Go Back  FlyerTalk Forums > Miles&Points > Hotels and Places to Stay > Hilton | Hilton Honors
Reload this Page >

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi {MDV}

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi {MDV}

    Hide Wikipost
Old Apr 10, 19, 3:20 am   -   Wikipost
Please read: This is a community-maintained wiki post containing the most important information from this thread. You may edit the Wiki once you have been on FT for 90 days and have made 90 posts.
 
Last edit by: MaldivesFreak
Wiki Link
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 Malé Atoll, southwest of Velana International Airport [MLE] (also known as Malé 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 Malé) 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
Print Wikipost

Reply

Old Feb 12, 19, 9:05 pm
  #406  
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 514
Originally Posted by sambo150 View Post
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?

thanks
Like I said above. Add the child at the final booking page under "additional guest." That is also a workaround for those properties that have variable points and try to charge you more points for (unbelievably) the second guest.
scwam is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Feb 12, 19, 9:10 pm
  #407  
 
Join Date: Feb 2018
Posts: 42
Originally Posted by scwam View Post
Like I said above. Add the child at the final booking page under "additional guest."
I tried that will only let me add the 2nd adults name
no additional guests I’m using the app so I’ll try on my desktop when I get home?
sambo150 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Feb 12, 19, 9:11 pm
  #408  
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 514
I think it isn't on the app IIRC.
EDIT: I take that back .It shows on my app.
sambo150 likes this.

Last edited by scwam; Feb 12, 19 at 9:26 pm
scwam is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Feb 12, 19, 9:45 pm
  #409  
 
Join Date: Feb 2018
Posts: 42
Originally Posted by scwam View Post
I think it isn't on the app IIRC.
EDIT: I take that back .It shows on my app.
where abouts mine doesn’t under additional guests it will only allow me to add the 2nd adults name
sambo150 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Feb 12, 19, 10:41 pm
  #410  
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 514
Pics too damn big on computer.
sambo150 likes this.

Last edited by scwam; Feb 12, 19 at 11:00 pm Reason: Deleted oversized pics. Couldn't reduce
scwam is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Feb 12, 19, 10:41 pm
  #411  
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 2,976
Wouldn't it be great if we got people power to work here. Half of us threaten to cancel our reservations unless they bring down the price of the transfer to a reasonable level. I don't mind paying high prices but, like @Stivelio says, this 1hr yacht ride for almost 2k just crosses the line! They're probably peed they don't have enough beach space to hold a gala and can't take all the lambs to the slaughter on NYE so are making up for it with this nigh on 2k/couple.
uncommonsensical and sambo150 like this.
MaldivesFreak is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Feb 12, 19, 11:30 pm
  #412  
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: MUC
Programs: LH Sen, HH Diamond, IC RA
Posts: 213
Originally Posted by scwam View Post
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.
How do you already know, that there will be a buffet breakfast?
There a some hotels in the Maldives, that don’t have any buffet at all, only a la carte, for example the Taj Hotels.
Or a very limited buffet with bread , pastries, muesli ,fruits, cold cuts and cheese plus a Menu that you can order from, like the Park Hyatt Hadahaa.
So if WA offers the same, they could limit your breakfast to only continental very easily...
sambo150 likes this.
tom-schmitt is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Feb 12, 19, 11:38 pm
  #413  
 
Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: SAN
Posts: 367
From the reservation on the Hilton app...



sambo150 likes this.
Traveler Dave is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Feb 12, 19, 11:49 pm
  #414  
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: LAS
Programs: Hilton Diamond, IHG Spire Ambassador, Radisson Gold, Hyatt Discoverist
Posts: 2,736
They're not exempt from the Hilton Diamond upgrade policy like Conrad Maldives Rangali Island?
jphripjah is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Feb 12, 19, 11:58 pm
  #415  
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 2,976
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....... 🤔 ).
Hilton Maldives properties have special powers, i.e; the power not to grant you a confirmed upgrade based on availability. The power to go over the 95K point cap is another example. They could easily deny full breakfast (like we see in the screenshot above). If this is true then they may only be doing this for points bookings. Note that Rangali's online rates have been the same as the W=A's mentioned here, i.e; same rate for breakfast included as another identical rate that doesn't specify breakfast as included - but all cash rates there include breakfast.
sambo150 likes this.
MaldivesFreak is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Feb 13, 19, 12:15 am
  #416  
 
Join Date: Feb 2019
Programs: Hilton Diamond
Posts: 6
On the breakfast point... Waldorf Astoria Rome Cavalieri don’t give breakfast to Diamond Members (just discounted), nor did the Waldorf Astoria NY when I went. So I wouldn’t take it as a given...

I’ll book for November then change to Conrad if they try shaft us with the diamond privileges and yacht transfer. Look forward to hearing reviews from July!
james0499 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Feb 13, 19, 12:19 am
  #417  
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 2,976
Originally Posted by jphripjah View Post
They're not exempt from the Hilton Diamond upgrade policy like Conrad Maldives Rangali Island?
I suppose we, again, may have to wait for this to be confirmed as the property hasn't decided on these yet.


Originally Posted by jphripjah View Post
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.
Limited but not that limited. There are various cold cuts and cheeses and there is an assortment of fresh fruit, bircher muesli. muffins, danish pastries etc as well.
MaldivesFreak is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Feb 13, 19, 12:27 am
  #418  
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 2,976
Originally Posted by james0499 View Post
On the breakfast point... Waldorf Astoria Rome Cavalieri don’t give breakfast to Diamond Members (just discounted), nor did the Waldorf Astoria NY when I went. So I wouldn’t take it as a given...
Not even continental?!

Originally Posted by james0499 View Post
I’ll book for November then change to Conrad if they try shaft us with the diamond privileges and yacht transfer. Look forward to hearing reviews from July!
I'm thinking the same thing. Now doubting whether to add 5 nights onto our trip before the 30 nights at Rangali. I wouldn't go so far as to say a fool and his money are easily parted.....maybe a man with principles and his money are not easily parted. I actually give a hoot about the money I spend because I have to earn it.
coolbeans202 and james0499 like this.
MaldivesFreak is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Feb 13, 19, 12:46 am
  #419  
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: LAS
Programs: Hilton Diamond, IHG Spire Ambassador, Radisson Gold, Hyatt Discoverist
Posts: 2,736
I'm not worried about being "shafted" with the yacht transfer because I have a screenshot of the confirmation saying it's 370++ per person return and that's less than the seaplane. I imagine that's official, but if they try to charge me more I just point to that screenshot and refuse to pay it. If they charge my card I dispute it. I'm not concerned.

I'm just wondering how staying in a beach villa on points here will be "better" than an overwater villa at Conrad Maldives. What will justify it being 2X the cash rate and 125% the points rate of CMRI? Except that it's "new"? Is the setting more beautiful? Will the food be better without being way more expensive? I doubt that. And if it's offering less breakfast, no afternoon tea, no happy hour, will I be going out of pocket for 2-3 meals a day instead of one at CMRI?

I have switched my July CMRI reservation to here mainly because my girlfriend is a bit bored with CMRI (we went in 2015 and 2018) and wants to try something new.
sambo150 likes this.
jphripjah is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Feb 13, 19, 1:52 am
  #420  
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Posts: 603
Originally Posted by Traveler Dave View Post
From the reservation on the Hilton app...



Is there any way they could exempt Hilton Gold members from the free Continental breakfasts?
Tilly71 is offline  
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Search this Thread