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10 Incredible Features That Put The WOW In W Maldives


W Maldives was the very first retreat created by the W Hotels Worldwide. The CEO and creator of the W Hotels, Barry S. Sternlicht said, “With its’ pure white sand beaches, turquoise lagoons and careful and pristine approach to tourism, the Maldives is an excellent location for our first W resort”. 

W Maldives has come a long way since its official opening in 2006. Owned by the world’s fastest growing luxury brand, the W Maldives continues to thrive and flourish even a decade later. Let’s take a look at what makes this exotic island a ‘luxury playground’.

1. Whatever/ Whenever Policy

W Maldives’ Whatever/Whenever policy dares you to think up whatever your heart desires during your stay, and the staff will be happy to oblige. At the crack of dawn or midnight, the Whatever/Whenever team claims, “We’re always here for you. Anything. Just ask”. Now, this is a hotel policy we can get on board with.

2. W Airport Lounge

After exhausting hours of travel and multiple flights, the last thing you want to do is wait around in a crowded airport. Thankfully, this is where the W Lounge comes in. Your long-awaited holiday journey begins here, at the Velana International Airport of Maldives. W Maldives has it’s very own private airport lounge where you will be escorted to as soon as you land. With bags out of hand and welcome drinks instead, you have a chance to freshen up, relax, and even have some snacks while you wait for your seaplane journey to W Maldives.

3. House Reef To Die

As your 25 minute seaplane ride ends and you land on sea, the first thing you notice is the blindly beautiful hues of blue. W Maldives is home to the one of the best house reefs found in the Maldives. The resort offers an adventure of a lifetime, a chance to swim and snorkel with turtles, rays and reef sharks. The house reef is accessible anywhere on the resort, just walk a few steps outside your villa and jump in.

4. Gaathafushi Island –  The Private Island

Gaathafushi is a pristine little secluded island, for guests to reserve to spend the day or stay overnight. You can escape away to this wild gem only moments away from W Maldives, to indulge in complete peace and serenity. You can reserve the island for romantic dinners, surprise proposals or just to lounge around on your very own island, because who hasn’t had that dream? The private island comes with a personal chef who will prepare your dinner, and if you do decide to stay the night, breakfast will be brought to you from the Resort. Hurrah!

5. ESCAPE – Luxury Yacht

W Maldives’ very own private luxury yacht, ESCAPE, is available for guests to charter and voyage over the dazzling Indian Ocean. Guests can charter the yacht for Dinner On Escape, with your own private chef preparing your favorite cuisine to wine and dine at sea. The luxury yacht is also available for a Sunset Cruise; for sunset lovers, and Overnight Experience; for guests to encounter whale sharks at the south of Ari Atoll. ESCAPE is also available as an airport transfer; for guests to cruise from W Maldives to the Airport, island hopping and snorkeling along the way.

6. Fifteen Below

Pushing the limits of the Whenever/Wherever concept, Fifteen Below is the one and only underground nightclub in the Maldives. Aptly named, the underground Sushi Bar and Nightclub is 15 feet below the sand. With a resident DJ playing electrifying music, you can enjoy the authentic Japanese dishes served at the club, inspired by the graffiti artist who designed the eccentric nightclub; Shiro One. For guests who want to dance with a vodka in hand, after a long lazy day at the beach, 15Below is the place to be.

7. AWAY Spa

For a much needed proper pamper session guests can visit the AWAY Spa, the private sanctuary located a long ways from everything else at W Maldives. The AWAY Spa is known for it’s unique and personalized treatments. The spa therapists will customize a special spa therapy suited solely for your body’s needs. Each treatment is at an outdoor veranda that comes with a bathtub, rain shower and lounge bed. It provides an unmatched view of the house reef and horizon, for when you just need to get AWAY.


To make sure the guests can venture deeper into the mystical waters and beach lifestyle of Maldives, the resort has WAVE; a water sports center, and DOWN UNDER; a diving center. W Maldives provides the best of the best water sports experience that you can have. WAVE is fully equipped to take you parasailing, water skiing, windsurfing, tubing, wake boarding, jet skiing; you name it. DOWN UNDER will take you to the best dive sites in the Maldives and offers free diving, beginner and advanced diving courses.

9. Taste Paradise At W

W Maldives offers incredible possibilities for dining and drinks. Visit KITCHEN for breakfast with a twist of Maldivian flavors. Stop by FISH for specialty seafood dishes and the origins of Maldivian cuisine. Enjoy a beach barbecue under the stars and dancing palm trees, at FIRE. Quench your thirst at SIP while you enjoy a breathtaking sunset. Have a cocktail during a dip, at the swim-up pool WET bar. W Maldives also offers the option to dine wherever you want on the island, just pick a spot and they will take care of the rest. 

