, Hindi, and Arabic.
Does W Maldives have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbor view available here.
Is W Maldives accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms and facilities for disabled guests. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.