W Retreat & Spa Maldives

Location Distance from Airport Transfer Type No. of Rooms
North Ari Atoll 72km. from Malé International Airport 20 mins. from Airport by Speedboat 78 Rooms

Get away from reality. W Retreat & Spa – Maldives is a tropical playground in the Indian Ocean that's perfect for relaxing, playing, and recharging for your next adventure. Connect with inner peace and go along with the pace of island life. Succumb to an inviting concept of dazzling blue waters, spectacular reefs and pristine sands infused with style and soul – you're no longer part of the everyday.


Beach Oasis

Bask in the designer simplicity of this bi-level beachfront retreat. A spacious outdoor lower deck (118 square meters) covers all the custom amenities of absolute tropical luxury, starting with a plunge pool and a circular daybed, nestled within absolute privacy. Dipping in the crystal clear Indian Ocean or running your toes through pristine white sands is just moments away on your doorstep. Stay indoors forever with the 42" plasma TV, BOSE® sound system, complimentary High Speed Internet Access, king-sized signature W bed, wine fridge and delightful Munchie Box. Bathe under blue skies or bright stars in the open roof bath area with standalone bathtub, rainforest shower and Bliss® Spa bath amenities. Upstairs, a double daybed, fridge and BBQ area beckon in hideaway living space, complete with unobstructed sweeping views of the coast and soothing sea breezes.

Ocean Oasis

Spy on the island's marine life in this over-water one-bedroom retreat perched above a transparent lagoon – do it all from the privacy of your plunge pool, your sundeck, or through the glass bottom floor. Outside, dip into the private plunge pool or hang out on the deck, where you can soak up the sun on the circular daybed or draw the curtains for a nap in the shade. Fire up the grill for barbeque bites or cool down with a fine vintage from the wine fridge. Get in and stay connected with the 42" plasma TV, BOSE® sound system and complimentary High Speed Internet Access, even though you're miles from everywhere. A glass floor in the air-conditioned bathroom creates the effect of being part of the ocean when you shower – Bliss® Spa bath amenities sweeten the fun. Flip a switch so underwater lights illuminate the aqua landscape beneath the living room's glass floors – watch what comes alive at night. Another great after-dark scene: the king-sized signature W bed, where sweet dreams happen.

Ocean Oasis Lagoon View

Lounge, gaze, and sigh in contentment – do this all day in this over-water one-bedroom retreat overlooking the breathtaking turquoise lagoon, where you can also take the plunge with direct access from your deck. Swim, snorkel or drift along – take your pick. On the privacy of the sundeck, kick back in the plunge pool or recline on the circular daybed – bask in sunshine or draw the curtains to snooze in the shade. Live the island life with snacks on the barbeque and delight in your favorite vintage perfectly chilled in the wine fridge. Stay close to the marine life when glass panels in the floor indoors reveal beautiful ever-changing aqua scenes. A whole new world reveals itself after dark when you flip a switch to illuminate the underwater nightlife. Mix it up with the 42" plasma TV, BOSE® sound system and complimentary High Speed Internet Access. A glass floor in the air-conditioned bathroom makes showering a surreal experience as Bliss® Spa bath amenities complete the fun. Reenergize in the king-sized signature W bed so you can do it all again the next day.

Seascape Escape

Unwind to the ultimate degree in this two-bedroom junior suite that stretches over water, a private playground of serenity and never-ending ocean views. Never run out of room to wander, lounge, revel and relax with a super-spacious sundeck, where an oversized infinity plunge pool and sophisticated design elements surprise in style at every turn. Spend all day swimming or snorkeling in the gorgeous lagoon with direct access just down the steps from your deck. Catch your breath with a siesta on the daybed, also a perfect spot for stargazing all night long. Grill up a feast on the barbeque, and indulge on the freshest catch of the day with a fine vintage from the wine fridge while kicking back at the indoor/outdoor living space with comfy couches and a dining area. A refreshment center, powder room and glass floor complete the vibrant setting. Drift away to dreamland in the master suite's king-sized signature W bed with spectacular views of the horizon and a 50" plasma TV in the sitting area. In the junior suite with its own bathroom and entertainment area with 43" LCD TV, snuggle up in twin signature W beds.

