Rated 5 out of 5 by WarrenM Beautiful place with a personal touch
We had an Ocean Oasis (ocean view). Great snorkelling direct from our room. Room was well appointed and attractive in a more low-key than, say, W Seminyak but still with wow appeal.
The staff could not have been more friendly and helpful. We loved every meal but particularly recommend "Fish". One highlight was a private dinner held in the Welcome hut (moved from a coral terrace due to rain).
Another highlight for us was the beach. Too many tropical resorts have a great reef but W has beautiful beaches that can be just swum from.
Note that we have stayed at other resorts in the Maldives and other snorkelling destinations such as Fiji.
November 4, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by F4B10 Simply Best-in-Class
It was a very special vacation for me and my wife: the last one before our child was born (and probably the last one for some year ahead). And I selected W Maldives since it was my "dream" since I enjoyed SPG in 2007. It means: I had high expectations from the hotel!
From the moment our plane arrived in Male until we left the same airport one week later, I didn't have to worry about anything - W staff was there, extremely well prepared with information, to take care of us.
Some examples of how we felt special there:
- At least 90% of the time we were called by our names,
- Ku (W Insider) and all the Talents were extremely friendly and warm with us: everybody was aware of my wife's pregnancy and offered help, services, fresh juices and other amenities,
- The room was perfect! Always clean, supplied with fresh towels, great furniture;
- SPG Gold status recognition: all managers were aware of this fact from the 1st contact in Male airport until our departure, including the local amenities (sweets, special bottle of water, upgrades);
- Food: exquisite! Special the lobster on Fish, Noodles on Kitchen and the barbecue (we cooked in our terrace... it was a great experience and there is a lot of food! Highly recommended!)
- Great external area, specially the pool (suggestion: get a drink and stay looking for the ocean inside the pool)
- My favorite: go to Fish restaurant (on lounge area) at 5:30PM. Get another drink and see the sunset. The sun ends directly in Indian Ocean 50 minutes after you have seated. Take a lot of pictures and get one of them as your laptop's screen protector.
We are really thankful for W Maldives staff! I really recommend this resort for everybody! Even here in Brazil (with our great beaches and 14,000 km far from there) because it is a once-in-a-life experience enjoy this paradise!
February 14, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by VP244 Great W Experience
We enjoyed our stay at W Maldives. Good facilities, House reef is amazing, Food options great, Most of the staff were good. Special mention to Ali, Faruk, Spa girls (Tirka, Davia, Angel, boss), Evgeni, Shuripa for being so nice to us on our stay. Also, the sweet spots were a great touch! Our criticism is that Welcome desk were not very "welcoming" with enquiries, ie. while with other guests, not able to notice guests waiting for service or did notice but chose to continue non-W related enquiries forcing a long wait.
July 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Singhfamily WWWWWow
I rarely write reviews but this is a worthwhile exception. We came to the W Maldives to celebrate our 20th anniversary. From the spectacular seaplane arrival to the warm smiling faces and personalized attention the place was amazing. As a lifetime SPG platinum member I have seen a lot of properties but this is one of the best! The exclusivity makes it feel like its your own private island. Make no mistake, this place is expensive but the service makes it worthwhile. From the champagne bottle to an upgraded villa to a personalized DJ playing 80's tunes to a special Indian dinner by the ocean...the W staff made it a truly memorable experience! Thanks to all :)
June 29, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by kwjnewman Excellent
The island was everything we hoped for: beautiful, calm, relaxing. The facilities were excellent, clean and high quality.
However, the best aspect of this hotel by far is the staff. They are super-helpful and friendly, and efficient. In particular, Harpal's Indian food was wonderful, and he was very friendly and took so much time to talk us through what we wanted and liked. That was a real highlight, and I will be recommending to my friends.
The stay on Gaathanfushi was wonderful, too.
July 19, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by RayyaTH “Excellent stay and most enjoyable time ”
Superb property with excellent facilities.We stayed at the beach villa.We fell in love with the over water villa which allowed us direct access to shallow waters perfect for snorkeling. What really impressed us was the attentiveness of the staff and their professionalism ( Staff here are very friendly remember our name and remember my bf birthday :) )
Overall a very relaxing and most awesome vacation! Thank you W RETREAT & SPA - MALDIVES!!!
Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
July 4, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Viri Beutiful location
The food situation was not great. I do not like to have full price buffet as the only choice. Weould like to have the option for alacarte at times. Olso to have the kitchen closed every other day was a surprise. Really limits your choices of food. Olso the bedroom needs more lighting.and the stereo system was very complicated. Even the staff could not figure it out,so we could only use the tv. Olso,the day we arrived,the airconditioning was broken and was not fixed till late night.i wished it had been checked before we arrived.
