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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 Sep 17, 20, 1:00 pm
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Originally Posted by toade View Post
Are the overwater 100s still closed?



Are they still doing the welcome bottle of wine in your room? If so, is it still champagne?

What are the restaurants like these days? Still rotating which are opened? Do you recommend reservations?
We just returned on September 12th from the Waldorf. Yes, the overwater 100s are still closed off. There is a barrier wall on the path that indicates the area is closed to guests. Yes, they gave us a bottle of wine in our room - we got a bottle of red wine (that was what we had indicated as our preference in the pre-arrival questionnaire). And yes, only certain restaurants were open and they rotated. Li Long was closed totally (chef not on island as of early Sept) as was Glow. Other restaurants are open on a schedule. Our host made reservations for us, but occupancy was very light and none of the restaurants were busy. I think they just like you to make the reservation so they know what to expect.
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Old Sep 17, 20, 2:03 pm
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Originally Posted by Schtingi View Post
I don't get u, forget it.
I tried to go from an OWV to a BV, but they told me that's not possible for free, they told me that i would have to pay for the UPGRADE :-)
1- you didnt say that

2- its no different then when I rented that car I mentioned I dont like Full size or SUVs I prefer a compact if it has a remote opener and electric everything (alot dont nowadays) or a mid-size and boht the compact and midsize were 2x the price over the Full size Ford Fusion. And yes like you I was denied a free change and would have to ante up for a smaller car.

I didnt make a scene out of it and understood for some reason the demand for compacts and midsize far outweighed the demand for a Full size.

My pt was/is just because something costs more doesnt mean its an Upgraded product
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Old Sep 17, 20, 8:02 pm
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Originally Posted by lizakramer View Post
We just returned on September 12th from the Waldorf. Yes, the overwater 100s are still closed off. There is a barrier wall on the path that indicates the area is closed to guests. Yes, they gave us a bottle of wine in our room - we got a bottle of red wine (that was what we had indicated as our preference in the pre-arrival questionnaire). And yes, only certain restaurants were open and they rotated. Li Long was closed totally (chef not on island as of early Sept) as was Glow. Other restaurants are open on a schedule. Our host made reservations for us, but occupancy was very light and none of the restaurants were busy. I think they just like you to make the reservation so they know what to expect.
Thanks for the info. Bummer on the 100s.... that was where I wanted to request. Do you have any recommendation on which 700 room to go for? I'm guessing North facing is a little more private, although you have Male lights in the distance? And maybe more wind? While south facing the views aren't quite as unobstructed as you have the private island off to your left. But maybe calmer? Any insight would be appreciated.
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Old Sep 18, 20, 12:47 pm
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Originally Posted by toade View Post
Thanks for the info. Bummer on the 100s.... that was where I wanted to request. Do you have any recommendation on which 700 room to go for? I'm guessing North facing is a little more private, although you have Male lights in the distance? And maybe more wind? While south facing the views aren't quite as unobstructed as you have the private island off to your left. But maybe calmer? Any insight would be appreciated.
We did not stay in the 700s, but we did ride our bikes out there every day. I don't have a strong opinion of any particular villa being better located than another except to say that 701 was definitely the calmest waters, regardless of where the wind was blowing from. We saw a complete wind shift from the North side to South side over the course of our stay, and 701 was always calm. It's protected a bit from a jetty that is at the end of beach villas. The waters were definitely choppier than my other stays in The Maldives, and I suppose it's because the reef is so thin. I took some video of the south-facing 700s and it was choppy. That was after the wind shifted. But, you could certainly still swim....we snorkeled every day. Our reef villa (north facing) had some crashing waves for a couple days and then it calmed down significantly. So I guess you just never know. We were told that the weather before we arrived was bad, so maybe it was the remnants of that. The upside was that we had a fantastic breeze on the north side. Overall, we had good weather.
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Old Sep 19, 20, 9:33 pm
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I know that the only difference between ocean villa and over water villa is merely a naming convention that way the hotel doesn't make all overwater villas available for points bookings, but did we ever figure out which villas you would get booked into with the ocean villas? Thanks.
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Old Sep 20, 20, 8:02 am
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Originally Posted by bdubs7 View Post
I know that the only difference between ocean villa and over water villa is merely a naming convention that way the hotel doesn't make all overwater villas available for points bookings, but did we ever figure out which villas you would get booked into with the ocean villas? Thanks.
So are Ocean Villa, Over water villa and reef villa all the same category if they are all available for points?
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Old Sep 20, 20, 9:13 am
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So are Ocean Villa, Over water villa and reef villa all the same category if they are all available for points?
Ocean Villa and Reef Villa are the same category as they are the “standard reward” redemption at 120k. Overwater Villas are premium reward redemptions even though the villa itself is the same as the Ocean Villa.
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Old Sep 21, 20, 4:55 am
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Originally Posted by dandychiggins View Post
Ocean Villa and Reef Villa are the same category as they are the “standard reward” redemption at 120k. Overwater Villas are premium reward redemptions even though the villa itself is the same as the Ocean Villa.
I asked the hotel if I could have an Ocean Villa as I am booked in a Reef one and they sent me a quote for $500 a night. I don't want to be in one that is right next to the land. Would prefer water on all sides. Does this mean that I could get an actually Over water without any connection to land?
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Old Sep 21, 20, 6:07 am
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Originally Posted by onlysuites View Post
I asked the hotel if I could have an Ocean Villa as I am booked in a Reef one and they sent me a quote for $500 a night. I don't want to be in one that is right next to the land. Would prefer water on all sides. Does this mean that I could get an actually Over water without any connection to land?
I just emailed them requesting to change reef villa to ocean as my booking is on points and ocean villa came up available. They immediately changed the reservation to ocean villa although then after speaking to the Mrs and travelling with a 2 year old I reverted back to the reef villa
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Old Sep 21, 20, 8:48 am
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Originally Posted by salehir View Post
I just emailed them requesting to change reef villa to ocean as my booking is on points and ocean villa came up available. They immediately changed the reservation to ocean villa although then after speaking to the Mrs and travelling with a 2 year old I reverted back to the reef villa
If you booked a reef on points, and there are ocean villas available, then you can change to ocean for no charge, as both are 120k point redemptions.

