Where? The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort
Exactly? Baa Atoll, Maldives
When? I visited in April 2019
Why? This year saw the grand opening of one the Westin Groups loveliest new properties, The Westin Maldives. So in order to review the hotel they invited me onto the resort for a few nights to sample and experience the spectacular beaches, pools, views, fantastic wellness and sports facilities, great restaurants and stylish beach and water villas. Who am I to refuse! Let the pampering begin!
Outfits worn throughout by Melissa Odabash
The resort is located on the BAA Atoll of the Maldives which is about a half hour sea plane journey from Male the capital city and home to the international airport. The resort is stunning featuring a mixture of beach villas and over sea villas each with their own private decks and plunge pools.
We were lucky enough to stay in one of the newly renovated beach villas. A stunning open-plan, beach-facing room with beautiful, dark-wood, minimal furnishings, a fabulous indoor/ outdoor bathroom with al fresco rain shower, walk in wardrobe section, private plunge pool and a large area of the beach exclusively for your private use.
The beds were super comfy with fragrant white linens, an amazing surround sound system in the living area and my favourite treat for the morning, a great espresso machine and orange juice juicer (which they replenished every time we squeezed!).
Oh and did I mention we got a butler too, who was always on hand to make reservations and ferry us around the island to where ever we needed to be. I could get used to this!
I loved waking up every morning and having a refreshing outdoor rain shower. The showers are completely secluded with high walls so no one can see you, but you can see the blue skies up above.
The over water villas also had outdoor private pools and direct step ladder access to the sea.
Me enjoying the daily fruit platter left in the room with a complimentary bottle of champagne which is given to all guests on arrival. Cheers!
Above: The sea plane jetty where hotel guests are greeted on arrival. It’s lovely arriving at the resort, they have welcome drinks, cold towels and give you a guided tour of the island on the little electric buggies.
Me hanging out in my private beach area behind my villa.
Food and Drink
With a choice of four eating options, from the daily poolside restaurant, The Island Kitchen which is home to the incredible (and healthy) morning buffet, through to Hawker, an eastern fusion beach restaurant, serving asian street food classics or for an evening out head to The Pearl the elegant Japanese restaurant.
We arrived so late at night on the first day we also tried the in room service, which I’m very pleased to tell you also had a ‘sleep friendly’ menu with lighter healthy options, which was perfect for me after the long flight.
Above: a beautifully presented dessert creation at The Pearl and below: watching the sunset over dinner at the romantic poolside restaurant, The Island Kitchen.
Chilling on the day beds by the main hotel pool. It’s lovely and quiet here most of the time (as people are busy in their own private pools) so we practically had the pool to ourselves all day.
What to do in the day
There is literally every water sport activity you can think of on the island, from scuba diving, snorkeling, jet skiing, paddle boarding and canoeing to more specialist activities like swimming with the turtles, which was my favourite boat trip.
The turtles are such graceful and beautiful creatures, on our 2 hour safari I saw at least 6 or 7 and one swam right up in front of us (to say hello) then swam off into the ocean. It was so lovely.
Photo taken from Scuba Diver Magazine.
But of course the main thing that The Westin Hotels are most famous for is the wellness and fitness offering. And the Westin Maldives is no exception. Housing a Westin Workout huge fitness studio, a purpose built, state of the art gym with fantastic new equipment and beautiful views out to the villas from the running machines, I didn’t want to leave!
They also have fantastic in-house PT’s, trainers and yoga gurus who create personal programs for guests including private yoga sessions and beach running.
The Overwater Spa
No wellness package is complete without a spa and the Heavenly Spa by Westin is built on stilts over the water, so you can view the sea from all around, including from inside your flower bath to when you’re face down on the massage table. I loved seeing the fish swim by whilst chilling out in my massage.
That’s all from the Westin Maldives for now. Thanks so much for such a marvellous stay. I really did feel truly rested and relaxed when I left.
For more information head to the Westin Maldives website.
Bon voyage xx
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Wow!! This place is gorgeous and your pictures are like perfect! Keep sharing!
Thanks for stopping by x
That looks absolutely amazing. I just love the bathroom – I don’t think I’d want to get out of the bath.
