W Resort, a Beautiful Little Maldivian Island with Fantastic Snorkeling

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W Resort, a Beautiful Little Maldivian Island with Fantastic Snorkeling
Curator’s statement

We were in one of the overwater ocean rooms at the end of W Maldives with mostly expansive unobstructed views. We were entertained by planes landing right next to us in room 223 a couple times a day. It made for great photo ops!

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Where to stay

W Maldives

A storybook escape of overwater villas and powder-soft sand beaches made for relaxation and romantic strolls.

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  • There were music speakers on the overwater villa jetty and in the restaurant area, but it was low key and chill and at a reasonable volume. We enjoyed it!

  • Sip bar is the place to be for the stunning sunsets! There is a live DJ who does a great job. Amazing romantic ambiance with lighting and the location out over the water.

  • Fish was our favorite restaurant we loved the grilled scallops, tuna belly and creative side dishes as well as “ iron chef type” deserts. Just exquisite and gourmet.

  • Norberto, the executive chef, befriended us and it was generous to offer us tastes of scallop sausage (we were not too crazy about it, but it may appeal to others) complimentary oysters (loved!) and a double portion of tuna belly for my husband in the fish restaurant. He is a credit to the W family! The tuna belly was cooked just right and melts in your mouth good! Norberto was kind and personable, but with that said the food was a little hit and miss at times in kitchen. Fire and fish had wonderful settings and were an “experience” as well as delicious. We ordered the avocado ceviche and tuna salad more than once. So delicious!

  • A bottle of wine, flower art on the bed and chocolate anniversary cake was a sweet gesture.

  • I really loved the breakfasts. They were not as expansive as other resort buffets, but I enjoyed the fresh middle eastern small “tapas” servings of hummus , labneh, tabouli, crisp romaine lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, yogurt cups with açaí, goji berries and chia seeds. There is a variety of freshly made juices as well as the usual hot dishes, homemade breads and jams. Loved the coconut jam. A huge amount of freshly-cut tropical fruit as well as a station with spirulina, hemp seed, flax seed, nuts and seeds was appreciated! Espresso drinks were made perfectly. The sorbets, especially the coconut, was excellent.

  • Snorkeling was fantastic! Huge amounts of schools of tropical fish every shape size and colors. We circled the island everyday swimming for exercise as well as the underwater views. Little surprises everywhere everyday! Lots of Nemo fish hiding in the anemones. We checked out the huge lobsters hiding in the large rock by the drop off out from 222. Loved the overhangs and caves in that general area.

  • Lots of white snd black tip sharks, large turtles, not many rays. We did see a very large purple slinky type thing we found our was a diamond back squid egg case floating around.

  • The bed is very comfortable we slept well.

  • Huge decks with a lovely covered circular seating area and open to the sky for stargazing opportunity at night. The clear evening sky at night with the warm tropical breeze was so relaxing! Lovely!

  • They moved us to a beach room the last day and we loved the second story swing while gazing at the turquoise water through palms swaying and water lapping at the shoreline very pleasant and and peaceful.

  • Kayaking/ paddle boards were good fun! My husband tried a 30-minute jet ski and had a good time.

  • Staff is very very friendly and helpful. No complaints at all. They were all willing to do anything anytime to make our stay as memorable as possible! 5-star service with every request made.

  • The snorkeling was the highlight and what stood out for me and made it magical.

Another resort checked off the bucket list!

View of a plane
Sea side view
View of sea and sky

Need to Know

Gorgeous island, wonderful staff, fabulous snorkeling, white powdery sand beaches, good food and lots of water sports as well as pool and ping pong which we played daily.

This trip report is part of our ongoing series on travel to Maldives. In need of further inspiration? Check out Judy & Glenn Tudor’s guide, Paradise Found in the Maldives: A Tale of Two Islands.

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