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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 Nov 2, 20, 5:22 am
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Is there any Room Service delivery charges in WA, as it is in Conrad Maldives($15 per delivery) ?
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Old Nov 2, 20, 8:20 am
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October 2021

Hello Everyone,

I have booked for October 01 - October 06, 2021 to celebrate my daughter's birthday at Waldorf Astoria Maldives.
Previously we had booked for Conrad Maldives but due to covid-19, we cancelled our plans as our booking was in April and the flights were cancelled too. That turned out to be good for us because we wanted a luxury stay and my wife & I were not very happy with the rooms at Conrad (they're outdated and old) but since it was through points redemption, we were ok as it was our first time and definitely Conrad wasn't bad for the start. Then later I went through the forums and found out Waldorf standard room is only for 1,20,000 and the room is much better and spacious. Like I had to pay at Conrad Maldives for upgrade to Deluxe Overwater Villa which is nothing compared to King Ocean Villa with Pool at Waldorf Astoria. Well honestly, there's no comparison because Conrad is old property but that doesn't mean it's not a good property, it comes down to personal preference. Our preference is more about the villa and not the reef. Since it's our first time, everything will look and feel good about Maldives. We are already very excited for Waldorf Maldives and let's hope we get good weather when we reach there.

I have been in touch with the hotel via emails. I had booked King Reef Villa (had no idea there was an option to book King Ocean Villa with Pool but nevertheless, they were generous to upgrade me since I asked for Overwater Villa). I learnt from the forum that King Ocean Villa with Pool is the same as Overwater Villa, it's just the difference in points redemption. I am attaching photos of Mini Bar, Peacock Alley Beverage Menu (I want to buy alcohol bottle, any tips are welcome on alcohol purchase at the hotel) & WA Activity Brochure since we want to do our first diving (please suggest us which one to go for from the brochure).

I need one help from you'll. Can you tell me which King Ocean Villa with Pool has unobstructed view. Like we just want to see the ocean and nothing ahead. Not even villas far away. Totally unobstructed view. We obviously would love to have a nice view of sunset but I don't want to be very greedy since we have booked via points, I can understand the hotel cannot give the best overwater villa under points redemption but an unobstructed view would be very nice. If any tips on that, please do let me know.

Overall, the forum has helped a lot to learn about the restaurants and everything else. Already looking forward to this trip. It's going to be magical and dream. We never thought our first trip to Maldives would be so exciting. The villas look absolutely breathtaking and they're very big (3045sq ft). I know a lot of people from India are going to Taj Exotica Maldives and when I compare that to Waldorf Astoria Maldives, it's just amazing. The rooms in Taj Exotica Maldives are very small. Even when I compare the rooms with Marriott hotels in Maldives, they're still smaller by 1000sq ft compared to Waldorf Astoria. We were even planning to go St Regis Maldives but it's a small property and Ritz Carlton Maldives too but the roundtrip cost was going about USD2300 (they charge infants too) and would have to pay for breakfast too (even for Gold Members as I am one). I'm a Gold Member with Hilton so we save the cost for the breakfast and USD1300 for transport from Male to hotel doesn't really hurt as much as USD2300. Overall, we thought not only Waldorf Astoria will be reasonable at price but a better experience. I'm aware the coral reef is not the best at Waldorf Astoria but we don't even know what's the best reef to start with. As I said, anything for now at Maldives will be pure magical once we experience and learn more.

Thanks everyone for your help.

P.S - Please help us on scuba diving. It's our first but we would to experience magical Maldives Underwater.


Peacock Alley Beverage Menu




















Mini Bar Menu
Waldorf Astoria Activity Brochure





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Old Nov 2, 20, 10:53 am
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Originally Posted by AnandC View Post
I need one help from you'll. Can you tell me which King Ocean Villa with Pool has unobstructed view.
If you tell me which numbered villas are "King Ocean Villa with pool" I may be able to make a recommendation. I thought they were called Beach, Overwater, and Reef so I'm not sure with the "ocean villas" are.

In the meantime, check out the "villa selection" links in the Wiki and my report here:

https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/31317173-post1667.html

You'd certainly want to avoid 202-222 if "unobstructed view" is your goal but those aren't overwater and may not be "ocean villas"

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Old Nov 2, 20, 12:52 pm
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Originally Posted by AnandC View Post
Hello Everyone,

I have booked for October 01 - October 06, 2021 to celebrate my daughter's birthday at Waldorf Astoria Maldives.
Previously we had booked for Conrad Maldives but due to covid-19, we cancelled our plans as our booking was in April and the flights were cancelled too. That turned out to be good for us because we wanted a luxury stay and my wife & I were not very happy with the rooms at Conrad (they're outdated and old) but since it was through points redemption, we were ok as it was our first time and definitely Conrad wasn't bad for the start. Then later I went through the forums and found out Waldorf standard room is only for 1,20,000 and the room is much better and spacious. Like I had to pay at Conrad Maldives for upgrade to Deluxe Overwater Villa which is nothing compared to King Ocean Villa with Pool at Waldorf Astoria. Well honestly, there's no comparison because Conrad is old property but that doesn't mean it's not a good property, it comes down to personal preference. Our preference is more about the villa and not the reef. Since it's our first time, everything will look and feel good about Maldives. We are already very excited for Waldorf Maldives and let's hope we get good weather when we reach there.

