There are many things that have been said and written about the Maldives and they mostly all sing praises of its unrivalled beauty. The tropical nation in the Indian Ocean is made up of 26 coral atolls, all of which are made up of hundreds of islands that dot the vast pristine waters of this idyllic paradise. Known for its stunning white-sandy beaches, blue lagoons, extensive reefs and luxurious resorts; it’s not surprising to see why tourism remains this nation’s trump card.
With numerous attractions and activities luring all sorts of visitors, the Maldives delivers all the necessary ingredients for the ultimate vacation. And whether you’re an avid sport fisherman, keen diver or just a vacationer looking to kick back and relax with Mother Nature, rest assured the Maldives has everything one needs for a true holiday of a lifetime. It also ranks as one of the top destinations for couples and honeymooners.
But holidaying here does leave a holidaymaker spoilt for choice owing to the multitude of resorts that have occupied its numerous islands. Every resort in the Maldives is its own private island, and there’s roughly a hundred to choose from. And each and every single one of them delivers an amazing tropical getaway experience set against a backdrop of back-to-nature tranquillity. It’s certainly hard to pinpoint which resort truly offers the best but by all accounts, The W Resort & Spa -Maldives ranks up there with the best this holiday destination has to offer.
Luxurious Private Playground
Laid back and luxurious, the W Resort & Spa -Maldives truly lives up to its intent of being its very own private tropical island paradise. The luxury retreat features 78 private retreats and suites all of which are themed and located against the island’s best attributes. The Beach Oasis offers easy access to the beach with a roof deck that delivers expansive views of the ocean.
The Ocean Oasis and Lagoon Oasis are built over the island’s crystal clear lagoon and come with portholes on the floor to view the marine life below. There are also three WOW Ocean Escape junior suites and an Extreme WOW Ocean Haven, which represents the brand’s version of the Presidential Suite as well. Each chic and spacious retreat exudes a perfect blend of W’s innovative architectural design and contemporary living aesthetics built within the confines of island village simplicity. Each features its own infinity plunge pool/Jacuzzi, sundeck and modern amenities including a BOSE sound system, 42-inch plasma TVs, spacious indoor and outdoor living areas, outdoor tropical showers and day beds for lolling in the lap of luxury.
The resort’s main appeal lies in its Whatever/Whenever concept, which is an extension of a concierge service executed in W’s indomitable fashion. The resort’ staff prides itself on ensuring the utmost care and attention are provided towards each and every guest so that they remain totally at ease throughout their holiday. The friendly vibe aside, the W Resort & Spa -Maldives also offers a wide variety of excursions and facilities, to keep its guests occupied.
Watersports and water-based activities remain this resort’s main attractions. World class dive spots are just a short hop away, whilst the resort’s rich and highly impressive house reef is easily accessed from the beach itself. Adventure seekers may also opt for a SeaBob experience, which is essentially an underwater scooter and even jetski or parasail high above the surrounding waters. You could also take a sunset cruise or take a sea kayak out for a spin as well or just lounge by the designer pool or on one of the numerous patches of white sandy beaches around the island.
Rest & Recharge
Relaxation is a key component on this island getaway and the resort has curated a number of holistic and pampering options for guests to decelerate and enjoy themselves at The W. The Away Spa carries a number of relaxing and indulgent treatments for guests to pamper themselves with. From traditional massages to body wraps, sunburn soothers and scrubs and tropical therapies and individual cleansing steam baths, guests can choose from any of these to help them on their journey to transformation. The Spa also hosts daily Yoga sessions during the early hours of the morning where practitioners can meditate with poses whilst the sun rises across the Indian Ocean.
Exquisite F&B Options
What’s a breakaway without delicious food? The W Resort & Spa -Maldives certainly places a huge importance on its F&B offerings and they’ve even conceptualised a theme to tempt diners. Each of the six bars and restaurants carry the resort’s ‘Ocean To Table’ concept, which offers a strong focus on the freshness of the local catch prepared with a Southeast Asian flair.
For all day-dining, the KITCHEN bistro serves up a delectable spread of east and west fare throughout the day. Evenings are best spent at FIRE, where chefs fire up four different barbeques where the daily fresh catch and meats are enticingly grilled to perfection. For expansive views of the Indian Ocean and sunsets opt for FISH, the newly restyled and elegant signature venue set over the water or the adjacent SIP for pre or post dinner cocktails.
For an even more private affair, the Gaathafushi island and the resort’s team of chefs are ready at your beck and call if you so choose to dine the evening away under the stars in a more intimate setting. To dance the night away, 15 BELOW, with its very own resident DJ will gladly serve you and your party till the wee hours of the morning.
For more information on The W Resort & Spa log on to www.wretreatmaldives.com.