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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, 4:08 pm
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Originally Posted by crombiestone View Post
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.
Thanks crombiestone. When I clicked on the 'Maps and Directions' from the confirmation email directly it doesn't offer this info - it just takes you to the generic Hilton.com webpage for some reason.

Needless to say I've taken a screen shot of this information and like others will pursue given its such a large discrepancy. If the property doesn't play ball at checkout, I'll leave it to the Diamond Desk to sort out when I get back.
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Old Feb 12, 19, 4:47 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!
Our first trip to Rangali was in either 1998 or 2000 when it was a Hilton. My memory (and I'm stretching back a ways so ...) is that there was a helipad at Rangali - on the smaller island down the end where the deluxe water villas are (as opposed to Sunset end) - maybe yoga pavilion area?? back then there weren't as many villas, the pool was in a completely different area, etc etc. I believe that helicopter service was stopped because of the accident/incident rate. (Not necessarily at Rangali but perhaps in the Maldives). I don't remember many more details
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Old Feb 12, 19, 5:04 pm
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US$350 ++ each way per person is CRAZY

Which Maldivian drug are they taking??

At this rate, I am expecting a lousy US$15 credit for being a Diamond member that can be used towards breakfast each morning.
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Old Feb 12, 19, 5:29 pm
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Not sure if you are joking since you (should) get breakfast free anyway for two as stated on the online reservation details. As so, it's extra evidence above and beyond member level rules. On another note, it wouldn't surprise me if Hilton corporate sneakily changed the wording on their website later to clearly indicate the yacht is per way.

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Old Feb 12, 19, 5:37 pm
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I am going to predict that the fee will be round trip and somehow the info relay to the “desk” at the WA Maldives is incorrect. The language in the reservation I have for the Conrad is the same as WA.

Knowing the round trip fee for Conrad is $526 it would only make sense the fee quoted, $370, from WA is also round trip.

Can anyone see them being able to charge $740 for a boat ride VS. $526 for a plane ride?

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Old Feb 12, 19, 5:41 pm
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Not sure if you are joking since you (should) get breakfast free anyway for two as stated on the online reservation details.
Where does it say that breakfast for two is included?
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Old Feb 12, 19, 5:45 pm
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Worldwide, IIRC, Gold members or higher get free breakfast. I even believe I read somewhere on one of their websites that this particular property included breakfast regardless of status (but probably mistaken since they seem to have a breakfast package - yet the same price as w/o breakfast....... 🤔 ).

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Old Feb 12, 19, 5:55 pm
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Originally Posted by scwam View Post
Worldwide, IIRC, Gold members or higher get free breakfast. I even believe I read somewhere on one of their websites that this particular property included breakfast regardless of status (but probably mistaken since they seem to have a breakfast package - yet the same price as w/o breakfast........ &#129300.
Cheapest non points rate for my stay period was actually Half Board advanced purchase !
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Originally Posted by scwam View Post
Not sure if you are joking since you (should) get breakfast free anyway for two as stated on the online reservation details. As so, it's extra evidence above and beyond member level rules. On another note, it wouldn't surprise me if Hilton corporate sneakily changed the wording on their website later to clearly indicate the yacht is per way.
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Worldwide, IIRC, Gold members or higher get free breakfast. I even believe I read somewhere on one of their websites that this particular property included breakfast regardless of status (but probably mistaken since they seem to have a breakfast package - yet the same price as w/o breakfast....... 🤔 ).
If I search hard enough, it says under Hotel Benefits, "A daily complimentary continental breakfast in the hotel's designated restaurant for you and up to on additional guest".

I understand the resort is still 'working' on what Diamond benefits they are going to offer but if they ask for an $85 per person upsell to the full buffet (from the continental ie $15 credit), I wouldn't be surprised.

Anyway, I know this isn't a direct comparison, but the Sheraton Full Moon Resort's round trip boat transfers are US$135 per person. I know the Sheraton resort is about a dozen stars less than the Waldorf, but expecting $350++ each way is CRAZY.
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Old Feb 12, 19, 6:16 pm
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.....'working' on what Diamond benefits they are going to offer but if they ask for an $85 per person upsell to the full buffet (from the continental ie $15 credit), I wouldn't be surprised.
I'm not sure what difference it is for diamond members during breakfast. I assumed that from what I see at various hotels here in Asia, that it's all [continental] buffet style breakfast. Unless you are talking about a la carte breakfast.
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Old Feb 12, 19, 6:23 pm
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I'm not sure what difference it is for diamond members during breakfast. I assumed that from what I see at various hotels here in Asia, that it's all [continental] buffet style breakfast. Unless you are talking about a la carte breakfast.
As similar as I can get . The Conrad Bora Bora last year was free buffet (For Gold & Diamond) which included cooked items .it was extra for made to order eggs dishes and pancakes/waffles from a menu on the table but the buffet was fine . speculation on a hotel that's not even open isn't worth the stress . Its going to be the most Exclusive hotel in the Hilton portfolio ! Its going to be expensive ! The money saved on the villa rates for a points booking is huge so go with the flow
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Old Feb 12, 19, 6:34 pm
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It should be the same here. Any items from the menu are considered custom ordered and charged separately from the free buffet. Basically, if you ask for a menu, those items will be charged per item. The idea is that it is supposed to be more fresh than buffet or if someone just wants 2 eggs at $14 pre-tax.
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Old Feb 12, 19, 7:15 pm
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It should be the same here. Any items from the menu are considered custom ordered and charged separately from the free buffet. Basically, if you ask for a menu, those items will be charged per item. The idea is that it is supposed to be more fresh than buffet or if someone just wants 2 eggs at $14 pre-tax.
Sure, but the buffet (non-menu) items at some places like Vilu at CMRI are really limited. A few slices of ham and toast and yoghurt if I recall.
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Old Feb 12, 19, 8:40 pm
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Kids

Has anyone worked a way around the problem with adding 1 child in the booking it shoots it from 120k a night to 700k a night I’ve rung them and they aren’t sure and told me whatever the website does is correct, Should I just book two adults for the 120k a night and try and add the child later?

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Old Feb 12, 19, 8:49 pm
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