Go Back  FlyerTalk Forums > Miles&Points > Hotels and Places to Stay > Hilton | Hilton Honors
Reload this Page >

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi {MDV}

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi {MDV}

    Hide Wikipost
Old Apr 10, 19, 3:20 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: MaldivesFreak
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 - BE AWARE FOLKS!
• 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
This lamb to the slaughter approach will force a couple to cough up an extra $3176.63, or a family of 4 (2 adults & 2 kids) $3915.83, if you want to celebrate Xmas and New Years here



Expected Opening: July 01, 2019 (according to official website, see below for link)

There is currently not a lot of solid information on this resort, its prices, room types and amenities. More information will be added bit by bit as it becomes available

Tax Information
• 10% Service Charge (levied by resort)
• 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 new 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: WA Ithaafushi is located in South Malι Atoll, southwest of Velana International Airport [MLE] (also known as Malι International Airport, previously known as Ibrahim Nasir International Airport) and can be reached by speedboat. There may be an option of private yacht transfer (30 mins from Malι) but this is presumably to be announced at a later date

Resort Information / F&B / Spa / Activities
• WA Ithaafushi is made up of three islands
• The resort has 10 restaurants / bars
• There are 2 standalone OWVs (Over Water Villas) and 121 villas in total
• The kids club (one of the biggest in the Maldives) is for children between 4 to 11 years
• Click here to visit the resort's website for more information


Prices - Accommodation:

***** 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 Cost*****
Oct 2019
Reef Villa $200++
OWV $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)
RV (Reef Villa, presumably Garden Villa shown in the pre-opening promo video)
GRV (Grand Reef Villa, presumably also a type of Garden Villa shown in the pre-opening promo video)

-- OWVs (Over Water Villas) --

OV (Overwater Villa)
GOV (Grand Overwater Villa)



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: TBA
• 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
Print Wikipost

Reply

Old Feb 7, 19, 9:48 am
  #256  
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: London
Posts: 2,284
Originally Posted by llfoster View Post
Oh dear lord 655,000 points per night for grand beach villa. . No standard awards showing up.
Thats not really what it says.
kryten22uk is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Feb 7, 19, 10:27 am
  #257  
 
Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: SAN
Posts: 411
Originally Posted by kryten22uk View Post
Thats not really what it says.
Just called 1-800-Waldorf

655K for Grand King Beach
720K for Grand King Reef

Asked about free night vouchers. With only premium points loaded they have no free night inventory to pull from. Very nice CSR rep. She said give it a day or two and they should get the base room and free night loaded.

I am still hopeful the base Beach Villa will be 95K. If you look, all the rooms have the "Book with Hilton Honors Points Call 1-800-WALDORF" option, with the exception of the Beach Villas. Seems odd those would not be bookable with points, but everything else is?

Last night I kept refreshing the website about every 30 minutes. There were updates each time. I presume they are still working on everything.

TD

Last edited by Traveler Dave; Feb 7, 19 at 10:44 am
Traveler Dave is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Feb 7, 19, 10:57 am
  #258  
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Programs: Hilton, Marriott, IHG
Posts: 6
Originally Posted by kryten22uk View Post
Thats not really what it says.
It really is -- and for Festive Season, over a million points! Premium Awards don't follow standard points pricing and are based entirely on demand (and whatever Hilton thinks they may be able to get away with
B7Bombers is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Feb 7, 19, 11:26 am
  #259  
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: LAX/ONT
Posts: 158
Originally Posted by Traveler Dave View Post
First date for booking is July 1st.





As mentioned in post #153
itsj0nathan is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Feb 7, 19, 11:40 am
  #260  
 
Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: SAN
Posts: 411
They have now removed any reference to Points options

TD
Traveler Dave is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Feb 7, 19, 12:00 pm
  #261  
 
Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: SAN
Posts: 411
Originally Posted by Traveler Dave View Post
They have now removed any reference to Points options

TD
....now they are back....
Traveler Dave is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Feb 7, 19, 12:21 pm
  #262  
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 170
Originally Posted by kryten22uk View Post
Thats not really what it says.
unfortunately yes it is ...


screen shot from this morning -
This is a screen shot from this morning ... showing 655,000

