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Escape to W Maldives, a luxury 5-star private island resort sets the stage for you and your guests' lustful days. Imagine waking up with waves drumming against an infinity pool or exploring one of many beautiful beaches full of White Sand™ Silt Loam Soil. With overwater views from every room in this heart-shaped paradise playground, there are endless possibilities at hand!
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Canoeing
Airport transportation
Business Center with Internet Access
Wifi
Hot tub
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Swimming pool toys
Infinity pool
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Adult pool
Outdoor pool
Private pool
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Complimentary welcome drink
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Fesdu Island, 09110
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Julio A wrote a review Yesterday
West Hollywood, California7 contributions
We just spent the most amazing time in the W Maldives. The property is so beautiful, to be able to see the coral reefs every day was great. The overwater villa is fantastic. The staff was always so helpful, polite and making sure that you were having a great time. From the beginning in Male until the end, everybody that worked for the hotel made you feel special. The hotel always have some fun activity going on if you want to be social, or you just can stay in you own little piece of paradise and enjoy it by yourself. It is up to you. The food was amazing as well. I would definitely love to go back again !!
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Date of stay: November 2022
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Hello julioaB6545DH Thank you very much for taking the time to highlight and share your most recent stay experience with us and for choosing W Maldives for your Maldives escape. We were very excited to learn you had such an amazing stay and experience with us from beginning until end. It was particularly great to see it really looks like our whatever/whenever service promise came across all around from villa to our beverage and food. Please do feel free to reach out directly to us should you or any of your loved ones like to visit us again. Thank you again for taking the time to share your very much valued feedback and thank you for choosing W Maldives as your luxury playground and very much looking forward to welcome you back again. Anything, you need, feel free to reach out to us anytime, whatever/whenever just ask. All the best, Alexander Lopez Director of Operations
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TallSasha wrote a review Jul 2022
Houston, Texas74 contributions89 helpful votes
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I was traveling with my sister and our husbands. I picked the W Maldives because of the detailed reviews I saw on Bonvoy Facebook group. Every month, another person wrote about their experience. The one thing that grabbed me was every single person commented on the staff. I have traveled extensively and have visited amazing properties around the world. I put this property as #1 in Customer Service where you feel like family. Staying at the W Maldives was an experience, not just a vacation. I have had staff in club rooms make a great impression. The difference with the W Maldives, is EVERY CONTACT with EVERY person was positive. It is truly their culture to ensure you have a great experience. Upon arrival where you are greeted by waving staff and offered a welcome drink as they acquaint you with the island, to the daily activities and events, everything they do is to enhance your experience. You are invited to use WhatsAp to communicate with the resort, and I recommend you use it. Snorkeling is a MUST. You can see sharks, turtles, and the most diverse group of fish right off the beach. Attend the Happy Hour with the staff if it is offered while you are there. This gives you an opportunity to meet some of the staff and enjoy a beverage and munchies. We celebrated my 50th birthday, starting off at Sip. Ting was shaking cocktails and made the entire event special. She had a unique way of bringing the other guests in on the celebration, which made me feel like I was surrounded by friends. We met Chunky on one of our first evenings while walking to dinner. He became one of our favorite friends to chat with each night. Areen and Adam made breakfast special, where they learned our favorite breakfast drink and it was on the table before we ordered it. Igor was helpful at the pool and went above and beyond. Hearing my husband wanted to be by the beach, he walked to find him to see if he wanted anything. Rooms – I originally had the feeling that “I’m not flying halfway around the world to stay on the beach.” After going, I see the appeal of both the beach and the overwater bungalows. You can’t go wrong with either option. When my husband lamented that he really wanted to have a spot by the beach where they were not currently dredging sand, Ali found two empty bungalows and moved chairs together so we could have a beautiful beach experience. The staff that keeps your room pays attention to detail and are amazing. Abdul and Madheen had our rooms perfect and asked if we needed anything more. Noticing that my sister spent a lot of time in our room, Madheen left us extra water and towels each day. The Spa – DO IT!! My biggest regret is that I scheduled the spa on our last full day. I wish I had done this on the first day because I would have been back every day. My sister and I both agreed it was one of the best spa experiences we have had, (and we