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Hotel category
5 Star
Rooms
77
Wellness/Spa
YES
Internet
FREE
5 star dive center
Onsite
House reef
YES

Resort Highlights

  • W Maldives is a luxury and exclusive Maldivian island resort
  • Clear blue water and impeccable visibility for divers
  • Each of the luxurious rooms offers private plunge pool and sundeck
  • Rooms overlook the beach or the stunning house reef
  • Six gourmet restaurants and lounge bars
  • Divers could spot whale sharks, reef sharks, giant turtles and manta rays

Resort Description

W Maldives is a beautiful island resort in a secluded utopia of white sand beaches, turquoise lagoons and remarkable coral reefs.

The 5-star setting features 77 luxurious, private hideaways, each complete with WiFi, air conditioning and a flat screen TV.

Wander out to your sundeck and you will find your own private plunge pool, cushioned loungers and spectacular views of the Indian Ocean.

Despite the resort's intimate vibes, W Maldives offers six gourmet restaurants and lounge bars discreetly dotted around the island's lush interior and fine beaches.

Put your feet up on the beach, enjoy an expertly conceived cocktail, partake in adrenaline-filled water sports, or discover true pampering at the over water Away Spa.

Whether you wish to enjoy the ultimate romantic dinner on the beach, call the shots on your own personal dive boat or charter the Escape yacht to cruise around the Ari Atoll, nothing is too much to ask. 

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BOOKING

Once we receive your booking, we double check availability with the dive operator and reserve your spot. If there are any issues, we get back to you within 24 hours

CONFIRMATION

If all is good, we send you an E-mail confirming that your booking is final

24H FREE CANCELLATION PERIOD

You then have 24 hours to take care of other travel arrangements. Your credit card will only be charged after that period

Payment terms

  • 25% of the total booking amount is due at the time of booking
  • 75% (balance) is due 60 days prior to arrival

Cancellation fee

High, Low and Mid Season 

  • Between 8 and 30 days prior to arrival date - Cancellation fee 50% of the total room charge
  • Between 7 days prior to arrival date and the arrival day  – Cancellation fee 100% of the total room charge

Festive Season

  • Between 30 and 60 days prior to arrival date:  Cancellation fee 50% of the total room charge
  • Between 30 days prior to arrival and the arrival date:  Cancellation fee 100% of the total room charge

Early Departure: Clients who depart prior to booked departure date are not entitled to any refund

Explore diving around the W Maldives

What to see

The Ari Atoll is famous among divers for its volume of pelagic species. It is not uncommon to see manta rays, whale sharks, hammerheads, guitar sharks, turtles, grey reef sharks and eagle rays all within a week’s diving.

While the Ari Atoll may be heaven for big species, it features a good deal of macro life as well. Frogfish, zebra morays, nudibranchs, blueline snappers and hundreds of other colorful fish species reside here.

Wherever you dive in the Ari Atoll, you are sure to be slack-jawed at least once a day by the sheer number of pelagic species you will encounter.

Dive Center

Highlights

  • Easy access to some of the world's best diving locations
  • Chance to see turtles, sharks, manta rays, rare whales and dolphins
  • State of the art dive limousines 
  • Private yacht diving excursions and overnight trips
  • Highly experienced, multilingual, fun and professional staff
  • Spacious dive center with modern facilities and cutting edge equipment
  • Highly revered house reef with schools of brightly coloured fish 
  • Wave water sports center offering a wide variety of thrilling activities

Description

Located on it's own private island, Down Under Dive Center and Wave Water Sports Center are just a stone's throw from the best house reef in all of the Maldives.Spread out over 2 floors, the Down Under dive center is made up of a large classroom, a kit storage room to house equipment at the forefront of dive technology, a servicing room and a retail store. Keeping exclusivity and convenience in mind at all times, the center provides a golf buggy to transfer equipment to the shore or boat.

The Ari Atoll is revered for its spectacular diving opportunities offering the chance to spot a diverse range of large and small sea creatures. The best part is that W Maldives is located in a prime area of the atoll, meaning all dive sites are conveniently accessed. Though perhaps a longer time spent on the boat wouldn't be such a bad thing, as the center operates a luxury service of marvellously comfortable dive limousines complete with a dry area for relaxation, a bathroom with fresh water, a sundeck on the roof, a wealth of towels and unlimited soft drink refreshments. Private and deluxe yacht diving excursions and overnight trips are available upon request, and all instructors are highly experienced, fun and professional. 

A few moments away, Wave, the in house water sports center is available to fulfil your wildest of water sports dreams. Windsurfing, Water-skiing, Parasailing, Mono-skiing and Cat sailing are just a few of the activities on offer. 

DIVING SERVICES

Courses

  • Intro Dives/Discover Scuba
  • Open Water Diver
  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Rescue Diver Certification
  • Divemaster
  • Nitrox Certification
  • Deep Diver Certification
  • Wreck Diver
  • Drift Diving
  • Boat Diver

Equipment

  • Tanks With Int (Yoke) Valves
  • Din/Int Adapters
  • Rental Equipment ($)
  • Dive Computer ($)
  • Filling Station

Diving Facilities

  • Shop
  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Beach Front
  • Housereef
  • Warm-Water Showers

Safety

  • Emergency Oxygen Kit
  • First Aid Kits
  • Vhf Radio

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Chinese
  • French
  • Russian

PADI membership level

  • Padi 5 Star Idc

Distinction

  • Padi 5 Star Cdc/Idc

Resort Amenities

Activities

  • Snorkeling
  • Stand-Up Paddling
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kite Surfing
  • Windsurfing
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Fishing
  • Pool / Snooker
  • Ping Pong
  • Darts
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Yoga

Food and drink

  • Restaurant
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Buffet
  • A La Carte
  • Fine Cuisine
  • Snacks All Day
  • Alcohol
  • Vegetarian Food
  • Halal Food
  • Gluten Free Food
  • Kosher Food

Wellness

  • Fitness Center
  • Spa Facility
  • Hot Tub / Whirlpool
  • Massage Services
  • Beauty Treatments

Facilities

  • Beach Front
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Air-Conditioning
  • Garden
  • Lounge/Tv Area
  • Facilities For Disabled Guests
  • Uk (3 Pin) Power Sockets
  • Power Socket Adapters

Entertainment and family

  • Games
  • Movies
  • Karaoke
  • Babysitting/Child Services

Payments

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Amex
  • Cash (Usd)
  • Cash (Eur)
  • Cash (Gbp)
  • Cash (Local Currency)

How to get there

Arrival

  • If you have booked a shared airport transfer from Malé International Airport (available at additional cost), a Welcome Ambassador will meet you at arrivals.
  • You'll drop off your bags and be escorted to the exclusive W Lounge base at the Trans Maldivian Airways (TMA) Terminal at Malé Airport.
  • Shared sea plane transfers from Malé Airport will be organised via TMA.

Departure

  • A shared air transfer will be scheduled on the day of your departure to transport you to Malé International Airport if you have booked this (available at additional cost)
  • The flight will depart from the island's private pier.
  • Hotel staff will be on hand to assist you with your luggage following check-out.  

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