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Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi {MDV}

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi {MDV}

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Notes: All prices are in US Dollars and are exclusive of taxes unless specified (by ++)

Tax Information
• 10% Service Charge (levied by resort. For info on this and how it's distributed, see this post)
• 12% T-GST (Tourist Goods & Services Tax, levied by the Maldivian government, current as of Oct 1, 2014)
• Total tax is 23.2%, not 22% as one would think. Example; $100 + 10% = $110, then add 12% on to $110 for a total of $123.20
• • Tip: To work out prices before the 23.2% taxes, multiply by 0.81169, i.e; 123.2 * 0.81169 = 100
• A Green Tax of $6pp/pn (levied by the Maldivian government) has been introduced starting from 1 November 2015. Points/Redemption bookings are exempt from the tax for up to two guests per room

Booking with points
• Bookings must be cancelled 30 days prior in order to avoid one full night's charge at BAR. (previously 14 days)
• Website and phone agents state that a cash deposit equivalent to the BAR per night will be taken when booking stays with points. This is an error. NO CASH DEPOSIT IS TAKEN WHEN MAKING A POINTS BOOKING
• Free night certificate: The phone agent states that a cash deposit equivalent to the BAR per night will be taken when booking your free night. This is an error. NO CASH DEPOSIT IS TAKEN WHEN USING YOUR FREE NIGHT CERTIFICATE

Transfers To and From Resort
• Waldorf Astoria Ithaafushi is located in South Malι Atoll, 23km southwest of Malι and Velana International Airport [MLE] (also known as Malι International Airport, previously known as Ibrahim Nasir International Airport)
• Transfer experience includes personal service for your group after luggage pick-up until arrival on the yacht; yacht includes dedicated server for champagne, non-alcoholic beverages, and light snacks. Departure experience on the yacht is the same, and your group be personally escorted through airline check-in until airport security.
• Pricing in 2020 is $600++ per person, and in 2019 it was $350++ per person per way ($1724.80 return inclusive of taxes for 2 passengers). The price for kids 5 and under is complimentary while kids 6-11 years old are charged $300++ per person. If the yacht is not available, a speedboat will be provided by the resort. If this happens, you may be refunded the yacht transfer fee.
• See this post for a detailed review of the yacht transfer (Courtesy of jphripjah)
• Third party transfers are not permitted by the resort.
• Transfer to / from Conrad Maldives Rangali Island: A private seaplane transfer from the Waldorf to the Conrad, taking approximately 25 minutes, is approximately USD 8,125++. Most guests travel between the resort booking the standard round trip seaplane from Male to Rangali and then the Yacht transfer round trip from Male to Waldorf.

Resort Information / Spa / Activities
• WA Ithaafushi is made up of three islands (95% man-made)
• There are 2 standalone OWVs (Over Water Villas) and 121 villas in total
• Click here (Hilton's website) or here (dedicated website) to visit the resort on the web
• The kids club (one of the biggest in the Maldives) is for children between 4 to 11 years. Click here for detailed information and here for the schedule. Click here, here and here for basic reviews and comprehensive sets of pictures (All courtesy of Traveler Dave)
• See this and this post for info on the Christmas Eve and New Years Eve Gala Fee
• Click here to visit the resort's listing on TripAdvisor
• Tennis courts: See this post
• For a new map of the resort click here
> For the old map of the resort click here * Note that this map is orientated north and so the SUNRISE and SUNSET written on it are incorrect. Also note that you receive a black and white map when you arrive and this is not as good nor as detailed as the one posted here. For comments on the quality of the map, click here
• Snorkelling spots and other info 3e4sd:Link to post: (Courtesy of AirForceFlyer)
• Scuba Diving pics :Link to post: (Courtesy of Traveler Dave)
• Activities Brochure (prices as of July 2019)
• Spa pics and review :Link to post: (Courtesy of Traveler Dave)
• Wellness Programme :Link to post: (Courtesy of AirForceFlyer)

