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Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi {MDV}

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi {MDV}

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Welcome to the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi Wiki!
Notes: All prices are in US Dollars and are exclusive of taxes unless specified (by ++)

EXTRA CHARGES - BE AWARE FOLKS!
• A compulsory Christmas Eve Gala Dinner supplement of US$488++ per adult and US$150++ per child applies for stays on 24 December 2019
• A compulsory New Year's Eve Dinner supplement of US$800++ per adult and US$150++ per child applies for stays on 31 December 2019
This lamb to the slaughter approach will force a couple to cough up an extra $3176.63, or a family of 4 (2 adults & 2 kids) $3915.83, if you want to celebrate Xmas and New Years here


The following section is a P-take and warning all rolled into one. Be prepared to be shocked and fleeced, all at the same time.....

The Rip-off Section
1. Yacht transfer: At a mere 22.8km from Male, Ithaafushi originally started charging $378++ per person return but then (and even before the resort opened) went up to $350++ per person PER WAY. That's practically double the price; $1724.80 all up for 2 passengers and almost as much as a single night's stay in a base villa!
2. Should you be unlucky enough to have to pay for breakfast, watch out for the $35 you'll have to fork out for a single egg!
3. A 106,000 dollar bottle of wine: Click here for a picture of the wine menu. Keep reading the next couple of pages to see reactions
4. $135 shisha! Check out this post
5. $64 for a bowl of noodles. Click here for the menu
6. Nearly a thousand dollars for a couple to sit in a bamboo cage on a pole with nothing to look at after sunset at Terra
7. Compulsory Christmas Eve Gala Dinner supplement (see above)
8. Compulsory New Year's Eve Dinner supplement (see above)
...and a few corporate-greed-bashing posts for good measure and entertainment value: Click here and here


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 new 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
Note: The $8pp/pn Bed Tax (previously levied by the Maldivian government) was abolished on Dec 1, 2014

Transfers To and From Resort
• How: WA Ithaafushi is located in South Malé Atoll, southwest of Velana International Airport [MLE] (also known as Malé International Airport, previously known as Ibrahim Nasir International Airport)
• Private yacht transfer (50 mins from Malé): $350++ per person per way ($1724.80 return inclusive of taxes for 2 passengers). 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 more info
Note: Original quoted price was $378++ per person return but they thought that was too cheap and basically doubled it. Also note that the quoted transfer time on their website is 30 minutes but actual travel time is 50 minutes
See this post for a detailed review of the yacht transfer (Courtesy of jphripjah)

• 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++

Resort Information / F&B / Spa / Activities
• WA Ithaafushi is made up of three islands (95% man-made)
• The resort has 11 restaurants / bars
• There are 2 standalone OWVs (Over Water Villas) and 121 villas in total
• Click here to visit the resort's website for more information
• The kids club (one of the biggest in the Maldives) is for children between 4 to 11 years. Click here for detailed information
• Click here to visit the resort's listing on TripAdvisor
• Tennis courts: See this post
Resort Information - Menus
• Some restaurant menus are available in PDF format on the resort's website. Click here to visit the relevant page on their website
• For menu pictures: Part 1 and Part 2
• Yasmeen - Set Menu B

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


Elite member benefits:

Hilton Honors GOLD MEMBERS:
  • Full breakfast at Tasting Table
  • In-villa VIP welcome Champagne, sweet and savoury amenities
  • 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


Prices - Accommodation:

***** 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 - Oct 2019 *****
Reef Villa $200++
OWV $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) --

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

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


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: TBA
• 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)
• 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)
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Old Jul 12, 19, 1:54 am
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Originally Posted by goliath View Post
"Just checked in"
"I will say, it’s absolutely fantastic.
I have nothing to complain about so far."

Looking forward to a review later on.
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I would love to see your review on snorkeling and marine life experiences
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Old Jul 12, 19, 3:43 am
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Join Date: May 2011
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Staying in an overwater villa. Probably the best room I’ve ever stayed in.

Im 100% glad I picked this over the Conrad.

