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W Maldives
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Reviewed December 23, 2011

The weather wasn't great, otherwise, the trip would have been perfect.

The services offered and the amenities were profound. However, we expect no less given the quotation albeit the considerably low season at the time.

The activities and options available were interesting and entertaining.

Just remember, to visit the W Maldives, it's to relax and enjoy the sea-beach entirely. Do not expect hardcore partying, sight-seeing or other cultural activities.

It was a great experience!

Room Tip: Ok. Ocean Oasis was a great choice. But the value-benefit co-relation may be different from person to person since Ocean Oasis is quoted much higher than that of the Beach Oasis.
  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank calvinwei
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WMalidves, General Manager at W Maldives, responded to this reviewResponded December 30, 2011

Hello and thank you for sharing your W experience here on Trip Advisor – it’s great to read that you had such a great experience with us.

We are looking forward to welcoming you back at W Retreat & Spa – Maldives.
Best regards,
Laurens

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Reviewed December 17, 2011

My husband and I booked this trip as an anniversary/birthday celebration and it didn't disappoint. We arrived in Male, we're greeted immediately and taken to the W lounge to await our seaplane ride. Within the hour we were up in the air on our way to the W. It seemed like the ride was so fast because there were so many beautiful reefs to look at on our way. On our decent, we were welcomed by the W staff with a refreshing drink and a tour of the island.

We wanted to do most of the activities that the hotel offered because we didn't just want to lay around for 5 days (which is easy to do in paradise!) We booked the fishing expedition, snorkel hopping tour, snorkel guide around the island, the sunset sail, 3 hours in the spa, and tried each restaurant/went to 15 below nightclub. The prices were as you would expect. You're in the middle of nowhere, and eating fantastic quality food. The chefs are very talented and really put their heart into every dish. The service is very important to us and I have nothing poor to say about any of their staff. From the friendly general manager, Laurens to the wonderful service of Akmed cleaning our room, we were blown away! We were so impressed with them and if we had any request it was taken care of efficiently. Especially the staff at WET and DIVE (Haleem was fantastic and made our snorkeling memorable with the pictures he took for us with our under water camera)... These gentlemen were wonderful, friendly, and really really enjoy their jobs.

We will be going back as soon as we can and really loved every moment of this holiday! We want to say thank you to the W for making this holiday perfect!

Michael and Melissa Stover

Room Tip: We stayed in the second to last Ocean Oasis room furthest from the main hotel. I think it was 223!
  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Meleliz1321
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WMalidves, General Manager at W Maldives, responded to this reviewResponded December 30, 2011

Hello Michael & Melissa, first of all, congratulations for your anniversary and thank you for sharing such a detailed review here on trip Advisor.

I'm glad to read that you had such a memorable stay with us - and the opportunity to try most of our facilities in the island.

I will be sure to share this message with the team, whom I know will be equally as thrilled as I to read this.

We look forward to welcoming you back to W Maldives or one of our other W Retreats in the not too distant future.

Best regards to both of you, Laurens.

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Reviewed December 8, 2011

I have never been so sad leaving a hotel. My husband and I stayed at this wonderful resort for a week as a second honeymoon as Mauritius did not live up to our expectations. The w Maldives did and exceeded them. It is just perfect. We dived for first time and loved it so much we went onto do our padi. The dive team were just wonderful and very patient. We loved the food, just so fresh and tasty we could have eaten at fire every night. The chefs were not just talented but so smily and friendly too especially faruk. Our room was perfect we had a beach villa 128 and loved the location we basically had a private beach all to our selves for a week. What a beach it was. The sand was like silk and the sea crystal clear with gorgeous colourful fish swimming round you. The bed was more comfortable than the one at home and we are looking into buying one. I loved having my bath every night under the starts. I had my birthday there and it was by far my best one yet. They really do make it special but I am not going to ruin for anyone. All in all if you don't go you are missing out. We are hoping to go back in february. We usually go to barbados twice a year but that is definitely changing now. Thank you to all the team and we will see you soon. Xxx

  • Stayed: December 2011
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5  Thank Thrussell84
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WMalidves, Hotel Manager at W Maldives, responded to this reviewResponded December 9, 2011

Hello,

Happy Birthday - and it's great to read that you had such a great birthday with us.

