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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 6, 19, 4:23 am
  #1696  
 
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Originally Posted by Another Getaway View Post
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.
Oh I definitely got 2 pieces per day pressed back in July, I think I used it twice. What a weird place to cut costs two months after opening.
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Old Sep 6, 19, 5:58 am
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Originally Posted by AirForceFlyer View Post
Our concierge informed us that they are expanding the deck and making the pools bigger.
Can you ask when the remainder of the villas (South section of the resort - 100s and 200s, Stella Maris. Private Island) will be ready? Thanks!
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Old Sep 6, 19, 6:43 am
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Originally Posted by AirForceFlyer View Post
Our concierge informed us that they are expanding the deck and making the pools bigger.
Not disputing what your conciege says - after being in the game for so long, what low level staff (at hotels/airlines/etc) tell you can often not be correct. Guess that could make sense though, have a look at my video, now there really isn't much room for some deck chairs / tables / loungers so extending the deck then moving the pool outwards which looks like an intensive and costly exercise, that could take some time. There is the upper level as well which has more space but its for a different purpose.

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Old Sep 6, 19, 8:17 am
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Originally Posted by Fly2Where View Post
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?

Thanks
@Fly2Where Based on what other people on this thread mentioned, I contacted the hotel and asked them to "downgrade" my beach villa standard award to an overwater villa.
This will only work for reservations in 2020 from what we can tell.

The villa categories in 2020 will be:
1) Reef Villa
2) Overwater Villa
3) Beach Villa (Currently the basic villa standard award in 2019)

Based on these new villa categories you should be able to contact the hotel and ask them to "downgrade" your award to Overwater Villa or Reef Villa.

For my stay we are staying in a Beach villa for 5 days and then moving to an Overwater villa for 3 days. We prefer the beach villa because of the access to the beach.
On our last visit to the Maldives we stayed at the Conrad and wished we had more time in our Deluxe Beach Villa versus the Spa Retreat Overwater Villa.
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Old Sep 6, 19, 8:48 am
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Originally Posted by alanslegal View Post
Not disputing what your conciege says - after being in the game for so long, what low level staff (at hotels/airlines/etc) tell you can often not be correct. Guess that could make sense though, have a look at my video, now there really isn't much room for some deck chairs / tables / loungers so extending the deck then moving the pool outwards which looks like an intensive and costly exercise, that could take some time. There is the upper level as well which has more space but its for a different purpose.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlyKhx2aI7w
My guess is the pool is leaking. Ours in our RV did. When the maintenance person came out to address the issue he said most of them already do. At least the OW/RF.

TD
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Old Sep 6, 19, 5:23 pm
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Originally Posted by j.cerda View Post
@Fly2Where Based on what other people on this thread mentioned, I contacted the hotel and asked them to "downgrade" my beach villa standard award to an overwater villa.
This will only work for reservations in 2020 from what we can tell.

The villa categories in 2020 will be:
1) Reef Villa
2) Overwater Villa
3) Beach Villa (Currently the basic villa standard award in 2019)

Based on these new villa categories you should be able to contact the hotel and ask them to "downgrade" your award to Overwater Villa or Reef Villa.

For my stay we are staying in a Beach villa for 5 days and then moving to an Overwater villa for 3 days. We prefer the beach villa because of the access to the beach.
On our last visit to the Maldives we stayed at the Conrad and wished we had more time in our Deluxe Beach Villa versus the Spa Retreat Overwater Villa.
Will this also be the case in 2021? It looks as though water villas may not be available at Rangali for a while and I wouldn’t mind staying at this property if I could get a water villa on points. My planned trip is January 2021.
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Old Sep 6, 19, 8:13 pm
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Originally Posted by setho212 View Post


Will this also be the case in 2021? It looks as though water villas may not be available at Rangali for a while and I wouldn’t mind staying at this property if I could get a water villa on points. My planned trip is January 2021.
No one can really tell you what will happen in 2021.
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Old Sep 6, 19, 11:09 pm
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Originally Posted by j.cerda View Post
@Fly2Where Based on what other people on this thread mentioned, I contacted the hotel and asked them to "downgrade" my beach villa standard award to an overwater villa.
This will only work for reservations in 2020 from what we can tell.

The villa categories in 2020 will be:
1) Reef Villa
2) Overwater Villa
3) Beach Villa (Currently the basic villa standard award in 2019)

Based on these new villa categories you should be able to contact the hotel and ask them to "downgrade" your award to Overwater Villa or Reef Villa.

