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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 Aug 21, 19, 8:34 pm
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Join Date: May 2013
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A quick question before 'downgrading' my room category from BV to OWV:
Can guests at RV or OWV access to beach in front of BVs? I am asking this question as some Youtube clips describe those beach are 'private' and each BV as a 'private' access to that area.

If no, then I will try to mix my stay with BV, not entire with OWV.

Thanks in advance
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Old Aug 21, 19, 8:56 pm
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Originally Posted by noeatbutgo View Post
A quick question before 'downgrading' my room category from BV to OWV:
Can guests at RV or OWV access to beach in front of BVs? I am asking this question as some Youtube clips describe those beach are 'private' and each BV as a 'private' access to that area.

If no, then I will try to mix my stay with BV, not entire with OWV.

Thanks in advance
You can walk and or bike up and down the beach. Each suite has its own palapa (do they call them that in the Maldives?) with 2 chairs. Those are “assigned” to the Suite they are in front of. But I never saw anyone using them, including us.

TD
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Old Aug 21, 19, 10:40 pm
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I know this is an old article (July 2) but did anyone, when booking through the website or resort directly, get the exact same package that is offered at the bottom of the article?
Members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount and free standard Wi-Fi. An exclusive opening offer is also now applicable for new bookings*.

*Guests who book from 1 July till 27 September 2019 for a stay before 20 December 2019 will enjoy the following privileges:
  • Daily breakfast for two
  • Daily $100 USD dining credit per person
  • Return luxury yacht airport transfer
  • A 30-minute massage at the Waldorf Astoria Spa for two per stay
  • Snorkelling for two per stay
If so, how much was it and for what villa cat (presumably standard BV) and length of stay?
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Old Aug 22, 19, 2:46 am
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Originally Posted by escape4 View Post
Thanks for the picture - this is very telling. There is not a snowball's chance in hell that I would pay a premium for a room with that view. In my opinion, booking BV would be out of need (if you have very young children), not because of preference.
I don't think that photo is necessarily indicative of the foliage between most beach villas and the ocean. Recall the early complaints about privacy -- that people walking on the beach could see into the villas due to lack of foliage. I walked most of the beach in front of the 600 and 200 beach villas and I think the foliage in front of this one would be one of the densest.
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Old Aug 22, 19, 2:58 am
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Originally Posted by MaldivesFreak View Post
Not sure if this post got through before but if you can, could you please take a pic or two at night in the direction of Male. Interested to know how visible all the lights on that island are after dark. TIA!

I took a few low quality photos with my iPhone of the "Male view" daytime and nighttime.

In the daytime photo here from 623 you can make out the 25 story hospital on the horizon on the right side of the photo.




View from deck of 623 at night




View from wooden pathway around villa 715 at night. The photos don't show it but Male is a bit more prominent at night and the villas around 715 probably have the closest/most direct view of Male and the lights.

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Old Aug 22, 19, 4:52 am
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Originally Posted by MaldivesFreak View Post
I know this is an old article (July 2) but did anyone, when booking through the website or resort directly, get the exact same package that is offered at the bottom of the article?


If so, how much was it and for what villa cat (presumably standard BV) and length of stay?
That's quite an offer. I'm really tempted to cancel my booking (I booked in June) and see if it drops back into points inventory. If it does, I'll book it again and get the free transfer and $100 a day credit.

If it doesn't go back to inventory, I've got the extra 3 nights booked at CR as well, so we'll just make this a CR stay and try the WA in a year or two when it has had a chance to iron out the issues.
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Old Aug 22, 19, 5:12 am
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Originally Posted by Wozza2404 View Post
That's quite an offer. I'm really tempted to cancel my booking (I booked in June) and see if it drops back into points inventory. If it does, I'll book it again and get the free transfer and $100 a day credit.

