Evaluation: Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi

For my second journey to the Maldives, I’d be splitting my time between two resorts: the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi and the St. Regis Maldives Vommuli. Our six-night keep within the Maldives consisted of three nights at every property. 

The Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi is extensively thought-about the head of aspirational redemptions with Hilton Honors factors. The property appeared exceptionally luxurious from the outset, so I used to be past eager to lastly give it a strive myself.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Reserving

As some of the aspirational resorts on this planet bookable with resort rewards factors, the Waldorf Astoria Maldives prices a whopping 150,000 Hilton Honors factors per evening – some of the costly properties beneath Hilton Honors.

To maximise worth, you possibly can e book this resort for 4 nights utilizing factors and get the fifth evening free. A five-night keep would subsequently price you 600,000 factors, equal to 120,000 factors per evening.

However, you can too redeem Hilton Free Evening Rewards for a keep right here, so long as there may be commonplace room availability that’s in any other case e book with factors. 

Arguably, that is one of the best deal for staying at this property, as Free Evening Rewards are uncapped when it comes to what number of factors they will change, and redeeming these certificates for a keep that might in any other case price 150,000 Hilton Honors factors per evening is definitely a unbelievable use. 

Nonetheless, the foremost problem with each avenues of reserving the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi is that the usual room availability is extraordinarily uncommon to come back by – most frequently, once you verify, you gained’t discover any accessible rooms in any respect. 

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Reef Villa aerial view

Discovering a normal room requires reserving far prematurely and getting considerably fortunate with the timing by checking the reservations web page repeatedly.

However, with sufficient dedication, it’s certainly attainable to snag a reserving right here on the Waldorf Astoria Maldives on factors. I used to be capable of lock in a five-night reservation for Could 2022, one yr prematurely in Could 2021.

After finalizing my journey schedule, I ended up lowering this five-night reserving to a three-night keep, with all three nights coated by Hilton Free Evening Rewards at a spectacular worth.

Regardless of all the trouble that was required to e book a keep right here on factors, I may already inform it will all be worthwhile as I stepped off Qatar Airways 777 First Class in Malé and met our airport butler.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Yacht Switch

The Waldorf Astoria Maldives provides a yacht switch as an alternative of the standard seaplane because of the island’s relative proximity to Malé. It’s a 45-minute journey on the yacht, and certainly, the yacht switch is without doubt one of the true highlights of staying on the resort.

It doesn’t, nonetheless, come low cost. There’s a compulsory switch price of US$730 plus taxes and repair fees, which works out to US$900 per particular person round-trip in complete. Visiting as a pair, we subsequently spent US$1,800 on the yacht switch alone. 

It’s definitely fairly a barrier to entry for staying at this resort, but when you’re coming to the Maldives as a once-in-a-lifetime getaway, it’s a value price paying for a very particular expertise.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Yacht dock

We had round a 30-minute wait on the dock for the yacht to reach. Not like the seaplanes, the yacht schedule could be very versatile.

Primarily, the yacht can be accessible to choose you up at any arrival or departure time, together with at evening, not like different resorts the place the daytime-only seaplane schedules imply that you simply’ll need to spend an evening in Malé in case you’re arriving within the night.

Relying on different company’ schedules, you is likely to be sharing the yacht with different passengers, otherwise you might need all of it to your self. In our case, there was one different couple on the outbound journey, whereas we had the vessel to ourselves on the inbound.

As quickly because the yacht arrives on the dock, it exudes opulence with its glossy white trendy exterior, black tinted home windows, and the Waldorf Astoria emblem emblazoned fantastically on the facet of the bow.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Arriving yacht
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Yacht
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Yacht

As you step onboard, you’re welcomed into the inside cabin. You might have the choice of sitting on the skin deck, the higher deck, the bow, or the strict of the yacht.

The out of doors decks are outfitted with clean leather-based seating, with loads of cup holders dotted round for drinks.

Typically talking, if it’s going to be windy or stormy, then the crew will suggest staying off of the higher deck or the bow, which occurred to be the case on our journey. Our go to was in Could, the transition time between the dry and moist seasons, so we rapidly checked out the decks however spent most of our time indoors. 

