Ideally located on the very exotic island of Fesdu in the North Ari Atoll and surrounded by the best-known dive sites in the Maldives, the luxury playground is just a 25-minute seaplane ride from Male, the nation’s capital and location of Ibrahim Naseer International Airport (MLE).
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Maldives is a beautiful country but the W Hotel makes it even more worth visiting. It is an amazingly built resort to the smallest details with the greatest staff providing hospitality I have not experienced before. My husband and I celebrated our first anniversary there. We spent 4 nights and 5 days at the W Maldives. When we landed in Maldives, there was a staff member waiting for us and directed us to the sea plane check-in. We were then taken to the W lounge at the hotel where we freshened up, had some refreshments and completed all check-in processes. We then boarded the sea plane and took a 45 min ride to the resort. About 8-10 resort staff was waiting to receive us on the dock. We were then welcomed with Champagne and the different members introduced themselves. We then got a quick tour of the resort and were dropped to our amazing room! We spent the next few days lazing around and soaking in the unreal beauty of the place. I wanted to give a shout out to a few folks there. Firstly, Alex at Down Under who made our first dive experience truly memorable. I was a little paranoid about the whole thing initially but he was really patient and guided us well. Underwater is a completely different world and glad we got to experience it! Being a vegetarian, I was a little concerned about the food situation. However, Chef Harpal did a great job with our dietary needs. We were able to eat delicious food in all restaurants and even got some Indian breakfast in the mornings. Aton and Nishraf were great bartenders and we enjoyed their company as we sipped cocktails through the day. One of the days we wanted to fly our drone and capture some pictures from up above. While the hotel has a no-drone policy, Sammy (W Insider) helped organize a trip to their private island where we got to fly it around. My husband is a Platinum member at SPG and while W Maldives is limited SPG, we got great treatment. Haroon, managed to get us upgraded to the WOW suite on our last night. Each night we got turn down service with a new dessert of the day. The resort was aware that we were celebrating our anniversary and upon arrival, they had filled our room with balloons, had a card for us and sent some cake for us to celebrate. On the last day, we hired a photographer to take some pictures of us. Ahmed and Hatim did a great job with capturing beautiful images for us to take back. We will be looking at the pictures and reminiscing about the good times we had there. Every single one of them made this trip a memorable experience and I do hope we can go back there soon!
"magical get away"
This is an amazing hotel!! Service incredible. Rooms and setting fantastic. Dive center terrific. Morgan of the Dive shop was incredible. Very attentive and supportive. High room rates include extensive breakfast. Other meals very expensive and not great. The "Fire" BBQ /buffet had no menu or warning that the dinner was $150/PP. A Wok vegetable dinner was rice w shreds of vegetables. The diving was expensive as the equipment rental and dive charges were all per dive. The pricing chart did not specify the charges accurately. The seaplane gets you to and from Male- however need to plan flights as we had to have a 6hour wait in Male for 11 pm flight to Dubai . The hotel is fantastic. The demographics of the guests are such that there were very few people out and about at the pool or water during the daytime.
"Heaven on Earth"
What you see in pictures doesn't even begin to describe the beauty of this place. The W Maldives truly captures the essence of the Maldives and the beauty of the Indian Ocean. The professionalism of the staff is on another level, the food is delicious, the restaurants have stunning views (although they should light up the water at night) And the rooms are designed to maximize the experience. We stayed in the overwater bungalows, the beach villa and the E Wow suite so we had the full W experience. Chunky and Ahmed from the hotel truly took care of us. The water sports centre has so many activities we tried the sea bob, the dingy, jet skies and snorkelling which were so much fun however very over priced considering how much you are already spending in the hotel and services. The spa is beautiful and we snorkelled around the spa to see sea turtles. When it rains however it is impossible to do anything but eat, so I felt they should have more activities for rainy days. The weather was super on our stay so we were lucky, and it only rained one day. We will definitely go back!
"Picture Perfect Babymoon"
Stayed for 5 nights and could have stayed another 5.... stayed in a lagoon overwater villa, was amazing, spent our days lazing away in our pool, met some lovely people at the pool parties at the main pool, tried our hand at SUP, got up to watch the sunrise on the other side of the island. Service was great for the most part, only time something went wrong was when their English wasn't quite good enough to understand our request & someone else always fixed the issue and apologised. Be prepared to spend a lot on food as there is no other option, not even a convenience store to buy some snacks outside of the room mini bar.
Super trendy hotel that is only half an hour away (due to the multiple seaplane stops) from the main airport Firstly, this hotel is incredibly vibrant, it has even bose speakers strategically located around the island pumping background music and keeping the vibe up throughout. The pool area is fun with Tvs also playing key sport events The scenery, beach and snorkelling is the biggest wow factor in this hotel. Diving from your seafront villa and you will already see a huge variety of fishes and corals. The beach is extremely clean with sandy white sand. One of the best beach front hotels i have been to ! The only downside is the food which is slightly above mediocre at best. The prices are also very expensive and not great of a value.(especially the dinner / bbq buffet meals) However, this not does apply for the morning breakfast which has a great variety and excellet quality. The hotel rooms are also simply fantastic with an array of amazing cool facilities and features (music, bathtub, outdoor pool etc.)
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Check-in: 2:00 PM , Check-out: 12:00 PM