Ocean Haven

Live the tropical dream in this everything-you-want two bedroom villa extending over our beautiful lagoon, where the gently lapping Indian Ocean sets a relaxing rhythm for lounging and hanging out. Kick back under the cool collection of vibrant, innovative and eclectic custom furnishing and amenities we've curated under the rustic thatched roof, amplified by original and bright design elements. In the sprawling master suite, panoramic views of the ocean create a breathtaking backdrop for chilling out in the sitting area or slumber in the king-sized signature W bed under the cathedral ceiling. An oversized circular bathtub means unlimited fun with Bliss® Spa bath amenities. The seascape setting continues to unfurl in the junior suite with twin signature W beds and a private bathroom. Each suite has a 42" plasma TV. Cozy up in the lounging couch and enjoy the 50" plasma TV and BOSE® Hi-Fi set, as a kitchenette has your favorite snacks and drinks within reach and a powder room makes freshening up convenient. The glass floor keeps stunning underwater views just a peek away. Step out through sliding floor-to-ceiling window for golden sunshine and soothing sea breezes – the indoor/outdoor lounge turns entertaining up a notch with lounging chairs and a bar. Slip into the oversized infinity edge plunge pool with bubbling Jacuzzi seats, or find a spot for basking on the wraparound sundeck – the daybed is perfect for stealing forty winks. Go off the edge – literally – with direct access to the lagoon, for whenever you feel like a dip.


Get your heart pumping with our dynamic range of water adventure and sea sport equipment in one of the best spots in the world to get wet and wild – thrills and spills are guaranteed!

Free Activities
- Molokini "transparent glass" canoes
- Snorkel equipment (Mask, Fins and Snorkel)
- Hobie pedal kayaks
- Windsurf boards & sails (only for the experienced & after check fly)
- Kite rig (only for the experienced & after check fly)

WAVE Activities
- Parasailing
- SeaBob
- ESCAPE, our two mast luxury Sailing Yacht
- Gaathafushi, the W Maldives' own private island
- Big Game Fishing on Castaway
- Traditional Maldivian Night Fishing
- Guided Snorkel Tours
- Kitesurfing
- Romantic DHO sailing (traditional Maldivian Dhoni/boat)
- Catamaran sailing
- Windsurfing
- Private Speed boat hire
- Watersking, Wakeboarding, Monoski

Opening Hours: 09.00 AM - 06.00 PM daily.

Find your surge of ENERGY on the first floor above WET® - a fitness center, library and activities room to keep you buzzing all the time.

SWEAT® Fitness Center
Work out overlooking the Indian Ocean with an energizing array of cardiovascular equipment, weight machines, dumbbells and other body conditioning tools any time you like, with 24/7 access with your key card.

Watch your favorite films or discover a cinematic delight you've never seen before – our comprehensive library features the latest and greatest DVDs. Just ask our Whatever/Whenever® team and they'll make movie magic happen for you.

Do it all in our spacious multi-purpose area, where the action never ends. Try aqua aerobics, SWEAT® circuit training, pool games, beach games, billiards, table soccer, table tennis , and more, and play to your heart's content. You might get distracted by the beautiful lagoon views!


Who wants to play? WAVE our water sports facility will outfit you. Unwind at Away® Spa. Go DOWN UNDER and get geared up with the latest diving equipment, then go on a reef or wreck tour. Get physical at Sweat® Fitness Center or simply take in the tropical paradise where every effort has been made to preserve the natural beauty, marine life and delicate ecosystem.

Down Under:
Diving Sites
Explore some of the world's best dive sites right on our doorstep.
- Maaya Thila, Fishhead, Malhoss Thila, Himendhoo Thila - to name just a few.
- Breathtaking house reef and our own Fesdu shipwreck.

Get into gear with our full range of the latest state-of-the-art water sports equipment.
- Bauer B-trox Nitrox and silent high pressure compressors.
- Latest top quality Scubapro diving gear and dolphin re-breathers.
- Cool underwater scooters and top quality underwater photo equipment.

Get certified with a full range of PADI courses.
- Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver and Divemaster.
- Specialty courses such as wreck, shark, nitrox, manta ray awareness, underwater photography, DPV (diver propulsion vehicle).