As a part of the journey, you’re provided complimentary snacks, espresso, nonetheless or glowing water, and even Veuve Clicquot Champagne. For those who go for Champagne, they’ll open a recent bottle, popping the cork proper off the sting of the boat, and pour you a few glasses for a very lavish journey throughout the water. 

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Yacht switch Veuve Clicquot Champagne

In our case, we had already indulged in fairly a little bit of Krug 2004 after coming off of our Qatar Airways First Class flight, so we opted for only one glass of Veuve on the best way in. Nonetheless, on the return journey, we definitely helped ourselves to fairly a number of extra glasses. 

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Yacht switch complimentary Champagne
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Yacht higher deck

As you start exploring the interiors, you’ll discover a contemporary however traditional magnificence within the decor. The yacht interiors have a mushy palette of lotions and whites, together with glossy upholstered leather-based seats, ornamental wooden panelling, and a comfortable plush carpet under your ft.

(Notice that the resort has fairly a number of totally different vessels in its fleet, so the yacht we rode on isn’t essentially the one you’ll get to expertise throughout your keep. Nonetheless, the boats are all made by Princess Yachts, so I’d count on the identical commonplace of luxurious irrespective of which one you get.)

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Yacht inside seating
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Yacht inside seating

Instantly as you stroll inside, to the left is a small kitchenette and fridge. Additional inside is a small eating nook with seating to the left, whereas leather-based couches line the fitting facet of the yacht.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Yacht kitchenette
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Yacht eating nook
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Yacht eating nook

Persevering with by the yacht, you’ll attain a set of stairs, which result in the bedrooms on the decrease degree.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Yacht staircase

These bedrooms are very a lot one of many highlights of the yacht expertise. On this explicit vessel, there have been two bedrooms: a bigger room and a smaller room. In the meantime, the most important yacht within the Waldorf Astoria’s fleet has three bedrooms onboard.

The bed room is fitted with a queen-sized mattress, recent sheets, a personal lavatory, and darkish wooden panelling adorning the room. There’s one other small eating space within the bed room, and two massive home windows on both facet provide gorgeous views of the Indian Ocean.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Yacht bed room
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Yacht bed room dresser & window
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Yacht bed room eating nook

The toilet can be immaculate, with a spherical vessel sink sitting atop an exquisite marble countertop. The mirror spans the again of the self-importance, and to the fitting is a bathe.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Yacht lavatory
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Yacht lavatory bathe
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Yacht lavatory bathe

Naturally, I couldn’t resist showering on the yacht, and I definitely appreciated the distinctive expertise having already showered on land and on a aircraft earlier than. 

After showering, we had been free to loosen up on the mattress and marvel at our environment for the rest of the 45-minute journey.

I discovered it completely loopy to be mendacity on this mattress right here in the course of the ocean – however what was about to be crazier was the precise resort itself.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Yacht view

We had been greeted by all the welcome committee as pulled into the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi, catching our first glances of the dream-like Ithaafushi Island.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – View of resort from yacht

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Examine-in

As we arrived, members of the welcome committee handed us a welcome drink and gave us a fast introduction to the resort. 

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Arrival jetty

We had been launched to our affiliate for the keep, Zinger, and he or she could be our level of contact. The service right here is akin to, however maybe barely much less concerned than, the butler service on the St. Regis or JW Marriott within the Maldives.

We had been escorted down the jetty, by the welcome pavilion, after which onto a buggy. Zinger drove us across the island for a couple of minutes and gave us a quick tour of the important thing areas and points of interest.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Welcome pavilion
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Welcome pavilion

We then headed to Room 510, a Two Queen Reef Villa, my pleasure brewing beneath the floor to discover our luxurious residing quarters for the subsequent three nights. 

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Two Queen Reef Villa

Ideally, we’d’ve after all most popular a room with a king-sized mattress; nonetheless, the Two Queen Reef Villa was the one accessible base-level room that was bookable on factors on the time.

Going again to the scarce award availability at this resort, I had snapped up no matter I may get, and a room with queen beds was definitely higher than no room in any respect.