spa in almost every country we go to). I did the “couples goals” package with my husband. The bubble bath was the best I have ever had. We were laughing and felt like kids with the amount of bubbles surrounding us. The massage I received I have only had one other time. My masseuse found the knots in my shoulder and attacked them like “challenge accepted.” Where in the states, I get a painful elbow on the knots; my masseuse used her fingers to apply the perfect amount of pressure. My sister had Karen and did a combination of Thai massage and regular massage. Karen was able to identify pain points my sister had and worked on them effectively. Bonvoy Benefits: I am Lifetime Titanium. We were upgraded to the Lagoon side with hammock over the water, and we chose breakfast as our welcome gift. We used points for our stay, and with breakfast included, buying half or full board wasn’t worth it for us. Where the prices are very expensive, I did not feel nickeled and dimed, nor did I feel the resort pushing me to spend more. In fact,I feel like the resort went out of its way to offer items free. There is an assortment of free juice and soda in your room’s minibar. We purchased the vodka in the room and mixed our own drinks some days. (Because the Maldives is a Muslim country, you are not able to buy duty free alcohol and bring it with you). We had a challenging travel day getting there and a really bad 2 days traveling home. However, the experience of being at the W Maldives made it all worth it. In a post-pandemic world where customer service is lacking, this resort is top in class. You truly can not go wrong. AND, if you go and you disagree with me… SPEAK UP! Tell the staff something is wrong and they will fix it. This was not a vacation. This was an experience. And one that I will always remember as my 50th Birthday Celebration!
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Date of stay: July 2022
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David P wrote a review Nov 27
San Francisco, California1 helpful vote
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My wife and I spent 10 amazing nights revisiting the W Maldives for the 3rd time! We have travelled to many properties around the world (including multiple properties at the Maldives) and the W Maldives is our favorite! There are so many reasons we keep coming back - the food/drinks are delicious, the rooms are picturesque, the reef is amazing, the spa is our favorite, the talent is like family and W Maldives approach to service is superior! Vibe/Service Approach: One thing we particularly love about the W Maldives is the unscripted approach they take to customer service. We’ve been to other high end Maldives resorts who use the butler system. While the butler concept sounds nice on the surface, we strongly prefer how the W Maldives approaches things. At the W, every single interaction we had felt authentic, memorable, and positive. We had so many moments where the talent went above and beyond to make our experience special. By the end of our trip, it felt like we were leaving friends and family. Arrival: Once we landed in Male, Ash (and Imar) gave us a warm welcome and escorted us to the lounge and seaplane. When we landed at the W, we were greeted with lovely people (like Alex) who acknowledged us as repeaters which was very appreciated. Unfortunately, during our arrival, we had an incident – our airline didn’t put our suitcase (with all my wife’s clothes, makeup, and bags) on the plane to Male. My wife was distraught, but the W team saved our trip! When we landed, Hadi surprised us and gave us 2 sets of clothes from the W store! Ash actively worked with the airport to ensure the suitcase would make it to our resort by EOD and delivered! Thank you, Hadi and Ash, for saving our trip and turning a bad moment into a special one – it meant so much to us. Rooms: We stayed in the ‘Spectacular Overwater Villa’ (Lagoon side). We love the Overwater Villa’s at the W. The pictures do not do them justice! The Nespresso machine came in handy, and we loved our indoor and outdoor showers. We also like how the beds are set up to ‘float’ as the room slopes slightly to help create a nice infinity view effect when we wake up and look at the beautiful turquoise ocean. It was great getting to know Alex and Ali who always checked in on us and made our experience great! Being an Ambassador Elite member, the team upgraded us to the ‘Wow Ocean Escape 2BR Villa’ (Ocean side) towards the end of our stay. The villa was gorgeous and made our trip so special - We loved every minute of it! Throughout our stay, Shareef and Jambe kept our rooms pristine and continued to surprise us with treats (especially that cornbread style cake – wow!) and extra Nespresso pods. Food/Drinks: Two words – Insider Menu! One of my favorite things about the W Maldives is how delicious the food and drinks are. We’ve had food from various Michelin Star and well renowned restaurants across the US, Europe and Asia and food at the W Maldives is easily top 5. Almost every meal we requested, the chefs made us something special and unique via the insider / off menu. We continue to be amazed in how talented they are. Chef Baka (at Fish) is a culinary genius and so gifted in the kitchen – he created so many special dishes for us (pandan lobster ravioli, reef fish passion fruit ceviche and so much more). Chef Muah (at Kitchen) consistently blew our mind for breakfast with his creative and delicious dishes (Manakish, Dosa, Maldivian Mus huni). As for drinks, we let Lakshman continue to surprise us with drinks of his creation and were always so impressed! On top of the amazing food/drink, the host were