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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


The following section is a P-take and warning all rolled into one. Be prepared to be shocked and fleeced, all at the same time.....

The Rip-off Section
1. Yacht transfer: At a mere 22.8km from Male, Ithaafushi originally started charging $378++ per person return but then (and even before the resort opened) went up to $350++ per person PER WAY. That's practically double the price; $1724.80 all up for 2 passengers and almost as much as a single night's stay in a base villa!
2. Should you be unlucky enough to have to pay for breakfast, watch out for the $35 you'll have to fork out for a single egg!
3. A 106,000 dollar bottle of wine: Click here for a picture of the wine menu. Keep reading the next couple of pages to see reactions
4. $135 shisha! Check out this post
5. $64 for a bowl of noodles. Click here for the menu
6. Nearly a thousand dollars for a couple to sit in a bamboo cage on a pole with nothing to look at after sunset at Terra
7. Compulsory Christmas Eve Gala Dinner supplement (see above)
8. Compulsory New Year's Eve Dinner supplement (see above)
...and a few corporate-greed-bashing posts for good measure and entertainment value: Click here and here


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 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)
• Private yacht transfer (50 mins from Malι): $350++ per person per way ($1724.80 return inclusive of taxes for 2 passengers). 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 more info
Note: Original quoted price was $378++ per person return but they thought that was too cheap and basically doubled it. Also note that the quoted transfer time on their website is 30 minutes but actual travel time is 50 minutes
See this post for a detailed review of the yacht transfer (Courtesy of jphripjah)

• 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++

Resort Information / F&B / Spa / Activities
• WA Ithaafushi is made up of three islands (95% man-made)
• The resort has 11 restaurants / bars
• There are 2 standalone OWVs (Over Water Villas) and 121 villas in total
• Click here to visit the resort's website for more information
• The kids club (one of the biggest in the Maldives) is for children between 4 to 11 years. Click here for detailed information
• Click here to visit the resort's listing on TripAdvisor
• Tennis courts: See this post
Resort Information - Menus
• Some restaurant menus are available in PDF format on the resort's website. Click here to visit the relevant page on their website
• For menu pictures: Part 1 and Part 2
• Yasmeen - Set Menu B

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


Elite member benefits:

Hilton Honors GOLD MEMBERS:
  • Full breakfast at Tasting Table
  • In-villa VIP welcome Champagne, sweet and savoury amenities
  • 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


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 Costs - 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)

-- 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) --

OV (Overwater Villa)
GOV (Grand Overwater Villa)
SMR (Stella Maris Residences)

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


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:

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)
• 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)
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Old Jun 8, 19, 1:50 pm
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Originally Posted by WorldTravl View Post
Nah it looks like they were just showing Krug, because it's a well known high end brand. They didn't announce anything, it is just a picture. I'm sure there will be cheaper options.
Obviously they changed their Instagram post, when I saw it in the morning (Europe), the definitely wrote that Krug will be their house champagne....
After that, someone asked if the pictured Krug champagne and canapιs will be served during the Airport-Hotel transfer, but they denied.
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Old Jun 8, 19, 3:01 pm
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Alcohol

Oh. no. I would never risk anything. Just asked because I'm going to Dubai prior so, I will make sure to remember not to repack my liquor in my bag.
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Old Jun 8, 19, 8:30 pm
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Originally Posted by tom-schmitt View Post
And I wouldn’t expect a free bottle of champagne on arrival or on NYE like they do at the Conrad Maldives.
Source: https://hiltonhonors3.hilton.com/en/.../maldives.html
  • In-villa VIP welcome Champagne, sweet and savoury amenities
Don't expect it to be Krug though...
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Old Jun 8, 19, 9:38 pm
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Originally Posted by Gold_Member View Post
Any advice you wish to share to get it through customs scanners? Feel free to PM me if more appropriate.
Have never smuggled anything illegal in my life, so can't help you there. My reference to my own consumption is usually for private enjoyment, not to go flash it in front of someone's face (especially if they dislike/against alcohol wherever in the world it may be)

Originally Posted by WorldTravl View Post
Exactly. This is where some points people get annoying. They try to find the cheapest way to do thing.
Sorry to be cheap or am I too poor to apologise. Maybe we are even too poor to comment. Sorry Mr Rich Guy.
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Old Jun 9, 19, 4:36 am
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Don't try the water bottle trick. They are wise to it. I am not a drinker but a friend got his taken off him and warned.
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Old Jun 9, 19, 8:18 am
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Are you people serious! Trying to sneak liquor through customs?? That does not sound like a vacation to me.
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Old Jun 9, 19, 10:35 am
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In my opinion. The rooms in the promo video look nicer than what they decided on. I like how it is brighter colors, and has more attention to detail. Also, the Mahal restaurant looks a-lot nicer than what they actually did.
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Old Jun 9, 19, 5:50 pm
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Is that a regular sofa or a sofa bed? Base rooms look *MUCH* nicer than the Garden Villas at the StR.
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Old Jun 9, 19, 7:35 pm
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Is that a regular sofa or a sofa bed? Base rooms look *MUCH* nicer than the Garden Villas at the StR.
As I understand it the entry level rooms don't have a lounge area, so at the least that photo would be a Grand Villa.
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Old Jun 9, 19, 11:19 pm
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I managed to book the King Villa with Pool for Easter 2020 on points at 120k/night for 5 nights. In checking now, no point redemptions at standard rates are avialable anymore for my dates or for days either side of Easter, so i consider myself very very fortunate to have snagged this!

