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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 Malé Atoll, 23km southwest of Malé and Velana International Airport [MLE] (also known as Malé 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 Nov 6, 19, 6:56 pm
  #2011  
 
Join Date: Feb 2019
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Originally Posted by ElvinW View Post
For anyone who visited or is currently there, how is the mosquito situation on the island?
Thanks!
no mosquitos - there have only been a handful of “gnat” type bugs our entire stay - usually in the evening. I brought a small bottle of bug spray but have not used it once.

I believe they spray for bugs twice a day.
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Old Nov 6, 19, 7:16 pm
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That's great to hear. Thanks a lot!
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Old Nov 7, 19, 2:44 pm
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Originally Posted by Jermyn View Post
Pleased to note the switch from Billecart to Delamotte at the breakfast buffet.
Looking forward to starting my days here with a glass or two of 'Salon Jr.'
fwiw, our stay in the first week of opening, we were also served Moet &Chandon Ice Imperial (and Billecart).
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Old Nov 9, 19, 7:22 am
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Originally Posted by pointsmanager View Post
I emailed the hotel, they sent me a link where I paid the $250. For each transaction it was another link. I paid through bank of Maldives but on Amex it shows as Waldorf Astoria Maldives.
I did the same thing, and it coded as Waldorf Astoria Maldives. Though, the $250 didn't get reimbursed (and this was about a month ago). Once I get outside the 8-12 week window, I will contact AMEX to have them manually push the credit through.
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Old Nov 9, 19, 9:12 am
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My review

Here is my review: I am a diamond member from Minnesota.

We booked 6 nights on points - so 600k points. Originally booked at the Conrad but changed once this opened up to book points. We got the $370++ per return rate and they honored it.

We arrived Saturday Nov 2 a little after Noon local time. Our plane was about half hour late from Rome (Alitalia). Once we grabbed our bags, a WA person was waiting for us at the exit. They walked us to the yacht - which was the Princess 52. There were 2 other couples waiting on the yacht (no idea how long they were waiting). The yacht ride was ok - not sure who would go to the rooms for a half hour-45 min ride but they were available. We had water and the fruit skewers - snack wise was okay.

We arrived at the hotel and sat in Peacock Alley while our butler took our passports. He then asked for a credit card to cover expenses on the island. He wanted to charge $3,000 usd. We gave him our bank card (listed debit, but commonly used as credit). It did not work. Thankfully, I brought my credit card for emergency backup but have a relatively low limit - so he charged $2,000 on my credit card. Pretty annoying since we have never had an issue traveling the world with our bank card. And yes, we did let the bank know and tested it at the airport When we departed and it worked.

Our butler drove us to our beach villa - 605. I did not request any certain villa or direction etc. I was extremely happy with our villa location. It was in walking distance to breakfast, and was still private. We had a large amount of beach with no “beach drop off due to tide” like a lot of others had. We also had a cool solo rock pile by the drop off that offered even more snorkeling for us.

The bikes are a nice feature - however one of ours was taken when we were at the main pool and they left a broken one. Ours did not have numbers on the back of it. When we asked our butler for a new one, he took hours to get a different one.

FOOD: Breakfast was great - the only thing I disliked was the liquids are all warm - but this seemed to be more of an island thing all around than just breakfast. Just weird drinking warm chocolate milk. We had a pizza at the pizza bar By the main pool. It was really good. I told the waiter we would just have water, and he brought a $12 bottle of Evian water - already poured by the time we looked. I told him we didn’t want that and we wanted house water, and his response twice was I already poured it. For reference: any other time during the trip that we wanted water, it was always provided house water. Otherwise, we did not eat at any restaurants. I thought they were price gouging in all aspects of food and I stand by that. We had snacks in our room (pop tarts, sandwiches). We also cooked ramen in the “tea kettle” (?). Worked great! I brought a small thing of dish soap to clean everything after every use.

