Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi {MDV}

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Notes: All prices are in US Dollars and are exclusive of taxes unless specified (by ++)

EXTRA CHARGES TO BE AWARE OF:
• 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


Charge 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!
• See the story of the resort not allowing guests' own transfer arrangements and leaving a valued Diamond member out in the cold just ONE DAY before check-in! Or read about it here on the forum
Then read probably the best rebuttal to this ridiculous and hypocritical policy

Note that the resort has backtracked from its previous policy (set way before they opened and which all other resorts have) of allowing third party transfers, since they figured they could fleece guests for even more money by literally forcing every guest to take their yacht for the return transfer, not letting third party boats dock nor give them tender from the lagoon boundary (like what happened to BLTraveler above)

• Then, in true Ithaafushi prices-all-over-the-place style, they changed the price knocking $50 off each way, but only for some guests. And we still don't know who this applies to and who it doesn't apply to

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 at the restaurant Terra with nothing to look at after sunset
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
9. Ridiculously over-priced dinners - we're talking fifty bucks shy of $1000++ per person here (and some even more expensive than that) - at supposedly private and secluded locations. Click here for the list. Click here and here for comments and opinions
...and another corporate-greed-bashing post here


Cost cutting:
• True Waldorf Service Cost Cutting: Check out
this post
• Yasmeen's Set Menu: Check out the many reductions in offerings between the old and new menus in
this post



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
Note: The $8pp/pn Bed Tax (previously levied by the Maldivian government) was abolished on Dec 1, 2014

Transfers To and From Resort
• How: 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)
Private yacht transfer: $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
• Doing the dirty: Original quoted price was either $370++ or $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 40-50 minutes under normal sea conditions
• See this post for a detailed review of the yacht transfer (Courtesy of jphripjah)
• More sneaky business? Probably. Departure from Male to the resort was pretty much straight away but now we could wait up to 90 minutes to depart! Check out this post for a hypothesis


Alternative transfers to the WA and alternative destinations / resorts
• See this post for a success story in booking a very reasonably-priced transfer

• 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 (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)
• 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 - 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 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
• 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)

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 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

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) --

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:

Reviews:
Review by goldelite8
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Old Jun 26, 19, 3:24 pm
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I wonder how full the hotel will be in July. Seems like with all the problems it's not gonna be that full .
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Old Jun 26, 19, 4:09 pm
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All points and cash reservations are back online.

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Old Jun 26, 19, 7:53 pm
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Originally Posted by Traveler Dave View Post
All points and cash reservations are back online.

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Are you seeing any points availability for 2020? I don't see a single date available for Standard Reward redemption from Jan through May 2020.
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Old Jun 26, 19, 9:01 pm
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Originally Posted by Kilian Zoll View Post
Are you seeing any points availability for 2020? I don't see a single date available for Standard Reward redemption from Jan through May 2020.
Seeing points space from now til end of June 2020

Odd thing, some base room 120K space is available to book online for some dates. Other dates say to call the 800# to book.

In running the numbers below th website crashed a few times. My guess is they are still updating.


Dates Points per room per night
Jun 10 Wed — Jun 11 ThuFrom 120,000
Jun 11 Thu — Jun 12 FriFrom 120,000
Jun 12 Fri — Jun 13 SatFrom 120,000
Jun 13 Sat — Jun 14 SunFrom 120,000
Jun 14 Sun — Jun 15 MonFrom 120,000
Jun 15 Mon — Jun 16 TueFrom 120,000
Jun 16 Tue — Jun 17 WedFrom 120,000
Jun 17 Wed — Jun 18 ThuFrom 120,000
Jun 18 Thu — Jun 19 FriFrom 120,000
Jun 19 Fri — Jun 20 SatFrom 120,000
Jun 20 Sat — Jun 21 SunFrom 120,000
Jun 21 Sun — Jun 22 MonFrom 120,000
Jun 22 Mon — Jun 23 TueFrom 120,000
Jun 23 Tue — Jun 24 WedFrom 120,000
Jun 24 Wed — Jun 25 ThuFrom 120,000

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Old Jun 26, 19, 9:08 pm
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Originally Posted by Traveler Dave View Post


