Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi {MDV}

    Hide Wikipost
Old Oct 12, 19, 5:15 am   -   Wikipost
Please read: This is a community-maintained wiki post containing the most important information from this thread. You may edit the Wiki once you have been on FT for 90 days and have made 90 posts.
 
Last edit by: Traveler Dave
Wiki Link
Welcome to the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi Wiki!
Notes: All prices are in US Dollars and are exclusive of taxes unless specified (by ++)

EXTRA CHARGES 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
Print Wikipost

Old Aug 18, 19, 10:26 am
  #1996  
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Marin County, California
Programs: Amex Centurion
Posts: 375
Originally Posted by wekxbrainx View Post
Was offered a discount for the yacht. $300 per person per trip, so I took it. Currently in WA...
Just curious, when were you offered the discount? Before you arrived? On the boat?

Last edited by TravelStar; Aug 18, 19 at 10:27 am Reason: typo
TravelStar is offline  
Old Aug 18, 19, 2:09 pm
  #1997  
 
Join Date: Apr 2019
Posts: 97
Does food charges count as base points:
ie. spend 5,000$ on food(& activites,spa,etc...) and used aspire card. Would that get me 5,000*10(base points)*2(Diamond status)+ 5,000*14(aspire card) =170,000 OR 5,000*14(aspire card) = 70,000
Thanks
WorldTravl is offline  
Old Aug 18, 19, 3:10 pm
  #1998  
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 3,359
Originally Posted by jphripjah View Post
This certainly was not my impression, having been to both properties. Peacock Alley at WA Ithaafushi is more upscale and classier than Rangali Bar and Tasting Table is classier and in a more serene setting than Atoll Market. Atoll Market is very close to the ping pong table and water sports stuff and often has kids running around and just isn't that classy. The reviews of Glow and The Ledge have been very good and that was my personal experience also. I think most people who have been to both resorts would disagree that all the F&B offerings at Rangali are of much more substance and classy.
Comparing Peacock Alley and Rangali Bar is like comparing apples and oranges. One is for Hhonors Afternoon Tea and the other is a beach bar! Rangali Bar should be compared to Nava. However, it (Peacock Alley) does still beat Vilu.....but maybe not Mandhoo for obvious reasons. Personal opinions will vary I guess. Personally I'd prefer an older, not necessarily newly-built, outdoor and over-water location with unobstructed killer views to a newly-decorated, albeit 'classier' interior in which I was basically stuck indoors. After all, when we fly halfway across the world to a remote tropical island and attend afternoon tea we don't want to, if we have a choice, shut ourselves indoors for any longer than necessary or have anything less than a view to die for. That's just my (and my OH's) 2c worth, @james0499.

Here is what I mean in detail (previous post re-written as it was deleted), @james0499
If you want variety and over-water experiences for your F&B, choose Rangali. The Waldorf has its fair share of 'interesting' dining options but none fully over water (Rangali has 2 + under water as well), some tacky, a ripoff and a bit silly unless you happen to be a bird (Terra, see the wiki for conversations about this venue). Jasmeen has mixed reviews, some say great, some say cheap imitation. Obviously there's no point in talking much about beach bars and buffet restaurants (Waldorf wins hands down here for buffet restaurant) but everything that Rangali has to offer as far as over-water and beach dinners has more substance; tried and tested menus that have been there for a decade or more, classy locations like Vilu and Mandhoo (which have won multiple awards for ambience, romantic atmosphere, luxury / scenic setting etc), both expansive and private beach areas for the beach dinners and naturally fantastic locations for the Private Beach Dining option. Actually I made a mistake in my initial summary - it's not really fair to compare these because one property has these offerings and the other pretty much does not - currently the Waldorf has only a few semi-overwater tables at Li Long and no beach dinners (except maybe in front of the main pool as @flyerchatter reported, ugh) or even anything like Koko Grill which is set into the beach, rather than just on it - there just isn't enough space for a decent one - private or semi-private - that's separated from the rest of the resort because the resort's packed so tightly and beachfront is so very narrow over most of the property. I also have the feeling that by design the Waldorf didn't try to encroach too much on Rangali's territory here (you have to remember that they are both in the same chain and perhaps wanted to differentiate F&B-wise). In a nutshell, Rangali's F&B operation has been consistently winning awards in the top categories for god knows how many years (here are some from 2017 as an example) so if you want to stick with something that's got class, and extra class in the fact that management hasn't set them up to fleece you (admittedly Ithaa being borderline in this area) and has a reputation to boot, then I definitely recommend Rangali.
james0499 likes this.