HOUSEKEEPING::: first off, the do not disturb and make room buttons - are not really followed at all. So note that. They would just show up - I’m assuming this will get better with time and training. They did a great job of housekeeping and would give us 6 liters of water per day (keep full basis). I tipped when I saw them - but it’s tough because I never knew if they were coming or not. One day we left the make room button on all day and they never came. Not a huge deal.

ACTIVITIES::: we did one offshore activity - the sunset fishing. $95++ per person for 2 hours. We went when the weather was questionable with lightning all around. It is more like “line fishing” where you just hold the line and pull up 60 feet. Our boat caught about a half dozen for 10 of us...not good. The other boat had a pale full. It was from 6pm to 8pm island time - which is too late in my opinion - it should be 5pm to 7pm because it’s pitch dark at about 7pm. We could not keep our fish to cook because we were leaving the next day. You can not eat them the same night. So plan your trip accordingly. We took a paddle boat out in the lagoon - it was pretty neat. Do it on a calm day because it is a larger area than one thinks and is a workout.

SNORKELING::: I was disappointed with the snorkeling around the resort. It wasn’t good. This will take a few years to get better I suppose - but it wasn’t much fun. I was not going to pay for an excursion of something that should be around the resort at no charge. The best snorkeling we had was at the boat dock “east” of the welcome center. The only issue was boats were coming in and out for trips - they are very mindful of you but keep an eye out for sure.

AFTERNOON DRINKS::: we specifically just went to this to get pop - since it was $7++ per can. We did not drink. The snacks were not our style - so we would just go for a pop and leave.

BUTLER::: our butler seemed like you were bothering him when we would call. He also would come into our room and leave some papers if we did not answer our phone (I left it in the room a lot of time). That was kind of weird in my opinion.

VILLA: I thought the beds were uncomfortable - I’m not a firm guy though. My fiancé liked it. The a/c works great. Everything is controlled on the iPad, neat at first but we eventually just used the buttons on the wall because finding the iPad every time got annoying. The blinds were pretty blackout so that was nice. We brought a white noise machine I use to travel, because it is dead silent at night. Other than a bat that apparently lives in or under the roof of our villa that would make noise all night. The water in the showers - both outside and inside - never got hot. It was luke warm. The tub did get hot water. The bathroom was kind of weird in my opinion - having it in a glass box with a door that doesn’t “shut”. Yes I was traveling with my fiancé - but you need some privacy too.

Overall, I thought the resort was ridiculously overpriced and not worth the cost - especially $ wise but also point redemption. The best part about the trip was the villa and privacy - but nowhere near what they think they can charge. Plus they gouge you at every corner. This is my first trip to the Maldives, which I’m sure isn’t unheard of. I honestly didn’t feel like the resort was far and beyond a higher class Carribean resort (with the exception of the villa) at a fraction of the price and likely all inclusive.

These are my opinions - I know I’ll catch some grief for not eating any food there and saying the Maldives didn’t seem much better than the carribean, but that’s my opinion and the 2x day travel vs 4 hours factors in as well.
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Old Nov 9, 19, 1:16 pm
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Originally Posted by Falcons05 View Post
Here is my review: I am a diamond member from Minnesota.

We booked 6 nights on points - so 600k points. Originally booked at the Conrad but changed once this opened up to book points. We got the $370++ per return rate and they honored it.

We arrived Saturday Nov 2 a little after Noon local time. Our plane was about half hour late from Rome (Alitalia). Once we grabbed our bags, a WA person was waiting for us at the exit. They walked us to the yacht - which was the Princess 52. There were 2 other couples waiting on the yacht (no idea how long they were waiting). The yacht ride was ok - not sure who would go to the rooms for a half hour-45 min ride but they were available. We had water and the fruit skewers - snack wise was okay.

We arrived at the hotel and sat in Peacock Alley while our butler took our passports. He then asked for a credit card to cover expenses on the island. He wanted to charge $3,000 usd. We gave him our bank card (listed debit, but commonly used as credit). It did not work. Thankfully, I brought my credit card for emergency backup but have a relatively low limit - so he charged $2,000 on my credit card. Pretty annoying since we have never had an issue traveling the world with our bank card. And yes, we did let the bank know and tested it at the airport When we departed and it worked.

