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W Retreat & Spa

Fesdu Island, Maldives
  • From the moment that guests step off the seaplane to reach the secluded W Retreat and Spa, they’ll find themselves completely emerged in tropical island life. Sandy cove beaches trim the edges of Fesdu Island, while the warm waters of the Indian Ocean are home to manta rays, nesting turtles and starfish, making the resort a prime diving spot. And when you want to return to civilisation, the W Retreat provides stylish and contemporary accommodation.

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    • The island has a number of prime dive spots located just off the coast; guests of the W Retreat can take a diving trip to witness the beautiful house reef and an authentic Fesdu shipwreck, as well as having the whole experience filmed to keep as a priceless memory.
    • The resort’s aptly named SWEAT fitness centre has a state of the art, fully equipped Technogym. Personal trainers are available to hire for sessions in kickboxing, karate, circuit training and yoga.
    • Situated over the resort’s tranquil lagoon, the AWAY spa centre has been designed with four luxury treatment rooms, offering a mix of massage, wraps, facial and Ayurvedic treatments.
    • 15 Below is the Maldives only underground nightclub. With residential DJs playing a blend of club classics and dance anthems, the party lasts long into the early hours of the morning.
    • This resort is for adults only.
    • Connecting villas are available for guests staying in large groups or with friends.
    • W Retreat Spa offers a ‘Whatever/Whenever’ service to cater for guests every need along with 24-hour in retreat dining.
    • The W Retreat is home to three fantastic restaurants, each with an intimate island setting. Take a choice of contemporary world foods at The Kitchen; an al fresco, beachside barbecue at Fire; or a fresh fish menu at the over water Fish.

    About this property

    • The W Retreat and Spa is a contemporary and stylish island resort that compliments the natural splendor of Fesdu Island. The elegant thatched roof villas of the retreat stare out towards the isle’s enchanting turquoise bay and even have their own private sweep of the beach.

      The modern styled, two-floored villas are the epitome of luxury accommodation. The spacious bedrooms feature plush, signature W king sized beds, while the openroofed bathroom is fitted with a deep, standalone bathtub and rainforest shower. The large living area is just as lavish, kitted out with a 42” plasma TV with Bose sound system and floor to ceiling windows.

      Each villa has a large outdoor terrace area, complete with its own personal grill station, ideal for a light snack in the sunshine before a dip in the private plunge pool.

      Upstairs, each villa has a private viewing deck, for an unbeatable panoramic vantage point over the island.

      With such privileged access to the ocean, the W Retreat provides all of its guests with the facilities to try a whole host of water sports. Snorkel equipment, pedal kayaks, Molokini canoes and windsurfing boards are all complimentary from the resort. And for those a little more daring, the resort’s WAVE centre offers extreme water activities such as parasailing, big game fishing, catamaran sailing, kite surfing and wakeboarding.

      Guests who prefer to keep their feet on the ground can still have plenty of fun at the W Retreat resort. The innovative SWEAT Technogym is fully equipped with training and fitness equipment, with a personal trainer on hand to guide you if needed.

      Meanwhile, the resort’s AWAY spa area has been designed with four luxurious treatment rooms, offering an extensive list of relaxation remedies including massages, wraps, facials and Ayurvedic treatments.

      Keen to spoil its guests when it can, the W Retreat is home to three gastronomic dining experiences, as well as some fancy bar areas. Each restaurant has a unique island location, with house styles including: beachfront barbecues, an over water seafood restaurant and an open kitchen serving contemporary world foods. Each bar has hired trained mixologists for fresh fruit cocktails to round off the evening.

    • W Retreat and Spa offers 78 Beach and Over-Water Oases. The villas are reached by wooden deck and all have a large W signature bed, a private plunge pool and fantastic in villa entertainment system and high speed WiFi Internet Access.  Each retreat spoils you with only the best amenities and little touches that you expect from this exclusive hideaway.

      Beach Oasis

      Escape to 188 square metres of tropical indulgence. Soak up the Maldivian rays on the sundeck or step out onto your private sweep of white sandy beach. Stretch out on the circular daybed that cantilevers over the private plunge pool.

