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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
• Menus for most restaurants as of early October 2020: See this post
• 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 Sep 5, 19, 10:49 am
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Originally Posted by Traveler Dave View Post
I noticed there is no mention of “forced” New Year Eve dinner. Think that have backed off from that?
That was a joke, right? The Check Rates button leads to https://secure3.hilton.com/en_US/wa/...execution=e1s1 Need I say more.....

Originally Posted by Traveler Dave View Post
They also, once again, buried the no-private transfer in an area most will never venture too.
https://www.waldorfastoriamaldives.com/about/
Why aren't we surprised.


Originally Posted by AbuCordoba View Post
I have booked for start August next year, for anyone who did August this year, how did they find the weather and how busy was the resort?
The wiki has links to weather info, and particular reference to August. August next year will be full of mainland Chinese visitors as that's when their kids go on holiday (that and July).
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Old Sep 5, 19, 11:04 am
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I'm curious how the snorkeling compares against the Conrad Rangali location (which by most accounts over on Trip Advisor has decent snorkeling).
I know the corals are all pretty much bleached everywhere from the El Nino a few years back, although some resorts have fared a little better than others (Outrigger Konatta seems to have a really good coral regeneration program, for instance).
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Old Sep 5, 19, 11:11 am
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The cost cutting has begun!


When the dedicated website was loaded yesterday the True Waldorf Service included complimentary pressing of 2 garments per day under GARMENT PRESSING.
If you look at the website it now states you only get 1 garment pressed per guest only on the day of arrival.
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Old Sep 5, 19, 11:17 am
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Currently on our 3rd night here. Very impressed. We've been to Conrad Rangali and we were in Conrad Bora Bora earlier this year and so far, this is our favorite property, hands down.

Will post a more in-depth review later on but some quick data points/observations:

- So far, service has been excellent throughout. As expected, most of the key people (concierge/front desk/resto managers) know you and your family by name, etc
- Our butler has gone and beyond our expectations. Looks like previous issues have been corrected
- Some bikes do have name tags/license plates now
- Upgraded to Grand Beach Villa as Diamond without requesting, will move to GOWV next
- Li Long Peking Duck is amazing!
- Peacock Alley drinks/food tray is a really nice touch for Golds/Diamonds
- Sunset fishing excursion is a blast!
- Kids Club personnel/facilities are top notch! Perfect for families with small children
- We've taken advantage of free wellness activities like yoga, pilates, stretching and they have all been excellent!

If you have any questions, I will try my best to answer. Also, if anyone wants to meet up, hit me up!

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Old Sep 5, 19, 11:34 am
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Originally Posted by j.cerda View Post
The cost cutting has begun!


When the dedicated website was loaded yesterday the True Waldorf Service included complimentary pressing of 2 garments per day under GARMENT PRESSING.
If you look at the website it now states you only get 1 garment pressed per guest only on the day of arrival.
Unbelievable. The in-room iPad also mentions two free pieces per guest per day as the benefit. Wife and I used this twice. Was a nice touch.
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Old Sep 5, 19, 2:41 pm
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Stella Maris Ocean Villas

Has anyone else noticed that the Stella Maris Ocean Villas can no longer be booked online?
I checked to the end of the reservation schedule in 2020 and it is not possible to book them via the website nor the Hilton mobile app.
I wonder if they are having construction or building issues.
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Old Sep 5, 19, 2:51 pm
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Originally Posted by AirForceFlyer View Post
Currently on our 3rd night here. Very impressed. We've been to Conrad Rangali and we were in Conrad Bora Bora earlier this year and so far, this is our favorite property, hands down.