Last edited by Canarsie; Apr 30, 19 at 11:53 am Reason: Consolidation.
llfoster is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Feb 7, 19, 1:02 pm
  #263  
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 3,024
Thanks for the updates fellas!
MaldivesFreak is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Feb 7, 19, 1:08 pm
  #264  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: MAN and LON
Programs: Mucci, BAEC LT Gold, HH Dia, MR LT Plat, IC RA, Kimpton Inner Circle, Amex Plat
Posts: 13,509
Originally Posted by hull22 View Post
How is this WA expected to compare against the St. Regis Maldives?
It looks a lot more comparable and in some ways better than the SR (my current gold standard for Maldives accommodation). I get why those who have not stayed at a better resort would like the Conrad Rangali but for the rest of us the rooms are too poor to be good value for money or points. Since even beyond the use of points you are going to be spending north of £10k for a week for two with good quality flights and not counting pennies in everything you do in resort.

The SR is so far ahead of tne Conrad it is like comparing a good Westin or JW with a great St Regis or RC in Marriott terms. In pure cash terms tne Conrad is ludicrously expensive for tne room standard compared to tne good competition.
Land-of-Miles is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Feb 7, 19, 2:07 pm
  #265  
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Posts: 75
665k......woah
mikewhyatt is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Feb 7, 19, 2:43 pm
  #266  
 
Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: SAN
Posts: 411
The initial DPs on the lowest points rate being 665K are not much fun. But something I did find interesting is the low $$ difference between rooms types. So if all goes well, and they do release a realistic base points room, the cost to upgrade beyond the base room is very affordable.

1748 USD - Beach Villa
+180 - Grand Beach Villa
+180 - Reef Villa
+360 - Grand Reef Villa
+360 - Over-water Villa
+540 - Grand Over-water Villa
Traveler Dave is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Feb 7, 19, 4:38 pm
  #267  
Marriott Contributor Badge
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Sydney, Australia
Programs: HHD, SPG LTG
Posts: 1,564
The anticipation is killing me?!!!!

All I want to know is how deep the water is in front of the beach villas, whether there are any soft toys given, and if I will get a nice dinner if I am celebrating my birthday? Just kidding!

Come on, open up at 360k/5nights and we'll book 15 days straight up - and then probably end up spending $10-20k whilst we are there, like many other points guests would do. The WA will still making a fortune from guests staying on points - they can charge $15 per small bottle of still water at the restaurants and we'll still book - so let us at it. Plus we will all come back with glowing reviews and make this resort more popular than the many dozens of resorts out there.
alanslegal is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Feb 7, 19, 4:56 pm
  #268  
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: LAS
Programs: Hilton Diamond, IHG Spire Ambassador, Radisson Gold, Hyatt Discoverist
Posts: 2,742
Originally Posted by alanslegal View Post
The anticipation is killing me?!!!!

All I want to know is how deep the water is in front of the beach villas, whether there are any soft toys given, and if I will get a nice dinner if I am celebrating my birthday? Just kidding!

Come on, open up at 360k/5nights and we'll book 15 days straight up - and then probably end up spending $10-20k whilst we are there, like many other points guests would do. The WA will still making a fortune from guests staying on points - they can charge $15 per small bottle of still water at the restaurants and we'll still book - so let us at it. Plus we will all come back with glowing reviews and make this resort more popular than the many dozens of resorts out there.

I'd like to switch my August reservation over from Rangali if they open up standard awards here. Early signs are not encouraging I guess.
jphripjah is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Feb 7, 19, 5:04 pm
  #269  
 
Join Date: Apr 2018
Posts: 23
Sheesh. I have about 1.3 million Hilton honors points. Guess If I save save just a bit more I can get a 2 night stay.
jphripjah likes this.
Jamal06 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Feb 7, 19, 5:58 pm
  #270  
 
Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: SAN
Posts: 411
Originally Posted by Jamal06 View Post
Sheesh. I have about 1.3 million Hilton honors points. Guess If I save save just a bit more I can get a 2 night stay.
When I called the 800# this AM the CSR was pulling up info on the resort. When she got to the area that had the points, you could hear the amazement in her voice. She was very professional, but you could tell she absolutely shocked.

TD
llfoster and SQ88 like this.

Last edited by Traveler Dave; Feb 7, 19 at 6:09 pm
Traveler Dave is offline  
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Search this Thread