I have been in touch with the hotel via emails. I had booked King Reef Villa (had no idea there was an option to book King Ocean Villa with Pool but nevertheless, they were generous to upgrade me since I asked for Overwater Villa). I learnt from the forum that King Ocean Villa with Pool is the same as Overwater Villa, it's just the difference in points redemption. I am attaching photos of Mini Bar, Peacock Alley Beverage Menu (I want to buy alcohol bottle, any tips are welcome on alcohol purchase at the hotel) & WA Activity Brochure since we want to do our first diving (please suggest us which one to go for from the brochure).

I need one help from you'll. Can you tell me which King Ocean Villa with Pool has unobstructed view. Like we just want to see the ocean and nothing ahead. Not even villas far away. Totally unobstructed view. We obviously would love to have a nice view of sunset but I don't want to be very greedy since we have booked via points, I can understand the hotel cannot give the best overwater villa under points redemption but an unobstructed view would be very nice. If any tips on that, please do let me know.

Overall, the forum has helped a lot to learn about the restaurants and everything else. Already looking forward to this trip. It's going to be magical and dream. We never thought our first trip to Maldives would be so exciting. The villas look absolutely breathtaking and they're very big (3045sq ft). I know a lot of people from India are going to Taj Exotica Maldives and when I compare that to Waldorf Astoria Maldives, it's just amazing. The rooms in Taj Exotica Maldives are very small. Even when I compare the rooms with Marriott hotels in Maldives, they're still smaller by 1000sq ft compared to Waldorf Astoria. We were even planning to go St Regis Maldives but it's a small property and Ritz Carlton Maldives too but the roundtrip cost was going about USD2300 (they charge infants too) and would have to pay for breakfast too (even for Gold Members as I am one). I'm a Gold Member with Hilton so we save the cost for the breakfast and USD1300 for transport from Male to hotel doesn't really hurt as much as USD2300. Overall, we thought not only Waldorf Astoria will be reasonable at price but a better experience. I'm aware the coral reef is not the best at Waldorf Astoria but we don't even know what's the best reef to start with. As I said, anything for now at Maldives will be pure magical once we experience and learn more.

Thanks everyone for your help.

P.S - Please help us on scuba diving. It's our first but we would to experience magical Maldives Underwater.
It's good to see that some of non-motorized watersport activities are "complimentary" for 1 hour.

Originally Posted by zoneflyer View Post
Our concierge told us we can have breakfast in villa for a $20 fee, given that breakfast is included already via your rate or Gold/Diamond member.



Don’t worry about that, just follow the app to schedule your appointment. The other thing is if you chose insurance to pay instead of the $95 out of pocket fee, you will need to have a quick Zoom meeting with one of their nurse before confirming the appointment. Also, remember to mention you need PCR for travel when you arrive at the clinic for test.
They said that they cannot bill my insurance and keep saying that my insurance won't cover the PCR test for travel purposes. I asked them to try and they asked me if I have a risk or possible exposure of covid and by saying "yes" then they said that insurance can cover it. All of this is in the chat via Kyla. Were you able to get your insurance cover the test by saying you have symptoms or possible exposure and then later on on the day of appointment when arrived at clinic you just say it's for travel purposes?

Need help here, there is a requirement that we have to fill out an online self-declarative health declaration via https://imuga.immigration.gov.mv/ within 24 hours of our flight to MLE.
When I fill out the form, there is a field asking for "Place of Residence" that made me confused, am I suppose to answer "United States" or fill in with my complete address in US?


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Old Nov 2, 20, 2:20 pm
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Originally Posted by jphripjah View Post
If you tell me which numbered villas are "King Ocean Villa with pool" I may be able to make a recommendation. I thought they were called Beach, Overwater, and Reef so I'm not sure with the "ocean villas" are.

In the meantime, check out the "villa selection" links in the Wiki and my report here:

https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/31317173-post1667.html

You'd certainly want to avoid 202-222 if "unobstructed view" is your goal but those aren't overwater and may not be "ocean villas"

The "King Ocean Villa with pool" is the same as the Overwater villa.
This category only exists so that the resort can limit the amount of overwater villas that can be booked with points.
The only overwater villas that will provide "unobstructed views" would be the overwater villas in the 100s.
The overwater villas in the 700s would either have views of Male (Villas with odd number in the 700s) or would have views of the lagoon and Private Island (Villas with even number in the 700s).
It is my understanding that the villas in the 100s are still closed at this time so depending on when you plan to visit that section may still be closed.
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Old Nov 2, 20, 7:53 pm
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Originally Posted by joykid View Post
Need help here, there is a requirement that we have to fill out an online self-declarative health declaration via https://imuga.immigration.gov.mv/ within 24 hours of our flight to MLE.
When I fill out the form, there is a field asking for "Place of Residence" that made me confused, am I suppose to answer "United States" or fill in with my complete address in US?