Will post a more in-depth review later on but some quick data points/observations:

- So far, service has been excellent throughout. As expected, most of the key people (concierge/front desk/resto managers) know you and your family by name, etc
- Our butler has gone and beyond our expectations. Looks like previous issues have been corrected
- Some bikes do have name tags/license plates now
- Upgraded to Grand Beach Villa as Diamond without requesting, will move to GOWV next
- Li Long Peking Duck is amazing!
- Peacock Alley drinks/food tray is a really nice touch for Golds/Diamonds
- Sunset fishing excursion is a blast!
- Kids Club personnel/facilities are top notch! Perfect for families with small children
- We've taken advantage of free wellness activities like yoga, pilates, stretching and they have all been excellent!

If you have any questions, I will try my best to answer. Also, if anyone wants to meet up, hit me up!
How is the ocean around the 600/700 villas for swimming/relaxing? Is the depth around 4 feet? Is the sand smooth; or, is there a lot of dead/broken coral in the water around the villas which makes the sand unpleasant without water shoes?

Is the hotel having any beach dining events while you are there?

Thanks!
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Old Sep 5, 19, 3:20 pm
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Originally Posted by j.cerda View Post
Has anyone else noticed that the Stella Maris Ocean Villas can no longer be booked online?
I checked to the end of the reservation schedule in 2020 and it is not possible to book them via the website nor the Hilton mobile app.
I wonder if they are having construction or building issues.
We inspected the Stella Maris Ocean villa two months ago (and also linked some videos in this thread somewhere). The villas were almost complete when we were there (probably needed a few more weeks tops). I would be guessing that guests who want to book these villas need to make direct contact with the resort, just like certain suites/certain hotels require guest to contact them.
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Old Sep 5, 19, 8:48 pm
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Lesson here: Check availability every day!!!

5 day points stays are like finding 4 leaf clovers here.

I booked Oct. 21-26 yesterday. That's gone now.

These dates popped up today but weren't there yesterday.
-Dec. 8-13
-Dec. 21-26
-Dec. 22-27
....NOTHING UNTIL
- May 7-12, 2020
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Old Sep 5, 19, 9:11 pm
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Originally Posted by AirForceFlyer View Post
- We've taken advantage of free wellness activities like yoga, pilates, stretching and they have all been excellent!

If you have any questions, I will try my best to answer. Also, if anyone wants to meet up, hit me up!
Is there a schedule of the free wellness activities that you can post here?
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Old Sep 6, 19, 12:27 am
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Originally Posted by j.cerda View Post
Has anyone else noticed that the Stella Maris Ocean Villas can no longer be booked online?
I checked to the end of the reservation schedule in 2020 and it is not possible to book them via the website nor the Hilton mobile app.
I wonder if they are having construction or building issues.
Our concierge informed us that they are expanding the deck and making the pools bigger.
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Old Sep 6, 19, 12:30 am
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Originally Posted by Michael19887 View Post


How is the ocean around the 600/700 villas for swimming/relaxing? Is the depth around 4 feet? Is the sand smooth; or, is there a lot of dead/broken coral in the water around the villas which makes the sand unpleasant without water shoes?

Is the hotel having any beach dining events while you are there?

Thanks!
600s/700s are perfect for swimming/snorkeling. Depth is around 2-4 feet until the drop off. Sand by the beach villas is a mix of smooth and dead/broken corals but overall, good for relaxing and just lounging around.

So far, I have not been informed of any beach dining events. Hope this helped!
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Old Sep 6, 19, 12:36 am
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Originally Posted by mb123 View Post

Is there a schedule of the free wellness activities that you can post here?
Here you go! Hope this helps!

Wellness Program Weekly Schedule
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Old Sep 6, 19, 2:31 am
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Originally Posted by AirForceFlyer View Post
Some bikes do have name tags/license plates now
Are they personalised name tags? If so, it must mean someone from WA is reading this thread!
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Old Sep 6, 19, 3:12 am
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Originally Posted by j.cerda View Post
What's more interesting is that I booked my award for the Beach Villa on Saturday for my stay on March 27, 2020 and then "downgraded' to the Overwater Villa last night.
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Hi

Can you elaborate on the "downgrare" pls ? I know the price for beach villa is higher than several room types but have standard reward available. Do they offer you or you contacted the hotel?

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