fantastic. Sabina, [name], Siska always took care of us and were lovely to interact with! One last highlight – the Maldivian Chili Paste at this resort is the best we’ve had – we highly recommend you try it (especially if you like spicy food)! Away Spa: Must try! We absolutely loved our visits to the spa. We tried the couples remix package and a custom package with coconut bubble baths. Our massages were incredible and used fingers instead of elbows! I’ve never seen so many bubbles in a bubble bath in my life – it made us feel like kids! The Spa ended up being a mini-HQ for my wife and I. Her and I used to always swing by to say ‘hi’ before and after our snorkeling. It was great to see our good friend from last time Imar and Sugi. Sugi’s massages were some of the best we’ve received and Imar is clearly a great leader and W culture setter. Special shoutout to my masseuse, Aulia, who helped with my shoulder pain. Since I was an Elite member, my wife and I chose an extra 15-minute shoulder and head massage for each of our visits. Sealife/Reef: Overall I think the W has the best and healthiest reef I’ve seen in the Maldives. We continue to see huge schools of colorful fish, huge amberjacks, and various types of turtles, sharks, and rays. We tried the DownUnder WOW Whaleshark Snorkeling adventure and had an amazing time. Special shoutout to Jabir. When we saw the Whaleshark, the tides were pretty strong, and my wife struggled to keep up with the current. Without hesitation, Jabir stuck to my like glue to make sure could keep up with the whale and have plenty of good viewing angles! Another shoutout to Ben, Agette and Michelle who gave us great service throughout our time at DownUnder. As you can tell, we love to visit this resort and can’t wait to come back again. If you’re planning a trip to the Maldives, I highly encourage to strongly consider the W!
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Date of stay: November 2022
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Hello P483FVdavidp Thank you very much for taking the time to highlight and share your most recent stay experience with us and for choosing W Maldives for your Maldives escape. We were truly delighted to learn you had such an epic and amazing second stay with us. I have personally made sure to pass on your feedback to the whole team. It was really particularly great to see how thoroughly our whatever/whenever service promise came across all around the resort for villa, beverage & food, Spa and of course activities and that you have had such a wonderful stay throughout your 10 nights and we were so happy you got to experience the amazing underwater world of our house-reef which is truly unique just as you mention. Please do feel free to reach out directly to myself or the team should you ever have a chance to visit us again, we would be thrilled to once again make sure you are well looked after. Thank you again for taking the time to share your very much valued feedback and thank you for choosing W Maldives as your luxury playground and very much looking forward to welcome you back again. Anything, you need, feel free to reach out to us anytime, whatever/whenever just ask. All the best, Alexander Lopez Director of Operations
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kguz2015 wrote a review Nov 27
Baltimore, Maryland37 contributions21 helpful votes
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My stay here last week in October 2022 was AMAZING! From the time we landed via SeaPlane and until our departure 7 days later, we experienced nothing but top tier, personalized, exceptional service. When we arrived, we were greeted with waves, smiles, drinks, warm towels to wipe off with and the staff knew each of our names individually; it felt like a movie (well HBO show White Lotus actually...1st season). Our overwater oasis suite and beach water villa did not disappoint. It was four of us celebrating our friend's 50th birthday and 2 of us stayed in the villa and the other 2 in the Overwater suite. I have to personally shout the following W staff who went above and beyond during our stay: Hady was so accommodating and was ready to assist whenever needed; Muath took the BEST care of us at breakfast each day. He knew how much I loved the roasted potatoes so every morning, he ensured that I had a hot plate full of potatoes to go with my omelette. Additionally, he made us feel so very special during our dining experience at Fire; Novi was great!; Sabina helped us every day figure out what excursions to take and checked in on us to ensure we were having a great time; Bahrain kept our room SPOTLESS! He even took the time to hang up our wet bathing suits to dry on the drying rack. The W motto is Whatever, Whenever 24/7 and you all do an EXCEPTIONAL job training your talent to provide quality service that lives up to your motto. We were so impressed that everyone took the time to know and remember us throughout our entire stay. We truly felt so welcomed and cared for. The service was phenomenal but let's talk about how gorgeously breathtaking the island itself is. We LOVED that we were able to snorkel, paddle board and glass bottom kayak right at the resort since you have a beautiful Coral reef right on site.... Amazing!! We chatted with Idu on our last day as we had to know how W Maldives is able to maintain an atmosphere where all staff seems excited to provide exceptional service....he explained how you train your talent. I pray that you all continue to provide such an amazing experience to your guests as this has been one of my best travel experiences.I enjoyed every second at the W Maldives and will definitely be back with my husband. See you all soon!!!!
