Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi {MDV}

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

EXTRA CHARGES TO BE AWARE OF:
• 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


Charge 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!
• See the story of the resort not allowing guests' own transfer arrangements and leaving a valued Diamond member out in the cold just ONE DAY before check-in! Or read about it here on the forum
Then read probably the best rebuttal to this ridiculous and hypocritical policy

Note that the resort has backtracked from its previous policy (set way before they opened and which all other resorts have) of allowing third party transfers, since they figured they could fleece guests for even more money by literally forcing every guest to take their yacht for the return transfer, not letting third party boats dock nor give them tender from the lagoon boundary (like what happened to BLTraveler above)

• Then, in true Ithaafushi prices-all-over-the-place style, they changed the price knocking $50 off each way, but only for some guests. And we still don't know who this applies to and who it doesn't apply to

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 at the restaurant Terra with nothing to look at after sunset
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
9. Ridiculously over-priced dinners - we're talking fifty bucks shy of $1000++ per person here (and some even more expensive than that) - at supposedly private and secluded locations. Click here for the list. Click here and here for comments and opinions
...and another corporate-greed-bashing post here


Cost cutting:
• True Waldorf Service Cost Cutting: Check out
this post
• Yasmeen's Set Menu: Check out the many reductions in offerings between the old and new menus in
this post



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

Transfers To and From Resort
• How: 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)
Private yacht transfer: $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
• Doing the dirty: Original quoted price was either $370++ or $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 40-50 minutes under normal sea conditions
• See this post for a detailed review of the yacht transfer (Courtesy of jphripjah)
• More sneaky business? Probably. Departure from Male to the resort was pretty much straight away but now we could wait up to 90 minutes to depart! Check out this post for a hypothesis


Alternative transfers to the WA and alternative destinations / resorts
• See this post for a success story in booking a very reasonably-priced transfer

• 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 (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)
• 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 - 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 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
• 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)

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 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

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) --

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:

Reviews:
Review by goldelite8
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Old Jul 21, 19, 5:57 am
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Originally Posted by sergeysl View Post

Upgrades
"The upgrade supplements are as follows during your stay period:
King Grand Beach Villa with Pool : US$200+ 23.2% Tax and service charge per night
King Reef Villa with Pool : US$300+ 23.2% Tax and service charge per night
King Overwater Villa with Pool : US$600+ 23.2% tax and service charge per night"
Just checking...the Reef and OW quotes are for the “standard” version and not the Grand version correct?

TD
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Old Jul 21, 19, 8:24 pm
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I simply asked.
Thanks! I'm hoping that works for me too. No one else had posted about complimentary upgrades, so was wondering.
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Old Jul 21, 19, 8:25 pm
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Originally Posted by Traveler Dave View Post


A regulator will be needed. We brought our own so not sure if they provide or not. Not one in the room.

We use this one. Pretty compact. Has 4 USB ports as well. We also use in US hotels that seem to never have enough outlets.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1


Only coffee pods and tea bags in the room (I posted a pic a few days ago). Only a Nespresso machine and water kettle for tea. No “regular” coffee maker.

Only outlet in Grand Beach bathroom


Next to bed (both sides)



In various locations in the room. Though most have something plugged in.











Thanks for the detailed info. Planning on carrying a voltage converter then.

The absence of plugs in hotel rooms, also amazes me!
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Old Jul 21, 19, 10:02 pm
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Originally Posted by Traveler Dave View Post


Just checking...the Reef and OW quotes are for the “standard” version and not the Grand version correct?

TD
I think that is correct, the email from the hotel didn't mention Grand option for Reef and OW
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Old Jul 21, 19, 11:01 pm
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Absence of hotel plugs

Originally Posted by rishabh.rajiv View Post
Thanks for the detailed info. Planning on carrying a voltage converter then.