We're delighted that you enjoyed your W experience so much - I will share your comment with the Down Under team too.

We look forward to welcoming you back to you Maldivian home again for many more celebrations.

Sunny regards, Laurens.

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Reviewed November 28, 2011

I stayed here for 9 nights for my honeymoon and was slightly nervous after reading so many good reviews on here but I needn't have worried - the hotel is just amazing!

We stayed in a beach bungalow as we like to wander about and felt it offered more shade than the over the water retreats and it was perfect for us. Your pool and decking area is quite protected by trees and shrubs from the beach so there isn't much of a view but at the same time it offers a lot of privacy.

The staff were the highlight for us. From the W employees at the airport that looked after us on both journeys to all the kitchen and bar staff - everyone was friendly, smiling and helpful and it really made the holiday for us.

The wife had a couple of treatments at the Spa and said it was two of the best massages she had ever had. I stuck to snorkelling trips which were really relaxed and good fun.

It's hard to criticise anything but if there was something to pick at then I would say that the food and restaurant menu's could offer more variety. With only three restaurants to pick from the menu's didn't change once during our trip so we essentially knew what we were getting every night. We would have liked a bit more variety and excitement for our evening meals at $250 per couple.

I would recommend it to everyone - really fantastic.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank NotIdeal
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WMalidves, Hotel Manager at W Maldives, responded to this reviewResponded November 30, 2011

Hello W Insider,

Firstly congratulations on your wedding - we're glad that we could welcome you to W Maldives to celebrate your honeymoon. It's also great to read that you enjoyed your W experience so much.

We look forward to welcoming you back to W Maldives for many anniversaries to come.

Regards, Laurens.

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Reviewed November 28, 2011

Dear travelers,

We do not have too many words for explain to you how is the experience to stay at W Retreat Maldives.
First, Maldives is one of the best special places in the world to have a very singular experience, so if you are looking for some exotic and magical destination, your choise is Maldives.
I'm a brazilian travel agent travelling around the world searching and finding nice hotels, destinations and services for my own experience and also for my further guests. I can garantee for you that this is the best hotel I've been. Perfect services, perfect island, perfect rooms and also many things to do, when you want do do something.
The Retreat is 5 years old, but looks like 2 or 3. Everyone is always trying to do them best for you, even if you have very difficult wishes! We could try many services at the water sports, as the "sea bob" very expensive, but excellent!
Of course the prices are very high, but at the other hand you pay it without problems. We enjoyed one each dolar!
The food is also perfect and if you like barbecue, try it by yourself in your room!
The rooms are very nice located. We stayed at Ocean Oasis but the Beach is also good one.
The "Whatever/Whenever" service really works and you can ask for (almost) everything!
W Bed is really excelent, the view perfect.
We also tried (really) the Doctor assistance and they are always taking care of you.
They do not accept children under 12 and I recommend it for couple.
Make your time! If it is too much expensive (because it could be!) save money and enjoy it!
gustavo@operadoratambau.com.br - Gustavo Garcia

Room Tip: Ocean Villas are much better! If you want and can, Seascape is perfect!!!!!!!!!!!! But also the Beach choice is algo very good!
  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Gustavo G
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WMalidves, Hotel Manager at W Maldives, responded to this reviewResponded December 6, 2011

WOW! Thank you for sharing such a great review of our retreat.

We are delighted to read that you enjoyed your W experience so much - and understand that as a travel industry professional, we are sometimes the hardest to impress.

We appreciate your comments and feedback - and look forward to welcoming many of your clients to W Maldives.

Regards .. Laurens.

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