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The Most Impressive Culinary Hotel in the Maldives Has Opened its Doors

JW Marriott Maldives Officially Opens with a Treetop Restaurant, Former Nobu Chef and Ultra-Private Supersized Villas

JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa has officially opened on the island of Vagaru, Shaviyani Atoll, featuring 60 expansive beach and overwater villas all with private pools. Headed up by food and wine expert, General Manager Marc Gussing, the resort has one of the most impressive culinary offerings in the Maldives. There are five restaurants with one in a treetop setting and one overwater, and top chefs from some of the world’s most celebrated restaurants including Nobu.

There are five restaurants, three fully-serviced bars with 98 different types of rum, an expansive wine cellar with over 300 labels, and a chef’s garden – an exceptional offering for a remote private island with only 60 villas. In-villa dining and destination dining options are also on offer for couples or families looking for meals in an intimate setting. Guests can feast on a wide range of cuisine that includes and goes beyond classic Maldivian dishes.

Highlights include vibrant Thai dishes created by a former Nobu Chef in a treetop restaurant, authentic Japanese Teppanyaki, poolside Woodfired pizzas made in a traditional pizza oven, and freshly caught seafood in a fine-dining, overwater restaurant. Meals are complemented with a choice of sake, Japanese whisky, rum cocktails, smoked cocktails, and both new and old-world wines. The villas start at an enormous 234sqm – larger than the average London flat.

The resort places a strong emphasis on privacy with private decks and pools designed so they can’t be seen from the outside.  There are four ultra-expansive villa types, all with private pools. The two-bedroom, three-bathroom Duplex Beach Pool Villas sleep up to five guests and have upstairs living areas and direct beach access ideal for families, whilst the Duplex Overwater Pool Villas with upstairs living areas have unsurpassed views of the Laccadive Sea. Beautiful One-bedroom Beach Pool Villas and sunrise and sunset Overwater Pool Villas are also available.

Each room draws inspiration from the natural surroundings and local Maldivian culture, incorporating colours and materials that highlight the island destination. 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. Situated in the untouched Northern atoll of Shaviyani, the resort is a 55-minute seaplane flight to the north of Male. The island’s surrounding natural reef benefits from the island being far from Male and civilisation and is teeming with sea life. An on-site marine biologist ensures the pristine reef remains untouched and in perfect health whilst overseeing aquatic expeditions including diving and snorkelling.

An iconic Spa by JW, overwater gym and an open-air yoga pavilion offers cutting-edge and indulgent spa treatments and a daily schedule of yoga and fitness activities. The iconic FAMiLY by JW Kid’s Club called Little Griffin’s, with a 13m pirate’s ship, kid’s sleeping areas, a servery, games, and educational animated activities will keep little ones entertained for hours.

The adults-only infinity swimming pool on the tip of the island is ideal for adults looking for some peace and relaxation. Meanwhile a chic adults-only club house with cigar room, shisha room, a billiards table and more is available to guests over the age of 18.

Nightly rates at JW Marriott Maldives start from USD $886 (£717 approx.) in an Overwater Sunrise Pool Villa based on double-occupancy on B&B basis. For more information or to book visit or call +960 300 6966.