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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 12, 19, 12:22 pm
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Originally Posted by Tilly71 View Post
Thats terrible, one confirmation conflicts with another. I'm thinking its Definetly PP each way now so expensive but that's what this resort is in the first place.
Why would you think a E Mail response from an employee takes precedent over a confirmation E Mail which to me has conditions of contract in it ? I'm more inclined to believe the confirmation which is now being sent out to many customers . I'm sure it will be clarified soon but for those of us with confirmations of $370++ return , this is what we should pay .
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Old Feb 12, 19, 12:33 pm
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Well I will be holding them to what is stated on my confirmation and that is $370++ Return which to an English speaking Brit is Round Trip and could not in any way be misread as one way ! If its wrong on the confirmation its their fault simple as !
Agreed. They may mean for it to say each way. But it does not. I don't happen to need round-trip, but assume 99% of people do. Why would you quote as one way?

Here is the Conrad website info: "Return transfer from Malι: $526 per adult, $263 per child under 12 Prices subject to 12% T-GST". Correct me if I am wrong, but $526 is round trip is it not?

I have printed my reservation, just in case. I presume they will update this in the near future.

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Old Feb 12, 19, 12:40 pm
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Originally Posted by james0499 View Post
I contacted the hotel to confirm the yacht price and received this reply... (key point in bold!)

Dear James,
Greetings from Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi, an escape for unforgettable experiences.
Thank you for your interest shown in staying with us and indeed it will be a pleasure to have you on our beautiful island.
We are in the process of finalizing our property specific Diamond member benefits and I will be happy to share as soon as our team finalizes them.
With regards to our transfer, it is a Luxury Yacht transfer which is charged at US$350+23.2% Tax and service charge per person per way.
We thank you for your patience during this preopening stage and do let me know if you require any further assistance.
Kind regards


This conflicts to what confirmations are saying. Seems ridiculously excessive....
Due to the contradictory statements, the question is which one is the mistake. Is he wrong or is the website supposed to say something else?
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Old Feb 12, 19, 12:41 pm
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How can they charge more than the seaplane for a shorter boat transfer?

is it not possible to charter your own boat or helicopter?
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Old Feb 12, 19, 12:47 pm
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Originally Posted by NightFury1 View Post
Due to the contradictory statements, the question is which one is the mistake. Is he wrong or is the website supposed to say something else?
Its not the website . Its the booking confirmation . I'm not legally savvy but that's a contract isn't it ?
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Old Feb 12, 19, 12:52 pm
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Originally Posted by crombiestone View Post
Its not the website . Its the booking confirmation . I'm not legally savvy but that's a contract isn't it ?
Yes.

I can send you an email telling you your trip is free.That will not hold up. But an email directly from the reservation system would.

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Old Feb 12, 19, 1:21 pm
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Helicopter?! That would be a first, LOL! I think it's disgusting that they are trying to gouge everyone for this. Absolutely ridiculous. If you want to pee half of your guests off even before they've gotten to your property then that's one way to go about it! Shame on you, management!


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Well I will be holding them to what is stated on my confirmation and that is $370++ Return
And so you should!
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Old Feb 12, 19, 1:51 pm
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Originally Posted by NightFury1 View Post
Due to the contradictory statements, the question is which one is the mistake. Is he wrong or is the website supposed to say something else?
I agree! I’ve emailed again for absolute clarity but to be honest I’m going to book quickly to get the confirmation email before they realise their contradiction. I agree with others on here... the confirmation email is what I will take as true and what I will brandish if they disagree! I will argue the point so much they’ll pay for me to leave via said yacht for free lol
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Old Feb 12, 19, 2:12 pm
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Yacht transfer cost confirmed $350 + 23.2% per way per person
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Old Feb 12, 19, 2:20 pm
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Originally Posted by brandonpkt View Post
Yacht transfer cost confirmed $350 + 23.2% per way per person
And now it's even a different number!!! What's going on!!!!
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Old Feb 12, 19, 2:24 pm
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Where are you all seeing the transfer prices in this ‘contract’? I received the usual Hilton confirmation email which does not contain any transfer prices. Is it a separate email they send you?
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Old Feb 12, 19, 2:31 pm
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Originally Posted by MaldivesFreak View Post
Helicopter?! That would be a first, LOL! I think it's disgusting that they are trying to gouge everyone for this. Absolutely ridiculous. If you want to pee half of your guests off even before they've gotten to your property then that's one way to go about it! Shame on you, management!



And so you should!
I am not sure it is gouging but the total costs put an average helicopter charter (for the distance) in play. Unlike sea planes which are harder to charter boats are readily available.

the average Maldives guest would be used to paying this for further flung islands through but the beauty of proximity to MLE is potentially freedom to arrange your own transfer.

I would be happy with the prices quoted though for a totally private transfer with booze.
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Old Feb 12, 19, 2:40 pm
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I received an email from the reservation manager that has the same language - Our yacht transfer is a 30 minute ride from Velana International airport which can be arranges 24/7 according to the guest international flight arrival time. Transfer fee is at US$350+23.2% Tax and service charge per person per way.

Thanks but no thanks. I'm not spending $2K on a f****** 1 hour ride and cancelling my 3 night stay
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Old Feb 12, 19, 3:18 pm
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Originally Posted by MaldivesFreak View Post
Helicopter?! That would be a first, LOL!

Hummingbird started as a helicopter service in 1989, later the name was changed to TMA.
Maybe we will see a new Heli service in the future.

https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/n...-island-market

https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/n...helicopter-ops
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Old Feb 12, 19, 3:25 pm
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Originally Posted by Gold_Member View Post
Where are you all seeing the transfer prices in this ‘contract’? I received the usual Hilton confirmation email which does not contain any transfer prices. Is it a separate email they send you?
Go to the website and Log into your account . click on the view reservation . Expand the Driving and directions link at the bottom of the page the details are in the expansion.
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