If however there are no oceans available, then you'd be changing to an over-water, which would require an upgrade fee. While the ocean and owv are essentially the same thing, for purposes of inventory, and booking, they are different. They are both surrounded entirely by water.
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Old Sep 22, 20, 12:43 am
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Originally Posted by bdubs7 View Post
I know that the only difference between ocean villa and over water villa is merely a naming convention that way the hotel doesn't make all overwater villas available for points bookings, but did we ever figure out which villas you would get booked into with the ocean villas? Thanks.
can i ask how you figured out which ocean villas you think people would get when booked in an ocean villa?
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Old Sep 22, 20, 1:36 am
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can i ask how you figured out which ocean villas you think people would get when booked in an ocean villa?
they do ask your for your preference but the actual allocation of the villas is generally done by the hotel itself
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Old Sep 22, 20, 6:41 am
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Originally Posted by laguy35 View Post
can i ask how you figured out which ocean villas you think people would get when booked in an ocean villa?
I'm not sure I understand, this is the question that I'm asking.

We know that there is no actual difference between Ocean Villas and Over Water Villas, it's just a naming convention that hotel uses so that they don't have to make all the villas that are overwater available at 120K points. However, given that there should have been some members who have booked into Ocean Villas by now, if they shared with Villa they were booked into, we could see if there was a pattern when you booked an Ocean Villa.
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Old Sep 22, 20, 3:09 pm
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Originally Posted by Wozza2404 View Post
Oh. Then somewhere between "slim" and "none".

Much like the Conrad Maldivse, I'd imagine, where upgrades are given either when the resort is almost full and they have no choice, or for returning guests (regardless of status).
They often give upgrades right at the time of booking, especially for returning elites. Then come first-time elites. They will upgrade Hilton elites whenever possible, even if they can only offer 2 or 3 nights out of your stay if occupancy is very high, so chances of getting an upgrade are medium to very high....a vastly different policy from this property. This is from personal experience (upgraded almost every time we haven't paid for one in advance) and from talking to a lot of Golds and Diamonds - both repeaters and first-timers. In Festive Season or when occupancy is above 90 or 95% however it's luck of the draw - first in, first served.
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Old Sep 22, 20, 7:36 pm
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Do they provide free sunscreen at the resort?
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