I didn;t haha
travelling is a fun in it self to visit place such as westin maldives resort should be more of a fun that is heaven on earth i kind of like the outdoor private swimming pool this real great
The pool is fab
It was such a fun experience. I haven’t seen a turtle as big as that before, just the small ones. It’s so lovely
Haha he was lovely x
You are SO lucky that you got to go there!! Definitely on my bucket list!
I know I am x
Gorgeous lady + Gorgeous Maldives + Gorgeous colors.
Awesome, Loved reading it.
wow this looks absolutely stunning. so dreamy! looks like you had a wonderful stay. I will add this hotel to my bucket list of places to stay.
Please do x
You looked like you had a blast! What a place! Man, a paradise really! Can’t wait to go there in the future! Quite envious a bit haha!
Maldives is one of my dream places to visit someday lovely your photos so beautiful and stunning.
I hope you do
Your outfits coordinate perfectly with the scenery! Did you plan that? I love that blue color of the ocean! I would love to visit here!
Oh my world it’s so beautiful and I love the
room design. The views is gorgeous.
It looks like such a beautiful place. I can see why they call it a wellness island. It would make me feel so relaxed afterward.
What a wonderful blue sea! Sure looks like a great place to unwind and recharge your batteries. Nice to know you had a blast.
What a beautiful place.
Maldives is one of my favorite places for vacation. I feel relaxed over there. Your pictures and your review with description is lovely.
Me too x
Wow I would love going there! Beautiful place!
Thanks for reading
This place looks so relaxing, it really fits to be called the wellness island. I bet I would be laying half of the day if I would be here.
This place looks amazing defntely somewhere to relax and recharge and come away feel relaxed x
Looks amazing, I would love to visit !
oh please do x
WOWZERZ!!! Absolutely stunning place. I can’t get over the beauty of it. Especially, the part where you can see the fish while you are getting a massage, talk about ultimate pampering.
Yes it’s lovely x
The aerial photo is stunning! What a nice place to enjoy a relaxing vacation in. With all that luxury, I am thinking it is expensive. But nothing is impossible if we save for it, right? I am adding this place to my travel bucket list.
Oh wow what a gorgeous place to stay! The water looks so clean and refreshing – I would love to go there someday!
Wow this reaper in the Maldives looks delicious!! I’ve been wanting to go now I know where! Gorgeous pictures!
You must x
Never been to this place but that place looks very vibrant to relax and unwind. Looks like you had a great time there!
One of my dream destinations! Will keep this hotel in mind when we finally visit. :)
I’m in love!!!Maldives is so pretty and I can confirm that over and over again…Oh girl!You also looked too cute- just perfect for the treat. I love the interiors, the night atmosphere, the drinks and that bathroom too: I would use some spa time!
This looks like a paradise, your outfits looks so nice, it even matches the surroundings. I bet you really had a great time here.
Stunning view! I hope one day I can visit the Maldive too, I’m sure you really enjoy everything there!
It was fab
Oh. wow the Maldives have been on my bucket list for a LONG time! Im not sure we will get there any time soon but I can dream!
Your pictures are absolutely fabulous! You look like you’re having an amazing time and the Maldives is such a beautiful place to vacation. You’re literally in paradise right now!
thank you x
OMG. That is probably the most beautiful resort I have ever seen. I can’t believe they even have glass floors under the massage tables. They thought of everything! It looks like a pure dream.
It’s so cool
oh my goodness this looks gorgeous!! I can’t say i’ve done much travelling but this has definitely made my bucket list for future adventures. Your photos are lovely …. looks like such a relaxing and healing trip!
Thanks so much x
Wow, amazing view from a far distance. Awesome interior designs. I like how they have made the branding on tender coconuts too. Wish to visit there someday.
The coconuts are so cute
I am so jealous. I have always wanted to visit this beautiful place. It looks like you had a lovely stay, beautiful photos and great post to read.
This looks super lovely. Just wish it was near me…a little too fat to travel for sure lol xx
This looks lovely. Such a relaxing place.
It really was
Oh my gosh that absolutely sounds like a dream resort to me! My husband is a platinum elite member with Marriott and we got a lot of points to spend – definitely gonna consider this Westin for them! Thanks for this detailed review – no a lot of people are good at pulling off luxury hotel reviews!
oh yes you must go then!!
I’ve never been here, but I definitely want to go in the future :) thanks for a comprehensive guide and lots of information – looks amazing x
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