May 13, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by DORIandATTILA Wooow - Probably the Best Honymoon destination on Earth !
It is hard to say in words what an amazing experience we got at the 4 days what we spent an Ocean Oasis. Unbelievable atmosphere, beautiful private apartman with own pool and with great Hi-FI and "signature" Music !
All of the Staff are just Great, and the Activities are awesome. Specially the seabob:)
Breakfast and Dinner also excellent.
However quite expensive, but It is worth every dollars.
We arrived with great expectations, but that 4 days were better what we hoped! :)
THANK YOU FOR THE 1000% HONEYMOON HIGHLIGHT !
I Hope we can come again Next Year!
February 10, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Angy amazing
the best Starwood property visited (after 1000 nights around the world) !
January 7, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Billy312 W retreats Maldives gave us a unforgettable honeymoon
Me and my wife came here for our honeymoon, and W Talents and management have made this an unforgettable holiday, and made us wanna come back again, and also explore other W retreats around the World.
W Maldives are simply amazing, all our demand has been made, the talents and the management are all great, love the food, love the service, and the room, When we thought the holiday can not get better, we got upgrade from paradise to Heaven (ocean oasis to Seascape escape!!) WOW! and the view are simply to die for!! we love every single minute staying this this island. we would like to thank, Chef Wolf, Marko, Haroon, whom made our stay wonderful, and last but not least Juan our diving instructor, gave me a diving experience of a life time!!
June 25, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by SonjiGeorge W Maldives Best Place on Earth
One week after returning from our Honeymoon we are still gushing on how ridiculously beautiful everything was. The staff went above and beyond from the moment they met us at the seaplane. From the GM (Jennifer) to Head of Operations (Steve) to F&B Talent to Housekeeping...This group pulled out all the stops. It truly is Whatever You Want Whenever You Want. Felt totally spoilt by them. Couldn't have ran into more friendly and genuine people....we truly loved our experience and would highly recommend it (actually we just did to this newly engaged couple). Everything is to die for...I loved our overwater bungalow and plunge pool. And yes some may think it's expensive but it's definitely a luxury that is worth it...in this case you truly get what you pay for.
Sonji & George
October 7, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by jametan Great focus on guests
Well-trained and awesome staff who are genuine in exceeding every expectation. Great property for getting away from it all, be it 3 or 10 days. Great pool party on Thursdays.
June 24, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by James W is the icon of Luxury resort in Maldives
W resort can not be compared with other resort in Maldives because W Maldives resort is very very special and luxurious.
W has luxury guest room, and all of facility is very very excellant designed and nice. and The food provided by each restaurants are very dilicious.
Expecially, The coral reef can be easily found in all of the part of in the lagoon of W Maldives Resort.
It has very good underwater environment, so impressive.
And the mangers and staffs are very kind and nice to to
April 22, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by sgimperial peaceful island
enjoying my holiday very much. My girlfriend told me the spa is excellent. I experienced vibrant marine life from snorkeling. W island is a gleaming pearl when you look down from Parasailing or wateraircraft. I am regret that i did not go to fishing. i friend i met in airport who cathed a young shark in nigh fishing activity ( of course you have to released it).
Fish and Kitchen's food is ok. WET is a good place to meet people and relax. i real dislike Fire's food due to the Scorched flesh.
Also, the swimming pool in the house is not friendly, the pool wall is made by coarse material. i scrathed my back in the pool.
anyway all shortcomings above can be avoid by yourself, But the beauty, elegance and style of W's environment is unparalleled. you must experience it by yourself!!
Don't forget bring earplug when you take the waterplane
July 29, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Boon Love the water bungalow
A very relaxing stay. Was upgraded to a water bungalow. The staff was fantastic especially Ms Ann Kashima who was truly outstanding, The entire team at breakfast was excellent esp Mr Faruk (i love his freshly blended juice and beautifully served cut fruits) and Mr Chiten the restaurant manager who is always engaging the guests during breakfast , as well as all the chef who takes time to mingle with the guestd.
September 5, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by renno50 Paradise
We have been to 3 resorts in the Maldives and this a fabulous place to holiday in the Maldives if you want a place to relax in comfort with friendly staff, good weather and good food.This resort had everything we wanted and is very professionally run in a very friendly way. I Would definately go to this resort again and would not hesitate to recommend it as I don,t think there come much better than this one.