Our butler drove us to our beach villa - 605. I did not request any certain villa or direction etc. I was extremely happy with our villa location. It was in walking distance to breakfast, and was still private. We had a large amount of beach with no “beach drop off due to tide” like a lot of others had. We also had a cool solo rock pile by the drop off that offered even more snorkeling for us.

The bikes are a nice feature - however one of ours was taken when we were at the main pool and they left a broken one. Ours did not have numbers on the back of it. When we asked our butler for a new one, he took hours to get a different one.

FOOD: Breakfast was great - the only thing I disliked was the liquids are all warm - but this seemed to be more of an island thing all around than just breakfast. Just weird drinking warm chocolate milk. We had a pizza at the pizza bar By the main pool. It was really good. I told the waiter we would just have water, and he brought a $12 bottle of Evian water - already poured by the time we looked. I told him we didn’t want that and we wanted house water, and his response twice was I already poured it. For reference: any other time during the trip that we wanted water, it was always provided house water. Otherwise, we did not eat at any restaurants. I thought they were price gouging in all aspects of food and I stand by that. We had snacks in our room (pop tarts, sandwiches). We also cooked ramen in the “tea kettle” (?). Worked great! I brought a small thing of dish soap to clean everything after every use.

HOUSEKEEPING::: first off, the do not disturb and make room buttons - are not really followed at all. So note that. They would just show up - I’m assuming this will get better with time and training. They did a great job of housekeeping and would give us 6 liters of water per day (keep full basis). I tipped when I saw them - but it’s tough because I never knew if they were coming or not. One day we left the make room button on all day and they never came. Not a huge deal.

ACTIVITIES::: we did one offshore activity - the sunset fishing. $95++ per person for 2 hours. We went when the weather was questionable with lightning all around. It is more like “line fishing” where you just hold the line and pull up 60 feet. Our boat caught about a half dozen for 10 of us...not good. The other boat had a pale full. It was from 6pm to 8pm island time - which is too late in my opinion - it should be 5pm to 7pm because it’s pitch dark at about 7pm. We could not keep our fish to cook because we were leaving the next day. You can not eat them the same night. So plan your trip accordingly. We took a paddle boat out in the lagoon - it was pretty neat. Do it on a calm day because it is a larger area than one thinks and is a workout.

SNORKELING::: I was disappointed with the snorkeling around the resort. It wasn’t good. This will take a few years to get better I suppose - but it wasn’t much fun. I was not going to pay for an excursion of something that should be around the resort at no charge. The best snorkeling we had was at the boat dock “east” of the welcome center. The only issue was boats were coming in and out for trips - they are very mindful of you but keep an eye out for sure.

AFTERNOON DRINKS::: we specifically just went to this to get pop - since it was $7++ per can. We did not drink. The snacks were not our style - so we would just go for a pop and leave.

BUTLER::: our butler seemed like you were bothering him when we would call. He also would come into our room and leave some papers if we did not answer our phone (I left it in the room a lot of time). That was kind of weird in my opinion.

VILLA: I thought the beds were uncomfortable - I’m not a firm guy though. My fiancé liked it. The a/c works great. Everything is controlled on the iPad, neat at first but we eventually just used the buttons on the wall because finding the iPad every time got annoying. The blinds were pretty blackout so that was nice. We brought a white noise machine I use to travel, because it is dead silent at night. Other than a bat that apparently lives in or under the roof of our villa that would make noise all night. The water in the showers - both outside and inside - never got hot. It was luke warm. The tub did get hot water. The bathroom was kind of weird in my opinion - having it in a glass box with a door that doesn’t “shut”. Yes I was traveling with my fiancé - but you need some privacy too.

Overall, I thought the resort was ridiculously overpriced and not worth the cost - especially $ wise but also point redemption. The best part about the trip was the villa and privacy - but nowhere near what they think they can charge. Plus they gouge you at every corner. This is my first trip to the Maldives, which I’m sure isn’t unheard of. I honestly didn’t feel like the resort was far and beyond a higher class Carribean resort (with the exception of the villa) at a fraction of the price and likely all inclusive.