The absence of plugs in hotel rooms, also amazes me!
Am I the only one that travels with a power strip?
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Old Jul 22, 19, 12:28 am
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Originally Posted by brodielayne View Post


Am I the only one that travels with a power strip?
I do on every trip. That is why I like the one I posted from Amazon. Has it ‘all in one’

TD

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Old Jul 22, 19, 12:29 am
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Originally Posted by Rizla View Post
Length: 6 nights
Rate: Points
HH status: Diamond
Room Booked: Beach villa
Room Stayed: Grand Deluxe Over water villa (No charge)
Transportation: W.A. yacht booked. Cost over 1400$ return for Two adults.
Final room folio: Over 5000$
Spa usage: 3 treatments total. 2 using the free 30 mins Diamond benefit. 4/5
Restaurant:
Yasmeena 2.5/5
Glow 4/5
The Ledge 5/5
Li Long 4.5/5
Tangled 4.5/5
In room dining 2.5/5
Breakfast 4/5

Overall stay 4.5/5
No review of The Rock or Terra? I was really expecting this from you, given that you are obsessed with the Waldorf and said nothing is wrong with the menus. You would have been the first FT to report back too.

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Old Jul 22, 19, 7:19 am
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Originally Posted by alanslegal View Post
No review of The Rock or Terra? I was really expecting this from you, given that you are obsessed with the Waldorf and said nothing is wrong with the menus. You would have been the first FT to report back too.
I couldn't do either one because

A) We had a baby and they wouldnt allow it

B) I dont drink alcohol so the Rock is not something that interested me.

I tried every restaurant I would've liked and dont think ive missed out on much from the feedback ive got myself.
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Old Jul 22, 19, 7:35 am
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Have never smuggled anything illegal in my life, so can't help you there. My reference to my own consumption is usually for private enjoyment, not to go flash it in front of someone's face (especially if they dislike/against alcohol wherever in the world it may be)



Sorry to be cheap or am I too poor to apologise. Maybe we are even too poor to comment. Sorry Mr Rich Guy.
Originally Posted by Moflav View Post


I booked a one way transfer from the airport to the resort with GetMyBoat for November for $161. Please see post 1037 for details.
How did you search/ choose an operator on getmyboat? I can’t seem to find Musthafa Moosa on there.
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Old Jul 22, 19, 10:37 am
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Originally Posted by MaldivesFreak View Post
Thanks for the detailed info! Do you happen to have any more pics of the weight machines and what they've loaded them at?
Shots I took today....let me know if you need anything more specific. I can go over tomorrow

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Old Jul 22, 19, 10:41 am
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Shots I took today....

TD
TD, how does this place compare to Bora Bora, I've read that you've been numerous times to BB and am interested in planning a trip myself after visiting this place.
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Old Jul 22, 19, 10:42 am
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If you are coming soon I would leave your racket at home. Looks like it is going to be a nice tennis court when it is finished though.

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Old Jul 22, 19, 10:43 am
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How did you search/ choose an operator on getmyboat? I can’t seem to find Musthafa Moosa on there.
I booked with GetMyBoat. Once booked, the company sent me Mr. Moosa as my contact. Most likely, the company will not assign an operator until booked. According to the terms, there is a 100% refund if cancelled 5 or more days prior to the departure date. My experience so far is that my operator/contact responded to all of my questions promptly and in detail. His responses gave me some comfort in my decision to use this company. Perhaps, there will be reports of third party transfers to the WA prior to my booked transfer which is in November. I have not booked my return transfer to the airport as I want to see how the transfer from the airport to the resort goes first.
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Old Jul 22, 19, 11:14 am
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TD, how does this place compare to Bora Bora, I've read that you've been numerous times to BB and am interested in planning a trip myself after visiting this place.
I am still assessing all the pros and cons of both. Will post a complete review of both when I get back.

But my family (wife and 10 year old daughter) are liking BB better. That decision has zero to do with the WA at this point. The resort is fabulous, thus far...more on that later...

They like the islands of BB, Moorea and Tahiti better than sand atoll life of the Maldives. They like horse back riding, ATV riding. Rent a buggy to explore, etc. Just being able to “get away” from the resort.

For me there is plenty to do here...or not do...after all I am on vacation.

More details soon.

TD

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Old Jul 22, 19, 12:24 pm
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Originally Posted by Traveler Dave View Post


I am still assessing all the pros and cons of both. Will post a complete review of both when I get back.

But my family (wife and 10 year old daughter) are liking BB better. That decision has zero to do with the WA at this point. The resort is fabulous, thus far...more on that later...

They like the islands of BB, Moorea and Tahiti better than sand atoll life of the Maldives. They like horse back riding, ATV riding. Rent a buggy to explore, etc. Just being able to “get away” from the resort.

For me there is plenty to do here...or not do...after all I am on vacation.

More details soon.

TD

Awesome, thank you.
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