If it doesn't go back to inventory, I've got the extra 3 nights booked at CR as well, so we'll just make this a CR stay and try the WA in a year or two when it has had a chance to iron out the issues.
I remember seeing the offer but I believe it was for cash bookings only but someone may want to double check. At the time, I entered in some dates and never found any dates that would qualify for the offer. Of course, that could be due to Hilton/WA IT issues
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Old Aug 22, 19, 5:44 am
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Originally Posted by MaldivesFreak View Post
I know this is an old article (July 2) but did anyone, when booking through the website or resort directly, get the exact same package that is offered at the bottom of the article?
Tempting. Where did you quote this from? Do you have a link?
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Old Aug 22, 19, 6:08 am
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Originally Posted by goliath View Post
Tempting. Where did you quote this from? Do you have a link?
https://waldorfastoria3.hilton.com/e.../100122240.htm

I entered in five to six day dates all the way to December and found:

"This hotel has limited availability for DISCOVER THE UNFORGETTABLE around the dates you have selected. Use the "Back a week" and "Forward a week" buttons in the grid below to search for availability or find another hotel."
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Old Aug 22, 19, 6:11 am
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Originally Posted by jphripjah View Post
I don't think that photo is necessarily indicative of the foliage between most beach villas and the ocean. Recall the early complaints about privacy -- that people walking on the beach could see into the villas due to lack of foliage. I walked most of the beach in front of the 600 and 200 beach villas and I think the foliage in front of this one would be one of the densest.
Thanks, I hope other BVs have a better view indeed!
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Old Aug 22, 19, 6:29 am
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Originally Posted by Moflav View Post
https://waldorfastoria3.hilton.com/e.../100122240.htm

I entered in five to six day dates all the way to December and found:

"This hotel has limited availability for DISCOVER THE UNFORGETTABLE around the dates you have selected. Use the "Back a week" and "Forward a week" buttons in the grid below to search for availability or find another hotel."
Can anyone see anything on this page that indicates you have to book under a special rate promo? It reads to me that ALL new bookings get this deal: https://newsroom.hilton.com/waldorf/...ts-in-maldives
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Old Aug 22, 19, 6:37 am
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Originally Posted by Wozza2404 View Post
Can anyone see anything on this page that indicates you have to book under a special rate promo? It reads to me that ALL new bookings get this deal: https://newsroom.hilton.com/waldorf/...ts-in-maldives
Page linked is Offer Details page for Discover The Unforgettable offer. It looks obvious to me that offer needs to be booked under Discover The Unforgettable rate plan.
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Old Aug 22, 19, 6:46 am
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Originally Posted by TerryK View Post
Page linked is Offer Details page for Discover The Unforgettable offer. It looks obvious to me that offer needs to be booked under Discover The Unforgettable rate plan.
The page I've linked is a newsroom press release about the opening of the WA Maldives.

Also "seems obvious" in no way equates to "categorically stated". I might have a crack at this, but just asking anyone can see anything I've missed on the page I linked (which is different so the other link above).
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Old Aug 22, 19, 7:28 am
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Old Aug 22, 19, 7:29 am
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I had originally confirmed an upgrade for $400++ per night into an OWV. I emailed them again to see if I could be put into the OWV for no charge and it was a success!

Also note, according to my email below, it seems indeed that they have changed the transfer cost from $370++ pp per way to $350++ pp per way and now to $300++ pp per way. So it doesn't look like they gave anyone an offer, just that they've revisited the transfer costs and adjusted accordingly to anyone who brought it up?

"We thank you for your loyalty towards Hilton and for choosing to stay with us for your Maldivian getaway. It will indeed be a pleasure to have you with us.

We have of course revised our entry villa category for next year based on a thorough analysis of the demand for different villa types during this this year.

Delighted to let you know that we do have King Overwater Villa with Pool available during your stay period and since your reservation is confirmed for 2020, happy to change your villa type as per your preference without any charge. Kindly advise how you would like to proceed.

Pertaining to your email subject line regarding the transfers, a shared transfer on the resort's yacht is US $300 + taxes and service per person per way. This charge will be added to your total bill. Waiting time prior to the transfer may vary from 30-90 minutes, we appreciate your understanding. With respect for our guests’ privacy and security, third party transfer is not permitted."
I also asked again if they are going to honor my rate of $370++ RT. If they do, I'll be one happy customer.
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