Last edited by MaldivesFreak; Aug 18, 19 at 3:26 pm
MaldivesFreak is offline  
Old Aug 18, 19, 4:38 pm
  #1999  
 
Join Date: May 2019
Posts: 3
Originally Posted by Eyesonthepoints View Post
Nice find!!!! Any thoughts on taking this to Waldorf? What is Waldorf gonna do to you if you arrive in this, send you away???������.. lol
Back in early May WA wrote the below about private transfers (basically saying they are ok):
"You may book transfer through a third party, however we will not be able to guarantee the quality of service, safety and security measures taken by them and the resort as such does not endorse such third party companies.

We will also request that the arrival time to be shared with us 48hrs prior to arrival in order to ensure that our team is ready to welcome you"

Thus I booked my private transfer based on that, do you guys and girls think that WA will honor the above or give me trouble?
mikamal is offline  
Old Aug 18, 19, 6:19 pm
  #2000  
 
Join Date: Aug 2018
Posts: 14
Originally Posted by TravelStar View Post
Just curious, when were you offered the discount? Before you arrived? On the boat?
I was emailing them back and forth just weeks before arrival. The communication was so slow(one email response per day with 1 line answer). I got frustrated and complained. So they offer the discount over email about 4 days before arrival.
wekxbrainx is offline  
Old Aug 18, 19, 6:59 pm
  #2001  
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: LAS
Programs: Hilton Diamond, IHG Spire Ambassador, Radisson Gold, Hyatt Discoverist
Posts: 2,907
Originally Posted by MaldivesFreak View Post
Comparing Peacock Alley and Rangali Bar is like comparing apples and oranges. One is for Hhonors Afternoon Tea and the other is a beach bar! Rangali Bar should be compared to Nava. However, it (Peacock Alley) does still beat Vilu.....but maybe not Mandhoo for obvious reasons. Personal opinions will vary I guess. Personally I'd prefer an older, not necessarily newly-built, outdoor and over-water location with unobstructed killer views to a newly-decorated, albeit 'classier' interior in which I was basically stuck indoors. After all, when we fly halfway across the world to a remote tropical island and attend afternoon tea we don't want to, if we have a choice, shut ourselves indoors for any longer than necessary or have anything less than a view to die for. That's just my (and my OH's) 2c worth, @james0499.
Well, I think if you get the opportunity to visit Waldorf Astoria Ithaafushi first hand you will see that the comparison is apt. Happy hour is served at Rangali Bar at Conrad Rangali (or at least it was during my last visit) and the one hour afternoon tea/happy hour are served at Peacock Alley at WA Ithaafushi. There is the choice of sitting indoors or outdoors at Peacock Alley, no one is "stuck indoors" though I appreciate that may not be apparent from photos of Peacock Alley available to the public on the resort's website.

Peacock Alley is WA Ithaafushi's main bar and lounge area, located just off reception and close to the large casual restaurant, Tasting Table. It's the focal point of the common areas that a guest will see first when arriving at the property and pass through every day. Nava is located well away, on the other side of the resort, on the beach, and is generally empty, and is more comparable to the Quiet Zone at Conrad Rangali. I think you will agree with all of this you visit the resort first hand. I appreciate it's hard to get an informed impression of WA Ithaafushi from photos and from Tripadvisor reviews.