Resort Information - F&B and Menus
• The resort has 11 restaurants / bars
• Some restaurant menus are available in PDF format on the resort's website. Click here to visit the relevant page on their website
• For pictures of most of the menus: Part 1 and Part 2
• Dining Programme / restaurant opening times: See this post and the post below it
• IVD (In Villa Dining) menus: See this post
• Yasmeen - Menu version discussion here.
• Terra is $298.00++ per person. As of December 2019, the set menu includes Amuse Brioche (3 selections per person), a starter (tuna, avocado, caviar), 2 courses highlighting lobster and wagyu beef with a pallet cleanse in between, a dessert course, then finishing with 3 additional sweet selections per person.
• The Ledge - See this post. Note that this menu changes daily but there are probably only 2 for each day and 14 in total (7 for lunch and 7 for dinner). Chefs rotate to the resort from Burnt Ends in Singapore.
+ Peacock Alley 1/2 priced drinks daily after 9:30pm. High-quality cocktails and liquors available at a very affordable price ranging from $13-$15 post discount
+ Tasting Table full buffet breakfast with made to order entrees and complimentary Champagne for $65++/person or Free for Hilton Diamond / Gold
+ Glow and Yasmeen wine selections are priced in the $65 - $85 ++ range per bottle.
• Lunch can be purchased at the main pool or beach from Nava or The Ledge. The majority of lunch entrees cost $30-$50++. Lunch is also available at Tasting Table, Tangled, or In Villa Dining.
• A new pizza oven was flown in from Italy to replace the original oven installed at Nava, and an Italian chef traveled to the resort to work with the team to elevate pizza quality in early December of 2019.
• During festive season 2019, the resort introduced a lobster & champagne dinner on the beach, including tasting stations, free flow champagne, and a live band for $298++ per person.

Miscellaneous Information
• Villa pool depth: See this post
• Best snorkelling spots: See this post and this post
• Complimentary water (in villa): See this post
• Walking / getting around the resort: See this post
• Sunset / Sunrise at the resort: See this post and this post
• Power outlet configuration: See this post



Elite member benefits:

Hilton Honors GOLD MEMBERS:
  • Full breakfast at Tasting Table
  • In-villa VIP welcome bottle of wine and fruits
  • Complimentary daily afternoon delights (see here for pic) with a fine selection of beverages crafted by mixologist and sommelier from 16:00 to 17:00 at Peacock Alley
  • 50% special offer on selected beverages at Nava Beach Club from 22:00 to 23:30
Hilton Honors DIAMOND MEMBERS:
  • Full breakfast at Tasting Table
  • In-villa VIP welcome Champagne, sweet and savoury amenities
  • [Diamond only benefit] With a selected 60-minute massage, enjoy a complimentary additional 30-minute at Waldorf Astoria Spa
  • Complimentary daily afternoon delights (see here for pic) with a fine selection of beverages crafted by mixologist and sommelier from 16:00 to 17:00 at Peacock Alley
  • 50% special offer on selected beverages at Nava Beach Club from 22:00 to 23:30

Accommodation:
At opening the resort defined Beach Villas as the lowest category of accommodation (only this category bookable with points). The next highest category was Reef Villas then above that, the Overwater Villas. Note: villas on the Private Island do not count.
This will change in 2020. Quote from the resort "Please be informed that for next year we have changed our villa category. Kindly note that the Reef Villa will be our base category, next will be the Overwater Villa and then the Beach Villa. Basically the Beach Villa will be a higher category compared to reef Villa and Overwater Villa."
See this post for the conversation related to this. Pricing has changed as well to reflect this. See below for 2020 pricing.
Note that as of August 2019 the BV is still available to book on points in 2020. This may change, however.

Prices - Accommodation (2020):

***** March 2020 Figures *****
• Beach Villa USD 2630
• Overwater Villa USD 2430
• Reef Villa USD 1930


Prices - Accommodation (2019):

***** July 2019 Figures *****
• 2 Bedroom Beach Villa with Pool USD 3850
• 2 Bedroom Over Water Villa with Pool USD 4350

***** October 2019 Figures *****
• Beach Villa USD 2100
• Grand Beach Villa USD 2300
• Reef Villa USD 2300
• Grand Reef Villa USD 2500
• Overwater Villa USD 2500
• Grand Overwater Villa USD 2700


***** Upgrade Costs - Jul 2019 *****
• Two Bedroom Beach - US 2000
• Two Bedroom Grand Beach - US 2200
• Two Bedroom Reef - US 2200
• Two Bedroom Overwater - US 2400

***** Upgrade Costs - Oct 2019 *****
• Reef Villa USD 200
• OWV USD 400


Villa Types and Abbreviations used in this thread (listed in order from most basic to most luxurious)

-- BVs (Beach Villas) --

BV (Beach Villa)
GBV (Grand Beach Villa)

-- RVs (Reef Villas) --

RV (Reef Villa, the Garden Villa category shown in the pre-opening promo video)
GRV (Grand Reef Villa, also a type of Garden Villa shown in the pre-opening promo video)

-- OWVs (Over Water Villas) aka Ocean Villas in rewards booking --

OV (Overwater Villa)
GOV (Grand Overwater Villa)
SMR (Stella Maris Residences)

-- Occupancy Information --
See this post for maximum occupancy of each villa type

Villa Selection
• See this post and this post
• Privacy - Beach Villas: For pics, info and opinions, see the following posts; 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10