The Reef Villas right here on the Waldorf Astoria Maldives are pretty distinctive, and may be considered a hybrid between Overwater and Seashore Villas. These room varieties have an entrance on land, whereas the out of doors deck and pool hover over the crystal-clear Indian Ocean.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Room 510 entrance

For all intents and functions, the Reef Villas are similar to an overwater villa expertise within the Maldives, and you’ll’t inform the distinction in any respect once you’re stress-free in your deck. The one exception is that you simply don’t entry the villa from an overwater jetty. 

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Two Queen Reef Villa format

All the Reef, Overwater, and Seashore Villa room varieties are additional divided into common villas and “Grand” villas, with the first distinction being that the Grand villas have an extra seating space. 

Given the excessive occupancy on the resort throughout this busy journey season, there was no complimentary improve forthcoming whilst a Hilton Diamond member. We had been provided a paid improve to an Overwater Grand Villa for an extra US$1,500 per evening, however we felt our common Reef Villa was adequate. 

At 3,077 sq. ft, the Two Queen Reef Villa is extraordinarily spacious, with a considerable quantity of this house devoted to the spectacular out of doors patio overlooking the Indian Ocean. 

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Two Queen Reef Villa entrance door
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Two Queen Reef Villa inside

The room options two queen-sized beds, an equally spacious lavatory, an infinity pool, and loads of seating areas dotted round.

The inside design is mushy, drawing upon a palette of taupes and whites. Marble-clad and strong wooden parts deliver a couple of modern really feel, whereas nonetheless mixing with the pure atmosphere of the Maldives.

The first residing house has an open idea with excessive ceilings. The 2 queen beds look out by a sequence of huge floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doorways, boasting spectacular views of the lagoon.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Two Queen Reef Villa inside

The beds are flanked by trendy wood floating cabinets, whereas on the foot of every mattress are trendy benches.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Two Queen Reef Villa beds
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Two Queen Reef Villa beds

To the left of the beds is a desk doubling as an arrogance, with a big mirror and a smaller magnificence mirror. Though visually interesting, the self-importance and desk combo wasn’t precisely probably the most comfy for working, and I truly most popular to work from the out of doors desk as an alternative. 

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Two Queen Reef Villa self-importance desk
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Two Queen Reef Villa self-importance desk

Simply in entrance of the home windows, two wicker chairs additionally overlook the ocean, together with two facet tables sitting between the chairs. Every desk featured a welcome amenity upon arrival in recognition of my Hilton Diamond standing: a bottle of wine and a fruit association.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Two Queen Reef Villa wicker chairs
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Welcome presents
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Welcome presents

The complimentary bottle of wine was a much-appreciated contact, given the marked-up price of buying liquor on the resort in any other case.

The room options a big flat-screen TV, perched within the nook and out of the best way of the spectacular ocean views.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Two Queen Reef Villa tv

Close to the doorway of the villa, a well-stocked minibar is housed inside a baby-blue cupboard, reflecting the color of the ocean exterior. A number of bottles of “home water” had been positioned right here on a complimentary foundation, along with a really superior espresso machine and a variety of capsules.

The mushy drinks, liquor, nonetheless or glowing water, and snacks could be chargeable at an additional price.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Two Queen Reef Villa minibar

Between the bed room and the toilet, you’ll discover a big walk-through closet – a really welcoming house with ample room to retailer your baggage and clothes.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Two Queen Reef Villa walk-through closet
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Two Queen Reef Villa baggage rack & closet
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Two Queen Reef Villa storage unit

The toilet itself is certainly laden with luxurious, that includes a formidable indoor bathe that additionally provides solution to an out of doors bathe nestled within the foliage. 

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Two Queen Reef Villa lavatory
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Two Queen Reef Villa indoor bathe
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Two Queen Reef Villa out of doors bathe

Behind frosted doorways, subsequent to the bathe, you’ll discover a Japanese-style good bathroom with a bidet. 

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Two Queen Reef Villa bathroom with bidet

The toilet self-importance was spectacular, with two lengthy, full-length mirrors and gorgeous herringbone mosaic tiling on the wall behind. The 2 ornamental brass vessel sinks actually popped towards the accent wall.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Two Queen Reef Villa lavatory self-importance

In the midst of the toilet was a marble-top bench, and dealing with the home windows, an outsized stone bathtub that was past exceptional in its measurement and design.

