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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 Mar 6, 19, 3:10 am
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Originally Posted by thewolfofpoints View Post
FWIW I got the resort to confirm that private transfer are allowed, they just need to be notified about it.
Great. Ordering one of these and tons of these
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Originally Posted by thewolfofpoints View Post
FWIW I got the resort to confirm that private transfer are allowed, they just need to be notified about it.
Even if they said it wasn't allowed I'd turn up however I damn well wanted - chartered speedboat, parachute, private yacht, kayak.....whatever....erm, well.....maybe not kayak. Not as if they're gonna intercept me mid-lagoon in a patrol boat and say "Get the hell outta here!", shoot me down with triple A or stop me from getting onto the pier when I show them my reservation printout.

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Old Mar 7, 19, 5:58 am
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Do you know anyghing about kids stay under 12 will be free of charge like at Conrad Rangali?
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Old Mar 7, 19, 3:00 pm
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Originally Posted by headforflights View Post
Do you know anyghing about kids stay under 12 will be free of charge like at Conrad Rangali?
you will need to be in a 2 bedroom villa.
Has anyone had any experience with upgrading point stays? I assume no upgrades for diamond members, but what about paid upgrades?

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Old Mar 7, 19, 3:13 pm
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Originally Posted by NYC_1 View Post
Has anyone had any experience with upgrading point stays? I assume no upgrades for diamond members, but what about paid upgrades?
Paid upgrades have been reported up-thread, and also now in the Wiki.

However; FYI

Oct 2019
Reef Villa $200++
OWV $400++
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Old Mar 7, 19, 3:13 pm
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Has anyone had any experience with upgrading point stays? I assume no upgrades for diamond members, but what about paid upgrades?
It sounds like some people are able to confirm paid upgrades in advance. References upthread to $200 reef villa upgrades...

Once we start getting real trip reports after the property opens, we'll learn more about whether any Diamond upgrading happens. Guessing no, but the base villa looks so bomb I'm not sure I'm all that bothered by it.
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Old Mar 7, 19, 3:24 pm
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Has anyone had any experience with upgrading point stays? I assume no upgrades for diamond members, but what about paid upgrades?
July 2019

King Grand Beach – US$200+ 23.2% Tax and service charge per night
King Grand Reef - US$400+ 23.2% Tax and service charge per night
King Grand Overwater - US$600+ 23.2% Tax and service charge per night
Two Bedroom Beach - US$2000+ 23.2% Tax and service charge per night
Two Bedroom Grand Beach - US$2200+ 23.2% Tax and service charge per night
Two Bedroom Reef - US$2200+ 23.2% Tax and service charge per night
Two Bedroom Overwater - US$2400+ 23.2% Tax and service charge per night

We chose to split our time in the Beach and Reef. Might go OW when we get there and check things out. But we have done the pontoon OW “thing” before. The Reef is overwater as well so did not think the extra $200 over the Reef made sense for us.

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Old Mar 7, 19, 3:41 pm
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Originally Posted by pinniped View Post
It sounds like some people are able to confirm paid upgrades in advance. References upthread to $200 reef villa upgrades...

Once we start getting real trip reports after the property opens, we'll learn more about whether any Diamond upgrading happens. Guessing no, but the base villa looks so bomb I'm not sure I'm all that bothered by it.
Thanks.

I’m currently booked nights 1-5 on points, night 7 on a free night certificate and planning to book night 6 with cash for a Grand OWV. I will report back on how this turns out.
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Old Mar 7, 19, 4:37 pm
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you will need to be in a 2 bedroom villa.
I've received similar responses. The upgrade fee from a standard reward that was quoted to me was $2K per night into the 2 bed villa.
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Old Mar 8, 19, 1:20 am
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Just for the record so Hilton doesn't play the coconut shell game again: The 2 standard room types are bookable on 120K points for 3 adults in 1 room. When I booked a month ago I had to manually add my kid (the third person in the room) onto the "additional guests" section to push the 120k points booking through. Now I see that is not even necessary anymore. This is a record in case they do some shifty stuff in the future (also per expedia/hotels.com these rooms fit 3 adults) - see pic by TravelerDave.



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Old Mar 8, 19, 4:01 am
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so based on this 1 kid in Villa is free....
I wonder if it will be also free for 2 kids under 12 ....
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Old Mar 8, 19, 6:55 am
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so based on this 1 kid in Villa is free....
I wonder if it will be also free for 2 kids under 12 ....
3 human bodies max.
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so based on this 1 kid in Villa is free....
I wonder if it will be also free for 2 kids under 12 ....
They say they have a $6 per person per day green tax. But my original 2 person reservation clearly has $6 per day per room. When we did the cash upgrade I added my 10 year old daughter to the reservation and they mentioned the added $6 person charge.

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3 human bodies max.
I’ve been quoted I can have two kids which will be 3 and 1 at arrival in standard room on points, maybe because there young and the 1year old will be in a crib
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Old Mar 8, 19, 8:18 am
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I’ve been quoted I can have two kids which will be 3 and 1 at arrival in standard room on points, maybe because there young and the 1year old will be in a crib






Yes, I saw that too. Not sure if on Hilton or a third party booking site. But it mentioned 3 people and crib upon request making it vague if 4 are allowed. But the point here is one month ago, you couldn't book 2 adults + a child on points for 120k...instead, you were required to pay 655k. You had to book 2 max, or add the 3rd body on 'additional guest' or through phone reservation to trick their devious scheme from charging 655k. Who in here already paid 655k points to have their wife and 1-year-old in the room?
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