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Hello Kendra G Thank you very much for taking the time to highlight and share your most recent stay experience with us and for choosing W Maldives for your Maldives escape. We were truly delighted to learn you had such an epic and amazing stay celebrating your friends 50th birthday. I have personally made sure to pass on your feedback to the team who were delighted to hear you thoroughly enjoyed our whatever/whenever service approach. It was really particularly great to see it really looks like our whatever/whenever service promise came across all around and we were so happy you got to experience the amazing underwater world of our house-reef which is truly unique. Please do feel free to reach out directly to us should you ever have a chance to visit us again, we would be thrilled to once again make sure you are well looked after. Thank you again for taking the time to share your very much valued feedback and thank you for choosing W Maldives as your luxury playground and very much looking forward to welcome you back again. Anything, you need, feel free to reach out to us anytime, whatever/whenever just ask. All the best, Alexander Lopez Director of Operations
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ArchJim wrote a review Nov 26
Mount Wellington, New Zealand1 contribution
Amazing experience from the moment we landed on the Male airport to leaving the resort, every service is just top notch. The resort feels like a paradise. All the amenities helped us enjoy our stay as well as relax. Every staff is friendly and attends to our needs everyday making our stay even more worthwhile. Would be nice to be back again.
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Hello ArchJim, Thank you very much for taking the time to highlight and share your most recent stay experience with us and for choosing W Maldives for your Maldives escape. We were truly delighted to learn you had such an epic stay from start to finish and I have personally made sure to pass on your feedback to the team. It was particularly great to see it really looks like our whatever/whenever service promise came across all around and you found paradise at the luxury playground of W Maldives. Please do feel free to reach out directly to us should you or any of your loved ones like to visit us again we would be delighted to look after you once again. Thank you again for taking the time to share your very much valued feedback and thank you for choosing W Maldives as your luxury playground and very much looking forward to welcome you back when Maldives calls again. Anything, you need, feel free to reach out to us anytime, whatever/whenever just ask. All the best, Alexander Lopez Director of Operations
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MihaiJ wrote a review Nov 26
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A big thank you to the W Maldives Resort for making our honeymoon vacation a truly blissful experience that we will cherish forever! The entire team is made out of talented and really dedicated hoteliers that know how to cater to every need of their guests and surpass all expectations in the pursuit of excellence. They know how to delight and make each guest feel special, which says a lot about their customer service skills, as well as professional attitudes. The overwater bungalows are a dream, with amazing scenery and views. A special mention to Ibrahim, that does a great job in housekeeping and surprised us with wonderful bed and bathtub designs. The room has always been impeccably clean and comfortable. The food was also excellent, we would like to thank the Restaurant Manager of Fire Restaurant for his outstanding service and ensuring that we would always enjoy our meals to the fullest. Also, while serving, thank you John for sharing with us snorkelling tips and memories, we loved to see your passion and enthusiasm for diving and the underwater world. We wholeheartedly recommend this place and cannot describe into words how fantastic this experience was!