With so many swimming swimming pools on the resort to take a dip in, and naturally our out of doors pool on the deck, we didn’t get an opportunity to make use of the bathtub till our closing evening on the resort, after we determined to go for a soak within the bathtub only for the sake of it.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Two Queen Reef Villa lavatory
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Two Queen Reef Villa bathtub

Lastly, the Waldorf Astoria provided luxurious Aesop toiletries, which had been stocked inside the bathe, on the self-importance, and subsequent to the soaker tub.

The out of doors house is undoubtedly the spotlight. The house is accessible by any of the sliding glass doorways within the bed room or restroom, or just by strolling across the nook from the entrance entrance. 

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Two Queen Reef Villa out of doors deck
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Two Queen Reef Villa out of doors deck
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Two Queen Reef Villa out of doors deck

The world incorporates a actually gargantuan non-public infinity pool, virtually spanning the complete size of the deck. Equally as spectacular are the various different varieties of seating dotted across the patio.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Two Queen Reef Villa out of doors infinity pool
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Two Queen Reef Villa out of doors infinity pool
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Two Queen Reef Villa out of doors deck

Housed beneath a cover close to the backyard facet of the villa are a swing chair, two armchairs, and a small two-person eating space. 

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Two Queen Reef Villa cover seating
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Two Queen Reef Villa cover seating
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Two Queen Reef Villa two-person eating space

On the alternative finish of the deck is a dangling two-person daybed.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Two Queen Reef Villa out of doors daybed

There are two lounge chairs sitting half-submerged within the pool, and two extra on the deck dealing with out in direction of the ocean. Moreover, two hammocks hold over the water on the fringe of the deck, the place you possibly can lie with the ocean beneath you.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Two Queen Reef Villa in-pool lounge chairs
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Two Queen Reef Villa lounge chairs & hammocks
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Two Queen Reef Villa lounge chairs & hammock

Lastly, there was a four-person out of doors eating desk located closest to the villa. 

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Two Queen Reef Villa four-person out of doors eating desk

At every villa, there are steps which lead right down to the ocean itself, which is all the time a spotlight out right here within the Maldives.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Two Queen Reef Villa ladder to Indian Ocean
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Two Queen Reef Villa view from water

The house was actually astonishing, making this villa simply probably the most spectacular resort room I’ve ever stayed in. The sheer measurement of the out of doors pool, together with the true infinity edge pool splashing instantly into the ocean, was by far the spotlight of the villa itself. 

We spent numerous hours right here stress-free, taking a dip, and splashing within the water. Even in comparison with our final Maldives expertise on the JW Marriott, as particular because it was, we had been in settlement that this out of doors deck and pool expertise was superior on many ranges. 

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Two Queen Reef Villa aerial view

The house was equally as inviting at evening, when the illuminated pool stood out amongst the darkness.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Two Queen Reef Villa deck at evening

We couldn’t assist however spend most of our time on the resort simply stress-free and having fun with the spectacular house throughout us, and I may scarcely imagine that even the base-level rooms right here on the resort had been so luxurious. 

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Two Queen Reef Villa aerial view

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Resort Grounds

Every villa right here on the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi is supplied with two units of bicycles parked exterior.

Bikes are the first mode of transportation across the island for company; nonetheless, you possibly can all the time name a buggy if want be.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Bicycles

The resort is pretty unfold out and likewise fairly massive by Maldives requirements. As a man-made island, there’s a single most important path that spans all the best way from one finish of the resort to the opposite, and also you’ll discover the entire eating places, pool services, actions, spa, and villas dotted alongside this most important path.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Resort aerial view

To offer a way of simply how massive the island is, it will take round 10–quarter-hour to experience your bike all the best way throughout. 

Our villa, Room 510, was comparatively near the principle resort options just like the Tasting Desk breakfast restaurant, the Peacock Alley glad hour bar, and likewise lots of the different eating venues.

