Paradise on earth, but get ready to pay for it
Posted Jun 25, 2012
For our honeymoon, my husband and I spent 5 days at the W. It was paradise on earth; the beaches were pristine, the water activities were amazing, and the food was really incredible. The W really comes through with the customer service; one night my husband and I came home to find housekeeping had arranged rose petals in a heart shape on our bed and lit candles in our bathroom. We also received a free welcome bottle of champagne upon checking in, a nice perk for honeymooners.
I know this is probably unavoidable to an extent since this is an island in the middle of the Indian ocean, but the biggest drawbacks were the prices. Everything is imported, and you definitely pay for the plane ticket your meal rode in on. For example, a bottle of Finlandia vodka that would normally cost $15 in the US costs $100. Since you are prohibited from bringing alcohol into the Maldives, that duty free liquor you brought with you will get trashed at the airport. Every meal cost a minimum of $100, and really nice dinners at Fish can easily cost $300. One couple we met splurged for the 4 course dinner at Coral and they spent $700! You've really got to pay to play here; a 60 minute scuba dive costs $180/pp. The upside is that you can use the resorts water equipment for free.
Overall it was a great honeymoon, but a week in the ocean oasis villa, plus food and transportation from Dubai ended up costing us about $10K. This resort isn't for the frugal, but if you've got it, its worth spending here.
Comment from Hotel Management
by Hotel Management, Hotel Management
Hello and thank you for your comments, it's great to hear that you had a memorable honeymoon at W Maldives.
As you mentioned in your comment about prices, we are facing challenges for being an isolated island in the middle of the Indian Ocean - however we make sure to offer a product that is value for money.
We look forward to the opportunity of welcoming you back for your fiest anniversary.