Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi Maldives
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi
Ithaafushi Island, South Male Atoll
Republic of Maldives
Date of Creation
Hotel General Manager
With more than 20 years of experience in various roles within the hospitality industry, Etienne joined the Hilton team in 2018 and was most recently general manager of opening projects at Hyatt Hotels Corporation. Over the years, Etienne has strengthened his experience across multiple geographies including Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tokyo, as well as in his native home of France.
5 Star Luxury, part of Hilton
WALDORF ASTORIA MALDIVES ITHAAFUSHI
History & Story
Opened in July 2019
Main Strengths, Special Touch
• Arrival experience
Our resort lies a short 40 to 45 minute luxury yacht journey from Velana International Airport. We have a fleet of 5 yachts and they are at least 54 feet long and 2 stories high, offering ample space for your guests to keep their social distance. In addition, the yachts all have at least three bedrooms in case you want to rest and we offer the amenities as mentioned above. This really makes that your guests will thoroughly be able to relax as soon as they walk out of the gate and are greeted by our airport concierge team.
• Culinary experiences
Our resort offers 10 culinary experiences for your guests including our intimate treetop dining experience, Terra. Additionally we have got Yasmeen (Arabic), Tasting Table (international), Li Long (Mandarin), The Rock (degustation and wine pairing), NAVA (Beach Club), The Ledge by Dave Pynt (Australian grill by Michelin Star Chef Dave Pynt), Glow (Healthy & Organic), Amber (Sunset bar), Peacock Alley (International Lounge). In Q4 this year we will also be welcoming a new addition which will be an overwater Japanese restaurant which we are very excited about. It is also important to know that despite the vast range of dining options that we have, we offer limited capacities in every outlet to ensure intimacy and privacy is guaranteed.
All of the villas at Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi offer a private infinity pool, in-water lounges, dining gazebos and swing day-beds. In addition to our villas we also offer two very unique Stella Maris Ocean Villas. These Villas are located away from the main resort and only accessible by boat, perfect for a romantic getaway. We have a dedicated pontoon that can bring the guests back and forward to the main resort, but with a spacious living-room, private infinity pool, over-water hammocks and a BBQ station with private chef in the villa, they might never want to leave.
• Ithaafushi – The Private Island
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi offers the largest private island within vicinity of the airport. This ‘resort within a resort’ concept offers 9 bedrooms, a spacious entertainment center, 5 pools and a dedicated team of staff available 24/7 to attend to your guests every need. Ithaafushi – The Private Island is the perfect option for your discerning travellers looking for the ultimate getaway.
Located in South Male Atoll, a mere 40 minute luxury yacht journey from Velana International Airport.
Key sites/activities in the area
Swimming with turtles, whale sharks, nurse sharks.
Waldorf Astoria Young Discovery Park : Keep your little ones entertained at our water park and dedicated children’s club. Waldorf Young Discovery Park features a thrilling water recreation area with fun activities to capture imaginations.
Programs for different age ranges to cater to all our little guests.
• Number of Rooms: 119
Set in a tropical paradise, the 119 Beach, Reef and Overwater villas span three private islands. Choose from one, two or three-bedroom villas, each with a private pool, swing daybeds, dining gazebos and in-water lounges – all with uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean.
Ithaafushi – The Private Island: featuring a stunning three-bedroom beach villa, two-bedroom overwater villa, four-bedroom residence, five swimming pools, spa, gym, water sports and a private entertainment clubhouse. The 32,000 square meter island sanctuary comes complete with a dedicated chef and personal concierge to attend to all your needs.
Restaurants & Bars
Perched above the horizon, Terra presents a picturesque gastronomic dinner experience in private dining nests crafted from natural bamboo.
Yasmeen – A traditional Arabian village with the Indian Ocean as a backdrop, Yasmeen offers Middle Eastern cuisine from hot pitas and puffed breads to hot and cold mezzes and charcoal-roasted meats.
• Li Long
Step into the Shanghainese era and enjoy contemporary Chinese cuisine and Peking Duck prepared in the Maldives first wood-fired oven. A private dining room also offers an intimate Shanghainese club-like ambience.
• Tasting Table
Start your day with gourmet breakfast accompanied by a glorious sunrise. Embrace sunset views as the restaurant transforms into a beachside dining venue offering international favorites.
• The Rock
Nestled amongst boulders, this matchless setting offers a wine dinner in convivial ambiance. For an elevated dining experience, indulge in a curated menu paying tribute to the world’s renowned wine regions.
• The Ledge By Dave Pynt
The Ledge by Dave Pynt brings Burnt Ends’ much-loved style of modern Australian barbecue to the Maldives.
Embracing the garden-to-table concept, Glow serves healthy and holistic cuisine made from the freshest ingredients, some of which harvested from our island’s edible garden.
• Peacock Alley
Unwind with live music and ocean views at this serene lounge. Handcrafted cocktails, wines and tapas make this the perfect meeting place for pre- and after dinner gatherings.
With magnificent views of the Maldivian sunset over the Indian Ocean, Amber offers an idyllic setting for indulging in chilled champagne and gourmet canapés.
This resort’s playground is surrounded by Lagoon Pool and Mirror pool stretching along white sand beach. With an effortlessly chic ambience, indulge in poolside favorites and handcrafted cocktails with a resident DJ and evening live music.
WALDORF ASTORIA SPA
An oasis of serenity and privacy, the Waldorf Astoria Spa is a lifestyle spa sanctuary with 10 treatment villas, including overwater spa villas. Soothe the soul with crafted treatments and wellness programs that focus on relaxation, rebalance and results.
Corporate & Celebration Events
Extra Notable Features
Choose from an array of watersports and activities such as fishing, sailing, scuba diving, windsurfing and snorkeling. An outdoor tennis court is also available for those seeking to stay active.
Hotel and restaurant Awards
Departures Magazine – 2019 Legend Awards as Best New Hotel Openings This Year
DestinAsian Magazine The Luxe List 2019 – Best New Hotels in Asia-Pacific
Travel + Leisure Magazine – Rank #5 : The Top 100 Hotels in the World 2020
Travel + Leisure Magazine – Rank #3 : Top 15 Resort Hotels in Asia 2020
TripAdvisor – Travellers’ Choice Award 2020
Luxury Lifestyle Awards 2020 – Terra – Top 10: The Best Luxury Dining Experiences In Maldives
Luxury Lifestyle Awards 2020 – Waldorf Astoria Spa – Top 12: The Best Luxury Day Spas In Maldives
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