This year April, the husband and I celebrate 12 years of being together (yes we met in college, let’s all go “Awwwww, college sweethearts…” ) and so he had made some really, REALLY secretive plans since Dec ’12 – Jan ’13 for a trip in April. I prodded, I poked, I asked, I put on these eyes (see below) to no avail, his lips were sealed with a very big twinkle in his eyes.
So there I was, 8 AM on the morning of 13th April, led “blindly” to Changi Airport, and I gave him my word that I will not sneak a peek at the flip boards for any flights leaving at around 10 AM that day, while I made my way to the Starbucks at the other end (his orders). Midway I got a call from him saying that he needed my Krisflyer number so I headed back to the counters, still refusing to look at the boards. the SUSPENSE WAS KILLING ME, but I held on. It was my surprise anyway, so I thought that I had better savour every nanosecond.
After receiving our boarding passes, I would like to assume that the husband couldn’t tahan any longer, and that’s why he said to me: OK, let me tell you where we’re heading – and proceeds to show me the boarding pass – MALDIVES! The sudden impact of the news hit me and sent me whirling in my mind, I let out a huge gasp and if I remember correctly, I punched him.
And that wasn’t the ONLY surprise:
Oh My God!
The above wasn’t made known to me as he wanted to hug the secret closer to his heart a little longer, until we arrived at the Male Airport where the transfers took place. All passengers were directed to their respective waiting lounges as well according to their resort of choice and fly via sea taxi to their resorts.
Maldives Sea Taxi
W Retreat & Spa is literally heaven on earth. Sandy white beaches, glistening shallow & deep waters greeted us as our plane neared the destination – Fesdu Island, where W is situated.
What greeted us was just beautiful and I was lost for words:
The walkway leading up to the individual retreats. We had one of that faced the open ocean rather than the cove. W Retreat & Spa has a total of 78 retreats. Here’s a gallery of the rooms, resorts, spa etc: http://www.wretreatmaldives.com/gallery/guest_rooms
View from our room, open deck
The other side…
A not-so-little hole in our Resort, hello fishies!
We were greeted by some specially prepared snacks by the W Talents – lovely citrusy cupcakes in little shot glasses filled with salt, black pepper corn & coffee beans.
The husband pulled out all the stops this time and opted for a full-board. Full-board meant that all our meals are taken care of, we can head to Kitchen for our breakfast & lunch (and sometimes dinner), or to Fish (seafood galore and 20% discount off the menu), or last but not least – Fire – for grilled items. There’s also 15 Below, W’s own underground bar-club which has some signature cocktails.
Let’s start with breakfast.
Egg white omelette
Smoked salmon, ham, croissants, beans, sausages, wide selection of cheeses
Congee, fried rice, vegetables, meat
Sexy poached eggs
Smoothies with tropical fruits like mango, pineapple, papaya etc
Fruit juice with a view
Food wasn’t the only thing I/ we were excited about. We loved the facilities that W had as well. Here’s a glimpse as well: http://www.wretreatmaldives.com/gallery/services
Game of pool anyone?
Jenga! We had fun playing this
SWEAT – the gym here at W
Main pool at the relaxation area
Snorkeling outside our own resort, right into the Indian Ocean
SWEAT upstairs, Bar downstairs
The main meals of the day – lunch and dinner – were my favourites. Let me share with you why:
(The below are the dishes found on the Kitchen menu, and because we were on full-board, we had the luxury of ordering whatever we fancied on the menu. Drinks not included.)
Seafood Bouillabaisse served with croutons
This beautiful medley of slightly salty seafood, mix of mussels, prawns, fish, scallops, was to-die-for. If I’m not mistaken, it is a classic French shellfish and fish stew, originating from the port city of Marseille (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bouillabaisse). Completely in love with this and I had this a grand total of 5 times throughout our stay, to a point where the W Talents already knew what I was going to order by the 3rd day.
Exquisite Seafood Bouillabaisse at Kitchen
Overview of the bars and restaurants: http://www.wretreatmaldives.com/w_retreat_spa_maldives_island_best_restaurants_dining_overview
The second “best-seller” here at Kitchen was the scallops appetiser. I think we had this at least 3 or 4 times.
How on earth can we say no to these beauties?
Here are some pictures of the Restaurants: http://www.wretreatmaldives.com/gallery/restaurant
Every lunch & dinner, each table was served a loaf of foccacia with different condiments or pairings each time. One dip that has been stuck in my mind is the beetroot yogurt dip which was bright pink in colour and was very delicious.
Fresh foccacia loaf with tuna dip
Onion capsicum foccacia with beetroot yogurt dip
Creamy seafood chowder
Smoked salmon carpaccio
Vietnamese prawn roll
Caesar salad with chicken
Now, to some of the mains that we had. I may not remember all the names, but I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.
Seafood flat bread – squid, prawns, tuna & artichokes
Another flat bread, with parma ham
Aglio Olio pasta
Naan with curry
On one of the nights, Kitchen was closed and for all full-boarders we were given the option to head down to Fire, and dine by the sea.
Dining on the white sands
This marks the end of the food part of the trip, there are more but like I mentioned, I did have the Seafood Bouillabaisse about 5 times so some things were on repeat mode.
I’ll leave you with some other pics to enjoy, mainly the surroundings and the sunsets.
View from Whenever, Whatever
View of the main pool, while lounging around
Dining by candlelight at Fire
Enjoying a glass of white
Are you a coffee or a tea person?
Freshly squeezed mixed fruit juice
Supermodel – ah so grainy!
Kit Kat ice cream, Nescafe coffee, Milo, water etc at strategically located snack shacks around the island
View from our bed
Sipping cocktails and waiting for sunset