In the meantime, in case you’re staying in one of many overwater villas all the best way down the “curve” on the finish of the resort, you might face an extended bike experience or stroll right down to the principle services within the morning.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Overwater villa jetty
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Overwater villa

On the reverse finish of the principle path of the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi are among the resort’s most spectacular lodging, together with the 2 Stella Maris Ocean Villas. These overwater villas are fully remoted in the course of the ocean and solely accessible by boat. 

Additional past that, the Waldorf Astoria has a personal island for lease, that includes a three-bedroom seashore villa, a two-bedroom overwater villa, a four-bedroom residence, 5 swimming pools, and a personal leisure clubhouse – all for a cool US$80,000 per evening. 😉

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Breakfast

Breakfast on the resort is included for each Hilton Gold and Hilton Diamond members. Hilton Gold standing is well attainable with the American Specific Platinum Card, and it’s definitely one thing you’ll need to leverage in case you’re staying right here on the Waldorf Astoria Maldives.

Breakfast is hosted on the Tasting Table, the resort’s all-day eating restaurant with each indoor and out of doors seating, from 6:30–10:30am. The out of doors seating is slightly nice within the mornings when it’s not too sunny; in any other case, it does get fairly scorching. 

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Tasting Desk entrance
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Tasting Desk indoor seating

In the course of the altering of the seasons in Could, there have been some flash storms on a number of mornings, so the folks sitting exterior needed to transfer inside. We had sat exterior on the primary day, and it was fortunately fairly peaceable and stress-free.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Tasting Desk out of doors seating

When it comes to breakfast choice, the Waldorf Astoria Maldives undeniably lives as much as what your expectations could be for a luxurious resort right here within the Maldives, providing a downright dizzying number of buffet and à la carte objects.

The choice ranges from Indian and Maldivian objects to Asian-inspired dim sum, rice, and a whole noodle bar, the place naturally, I helped myself to not less than two bowls of noodles each morning.

The noodle bar options three several types of noodles and two several types of soup inventory every morning – a vegetable inventory and a meat inventory which rotates between rooster, beef, and fish.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Noodle bar

After all, there have been additionally the Western classics, together with all kinds of recent pastries, juices, chilly cuts, salads, charcuterie, and the same old scorching objects.

Some Center Japanese objects consisted of shakshouka and umm ali, together with a sequence of dips and spreads.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Center Japanese breakfast buffet
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Center Japanese breakfast buffet

From the à la carte menu, you possibly can select from a variety of chef creations, from waffles and pancakes to Eggs Benedict and omelettes.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – À la carte waffles

Moreover, virtually any drink or caffeinated drink you might think about is out there as a home made beverage from the espresso bar.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Espresso bar

Even higher, free-flowing mimosas had been accessible with Taittinger Champagne, plus a alternative of orange juice and watermelon juice. Evidently, we left our desk with a pleasant buzz each morning after downing a number of glasses of those every. 

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Mimosa

We helped ourselves to large parts of breakfast each morning, as we’d then not have to eat lunch and will head straight to dinner within the evenings.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Breakfast unfold
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Breakfast unfold

On our final morning, the breakfast committee ready a particular stack of birthday pancakes, which I significantly appreciated and definitely introduced the breakfast expertise to a really nice conclusion throughout our three-day keep.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Birthday pancakes

I spoke to the manager chef on among the mornings, and he talked about that he occurred to be re-jigging all the breakfast unfold the day after our departure (sadly). Since he had simply arrived on the resort a number of weeks in the past, he meant to spruce up the breakfast choices even additional over time.

He let me know of his plans to introduce extra customizable and extensively rotating choices, comparable to a wider vary of dim sum, plus totally different soup choices like miso, laksa, and tom yum for the noodle bar. Different objects he talked about included pink velvet waffles and pandan crepes – each of which sounded completely scrumptious and I wanted I acquired to strive throughout my go to.

Not solely was the Waldorf Astoria Maldives some of the spectacular breakfast spreads I had ever seen, however you possibly can count on it to get even higher because the resort’s new govt chef works his magic. 