Travel & Safety Information
• The Maldives is listed in Category 1 (the highest category) on the
WHO Zika virus classification table. However, don't let that scare you because as of April 13, 2017 there has only been one confirmed case of Zika in the Maldives
• Click here for information related to the single Zika infection in the Maldives (reported in January of that year)


Contact
• General Enquiries: [email protected]
• Reservations Department: [email protected]
• Tel: +960-4000-300


Weather:
Note: since the resort is close to Mahibadhoo (where there is a weather station), I have added this info from the Conrad Maldives thread as both resorts are close by and the weather will be the same as far as forecasts go (MaldivesFreak)
• General info on weather in the Maldives: Link 1 Link 2 (Maldivian government website)
• Recommended Android weather app: eWeather HD. See this post for detailed info on the app, settings, tips and general weather info (Courtesy of MaldivesFreak)
• Want to get an idea about the weather in the month of August? Click here to read a post from a FT member that spends 2 weeks at Rangali during this month (Courtesy of Splotly)


Pictures - Resort under construction:
• January, 2018 :Link to post:
• June, 2018 :Link to post:
• Approx October, 2018 :Link to post:
• January, 2019 :Link to post:

Pictures & Videos - Post-opening:
• General pics of the resort (July, 2019) :Link to post: (Courtesy of jphripjah)
• The Stella Maris exclusive! :Link to post with links to videos: (Courtesy of alanslegal)
• Breakfast buffet at Tasting Table - Post #1 :Link to post: (Courtesy of alanslegal)
• Breakfast buffet at Tasting Table - Post #2 :Link to post: (Courtesy of jphripjah)
• Breakfast buffet at Tasting Table - Post #3 :Link to post: (Courtesy of Traveler Dave)
• Breakfast buffet at Tasting Table - Post #4 :Link to post: (Courtesy of Another Getaway)
• IVD(in villa dining) :Link to post: (Courtesy of Stivelio)
• Terra (views from all 7 'cages') :Link to post: (Courtesy of jphripjah)
• Terra and Family Pool :Link to post with link to video: (Courtesy of alanslegal)
• Reef Villa with sunset view :Link to post: (Courtesy of Stivelio)
• Views in the direction of Male (night & day pics) :Link to post 1: (Courtesy of wekxbrainx) :Link to post 2: (Courtesy of jphripjah)
• Bicycle tour :Link to post:
• Various resort and villa pics from a stay in November 2019 :Link to post: (Courtesy of aspenedelen)

Reviews:
• Review by goldelite8
• Review by escape4
• Review by Falcons05 (text only)

Historical Information for high rollers:
+ $135 shisha, Check out this post
+ If you do NOT have Gold/Diamond status with Free breakfast AND you decide NOT to pay the $65++ for full buffet at Tasting Table, then you may or may not encounter a $35 charge for a single egg
+ 106,000 dollar bottle of wine: Click
here for a picture of the wine menu (reactions follow on subsequent pages)




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Old Aug 22, 19, 7:32 am
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Join Date: Mar 2009
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I cannot find any dates where the Discover The Unforgettable rate is available ??? Am I doing something incorrect? I put in 1 night and searched the flexible calendar
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Old Aug 22, 19, 7:36 am
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Originally Posted by NightFury1 View Post
I also asked again if they are going to honor my rate of $370++ RT. If they do, I'll be one happy customer.

They told me they would honor it but then they tried to charge me the regular rate at checkout so keep an eye on it.
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Old Aug 22, 19, 7:40 am
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Thanks, I'm going to have that printed out.
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Old Aug 22, 19, 7:44 am
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I need a 6th night on 27th March so if anyone is cancelling let me know otherwise I guess I'll just have to book another night, I should have booked it originally when there was bags of availability and not left it another 3 months, stupid of me!

I must say the transfer price is eye-watering, a spectacular amount for what it is.

I'm slightly not up to speak but i've got 5 nights in a BV which was the original points booking and I'm sure my wife would rather be in an overwater so should I email them and ask for the change?
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Old Aug 22, 19, 7:52 am
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Restaurant Prices

Also, Jphripjah, Alanslegal, Traveler Dave or anyone who's visited, do you guys happen to have the menu for Yasmeen, The Rock, or The Ledge?

I know that someone has tried Yasmeen Option B for ~$400.
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Old Aug 22, 19, 8:17 am
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I upgraded to a grand reef villa for 400$ next year. Since the reef villa is a free "downgrade" could I get refunded 200$?
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Old Aug 22, 19, 8:20 am
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Originally Posted by Scotland View Post
I need a 6th night on 27th March so if anyone is cancelling let me know otherwise I guess I'll just have to book another night, I should have booked it originally when there was bags of availability and not left it another 3 months, stupid of me!

I must say the transfer price is eye-watering, a spectacular amount for what it is.

