Go Back  FlyerTalk Forums > Miles&Points > Hotels and Places to Stay > Hilton | Hilton Honors
Reload this Page >

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi {MDV}

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi {MDV}

    Hide Wikipost
Old Apr 10, 19, 3:20 am   -   Wikipost
Please read: This is a community-maintained wiki post containing the most important information from this thread. You may edit the Wiki once you have been on FT for 90 days and have made 90 posts.
 
Last edit by: MaldivesFreak
Wiki Link
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 Malι Atoll, southwest of Velana International Airport [MLE] (also known as Malι 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 Malι) 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
Print Wikipost

Reply

Old Jan 26, 18, 6:12 am
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Charlotte
Programs: Hilton Diamond, Marriott Platinum, IHG Platinum Ambassador, SPG Platinum, Hyatt Explorist
Posts: 48
Arrow Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi {MDV}




Man made island and some water villas and their foundations perhaps?


Man made island and some water villas and their foundations perhaps?


Original island


Original island and some land villas being built
Just left the Conrad this afternoon and we flew directly next to where the new Waldorf-Astoria is being built. They created two islands (left and right islands on google maps...Apple maps still only shows the middle island) in addition to the one that was already there in the middle. Only have pictures of the left and middle islands and they look to be connected by a small bridge. Curious to what they’ve done on the third island, did not get a good view flying directly on top of it.
jakobost likes this.
harrisk7 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Jan 26, 18, 11:31 am
  #2  
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 2,978
Thanks for the photos harrisk7. Much appreciated!
MaldivesFreak is online now  
Reply With Quote
Old Jan 26, 18, 11:34 am
  #3  
2019 FlyerTalk Awards
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Abidjan
Programs: OW Emerald - HH Diamond
Posts: 2,974
Absolutely, this is great.
Abidjan is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Jan 26, 18, 12:01 pm
  #4  
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Rochester, MN
Programs: Hilton HHonors Diamond, IHG Plat
Posts: 727
I suppose this will be a 2019 opening?
Hawkeyefan is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Jan 26, 18, 2:02 pm
  #5  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Charlotte
Programs: Hilton Diamond, Marriott Platinum, IHG Platinum Ambassador, SPG Platinum, Hyatt Explorist
Posts: 48
Originally Posted by Hawkeyefan View Post
I suppose this will be a 2019 opening?
my host at the Conrad said it will be an early 2019 opening. He said it is going to be an incredible hotel
harrisk7 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Jan 26, 18, 2:02 pm
  #6  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Charlotte
Programs: Hilton Diamond, Marriott Platinum, IHG Platinum Ambassador, SPG Platinum, Hyatt Explorist
Posts: 48
Originally Posted by MaldivesFreak View Post
Thanks for the photos harrisk7. Much appreciated!
absolutely!
harrisk7 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Jan 26, 18, 2:14 pm
  #7  
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: LAX/ONT
Posts: 154
Anyone know if this will be a boat transfer and not a seaplane like the conrad?
itsj0nathan is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Jan 26, 18, 3:09 pm
  #8  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Charlotte
Programs: Hilton Diamond, Marriott Platinum, IHG Platinum Ambassador, SPG Platinum, Hyatt Explorist
Posts: 48
Originally Posted by itsj0nathan View Post
Anyone know if this will be a boat transfer and not a seaplane like the conrad?
My host at the Conrad said the Waldorf would be a boat transfer
harrisk7 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Jan 26, 18, 3:26 pm
  #9  
Administrator
2019 FlyerTalk Awards
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Posts: 4,747
Waldorf Astoria to return to Maldives in 2019 with Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi Resort ? Maldives Insider
IBobi is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Mar 31, 18, 8:05 am
  #10  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Charlotte
Programs: Hilton Diamond, Marriott Platinum, IHG Platinum Ambassador, SPG Platinum, Hyatt Explorist
Posts: 48
Video of what the completed resort should look like

harrisk7 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Mar 31, 18, 10:02 am
  #11  
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Programs: HH Diamond, DL PM, Hertz President's Circle
Posts: 728
Wow. That is stunning. Thanks for sharing.
Michael19887 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Mar 31, 18, 1:07 pm
  #12  
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Posts: 40
Originally Posted by Michael19887 View Post


Wow. That is stunning. Thanks for sharing.
Wow indeed.
When would you expect them to start taking reservations? And would you expecr it to be more expensive (points and/or cash) than the Conrad?
Subman is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Mar 31, 18, 1:25 pm
  #13  
2019 FlyerTalk Awards
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Abidjan
Programs: OW Emerald - HH Diamond
Posts: 2,974
Damn, this looks so nice. Going to be tough breaking away from my CR Maldives romance, but I just might be tempted.
MaldivesFreak likes this.
Abidjan is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Mar 31, 18, 2:42 pm
  #14  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Charlotte
Programs: Hilton Diamond, Marriott Platinum, IHG Platinum Ambassador, SPG Platinum, Hyatt Explorist
Posts: 48
Originally Posted by Subman View Post


Wow indeed.
When would you expect them to start taking reservations? And would you expecr it to be more expensive (points and/or cash) than the Conrad?
Haven’t heard anything other than an early 2019 opening. Points wise for the beach villa will be 95k a night I’m sure.
harrisk7 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Mar 31, 18, 3:06 pm
  #15  
Hilton Contributor Badge
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: CONUS
Programs: HHonors, United, Delta
Posts: 592
Originally Posted by itsj0nathan View Post
Anyone know if this will be a boat transfer and not a seaplane like the conrad?

...yeah, watched that (very nice!) video and didn't see anything about "Seaplane Dock" or "Arrivals Boat Launch", etc.


Hmm.





Seriously though, "The resort, to be run under one of two luxury brands in Hilton’s portfolio, will span three islands in South Male Atoll that are accessible by a short 20-minute speedboat ride from the Maldives main Velana International Airport."
tynmar likes this.
Friendly Traveling Deathmerchant is offline  
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Search this Thread