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Eating

The Waldorf Astoria has a plethora of 11 eating services, every with its personal distinctive providing. The checklist of eating places is as follows:

  • Terra
  • Yasmeen
  • Li Lengthy
  • Tasting Desk
  • The Ledge by Dave Print
  • Glow
  • Peacock Alley
  • Amber
  • Nava
  • Zuma (opening quickly)
  • The Rock

Everytime you’re eating at one of many eating places, you’re provided a alternative of nonetheless or glowing water, though you can too order “home water” freed from cost.

The restaurant we selected to dine at was Glow, the resort’s garden-to-table restaurant. Glow provides natural elements that are sourced from the island’s edible backyard proper subsequent door.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Glow entrance
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Glow restaurant
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Glow seashore seating

We had a pleasant sufficient meal of appetizers and a Maldivian fish plate, which was fairly tasty. We ended up not with the ability to end all of it, so we introduced it again to our villa to benefit from the subsequent day. 

After all, eating on the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi doesn’t come low cost: our meal got here out to about US$220 for the 2 appetizers and a most important dish. 

Linked to Glow is the resort’s sundown Champagne bar, Amber. The bar provides a number of hand-crafted champagne cocktails and some curated appetizers.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Amber entrance

It’s price noting the resort is basically east-facing, so when it comes to sundown views, it’s right here at Amber that you simply’ll sometimes get one of the best view. Nonetheless, throughout our keep in Could, it was pretty overcast, so we didn’t get many nice sunsets on this explicit keep, and solely a peek at one of the best of instances.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Amber sundown patio seating
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Sundown view

I had heard nice issues from different company staying on the resort that The Ledge by Dave Print was wonderful. The restaurant provides trendy Australian barbecue-style meats, and so they talked about the wagyu sandwich right here was very good. 

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – The Ledge entrance
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – The Ledge restaurant

I additionally heard the Li Lengthy restaurant was good, however since we eat Chinese language meals very often, we weren’t precisely within the temper to spend a whole bunch of {dollars} on Chinese language meals within the Maldives.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Li Lengthy restaurant

Zuma is about to change into the newest addition to the resort’s already huge eating services. The venue will change into the resort’s flagship sushi restaurant, whereas additionally providing a non-traditional strategy to Japanese delicacies.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Zuma restaurant

For a very distinctive eating expertise, Terra sits among the many treetops overlooking the resort. The eating expertise takes place in bamboo pods amongst the forest and incorporates a personalized tasting menu which you can order for round US$300 per particular person.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Terra entrance
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Terra bamboo pod

Once more, the value is definitely fairly costly, however you’d be coming right here for the distinctive and intimate treehouse eating expertise greater than something.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Terra bamboo treehouse

Nava is the resort’s pool and seashore membership, full with a stay DJ, wood-fired pizza oven, and quite a lot of cocktails and appetizers. We stopped right here for a drink at some point.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Nava indoor seating
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Drink at Nava

Yasmeen has re-created an Arabian village setting, with delicacies specializing in Center Japanese heritage and conventional dishes.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Yasmeen restaurant

Lastly, The Rock is the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi’s wine cellar. Right here, you possibly can e book unique dinners for as much as 12 folks round a 200-year-old Jarrah wooden desk.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – The Rock entrance

Along with eating at Glow, we additionally tried the wagyu beef burger through in-room eating, which got here to US$70 after taxes and repair fees. For the value, alas, the standard was fairly common.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Room service burger

Regardless of the Waldorf Astoria’s multitude of eating venues, not all of them are open on all days of the week, and the extra in style eating places do get booked up at peak instances pretty rapidly.

I’d suggest looking at your eating choices quickly after arriving on the resort and coordinating together with your devoted workers member to make reservations so that you simply get to strive as lots of the locations to eat as you need. 

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Glad Hour

Hilton Diamond members get entry to a contented hour right here on the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi from 4–5pm day by day. It’s hosted in Peacock Alley, close to the principle welcome pavilion.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Peacock Alley

There may be all the time a number of 4 or 5 cocktails to select from, and we got here right here on two of the three afternoons to take benefit.

