Hedonistic bling comes to the Maldives. At the W it is 'board shorts and reef sharks' during the day, and 'fusion cuisine and Gucci dresses' at night. Situated in a remote atoll, the diving and snorkelling are first class, the above water bungalows are like New York lofts with thatched roofs and private optic-fibre enhanced swimming pools, and of course there is an underground vodka bar.
The W brought a new idea to the Maldives. In conceiving the guest villas were built on stilts, they decided to opt for a more urban approach to interiors, so you get thatched roofs and timber on the outside, and an interior that could have been transplanted from a trendy loft in New York.
The rooms are big and very urban. A lot of bling for the guests including fibre optics in the private swimming pool, a full barbeque deck, very large Zen bathrooms, and a sleeping area with a conversation pit and a massive flat screen television.
Unlike many of the popular resorts in the Maldives, the W is different by its location south of Male. It is a less exploited part of the vast archipelago and as such marine life is more abundant. It's not unusual to watch a big shark swim by whilst you are having a massage at the spa.