DOWN UNDER Signature Programs
- Star in your own aquatic adventure in a W underwater video.
- See the Fesdu and Halaveli wrecks up close and personal on a W Explorer two tank wreck dive.
- Move in super close to the action with Stealth diver, featuring the silent dolphin re-breather.
- Turn up the excitement on "Whale Shark Quest," an overnight trip on our two-mast luxury yacht ESCAPE to Whale Shark Point, south of Ari Atoll, where the world's largest fish reside.
- Up the thrills on "Hammerhead Heaven," an overnight trip on ESCAPE to the world-famous Hammerhead Shark Point, where you can swim with these larger-than-life creatures.

Customized Dive Boats
Take your expedition wherever you like on the super comfy (W)UNDER dive limousine, fully outfitted with fun 'après dive' facilities.
(W)UNDER includes:
- Full valet service.
- Sundeck.
- Post dive dry relaxation area.

Dive into your adventure and leave the logistics to us – we provide the best equipment and the best training.Quality safety equipment, DAN first aid kits, DAN twin cylinder oxygen kits.
- Quality safety equipment, DAN first aid kits, DAN twin cylinder oxygen kits.
- Mobile communications on all boats.
- All staff trained as emergency first responders.
- Professionally staffed medical center with decompression chamber reached within 45 minutes.

Eco Diving
Check out stunning marine life at W Marine biology station.
- Immerse yourself in guest educational programs, presentations, guided trips, and much more. - Embark on sea watching adventures with our resident W marine biologist.

Opening Hours: 09.00 AM - 06.00 PM daily.

Away Spa:
De-stress like never before at the award-winning AWAY® Spa, where you can turn off the world and emerge rejuvenated, revitalized and back in the game. Let's face it, your skin needs some love, and true relaxation is more than skin deep. From full body time-outs to sensational treatments to surprise your spirit, we'll whisk you AWAY from it all whenever you need it.

Push the pause button on life and revitalize the spirit with our expert techniques and methods using customized ingredients. As scattered scents ease you into complete relaxation, ambient ocean rhythms nourish your soul. All treatments include an aromatic steam bath, a tropical rain shower and/or a fragrant bath, and a refreshing body moisturizing treatment. Our 66 square meters of indoor and outdoor treatment areas, as well as four luxurious treatment villas, allow for total privacy as you undergo your complete renewal. Stay loose after your treatment by sipping on a refreshing drink on the wraparound sundeck, or come back for yoga or painting on the pavilion.

Leave everything to us, and you'll walk out of our signature destination spa experience with a new energy.

Available treatments:
- Massages
- Ayurvedic Treatment
- Body Treatment
- Facial Treatment for any skin type
- Hand and Foot Treatment

Wet Outdoor Infinity Pool:
Revel in a refreshing dip in our iconic WET® pool, amid beautifully landscaped surroundings and an infinity edge overlooking and at one with the Indian Ocean. Lounge on the sunbeds and bask in the golden Maldivian sunshine, or stop by the WET® Pool Bar for a moonlight martini.

Opening Hours: 24 hours daily (Unattended between 10.00 PM and 07.00 AM)

Gaathafushi - W Maldives Own Secluded Island:
Steal away to Gaathafushi, our private island, and dream up adventures of your own.

Just a stone's away throw from Fesdu island is Gaathafushi. This Fushi, a small island in old Dhivehi, is totally intact and wild - a tropical fantasy and the Retreat's own secluded island used for private rental by couples and groups.

W Maldives guests have their own tropical playground when reserving Gaathafushi. The island is yours, for the day or for an overnight 'Robinson Crusoe' experience.

Indulge in exquisite serenity while exploring the surrounding silent lagoon or hang out on the signature W Bed under a thatched roof. Unwind like never before while your own private chef sets up a special candle light BBQ as the sun dips over the horizon. Wake up as the sun rises and sample Chef Nikolaj's innovative breakfast cuisine.

Say "I do" on white sand overlooking the sparkling Indian Ocean. Celebrate with a romantic outdoor reception, lit by vibrant lanterns and toast your big day with a signature cocktail or two. Just let us know how to make your day spectacular and we'll do the rest.