I would suggest that since they ask country of residence and then place of residence, they want your answer for place of residence to be more specific.
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Old Nov 2, 20, 8:54 pm
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Originally Posted by jphripjah View Post
I would suggest that since they ask country of residence and then place of residence, they want your answer for place of residence to be more specific.
So would "California" suffice or have to put my complete street address?
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Old Nov 2, 20, 11:25 pm
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Originally Posted by joykid View Post
They said that they cannot bill my insurance and keep saying that my insurance won't cover the PCR test for travel purposes. I asked them to try and they asked me if I have a risk or possible exposure of covid and by saying "yes" then they said that insurance can cover it. All of this is in the chat via Kyla. Were you able to get your insurance cover the test by saying you have symptoms or possible exposure and then later on on the day of appointment when arrived at clinic you just say it's for travel purposes?
The test was covered by my insurance with answering yes to possible exposure, and I simply asked for PCR test when arriving at the clinic.

Originally Posted by joykid View Post
So would "California" suffice or have to put my complete street address?
On arrival I entered California, USA and then my complete address for departure. I think they don't really care expect the COVID test report part.
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Old Nov 3, 20, 1:17 am
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Originally Posted by zoneflyer View Post
The test was covered by my insurance with answering yes to possible exposure, and I simply asked for PCR test when arriving at the clinic.



On arrival I entered California, USA and then my complete address for departure. I think they don't really care expect the COVID test report part.
Thank you bro! It was a pain to make an appointment with them, the agent on the chat insisted that PCR is only those who are traveling since they have limited quantity and when I tried to say I need it because possible exposure, she said she only can give antigen test.

Thanks on the advice for the place of residence, I will out California, USA

By the way, when you were in WA Maldives, did they still have a daily afternoon cocktails?
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Old Nov 3, 20, 2:53 am
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Originally Posted by j.cerda View Post
The "King Ocean Villa with pool" is the same as the Overwater villa.
This category only exists so that the resort can limit the amount of overwater villas that can be booked with points.
The only overwater villas that will provide "unobstructed views" would be the overwater villas in the 100s.
The overwater villas in the 700s would either have views of Male (Villas with odd number in the 700s) or would have views of the lagoon and Private Island (Villas with even number in the 700s).
It is my understanding that the villas in the 100s are still closed at this time so depending on when you plan to visit that section may still be closed.
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Thanks. This helps a lot.
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Old Nov 3, 20, 3:08 am
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Originally Posted by AnandC View Post
Waldorf Astoria Activity Brochure





Hi there, can someone who has stayed at the Waldorf please explain the snorkeling situation to me? Why is it $45 to snorkel at the house reef?? I thought snorkeling equipment was free. Where is the house reef? is it ok?

I have been to the Conrad twice so far and we really loved the snorkeling there. It’s probably my favorite thing to do there. I’m booked for the Waldorf in April. Will we be disappointed with the snorkeling or is there a reef similar to the Conrad?

thank you.
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Old Nov 3, 20, 5:44 am
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Originally Posted by jphripjah View Post
If you tell me which numbered villas are "King Ocean Villa with pool" I may be able to make a recommendation. I thought they were called Beach, Overwater, and Reef so I'm not sure with the "ocean villas" are.

In the meantime, check out the "villa selection" links in the Wiki and my report here:

https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/31317173-post1667.html

You'd certainly want to avoid 202-222 if "unobstructed view" is your goal but those aren't overwater and may not be "ocean villas"

Ocean Villas and Water Villas are effectively different 'buckets' of the same 'cabin'
No matter which name you've booked, you have the same exact room numbers available to you.


Originally Posted by myeurocrush View Post
Hi there, can someone who has stayed at the Waldorf please explain the snorkeling situation to me? Why is it $45 to snorkel at the house reef?? I thought snorkeling equipment was free. Where is the house reef? is it ok?

I have been to the Conrad twice so far and we really loved the snorkeling there. It’s probably my favorite thing to do there. I’m booked for the Waldorf in April. Will we be disappointed with the snorkeling or is there a reef similar to the Conrad?

thank you.
$45 is for a guided 'tour' of the house reef. You're more than welcome to explore the reef by yourself and this (as well as the equipment) is free of charge.
The house reef is located next to the arrival pier.

You will be disappointed if you're expecting anything like the Conrad's level of snorkelling here.
The foliage and the waters around the Waldorf are desolate in comparison with the Conrad.
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Originally Posted by Jermyn View Post
Ocean Villas and Water Villas are effectively different 'buckets' of the same 'cabin'
No matter which name you've booked, you have the same exact room numbers available to you.




$45 is for a guided 'tour' of the house reef. You're more than welcome to explore the reef by yourself and this (as well as the equipment) is free of charge.
The house reef is located next to the arrival pier.

You will be disappointed if you're expecting anything like the Conrad's level of snorkelling here.
The foliage and the waters around the Waldorf are desolate in comparison with the Conrad.
I can't really compare as this was my first trip to the maldives, but I found the snorkeling pretty good. I mostly went off my villa (730) and saw multiple turtles, sharks, rays and of course a ton of fish. I will say the coral was pretty vleached and not super nice.
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