W Maldives Retreat & Spa

Maldives, Indian Ocean

Virgin rating

The hotel

The W Retreat & Spa opted to go bling. Situated on Fesdu Island, North Ari Atoll, it’s the kind of place where your wife can wear a little Dolce & Gabbana number for dinner. W created an island that gets dressed up at night. The W Maldives brings a bit of city sophistication to paradise. For example, the over-water bungalows could be lofts in Manhattan, if it were not for the thatched roof, the private deck and a personal plunge pool. FIRE, the barbecue restaurant, lays claim to being the longest single grill in Asia. FISH is a much quieter affair, situated on a pier over the reef, it’s entirely illuminated by fibre optics embedded between the planks, and the food could give Nobu a run for its money.During the day it’s not just an island paradise; a speck of jungle surrounded by a white sand border in turquoise water, it also has some of the best snorkelling in the Maldives.

Amenities

  • Scuba Diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Honeymoon
  • Bar
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Internet Access
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Beachfront location

Where is it

On Fesdu Island in the middle of the North Ari Atoll. Transfer time from Malé International Airport: 30 minutes by seaplane (remember to pack light for the seaplane transfer as luggage allowance is 20kg plus 5kg hand luggage, per person).

Hotel information

78 retreats, all with W Maldives' signature style, luxury and personality. All beach and overwater bungalows and villas feature complimentary WiFi, coffee/tea maker, private terrace and private pool. Fabulous Overwater villas with private pool, and 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

Bed & Breakfast: includes daily breakfast for 2 people at Kitchen Restaurant.

Wonderful Beach Oasis, available with 1 king-size bed or 2 queen beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

Spectacular Overwater villas with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

Wow Ocean Escape - a 2 Bedroom villa sleeping maximum 4 adults. The master bedroom has 1 king-size bed and the second bedroom has 2 queen beds.

Kitchen (all-day dining bistro), Fish (overwater seafood restaurant, dinner), Fire (grill restaurant, dinner), Wet (gourmet poolside bar), Sip (cocktail bar). Kada (beach pop-up café).

WET outdoor infinity pool. SWEAT Fitness Centre*. AWAY Spa*. WAVE - in house water sports centre includes free snorkelling equipment. House reef. DOWN UNDER dive centre*. Private Island Escape* (reserve the island of Gaathafushi for the day, or for an overnight ‘Robinson Crusoe’ experience). ESCAPE* (W Maldives’ own private sailing yacht with two cabins, lounge, and stunning deck).

Room service*. Complimentary WiFi access.

* Denotes local charge.

Please note: to ensure our customer's safety, we are unable to offer over water accommodation to children under the age of 12.

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Mar 1, 2024 HeatherN948 Ann Arbor, Michigan

My husband and I stayed in a beach villa for 12 days. We were situated just feet away from the beach and steps away from the most outrageously beautiful snorkeling we have ever done. We snorkeled daily, and sometimes twice daily, limited only by the need to get out of the sun eventually. The trip was flawless. We felt so taken care of throughout… Read more
My husband and I stayed in a beach villa for 12 days. We were situated just feet away from the beach and steps away from the most outrageously beautiful snorkeling we have ever done. We snorkeled daily, and sometimes twice daily, limited only by the need to get out of the sun eventually. The trip was flawless. We felt so taken care of throughout every part of our stay. The top floor of the beach villa was a great place to relax, and we were able to sit in the swing and watch thunderstorms roll in, or just watch the palms blow in the wind. We were able to enjoy sunsets with sushi and cocktails at Sip, elaborate breakfasts at Kitchen, and toes in the sand meals at Fire. The chef at Kitchen made us a Sri Lankan dinner which was outstanding, and we also attended some of the special events such as the Kada market, and the Valentine’s dinner at Fish. The pool bartenders were great, as well as the poolside cabana service which was a great way to spend a lazy afternoon. The fruit bats are really interesting too. The highlight of the trip aside from the obvious sandy beach, warm water, steamy weather, and blowing palms, was the scuba. Ismail was the best scuba instructor we have ever encountered. He was patient, kind, and most importantly safety conscious. Thanks to him for leading us to amazing places underwater, and for tending to my knees which got a little banged up. The boat crew and captains were also great. Until we meet again, thank you W Maldives! Read less
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Feb 29, 2024 itpsd Houston, Texas

What can you say about paradise? It’s everything you wanted. The airline lost our luggage and the W staff took care of everything to find it and get it to us right to our door. We worries we’d have to go back to Male ($500 seaplane trip) to bring it through customs, or we’d have to get a cell phone plan to cover numerous calls in the Maldives… Read more
What can you say about paradise? It’s everything you wanted. The airline lost our luggage and the W staff took care of everything to find it and get it to us right to our door. We worries we’d have to go back to Male ($500 seaplane trip) to bring it through customs, or we’d have to get a cell phone plan to cover numerous calls in the Maldives but no, the W handles it all and perfectly. It truly is just like the pictures- beautiful, clear water. We scubaed the amazing house reef and went on some boat dives. The underwater life is vibrant, colorful, and so healthy. Service is impeccable, food is good, though not cheap- but we were never left hungry. Cabanas are perfect with everything you could need. True it’s really expensive but it is also pretty amazing. Read less
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Feb 26, 2024 童硕 张

service is great and staff are friendly to us.We like everything in the island. The FIRE deliver great food,chicken Tikka is my favorite. The ecology of the island is very good, you can see all kinds of fish and birds. The only pity is that the TV equipment is old, there are no mirror function, and there are very few programs.
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Feb 25, 2024 papumaru Osaka, Japan

moldivian hositality is very warm. I want to come back again W moldive. I do snorkeling I do kayak.. But I can not parasailing. Next moldive I will parasailing and fishing and go to private leaf. There are many kind of menu in restaurants. I dont get bored.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Under Promise and Over Deliver!

Feb 23, 2024 wallyworld2017 Laguna Beach, California

Under Promise, Over Deliver! Before we booked, we were impressed with all the 5 star reviews. We have traveled all over the world at luxury hotels, resorts, and cruise lines and have never received the level of customer service that we received here. There is a staff member with you from the time you collect your luggage at the Male airport and… Read more
Under Promise, Over Deliver! Before we booked, we were impressed with all the 5 star reviews. We have traveled all over the world at luxury hotels, resorts, and cruise lines and have never received the level of customer service that we received here. There is a staff member with you from the time you collect your luggage at the Male airport and check in at the sea plane terminal, The same is true when you depart the resort as a staff member accompanied us through the airport security and check in. We received a warm welcome from several of the staff as soon as we arrived at the resort as well as when we departed. The staff is not only friendly and attentive but actually they care about their guests. As an example, my wife was ill and she received 5 star attention from the staff as well as the doctor, all for free. The staff prepared special meals and teas for her and the doctor dispensed advise and medicine for no charge. Even the the spa provided her with services for free. The food is amazing whether you visit the specialty restaurants Fire or Fish or The Kitchen. The variety of food is amazing and included local, American, Chinese, Thai, and Indian selections. Whether you select an over the water room or beachside, the rooms are enormous, clean, and well stocked. They are all ocean adjacent. The highlight of this resort is the house reef. The reef circles the island and is as close as 50 meters from the sand, you can snorkel (or dive) and see an impressive variety of reef fish, rays, sharks, and turtles. The water is clear and warm. I wouls rate this as one of our top 5 snorkel site in the world that we have experienced. We highly recommend W Maldives and hope to return some day. Read less