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W Maldives

 Ari Atoll
angelfish travel 5.5 halo rating
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Overwater Villas
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Gaathafushi Private Island
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The Living Room
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Sunset Cruise on ESCAPE
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House Reef
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Destination Dining
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WET Pool Bar
Our Opinion
W Maldives will be closed for extensive renovations from 1 May 2024. The anticipated reopening is Nov 2024.

This beautiful island resort belongs to the W brand of properties within the world-famous Marriott portfolio, and describes itself as a ‘luxury playground’ – a pretty accurate description in our opinion.

The funky, innovative vibe starts at the dedicated seaplane lounge where check-in is complete prior to arrival, and guests are encouraged to make a note of the W Maldives WhatsApp number which can be used to facilitate the ‘Whatever, Whenever’ philosophy on resort – a sort of digital butler/concierge service. This seems to go down well with the key guest demographic of 30-45 years, but expect to meet like-minded guests from a decade or two beyond that.

With only 77 generously-sized villas (27 on the beach), each with private pool, the island has a boutique feel. It’s incredibly beautiful with well-tended, lush vegetation across the resort, and even some coconut palms and glossy local shrubs on the water villa jetty. All of the villa roofs and main areas have been refurbished in the last year, so perhaps the only tell-tale sign of the resort’s 14 years of operation is the slightly worn dark varnish on some of the villa decks which will surely be touched up when they feel the time is right.

Despite its size (280 x 180m) there are four a la carte dining outlets and two bars, each with a single word name, and food and service are of highest quality. After indulging in an incredible signature cocktail at SIP, created by the W mixologists, FISH and FIRE restaurants are both well worth a visit – we recommend ‘Catch of the Day’ with truffle mash at FISH, or the local reef fish wrapped in palm leaves at FIRE. Executive Chef Norberto is Argentinian and brings his passion for food with impressive vigour and the results are delicious. He is ably assisted by Executive Sous chef Harpal who hails from India, and his team – the creations from the tandoor in FIRE are yet another treat for the palate.

For snorkellers, this has to be one of the most enjoyable spots in Ari atoll, if not the Maldives as a whole. Like most others, the reef was affected by coral bleaching which occurred in 2016 but there are encouraging signs of coral regrowth. The reef is easily accessible from the beach through marked channels and in places is within 10 metres of the shoreline, with a dramatic drop to boot. Expect to encounter at least one of the resident turtles (we saw two), large reef sharks and mesmeric shoals of the usual suspects. Snorkelling gear is high quality and complimentary during the stay. There is also a resident marine biologist.

The trademark 'W's are dotted around the island, providing great opportunities for selfies and Instagrammers, while cool 'beats' emanate 24/7 from the hidden Bose speakers in all areas, and along the water villa jetty, without sounding intrusive. The extensive list of complimentary workout/fitness classes is perfect for those who wish to partake in the W mantra #detoxretoxrepeat – we certainly had fun trying, and don’t forget the hashtags!!
Dining Options
Fine Dining
House Reef
Overwater Villas
Rooms With Pools
Seaplane Transfer
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Special Offers
    2025 15% High Season Special Offer
    2025 15% Low & Shoulder Season Special Offer
    2024 15% Shoulder Season Special Offer
    2024 15% Low Season Offer
    2024 15% High Season Offer
    2025 10% High Season Special Offer
    2025 10% Low & Shoulder Season Special Offer
    2024 10% Shoulder Season Special Offer
    2024-25 Honeymoon & Anniversary Benefits
    The philosophy of W Maldives is....."whatever/whenever"....

    Those wishing for a lavish Maldivian-living experience should look no further than W Maldives, nestled on a private island in the centre of Ari Atoll, a 35-minute seaplane flight from the international airport at Male. It would not be an understatement to refer to W Maldives as a luxury playground amidst white sands, turquoise lagoons and breathtaking reefs.

    The suite accommodation, or "Oases", are a blend of innovative architectural design and contemporary living, with island villlage simplicity. All feature an extensive state-of-the-art BOSE sound system, 42-inch plasma TV with CD/DVD player, spacious indoor and outdoor living area, plunge pool, barbecue for private dining, an outdoor tropical shower and a daybed.

    Guest Services
    *Safe deposit boxes
    *Beach access
    *Dry cleaning service
    *Luggage storage
    *Smoking and non-smoking facilities
    *Laundry service
    *24-hour self-service complimentary Sweet Spots
    *24-hour concierge service
    *Multilingual staff
    *Service 24-hour welcome desk
    *Internet access in all guest accommodation and in the Living Room
    *W Hotels The Store: Local arts & crafts, designer jewellery, clothing, beach essentials, toiletries, fashion and accessories.