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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 Apr 9, 20, 4:21 am
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Old Apr 9, 20, 7:52 am
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Originally Posted by Kilian Zoll View Post
Is there any way to access the old flexible dates calendar? The new one is useless as it is only showing premium prices, even though standard prices may be available.
No i don't think so! Email them, that's what i did, but they don't get it it! I think they want to do it as complicated as possible to find 120K award nights...
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Old Apr 9, 20, 9:16 am
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Originally Posted by dandychiggins View Post
King Ocean Villa.

If I'm not mistaken, the King Ocean Villa and King Overwater Villa are the same room except the ocean villa is bookable under standard rewards. I'm guessing it was a separate way to release OWV rooms via standard redemption. Someone please correct me if i'm wrong, but this was discussed earlier in this thread and was actually beaten to death haha. For what it's worth, if you look at the room pictures, the closet has the see through floor which is only in the OWVs.
May I know which dates in end March was this for? I can’t find a single stretch w 5 days availability
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Old Apr 9, 20, 9:52 am
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Originally Posted by mapleaves View Post
May I know which dates in end March was this for? I can’t find a single stretch w 5 days availability
Looks like it’s all gone. I booked the 25th-30th. You have to watch these like a hawk because I found these rooms at 7 AM yesterday and by 7 PM all of it was gone.
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Old Apr 9, 20, 11:14 am
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The Ocean ones go very fast, within a couple of hours so you'll have to be waiting for it. I managed to get a 5-day Ocean end-March (27 Mar to 1 Apr), wanted to get in before status expires. They are released slightly past midnight if you're based in the US.

Reef took much longer to be "sold out", so not a bad alternative for the same villa if you don't want to keep checking availability.
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Old Apr 9, 20, 5:36 pm
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"Is there any way to access the old flexible dates calendar? The new one is useless as it is only showing premium prices, even though standard prices may be available."

thats my question as well
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Old Apr 9, 20, 8:41 pm
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Originally Posted by dandychiggins View Post
King Ocean Villa.

If I'm not mistaken, the King Ocean Villa and King Overwater Villa are the same room except the ocean villa is bookable under standard rewards. I'm guessing it was a separate way to release OWV rooms via standard redemption. Someone please correct me if i'm wrong, but this was discussed earlier in this thread and was actually beaten to death haha. For what it's worth, if you look at the room pictures, the closet has the see through floor which is only in the OWVs.
It's been that way for a long time now. Ocean Villa and Reef villa are the two categories available for reward booking.
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Old Apr 10, 20, 5:26 am
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Originally Posted by dandychiggins View Post
Looks like it’s all gone. I booked the 25th-30th. You have to watch these like a hawk because I found these rooms at 7 AM yesterday and by 7 PM all of it was gone.
Alright thanks!
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Old Apr 10, 20, 6:41 am
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Originally Posted by Hillion View Post
The Ocean ones go very fast, within a couple of hours so you'll have to be waiting for it. I managed to get a 5-day Ocean end-March (27 Mar to 1 Apr), wanted to get in before status expires. They are released slightly past midnight if you're based in the US.

Reef took much longer to be "sold out", so not a bad alternative for the same villa if you don't want to keep checking availability.
So to "wait", would this be a case of logging-in just past midnight in the US 355 days before 1 Apr 2021 (being the last day of the 5 night stay) and checking for availability, or is there a nuance/more complexity that I have missed (i.e. if availability is released in "blocks"). Thanks in advance, any advice very much appreciated!
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Old Apr 10, 20, 7:06 am
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Originally Posted by eh220160 View Post
So to "wait", would this be a case of logging-in just past midnight in the US 355 days before 1 Apr 2021 (being the last day of the 5 night stay) and checking for availability, or is there a nuance/more complexity that I have missed (i.e. if availability is released in "blocks"). Thanks in advance, any advice very much appreciated!
Doesn't work exactly on the 355 day mark because you'll need to know where to count the days from. The rooms release in blocks, not on a daily basis. E.g. the last block of nights for 24 to 31 March 2021 was released on 8 April 2020. So it is not a simple 355 day from your intended last day of stay). Further, if your stay happens to cover 2 blocks, either:
  • change dates of your stay if possible to fit within the block; or
  • make 2 separate reservations, forgoing the 5th night free
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Old Apr 10, 20, 7:19 am
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Originally Posted by Hillion View Post
Doesn't work exactly on the 355 day mark because you'll need to know where to count the days from. The rooms release in blocks, not on a daily basis. E.g. the last block of nights for 24 to 31 March 2021 was released on 8 April 2020. So it is not a simple 355 day from your intended last day of stay). Further, if your stay happens to cover 2 blocks, either:
  • change dates of your stay if possible to fit within the block; or
  • make 2 separate reservations, forgoing the 5th night free
Got it, thank you! Not straightforward but the challenge will make it all that much more rewarding. Enjoy your trip next March!
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Old Apr 10, 20, 8:21 am
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Already planning our return to the resort with the missus. Two quick questions based on the above posts:
  • Do the “blocks” of award rooms appear weekly, for a week’s worth of inventory? As in, would the next “block” be released 1 week after the last one, on April 15?
  • Do we know whether the “slightly past midnight” timing for release is US west coast or east coast?
Thanks as always!
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Old Apr 13, 20, 4:53 am
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Originally Posted by Microwave View Post
Already planning our return to the resort with the missus. Two quick questions based on the above posts:
  • Do the “blocks” of award rooms appear weekly, for a week’s worth of inventory? As in, would the next “block” be released 1 week after the last one, on April 15?
  • Do we know whether the “slightly past midnight” timing for release is US west coast or east coast?
Thanks as always!
Great to hear that you're planning your trip back so soon, and awesome review, wish you can share some pictures of the food at Glow.

As for as i can tell, there seems to be no way to know when the blocks are release. Personally, I would estimate these happen every 10 days or so and begin monitoring availability 17 April 2021 onward. You'll have to make a call on this. For the block released on 8 April 2020 inventory was for 8 nights. I suspect the next block would be longer.

Prior to this, a previous block was released on 17 March for 1st week March 2021 according to this post., which had at least 10 nights. So there was likely one end March 2020 (for nights up till 24 March 2021).

To be exact, the time I noticed availability was 2AM on EST 8 April 2020, though I was checking every couple of hours so give or take a few.
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Old Apr 13, 20, 8:04 pm
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Points redemption is now available for April 1 - 15. I just booked 6 nights in a King Ocean Villa!!! So unbelievably excited to be able to go back next year
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Old Apr 13, 20, 8:55 pm
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Originally Posted by traveling_gazelle View Post
Points redemption is now available for April 1 - 15. I just booked 6 nights in a King Ocean Villa!!! So unbelievably excited to be able to go back next year
Just got a flurry of OpenHotelAlert SMS messages that five night blocks I'd set alerts for became available. Was able to get April 2-4 in an Ocean Villa using my wife's certs, April 4-9 in an Ocean Villa using points, and then April 9-10 in a Reef Villa using a cert I had since someone booked the last Ocean Villa when I was on the phone with the Diamond Desk rep. Then booked a Reef and Ocean April 10-12 on points, with the hope we can use certificates we get with our Amex renewals to get those 240k points back.

We were supposed to be arriving next Friday, so at least we got next year locked in. Knocking on wood we're actually able to go this time...
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