March 8, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by LongLong A great experience from the beginning to the end. W is really a WOW resort, quality is outstanding in all respects
I and my loved one visited for our 2nd year anniversary on July 2012. The first word from both of us when we step out from the sea plan to the jetty is WOW. Is W and is really a WOW. Really a paradise place on earth. We stayed at the Ocean Oasis (Ocean View). We enjoyed very much the snorkeling excursions straight from your Ocean Oasis Retreat. From arrival at Male airport to our departure the service was outstanding and well as the professionalism and the friendliness of the Maldivian staff. The staffs there are very friendly, helpful and the most important thing is they carry a great smiles with them all the times which give a very good comfort level to the guest. Keep it up! Services was excellent and food is good. We ate at both Fish and Fire which were both excellent. The breakfast buffet was very well done. A great experience from the beginning to the end. We will be back again :)
January 8, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Joana The best place for honeymoon !!
I had wonderful time in Maldive W retreat & spa for 4 nights. [04/22/2012 - 04/26/2012]
It was my honeymoon.
Thanks to the nice people and the best service, we had such great time and experience.
Especially the fruit executive chef [paruk ?] and the manager [Vanus?] was very gentle and impressive.
If I have enough time to go Maldives once more, I will definitely choose W retreat & Spa again !!
November 12, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by PaulE home away from home
We were both so amazed at the service from everybody in the resort and how they all loved the brand W. No matter what we needed it was never too small a request and has resulted in us already booking to come back next year due to the people looking after this paradise.
Recommend the water retreats and the fire restaurant on the beach along with the indian cooking lessons.
April 20, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by nsdg The location was good,….but
food more expensive than I would expect and on top of it the food was not really that great, only option for good food was the fresh fruit, and fish, other than that , it was average for the cost of the room and travel to get there. staff were all pleasant and very nice and did their best bottom line, its far to get to and would not suggest that for the price
December 2, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mookymamypoko The best hotel
it's the best hotel in Maldives for me.It's very amazing and all staff service everything if i want.
May 16, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Angy113 Fantabulous Stay!
We had a great stay at W hotel and enjoyed our 4 nights stay to the max. The hospitality provided by the staff was great and attentive. The only disappointment was we unable to had join the Manta Ray excursion due to lack of people to join the said excursion.
The foods/meal very good especially the Seafood Dinner.
March 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Waleed32 Excellent Stay in W Retreat & Resort
First of all i thank your Team specially Operation Manager , F&B Associate Noor & All Team Members Your Team make my stay sucessful i enjoyed staying such a place were i forget my home. Its like my another House.
I will be choosing your Hotel as best Hotel i visited in my life. I always want to choose your hotel for staying.
Great Really Appericiate.
December 15, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Gabsini Nice, comfortable, might need slight refurbishment
Overall that was nice experience. Staff super helpful, place is magnificent, clean. Breakfast abundant. I did not really like only two points: 1. some furniture was a bit too old, like from the 80's, beginning of the 90s (or at least it looked like that). 2. Staff was constantly passing through my garden - that sort of ruined the feeling of privacy.
May 9, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Zach8989 This Retreat is good but not WOW
- Food selections can be better.
- Shouldn't be assigning guest a retreat that is near one that is doing renovation as the renovation seems to be dropping debri into the ocean, posting danger to guest doing snorkelling around the area.
- WAVE staff is less than friendly.
- Algae forming in the showers
- Amenities in the room is good.
November 24, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Andrella Best location, best staff, best vacation
It was the best vacation of my life because of the amazing caring staff and unique place!
May 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Tough Wonderful Experience
It's a wonderful and unforgetable experience staying in W Hotel Maldives. The envirnoment and the friendliness of the staffs are remarkable. Particullarly, staffs in Kitchen are so attentive to customers and the tasty food in the restaurant which are the areas that I highly recommended to others.
September 27, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 Amazing Location
As a travel agent I go away quite frequently, this one my favourite hotels! The location is amazing with great snorkelling every day. The food was the only thing I would suggest needed work, a lot of the menu options were very heavy with a lot of flavour at once.
November 27, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Angeline This hotel has great features
Everything in W is amazing to us. We have a very very wonderful honeymoon vacation here.
April 15, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by JULES111 Great hotel - all round
great all round experience. beautiful island. lovely atmosphere, excellent staff. my wife and i were spending our 10th wedding anniversary and this was an ideal location to catch up after hectic busy life in dubai with 3 kids !
December 10, 2013