Focus all your attention on each other – nothing else matters but the two of you in this ultimate romantic experience, where your journey together begins with a ceremony on the beach.
- Wedding ceremony at FIRE BEACH or on a CORAL TERRACE over the water, followed by a Champagne Aperitif.
- A 5-Course Private Dinner at a CORAL TERRACE with wine pairings, customized to your tastes.
- "Feel the love" turndown service on the night of the ceremony including a bottle of Champagne, W Botanical bed decorations and a candlelit hot W bath.
- A flirty breakfast in bed the following morning, served by In-Retreat Dining.

Connect with each other in the purest sense when you rediscover the balance between body, mind and spirit together, in the Indian Ocean's most glamorous spa. Indulge in AWAY® Spa's signature treatments in serene exclusivity.
- Three-hour AWAY Spa signature treatments.
- A Wedding Ceremony on the AWAY Spa floating platform followed by a champagne aperitif.
- A 5-Course Private Dinner at a CORAL TERRACE with wine pairings, customized to your tastes.
- "Feel the love" turndown service on the night of the ceremony, including a bottle of champagne, W Botanical bed decorations and a candlelit hot W bath.
- A flirty breakfast in bed the following morning, served by In-Retreat Dining.

Sail off into the sunset on the most romantic nautical getaway when we turn ESCAPE, our luxurious two-mast yacht, into your own personal boat. With a chef, private cabin, and a stunning deck, eat, drink, stargaze and spend the night under the Indian Ocean sky – a memorable way of embarking on your journey together.
- Wedding ceremony on deck of the ESCAPE at Sunset.
- 5-Course Private Dinner on board ESCAPE with wine pairings, customized to your tastes.
- "Feel the love" turndown service on the night of the ceremony, including a bottle of champagne and W Botanical bed decorations.
- A flirty breakfast in bed or on ESCAPE's deck the following morning, before returning to the island.

Ultimate Jetsetter
Celebrate this unforgettable occasion and have the entire island to the two of you and up to 120 of your closest family and friends (or keep it all to yourselves)!
- A Wedding ceremony wherever your want!
- The package includes all private chartered transfers, full board in all outlets, all spa treatments and water activities.

Escape - W Maldives Luxurious Yacht:
Sail away on ESCAPE, our two mast luxury yacht decked out for island-hopping fun.

With ESCAPE, discover secret and secluded places while cruising for a romantic sunset experience. For all the adventurous ESCAPE play's host to an overnight stay with two fully equipped cabin, hang out on the infinite sun deck while savoring our chef's creative cuisine aboard.


Abandon the expected and sample creative dining by Executive Chef Nikolaj Retpen in our three dining experiences, two lounge concepts and one underground nightclub that elevates glamorous fun.

Discover an around-the-clock culinary experience created with soul-satisfying food and complemented by ambiance and simplicity at KITCHEN, our unique and modern reinvention of the bistro.

Get ready for surprising, one-of-a-kind twists on simple dishes you know and love, as only served in our KITCHEN, while open cooking stations lets you keep an eye on all the action. Casual elegance, clean lines and unforgettable sunset views takes dining to a whole new radiant level, or cozy up in a semi-private niche. A wine safe keeps your favorite vintages fresh.
- Cuisine: Electic
- Atmosphere: All Day Dining
- Setting: Bistro
- Serving Style: Breakfast Semi-Buffet, Lunch, Dinner À la Carte
- Dress Code: Casual
- Smoking Permitted: Yes (in designated smoking area)

Opening hours: 07:00 AM - 11:00 AM; 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM; 07:00 PM - 11:00 PM daily

Get close to nature and go barefoot at our tables nestled among palm trees under the stars – FIRE is where free spirits can indulge in casual outdoor barbeque feasting and reconnect with nature.

Dig into spit-roasted lamb or suckling pig at the barbeque, or create an original dish from your favorite ingredients at the Mongolian barbeque station. An open-fire grill features a selection of quality meats and fresh local seafood to pleasure your palate. An open tandoor oven presents naan bread, marinated chicken, fish or seafood accompanied by a variety of curry dishes and traditional condiments.
- Cuisine: Barbeque
- Setting: Outside Seating
- Atmosphere: Fireside
- Serving Style: A la Carte
- Dress Code: Casual
- Smoking Permitted: Yes (in designated areas)

Opening hours: 06:00 PM - 11:00 PM (availability of beachside tables are subject to weather conditions) Schedule varies weekly.