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Date of stay: November 2022
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Room Tip: incredible overwater bungalow terrace, tasty food, clean accommodation, friendly staff
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Hello Mihhaai Thank you very much for taking the time to highlight and share your most recent stay experience with us and for choosing W Maldives for your Maldives escape. We were truly delighted to learn you had such an amazing stay and experience and I have personally made sure to pass on your feedback to the team including Ibrahim and John who were delighted to hear you thoroughly enjoyed their genuine attention. It was particularly great to see it really looks like our whatever/whenever service promise came across all around and in particular how their recommendations helped you to discover the amazing underwater world of our house-reef. Please should you or any of your loved ones travel plans ever bring you back, do feel free to reach out directly to us as it would be our pleasure to look after you. Thank you again for taking the time to share your very much valued feedback and thank you for choosing W Maldives as your luxury playground and very much looking forward to welcome you back again. Anything, you need, feel free to reach out to us anytime, whatever/whenever just ask. All the best, Alexander Lopez Director of Operations
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Rudra P wrote a review Nov 23
Scarsdale, New York13 contributions
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For our Anniversary and Wife’s Shamina’s 50th Birthday 7 Nights stay This trip was fantastic and memorable from start to finish . I Noticed negative comments on prices of drinks food etc. Spent a week also in Singapore JW Marriott, prices for alcoholic drinks are similar. Guys be aware you’re in the middle of the beautiful Indian Ocean logistics inflation etc. adjust your budget expectations. From Male Airport we checked in with W Reps then were whisked away to our sea plane 20 minutes to the W a Smooth and scenic flight. Upon arrival we’re greeted like VIPS by the W Team Led by GM Idu R . What a nice touch. GM Idu welcomed us like family always stopping by breakfast to chat and see how things are going. Thanks man. You have a great team. The Welcome MGR Ali was always there for great conversations and tips about Maldives. Thank you Ali. We were then given a quick tour of the property by Aanis he explained all that was needed to know. Thank you The Over Water Bungalow was breathtaking and peacefully perfect. Needed extra pillows , Ali from housekeeping provided and for the duration of the stay our room was always stocked with Water Sodas etc and cleaned, with artistic touch of leaving beautiful decorative petals and palm leaves on the bed. Nice touch Ali and thanks. The breakfast @the W was delicious and fantastic we had to control ourselves from overeating we got to meet the Exec Chef Mohamed - Exec Sous Chef Suresh & Sous Chef Mo these guys are on deck every morning greeting guests and catering your special needs. Every morning The fresh fruit preparation by Farouk well presented with a smile. Thanks Farouk During breakfast Exec Chef Mohamed having casual conversation we talked about Falafel and my wife’s Syrian ancestry. The next day for breakfast we had various selections of Delicious Falafel done by Chef Mo. This was outstanding . Thank you Chef Mo. Another breakfast our Server Yasir suggested we try a local Maldivian breakfast true to form next day a delicious local breakfast with Tuna and other delicacies Thanks a Mil Yasir. This extends to Chef Suresh we had chatted about vegetarian food and he kindly offered to prepare for dinner a delicious delicious South Indian vegetarian spread (Thali) for dinner At FIRE which we thoroughly enjoyed. Thank you Chef Suresh. Dinner 2 Nights at FIRE on the beach excellent food. Our server Amjad always attentive and smiling love the barefoot service. Thanks Amjad. We had dinner almost every night at FISH Restaurant .Greeted by Siska very great hostess giving me tips on visiting her hometown Batam Indonesia Thanks Siska. Not to forget Sabina who is always stopping by during breakfast and dinners checking in on us with pleasant conversations and tips. You’re the best! FISH Headed by Chef Baka a local Maldivian the most humble and warmest fellow ever. My Wife’s birthday night we had a special 5 Course Champagne dinner each presentation paired with A different Champagne, creativity and presentation and taste definitely on the quality of Le Bernadine and Per Se in NYC if not better. That’s when we decided dinner here 5 Nights out of 7. Not once looking at menu allowing Chef Baka to surprise us every night Every instance Chef Baka delivered on creativity and deliciousness. He’s an Asset to the W. Thank you Chef Baka. Not to forget our service at FISH Areen was there with exceptional service Thank you Areen. Thanks to Sabina who is always present and cheerful checking in on us during breakfast and dinner. With pleasant conversations You’re the best ! For our daily Libations we frequented WET poolside bar. There we were greeted by Ishara a superb bartender. Making generous drinks (Lychee Martinis) for us that not even on their menu perfect balance of Liquor. He’s backed up by Johnny who provided service with a smile remembering the little details about our drinks likes etc Thanks Ishara and Johnny. SIP Bar before dinner Libations the guys there are fantastic and professional. Sorry guys by this time I tipsy forgot names. Thank you fellas RETURNING FOR SURE!
