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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 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
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Old Feb 13, 19, 2:29 am
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Originally Posted by MaldivesFreak View Post
Not even continental
Not even! Fuuuuuuming.
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Old Feb 13, 19, 2:33 am
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Originally Posted by jphripjah View Post
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.
All good points I agree with. Having never been to either, I’m guessing an overwater villa at CMRI is not a bad way to spend 5 nights of Honeymoon? If I have no baseline then there’s nothing that can be ‘better’ than that I suppose.

Kind of rhetorical... But i could have an extra night or 2
at Conrad for same points/money. Im talking myself out of WA here. Must wait to hear from actual experiences come July!!
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Old Feb 13, 19, 3:30 am
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I think speculating on benefits and getting wound up is a bit daft at this point.

I've got a confirmation that says the transfer cost is return. So I'll be paying that and if they charge more they can fight Amex once I'm home.

Ultimately, as a new resort they need reviews to bring in the cash customers. So for 12 months I'd imagine they'll do all they can to make things very comfortable for status guests on points. After that, I fully expect redemption space here to be rare as rocking horse sh**.

Time will tell. Chill.
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Old Feb 13, 19, 3:58 am
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Given what their details/disclaimer says on their own website, I don't understand how (unless you aren't booking directly) they can get away exempting members benefits at some properties mentioned previously. They even state the brands that room upgrades are not permitted.
Complimentary Breakfast at all hotels
"Daily complimentary breakfast is available either as a Member Benefit (at Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, LXR Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio Collection by Hilton, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton and Tapestry Collection by Hilton properties) or as a brand amenity, excluding Hilton Grand Vacations.

When selected as a MyWay Benefit by a Gold or Diamond Member, daily complimentary continental breakfast is provided for the Member and up to one additional guest registered to the same room each day of Member's stay. Breakfast is only served in the hotel's designated restaurant or Executive Lounge. At the discretion of the hotel or where breakfast is a brand amenity, the hotel may provide full breakfast or in-room service."
Also "complimentary breakfast at all hotels" on a chart: https://hiltonhonors3.hilton.com/en/explore/benefits/index.html

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Old Feb 13, 19, 5:35 am
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Count me in the camp of people who have a confirmation from hilton with the $370++ return transfer per person; but when I emailed resort received the $350++ per person per way. I also intend to hold them to the actual Hilton confirmation as best as possible, however my guess is that if a mistake has been made is is less likely to be the reservations guy on site who has been responding to all emails past few months.

The really funny thing is if you go back in this thread there is a copy of an email stating $300 per person person way, so in the past few months prior to opening they have had a price increase of $50 / person / way. They are definitely trying to jack up prices as much as possible, but please note that Rangali does the same as well...I love it there but the $500/person New Years gala with no alcohol is kind of a joke, glad I get to avoid that
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Old Feb 13, 19, 5:45 am
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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...

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 think the policy was changed last year so now you should get breakfast
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Old Feb 13, 19, 7:04 am
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Probably worth reminding that unless corporate amend the exception (which is currently only for Waldorf Astoria Jeddah – Qasr Al Sharq) you won't earn any base points beyond a $10k spend.

A huge de-incentive for big spenders. Best swapping it every few days with a travelling companion.

Max is still 100k at Waldorf, Hilton, DoubleTree etc.

"Members may not accrue more than 100,000 Base Points during one stay, regardless of the amount of eligible folio charges, except for Canopy™ by Hilton, Curio - A Collection by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by Hilton™, Tru by Hilton™, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton, and Waldorf Astoria Jeddah – Qasr Al Sharq hotels for which there is no cap."
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Old Feb 13, 19, 7:35 am
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Max is still 100k at Waldorf, Hilton, DoubleTree etc.

"Members may not accrue more than 100,000 Base Points during one stay, regardless of the amount of eligible folio charges, except for Canopy™ by Hilton, Curio - A Collection by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by Hilton™, Tru by Hilton™, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton, and Waldorf Astoria Jeddah – Qasr Al Sharq hotels for which there is no cap."
No cap at Curio.....awesome. Let's head off to SAii Lagoon and spend 30K there. Who's with me?
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Old Feb 13, 19, 8:13 am
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No cap at Curio.....awesome. Let's head off to SAii Lagoon and spend 30K there. Who's with me?
Has anyone here actually been?
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Old Feb 13, 19, 8:21 am
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Has anyone here actually been?
No, it’s not open until 1 August apparently.
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Old Feb 13, 19, 8:23 am
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No, it’s not open until 1 August apparently.
Wow I feel like I've been seeing it available for points for so many months now...
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Old Feb 13, 19, 11:06 am
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Originally Posted by jphripjah View Post
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.
Cmon guys. Please don't ruin it for the rest of us who want to be valued guests. Ive been a loyal repeater to the Conrad Maldives and others for a decade now. I know the Maldives inside out.

The yacht transfer is exactly that... a stunning multi million dollar yacht from what I can tell. Jeez... if you are .....ing so hard about this you should definitely stay at home. The Maldives is very special, very expensive part of the world.

If you start threatening and being super cheap...they will shut down the opportunity we have. I gladly pay the seaplane every time X3 people because it is an event, and the logistics are super expensive there.

Please please guys don't be cheap.... or if you're looking to save money...Hawaii is much closer and cheaper. Or try Ohio maybe?
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Old Feb 13, 19, 1:54 pm
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This rates is shown due to a technical error on our website updating. However, the text should read as “A shared transfer on the resort's private yacht is charged at US$370 + taxes and serviceper person per way"


We are currently working with our technical services team to rectify this issue. I would like to highlight that our confirmation letters, does not indicate the transfer rates.
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Old Feb 13, 19, 2:05 pm
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Originally Posted by Stivelio View Post
This rates is shown due to a technical error on our website updating. However, the text should read as “A shared transfer on the resort's private yacht is charged at US$370 + taxes and serviceper person per way"


We are currently working with our technical services team to rectify this issue. I would like to highlight that our confirmation letters, does not indicate the transfer rates.
1) That's not a technical error, that's just someone putting wrong information up.

2) There's still a typo in that sentence you typed out.

3) The confirmation letter does indicate transfer rates of $370++.
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Old Feb 13, 19, 2:14 pm
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Originally Posted by NightFury1 View Post
1) That's not a technical error, that's just someone putting wrong information up.

2) There's still a typo in that sentence you typed out.

3) The confirmation letter does indicate transfer rates of $370++.
​​​​​​I just copy/pasted the response that I got from the manager. I get the feeling that it will be losing battle trying to fight this language and should probably just plan for it being each way not to be disappointed
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