      Step inside. The transition to your urban oasis is seamless. Dream in the king-sized signature W bed. Bathe under the stars or the clear blue sky in the open-roofed bath area with standalone bathtub and rainforest shower. Who wants to play? A 42” Plasma TV, BOSE® Sound system provides the entertainment.  Head upstairs to the private viewing deck with thatched roof and enjoy unobstructed beach and ocean views. Relax in your custom-made double daybed. Fire up the grill for some savory delights. Then, kick back with a glass from the wine fridge.

      Coming to the Maldives with company? Ask for a connecting Beach Oasis with 1 W signature king bed room and 1 W signature twin bed room, separated by lockable doors. Keep the company together!

      Ocean Oasis

      Perched above the lagoon, The Ocean Oasis is where the Indian Ocean meets W-style pleasure.  Catch some rays on the sundeck. Go for a dip in your private plunge pool or hop down the steps and dive into the lagoon.

      Stretch out on the circular daybed to soak up some sun, or close the encircling curtains for a nap in the shade. Grill up a bite on the BBQ. Sip a fine vintage from the wine fridge. Head inside. Peep through glass sections of flooring in the living room and shower to check out the marine life swimming below. Flip a switch to illuminate underwater lights for a night-time peek at the fauna. Stay connected while cast away with, 42” Plasmas TVs, BOSE® gadgets and High-Speed Internet Access. Drift off in the signature W king bed.   Escape to 146 square metres of tropical indulgence.

      Would you prefer the view of the island and a private lagoon?  Choose the Ocean Oasis Lagoon View Retreat—it’s exactly the same as the Ocean Oasis, with a tad more turquoise water!

      Seascape Escape (2 bedroom/ 2 bathroom over-water villa)

      Wow’s the word for this 323 square meter villa. Repose in the master suite with W signature bed, sitting area with 50” Plasma TV and views to the horizon. Or chill in the junior suite with two signature W twin beds, private second bath and entertainment area with 32” LCD screen and cozy fittings.

      Lounge or dine in the indoor/outdoor lounge with a glass-section of flooring that reveal lagoon fauna below, comfy couches and a huge adjoining sundeck. Head down the lagoon access stairs and float in the tranquil sea. Cook up your own catch-of-the-day on the BBQ and pair it with a bottle of the best from your private wine fridge. Take in the sun or stargaze on the daybed. Float and swim in the oversized infinity Plunge Pool.  Escape to 323 square metres of tropical indulgence.

      Ocean Haven  (2 bedroom/ 2 bathroom over-water villa)

      Designed to be the ultimate getaway, the Ocean Haven takes relaxation – or entertaining – to the extreme. Seek solitude in pristine privacy or invite the cool crowd over for some serious entertaining – the possibilities are endless.

      The distinction fades between interiors and exteriors, with floor-to-ceiling windows that slide aside, an indoor/outdoor lounge area and glass-panelled floors that reveal lagoon fauna below.

      Repose in the huge master suite with a cathedral ceiling and sitting area. Recline in the signature W king bed and gaze at panoramic views of the Indian Ocean. Grab a book and sink into the oversized circular bathtub. Or drift off to the symphony of the tranquil sea in the twin-bedded junior suite with a private second bathroom.

      Grab a cocktail from your bar and head out onto the wraparound sundeck. Grill up some goodies at the outdoor dining area overlooking the water. Plunge into the oversized infinity edge pool with bubbling Jacuzzi seats. Saunter down the lagoon access stairs and slip into the turquoise. Chill in style.  Escape to 492 square metres of tropical indulgence.

    • W Retreat is targeted at couples and with that in mind plus the over water accommodation, this resort is not recommended for children under 13 years of age.

    • Restaurants & Bars: Fulfill your epicurean desires at FIRE, the outdoor jungle barbeque with a serene, romantic and casual mood. Watch the sun go down at cocktail hour in SIP before going local – FISH features wild-caught fresh seafood prepared with an Asian flair. Swim up to Wet, the pool bar, for creative cocktails. Or head to KITCHEN – a modern interpretation of Bistro fare. Afterwards, hang out at the unique 15 Below bar spinning the latest vibes.

