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Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi {MDV}

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi {MDV}

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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
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Old Feb 11, 19, 10:03 am
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Return/Round trip transfer at $370 ++ pp would be reasonable.

At $370++ each way per person ... $1820'ish for 2 people if each way ...Yikes yikes
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Old Feb 11, 19, 10:08 am
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Based on the online chat I just had the rep said around $250 to $450 and 1/2 price for kids. Then I realized I forgot to ask if that's RT
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Old Feb 11, 19, 10:23 am
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Originally Posted by llfoster View Post
Return/Round trip transfer at $370 ++ pp would be reasonable.

At $370++ each way per person ... $1820'ish for 2 people if each way ...Yikes yikes
Return usually means roundtrip.

$370 for a short 30-minute yacht ride is a little high, but in terms of absolute pricing the St. Regis Vommuli charges $700 per person for a roundtrip seaplane flight.
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Old Feb 11, 19, 11:23 am
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The taxes are $6 per night, per room. Not per person. Here is a screenshot of my 5 night reservation confirmation with 2 people in the room. I see no other taxes/charges due for the room.

I also have a couple voucher reservations and see the same $6 charge per room, per night.

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Old Feb 11, 19, 11:52 am
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Booked 12 nights in January 2020.

-2 5 night reservations (480k*2)
-2 one night free night certificates.

I also have Conrad Bora Bora Booked (booked before this happened.) Now assuming no surprises, will cancel Conrad Bora Bora to try this. I am keeping my expectations somewhat down. In my opinion Conrad Maldives was not as desirable as Conrad Bora Bora/Hilton Moorea. The only thing better was snorkeling by a bit and some one off experiences of eating under the sea. That is why I had already booked Conrad Bora Bora. Now, I get lured back to the Maldives to try the Waldorf Astoria ... I'm prepared to be underwhelmed.
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Old Feb 11, 19, 12:21 pm
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Originally Posted by Traveler Dave View Post
The taxes are $6 per night, per room. Not per person. Here is a screenshot of my 5 night reservation confirmation with 2 people in the room. I see no other taxes/charges due for the room.

I also have a couple voucher reservations and see the same $6 charge per room, per night.

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We were charged $60 for 1 room, 5 nights, which would make it $12 per night.
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Old Feb 11, 19, 1:28 pm
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Have 3 weekend night certificates that expire at the end of September. Would you book 8 nights here in September (3 with certificates, 5 with points) or 6 nights in January/February (1 certificate and 5 points)

Saying this knowing that September is wet season where Jan/Feb rain is less likely but knowing it won’t be as occupied in September due to the wet season and new opening (better chance at a better Diamond upgrade possibly?)

My 30th birthday and my wife and I’s fifth anniversary is in September too.... leaning toward that option as the more nights and special occasions seem like an obvious choice but the thought of a rainy week is definitely in the back of my mind
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Old Feb 11, 19, 1:47 pm
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Originally Posted by harrisk7 View Post
Have 3 weekend night certificates that expire at the end of September. Would you book 8 nights here in September (3 with certificates, 5 with points) or 6 nights in January/February (1 certificate and 5 points)

Saying this knowing that September is wet season where Jan/Feb rain is less likely but knowing it won’t be as occupied in September due to the wet season and new opening (better chance at a better Diamond upgrade possibly?)

My 30th birthday and my wife and I’s fifth anniversary is in September too.... leaning toward that option as the more nights and special occasions seem like an obvious choice but the thought of a rainy week is definitely in the back of my mind
I would assume minimal chance if any for free upgrades; Jan/Feb bettter weather but availability for any award stay will be tighter. I booked 11 nights during festive season this AM, when I booked the rep said they were wide open (10 award / base rooms available). A few hours later I checked on line and a few of my nights were already booked up without award space...

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Old Feb 11, 19, 2:44 pm
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Originally Posted by harrisk7 View Post
Have 3 weekend night certificates that expire at the end of September. Would you book 8 nights here in September (3 with certificates, 5 with points) or 6 nights in January/February (1 certificate and 5 points)

Saying this knowing that September is wet season where Jan/Feb rain is less likely but knowing it won’t be as occupied in September due to the wet season and new opening (better chance at a better Diamond upgrade possibly?)

My 30th birthday and my wife and I’s fifth anniversary is in September too.... leaning toward that option as the more nights and special occasions seem like an obvious choice but the thought of a rainy week is definitely in the back of my mind
Most definitely do the 8 nights. Besides the obvious upgrade possibility due to probable low occupancy, flying half way round the world you want to be there as long as possible, that is unless the Maldives is a very regular destination for you.
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Old Feb 11, 19, 2:47 pm
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Originally Posted by Traveler Dave View Post
The taxes are $6 per night, per room. Not per person. Here is a screenshot of my 5 night reservation confirmation with 2 people in the room.

I think you may have booked the room for one adult and then added the second person as an additional guest. I know because I did that, and it shows as $6 per night. Made a second one night booking for two adults and it shows as $12.
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Old Feb 11, 19, 2:53 pm
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Regarding number of rooms assigned to points bookings, I wonder if the current number as posted here (10) is 5+5, i.e; 5 King Beach Villa with Pool and 5 Two Queen Bedded Beach Villa with Pool or 10 of each. They seem to be different villas and not interchangeable like the Conrad with its King and Double (where they separate the bed matresses in the middle to make a King into a Double). The King Beach Villas with Pool are 234 sq.m and 5 Two Queen Bedded Beach Villas with Pool are 242sq.m in size.
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Old Feb 11, 19, 3:35 pm
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Originally Posted by MaldivesFreak View Post
Regarding number of rooms assigned to points bookings, I wonder if the current number as posted here (10) is 5+5, i.e; 5 King Beach Villa with Pool and 5 Two Queen Bedded Beach Villa with Pool or 10 of each. They seem to be different villas and not interchangeable like the Conrad with its King and Double (where they separate the bed matresses in the middle to make a King into a Double). The King Beach Villas with Pool are 234 sq.m and 5 Two Queen Bedded Beach Villas with Pool are 242sq.m in size.
I am pretty sure it is 10 base rooms per type (10 for King and 10 for double queeen). The diamond rep I was talking to this AM said that they had 10 of my room type left - which was a King Beach villa. Now they are sold out of my room type for almost every night of my 11 night stay during festive season. It also could be that they have more than 10 rooms per type; because there were 10 left at around 8am EST and award availability started overnight so I am sure some bookings happened prior to my call.

@MF: are you now splitting your Dec stay to include the WA? Or are you still doing all 31 at Conrad? We are now doing 6 night at Conrad and 11-13 nights at Waldorf. Still should have a window to meet up with other FlyerTalkers at Conrad happy hour, or up in the trees at WA
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Old Feb 11, 19, 4:41 pm
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[QUOTE=scwam;30764421I mean, they already rape you on the points redemption from 120k to 655k when you add a child after adding 2 adults.[/QUOTE]

Can you elaborate on this? Is the hotel not welcoming kids?
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Old Feb 11, 19, 4:52 pm
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Can you elaborate on this? Is the hotel not welcoming kids?
Children are allowed at this property. It's just that over the months I've noticed Hilton plays games; different games regarding jacking up point redemptions when specifically children sleeping in the same bed 6 and under should be free (even when it clearly states on the hotel's individual website they are free).Or, other tricky stuff like adding 3,000 point cost when you add a second guest to the room (total of 2 guests) when in fact Gold+ members should not have to pay for a second guest. There's all type of little tricks like that you wouldn't normally notice that violate their own terms.
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Old Feb 11, 19, 5:09 pm
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Booked 3 nights second week of July 2019. Hoping all goes well
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