W Retreat and Spa Maldives

W Retreat and Spa in Maldives is the most expensive Starwood property in the world. Having heard amazing things about the property combined with fantastic reviews all over the internet, I arrived with high expectations. After a seaplane ride with Maldivian Air Taxi, I arrived in Fesdu Island which have to be the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. The arrival experience is amazing where several staff greeted me before being escorted to the villa with their buggy. I stayed in an Ocean Oasis, and it’s now probably my favourite villa of all time. Besides that, this is a very different experiences from the W’s you’ll find in the cities. An incomparable experience.

The over water villa called Ocean Oasis featured their signature W bed, lounge with the glass floor, showers, sun deck, bathtub, BOSE sound system and private over water plunge pool. I loved it, but it will always depend on your personal preference. Some people probably won’t like the music when you arrive in your villa, but I loved it because it gives the right atmosphere for the design. If you read Tripadvisor reviews, a hard bed can destroy a good hotel experience for many people, but here you don’t have to worry about that. It’s simply one of the best beds I’ve ever slept in. It’s called W Signature Bed. The only problem during my stay was the slow internet connection. It was not strong enough for Skype, which I think is a must in a world-class hotel or resort. That was the only thing I could complain about, and that hardly ever happens even in the very best hotels.

W is famous for their Whatever, Whenever service. Just press the button and they are ready to assist with anything. I loved it, not only do they take care of your needs, but they do it in a very friendly and professional way. I’m impressed how well they have trained their staff as this often is a problem in luxury hotels in remote locations. Many people judge hotels by it’s brand and their experiences with it. Do not judge this hotel by the brand. W is a very strong brand in Asia, but in America, I’ve read the quality is very mixed, so if you have only stayed in those you will be surprised how this can be one of the best resorts in the world. You can’t compare it, and you will only understand what I mean if you visit the resort yourself.

The facilities is excellent too on this magical island. I like finding new details I’ve never seen before and around the island you can find stations with complimentary drinks and ice cream 24/7. The spa and gym will not disappoint you either and everything is just like a world class resort should be. Yes, it is a lot of money, but when they exceed your high expectations, it’s a great value. It’s better to spend money on experiences you can have with you for the rest of your life, than things you will only have a limited time in your life. When you visit very remote hotels, food can sometimes be a problem. It can be difficult to hire the right chefs to work far away from everything, but W got that right too. The food were some of the best I’ve had in any hotel. They do have a high quality of fish, but it still requires great chefs to prepare it properly and so did W. Another detail is the breakfast. Their home made bircher Muesli is the best I’ve ever had. Muesli used to be something I eat just to eat healthy, but W changed that for me. Now I know it can be delicious.

Overall this is one of the best hotel experiences you can have on planet earth. It might depend on your personal preferences, but I have never been that sad to leave a hotel. Sitting in the seaplane and look down on the island you just left will make you sad. Highly recommended as an outstanding experience.

My opinion: Fantastic experience.