      Kitchen: If comfy and cozy is just how you like it. Breakfast is a semi-buffet with all the hot food made-to-order, while lunch and dinner are a la carte featuring daily specials.

      The international menu is extensive and complements any craving. Fresh baked treats to gourmet pizzas to neighboring curries are all tempting, you’ll never know what to pick. Sip fine wine by the glass or order a bottle. Can’t finish the bottle? No worries, the Wine Safe will keep it fresh. Last but not least, don’t forget to try the homemade ice cream – it’s heavenly!

      Wet: Chill in the lounge seating with a slice of gourmet pizza, have a creative salad at a table on the sundeck by the pool, or repose with a cocktail in the Living Room – Wet serves up light meals and delicious drinks at all of these spaces. Cozy up for sublime sundaes, ice creams and other sweet treats.

      Fish: What’s the catch of the day? Ask their award-winning Executive Chef about the dishes at this signature seafood restaurant. He will create the perfect tasting menu for any palate. Choose from fresh caught fish-of-the-day or the best imports from around the world. Lounge and nibble on sushi, or head to the over-water tables for two for endless views. Set over the water and under the stars, couples can enjoy seafood dishes with Asian flavours. The unexpected pairing of flavours will not only surprise your palate, but WOW it!

      Fire: Fresh meats & seafoods of your choosing? Check. Personalize your order with the chefs? But of course! A plethora of sides to compliment your meal? Naturally. There is something for everyone at FIRE. Choose your grill, really—charcoal, tandoor oven, Mongolian BBQ, open-rotisserie—they’ve got it all! Pop off your Pradas and sink your feet in the sand. You will not go hungry here, guaranteed.

      With white sand at your feet, a splash of stars above and tables nestled next to palm trees, FIRE is open-air dining caressed by the gentle winds of the Indian Ocean.

      What’s hot? A large fire pit takes center stage while smaller torches are scattered like stars to provide a fiery glow.

      Sip: Lounge over the house reef while watching beautiful views of sunset with breezes off the Indian Ocean while filling the air with clear chill out sounds. That must be the reason behind choosing a glass of champagne; a signature martini or enjoying nibbles…all while slipping into yet another WOW moment.

      15 Below: 15 BELOW is where it is all happening. Slide into a cozy alcove for perfect views of the dance floor. Belly up to the bar and have the mixologists make or shake your favorite cocktail. Dance the night away to the tunes from the resident International DJ. Choose to chill out or dance the night away—the night is yours.

      The Liquid Team has concocted the most creative cocktail list for you. With choices like Asian Nights, the Swedish Princess and East of Manhattan, you won’t know if they’re talking in code or wetting your whistle. Seriously! There are over 95 varieties of vodkas to choose from, not to mention the other mind-blowing range of spirits and wines. So feel free to imbibe, let your guard down, dance the night away…or all of the above!

      W has its own Dive centre which is fully equipped with latest state-of-the-art equipment as well as the W dive limousine, which is super comfy with après-dive facilities and sundeck. Dive Sites include, Maaya Thila, Fish Head, Panettone, and Broken Rock, plus breathtaking house reefs & their own Fesdu house wreck.

      Several diving courses can be undertaken including Open Water, Advanced Open Water, PADI rescue, Dive Master, Asst. Instructor as well as specialty courses: wreck, shark, nitrox, manta ray awareness, underwater photography and DPV.

      Who’s in the know? The W Marine Biology Station provides guest educational programs, presentations, guided trips and more.

      Wave (Water sports facility)
      Who wants to ride the water? Get geared up to explore the endless turquoise waters with kite surfing, water skiing, windsurfing, canoes, big game fishing, hand-line fishing, snorkeling, catamaran sailing or wake & knee boarding.

      Want to live like James Bond? Try the SeaBob – the over and under water rocket, straight from “Die Another Day”!