But to the extent that your statement yesterday was "Everything that Rangali has to offer is of much more substance and classy, " and today you're posting that "Personal opinions will vary I guess," I believe we are finding common ground here.
jphripjah is offline  
Old Aug 18, 19, 7:25 pm
  #2002  
 
Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: SAN
Posts: 717
Originally Posted by mikamal View Post
Back in early May WA wrote the below about private transfers (basically saying they are ok):
"You may book transfer through a third party, however we will not be able to guarantee the quality of service, safety and security measures taken by them and the resort as such does not endorse such third party companies.

We will also request that the arrival time to be shared with us 48hrs prior to arrival in order to ensure that our team is ready to welcome you"

Thus I booked my private transfer based on that, do you guys and girls think that WA will honor the above or give me trouble?
I would just follow the directions they emailed you. No way they go against what they previously emailed you. If they give you any hassle tell them, nicely, you are more than willing to let them get you in their boat for free. Let them know you expect them to honor their commitment, but are willing to work with their new policy. Again, be nice, don’t threaten.

TD
MaldivesFreak and mikamal like this.
Traveler Dave is offline  
Old Aug 18, 19, 7:39 pm
  #2003  
 
Join Date: Aug 2018
Posts: 14
Originally Posted by flyerchatter View Post
There was a beautiful dinner buffet held on the beach just in front of the family pool last night. Does anyone know if this was a one-off private function or something that will be hosted regularly?
They also had a mini concert the next day. Was told that they are trying to schedule more events each week.

It's not a set weekly event yet. But they will try to schedule more events and see what people like.
wekxbrainx is offline  
Old Aug 18, 19, 10:46 pm
  #2004  
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: LAS
Programs: Hilton Diamond, IHG Spire Ambassador, Radisson Gold, Hyatt Discoverist
Posts: 2,907
Do you guys think a resort like this would ever adopt a policy of "no smoking in the indoor OR outdoor seating areas of F&B venues?"

Because it kind of sucks to travel all the way to the Maldives and then have to choose between sitting at a smoke free table inside or sitting at a table outside surrounded by cigarette smokers from countries where cigarette smoking is very prevalent.
jphripjah is offline  
Old Aug 18, 19, 11:21 pm
  #2005  
 
Join Date: Apr 2019
Posts: 12
Originally Posted by mikamal View Post
Back in early May WA wrote the below about private transfers (basically saying they are ok):
"You may book transfer through a third party, however we will not be able to guarantee the quality of service, safety and security measures taken by them and the resort as such does not endorse such third party companies.

We will also request that the arrival time to be shared with us 48hrs prior to arrival in order to ensure that our team is ready to welcome you"

Thus I booked my private transfer based on that, do you guys and girls think that WA will honor the above or give me trouble?
same as you. I’ve sent you private message.
alice50734 is offline  
Old Aug 19, 19, 12:26 am
  #2006  
 
Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: SAN
Posts: 717
Originally Posted by jphripjah View Post
Do you guys think a resort like this would ever adopt a policy of "no smoking in the indoor OR outdoor seating areas of F&B venues?"

Because it kind of sucks to travel all the way to the Maldives and then have to choose between sitting at a smoke free table inside or sitting at a table outside surrounded by cigarette smokers from countries where cigarette smoking is very prevalent.
i have to say I was surprised to see how many ashtrays were around the resort and outside each room we had. But I also never found a time we needed to avoid anyone smoking.

TD
Traveler Dave is offline  
Old Aug 19, 19, 12:43 am
  #2007  
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 3,359
Originally Posted by jphripjah View Post
.....the comparison is apt. Happy hour is served at Rangali Bar at Conrad Rangali (or at least it was during my last visit) and the one hour afternoon tea/happy hour are served at Peacock Alley at WA Ithaafushi.
I'm surprised that suddenly - and conveniently - there is absence of mind because as you well know from being active over on the Rangali thread, Afternoon Tea at Rangali Bar was only a temporary thing (as Vilu was initially closed due to maintenance) and the trial move over to Rangali Bar got a lot of very negative feedback.

