Maldives resort reviews
W Retreat
trendy, stylish 5 star resort
February, 2013
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trendy, stylish 5 star resort


Free ice cream at 'sweet spots', the only underground night club in the Maldives, 'mixologists' mixing whatever cocktail you desire, and a 'whatever/whenever' policy daring you to think up whatever you want to do during your stay in W Retreat & Spa Maldives...
W Retreat & Spa is different. It's different from most 5-star resorts in the Maldives that seem to focus completely on relaxation, privacy and seclusion. And different seems to be exactly the thing W Retreat & Spa wants to be. It starts by offering board games in its seaplane lounge and continues on the island with playful writing, perfect 5-star service but without the formality, a ping-pong table in the swimming pool and all-you-can-eat ice cream stations scattered around the island.
The four spacious room types the resort offers (one kind of beach villa and three flavours of water villas) all come with a private swimming pool and the basic amenities you would expect in a 5-star resort.
Although some effort has been put into creating privacy for each villa, few seem to have complete privacy, either because of people passing in front of the beach villa's terrace or snorkelling past the water villas.
With very comfortable beds and spacious outside areas, all villas seem perfect for long, lazy days of doing nothing. But once you are done relaxing by the pool W retreat & Spa does have a lot more to offer.
Checking out the Maldives' only underground nightclub, 15below, is a must, and watching the sunset as the barman (or 'mixologist' as W would call him) mixes a cocktail especially to your wishes is my personal recommendation.
A spa with more than enough choice of treatments, a good sized gym, a nice beach, a beautiful house reef and an ample selection of water sports... W Retreat & Spa does have it all!
The buffet breakfast is of 5-star hotel quality and for lunch & dinner you can choose from 3 a-la-carte restaurants.
Do check out the special lunch offer they have available often in the form of a 'mobile lunch station' with delicious snacks, or go for a more creative option such as a dinner on a private island, dinner on a yacht, a barbecue in your villa or... 'whatever/Whenever'! Think of something you have always wanted to do and see if W can make the dream come true!
But of course, no resort is perfect and a resort like W might not be suitable for everyone - if you are looking for a stiffer approach to hospitality where the staff seem to be invisible when you don't need them and guests keep quiet and are barely found outside their rooms... then the funky, lively vibe of W Retreat & Spa might not be for you.
For anyone who does like the idea of a trendy, stylish resort where people dress classy for dinner and enjoy a night cap while listening to the latest dance music... W Retreat & Spa is the place for you!
Price/Quality comparison
With beach villas starting at around 750US$ a night including breakfast during low season, the rooms are, compared to other Maldivian 5-star resorts, good value for money (although definitely not the cheapest 5-star resort in the Maldives). But, don't forget you are on a remote tropical island. That means transportation to the island (by sea plane, 400US$ per person) and food & drinks on the island might be more expensive than you expect.
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