Rated 5 out of 5 by David Paradise on Earth
Warm and personalized service - almost all the staff seemed to know us by name or by our villa number. The W Insider, Ku, proactively reached out to us to see if we had any needs, and made sure that our special requests were attended to.
Very, very beautiful setting - the Ocean Oasis was perfect. Recommend doing an in-villa BBQ. House reef was rich with marine life, so snorkelling was sufficient, but the introductory dive lesson was fun.
Will definitely return to this excellent resort.
April 25, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Gustl Das Hotel lässt keine Wünsche offen
Das Hotel ist sehr schön mit sehr viel Liebe zum Detail gemacht. Das Personal sehr aufmerksam, freundlich und unaufdringlich - einfach perfekt. Es gibt bei diesem Hotel aus unserer Sicht gar keinen Kritikpunkt. Wir hatten einen tollen Strandbungalow beim Spa den wir jedem sehr empfehlen können. Auch das Essen ist excellent. Alles in allem hatten wir einen Traumurlaub bei dem keine Wünsche offen blieben. Herzlichen Dank für die tolle Zeit in diesem tollen Hotel. Wir würden jederzeit wieder hin fahren!
May 16, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Amar29 Recent Maldives trip - 7 Nights May
My wife and I stayed at this resort for our wedding anniversary. Having spent our honeymoon at the St Regis Bora Bora we had high hopes and expectations of the W @ Maldives.
firstly, Maldives as a whole has a huge commercial drive which is frankly quite annoying as you are confronted with this from the get go. Being someone who likes to get acquainted and accustomed to my surroundings first I find this quite unnerving. This starts at the W reception at the Maldives airport.
Half of our day was spent waiting at this reception as the transport to the resort is done via cost effective sea plane. In our experience this took an hour to arrive. Not a great start to a 5* deluxe and priced resort.
We stayed in a beach room as we had already experienced a premium overwater room at Bora Bora so we wanted a change.
The rooms are very outdated and small. The bathroom is lovely but at 5:30pm everyday you are chocked by the mosquito prevention spray. There is no protection from this.
We were also shocked by the cleanliness of rooms, no effort is made to sweep the floors or to thoroughly clean the rooms. Also our sofa in the outside garden area was filthy and only cleaned when we complained. I got a rash on my back on the 4th day and got the doctor to come to check me out. She said it probably came from the pool in the room as we had rain showers during the night over the last few days - why wasn't it cleaned. She gave me some cream and wanted $10, I told her to put it on the room and it never showed on the final bill.
The people/staff at the hotel are very nice, I was impressed by Steve the GM and the local Maldivian staff, who work really hard and are attentive. The problem with this resort is the skill and creativeness of the staff, there isn't any. There is no touch in elaborating the Whatever Whenever brand and executing this, I simply just didn't get it. The hotel service, creativeness, features and food options are very limited and tired.
The resort is nice but lacks style and youth, it did not live up to our expectation at all and this was sad for us as we wanted this place to be our yearly get away as Bora Bora is very far for us to travel.
In short for the price this did not live up to the hype of the W brand.
May 20, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Scoobysu Excellent location for honeymooners
Every detail of the resort was well thought out. We loved our ocean view water chalet. The surround sound Bose system in the room and outside on the sun deck added so much value to our enjoyment.
Keep up the great service levels.
April 29, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by lionqdl 完全超乎我的想象
May 11, 2013
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 5 out of 5 by PeteOnTheGo Phenomenal Resort
This resort did an amazing job of making our December 2012 honeymoon the trip of a lifetime.
We stayed two nights in a Beach Oasis and two nights in a Seascape Escape (the best Platinum upgrade we've ever had!)
Ku was incredible as our W Insider- she managed to find and mail back my wife's favorite jacket that was left in a closet
The only negative thing we experienced was the lounge at the seaplane terminal: the seating was really, really uncomfortable and the fumes from the seaplanes seemed to drift in. Of course, these are minor issues in light of the amazing service and exceptional experience we had at this resort.
February 4, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Domas I expected a lot, but hotel expected me too :)
Though definitely I had a package of expectations (as much as I try to avoid that when I travel), I could throw them all out pretty much on my first day, as it wasn't fair to use them for anything :)
Starting with my arrival to passing the security gate on my departure, hotel staff, including the awesome GM, was extremely helpful and welcoming, and I could relax at pretty much every moment without having a single negative thought.
It was a bit hilarious when we were taken around the island in a cart though, it looked much bigger that way, than on foot.
We stayed in lagoon-facing Ocean Oasis, the suite itself had enough of space in it even if you didn't want to go out to the terrace or other parts of the island.
Bath facilities were great too, both outside pool/shower, and roomy internal one with huge bathtub and spacey shower. Romance stuff (candles et al) were provided as well ;-)
Living room had a good enough sound system, WiFi was of much higher quality than Starwood-standard, and could easily drive Spotify connected to in-room Bose sound system, albeit outside speakers were a bit silent, for sake of neighbors...
The ocean can be a bit loud, depending on weather, especially at night - though I loved it, for someone who doesn't stand nocturnal noises probably beach villas are better choice.
I didn't try SPA facilities, but my spouse did and was extremely satisfied by them. I chose instead to take out the catamaran - lots of warm wind and not too choppy waves make it one of best activities you can do, if you are not into windsurfing (there's also kite-surfing, kayaking, and seabob for the lazy).
We did snorkel a lot (house reef is quite amazing), though lagoon-facing room did not have that easy access to the reef - had to cross the lagoon, and I "lost" in a dead-end once, when trying to figure out the safe passage. I took a introduction to scuba-diving that was easy way to go a bit deeper. I went with a group that had one panicking person, so I guess I got way more freedom than usually... Though probably it isn't the best spot for die hard scuba divers - for a casual dive there're plenty of opportunities.
I should definitely highlight an expedition with island's marine biologist - while we were heading towards more interesting reef we had great conversation - he sure qualifies for a biologist position. We got to see a shark, a turtle and a ray circled us few times within a very short period of time. Plenty of excitement :-)
As for food - breakfast was truly superb, and dinner options were great too. Sushi cooking lesson was a decent introduction to their Fish restaurant, which definitely has better chefs than me - a truly delicious fresh seafood is what you should expect at premium Maldives property.
Fire grill was rather unexpected experience - all you can eat meat was really tasty and plenty. An easy way to get into meat coma though - there're just way too many grill choices (and styles) to taste, and all of them are great. There was one tiny moment where waiters suggested waiting for order at the table and forgot to deliver, though (thats the only negative moment I decided to lie about at the introduction of this review).
Bars served great drinks, and a complimentary drink here and there was always nice. I truly failed at going to their nightclub (decided to go there on Friday, which is probably bad idea in a Muslim country).
Last but not the least, the vibe at this hotel was exactly what I wanted for my vacation - nothing too posh, all the luxury was in the simplicity and understanding needs of a young traveler.
Music, design, etc - definitely reminded of bustling W lifestyle in large cities, yet it was properly adjusted for a holiday destination.
I didn't feel just welcome, I felt expected, so I could simply relax and escape.
February 23, 2012