Located in the North Ari Atoll, the luxurious W Retreat & Spa Maldives is just a 30 minute seaplane transfer from Male. Guests get into the groove right at the Male International Airport, where they sip cocktails on Balinese daybeds while awaiting their transfer to the Ari Atoll islands. A sophisticated luxury playground, W Retreat & Spa Maldives offers exclusivity, escape, and indulgence in a pristine seaside sanctuary. Guests may choose from the overwater Ocean Oasis or Beach Oasis with upstairs lounge. The villas are a perfect blend of W’s forward-thinking design and contemporary living esthetics combined with island life simplicity.
Credited with having the best home reef in the Maldives, each of the Ocean Oasis villas feature glass floors offering an insider’s view to a world of sea turtles, manta rays and colourful reef fish. The DOWN UNDER dive centre has everything from PADI beginner’s course to overnight trips to one of the Maldives’ most incredible dive sites, Hammerhead Heaven. Furthermore guests can indulge their inner water-baby with kite surfing, water skiing, windsurfing, and wakeboarding.
ESCAPE, the W Retreat’s luxury two cabin yacht, is a traditional two masts Gullet which has been stylishly refurbished to reflect the laid-back vibe of W. For private hire, ESCAPE is a chance a drift away in the turquoise world of coral reefs, deserted islands and pristine dive sites. For those looking for the ultimate Robinson Crusoe experience, take the 10-minute boat trip to uninhabited Gaathafushi Island, W’s own secluded island available for private rental.
For a true island party, book the 5,000-square-foot two-bedroom Ocean Haven suite, the ultimate private water world with a full-size infinity pool, wraparound outdoor deck, and glass-bottom living room. The impressive young team lives up to the “whatever/whenever” promise, delivering discreet evening turndowns precisely at the appointed hour
At Fish restaurant, the fresh sashimi practically swims to the table and Fire provides a twice-weekly show of edible pyrotechnics. Sip sits adjacent for those who prefer to imbibe quietly aboveground while international DJs spin at 15 Below, the resort’s underground cave of cool. White sails shade the open-air Away Spa where Balinese therapists knead in harmony with the waves.
One can benefit from a wireless Internet connection, provided free of charge. If you need to work while away, then this resort has a business center and technology support staff. You can also benefit from exhibit space, a computer station, an Internet point and event catering. Thanks to the concierge desk in the lobby you can find out where to go and what to avoid during your stay. The lobby also has free newspapers and a safe is available at the front desk.
In all ways, W Retreat & Spa Maldives keeps very high standards and seduces at first glance by its architecture and its atmosphere. Sophisticated and glamorous, the Resort guarantees, their guests the ultimate getaway.