For my stay we are staying in a Beach villa for 5 days and then moving to an Overwater villa for 3 days. We prefer the beach villa because of the access to the beach.
On our last visit to the Maldives we stayed at the Conrad and wished we had more time in our Deluxe Beach Villa versus the Spa Retreat Overwater Villa.
Thank You! That's very helpful
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Old Sep 7, 19, 6:51 pm
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Originally Posted by marcmsj View Post
Yes points would be earned on the transfer
Hmm. Don't count your chickens before they're hatched. Something tells me there's some fine print in there that will exempt it from earning points.


And thanks AirForceFlyer for info on snorkelling and Wellness Programme. ^ Added to the wiki.
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Old Sep 7, 19, 6:51 pm
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Completed a 4-night stay a few days ago. Just for a frame of reference, I haven't been to a ton of luxury properties (Ritz Kyoto, Suiran, St Regis Bali, Punta Mita), so this may be more for the honeymooner or people without a ton of luxury travel experience. I also traveled with two young children, so much of our activities and dining revolved around them.

I've noticed that there are a lot of people considering this property or the Conrad Maldives. While I haven't been to CMR, I have to firstly say that you won't be disappointed with this property. The hard product is amazing and the room is very spacious. As a light luxury traveler, I'm probably more willing to overlook service hiccups, and while my wife and I did notice them, none of them were glaring. It does seem that complaints from earlier guests are slowly being addressed, so it does seem like the hotel is at least making the effort.

Food
My wife and I both agreed that our favorite dishes during our stay were the Maldivian ones. Our first dinner was at Tasting Table and we each selected a Maldivian curry. I don't remember the names, and while both were very good, one had extremely tender octopus, which we both preferred over the fish in the other dish. I think that was my favorite meal during our stay. There's also a rotating selection of curries at breakfast and one of our first requests as soon as we were seated was a bowl of rice to eat with the curries. Beyond the Maldivian dishes, we thought food was okay overall. Nothing blew us away, though we tried to stick to a budget, so didn't go overboard in any way. Based on previous reviews, I wanted to try the Periperi chicken, but sadly, it wasn't on the menu the night we went. Some things to note about specific restaurants:
  • The Ledge - Our children get cranky when they are hungry, but also get bored after an hour or so of just sitting there. They were hungry when we got to the restaurant, so we asked for their food to be brought out first. Our waiter informed us that while they could bring out the kids' food first, the steak and fish that my wife and I ordered would take about 45 minutes, which it did. Therefore, the kids were done eating before we even got our food, so the last half or our meal was spent apart with one adult babysitting the kids while the other ate.
  • Li Long - I liked the decor of the restaurant here. I know this isn't too relevant to the food, but it was something that struck me while eating there, and it's not something I typically notice. The food was pretty good, but some of the dishes have pretty small portions, so it's something I'd suggest keeping in mind. If you have to, ask the waiter if you think what you ordered will be enough food.
  • Tangled - Nothing to complain about here. I believe the restaurant is open only for lunch and is attached to Tasting Table. One thing to note is that you don't really have any views from here.
  • In-Villa Dining - We had two meals in our villa, one for lunch and one for dinner. While the quality of the food is generally on par with the restaurants, I really enjoyed the atmosphere and being able to go for a swim in the pool or ocean immediately after finishing our meal. Timing dinner with sunset, whether you have a view of the sunset or not, was a great experience, and we also didn't have to worry about the kids misbehaving.
Kids Club
Prior to our stay at the WA Maldives, we didn't have a ton of experience with kids clubs. However, when comparing to the kids clubs at St. Regis Punta Mita and Bali, the WA Maldives blows these out of the water. There's a ton of space for the kids to play indoors, not to mention the outdoor area. The water park is a big hit with the kids, but only open from 1:30 pm to 4 pm. There were always multiple staff members in the kids club generally numbering from 3-6. When talking to the staff, we learned that when the hotel was full during August, there were as many as 80 kids in the kids club. The manager of the kids club also told us that the hotel offered her a bunch of Xboxes, Playstation, and other technological forms of entertainment when designing the kids club. However, she wanted more of an educational atmosphere, so while there is a TV that is generally always on and one Playstation, I never saw the Playstation in use. Instead, there are painting easels, chalkboards, puzzles, beads, and a ton of Melissa & Doug toys.

Beach Quality/Snorkeling
With the kids in tow, I didn't get to explore the beach quality around the entire island. However, based on the beaches we did visit, the sand quality is quite mixed. There are areas where the sand is very fine, while there are others in which it's quite rocky (think mostly small pebbles that hurt to walk on if you have a white collar job). There is also some trash in the water. It was quite common that you'd see a plastic bottle floating in the water, and my wife did a daily morning beach clean-up along our stretch of sand. By the end of our 4-night stay, she had a decent collection of garbage. There's also a bridge near the gym with a small channel of water that smelled quite bad at times. While I realize that this sounds bad, it's more of an FYI, and in no way ruined the vacation.