Peacock Alley has numerous indoor and out of doors seating choices. We opted to take a seat exterior on the patio whereas we loved our drinks, however the indoor choices appeared fairly inviting, too.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Peacock Alley bar seating
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Peacock Alley indoor seating
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Peacock Alley out of doors patio seating

Along with the cocktail menu, there may be espresso, tea, and light-weight snacks, all of that are complimentary for Hilton Diamond members. That is fairly a pleasant profit for Hilton’s top-tier members, particularly contemplating you possibly can earn top-tier standing simply by holding an American Specific US Hilton Aspire Card. 

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Glad hour espresso & tea
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Glad hour gentle snack

I believed this was fairly a helpful profit, and likewise a good way to work up a pleasant little buzz on some alcoholic drinks within the afternoon and evenings with out having to deal with the inflated costs in case you had been to order the identical drinks on the eating places.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Glad hour drinks
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Glad hour drinks

The service at glad hour, nonetheless, was a little bit of a hit-or-miss, and it usually took fairly some time for our orders to be taken and drinks to be introduced out. Total, although, it was definitely a pleasant addition to the expertise for top-tier Hilton members.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Swimming pools & Seashore

The resort options two massive public swimming pools: one for adults solely and one for households.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Adults-only out of doors infinity pool

The adults-only pool is a protracted strip of water going from the principle path close to the tennis and paddle ball courts all the best way out to the beachfront, the place there may be an infinity edge. 

The pool appeared comparatively peaceable and tranquil, with loads of cabanas and lounge chairs dotted round, though I hardly ever noticed anybody utilizing it.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Adults-only out of doors infinity pool

Every visitor has a personal pool again on the deck of their villa, so there actually isn’t a lot cause for folks to come back right here, and thus the pool was largely sitting empty and quiet every time we handed by. 

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Adults-only out of doors infinity pool

There may be additionally a family-oriented pool, the place often you’ll see some kids splashing round. This was extra round formed with shallow areas, but additionally had an infinity edge forking out onto the seashore.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Household out of doors pool
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Household out of doors pool
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Household out of doors infinity pool

Close to the swimming pools and by the exercise centre on the head of the lagoon, there may be additionally a pleasant public strip of seashore for company to loosen up. 

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Public seashore
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Public seashore

Because the island is a man-made resort, you gained’t discover the identical quantity of sea life across the seashore as you’ll discover on a pure island. As an alternative, the seashore merely consists of sentimental white sand, which I believed was fairly nice.

There are additionally seashores scattered across the outer edges of the island. Whereas most stretches of those seashores are reserved for Seashore Villa occupants, there are additionally a number of slices of seashore which can be accessible to all company, in case you’d wish to get pleasure from a quieter, extra non-public seashore expertise away from the motion.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Spa

The spa is located on the western facet of one of many islands, nearer to the jetty main out into the overwater villas. That is additionally the place the health centre is situated. 

The spa provides the same old vary of remedies comparable to massages, facial remedies, and physique remedies, along with haircuts, manicures, and even skilled make-up providers.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Spa entrance

As a Hilton Diamond member, one of many perks is that in case you e book a 60-minute session, you’ll get an extra 30-minutes of remedy at no cost.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Spa waterway

Along with the paid remedies, there may be additionally a hydrotherapy pool, which makes for a really fascinating expertise.

The pool is nearly like an impediment course within the water, with every station providing a special kind of water characteristic or therapeutic massage jets, focusing on totally different elements of the physique – all ending with a scorching tub ensconced inside the hydrotherapy pool itself.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Spa out of doors hydrotherapy pool
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Spa out of doors hydrotherapy pool
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Scorching tub in hydrotherapy pool

As somebody who enjoys taking a dip in numerous types of swimming pools, this was definitely a enjoyable expertise to check out. The pool can be utilized by any visitor who books a spa remedy, and can be accessible for a one-time complimentary use for all company between 10am–2pm.