Forget all pre-conceived notions of seafood at FISH, our over-water signature restaurant that infuses that chef's creativity with a wide selection of freshest catch of the day. With breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean, every table is the best seat in the house to taste fish from the surrounding reefs or international selections transformed into delicacies flirting with Asian sensibilities.

Pair your epicurean adventure perfectly with the largest selection of wine by the glass in the entire Maldives archipelago.
- Cuisine: Seafood
- Setting: Indoor/Outdoor Seating
- Atmosphere: Overwater with Ocean Views
- Serving Style: A la Carte
- Dress Code: Casual
- Smoking Permitted: Yes

Opening hours: 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM daily

Wet Pool Bar:
Glide up to our part pool bar/part poolside gourmet lounge where you can mix it up with our signature cocktails, light main courses, wood-fired pizzas, delicious burgers, bountiful salads, delectable Asian cuisine and sweet treats – without leaving the cool of the water.

Bask in the glow of special fiber optic illumination that dazzles the poolside area in a vibrant display of lights – that starry sky above will seem even closer than ever!
- Cuisine: Light Fare
- Setting: Poolside
- Atmosphere: Cocktail/Snacks
- Dress Code: Casual
- Smoking Permitted: Yes (in designated areas)

Opening hours: Daily 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Our WORDS (library), ENERGY (games room), SWEAT (gym) are located above on the first floor.

Mix it up. Hang out. Let your hair down. Our sunset lounge on the southwest end of the island completes any fabulous day with a breathtaking sunset view, breezes off the Indian Ocean and a soothing rhythm of the lapping waves. All of this paired with freshly prepared oysters, sushi, caviar and an extensive wine and champagne list. You wouldn't want to be anywhere else.

Mingle in the golden sunshine under blue skies or start your night on the right note with chilled beats and a spectacular starlit sky, as signature cocktails by our mixologists turns anytime you're here into a celebration of vibrant fun over water.
- Cuisine: Cocktails & Snacks
- Setting: Indoor/Outdoor Seating
- Atmosphere: Ocean & Sunset Views
- Dress Code: Casual
- Smoking Permitted: No

Opening hours: 05:00 PM - 12:00 AM daily

Step into the spotlight in the Maldives' only underground nightclub. Electrify the evening and groove to global rhythms from our resident DJ's turntable, or watch the action unfold from comfy divans with something from our signature cocktail list in hand. With more than 90 varieties of vodka at the bar and an extraordinary selection of spirits, a pulsating spectrum of electrifying energy keeps the scene surging into the night.
- Setting: Nightclub
- Atmosphere: Dancing
- Dress Code: Casual beachwear
- Smoking Permitted: Yes (in designated areas)

Opening hours: 09:30 PM - 02:00 AM Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday



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Last 5 reviews
9 November 2012
Annik H, Schoten, Antwerpen, Belgium

Best honeymoon ever

If your planning your honeymoon to the Maldives, don't look any further. The W retreat is heaven on earth...
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8 November 2012
Dustyisntit, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Paradise in the Maldives

The W stands for whatever, whenever. And they really do live up to this mantra. You do pay, and pay a lot, but if you really want value for your indulgence then this is the place...
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6 November 2012
goldenjays, Brisbane, Australia

W Maldives

We spent 4 nights at this property in July. We were very keen to do some snorkelling and also wanted to be in an over water lagoon. The W did not disappoint. Our room was large...
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2 November 2012
UpSrithanasakda, Bangkok, Thailand

Amazing time of my life

I booked the hotel via Atoll Paradise and they give me amazing consults so I booked here at W and everything is fabulously amazing. Perfect place for honeymooner...
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30 October 2012
Maria C, St. Petersburg, Russia

Best place in the world

This hotel is for sure one of the best (if not the best) from what we have seen around the world so far. From the first moment when they meet you at the airport and accompany to the lounge...
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