These are my opinions - I know I’ll catch some grief for not eating any food there and saying the Maldives didn’t seem much better than the carribean, but that’s my opinion and the 2x day travel vs 4 hours factors in as well.
I'm a little confused though - what did you eat while you were there for 6 nights?
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Old Nov 9, 19, 1:30 pm
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Thanks for the snorkelling review!

As it's the main reason I visit the Maldives it will be Rangali again for me, then!
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Old Nov 9, 19, 1:34 pm
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Originally Posted by kthpence View Post
I'm a little confused though - what did you eat while you were there for 6 nights?
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Originally Posted by Falcons05 View Post
FOOD: Breakfast was great - the only thing I disliked was the liquids are all warm - but this seemed to be more of an island thing all around than just breakfast. Just weird drinking warm chocolate milk. We had a pizza at the pizza bar By the main pool. It was really good. I told the waiter we would just have water, and he brought a $12 bottle of Evian water - already poured by the time we looked. I told him we didn’t want that and we wanted house water, and his response twice was I already poured it. For reference: any other time during the trip that we wanted water, it was always provided house water. Otherwise, we did not eat at any restaurants. I thought they were price gouging in all aspects of food and I stand by that. We had snacks in our room (pop tarts, sandwiches). We also cooked ramen in the “tea kettle” (?). Worked great! I brought a small thing of dish soap to clean everything after every use.
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AFTERNOON DRINKS::: we specifically just went to this to get pop - since it was $7++ per can. We did not drink. The snacks were not our style - so we would just go for a pop and leave.
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Old Nov 9, 19, 1:34 pm
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Originally Posted by kthpence View Post
I'm a little confused though - what did you eat while you were there for 6 nights?
I brought 2 loafs of bread, peanut butter + jelly, ramen, pop tarts, goldfish, granola bars, etc.

I am not joking that eating breakfast at around 9/10 it kept us full for most of the day where we only needed a snack/small meal.
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Old Nov 9, 19, 3:37 pm
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Damn, lol, that's pretty extreme on the meals.
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Old Nov 9, 19, 4:46 pm
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Originally Posted by Abidjan View Post
Damn, lol, that's pretty extreme on the meals.
I know. My job got eliminated this spring - so I wasn’t going to be throwing unnecessary money around on gouged food prices. I’m good now but gotta rebuild that nest egg.

I am sure the food was good but it would take a lot for me to think any meal is worth the prices they are asking. Again, a guy gets used to all inclusive in Mexico.
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Old Nov 9, 19, 6:20 pm
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More power to you. Have to do what you gotta do.
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Old Nov 9, 19, 6:39 pm
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Originally Posted by coaram94 View Post
I did the same thing, and it coded as Waldorf Astoria Maldives. Though, the $250 didn't get reimbursed (and this was about a month ago). Once I get outside the 8-12 week window, I will contact AMEX to have them manually push the credit through.
You don't need to wait, you can call now and they will realize that it should be reimbursed.
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Old Nov 9, 19, 7:49 pm
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TikTok of Beach Villa

Here is a tiktok I made of the beach/pool of our beach villa 605.

https://vm.tiktok.com/uPT9fu/


This is the beach view from our beach “cabana”.
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Old Nov 10, 19, 12:35 am
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For anyone thinking ‘should they shouldn’t they’ - DO IT! Arrived yesterday and everything perfect. Truly phenomenal. Thank you to the early adopters who helped make up our mind with your fair and balanced reviews.

Yes food expensive but everyone knows that and we actually thought Yasmeen was top drawer last night. Set menu for two, had both fish and meat platter and we couldn’t believe how much food there was (I eat a lot). 400 incl drinks and service is a lot. But at least we didn’t leave wanting more and the quality was all there for me.

















Anyway. Back to doing nothing. Any Q’s let me know !

Also I’ve no idea why they have rotated the pics, apologies for any sore necks.
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