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Ocean side rooms a bit more private than the Lagoon side
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Hello 210rudrap Thank you very much for taking the time to highlight and share your most recent stay experience with us and for choosing W Maldives for your Maldives escape. We were truly delighted to learn you had such an epic and amazing 50th birthday celebration and experience and I have personally made sure to pass on your feedback to the team who were delighted to hear you thoroughly enjoyed their cooking It was particularly great to see it really looks like our whatever/whenever service promise came across all around. Please do feel free to reach out directly to us should you or any of your loved ones like to visit us again. Thank you again for taking the time to share your very much valued feedback and thank you for choosing W Maldives as your luxury playground and very much looking forward to welcome you back again. Anything, you need, feel free to reach out to us anytime, whatever/whenever just ask. All the best, Alexander Lopez Director of Operations
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Roman H wrote a review Nov 22
Monte-Carlo, Monaco125 contributions68 helpful votes
From the moment you touch down at Male airport your are welcomed and pampered until you have to go through security on your way back, that's what I call service. We had the pleasure to spend our honeymoon at the fabulous W-Maldives and we enjoyed every single second of it. We split our vacation between the overwater villas and the beach villas. We heard that people are doing that so when we were there we were shown a beach villa and decided to move after 2 nights in the overwater, and it is absolutely worth it. When the sea plane touches down you are greeted by name by the staff at the jetty, which makes you directly feel at home. You are shown around the island and then taken directly to your room as check in is already done at the airport in Male. This is such a pleasant experience and I would recommend it to every hotel. Our room, overwater villa was fantastic and we were welcomed with a bottle of cava, fruits and sweets. We tried all their restaurants several times and here I want to say a very very big thank you to chef Rishma and chef Baabu, you guys are incredible. But also all the staff and personnel are super friendly and always smiling at you. Almost like mind reading all your wishes, it's incredible. Another highlight was the pool party, we had soooo much fun there and met so many new friends, best pool party at a W hotel so far (and we stayed at quite a few around the world). The third day we moved to the two story beach villas, we were in love. You have your privet pool that leads directly to the beach, paradise. From "your" beach you can go right into the sea, were I had my personal highlight of the trip, snorkelling with all sorts of fishes, including sharks and sea turtles. When you swim next to Bob, the biggest of the 3 local turtles it just makes you heart beat so fast and you feel so privileged to experience something like this. Unfortunately all the good things come to an end but we will be back for sure. A special thanks also to Alexander who came every day to see us and check in how we were doing and giving us valuable insight. We have found a second family at the Maldives
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Date of stay: November 2022
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Hello Roman H Thank you very much for taking the time to highlight and share your most recent stay experience with us and for choosing W Maldives for your Maldives escape. We were truly delighted to learn you had such an epic and amazing experience and I have personally made sure to pass on your feedback to Rishma and Baabu and the rest of our culinary team who were delighted to hear you thoroughly enjoyed their cooking It was particularly great to see it really looks like our whatever/whenever service promise came across all around and you enjoyed discovering the amazing underwater world of our house-reef as well as our W pool party happening . We cannot wait to welcome you back to W Maldives again. Please do feel free to reach out directly to us should you or any of your loved ones like to visit us again. Thank you again for taking the time to share your very much valued feedback and thank you for choosing W Maldives as your luxury playground and very much looking forward to welcome you back again. Anything, you need, feel free to reach out to us anytime, whatever/whenever just ask. All the best, Alexander Lopez Director of Operations
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Rich M wrote a review Nov 19
Dallas, Texas, United States209 contributions95 helpful votes
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W They say the W stands for whatever, whenever. I’ll just say it stands for Wow. The moment you step off the seaplane you are greeted by genuine, friendly people holding glasses of champagne. After meeting them you are whisked off in a “Maldivian Tesla” (electric golf cart), given a tour of the island and then dropped directly at your room. Our overwater bungalow was in a word, perfect. In two? Sexy and perfect. We fell in love with the views, with the tub, pool, hammock over the water. If you can’t unplug and unwind in one of these rooms there is simply no place you can go. I’m an adrenaline junkie and action nut. I literally did nothing for 6 days. I hear there’s a great gym on the island, you’ll have to ask someone else about it. Ok, so it’s relaxing, and sexy, and beautiful… But how’s the food you ask? Look, I’m a snob. As a rule I do not enjoy eating at even high end hotels. The food is very typically overpriced and simply average at best. I’ve grazed hundreds of Marriott buffets that look good but taste blah. Not here. I had the best pastries, I’ve ever had in my entire life at this resort. I’ve eaten croissants in France and Cambodia. The ones at the W were better. Flaky, buttery, hard on the outside, soft within. The omelets, deliciously spicy, the