      Free Activities

      • Molokini “transparent glass” canoes
      • Snorkel equipment (Mask, Fins and Snorkel)
      • Hobie pedal kayaks
      • Windsurf boards & sails (only for the experienced & after check fly)
      • Kite rig (only for the experienced & after check fly)


      WAVE Activities (fees apply):

      • Parasailing
      • SeaBob
      • ESCAPE, the two mast luxury Sailing Yacht
      • Gaathafushi, the W Maldives’ own private island
      • Big Game fishing on Castaway
      • Traditional Maldivian Night Fishing
      • Guided Snorkel Tours
      • Kitesurfing
      • Romantic DHO sailing (traditional Maldivian Dhoni/boat)
      • Catamaran sailing
      • Windsurfing
      • Private Speed boat hire
      • Watersking
      • Wakeboarding & Monoski


      WET® infinity pool
      Revel in a refreshing dip in their W Retreat’s WET® pool, amid beautifully landscaped surroundings and an infinity edge overlooking and at one with the Indian Ocean.

      Lounge on the sunbeds and bask in the golden Maldivian sunshine, or stop by the WET® Pool Bar for a moonlight martini.

      Sweat® Fitness Centre
      Get pumped in the state-of-the-art, fully-equipped SWEAT® Fitness Center, buff that body as you check out the scene overlooking the beautiful blue expanses of the Indian Ocean. Fitness lovers and gym buffs will love the comprehensive array of Technogym cardio, strength and free-weights. Want a personal trainer? They’ve got that too. The ENERGY Team offers kickboxing, karate techniques, aqua aerobics, circuit training, yoga at sunset and more…who says you can’t workout on holiday?

      Away® Spa
      Who wants to get Away? Indulge in ultimate relaxation at the over-water AWAY® Spa. Indoor and outdoor treatment areas allow for total privacy and complete renewal. Dedicate some time to your well-being and comfort with a natural healing therapy performed in one of 4 luxurious treatment villas. Have a massage, wrap, or facial under the Dhow-inspired sunshade. Repose on the sundeck with an iced tea and selection of fresh fruit sorbets. Stretch to the panoramic horizon with private yoga sessions in the pavilion on the wraparound sundeck with over-water bathing, outdoor rainforest shower and expansive day bed for sun-soaking, lounging and treatments.

      Internet Access
      Internet access is available throughout the hotel, so you can stay in touch with friends and family or take care of business anytime during your stay.

      Whatever/Whenever Service®
      A luxury speedboat ride to a private beach with a sunset dinner for two? An elegant commitment ceremony on your very own island? Lessons in Dhivehi? The Whatever/Whenever team will deliver whatever you want, whenever you want it.

    • Visit Malé – Just a short speedboat trip away, there’s plenty to explore in the vibrant Maldivian capital. The city is packed with distinctive local markets, beautifulmosques, authentic restaurants and is home to the National Museum.

      Gaathafushi – Just a short trip across the ocean from Fesdu Island is Gaathafushi. This uninhabited island makes for the perfect daytrip, where visitors can frolick in the sea or enjoy a secluded picnic spot in the wild.

      Cycle – With such beautiful scenery and tropical plantations to explore, hiring a bike is the perfect way to head off the beaten track and see the sights that very few have seen.

      Oil Painting – As well as an array of exotic body treatments, the W Retreat’s AWAY Spa area also offers relaxation in the form of artwork and painting sessions.

      Hammerhead Shark spotting – The resort offers a multitude of scuba diving trips and experiences. One certainly not for the feint of heart, is an overnight sailing and scuba trip to Hammerhead Shark Point.

    • When to travel:

      The Maldives offer an idyllic tropical climate with the main summer season from December to April, getting hotter from February. The wetter months are May to November.

      Best time to visit: December – April
      Good time to visit: May – November

      Location and Directions:

      Cast away in the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, W Retreat & Spa lies delicately in the pristine beauty of Fesdu Island in the North Ari Atoll, to the west of Malé.

      How to get there:

      Travel to the Maldives is simple with regular scheduled flights from around the world landing in Malé International Airport daily. It is a 10.5 hour direct flight to Male International Airport from the UK and British Airways offer a regular, direct flight from London Gatwick airport. Flights with Etihad Airways or Emirates are also available with stopovers in Abu Dhabi or Dubai.

      The North Ari Atoll and W Retreat is a short 25-minute flight by sea plane from Male.

  • Our guide prices for this property are coming very soon! Please contact us on +44(0)1753 463 400 if you would like this information now.