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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 Dec 27, 19, 9:19 pm
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mistake - misread an earlier post
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Old Dec 27, 19, 9:23 pm
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Absolutely comparable to Rangali or better for base food (not special dinners). Over the next few days I will try the pizza and sandwiches to let everyone know if the quality is better or not.

Once again, if you have status I think eating at the WA overall will be cheaper due to the higher quality complimentary breakfast and afternoon food provided.

I will update based on experiences over next 12 days.

Originally Posted by soy View Post
@brandonpkt


So here is the report of higher prices. Initially F&B prices reported from the WA were about 20% more than Rangali. Then recently there was at least one post that suggested this was not longer the case (welcome development). I also agree that splurge event should can distort things as there are all sorts of other factors that come into play there. From what you are saying, prices are indeed comparable to Rangali?
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Old Dec 28, 19, 3:46 am
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Originally Posted by brandonpkt View Post
I just arrived at WA for a 12 night stay after completing 7 nights at Conrad (third trip to Conrad). I will continue to post about the WA during our stay.

Initial impressions are that the WA is stunning - with service and hard product both being 5 star. This resort is light years better than the Conrad. I will happily update during our stay if this turns out to be an incorrect assessment. Conrad has a lot of work to do in order to properly compete.
I hope you do not mind I am follow your post here .I love to read more of your inputs about this resort .

By the way, reagarding the nature scenery of the island, does this resort scenery as beauitiful as Conrad Rangali. I only see video clip detail about King ocean villa with pool and I love that room design . Just wonder if diamond member get any complimentary room upgrade.
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Old Dec 28, 19, 5:17 am
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I would not count on a free upgrade and instead pay for your preference. That being said upgrades are not needed here unless you have very specific requests like an extra bedroom or you want to try an OWV.

All the villas are great here with similar design features and layout. For reference all are better than the Conrad Villas I have tried (I have tried all except Sunset, Premier and Underwater).


Originally Posted by vnfilm1 View Post
I hope you do not mind I am follow your post here .I love to read more of your inputs about this resort .

By the way, reagarding the nature scenery of the island, does this resort scenery as beauitiful as Conrad Rangali. I only see video clip detail about King ocean villa with pool and I love that room design . Just wonder if diamond member get any complimentary room upgrade.
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Old Dec 28, 19, 5:18 am
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Originally Posted by soy View Post
It would be great if someone who is there now could post photos of some of the menus. There have been mixed messages recently, first with reports that prices had dropped back from their original levels, and now these latest reports that suggest they are going in the opposite direction.
There are no reports of any pricing going up. I’ve been to CMR 3 times and just left the WA earlier this week, and there is no material difference between the pricing of food at these resorts as Brandonpkt noted. The difference is that the WA food and beverage offerings are of higher quality.
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Old Dec 28, 19, 5:43 am
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I spent some time tonight conducting an investigation of the Nava Pizza Oven. I think The pizza guys were very entertained by the white guy asking about their oven and taking photos (see attached).

The story is: oven from Italy and the pizza looks great. Big enough to share (see it in the photo). I’ll try the Pizza on Monday or Tuesday night and report back. Prices are very good for the pizza considering it can feed two adults.

Famous Italian oven with large pie in front. Not shown: Pizza chefs laughing at the white guy documenting their cooking station

Pizza menu - will try Michaels fav on Monday or Tuesday and report back





Originally Posted by Michael19887 View Post
You can ask him for yourself if he is still there. There is also a limited time lunch pasta menu at Nava that they are running for Festive season. Do try the pizza, the Parma one was our favorite. Also - can recommend the gnocchi on the festive menu.
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Old Dec 28, 19, 5:52 am
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Just had dinner for two at Ledge with two entrees, a shared side dish and tip for less than $100. See menu price in photo - can we put this whole food pricing topic to bed now?

Crazy how long it takes to overcome false rumors.

Michael19887 : I tried the burger, was a very good two patty option. Cooked medium rare but dark in color due to the Australian beef used. Was this how yours looked?

I thought the burger, fries and chicken sandwich were all fantastic. I will continue to follow your dining plan Li long is tomorrow night; pizza the next day.



Ledge menu - very affordable and high quality

Famous Ledge Burger - really tasted great


Originally Posted by Michael19887 View Post
There are no reports of any pricing going up. I’ve been to CMR 3 times and just left the WA earlier this week, and there is no material difference between the pricing of food at these resorts as Brandonpkt noted. The difference is that the WA food and beverage offerings are of higher quality.
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Old Dec 28, 19, 5:58 am
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Pizza menu - will try Michaels fav on Monday or Tuesday and report back

Enjoy!
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Old Dec 28, 19, 11:35 am
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Those pizzas look amazing!

Did anyone also try Tangled? I'm a sucker for Asian noodles, but the price is still pretty high and not sure how big the bowls are or if it's worth it compared to these pizzas.
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Old Dec 28, 19, 12:34 pm
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When you order the burger, are the fries inluded in the price or are the fries an additional $12?
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Old Dec 28, 19, 1:03 pm
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I have a 10 night stay in March in the BV. Given the room rate changes I can "downgrade" any of these nights to the RWV or OWV. Privacy is important for me so I'm not too keen on the BV. I'm thinking to do just 3 nights in the BV to experience it and then the next 7 nights in either the OWV or RWV. Which do people prefer? I'm thinking the OWV is more private because you want have people snorkeling in the reef in front of your room? Has anyone tried both rooms?
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Old Dec 28, 19, 1:25 pm
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Question Snorkelling at the WA vs Rangali

Originally Posted by MaldivesFreak View Post
The history of the resort and how it has treated guests, set prices etc, is valuable information and will be reinstated to the wiki should it ever be deleted.
Nice idea MaldivesFreak

Anyone done an extensive review of snorkelling on the house reef, is it any near as good as the Rangali?

brandonpkt - appreciate the frequent updates on the WA, especially in comparison to your recent Rangali stay, have you guys been snorkelling yet?

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Old Dec 28, 19, 1:44 pm
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Originally Posted by brandonpkt View Post
Once again, if you have status I think eating at the WA overall will be cheaper due to the higher quality complimentary breakfast and afternoon food provided.
For afternoon tea their food offering is weak but obviously better than the now non-existent afternoon tea at the Conrad.


Originally Posted by brandonpkt View Post
I spent some time tonight conducting an investigation of the Nava Pizza Oven. I think The pizza guys were very entertained by the white guy asking about their oven and taking photos (see attached).

The story is: oven from Italy and the pizza looks great. Big enough to share (see it in the photo). I’ll try the Pizza on Monday or Tuesday night and report back. Prices are very good for the pizza considering it can feed two adults.
Did an Italian tech guy from Italy come out to the resort and install it?

Also if you have the time at Li Long, ask how they set it up? I'd love to hear the version they tell you, and I'll let you know what they told me to see if it matches. You know, 'chinese whispers' can happen and before you know it, the story eventually leads to the chinese navy delivered everything. Well the chinese navy stuff is just fictional (I hope).
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Old Dec 28, 19, 1:49 pm
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Managed to find the $298 option for Terra after doing a little digging on the Chinese sites. There were lots of great reviews of the food here.

Was on the border of trying the $388 before, but after knowing theres a $298 option, I'm definitely going there now.
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Old Dec 28, 19, 6:15 pm
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Grand Beach villas

Hi I've looked all around this thread but struggling to find where the grand beach villas are located? If anyone knows the room numbers that would be great, also best location,

Another question this time of year the wind is mostly east does the lagoon get choppy with this wind heading straight into the lagoon?

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