I am travelling with the family (wife and child) and therefore my objectives may not be the same as yours. For me the reef activities are not exciting. I’ve been to the barrier reef so this is just an added touch. If they didn’t have reef activities I would still stay here.
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Old Jul 12, 19, 5:14 am
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Originally Posted by Rizla View Post
This resort was not made for you HH point redemption people honestly. I’m just lucky I was able to stay on a points redemption and as a diamond member am treated quite fairly.
What do you mean by these sentences?
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Old Jul 12, 19, 7:00 am
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Originally Posted by WorldTravl View Post
@alanslegal Thanks for the response! I am just debating between St Regis, and WA.
I'm having the same debate myself with both reservations made for June '20. May wait for reviews from someone who has stayed at both.
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Old Jul 12, 19, 11:18 am
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Day 1 review

Yacht transfer. Met expectations
Check in: above expectations. Staff and GM were very friendly
villa: exceeded expectations. You can tell that the villas are “new”. Lots of cool features. I’ve enjoyed the different areas and it feels very comfortable.
Food: only had the chance to do inroom dining twice. I would say that this has fallen short of expectations massively. I ordered a steak sandwich which I would say was cooked just ok. Truffle fries are decent. Salad was just ok. Chicken tikka wrap was decent if not slightly messy. late evening dining was a disaster. Most of the food was cold. If I wasn’t hungry because of having had food poisoning for the past few days I would’ve sent it back. The “hot dog” was a icecold dog. Lol.

Rating for the day 7/10 (mainly because of the food). Without the food it’s 9.5/10.
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Old Jul 12, 19, 11:33 am
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Originally Posted by Rizla View Post
Food: only had the chance to do inroom dining twice. I would say that this has fallen short of expectations massively. I ordered a steak sandwich which I would say was cooked just ok. Truffle fries are decent. Salad was just ok. Chicken tikka wrap was decent if not slightly messy. late evening dining was a disaster. Most of the food was cold. If I wasn’t hungry because of having had food poisoning for the past few days I would’ve sent it back. The “hot dog” was a icecold dog. Lol.

Rating for the day 7/10 (mainly because of the food). Without the food it’s 9.5/10.
Looking forward to your review of the tasting menus at Terra and The Rock, thanks in advance.
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Old Jul 12, 19, 1:01 pm
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Could someone can make review of afternoon delights 4-5pm which is free for diamonds
What kind of snack and drinks can you get at Peacock Alley?


Any chance kids club photos and review is so.eone going g with you kids to stay at Waldorf?
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Old Jul 12, 19, 1:03 pm
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Originally Posted by mobilemario View Post
Could someone can make review of afternoon delights 4-5pm which is free for diamonds
What kind of snack and drinks can you get at Peacock Alley?


Any chance kids club photos and review is so.eone going g with you kids to stay at Waldorf?
Check instagram, there is someone posting pictures of their child at various places on the island.. I recall one of them being the kids club.
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Old Jul 12, 19, 4:16 pm
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So what I'm reading is- if you want decent snorkelling and marine life choose the Conrad. If you want a nicer overall hotel/room/transfer/stay then choose the WA.

As there have been almost no updates on the snorkelling I'm assuming that no one has found the unicorn patch of live coral and lots of macro sea life...
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Old Jul 12, 19, 7:52 pm
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Originally Posted by Cynicor View Post
So what I'm reading is- if you want decent snorkelling and marine life choose the Conrad. If you want a nicer overall hotel/room/transfer/stay then choose the WA.

As there have been almost no updates on the snorkelling I'm assuming that no one has found the unicorn patch of live coral and lots of macro sea life...



I believe you read that from a single review in the Conrad blog from someone who has never snorkeled at the WA, much less even been there. Could end up being correct, but I am waiting to hear a review someone that has actually been there

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Old Jul 12, 19, 7:55 pm
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Not at all. There have been 2 or 3 here that have snorkelled now. Did you miss all the bit about the drop off etc?
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Old Jul 12, 19, 8:29 pm
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I’m not a snorkling person. Don’t really care to do it and prob won’t.

If it helps I’ve seen a ton of fish from my room in the glass floor panel both day and night.
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Old Jul 12, 19, 9:41 pm
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An update on the breakfast. It’s more than acceptable. Good selection. Good additional items.

If its good enough for the cliche fat Arab kids then I’m sure it’s good for us points redemption stayers.

Breakfast rating is a solid 8.
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Old Jul 12, 19, 9:50 pm
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Originally Posted by mobilemario View Post
Any chance kids club photos and review is so.eone going g with you kids to stay at Waldorf?
Another couple who we bumped into several times said that the kids club is excellent; their child has an instgram account (found it by luck as he had tagged waldorfastoriamaldives on the postings) and boy I wished I had that life when I was 5 or so years old.
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Old Jul 12, 19, 10:48 pm
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Originally Posted by alanslegal View Post
Another couple who we bumped into several times said that the kids club is excellent; their child has an instgram account (found it by luck as he had tagged waldorfastoriamaldives on the postings) and boy I wished I had that life when I was 5 or so years old.
https://instagram.com/ethanhenriarou...d=bt6g980ow4r1

that’s the Instagram account of that kid.
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