W Maldives is a resort offering luxurious accommodations including beachfront, bungalows and overwater villas. There are plenty of dining options on the island, showcasing various cuisine types. Relax at AWAY® Spa or WET® pool, or go get a workout in with ENERGY. The resort offers countless activities, including water sports, yacht cruises and a getaway to a secluded and private island. Situated on a private island within the North Ari Atoll, it is a 1.5-hour speed boat ride or a 25-minute sea plane transfer from Male International Airport. A private W Lounge is available at Malé International Airport.
Welcome to the only place in Maldives where turquoise water and pristine sand come infused with W Maldives’ signature style, luxury and personality. Whether you prefer to jump in the ocean from the deck of your overwater bungalow or you like lush tropical foliage steps from the sand offered by our beach bungalows, you can live it up and soak it in from comfortable, stylish accommodations inspired by the breathtaking natural beauty of Maldives.
Abandon the expected and sample creative dining W Maldives’ three vibrant restaurants and two bar concepts. Beautifully dispersed amongst the island, the restaurants and lounges ensure to inject the pulsating beauty of the Maldives in every dining experience. Savor the fresh burst of flavors of Maldivian food at breakfast, go barefoot and dine in the heart of the island surrounded by palm trees for lunch and mix it up at dinner with our overwater seafood restaurant. Witness breathtaking panoramic views of the Indian Ocean, while you feast on the freshest seafood alongside the finest local ingredients in the Maldives. Bring the fresh seafood flavors of Maldives into the night as our FISH lobster cage brings fresh seafood straight from the ocean to the barbeque grill at FIRE on selected nights. Whether you want a special dining experience under the stars, a private romantic dinner on a secluded private island, or cocktail-filled party at SIP Bar, W Maldives ensures that you get it.
• Snorkel with glamour- For a glamorous and thrilling snorkeling experience on your holiday, look no further than ESCAPE, the fabulous 24 meter private yacht. Enjoy the snorkeling tour of a lifetime as you set sail to the south of Ari Atoll to snorkel and encounter the majestic whale shark.
• Cooking Class: Join the chefs and prepare some amazing Maldivian dishes or grilled seafood straight from the ocean
• W Hotels-The Store: Who wants to go shopping? Find local crafts, fab jewelry, designer beach needs and more at W Hotels – The Store
• Sea of Stars: Get ready to be amazed by the surreal glowing blue waters – caused by a natural chemical reaction knows as bioluminescence where microorganisms in the water are disturbed by oxygen.
Indulge in ultimate relaxation at the over-water AWAY® Spa; 66 square meters of indoor and outdoor treatment areas allow for total privacy and complete renewal.
Stretch and strengthen at FIT, our state-of-the-art, fully-equipped gym as you check out the scene overlooking the beautiful blue expanses of the Indian Ocean.
WET® OUTDOOR INFINITY POOL
Revel in a refreshing dip in our iconic 3,244 square meters WET® pool amid beautifully landscaped surroundings and an infinity-edge overlooking the Indian Ocean.
Scuba Diving, Kayaking, Sauna, Volleyball, Jet-Skiing, Sailing, Snorkelling, Table Tennis, Water-Skiing
Escape to W Maldives, a luxury 5-star private island resort setting the stage to fuel guests’ lust for life. Imagine waking up to the sound of the waves drumming against the infinity pool, a wonderland of white-sand beaches, turquoise lagoons and breathtaking reefs. From the moment you step onto this heart-shaped island playground, welcoming infinite days amplified by the only music curator in the Maldives, playful guestrooms and innovative cocktails and cuisine creating a cutting edge lifestyle experience. Castaway yet connected. Natural yet designed. Secluded yet welcoming. Unwind at the pampering AWAY® Spa. Explore the world beneath the waves at DOWN UNDER and glide with reef sharks in the best house reef of the Maldives. W ignites an obsessive desire to soak it in, live it up and hit repeat. Whatever/Whenever ®.
Check-In: 1500 hrs
Check-Out: 1200 hrs
Property Details: 1 floor, 73 rooms, 4 suites
Visa & Passport:
• All visitors to the Maldives must possess a valid passport and return air ticket. A complimentary, 30-day tourist visa will be issued upon arrival.
• If guests are arriving from Yellow Fever-infected areas, they must produce a vaccination certificate.
• Guests may not bring alcohol, pork products, pornography or weapons into the Maldives. These items will be confiscated at the airport and disposed by the airport authorities.
• From specific staff requirements to unique requests, all special arrangements can be accommodated.
• Payments are accepted via all major credit cards and bank transfers.
We booked a stay at the W Maldives on very short notice (48h before arrival) due to another trip being cancelled due to Covid-19. We thus we arriving with very limited pre-planning and knowledge.
We spent 7 nights at the property and have only positives to say with the staff being a particular highlight. Everyone was extremely attentive and if you made the slightest impression of waiting for or looking for something, someone would approach you quickly to support. What we found particularly impressive is that staff would recognise you shortly after arrival and that, without even mentioning your room or table location, would serve you whatever you just ordered at a counter or with another staff member. This is impressive since the resort has close to 80 villas which at full occupancy makes quite a few people around. All operations, be it at restaurants or any of the other activities ran smoothly and things were just “working” in the background without one ever having to remind someone. This is likely in large parts due to the excellent work of Jessica (F&B) and Chunky (Guest Services) who are just fabolous.
I won’t go into more details about activities, restaurant menus etc. as there is ample information about these out there.
One word of advice though: Given the fact that you are on a remote island in a country which needs to import lots of things and this paired with the price level of the hotel itself makes for elevated prices for all activities, food and drinks. Given the quality and logistics involved these prices are justifiable but one should be aware that the incidentals bill will add to you total. To not be disappointed or frustrated by that, plan accordingly and expect to spend (of course depending on travel style) at least USD 200 per pax per day on food, drinks and activities (can easily be more of course).
I can’t say enough about the team and experience at W Maldives. Each day was an amazing adventure.
Logistics went smoothly even with the transfer from the seaplane to the speedboat to ensure I arrived as early as possible. The team welcomed me with a glass of champagne and whisked me straight to Room 233 (Ocean side).
The room was so comfortable and the team welcomed me with a Welcome to W message on the bed hand made from leaves, sweet treats, Acqua Panna and a bottle of Montes’ Kaiken. I have no idea how they knew I was a Montes fan!
The deck was spectacular and there were so many residents on the reef. It was so easy to spot the school of surgeon fish, the spectacular eagle ray and even a shark right from the deck. I can’t say enough about Mohammed and the team from Wave and Down Under who literally held my hand during the snorkeling and whale shark adventures. I saw 3 sharks, a turtle and 3 whale sharks.
The most amazing scene was right along the shore. If you arrive at sunrise, you will be amused by the sharks and eels hunting in shallow waters past the arrival jetty. The super cool birds hover to catch the fish escaping the hunt. The water is so clear that you can also catch the baby sharks wandering around the island during the day.
No review is complete without mentioning the amazing team including Chunky and Jessica. The dining at Kitchen, Fish, Wet and Fire was great given the limited menu. The overwater lounge seats at Sip will make you forget how long you’ve relaxing as the DJ spins and the reel life passes by. The amazing staff even put on a belated birthday party for me after COVID delayed my original birthday trip.
As a solo traveler, I found the property bustling with activities with plenty of space to chill. Between snorkeling, fishing, parasailing and hanging in my pool, I had to remind myself to nap! I met the coolest people and admired the fashion of my fellow guests.
I highly recommend this resort for solo travel. You get the best of Maldives reef life plus the W vibe. It is paradise plus one of the best teams in the entire Marriott portfolio.