I'm slightly not up to speak but i've got 5 nights in a BV which was the original points booking and I'm sure my wife would rather be in an overwater so should I email them and ask for the change?
I need the same night of March 27. I was waiting to use a free weekend night for March 27 but there is no availability left.
We currently have March 21 - 26 and March 28 all booked using points.
Our flight out is on March 28 so I might have to purchase the night of March 27 of all else fails.
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Old Aug 22, 19, 8:20 am
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Originally Posted by NightFury1 View Post
Also, Jphripjah, Alanslegal, Traveler Dave or anyone who's visited, do you guys happen to have the menu for Yasmeen, The Rock, or The Ledge?

I know that someone has tried Yasmeen Option B for ~$400.

The Rock was never (or almost never) open when I was there. Never made it to Yasmeen. The Ledge menu changed daily though some items seem to be standards. The Peri Peri chicken was very good and reasonably priced for the size of it. As was the tuna.

The appetizers are all very small but every one I had was good. The pork and crab grill stickers are two small stickers and they only charged me $12 for them and a few nights later they were priced at $12 on the menu. The Jamaican chicken appetizer is two small chicken wings.

Here's the menu from the first night I was there back in July.

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Old Aug 22, 19, 8:28 am
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Same here, I called up with the cert last night and they said, no! Oh well!
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Old Aug 22, 19, 9:26 am
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Originally Posted by Scotland View Post
I'm slightly not up to speak but i've got 5 nights in a BV which was the original points booking and I'm sure my wife would rather be in an overwater so should I email them and ask for the change?
Most folks prefer OW and if it's the first time to the Maldives and you don't think you'll be going back any time soon then go for it. One thing to consider is the distance away from the facilities and restaurants so you could ask for a villa closer to that area if you don't fancy walking a kilometre there and back - especially in the hot sun.


Originally Posted by goliath View Post
Tempting. Where did you quote this from? Do you have a link?
It was this one https://www.hotelnewsresource.com/article106040.html
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Old Aug 22, 19, 9:38 am
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I need some help to pick best rooms, not sure if I am going to get a BV, OWV or RV, could you let me know which one are the best for each one, location and privacy?
Thanks in advance.
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Old Aug 22, 19, 9:41 am
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I need some help to pick best rooms, not sure if I am going to get a BV, OWV or RV, could you let me know which one are the best for each one, location and privacy?
Thanks in advance.
check out the wiki, alan had some pretty nice reviews/opinions

See this post and this post
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Old Aug 22, 19, 9:44 am
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Originally Posted by NightFury1 View Post
I had originally confirmed an upgrade for $400++ per night into an OWV. I emailed them again to see if I could be put into the OWV for no charge and it was a success!

Also note, according to my email below, it seems indeed that they have changed the transfer cost from $370++ pp per way to $350++ pp per way and now to $300++ pp per way. So it doesn't look like they gave anyone an offer, just that they've revisited the transfer costs and adjusted accordingly to anyone who brought it up?



I also asked again if they are going to honor my rate of $370++ RT. If they do, I'll be one happy customer.
Is the new rate of $300++ pp per way only for reservations in 2020? I have a reservation coming up from August 31st and wondering if they will charge me the old rate or if I can get them to charge me the new rate only.
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Old Aug 22, 19, 9:49 am
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Originally Posted by WorldTravl View Post
I upgraded to a grand reef villa for 400$ next year. Since the reef villa is a free "downgrade" could I get refunded 200$?
You paid already?

Originally Posted by rish View Post
Is the new rate of $300++ pp per way only for reservations in 2020? I have a reservation coming up from August 31st and wondering if they will charge me the old rate or if I can get them to charge me the new rate only.
I didn't ask that part, but you should double check.

Also, I was able to reconfirm that the $370++ RT rate is honored (Managed to save that $8++ x2). Along with saving money from the free OWV that would have costed me $2500... Guys... I think I'm going to Terra!

Originally Posted by jphripjah View Post
The Rock was never (or almost never) open when I was there. Never made it to Yasmeen. The Ledge menu changed daily though some items seem to be standards. The Peri Peri chicken was very good and reasonably priced for the size of it. As was the tuna.

The appetizers are all very small but every one I had was good. The pork and crab grill stickers are two small stickers and they only charged me $12 for them and a few nights later they were priced at $12 on the menu. The Jamaican chicken appetizer is two small chicken wings.

Here's the menu from the first night I was there back in July.
Thank you!

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Old Aug 22, 19, 9:54 am
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Originally Posted by Moflav View Post
I remember seeing the offer but I believe it was for cash bookings only but someone may want to double check. At the time, I entered in some dates and never found any dates that would qualify for the offer. Of course, that could be due to Hilton/WA IT issues
You are correct. That was for cash bookings.

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