New W resort creates luxury island playground


W Hotels Worldwide, the world’s fastest growing luxury hotel brand, has opened its first Retreat & Spa, W Maldives today.

A sophisticated luxury playground set on the private, exotic island of Fesdu, in the North Ari Atoll, W Retreat & Spa, Maldives, offers exclusivity, escape, and indulgence in a pristine seaside sanctuary. W Maldives features 78 private villas–each with its own plunge pool and sundeck; six gourmet eateries and cocktail bars, including 15 Below, the region’s only subterranean grotto bar, literally located 15-feet below Island surface; a wonderland of ocean exploration and adventures; and an over-water Away spa for ultimate rejuvenation.
design,” said Ross Klein, president, W Hotels Worldwide. “From Minneapolis to Milan, Hoboken to Hong Kong, W Hotels is going global as the influential and innovative lifestyle authority.
“With the launch of W Maldives, the first of many of our retreat product, W continues to extend beyond the boundaries of everyday travel, offering a magical mix of sexy destinations and sublime.”
Guests arriving at Male’ International Airport are invited into an exclusive W Lounge where they will begin their journey into paradise before boarding a seaplane and flying to the private island of Fesdu.
Surrounded by white-sand beaches, turquoise lagoons and breathtaking reefs, W Maldives luxury villa accommodations consist of 46 over-water Ocean Oasis retreats, perched above the lagoon with glass floors for underwater voyeurism; 28 bi-level Beach Oasis retreats with unobstructed views of the Indian Ocean; three luxurious two-bedroom Seascape Escape retreats with oversized infinity plunge pools; and a lavish, two-bedroom Ocean Haven retreat with an oversized infinity-edge plunge pool, wraparound sundeck, and panoramic views of the Indian Ocean.
Each retreat features lush outdoor lounging areas with private decks for basking in the sun, endless ocean views, individual barbeque stations for private dining, circular custom-made daybeds for island lounging, outdoor tropical showers, spacious indoor living areas, W signature beds, deluxe Bose sound systems, 42 inch plasma televisions, and wine refrigerators to chill the bubbly.
Guests can fulfill their epicurean desires with six gourmet restaurants and unique after-dark escapes, including Fire, the Retreat’s outdoor jungle barbeque restaurant; Fish for freshly caught seafood prepared with an Asian flair; Wet, the Retreat’s pool bar, Kitchen, a modern interpretation of bistro fare; and the unique 15 Below bar, a truly unique, underground nightlife experience.