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Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi {MDV}

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 22, 20, 7:50 pm
  #3466  
 
Join Date: May 2010
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i was doing some searching on the WA site trying to see what they are doing with the Yacht Transfers, etc. According to the link below, prices are going up in 2021. and they have their policy for Drones which was a subject a few weeks ago.

https://www.waldorfastoriamaldives.com/about/
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Old Sep 22, 20, 9:42 pm
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Originally Posted by ram0 View Post
Good to know, have an upcoming stay this Dec, would you recommend a specific Reef Villa or are they all similar? Would prefer with sunset and a bit privacy if possible.
If you want a sunset, you would need to be in one of the 6 south facing Reef villas, although you would be watching the sunset over the buildings on the large island which makes up the western part of the resort. No Reef villas would have a true sunset over water view. Other than that, they are all pretty much the same. I liked being in a Reef on the large island because you could walk right out onto the main beach at the NAVA cabanas. As for privacy, the foliage has filled in thick so privacy wasn't much of a concern anywhere.

Originally Posted by bdubs7 View Post
Do they provide free sunscreen at the resort?
Not that I noticed. Only place I saw sunscreen the whole time was some Sun Bum in one of the retail clothing stores.

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?
The 100s are still closed. Our concierge told us they are reserving that whole portion of the resort for quarantine in the event anyone test positive for covid-19.

Yes, they still do the welcome bottle of wine. Ours was a Chardonnay so we asked our concierge if we could swap it for champagne, but they wouldn't do it. They were happy to swap it for a Rhone red though.

Li Long and Glow are closed until the staff is able to return from overseas. Tasting Table / Peacock Alley, Terra, The Ledge, Nava, and Amber were open daily. Yasmeen is rotating. Rock is only open when enough people are interested in the $350 or $750 pp menu. Your concierge will touch base with you daily and make your dinner reservations. I suspect this is mainly for staffing purposes as there was zero risk of a restaurant being fully booked when we were there last week as there were only 40 guests at the whole resort.

If you like fish, my favorite meal was catching fish on a Sunset Fishing excursion ($110 pp) and having a chef prepare it the following night ($65 pp). We had sashimi Tuna and grilled Red Snapper. Way more than we could eat and included a salad, side of fried rice, and other extras.
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Old Sep 23, 20, 1:04 pm
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Originally Posted by laguy35 View Post
I like the map they have where you can switch the various markers on and off.
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Old Sep 23, 20, 3:58 pm
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Originally Posted by bdubs7 View Post
Do they provide free sunscreen at the resort?
Now that someone has said no, if it’s anything like the conrad, prices in the shop are extortionate. Definitely load up beforehand!
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Old Sep 23, 20, 5:41 pm
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I was not aware The Rock had a cheaper option than the $750 option. Any way to see this menu?
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Old Sep 23, 20, 11:40 pm
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Slightly OT, but I always read that this was the first W.A property in the Maldives. I'm now coming across videos and articles of a W.A Maldives from 2012 and before. Doesn't appear half as nice.
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Old Sep 24, 20, 6:18 am
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Originally Posted by Cynicor View Post
Now that someone has said no, if it’s anything like the conrad, prices in the shop are extortionate. Definitely load up beforehand!
Originally Posted by bdubs7 View Post
Do they provide free sunscreen at the resort?
They sell Sun Bum in the gift shops and, from memory, I think it was like $55 for a full size bottle.
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Old Sep 24, 20, 9:27 am
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Originally Posted by joecool1885 View Post
Slightly OT, but I always read that this was the first W.A property in the Maldives. I'm now coming across videos and articles of a W.A Maldives from 2012 and before. Doesn't appear half as nice.
It was a hotel that was short lived, not sure why. They took over an existing hotel and put the WA name on it. Im not sure how many hotels can compare to a new construction High end hotel.
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Old Sep 24, 20, 10:38 am
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Originally Posted by joecool1885 View Post
Slightly OT, but I always read that this was the first W.A property in the Maldives. I'm now coming across videos and articles of a W.A Maldives from 2012 and before. Doesn't appear half as nice.
“nice” is relative.

the WA from 2012 you’re referring to is now part of the JA resort brand and is called JA Manafaru. sure the rooms there aren’t a million and a half squarefeet, but JA is set on a beautiful lush island with natural beaches and a fantastic turquoise lagoon.

the WA on the other hand is a fully artificial island with fake looking beaches and average snorkeling. i find it to be incredibly overbuilt as well.

so, sure, the rooms aren’t as nice but everything else at the JA imo is more natural and much more maldivian. it all depends on what you’re after.
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Old Sep 26, 20, 8:06 pm
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How has no one ever mentioned the bats on the island?

Big ol' bats flying all over the place. Not that they bother you, it's just something I don't usually see, especially when they're flying around during the day time.
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Old Sep 26, 20, 9:50 pm
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2 other questions I had:

1) I read somewhere that everything was in USD and that there is no need to get maldvian currency. Can someone confirm?

2) I know we're not allowed to bring alcohol into Male, what about other snacks like candy or chips?

Thanks!
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Old Sep 26, 20, 10:41 pm
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Originally Posted by bdubs7 View Post
2 other questions I had:

1) I read somewhere that everything was in USD and that there is no need to get maldvian currency. Can someone confirm?

2) I know we're not allowed to bring alcohol into Male, what about other snacks like candy or chips?

Thanks!
1- this is the case for everywhere for tourists except out of Male, basically. No need local $
2- other snacks are fine
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Old Sep 27, 20, 2:03 am
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Originally Posted by bdubs7 View Post
2 other questions I had:

1) I read somewhere that everything was in USD and that there is no need to get maldvian currency. Can someone confirm?

2) I know we're not allowed to bring alcohol into Male, what about other snacks like candy or chips?

Thanks!
You pretty much charge everything to the room anyway. Only thing you would need cash for is if you wanted to tip cash.

They take a cc deposit when you check in for $500/nt. So for 9 nights they charged $4500 to our card at check-in. I believe it's just a hold.

We packed nearly an entire suitcase of snacks
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Old Sep 28, 20, 10:13 pm
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My wife and I have our trip coming up this weekend. Leave the US Friday evening (the 2nd) and arrive in MLE the 4th. Our covid test is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon (50 hours before the flight). Results within 72 hours hopefully.

We were curious how strict the checking process is. Should I have the results printed or just saved to my phone? If we don’t have the results before the IST-MLE flight will turkish deny us boarding? If our results are still pending is there some leeway to progress our journey while waiting?

any insight would be helpful. Very excited to reach the WA!
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Old Sep 29, 20, 9:20 am
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Excited to be out there in about 3 weeks. Does anyone have any recent recommendations for lunch/dinner? I didn't know how many options we would have each night. We will only be there for 5 nights (Monday - Saturday) so may not be able to visit each place, so I wanted to prioritize. Are there any tips you could provide that we would not know beforehand? (I.e. - is the pizza better at Nava than Room Service so its worth leaving your villa and riding over there for lunch, or should we just order pizza and beer through room service for lunch and stay in our own pool because its the same pizza?) Great dishes to order? (Or avoid...) I thought I had read in a previous post about a sushi night at one of the restaurants.

As always, thanks to everyone who has been there and shared some tips for future travelers. Much appreciated!
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