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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: MLE[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 Sep 3, 19, 10:57 am
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Well done, I still need night of 27th March too. Is there anyway of easily having a search for availability to be notified or do you just have to manually check each day?
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Old Sep 3, 19, 12:05 pm
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Thanks to "Another Getaway" for all the photos of the breakfast spread!

Brings me to a question someone here might know the answer to. I'm Diamond and booked two Villas with points from my HH account at Ithaafushi. One Villa is for me and my wife. The other Villa is for my brother and his wife. My brother is Hilton Gold. My name remains as the primary name on their reservation. I put my brother and his wife down as "additional guests" on their reservation and they will be paying for their own incidentals. My question is; I know I'll be receiving breakfast for two on our Villa, but will they be entitled to breakfast?
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Old Sep 3, 19, 1:31 pm
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And another thanks to @Another-Getaway for the photos. Added to the wiki.


Originally Posted by goldelite8 View Post
Just finished a stay here and thought I would add my two cents on the property. Happy to answer any questions people have with respect to pricing, logistics, etc.
Thanks very much for the great review. Added to the wiki. Review section is at the bottom under pics and videos.

Last edited by MaldivesFreak; Sep 3, 19 at 1:36 pm
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Old Sep 3, 19, 1:40 pm
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Originally Posted by TravelStar View Post
Brings me to a question someone here might know the answer to. I'm Diamond and booked two Villas with points from my HH account at Ithaafushi. One Villa is for me and my wife. The other Villa is for my brother and his wife. My brother is Hilton Gold. My name remains as the primary name on their reservation. I put my brother and his wife down as "additional guests" on their reservation and they will be paying for their own incidentals. My question is; I know I'll be receiving breakfast for two on our Villa, but will they be entitled to breakfast?
You are entitled to free breakfast (and any other Gold or Diamond benefit) based on who is staying in the villa, not whose name is on the reservation for that villa. Having said that, the good news is your brother is Gold so he will get free breakfast for him and his wife due to his status.

Last edited by MaldivesFreak; Sep 4, 19 at 2:03 pm
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Old Sep 3, 19, 2:14 pm
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Originally Posted by Scotland View Post
Well done, I still need night of 27th March too. Is there anyway of easily having a search for availability to be notified or do you just have to manually check each day?
Scotland,

I have been searching manually each day.

I have used Open Hotel Alert in the past.
You will need to search for the hotel and the dates that you need.
Then find the room type that corresponds to the standard award availability and click on Alert Me.

OneMileAtATime had an article titled "Receive Alerts if Hotel Award Nights Become Available" that describes how to do this as well.
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Old Sep 3, 19, 6:37 pm
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Originally Posted by Ming Chang View Post

Where are the house reef locations? Thanks.
The house reef excursions start at a pier near the excursion location. This is at the end of the 600 BVs and right before the 700s OWVs start.

We did night snorkeling there last night. Just me and my wife and 2 guides. It is advertised as requiring a minimum of 4 people, but our concierge was still able to get us this reservation. The night snorkeling was a lot of fun. Our first night time snorkeling experience but best snorkeling experience so far. The reef is beautiful - very colorful and loads of corals. We saw a huge variety of sea life. Earlier concerns in this thread regarding sea life missing due to recent construction were invalidated last night for us.
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Old Sep 3, 19, 6:40 pm
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Originally Posted by Tomh65 View Post
Cheers Rish much appreciated, out of interested is this your first time tot eh MAldives, if not how does the reef compare to previous?
First time in Maldives for me. second time for the wife. No previous experience to compare with in Maldives. But we've been snorkeling in Hawaii at 3 different islands if that helps at all.
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Old Sep 3, 19, 6:51 pm
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The hotel upgraded us from a BV to an ocean facing OWGV for our last night here and we've been given a late checkout for right until before our departure.

Additionally, DJ Snake arrived last evening - the first celebrity who received an exclusive welcome wit music and flower garlands. We saw his arrival from Peacock Alley while enjoying our canapes.

Our dinner at Peacock Alley last night was one of the best so far. They had our table decorated for us, and since we were the only folks dining there at that time they played our country's music without asking and the wife and I got to dance by the seaside. I think it was a very reasonably priced destination dining experience!

Someone had also commented about the Peri Peri chicken at The Ledge earlier. Thanks for that review. We tried that the night before and it was one of the best kinds of chicken we've ever had. It was huge in size as well and did not leave us hungry.

I have a lot of photos of the villa decor, of food items we ordered and drinks as well. Please let me know if there's anything folks are interested in.

In Villa Dining does not have a delivery fees, and is only subject to service charge and taxes just like everything else at the resort.
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Old Sep 3, 19, 9:17 pm
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Originally Posted by rish View Post
Additionally, DJ Snake arrived last evening - the first celebrity who received an exclusive welcome wit music and flower garlands. We saw his arrival from Peacock Alley while enjoying our canapes.
I wonder if they got any complaints from guests for disrupting their 'privacy' or 'safety', LMAO.
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Old Sep 4, 19, 12:37 am
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Hello, I am new to flyertalk so not sure if doing this correctly.
I am staying at the Waldorf Maldives in a couple weeks and had a few questions.
1. Should I request a certain room? No one from the hotel has contacted me yet.
2. Is there a price list for activities that I can find?
3. About how much should I expect to pay for a beer?
4. Do the rooms have microwaves?
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Old Sep 4, 19, 8:02 am
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Hi there @adamtylerwright and welcome to FlyerTalk.

As far as I know every answer is already in the thread (you can use the search function to find the posts) and in the wiki (which is at the top of each page in this thread).
You can request a certain room if you want but it would be best to first read the posts in the wiki under Villa Selection to make an informed choice.
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Old Sep 4, 19, 8:28 am
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Originally Posted by adamtylerwright View Post
4. Do the rooms have microwaves?

@adamtylerwright the answer to the first three questions you asked are in the wiki, there is also a higher quality property map that you should find in the wiki to assist you in your selection.

but can anyone else chime in on the microwave situation?
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Old Sep 4, 19, 9:52 am
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Originally Posted by htran88 View Post
@adamtylerwright the answer to the first three questions you asked are in the wiki, there is also a higher quality property map that you should find in the wiki to assist you in your selection.

but can anyone else chime in on the microwave situation?
I also answered this above. There are no microwaves in the room by default, but we requested one and they provided it at check-in.
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Old Sep 4, 19, 1:48 pm
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Originally Posted by Another Getaway View Post
I also answered this above. There are no microwaves in the room by default, but we requested one and they provided it at check-in.
What did you do with the microwave, heat babyfood?
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Old Sep 4, 19, 1:51 pm
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There's a new website for the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi.
It is of a very similar design to the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island website

https://www.waldorfastoriamaldives.com
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