W Maldives to host bar takeovers with David Ong, Victoria Chow

W Maldives has announced plans to host two bar takeovers, in leading with W’s cocktail culture.

Inspired by Director of B&F Dan Drebing’s Filipino heritage and to highlight the scene of his home flavours, W Maldives will present a bar takeover with David Ong, co-owner and head bartender from Curator Coffee and Cocktails.

An event spanning across two days, David will take his passion for coffee and cocktails from his cozy and intimate bar in the Philippines all the way to the iconic white sand beaches of W Maldives.

Voted No. 37 on Asia’s 50 Best Bars list for four consecutive years and the Best Bar in the Philippines, the Curator is known for being serious about specialty coffee and craft cocktails, priding itself in sincere and personal customer service as a forte.

David will take centre stage from October 23-24. Whilst on the retreat’s luxury playground, David will spark W Maldives’ bar scene with his signature favourites along with a mix of local island ingredients.

“The first bite is always with the eyes and we are keen on delivering Asian flare in nibbles and beverage,” an announcement by the resort read.

Next up is Victoria Chow, owner of The Woods in Hong Kong. She believes in “taking an educated sip”, and strives to connect the dots between spirit producers and brands to better leverage the consumer experience.

By taking over W Maldives’ SIP for a bar masterclass, she plans on elevating the understanding and appreciation for the craft of spirits for W Maldives’ guests.

Going further, from November 12-14, this Forbes Asia 30 under 30 recipient will flaunt her story with a culinary take on cocktails.

“We look forward to tasting the Woods Welcome cocktail and perhaps a first taste of her very own line of canned craft cocktails from KWOON,” the announcement said.

A bonus for in-house Marriott Bonvoy elite members is a chance to get behind the bar and advance in cocktail making techniques with both David and Victoria.

“Re-vitalising the ‘B’ in B&F in true W style with bold, unscripted luxurious blue surroundings, endless flow of cocktails and going further with more island takeovers in collaboration with International influencers,” the announcement read.

“A great take away included for the cocktail culture to live on in the comforts of your home. W ignites an obsessive desire to soak it in, live it up and hit repeat Whatever/Whenever.”

Located in the North Ari Atoll, W Maldives offers 77 escapes and suites located both ashore and overwater, including 28 Wonderful Beach Oasis, 46 Fabulous Overwater Oasis, three WOW Ocean Escape and one Extreme WOW Ocean Haven (the W brand’s interpretation of the Presidential Suite). Each chic and spacious escape features infinity plunge pool.

There is a mixture of six bars and restaurants at W Maldives. Kitchen, the all-day dining bistro, and Fire, where guests have their choice of four different barbecues, provide menus for everyone’s palate. Swim up to the pool bar Wet and order a light lunch. There is even a dining option on the resort’s private desert island, Gaathafushi, or Fish, the resort’s specialty seafood restaurant set over the water and under the stars. Fifteen Below is the only underground club in the Maldives, with its own resident DJ and a sushi bar Sushi Beat.

Guests can also spoil themselves with a selection of over 125 treatments at the award-winning overwater Away Spa.

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