Let's talk. We're open

(858) 523-9000

W Retreat & Spa

North Ari Atoll, Maldives

Combining contemporary luxury with quirky intelligent design, W Retreat & Spa is a scenic 25 minute seaplane ride from Male in the middle of the North Ari Atoll, Maldives. W Maldives is an idyllic retreat and water sports playground.

At a Glance

  • Enjoy an evening at 15 Below, an underground night club

  • If snorkeling is not for you and prefer to stay above the surface, take out a glass kayak or have a go at kite-surfing

  • Cool off with an ice cream from one of the ice cream stands dotted around the island

  • Every villa has its own barbecue so you can cook your catch of the day at the same time as enjoying a chilled bottle of wine from your wine fridge

  • Every room has the W signature bed

Beach, Diving, Honeymoon, Spa & health

Insider's View

Marcus loves this resort for it’s house beats and cocktails down in the underground bar!

Scott Dunn team

Insider's View

Choose the Ocean Oasis Lagoon View Retreat—it’s exactly the same as the Ocean Oasis, with a tad more turquoise water!

Alice Moseley

Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to W Retreat & Spa


Tucked away in the Maldivian atolls, W Retreat & Spa - Maldives is on Fesdu Island located in the middle of the North Ari Atoll, to the west of Malé. Known as the benchmark of cool, W Hotels retreat is both an idyllic retreat and luxury playground.

There are 78 Beach and Ocean Oases and each comes complete with a private plunge pool, W signature beds and gorgeous views of the Indian Ocean which you will be WOW-ed by. Each retreat spoils you with only the best amenities and little touches that you expect from this exclusive hideaway.

Indulge yourself at the innovative over-water AWAY Spa or be more active at the Sweat Fitness Centre and recreation center ENERGY. The diving is absolutely fantastic and for those keen on water sports, WAVE offers a wide range of activities from kite surfing and wake boarding to excursions in their 100% transparent kayaks where you can enjoy watching the underwater world pass beneath you. After a hard day’s activities…or lounging on the beach, the dining options can satisfy any appetite: there is FIRE, an outdoor jungle barbecue and FISH, where the catch of the day is cooked, or the KITCHEN where an eclectic mix of cuisines is prepared. To end the day, you may like to indulge in a cocktail at SIP, the ocean-view bar or head down to 15 Below, the Maldives’ first underground nightclub.


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 All guest rooms have high speed WiFi Internet Access.

Beach Oasis

Escape to 188 square meters of tropical indulgence in a Beach Oasis. Soak up the Maldivian rays on the sundeck or step out onto your private sweep of white sandy beach. 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. 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.

Ocean Oasis

Perched above the lagoon stand the Ocean Oasis which are 146 square meters. 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

Seascape Escape

This 323 square meter villa undoubtedly has the wow factor. Repose in the master suite with W signature bed, sitting area with 50-inch 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-inch LCD screen and cozy fittings.

Lounge or dine in the indoor/outdoor lounge with comfy couches and a huge adjoining sundeck. Head down the lagoon access stairs and float in the tranquil sea. Cook up your own catch-or-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.

Ocean Haven

Designed to be the ultimate getaway, the Ocean Haven takes relaxation – or entertaining – to the extreme. Spread over 492 square meters this really is the perfect place to escape and unwind.

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.


W Retreat is targeted at couples and with that in mind plus the over water accommodation, this resort is not recommended for children under 12 years of age.


W Retreat has four restaurants and two bars to choose from. It features its own Dive center, water sports facility as well as an excellent recreation and fitness centers. On the island, there is a nightclub for those of you that like a bit of a dance and luxurious spa for you to relax in.


Set over the water and under the stars, guests can enjoy seafood dishes with Asian tendencies. Enjoy fresh caught fish perfectly prepared with an Asian touch. Or opt for mouth-watering sushi and sashimi. Explore the extensive selection of wine and champagne by the glass or bottle, or indulge in creative and refreshing cocktails.


Chill in the lounge seating with a slice of gourmet pizza, have a creative salad at a table on the sundeck by the pool. Wet serves up light meals and delicious drinks, sublime sundaes, ice creams and other sweet treats.


A modern interpretation of the bistro, step into this casual and elegant indoor/outdoor space to dine under the clear blue skies, or opt for a spot under the shade of the roof. Breakfast is a semi-buffet with all the hot food made-to-order, while lunch and dinner are a la carte featuring daily specials.

This international menu is extensive and complements any craving. Fresh baked treats to gourmet pizzas to neighboring curries


There is something for everyone at FIRE. Choose your grill, really—charcoal, tandoor oven, Mongolian BBQ or open-rotisserie. FIRE is open-air dining caressed by the gentle winds of the Indian Ocean. Primal meets epicurean with spit-roasted whole suckling pig or lamb and BBQ-grilled marinated meat and seafood. Spice it up with Tandoor-cooked nan bread, chicken, fish or seafood accompanied by a variety of curries.

15 Below

Dance the night away to the tunes from W's resident International DJ. 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.


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


The water sports facility, WAVE, has a range of fun activities to chose from like kite surfing, water skiing, windsurfing, canoes, big game fishing, hand-line fishing, snorkeling catamaran sailing or wake and knee boarding. Go DOWN UNDER and get geared up with the latest diving equipment, then go on a reef or wreck tour. Get physical at Sweat Fitness Centre or visit the award-winning AWAY Spa.

Location & Directions

North Ari Atoll, Maldives

W Retreat & Spa - Maldives lies delicately in the pristine beauty of Fesdu Island in the North Ari Atoll.

When to go

The Maldives has a tropical climate distinguished by two seasons, or monsoons: the dry northeast monsoon from December to March, and the wet southwestern monsoon from May to November, with more strong winds and rain. April is a transitional period noted for clear water and heat. The temperature remains remarkably consistent at around 30°C.

February to April is the hottest period and resorts are almost all operating at capacity during this period. Mid-December to early January comes at even more of a premium due to Christmas and New Year and prices are even higher. Easter and the Italian vacation week in August also attract peak prices at most resorts.

Storms are more likely from May to November, though it’s still warm, skies can be cloudy and the humidity is higher. This is the low season, with fewer people and lower prices, with the exception of August.

Diving is good year-round, although a basic rule is that life on the reef is more varied and visibility better on the western side of any atoll from May to November and from the eastern side of any atoll December to April.

The surfing season runs from March to October, which is when resorts are cheapest.

Best time to Visit

Good time to visit

Average time to visit

Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to W Retreat & Spa

Sign up for our newsletter

Receive news and offers from Scott Dunn

Contact us
How we work
  • Browse our website for inspiration
  • Call us and speak to a travel expert
  • Tell us what you want to see and do, when you want to go and give us an idea of your budget
  • We’ll customize an incredible vacation just for you (we never sell packages or escorted tours)
What guests say

"Excellent service throughout with great attention to detail and thoughtfulness. I believe Scott Dunn does deliver more than most high-end vacation companies and will go "the extra mile".