daily changing French toast was addictive. And the service, I’ll come back to that. I asked one chef why the food was so good, how it was so good. He said with only 77 rooms they can keep up with the scale of things. Even a great chef on a cruise ship with 5,000 guests can only do so much. Another chef told me the secret is so much of their ingredients are grown fresh on the island. I think they were being humble. This place is not only well managed, it is incredibly managed. Each chef was constantly roaming the restaurant, splitting time between chatting with guests and performing on the spot quality control. I have never seen Harder working chefs than here. And they lead by example. If a guest drops something three people scramble to pick it up. No employee of the resort will walk by an empty glass without filling it or a dirty plate without clearing it. I watched a waiter unknowingly drop a small wrapper on the floor and seconds later the hostess pick it up in a quick fluid movement while walking a couple to their table. In many restaurants that piece of paper would have sat there for minutes, even hours. The Bottomline is from the butlers, to the servers, bartenders, dive shop attendants, everyone on the island seems to truly want to serve your needs. And it works. Again, Heather and I are snobs, we’ve had massages in some of the finest resorts and spas all over the world. But the work they did on us at the spa here was the best we’ve ever had. Ok, you get the point on staffing. Let’s talk about the house reef. I’m a diver and typically snorkeling excites me about as much as trimming my toenails. But right off the beach is some literally incredible snorkeling filled with friendly sea turtles who don’t mind swimming alongside you, to eels that come out to play, to reef sharks galore. I’ve absolutely had many dives that were not as interesting or exciting as simply jumping off the dock at our villa and swimming a hundred yards to the reef. My final note is a story: As a traveler I have always said I know things will go wrong. Even the best airline in the world has delays. Even the finest restaurant occasionally serves a meal that is off. But the response is what matters. Heather and I had a life long bucket list dinner planned. Just she and I and a chef and a server on a desert island for several hours. On the evening of our dinner it rained, actually poured and the dinner had to be canceled. Certainly we were sad, but understood the hotel can’t control the weather. The person who called to tell us we were canceled booked us into their seafood restaurant called Fish. We were greeted even outside the restaurant by the manager and told how sorry she was our meal had been rained out and that they were going to try to make it up. Skeptically I thought to myself “a free glass of wine and an appetizer isn’t going to cheer us up.” But moments after we were seated the chef (a local named Chef Baka) arrived at our table, he too told us he knew we were disappointed but that with our permission he would make us some of his favorite dishes. We quickly agreed, and so began the meal of a lifetime. We ordered nothing, and only one thing he made was even on the menu. Dish after dish came at us, and not just handed by a server. But every single dish was brought to us by Chef. And he lovingly explained them each to us. At the end of the meal he asked how much longer we were on the island, we told him we had one more night. He simply said “Well, I’ll see you tomorrow.” Here’s the crazy part. The next day the restaurant was closed for a wedding. A wedding Chef was cooking for. But the manager had a table for us on the water at the bar next door. And once again, Chef made us special plates and brought them to us himself. Even though he was literally sweating because he was working so hard, every time a course was finished he’d grab the plates, run across the sidewalk from his restaurant to the bar, place our food and then explain it. Look our island dinner would have been amazing, delicious, Instagram worthy as hell. But I’ll never forget the two amazing meals chef Baka made for us. I truly believe a team is only as good as both its strongest and weakest links. The employees on this island care, and they care because their leaders care. They work hard because their leaders work hard. And all of that hard work meant I didn’t have to do anything for a week. 1600 nights in a Marriott and never a better room. Never better service. Never better food. And never better stories to tell.
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Hello Rich M Thank you very much for taking the time to highlight and share your most recent stay experience with us and for choosing W Maldives for your Maldives escape. We were truly delighted to learn you had such an epic and amazing experience and I have personally made sure to pass on your feedback to Baka and the rest of our culinary team who were delighted to hear you thoroughly enjoyed their cooking It was particularly great to see it really looks like our whatever/whenever service promise came across all around. We cannot wait to welcome you back to W Maldives again. Please do feel free to reach out directly to us should you or any of your loved ones like to visit us again. Thank you again for taking the time to share your very much valued feedback and thank you for choosing W Maldives as your luxury playground and very much looking forward to welcome you back again. Anything, you need, feel free to reach out to us anytime, whatever/whenever just ask. All the best, Alexander Lopez Director of Operations
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James_NYCTraveler wrote a review Nov 19
New York City, New York57 contributions79 helpful votes
It’s about time for an honest review of this hotel. Booked two overwater villas. The day before, I noticed in the app that they were both changed to oceanfront villas (not overwater). I had to call to change them from Dubai to change the rooms back to what were guaranteed. Yes, they did that to a loyal Ambassador elite. That should’ve been a warning to me that I should stay at another property. 

