A 30-minute journey from Malé, Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi offers guests a sense of elevated luxury along with True Waldorf Service and unforgettable experiences.
Hilton‘s (NYSE: HLT) iconic luxury hotel brand, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts today announces the highly anticipated opening of Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi — setting a new standard of luxury in the Maldives. The 122 all-villa resort spans across three interconnected islands, including an independent private island for those seeking an exclusive enclave equipped with a dedicated staff and luxury amenities. A short 30-minute yacht journey away from Malé International Airport, the iconic resort paradise boasts 11 world-class, speciality dining venues, a plethora of activities for guests of all generations and a personal concierge service giving guests the freedom to create memories that last a lifetime.
Exclusivity and Space
Each luxuriously appointed beach, reef and overwater villa opens onto either a white sand beach or an expansive deck and features a private infinity pool with uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean, allowing guests to bask in the island’s natural beauty in the privacy of their villa.
The resort also features two Stella Maris Ocean Villas, accessible only by boat. These villas feature floor-to-ceiling windows and direct ocean access, providing unmatched views of the sunlit paradise and celestial charm of the nighttime Maldivian sky.
At the height of exclusivity is the Ithaafushi Private Island. Accessible only by yacht, the 32,000-square-meter sanctuary features a four-bedroom residence, three-bedroom beach villa and a two-bedroom overwater villa, giving guests a transcendent sense of space. The private island comes complete with a dedicated chef and personal concierge team, an overwater spa and gym, five swimming pools, an entertainment centre and pristine beaches, providing endless options in which guests can indulge.
World-Class Dining Concepts
Continuing the brand’s legacy as a pioneer in culinary innovation, Waldorf Astoria’s landmark opening in the Maldives will feature an unparalleled array of choices for its guests with 11 celebrated speciality-dining venues — many of which are brand new concepts developed with the Waldorf Astoria guest in mind.
World-renowned chef Dave Pynt, the mastermind behind Singapore’s Michelin-starred restaurant Burnt Ends, offers his expertise to the island’s barbeque grill restaurant, The Ledge. The restaurant features his signature, custom-built, four-ton, dual-cavity oven and elevation grills, enabling the use of techniques such as smoking, slow roasting, baking and grilling. Bringing culinary theatre to the Maldives, The Ledge allows guests to witness the preparation of their dish, including favourites such as the Dry Aged OP Rib, a 45-day dry-aged beef rib, and the signature Lobster Roll, a brioche bun stuffed with freshly grilled lobster and lobster aioli.
Other dining highlights include Terra, located on the island’s highest point and providing a unique gastronomic dining experience in private dining pods crafted from natural bamboo. Nestled among boulders, The Rock is a rustic wine cellar and dining experience set in a carved-out space, where guests can indulge in wine pairing meals or an elevated dining experience with a menu that pays homage to renowned wine regions around the world.
Yasmeen offers guests the chance to savour authentic Middle Eastern cuisine. Hot pitas and puffed bread baked in ovens based on centuries-old designs, charcoal-roasted meats, and hot and cold mezze are served in dining rooms filled with decorative artefacts and antiques, creating an unforgettable sensory experience. The immersive journey continues at Glow, which is set in a greenhouse-like structure shaded by lush greenery. It celebrates the concept of interactive garden-to-table dining by serving healthy and holistic cuisine made from fresh ingredients harvested from the on-island garden.
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi offers guests an endless number of remarkable experiences designed for both couples and families alike. The calming ambience of the Waldorf Astoria Spa invites guests to indulge in a range of invigorating treatments — all from the tranquillity of an overwater or garden villa. Nearby, soft white sand beaches provide the perfect backdrop for a day spent in the sun, while the 40-meter Mirror Pool is an ideal place to cool down.
In the Ocean Pavilion, guests will find a fitness centre, along with a range of energizing wellness activities. For those seeking adventure, the water sport and PADI dive centre have a wide variety of thrilling options available, while the Waldorf Astoria Young Discovery Park and Lagoon Pool provide exciting opportunities for younger guests and their families to play and explore. From sunrise meditation to private sunset dining on one of the two sandbanks, guests can create bespoke experiences and everlasting memories.
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