10. The W Talent

Last but not least, the team at W Maldives referred to as the ‘W Talent’ have an exceptional line-up of hard workers and friendly locals. A memorable holiday is not complete without warm and inviting islanders. The character and reputation of W Maldives would surely not be what it is today without the dedication of their staff. The 11 prestigious international travels awards received by W Maldives, is a testament to that.

 The W Maldives has most certainly lived up to Mr. Barry S. Sternlicht’s vision and idea for the resort when it was initially launched. Through out the years, W Maldives has wonderfully upheld their standards and reputation, all the while providing an incomparable holiday experience.  See you in Maldives, see you in W.    

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What to Pack for a Trip to the Maldives: A Complete Guide

From bikinis to sundress, let's uncover everything you need to pack for a short getaway to the Maldives!

Dressing for the Maldives is both about fashion as well as practicalities. This can make packing for the Maldives a little complicated for many. How many bikinis do I need to pack? Do I need an evening gown? Do resorts in the Maldives provide sunblock and sandals? These are all valid questions for a first-time traveller to the Maldives, or any tropical beach destination!

So, here is your guide on what to pack for your next trip to the Maldives.

How many Bikinis do I Need to Pack?

The answer to this question depends on a few factors. How many days are you travelling for? Are you planning to partake in lots of watersports activities? Regardless, the easy route to this answer is, that you can never pack too many bikis to a tropical destination. You can pack 10 bikinis for a 10-day vacation or 20 bikinis to switch things up more often. From experience, one thing about a trip to the Maldives is, that whether it rains or whether it’s scorching hot, beach day never gets cancelled. So you can never pack too many bikinis or beach wear.

It’s not just a practical choice, but packing more beach wear can also free up a lot of space in your travel bag for other essentials. If you’re going on a romantic getaway, we do recommend bringing a few sun-dresses for a nice dinner or cocktail party. Depending on the resort you book, white parties and themed nights are like small festive activities you can dress up for. You can either plan ahead and bring outfits coordinated for white parties or themed nights. But if you don’t have any space in your luggage to pack for these occasions you can always buy a brand new dress at the boutique shops. You can find these in most resorts in the Maldives. In addition to cute sun-dresses and evening gowns, guests can also purchase bikinis, trinkets and jewellery at these stores.

If you’re thinking of going island hopping, we do recommend bringing something more covered up. Unlike the resorts, in local islands travellers are not allowed to wear bikinis (unless there is a specified bikini beach). You can still wear shorts, sundresses and short-sleeved shirts!

Do I need to Pack Sandals for a Trip to the Maldives?

If you have any shoes packed into your luggage, we recommend switching them with your most comfortable pair of sandals. Or you could save more space by not bringing any additional footwear. In almost any resort in the Maldives, guests are presented with a pair of sandals and in-door slippers in the villa. In addition to this, resorts also provide beach bags and beach towels.

Upon arrival, you may also notice that most people just prefer to walk barefoot on resorts. After all, it’s all just sandy and beach in the Maldives! After a long day at the beach, you can always wash off in front of the villa before going in. So, sandals or flip-flops are the least of your worries here.

One addition you might want to make is a sun hat, sunglasses and beach cover-up. This is especially important for those who are new to tropical weather. It’s always best to keep yourself protected, even on vacation.

What are Some Essentials to Bring on My Trip?

Although you can find most things you need at resort shops, if you are someone who sticks to certain brands there are a few things you can bring. In addition to your cosmetics, we highly recommend bringing your favourite sunblock. You can always purchase them in resort shops if you forget. One recommendation when buying sunblock for the Maldives is to ensure it is reef-friendly. This way, you can keep yourself and nature protected at the same time.

Since a trip to the Maldives is often a long journey for many, we also fully recommend getting travel insurance. While this is not the most fun part of trip planning to the Maldives, it is essential. Travel insurance is the best way to safeguard your trip against any mishaps.

Another not-so-fun part of trip planning is thinking about an adapter. It is often a travel mishap that everyone faces. How many times have you been to another country and faced the struggles of not being able to plug your electronics into charge? Whether you’re going to Maldives or anywhere else in the world, getting a universal adapter is always a smart move to make.

Leave your Visa stress behind when you’re booking a vacation to the Maldives. In this country, it’s visa-on-arrival for travellers! As long as you have 6-month validity to your passport and a return ticket, you should be good to go!

If you’re not looking to have a Kim Kardashian moment, stop worrying about what accessories to pack for your trip to Maldives as well. Leave the luxurious pieces behind and embrace the island life. But if you really don’t feel like parting ways with your jewellery, most resorts provide safe boxes for your valuables.

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