Dates
Points per room per night
Back a week Jun 10 Wed — Jun 11 ThuFrom 120,000 Jun 11 Thu — Jun 12 FriFrom 120,000 Jun 12 Fri — Jun 13 SatFrom 120,000 Jun 13 Sat — Jun 14 SunFrom 120,000 Jun 14 Sun — Jun 15 MonFrom 120,000 Jun 15 Mon — Jun 16 TueFrom 120,000 Jun 16 Tue — Jun 17 WedFrom 120,000 Jun 17 Wed — Jun 18 ThuFrom 120,000 Jun 18 Thu — Jun 19 FriFrom 120,000 Jun 19 Fri — Jun 20 SatFrom 120,000 Jun 20 Sat — Jun 21 SunFrom 120,000 Jun 21 Sun — Jun 22 MonFrom 120,000 Jun 22 Mon — Jun 23 TueFrom 120,000 Jun 23 Tue — Jun 24 WedFrom 120,000 Jun 24 Wed — Jun 25 ThuFrom 120,000Forward a week
Thanks -- didn't look past May.
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Old Jun 27, 19, 12:54 am
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Originally Posted by WorldTravl View Post
I wonder how full the hotel will be in July. Seems like with all the problems it's not gonna be that full .
When you say all the problems. What do you mean? I dont see any "problems".
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Old Jun 27, 19, 2:43 am
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Rizla, you have to take what WorldTrvl says with a grain of salt. Half of what he posts he doesn't know what he's talking about. Out of his 53 posts so far about 3 of them have proven to be useful and / or may contain the odd fact or two.
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Old Jun 27, 19, 8:00 am
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King Reef Villa at USD1544 vs King Beach Villa at USD 2107
But why only the BV is eligible to 120k redemption?
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Old Jun 27, 19, 4:25 pm
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Originally Posted by noeatbutgo View Post
King Reef Villa at USD1544 vs King Beach Villa at USD 2107
But why only the BV is eligible to 120k redemption?
Book the BV on points and ask the resort for an upgrade (or is that downgrade?) to the RV with cash refund $563
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Old Jun 27, 19, 4:27 pm
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Originally Posted by alanslegal View Post
Booked the BV on points and ask the resort for an upgrade (or is that downgrade?) to the RV with cash refund $563
My first thought was that you actually got someone from the resort to agree to this!

I've had a long day at work, time to head home.
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Old Jun 27, 19, 9:13 pm
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Is anyone finding that Standard Rewards are available on certain dates when on Incognito Mode or not being logged in? As soon as I log in during the same session, the rate disappears ("This rate is no longer available"). Is this phantom availability or are they blocking certain accounts from making award bookings at this property?

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Old Jun 27, 19, 9:25 pm
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Originally Posted by Kilian Zoll View Post
Is anyone finding that Standard Rewards are available on certain dates when on Incognito Mode or not being logged in? As soon as I log in during the same session, the rate disappears ("This rate is no longer available"). Is this phantom availability or are they blocking certain accounts from making award bookings at this property?
Do you have enough points in your account to make the booking?

If you don't have enough points Hilton won't show availability whne you are logged in, but it will if you are not logged in.

EDIT: I have just checked and am seeing plenty of available dates that are bookable with my account that has plenty of points.
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Old Jun 27, 19, 9:26 pm
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Probably both.
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Old Jun 27, 19, 9:30 pm
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Originally Posted by SponsorSFC View Post
Do you have enough points in your account to make the booking?

If you don't have enough points Hilton won't show availability whne you are logged in, but it will if you are not logged in,
I don't have enough points, but I know for a fact that availability was shown prior to making my previous booking at this property, even before I had bought the points for redemption...
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Old Jun 27, 19, 10:09 pm
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Originally Posted by Kilian Zoll View Post
I don't have enough points, but I know for a fact that availability was shown prior to making my previous booking at this property, even before I had bought the points for redemption...
That is the problem then. The availbility is there, it just won't appear as bookable when you are logged in because you don't have the points. This has been happening for Hilton for years.

If you have enough points for 1 or 2 nights try searching that while logged in and see what results you get.
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