I've been through this thread in detail, and want to highlight a couple of updates which may have changed recenty;

1) It was previously mentioned that King Villa was not avialable for 2 Adults & 2 Kids and that one must book a King Grand Villa in order to accommodate or upgrade to one. However, the system let me book 2 A & 2C into the King Villa and also notes this on my confirmation. Hotel has also confirmed that two rollaway beds will be provided complimentary for the kids under 12. In looking at the floor plan, it would seem really tight to have two rollaway beds - I wait to see how they accommodate this.

2) Transfer pricing; Please see below update with pricing for kids;

Transfer fee is at US$350+23.2% Tax and service charge per adult per way. For children below 4 years, the transfer is complimentary and US$100+23.2% Tax and service charge per child per way for children between 6 to 11 years.

Am waiting to hear reviews of the Atoll Transfer option that others are looking into. Even with the reduced pricing for kids, will still cost me over US$2000 for return transfers through the hotel.

3) Kids Facilities and Baby sitting - See below information;

We have the largest kids club here in the Maldives, that for sure your children will enjoy. Waldorf Young Discovery Park with both indoor and outdoor area to ensure that our junior guests have an unforgettable experience with us. Our kids’ club is for 4 to 11 years old however below 4 years old are welcome to use facilities as long as they are accompanied by their parents, guardians or you can hire babysitter from us. Babysitting Services can be arranged upon request for children 1 year and over and will be charged at US$25++ per hour until 11:00pm every day and US$35++ after 11:00pm. We are still currently working on our kids activities and program, as soon as it become ready we will share it to you.

The baby sitting prices are not over the top and comparable to other top end luxury resorts ive stayed in which hover at generally between US$15-20/hour.

4) I did ask for restaurant menus, they indicated that these are still being finalized and would only be ready by end of June.
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Old Jun 10, 19, 1:45 pm
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atoll transfers hasn't gotten back to me after reaching out to them twice...anyone know of a better company?
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Old Jun 10, 19, 3:15 pm
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Originally Posted by mb123 View Post
It is common in most hotels, that breakfast is held at the biggest venue..and that’s very often the all-day-dining- restaurant.
Wow. Didn't know that.
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Having the choice between 2 restaurants for breakfast as in Rangali is an exemption.
The word you're looking for is exception.


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Unrelated Question
If I have Gold status and made an award booking with points. But my wife gets diamond status via a credit card before the stay. Would just the gold benefits apply (Because I made the booking), or would the diamond benefits apply (because my wife is staying with me and has a higher status).
Any replies would be helpful.
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Gold applies. The benefits of the person who books is what is applied.
Technically yes, but this is the Maldives so it's often not the case.
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Old Jun 10, 19, 3:36 pm
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atoll transfers hasn't gotten back to me after reaching out to them twice...anyone know of a better company?
Probably out purchasing new boats to fill all these upcoming WA transfers. That means no time to answer the phone / email, LOL.


And all that talk about alcohol and how cool it is / would be to smuggle it past those darn sensible people who would rather confiscate it than put themselves at its mercy and roll the dice with the nearly 60 kinds of cancer it can give you. Humanity is surely doomed.
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Old Jun 10, 19, 7:00 pm
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Originally Posted by MaldivesFreak View Post
Probably out purchasing new boats to fill all these upcoming WA transfers. That means no time to answer the phone / email, LOL.


And all that talk about alcohol and how cool it is / would be to smuggle it past those darn sensible people who would rather confiscate it than put themselves at its mercy and roll the dice with the nearly 60 kinds of cancer it can give you. Humanity is surely doomed.
Moderate alcohol consumption has not been linked with decreased life expectancy and has actually been linked to decreased risk of heart disease relative to both zero and heavy consumption.
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Old Jun 10, 19, 11:16 pm
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Flawed and biased studies, insufficient data and myths aside, your choice to decrease your risk of heart disease by consuming a poison, that along with the cancer risks (which, need I point out are risks even with very low consumption) there are a multitude of ways it screws with the body and its normal functioning - both temporary and permanent - instead of reducing your risk of heart disease by the many different, completely non-harmful methods available to you, is, well.....your choice.
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