Overwater Bungalow Categories: 5 Star Luxury Overwater Bungalows, Family Friendly Overwater Bungalows, Overwater Bungalows for Honeymoons, Overwater Resorts with Spa, Overwater Bungalows with Glass Floor, and Overwater Bungalows with Private Pool
W Maldives is a sophisticated, 5-star private, (heart shaped!) island resort with cutting edge design and facilities. It styles itself as a ‘Luxury Playground’, it sees its fair share of international celebs and is a glamorous and fun place to hang out.
Facilities include high quality restaurants and bars, a sublime sauna & fitness center and a water sports & dive center. The resort sits by what is considered the best house reef in the Maldives and you can admire a huge amount of sea life direct from your overwater villa – reef sharks, angel fish, stingrays and glow in the dark jellyfish and plankton for example.
Most of the accommodation at W is overwater. Their entry level overwater villas they term Fabulous Overwater Oasis and Spectacular Lagoon Oasis. Entry level or not these are incredible places to stay and could be marketed as pretty much presidential suites in a lot of other resorts less extravagant than W Maldives.
They are sleek and stylish, and cover 1570 square feet/146 square meters of space which includes one double bedroom, a lounge with glass floor panels, bathroom and an outside terrace which has lounging space, a plunge pool and direct access to the water below.
The only difference as far as we could see between these two is that the ‘Spectacular Lagoon Oasis’ has an overwater hammock on the terrace and the ‘Fabulous Overwater Oasis’ doesn’t. For such a minor difference you’d expect them to be priced very similarly but for some reason, as you will see on the booking page, the Spectacular Lagoon Oasis will cost you a couple of hundred dollars more per night. Nice feature but definitely not worth that much more.
Then on to the Vice Presidential and Presidential Overwater Villas. These are jaw dropping two bedroom units which are enormously spacious, the former being 3476 square feet/323 square meters and the latter a full 5295 square feet/492 square meters.
They share the same general facilities and features of the more er…’basic’ villas, what you are mainly paying for here is their much greater space and greater sense of privacy.
On land there are the Beach Villas which share the same touch of class and come as doubles with king size bed or two twin beds. Their setting may even be preferred by some guests – nestling in the jungle just at the edge of the beach they are thoroughly secluded and romantic.
Check out all the details – prices, reviews and more photos, on the booking page here.
And also on the resort’s own website (Marriott-Bonvoy) here.
FACILITIES & THINGS TO DO:
Their AWAY® Spa has a sublime setting and a range of massage, Ayurvedic and facial treatments. Water sports are of course a big attraction here too with the resort sitting by what is considered the Maldives’ best house reef. You can snorkel around and see an incredible array of sea life, or equally so by just looking through the glass floor panels in the overwater villas. Further out you can dive and swim with dolphins, turtles and sharks.
There is a resident marine biologist at the resort who gives educational tours and talks about this uniquely rich environment. Other educational events at the resort take in native Fijian culture from food and drink to crafts and music, while they also host fun social events, live music, DJ nights etc.
The food at W Maldives is legendary, both Asian and international, as are its cocktails. It is a sophisticated place – the staff go out of their way to please and seem genuinely happy to rise to challenges from the most demanding clientele.
Note: W Maldives might not see a lot of children but it is child friendly. Though it doesn’t have a dedicated Kid’s Club they do offer babysitting/child minding services and all the activities will have special equipment for children.
W Marriott has its own a private, almost heart shaped, island within the North Ari Atoll. It has a private W Lounge at Malé International Airport and from there can be reached via a 25 minute sea plane or one and a half hour speed boat ride.
“Paradise – What a beautiful experience. They made our honeymoon so very special. Every detail will be remembered for a lifetime….”
“An unforgettable vacation at one of the most magical places. This was my second visit to the Maldives and I, once again, fell in love with its beauty, the friendliness of the people and the relaxed atmosphere. I definitely recommend W Maldives as it offers everything we were looking for. The house reef and the diving are excellent….”
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