With the continuing expansion of its presence in the Asia Pacific region, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts has announced the opening of the JW Marriott Maldives. Slated to open in 2019, it promises a sophisticated, yet culturally integrated retreat within the paradise island nation. With the introduction of JW Marriott Maldives, the JW Marriott brand now has nearly 40 hotels and resorts in the Asia Pacific region.

Set on the island of Vagaru, Shaviyani Atoll, JW Marriott Maldives, the company says, will be the perfect destination for leisure travellers to experience ‘a piece of heaven on earth’. The resort features 61 beach and overwater villas each with its own private pool and other modern amenities.

Guests can explore distinct culinary options at the property’s multiple F&B venues. The dining options include, the all-day dining restaurant Kaage – serving an international fanfare of culinary delights from around the world with the Wine Room being its own oenology of both new and old world wines, Raha – offering the freshest Italian ingredients, Rum Bar & Kitchen – with tantalizing Thai cuisine, Farumas – the delicacies of Japanese Teppanyaki from both below and above the water line, and Lonu – offering the luxuries of succulent crustaceans and prime aged grain fed cuts.

The master mixologists, at the Kobaar Bar, Rum Bar or overwater watering hole, will concoct exotic cocktails and mocktails, from early till late. Lounge 18, is home to a Cigar Room, Shisha Room, an insulated Karaoke venue and a selection of classic and today’s sought-after games providing hours of entertainment.

The property will feature JW Marriott’s new branded spa concept, Spa by JW. The spa offers bespoke treatments and a range of classic spa rituals, promising an environment of harmony and wellness, with a royal treatment suite and six treatment rooms. Additional facilities within the spa, include a unisex salon, yoga pavilion and gym.

Another signature branded concept at JW Marriott Maldives is the Kid’s Club by JW, which will have play areas, an arts and craft area, individual reading and sleep corners, an educational Fauna and Flora corner and a server with wholesome and healthy foods. As per the company, the Kid’s Keepers will speak an array of languages, ensuring that the younger guests remain active whilst receiving educational experiences.

Added features of the resort include a pool, a dive and water sports centre, an open-air cinema, library, and a business centre.

Commenting on the announcement, Marc Gussing, General Manager, JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa, said “The opening of the JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa is a milestone for Marriott International. The property is designed for today’s sophisticated and self-assured travellers, and will offer our guests the discreet luxury they seek in a comfortable and relaxed environment.

“We are confident that the internationally recognized JW Marriott brand will set a benchmark for service excellence and for the ultimate relaxation and rejuvenation retreat.”

Marc Gussing, General Manager, JW Marriott Maldives

Marc Gussing is a hospitality professional with over 20 years industry experience in the luxury segment, in both city and resort settings, corporate organisations and independent properties, across Europe, the Middle East, Indian Ocean and South East Asia.