Originally Posted by jphripjah View Post
But to the extent that your statement yesterday was "Everything that Rangali has to offer is of much more substance and classy, " and today you're posting that "Personal opinions will vary I guess," I believe we are finding common ground here.
Like I posted twice already at the beginning of my posts, "If you want variety and over-water experiences for your F&B, choose Rangali".
The Waldorf has basically zero variety as far as over-water dining goes. And as we have seen so far, their 'beach dining' is a joke being outside the main pool where there's the possibility of lots of people, lots of noise and noise from screaming children. Not exactly a classy location for a classy, private beach BBQ. There's no comparison.
Then there's Glow vs. Mandhoo.....dine at Mandhoo and be over the water while eating your 'detoxifying delicacies'. Many people travel to the Maldives to enjoy over-water experiences so yes, Rangali would win hands down here again. I seriously doubt you're going to see any first prizes awarded to Glow for ambience, romantic atmosphere, scenic setting etc.
And Rangali has two beach bars, one classy and the other standard, so you could say, again, that Rangali wins due to variety. So, like I said; variety & over-the-water dining. But remember, I've always been expressing my opinion, not just today. I'm surprised you've just started noticing.

Last edited by MaldivesFreak; Aug 19, 19 at 6:54 am Reason: Typos
MaldivesFreak is offline  
Old Aug 19, 19, 12:57 am
  #2008  
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Programs: Hyatt Globalist, Hilton Diamond, IHG Platinum, SPG Gold
Posts: 79
Originally Posted by mikamal View Post
Back in early May WA wrote the below about private transfers (basically saying they are ok):
"You may book transfer through a third party, however we will not be able to guarantee the quality of service, safety and security measures taken by them and the resort as such does not endorse such third party companies.

We will also request that the arrival time to be shared with us 48hrs prior to arrival in order to ensure that our team is ready to welcome you"

Thus I booked my private transfer based on that, do you guys and girls think that WA will honor the above or give me trouble?
After they denied my entry I forwarded them this message and they gave me some BS about all the customers complaining about the 3rd party transfers invading their privacy (BS) and that they no longer allow 3rd party transfers. So they are aware that this message was floating around out there and they could care less.

It appears some bean counter with an MBA from the university of phoenix has implemented a strict mandate to absolutely ban all 3rd party transfers no matter the circumstance.

I'm looking forward to seeing what happens when someone just shows up anyone in a 3rd party transfer.
BLTraveler is offline  
Old Aug 19, 19, 1:45 am
  #2009  
 
Join Date: Feb 2019
Programs: Hilton Diamond
Posts: 16
Agree it's the overwater experiences we're after. Having spoken to the wife... she's conducted 'thorough instagram research' and is edging towards Rangali now! Think it's just more suitable for us all round. Sadly we are going to be stuck with 5 nights as we have flights already booked in and out!
BLTraveler likes this.
james0499 is offline  
Old Aug 19, 19, 1:45 am
  #2010  
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Programs: Hyatt Globalist, Hilton Diamond, IHG Platinum, SPG Gold
Posts: 79
Originally Posted by MaldivesFreak View Post


Do you happen to have the time to get the distances from MLE to each resort and put them in? That would be awesome if somebody could do it.
I added the distances below and sorted by distance. Amazing one of the closest resorts has the most expensive transfer.

SAii Lagoon Maldives, Curio Collection by Hilton
Speedboat
$135
8km

Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort
Speedboat
$142
8km

Four Seasons
Speedboat
$308
19km

Waldorf Maldives
Boat
$862
23km

Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives
Speedboat
$229
31km

W Maldives
Seaplane
$475
83km

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
Seaplane
$526
107km

Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort
Seaplane
$475
113km

St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort
Seaplane
$695
159km

JW Marriott Maldives Resort
Seaplane
$600
215km

Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa
Domestic flight and speedboat
$520
408km

Last edited by BLTraveler; Aug 19, 19 at 6:02 am
BLTraveler is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread