Retreat F+B


W Retreat & Spa | Maldives                    W Retreat & Spa | Bali

Poole Associates has designed 6 areas at the first W Retreat & Spa in the world, located at Ari Atoll, Fesdu island, the Republic of Maldives.

Click on the links below for the design story of each space, and additional photos.


W Kitchen  


Fish + Sip 


Fifteen Below  


+ the airport welcome counter


Press Index


GQ | Berlin | September 2006

Travel + Leisure design awards [best resort 2007]

The Cool Hunter | 3rd Feb 2007

Hospitality Design May 2007

ISH Magazine June 2007

New Spas & Resorts | Daniela Santos Quartino | 2007

FORM | Singapore Feb 2008

Interior Design Magazine Nov 2009   [error in print version]

Cool Hotels Best of Asia  cover Feb 2010


Lonely Planet Reader's Choice awards : Best Hotel Resort 2012 W Retreat & Spa Ari Atoll, Maldives


W Maldives: A Luxury Island Playground

W Hotels Worldwide, the world’s fastest growing luxury hotel brand, recently opened its first Retreat & Spa, W Maldives. A sophisticated luxury playground set on the private, exotic island of Fesdu, in the North Ari Atoll, W Retreat & Spa–Maldives offers exclusivity, escape, and indulgence in a pristine seaside sanctuary. W Maldives features 78 private villas–each with its own plunge pool and sundeck; six gourmet eateries and cocktail bars, including 15 BELOW, the region’s only subterranean grotto bar, literally located 15-feet below island surface; a wonderland of ocean exploration and adventures; and an over-water AWAY® spa for ultimate rejuvenation.

Guests arriving at Male’ International Airport are invited into an exclusive W Lounge where they will begin their journey into paradise before boarding a seaplane and flying to the private island of Fesdu. “With the launch of W Maldives, the first of many of our retreat product, W continues to extend beyond the boundaries of everyday travel, offering a magical mix of sexy destinations and sublime design,” said Ross Klein, president, W Hotels Worldwide. “From Minneapolis to Milan, Hoboken to Hong Kong, W Hotels is going global as the influential and innovative lifestyle authority.” 

Ufaaveri Keumeh, Bon Appetit.

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