After the hydrotherapy session, you’re supplied with gentle snacks, cool towels, and a cool drink.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Spa facilities

We didn’t go for a paid spa remedy, and as an alternative got here to the health centre for a morning exercise every day. We actually felt that, given our sheer degree of indulgence and delight on the resort, we would have liked to work onerous and “earn it” by expending some sweat and power.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Health centre entrance

The gymnasium is open 24/7, and I believed it was a really spectacular house for a Maldives resort.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Health centre
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Health centre
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Health centre

The power featured loads of treadmills, aerobics house, and free weights, along with a correct bench press and squat rack. You may definitely get in a great exercise with out having to make any health sacrifices, as we found with our fruitful gymnasium periods within the mornings.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Health centre
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Health centre

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Actions

Whenever you’re not lounging in your villa’s infinity pool, the resort provides a variety of motorized and non-motorized water actions to participate in, starting from jet ski leases to paragliding to jetpacks. 

Kayaks, paddle boats, and stand-up paddleboards are all accessible for lease freed from cost, whereas most different water actions are paid for individually.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Watersports constructing
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Watersports leases

For our half, we determined to stay to the paddleboard rental, which proved to be fairly a major exercise because of the winds that day. We simply paddled all the best way out into the lagoon, however struggled on our means again and definitely used plenty of power on our return. 

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Stand-up paddleboarding

There may be additionally a dive store nearer to the northern finish of the island the place you possibly can borrow snorkels at no cost and depart them in your room. 

When it comes to the snorkelling on the resort, in our case, the climate wasn’t too nice throughout our go to, so we had a reasonably restricted snorkelling expertise close to our villa with out attending to see an excessive amount of.

That is certainly usually the case right here within the Maldives: many actions are sometimes weather-dependent, and though issues weren’t too beneficial right here on the Waldorf Astoria, we’d luck out in a while on the St. Regis.

Along with water actions, the resort additionally has a tennis courtroom, paddle ball courtroom, and basketball hoops. Coaches and classes can be found if you want.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Paddle ball courtroom
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Paddle ball courtroom
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Tennis courtroom

Lastly, there’s a video games space on the Nama seashore restaurant, which incorporates a ping pong desk, pool desk, and foosball tables.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Ping pong desk
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Foosball tables

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Service

Lastly, when it comes to service, I discovered that the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi struck a pleasant stability between attentiveness and nonetheless leaving room for autonomy. 

The front-of-house workers would verify in on you not less than as soon as a day, and also you’d say hey to the identical faces every morning throughout breakfast, between your devoted affiliate, the overall supervisor, the manager chef, and many others.

In any other case, in distinction to the butler service on the JW Marriott or St. Regis, the eye is much less fixed and fewer intimate – maybe because of the measurement of the resort and the variety of company staying at anyone time. 

You may merely ping your affiliate on WhatsApp for any wants comparable to reserving eating places, arranging actions, or getting solutions to any questions you might need. 

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Wedding ceremony pavilion

Nonetheless, for us, we discovered the service to be greater than sufficient, and we appreciated the stability of checking in once in a while after which merely having somebody accessible on the contact of an app for at any time when we would have liked one thing.

Moreover, I appreciated all the additional steps taken for my birthday. They embellished the mattress and introduced us a cake within the night, which I used to be considerably anticipating.

However even additional, the workers arrange a devoted desk at breakfast for us that day, together with some breakfast pancakes, a shiny firework candle, and a card, which was an exquisite gesture.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Birthday decorations

Conclusion

Our three-night keep on the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi simply surpassed the already lofty expectations I had for this ultra-luxurious resort within the Maldives.

From approaching the resort on a luxurious yacht to setting foot in some of the spectacular villas I’ve ever stayed in, I used to be enthralled with each minute of our expertise right here.

It’s onerous to imagine that we had stayed in one of many base-level rooms right here on the Waldorf Astoria, given how unbelievably expansive and indulgent it was, particularly the outsized infinity pool and the ample seating throughout.

The breakfast choices had been far-ranging and among the most spectacular I’ve skilled, the eating choices are plentiful with virtually a dozen venues on provide, and the service was completely balanced between attentive and autonomous. I additionally actually appreciated the added touches to make my twenty eighth birthday as particular as could possibly be. 

The birthday celebrations would solely proceed later that day as we took the yacht again to Malé that day and boarded a seaplane en path to the St. Regis Maldives Vommuli – a world-class resort in its personal proper, which we’ll cowl within the subsequent installment.

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