In the luxury hotels enigmatically called “W” the Starwood Group’s emphasises a confident, youthful brand—focused on fun, recreation and music. For us, the conscious service and attention to the smallest of details define the W Maldives’ experience.
At W the brand augmentation is impressively consistent. The Futura-typeface-inspired letter W’s ubiquitous presence extends from the iconic sculpture which adorns the resort’s welcome jetty, to a stamp pressed into freshly folded toiled paper rolls and a shape sandblasted on window panels. But the resort’s attention to detail goes well beyond the “W”.
Everything you expect from a top Maledivian resort is here: infinity pool, gorgeous villas, excellent restaurants, fully equipped water sports centre, beautifully designed spa (which also has a hair salon), fitness centre… the list could go on.
But W has also things not many other places can boast: a luxury two-cabin yacht, one of the best house reefs in the Maldives (trust us, we checked out quite a few by now), underground nightclub—or even a small private island, which can be yours alone for a night.
Our smallest faves were kiosks scattered around the island—”Sweet Spots”—stocked with ice cream, drinks and sun lotion, free to grab whenever we liked (which fits the W’s Whatever/Whenever promise of fulfilling guests’ wishes at any time).
Art of the villa
It needs to be said that the resort’s water villas (Ocean Oasis) are simply gorgeous. Set in wonderfully blue shallows, their decks indulge with a private pool, beautiful daybed and gazebo while inside, a glass section in the floor let guests enjoy marine life even at night-time.
All villas though enjoy a great deal of space, comfy king beds and gadgets with entertainment system—and the Beach Oasis villas have an added benefit of a first-floor lounge.
This self-described “luxury playground” serves an exquisite Maldivian dream: fun, games and sports offered in a package of natural beauty, amplified by meticulous maintenance and cutting-edge design. It’s a perfectly fine-tuned experience.
W spoiled us and indulged our senses, to the point that, for the precious few days, we felt as if there was nothing else in the world but this tiny island, with swaying palms, beautiful design and architecture… and ice cream.
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Number of rooms & suites: 78
Rate per night: From $1413 USD
*The rate is only approximate and is based on our own independent research, at the time of writing. We cannot guarantee the rate in any way.
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