My wife and I went snorkeling on two separate occasions, both times near the 600s-700s villas. We were both pleasantly surprised at the amount of marine life we saw. Visibility isn't spectacular, but my only other point of comparison is at Molokini eight or so years back, in which you could clearly see 30 feet, if memory serves me correctly. The pictures upthread were consistent with our experience.

Sunset Fishing
This is the one activity we participated in. I went with my 4 year old son (wife and daughter stayed in the villa), and while I had concerns that he might be too young, he thoroughly enjoyed it. There was another kid about the same age who was on a phone the entire time, so the level of enjoyment is obviously a YMMV thing, but I feel pretty safe in saying that young kids around that age won't have any issues. There were about 10 of us on the boat and there was a ton of room for all of us (the staff mentioned that another trip had 30 people). We visited three different fishing spots with the last being the best. During the trip, other families were catching fish, while we had nothing. The staff definitely took note of this and set up extra lines to increase our chances, so while we technically didn't "catch" anything, once they had a fish on the line, they allowed us to pull it up, so that we ended up "catching" two fish. As others have mentioned, you can have the hotel cook the fish with different preparation options for $65/person. Note that the cost is per person, not per fish, so you can always check to see if there are any unwanted fish that you can add to your meal. We had our fish pan fried and steamed, and while we enjoyed both, I slightly preferred the steamed one.

Yachts/Transport to Hotel
The day we arrived, the weather was quite bad with fairly strong wind. The transportation on the yacht was fairly rough and my 4 year old son was pretty scared. However, the staff on the yacht were extremely helpful, particularly Sam. She offered him seasickness bands that she described to him as super hero bands that would help protect him. The staff also allowed him to "drive" the yacht in which he sat in the captain's chair holding the steering wheel. I thought this would be a temporary thing, but he sat in the chair the entire trip. By the time we arrived at the hotel, his attitude had changed completely.

Do note that the ocean can get quite rough, particularly in the area between the airport and the first resort you pass (I think they may be the Hard Rock and Saii Lagoon). Once you pass the first resort, the water calms down a good amount. During the rough stretch, it's bad enough that I spilled water on myself, despite holding the cup in my hand, specifically so it didn't spill.

There are currently four yachts in the fleet. Based on previous posts, I thought there was only one WA-branded yacht, but it seems as though there is currently four. On the ride to the hotel, I thought we had lucked out as I saw the WA branding on the yacht. However, I was pleasantly surprised on the ride back to the hotel to see an even bigger WA-branded yacht. We learned that there are three smaller yachts (I believe one is 52 feet and two that are 56ish feet) and one larger yacht (72 feet). Apparently, on the ride to the hotel, we had the smallest yacht, and on the ride to the airport, we had the largest. I'm not sure how water conditions compared, but the staff mentioned that you get a much smoother ride on the 72 foot yacht, which was quite noticeable. The larger yacht is very nice with two bedrooms downstairs, though my wife noted that they were quite warm as she had to nurse our daughter during part of the ride.

Things to Expect in the Future
These are all things we heard from staff members during our trip, so take them with a grain of salt.
  • The hotel expects to receive bikes with child seats.
  • Seaplane arrivals are expected in the future, but not from the airport. I think this is meant more for transportation from other resorts.
  • The hotel expects to receive glass-bottom boats so guests can view marine life without getting in the water.
  • The breakfast buffet is supposed to be extended/enlarged and another overwater Japanese restaurant will be built. I would take this last one with a big grain of salt.
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Old Sep 8, 19, 7:30 am
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Originally Posted by flyerchatter View Post
Are they personalised name tags? If so, it must mean someone from WA is reading this thread!
I've seen some with names but most just have the room numbers.
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Old Sep 8, 19, 9:34 pm
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Grand Overwater villa

Hi does anyone have the birds eye view map of the Grand Overwater Villa like traveller dave has posted above cheers Sam
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Old Sep 8, 19, 11:02 pm
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Hi does anyone have the birds eye view map of the Grand Overwater Villa like traveller dave has posted above cheers Sam
This?

Similar layout for Reef an Over-Water Villa. Only difference is the door on the Reef is on land.


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Old Sep 8, 19, 11:16 pm
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Originally Posted by Traveler Dave View Post


This?

Similar layout for Reef an Over-Water Villa. Only difference is the door on the Reef is on land.


Hey Dave

Almost but the Grand overwater / reef version
cheers Sam
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Old Sep 8, 19, 11:31 pm
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Hey Dave

Almost but the Grand overwater / reef version
cheers Sam
Never got one of those. But I can tell you the only difference is the outside shower in the Reef unit, off of the inside shower. Looks like the OW does not have one of those.

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