Then after check in I was placed in an overwater villa where the water from the deck was not swimmable because the ocean water was too shallow and filled with rocky coral reefs. I was not able to swim from my villa’s deck which was in my bucket list. Unless I invaded my sister’s villa to do it. 

Too many other hiccups. Wrong food sent on our first night. I waited for the correct side dishes while my steak got cold. I had to microwave it! Same thing happened to my sister who occupied the other villa I booked. Then they ran out of body lotion. Also bad-tasting cocktails, no entertainment, door handles coming off. The ocean pump machine released a nasty stench on the wave beach and such an eyesore. See pic. Shortage of beach chairs at the wave beach so you have to get there early to reserve yours. Fire restaurant provided worst service to us (a gay couple) while rolled the red carpet for straight couples. That was painful to watch —- and to personally experience in 2022! Then 25 minutes to get your omelette during breakfast. Paddle boarding was supposed to be free. But when my paddle broke, the hotel had no replacement so I had to wait until other guests were finished. Four paddles for the entire hotel. Then jelly fish and baby sharks all over the ocean so most guests were afraid to swim into the ocean. The buggies took forever to come, except during check out when they are rushing you to leave. I tried the spa where my masseuse clearly didn’t know what deep tissue massage was, opting to give me a “detox massage” instead. The oil she used had a strong smell even though I asked her for a fragrance-free oil because I have allergies. And when I asked her to wipe off oil from my body, she refused saying that the oil was good for me. I had to take a shower immediately after the massage and take allergy medication. Of note, at 1pm, the hotel turned off the air conditioning in our suite, though our scheduled checkout was at 1:45p. What an obnoxious way to rush us out of the room. A second after we exited the room, housekeeping came rushing into the room to clean it. Utter lack of class! The point is, this hotel is a total mess and the GM was nowhere to be found during our stay. Apparently he returned from vacation just right before we boarded our seaplane to Male. The managers he left behind had no decision making ability or capacity. They had no power to make amends for all the crazy issues that destroyed our bucket-list vacation. And when the GM is in the property, he evidently spends a great deal of his time getting followed by the photographer taking his Instagram pics. This property does have some potential thanks to some of its wonderful people, including Ting who was instrumental in giving my sister the birthday celebration of her life (that cost $1500) and who tried very hard to make me an amazing apple martini. One star goes to her! The hotel presumably videotaped my sister’s birthday party and saved in a USB drive. Ali, one of the managers, told me I should open the files in it when I get home. And when I did, no files in it. And when I contacted the hotel about this through WhatsApp, they could care less. Because I didn’t trust this hotel, I myself did record the event. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have had any video to remember my sister’s birthday party. The other star goes to the other amazing staff members who are too good to work for this train-wreck, including Mark from FIT, Rishna the chef, and John from the wet bar. 
This property can learn a lot from the legitimate 5-star, world class Al Maha Dubai and Grosvenor Dubai, especially regarding what hospitality means and how to promote real acceptance of guests who identify as part of the LGBTQAI+ community. And I spent way too much time— during my bucket-list vacation! — explaining this and other concerns to Alex Lopez. I just hope he has listened to me because I don’t want anyone else to go through what I had gone through there for 5 nights!
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Dear James_NYCTraveler, I would like to start by thanking you for taking the time to share your review on TripAdvisor sharing your experience and feedback, and was truly sorry to see we did not manage to live up to your expectations on this stay, thus you may rest assured that your feedback has been highlighted among the management of the hotel. I would like to refer back to our conversations while you were still on property providing you with the reassurance we remain committed to ensuring all of our valued guests are well looked after in line with our whatever/whenever service philosophy and I very much regret you did not feel we managed to live up to your expectations on this occasion. With this being said, would I like to thank you again for having taken the time to share your feedback and for having chosen to stay with us while in Maldives. I would also like to once again encourage you to reach out directly to myself should you consider to re-install your faith in us as it would be my pleasure to personally assist you and ensure you are well looked after. All the best, Alexander Lopez Director of Operations
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PRICE RANGE
$1,371 - $2,995 (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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W MALDIVES - Updated 2022 Prices & Resort Reviews (Fesdhoo Island)

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.