W Maldives

Top choice in Ari Atoll & Around

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9.2 out of 10

W Maldives is sleek and imaginative, a boutique luxury island loaded with more casual cool than any other in the country. W manages to get it right on all levels – staff are informal and friendly, the reception area is so efficient you’ll rarely see anyone even needing to be there and the resort itself is stunning.

Tiny Fesdhoo island is simply gorgeous, with superb white-sand beaches and a great house reef packed with turtles, rays and reef sharks. On the island itself are the standard rooms – and even in the starting categories they’re wonderful – each with its own private plunge pool and, perhaps their most charming feature, a thatched-roof ‘viewing deck’ above the room, complete with daybeds. Higher categories are over water, culminating in four vast suites that would satisfy even the most demanding Saudi prince. All rooms are staggeringly cool, with clean lines, Bose surround-sound systems, private plunge pools and huge private terraces.

The activities and facilities are just as good – from free non-motorised water sports and an excellent diving school to a superb spa that looks a world away from any other in Maldives. There's also the 15 Below nightclub (one of the few in the country and definitely the best looking), which is open three times a week and comes with a dangerously wide-ranging vodka collection. Add to this three excellent restaurants, three glamorous bars, a vast swimming pool and even a private desert island for guests to use, and it’s easy to see why this is the choice of the discerning, wealthy and cool.

Quick description via booking.com

Enjoy the inviting blue waters, beautiful reefs and white sands of the Maldives while staying at the W Maldives. Offering a tranquil escape, the hotel features a diving centre, fitness centre and outdoor infinity pool. . Spacious villas offer direct beach, reef or ocean access and come with a private plunge pool. They are fitted with a 42-inch plasma TV and a BOSE CD and DVD player. Comforts include W's signature bedding, outdoor daybeds, a tea/coffee maker and minibar. The private bathroom comes with a rain shower, toiletries and a hairdryer. Free WiFi is available in the rooms. Relaxation can be found at AWAY® Spa, which has a menu of massage, Ayurvedic and facial treatments. Guests can also enjoy activities ranging from watersports, yoga and aqua aerobics. A library and activities room is also available. Union pay is accepted and multiple language speaking staff are also available for assistance. . An international menu is served at KITCHEN, while barbecued foods are offered at FIRE. W Maldives specialty restaurant, FISH set above the Indian Ocean serves seafood. Cocktails and assorted beverages are featured at SIP. 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.

Important information

TRANSFER DETAILS: Please note that the property is only accessible by the following mode of transfer: Seaplane transfer takes 40 minutes from Male International Airport. The return rates are: Adult: USD 475, round trip, inclusive of all taxes Child (3 to below 12 years): USD 235, round trip, inclusive of all taxes Guests must send arrival and departure flight details directly to the property at least 5 days prior to arrival. CHILD POLICY: Children under 3 years will eat for free based on the rules and meal-plan accompanied by an adult, excluding alcoholic beverages. Maximum 2 free kids per unit paid. Mandatory green tax of USD 6 per child per night will be charged. GALA DINNER: Please note that the property has a mandatory Gala Dinner on December 24, 2018 and December 31, 2018. All charges are to be paid at the property directly. Rates are as follows: December 24, 2018: USD 385 per adult, inclusive of all taxes USD 192 per child, inclusive of all taxes December 31, 2018: USD 490per adult, inclusive of all taxes USD 245 per child, inclusive of all taxes GENERAL POLICIES: Please present the same credit card used to guarantee your booking when checking in / making the payment at the hotel. Please note that property may contact the cardholder for verification purposes. Due to safety and privacy concerns the operation of unmanned aerial systems or drones by any of guests including model aircraft by recreational users and hobbyists is prohibited.

Features of W Maldives

Food and drink

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Restaurant (à la carte)
  • Restaurant (buffet)


  • Room service
  • Meeting/banquet facilities
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Business centre
  • Laundry
  • Dry cleaning
  • Vip room facilities
  • Fax/photocopying
  • Luggage storage
  • Concierge service
  • Daily maid service


  • Sauna
  • Fitness centre
  • Spa and wellness centre
  • Massage
  • Hot tub/jacuzzi
  • Outdoor pool


  • Newspapers
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Safety deposit box
  • Air conditioning


  • Garden
  • Airport shuttle
  • Fishing
  • Babysitting/child services
  • Family rooms
  • Games room
  • Breakfast in the room
  • Bridal suite
  • Internet services
  • Billiards
  • Table tennis
  • Karaoke
  • Gift shop
  • Windsurfing
  • Library
  • Canoeing
  • Bbq facilities
  • Tour desk
  • Diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Shops (on site)
  • Wifi
  • Private beach area
  • Snack bar
  • Sun terrace
  • Nightclub/dj
  • Special diet menus (on request)
  • Water sport facilities (on site)
  • Airport shuttle (additional charge)
  • Shared lounge/tv area
  • Mini-market on site
  • Beachfront
  • Open-air bath
  • Public bath
  • Wheelchair accessible


  • Free WiFi available