The JW Marriott brand has made its debut in the Maldives with the opening of JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa on Vagaru island, Shaviyani atoll.
The resort, located 55 minutes via seaplane from the capital, Male, features 60 villas, starting at approximately 2,520 sq.ft, which include private pools and wooden sunbathing decks.
Duplex Overwater Pool Villas and single-story Overwater Pool Villas are set on stilts overlooking the Indian Ocean, with a choice of sunrise or sunset views.
Split-level Duplex Beach Pool Villa are designed to cater to multigenerational families, offering separate lounges, bedrooms and bathrooms.
Thatched roofs on villas are reminiscent of inverted dhoni boats, the traditional Maldivian wooden fishing vessels, and slanted roof tips recall white herons dipping their heads into the water.
The resort offers overwater gym, open-air pavilion, daily workout classes, yoga sessions and movement and breathing exercises, plus the signature Spa by JW.
Dining choices include classic Maldivian seafood to exotic Thai cuisine on a treetop restaurant, wood-fired brick oven pizzas and Japanese teppanyaki.
Three full-service bars will serve up old and new world wines with over 300 labels, Japanese sake and handcrafted cocktails with over 98 different types of rum available.
For families travelling with children, Little Griffins, a Family by JW kids club, features a pirate ship, kids’ sleeping area, a servery, games and educational activities.
Guests over 18 will be able to enjoy an adults-only infinity pool area at the tip of Vagaru island, as well as a clubhouse complete with a cigar room, shisha room and billiards table.